E006 - WFT is AAA? Change Your Own Tire!
This week we open the show with a discussion of what we're drinking, the Butterfly Effect, and drinking Scotch in Scotland.
Why You Need to Know how to Change a Tire
- Justin's story about his sister having a flat tire.
- Rich's story about being rescued by AAA...sort of.
- Justin's flat HMMWV tire in Iraq.
Being Prepared to Change a Tire
- Know where you stuff is (check the owner's manual)
- Know the condition of your stuff and make sure it is all in working order
- Assessing your level of preparedness - where do you stop?
- 80/20 principle
- Cover down on the things that WILL happen eventually
- Recognizing that you have a flat tire
- Road noise
- Tactile sensation
- Loss of responsiveness
The Mechanics of Changing a Tire
- Step 1: Get off the road safely and to a sufficient distance - AS FAR AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN! Better options than pulling off to the side of the interstate:
- Parking lots
- Rest areas
- Cleared pull-offs
- Step 2: Put out safety devices
- Turn on your vehicle's emergency flashers
- Ignite road flares or put out emergency flashers or reflective triangles. A commercial truck driver who listens to the show wrote that the proper placement for reflective triangles should be to place them behind the vehicle at 10', 100', & 200' in order to be sure there is plenty of warning for oncoming drivers.
- Step 3: Break the lug nuts
- Do this before you jack up the car: this is simply breaking the initial tension on the lug nuts, NOT taking them all the way off.
- Upgraded tire iron: 16" No-Slip 4-Way Tire Iron
- Step 4: Jack up the car
- Step 5: Remove the lug nuts
- Remember to put them somewhere you won't lose them
- Locking Lug Nuts - MAKE SURE you have the key
- Step 6: Remove the flat tire, replace it with the new tire
- Step 7: Replace the lug nuts
- Lower the car before torquing lug nuts
- The "Star Pattern" explained
Preventing a Flat Tire
- Check your tire pressure. Correct tire pressure:
- Improves handling
- Improves fuel economy
- Extends the life of the tire
- Tire pressure gauge
- Check your tread depth
- Use a penny, or
- Understand your tires' wear indicators
- Enhanced Equipment (as needed)
Book of the week
Sorry folks, no book this week.
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