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Flat Tire

This is the icon I normally use for "SICK!" ... when I remember to ... and came from "CLEAN OUT YOUR MUCUS" which is a bizarre page somewhere.

So, I had a Life Maintenance Hell moment tonight.

I got off work early (since I'll be running tests tonight and this weekend) to pick up a second shelf so I can make the more-stable treadmill shelf for the keyboard. Which I can then use when my stupid little toe gets over being sprained or broken or whatever it is. (I kicked a chair. It was an accident. A cat was in my way.)
Although I wasn't able to get the high density closed-cell foam block I wanted to use.

After Lowe's, I headed towards home, and realized that I needed to drop off recyclables, which I happened to have. So I did, and then as I left the depot, the inimitable VUB VUB VUB of a flat tire... not the left front, which has acted like it wanted to have a slow leak forever. No, the left REAR tire, and it utterly refused to inflate adequately - it got enough air to drive the 500 yards to the nearby Chevron station where I tried to put in more air... and it started bubbling and fizzing with great gusto.

Hooray. So. Moved the stuff out of the trunk. Put the stuff into the back seat. Got out the "spare tire" - aka the 'donut' because it 'donut last more than 25 miles' at highway speeds. Evil thing. Lifted the car on the jack. Tried to take off the wheel, or rather, the very stiff lug nuts. Brain attack. Lowered car to ground. Loosened each nut. This takes at LOT more work than I expected, and I had to stand on the wrench to get the last two off. (On the other hand, excellent workout.)

Mounted the mini-wheel, and off to Les Schwab Tires (at 5:50) and get there JUST AS THEY ARE CLOSING.
They checked the tire, find a half-inch rip, and I got to buy a new (used) tire for $35.

Which is sufficient, as I will be replacing all four of them sometime in the coming year anyway.

So, they delivered me the tire, and I put it on myself. I'll have to make sure it's properly tightened tomorrow.

Rather grungy and tired, I stopped at Zab Thai (where I got a VERY hot and spicy green papaya salad last week; this one was much more mildly spiced, although I blacked out for a half hour or so after I ate it.)


Dec. 29th, 2007 04:56 am (UTC)
I read some advice once that seemed like a pretty good thing to me: when you have a tire replaced, do not let the mechanic use that automatic super-duper lug nut tightener, unless you always plan to have flat tires in convenient locations. The chances of most average humans being able to unscrew the damn things is not good. Have the mechanic tighten the lug nuts by hand instead.
Dec. 29th, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
They're supposed to use a torque wrench - that is, a device that won't allow them to increase the tension past a certain point - because if you don't there's a tendency to STRIP the lug nuts, or worse, the screws, which can result in an undrivable vehicle.
Dec. 29th, 2007 06:24 am (UTC)
Once when I had a flat, the lugnuts had rusted on (lost that hubcap on a pothole months earlier), and I had to jump on the lug wrench while the AAA guy held onto it.
Dec. 29th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
That's why you go for the tires that have little watertight lugnut ornaments.
Dec. 30th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC)
There's no hubcap, but the nuts are those special sealed kind.