January 24th, 2011
52 NEW ~ I can change the sheets.. I can change a light bulb.. How hard can it be to change a tire?
Turns out not that hard, at least in a well lit warm and dry garage!
This week I was challenged by Bruce Stranaghan at Okanagan Car Care / Integra Tire to learn how to change a tire! I happily agreed for two reasons. 1, Bruce is a really good guy and makes me laugh so spending some time with him is never a bad thing and 2, I have always felt somewhat guilty for not knowing how to change a tire!
We all have those things that we KNOW we should learn how to do.. BUT….
It’s amazing that I have never needed this skill before, and as I mentioned in the video I just always thought that in an emergency situation I would figure it out!
Here’s a highlite of what I learned..
1. You can use your foot (and body weight) to get a lug nut off
2. There is a special place to put the jack behind the tire
3. It takes longer than I thought and there is no way you can do this and stay clean
which brings me to point number 4..
4. In the trunk have a gym bag with a tarp, a pair of running shoes, a flashlight, a water proof jacket and a pair of gloves.
It just kept running through my mind while I was doing this how much it would really stink to have to change a tire on the side of the connector on a rainy night. It also kept running through my mind that I would of been MORTIFIED if I had been unable to do it because I had never taken the time to learn. My “I am women hear me roar” would of been a bit more of a whimper!
Do you want to learn?
Bruce offers workshops so you can learn how to change a tire and other handy car type things! Okanagan Car Care/Integra Tire even does Woman’s workshops if that would make you feel more comfortable! Visit their online home for more information www.okanagancarcare.ca
Cool! Bruce and his gang rock and do an amazing amount of good for the community!
Awesome job Susan! Great video great info Susan. So now I just need you in the truck of my car along with my spare tire. Oh wait….that sounded bad
Susan you never cease to amaze me!!