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Old 01-16-09, 12:02 PM   #1
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A woman with a flat tire...

First let me say, how the heck did she manage to screw up the tire this way?



She called road assistance to change it Then the road assistance girl (yeah, a girl, imagine that) broke a bolt and found out one of the nuts was wore out and won't tighten:



So they call the tow-truck. One hour later they arrive home. I looked at the thing and ask why she could not just use a nut from one of the other wheels? You CAN drive with only 3 out of 4, and it was only 4 miles. Bah!
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Good point. Using another nut is good for a short drive, but long distances, it might warp the rotors.
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Old 01-16-09, 12:11 PM   #3
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yep, 3/4, should you lose all 4 nuts on one wheel, you can use 1 nut from each other tyre and still drive.

that puncture looks like the wheel ate a knife or BBQ skewer of sorts.
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First of all that tire looks really worn.

Second of all it looks as if she rubbed up against something not too friendly.

Third of all, how do you break a bolt?? She must have been She-ra!

Fourth of all, why do you need a nut from one of the other wheels if the bolt is broken? You only have three bolts left don't you have four nuts? Unless the nut could not be removed from the broken bolt...

Fifth of all, well there is no fifth of all. It's just fun to say fifthofall.
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You think that's funny....I was getting a tow from AAA once about 10 years ago and chatting with the tow truck driver. He said he once had an older woman who had some engine problem. I forget the exact problem, but something that was relatively simple and would have taken a few hours and maybe $150 or so.

The woman didn't know what to do and her husband was unreachable for some reason, work trip maybe. So she insisted rather than fix it, they tow her home and she'd let her husband look at it and figure out what to do later.

Did I mention this was in Tampa, FL and their home was in Virginia somewhere? Yeah, it was like a $4000 tow bill or something like that. I'd love to have seen the look on the husband's face when they rolled in with the story.
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Old 01-16-09, 12:13 PM   #6
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She claims she was just driving on a clean road and tire went boom. I don't know...
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She was hot rodding that thing and doesn't want you to know.
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Careful. You don't want to discourage her from problem solving.

My sisters went shopping in town and found they had locked the car keys in the car's ignition. After they had called (this story predates cell phones) dad to come and bring the other keys they found the back door was unlocked. They decided to just lock the door.
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First of all that tire looks really worn.

Second of all it looks as if she rubbed up against something not too friendly.

Third of all, how do you break a bolt?? She must have been She-ra!

Fourth of all, why do you need a nut from one of the other wheels if the bolt is broken? You only have three bolts left don't you have four nuts? Unless the nut could not be removed from the broken bolt...

Fifth of all, well there is no fifth of all. It's just fun to say fifthofall.
Wowzers...All this logic from a woman!

Sorry, just couldn't resist.
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Wowzers...All this logic from a woman!

Sorry, just couldn't resist.
Siu's attractive and smart.
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If that worn tire was replaced then the broken bolt might have been found out earlier while in a shop that can fix it.

Lucky that she was able to pull over safely and not have to deal with a blowout while at high speeds.

Tires are very important. They are the only communication between you and the road. What is protecting you is four pieces of rubber the size of your hand (contact patch) - and if you have no grip on the asphalt then your life is more at stake than if there were a better contact patch for which control more attainable.

Even that spare has looks like it can use some air. The tow truck driver should have inflated it for her.
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Fourth of all, why do you need a nut from one of the other wheels if the bolt is broken? You only have three bolts left don't you have four nuts? Unless the nut could not be removed from the broken bolt...
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...tire had 4 bolts. One bolt broke, with a piece of bolt still inside the nut. That's one nut down. Then a second nut was worn out. 2 nuts down and 2 good ones but still 3 good bolts. You can use one nut from another wheel. And that's what I'm going to do to drive the car to the tire shop. But I'll do it tomorrow when she is not here. I don't wanna hurt her feelings or something by showing how easy it was to get out of the predicament.

PS: Siu, what happened to teh kitteh? Is all wet!

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get her some solid rubber tires.
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Third of all, how do you break a bolt?? She must have been She-ra!

Fourth of all, why do you need a nut from one of the other wheels if the bolt is broken? You only have three bolts left don't you have four nuts? Unless the nut could not be removed from the broken bolt...

Fifth of all, well there is no fifth of all. It's just fun to say fifthofall.
It's very easy to break a lug bolt, I've done a few(but it wasn't my fault). If whoever put it on used an impact wrench, and had the touque set way to high, it will strip the threads and weaken the bolt. Which is why whenever you have someone work on you tires tell them you want the lugs nuts hand tightened, with a torque wrench.

If the thread on the bolt are fubar, you can't use another nut.

Yes it is fun to say "fifthofall"
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...tire had 4 bolts. One bolt broke, with a piece of bolt still inside the nut. That's one nut down. Then a second nut was worn out. 2 nuts down and 2 good ones but still 3 good bolts. You can use one nut from another wheel. And that's what I'm going to do to drive the car to the tire shop. But I'll do it tomorrow when she is not here. I don't wanna hurt her feelings or something by showing how easy it was to get out of the predicament.

PS: Siu, what happened to teh kitteh? Is all wet!
Teach her, Ruben!! Let her drive it there so she can have the confidence! That's the best thing you can do for her is help her to help herself. Otherwise she will always depend upon calling for the tow truck.
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It's very easy to break a lug bolt, I've done a few(but it wasn't my fault). If whoever put it on used an impact wrench, and had the touque set way to high, it will strip the threads and weaken the bolt. Which is why whenever you have someone work on you tires tell them you want the lugs nuts hand tightened, with a torque wrench.

If the thread on the bolt are fubar, you can't use another nut.

Yes it is fun to say "fifthofall"
Ahh Understood!! I didn't think about the weakening of the bolt. Something new I learned today. Thank you.
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someone didn't bother to Keep the spare inflated.
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someone didn't bother to Keep the spare inflated.
That was me, but there is a 12 volt tire pump in the trunk... with both shredder and presta valves.

Now I'm trying to find where the heck these women left the tire iron. Is not in the trunk or inside the car. They must have used it to change the flat tire. Maybe they left it on the road. That's gonna be another 20 bucks on top of the tow truck bill.

I'm telling you, if I ever have to find a new wife, one of the first tests will be to change a tire. They have to change a tire in order to qualify.
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That was me, but there is a 12 volt tire pump in the trunk... with both shredder and presta valves.

Now I'm trying to find where the heck these women left the tire iron. Is not in the trunk or inside the car. They must have used it to change the flat tire. Maybe they left it on the road. That's gonna be another 20 bucks on top of the tow truck bill.

I'm telling you, if I ever have to find a new wife, one of the first tests will be to change a tire. They have to change a tire in order to qualify.

Well now you know what caused a sidewall flat.
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Bah! and to top it off now wife is sick from waiting outside the car in cold weather w/o jacket or anything... cuz she was afraid the tow truck could miss her so she stay outside... bah!
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Tires are very important. They are the only communication between you and the road.
Yep. Cheap tires are some seriously false economy.

Even if you financially abuse everything else on your car, you should shell out for decent tires.
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