As you can see from the photo my spare is in a rather fetching hard cover on bumps rear. I noticed ( so did MOT guy ) rear ns tyre wall cracked so as we drive motorways thought I'd better change it. I'm disgusted with myself for not checking its condition after owning car for two years. Apart from numptys who run out of juice not having spare is my second hate! Don't get me wrong I know its got air in it and if the tread was dodgy it would still get me home ( naughty I know ) So I prepare to change the wheel, grasp the zip firmly, couple of tugs - - - crash I end up in the flower bed with zip still firmly in my hand. I don't think its been off in years, still firmly zipped tight, rusted up and covered in algae I've tried WD/40, pliers, hammer ( that's all my toolkit ) nope can't shift it. The black elasticated part is rotten and starting to split so I've given up. What lurks beneath ? It could be a brand new expensive tyre, or with my luck an illegal remould ! Shame cos it looks like I'm going to have to cut it off and then try and find a colour matched replacement.