14 March 2008

Rite of passage

Last night, the spouse hit a kerb. Didn’t think anything of it.

This afternoon, she went to drive to the museum, and discovered we had a flat tire.

I tried re-inflating it to see how badly punctured it was. Once the pressure reached around 10psi there was an audible hissing noise, and the tire went flat in about 5 minutes. So, no going anywhere on that. Hence, I have just changed a tire on a car, for the first time in my life.

It turns out that car wheels are really rather filthy things, and so is the floor of our garage. Given that I’m not exactly the beefiest guy, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get the nuts loose, and it was touch and go on a couple of them. However, I exceeded my own expectations and got the job done without any mishaps, using the mini jack and wrench supplied with the car.

It’s probably time for a new set of tires anyway. We’ve done over 30,000 miles on the factory set, which I gather is pretty typical for a Prius.

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