Changing a Flat Tire

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Changing a Flat Tire

On Friday my daughter and I were doing the paper routes and got a flat tire. At four o’clock in the morning. That’s right, AM. I have never changed a flat tire in my life. I’ve watched flat tires be changed and know the basics but we still had my hubby call AAA since I wanted to keep my cell line open for the warehouse manager to call me back. We ended up needing his and his son’s assistance in getting the papers delivered because we had to wait 3.5 hours for AAA to get someone out to fix the tire. There was no way I would get them delivered in time.

My daughter and I watched a YouTube video of how to fix a flat tire. It was informative but we still laughed at the common sense tips the man provided. Things like don’t let the lug nuts roll in the grass – to which we responded, what about rolling away in the snow or melting in the snow? We were being silly at this point due to the long wait, boredom and lack of sleep. Another tip he gave was not to put your tire in the road….seriously? Anyhoo….we had no worries over that happening as we got our flat at the front door of the funeral home. Yep. We deliver to the funeral home and that’s where we discovered our flat, though I suspected at the previous stop as we were coming out the driveway.

We tried to change the flat tire. We had the car jacked up but after all that we could not get the lug nuts off, even with the little X-bar thingy. Don’t you love my automotive vocabulary?! Hubby is not here to give me the correct terminology right now. My dad would roll over in his grave. He was Mr. Car Man himself.

That was our excitement for the weekend because after that rough start on Friday all I wanted to do was sleep. Not really, I just need more sleep. I do have plans for my husband to teach our older children and I how to change a flat tire, to change the oil, how to check the air in the tire with a tire gauge etc. I think it’s important we all learn these basic automotive tasks.

Hubby got the tire fixed, but the tires still need to be aligned and a tie rod replaced. Goodyear just didn’t have time to do it on Friday.

Have you ever changed a flat tire? Will you teach your daughters (and or sons)?

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23 comments

  1. Mickey says:

    I changed my own tire a couple of times in college, but had a very small car back then. I wonder if I’d be able to change one on my big Mommy van…?

  2. Angela says:

    I have changed a flat tire in the past. I’d rather not do it again. That’s what I get AAA for.

  3. I have never changed one but would like to try and yes I would teach my daughter and my son.

  4. Raijean says:

    you are better than me, I refuse to do manual labor…lol

  5. I haven’t changed one myself, but I would try. I’m not even sure how to get to my spare! I believe it’s under my van attached to the undercarriage. I suppose I should learn.

  6. You have to wonder if people have done those dumb things enough for them to warrant being in the instructions. lol

  7. Kelsey Apley says:

    I have not changed a flat before. I really need to learn how, cause you never know when you will need it!

  8. I am clueless how to change a tire, I need to get hubby to teach my daughter!

  9. Donna says:

    I really need to know how to take care of some basic car maintenance. :/

  10. I know how to change a tire, but luckily have not actually done one in over a decade.

  11. Marcie W. says:

    I never learned how to change a tire, and since I married a mechanic, never felt the need to. I do insist that this be one of the things he teach all three of our children along with checking their oil and other vehicle maintenance.

  12. This is so great to know. I have never changed one knock on wood. But it’s always good to know how.

  13. Never did, and I think I’d kill myself trying…I just don’t have the gene for this.

  14. Colleen says:

    I know from watching how to do it but I don’t think I could do it.

  15. Okay, guess it’s time to add this to my tutorials on Driving Mama. I had it on my to-do list but seems it may be needed sooner than later :)

  16. Shell Feis says:

    I have no idea how to fix a flat, but I definitely need to learn. &We will definitely teach our sons!

  17. HilLesha says:

    I never changed a tire before, but it’s important to learn!

  18. Tammy says:

    I know it’s something that I should probably know how to do, but it’s a little daunting to me being so tiny. But then again that’s why I have AAA :)

  19. Kathleen B says:

    This is great, and definitely something that everyone needs to know how to do!

  20. I’ve changed plenty of flat tires and I’ve even taught my daughter how to do it.

  21. I’m 35 and and I STILL don’t know how to change a tire!

  22. Toni says:

    I really need to learn how to change a flat. I have yet to do it..yikes.

  23. I have not changed a flat tire, but I love having roadside assistance :)

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