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January 2nd, 2011

Spare Change

Riddle me this: have you ever changed a flat on your car – specifically, replaced it with a spare?

To me, changing a tire is one of those “essential life skills” one needs if one is driving a car. I don’t find changing a tire to be terribly difficult; rather, the hardest part usually is jacking up the car and/or removing the spare from its location. For instance, the spare on my minivan is located below the front seats. If I ever need to change it, that’s gonna be a pain in the rear.

Posted in Cars, Everyday Life

Dave Walls January 4, 2011, 11:59 am

I’m surprised how many new cars make it so hard to get the spare out of it’s storage area.

A few years ago, while working as a traffic reporter in Delaware, I got a flat in the minivan I was driving (company provided, mind you). The spare tire was secured underneath the car, back by the rear bumper. That means I had to get down on my back in the middle of a parking lot, undo the tire, then get the hell out of the way before I got slammed in the head with a spare tire.

The rest is really very easy, and I totally agree, Paul, it’s one of those essential life skills that everyone should really know. It should be taught in the same class with how to use jumper cables.

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