January 24th, 2011
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