Originally Posted by Oaklevel
Thanks looks like something that should be checked. Let us know what solution that you come up with.
What I've done for now is to add a dense foam pipe insulation between the square tubing and the spare (see photo). And made sure I can get at the stem to check the tire pressure. The "plywood donut" seems the best option if I want to keep the spare in the same spot.
In my case, it wasn't simply indented or impinged, it wore material from the sidewall. Replacing it was really the right thing to do. Ironically, the service center underfilled it