E006 - WFT is AAA? Change Your Own Tire!

Intro Stuff

This week we open the show with a discussion of what we're drinking, the Butterfly Effect, and drinking Scotch in Scotland.

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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
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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
 A locking lug nut flanked by two standard lug nuts. If your car has locking lug nuts make SURE you have the key to remove them.

A locking lug nut flanked by two standard lug nuts. If your car has locking lug nuts make SURE you have the key to remove them.

  • 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
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What to do After You've Changed Your Tire

 Justin's  Slime Inflator Kit , with  tire repair kit  stored in the top flap.

Justin's Slime Inflator Kit, with tire repair kit stored in the top flap.

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Preventing a Flat Tire

  • Check your tire pressure. Correct tire pressure:
 The green valve stem cover indicates this tire is filled with nitrogen rather than more common compressed air.

The green valve stem cover indicates this tire is filled with nitrogen rather than more common compressed air.

  • Check your tread depth
    • Use a penny, or
    • Understand your tires' wear indicators
 The arrows indicate the tire's tread depth indicators. If the tread is worn level with these indicators, it is time for new tires.

The arrows indicate the tire's tread depth indicators. If the tread is worn level with these indicators, it is time for new tires.

Book of the week

Sorry folks, no book this week.

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Justin Carroll