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Lug Nuts! *shakes fist*

Today one of my tires was flat. It had been losing air for a while and I'd kept refilling it. Today, though, as I was about to leave for the grocery store, the tire didn't even look like it would make it there. I looked up prices for a new tire at a tire care center a few miles away and transferred the money from my savings account into checking. Then I found a PDF version of my car's owner's manual since it didn't come with a print one then got to business.

Those lug nuts were a pain to remove. No, not like a pain--more like misery and anxiety swirling in a torrential breakdown. Being between paydays added to that. I resorted to calling my insurance company to see if their Roadside Assistance could help me out. It turns out that I didn't have that product covered on my policy, and even if I did I would still have to pay out-of-pocket for it since it was the car equivalent of a pre-existing condition. That out-of-pocket expense was half of what I had in my checking account after I'd just gone to Walgreens for some 3-in-1 oil (I thought that since "on the car" was one of its many uses, it was a substitute for WD-40. Wrong), a digital tire gauge, and a few groceries. I passed and decided to try and stick it out myself.

I did manage to get two of the lug nuts off with the 3-in-1 oil and bouncing on the lug wrench while holding onto the roof rack. This too was a major source of anxiety. Finally, a nice man noticed me (not the crying and screaming, anyway) and offered to help. He sprayed some WD-40, the good stuff, on the lug nuts and waited a few minutes before trying the bouncy-bouncy thing. That didn't work, but mounting the lug wrench vertically, instead of horizontally, and pushing it counterclockwise away from him, worked for the last 2 lug nuts! I thanked the man and he let me keep the WD-40!

I jacked up the car, swapped out the old busted tire for the spare, and drove to Publix for more grocery shopping. I really hope that the spare lasts until Wednesday-ish, when the money transfer should go through. If not, I guess it'll be a birthday present to myself on Thursday.

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sibertyger
Nov. 25th, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
If it's leaking, you probably don't need a new tire. Especially since the leak is small enough that it could handle days of refills. Just have the tire shop patch (Don't go for the plug option, even if it's cheaper) the tire; it's far cheaper than a two new tires (You generally have to replace tires in sets of 2, unless it's 4- or all- wheel drive)(There's exceptions to the rule).

Edited at 2012-11-25 08:16 pm (UTC)
ianthegecko
Nov. 25th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
Good idea; since I'm pretty much broke for 4 more days I'll still wait til I get the money to check it out.

Thanks!
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