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Thread: how long does it take to change a flat tire?

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    Super Member crkathleen's Avatar
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    2 Days! (Long winded!) Wednesday evening my husband came home from work and stopped at the gas station. He noticed we had a flat. So he put some air in it and came home. He checked the trunk to see if we had any fix-a-flat. It was frozen. We have an air compressor in the house so he thought we will just fill it in the morning and get to the gas station for some more fix-a-flat. (Before I had to go to work). Next morning... Got up and got ready for work. Went outside an hour before I was supose to be at work. Compressor wouldn't blow up the tire. Luckily a neighbor was out warming his car up for work. He said, "I have a great pump that will blow that right up" and reached in his car and pulled out a bicycle tire pump. We gladly accepted and started to pump away. Fast forward 10 minutes....We have enough air to get us to the gas station :thumbup: We went inside and bought a can of tire inflator. Yeah, it goes in and were up and running. Hurry up and drive around so it will coat the inside of the tire. We decide to hit another gas station to top off the tire. As I'm on the phone with work the driver's side window falls off the track. My husband and I look at each other and laugh. (Hey, what else ya gonna do!) So we head back to the house to get some prices on tires. Go back out and it's flat. OK. Time to put the donut on. Pull all the junk out of the truck to get to the tire (Have I forgotten to mention were in the middle of Lake effects Storm - roughly 10-12" snow falling over 2 days) Get the jack under the car and its not working right! Lovely! I procede to the front office to see if anyone has a jack. The lady said she would ask maintenance if they had one and call me back. Several hours later I go back to the office. As I'm talking to her another neighbor hears and he has a 2 ton jack! WooHoo!! So we finally got the donut on! Yeah!!! So, we figure it's late we will get up early and get hubby's check from work and go get a new tire. Next day.... Donut tire is flat! ok, time to transfer the battery from the car to the truck and pray it will start. Yeah! truck starts! NOOOOOO, belt shreds! (R you kidding me!) Battery back to car. Hubby walks to the gas station for 2 cans of tire inflator! (still snowing) He calls a co-worker to see if he has a spare tire. He does! Ok, now we have a tire on the car, time to go to work and get check. Got his check and went to the Bank. Deposit Check. Head to Wal-Mart. Car in their shop, we shop for groceries. Pay for groceries up front. Head to back to pay for tire. Card Denied! Bank has changed there policy and had decided to hold check for 24 hours (Even though hubby has been with this company for over 3 years!) Hubby calls the bank to see what was going on, Poor guy behind the counter didn't know what to do. Fortunately, I had the check book on me and it accepted it.
    Can I get a redo for the last 2 days!

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    I wouldn't want a redo but an entirely different day. LOL

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    I have had days like that too. My oldest daughter has that kind of day all the time. Just a didn't problem.

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    Aren't you glad it's over and done with.

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    Well at least you didn't fall in a mud puddle. :-)

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    Haha! I'm so greatful the day is over! I wished it never happened because I had the chance to purchase EQ5 :( but now....

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    I know it wasn't funny, but the way you tell the story it had me laughing. Sounds like some days I've had and all you can do is laugh. Oh, and hope tomorrows better.

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    OMG, talk about bad luck. I knew you really had a problem when I looked to see where you were from. Hope next week is better. :)

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    It can only get better!!! Hugs from Iowa!!

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    So glad you have a sense of humor AND that you shared your tale of woe with us. Let's hope you've had your all bad luck for 2010!

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    (((HUGS))) I think you used up a years worth of badluck in 2 days :shock: It should all be good for the rest of 2010 :D:D:D

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    ohhhh...so been there done that only in the freezing rain and no one to help except 2 small children :( No one took pity on a small woman trying to change the tire. Lucky for me, My Dad taught me to change tires...but that was back when cars all had bumper jacks. LOL (really dating myself now.) I'm hoping that you won't have anymore bad times this year at all. Hugs Tigger

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    That was a funny story. To bad it was true. I had a flat tire one time that took 9 days to change. It was a Ford Thunderbird (crappy one at that) we bought new. Had a flat tire at work. Called a gas station to change it. Could not get the lug nuts off. The tire had anti theft lug nuts. (Have you ever heard of getting your tire stolen?) Any how Ford had to tow it back to their dealership and order a special tool to remove the lug nuts. We only kept that car a year, it had all kinds of problems. Rear view mirror fell off, car wouldn't heat. Can't remember all the problems we had during our year of ownership.

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    Sorry about EQ5, but glad you all have transportation now. At lease you were not alone to take care of the situation!

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    Yep, some days, some days! Makes you say, "You're testing me aren't you, Lord?" Either that or the Bird of Paradise just flew over and it was 'bombs away'. Last big tire change I had to do all by myself on a country road, took me 45 mins sitting on the ground trying to get the lug nuts off. Remember to take the tire out before jacking up the car. I didn't do that and by the time I was done, 2 hours later, I was so dirty and on the verge of tears. Didn't help when I got home and hubby said, 'what did you do today?' Now I can look back and smile. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

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    Some days you just have to laugh and wonder when that ole wheel is going to turn in the other direction!! :-D
    You can say without a doubt, you are a survivor!!

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    Oh geeze, you poor thing, you had a few miserable days.

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    Yeah well my truck was in need of new tires all around well DH works for scrap yard and got a set of tires, used of course, but still in good shape. well they have been getting low every now and then. well yesterday DH gets out to go to work and in a min comes back inside to tell me I have a flat. well i need to take kids to school and get myself to school also!! yeah it took him about 3 hrs to get it done. jack up truck, tried 3 different jacks, had to pump up spare but air compressor kept tripping off the fuse!! so finally got spare on. so needless to say in about 2 weeks I will be shelling out 1200.oo for new tires and rims!!!

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    I feel your pain Star!

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    As I do yours but I am glad you got your problem solved

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