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Sunday, July 24, 2005
changing a tire can take some time
8:21 PM
yikes.

ok, so i got this jeep because the hearse just isn't good enough any more. i knew when i got it that it would need new tires, so when the passenger-rear tire would get low every couple of weeks, i wasn't surprised. i would just fill it up and move on.

friday night, i stopped over at my friend lyndsey's place to hang out for a couple hours. (she caught the episode of Mr. Show with Tool on it, which was lucky for her, i guess. ;) when i went to leave, the passenger-rear tire was FLAT. i mean, no driving it the three blocks to the gas station, this thing was gone. lyndsey drove me home, since it was dark, and i didn't want to fool around with the friggin thing at that point anyway.

saturday morning, i went to brunch with sara, and when i got back, i went over to lyndsey's to change the tire. good times. (not really.)

i don't have a spare tire yet. see, my friend laura, from whom i bought the jeep, had loaned the spare to her boyfriend, and he still had it. i hadn't really gotten around to asking for it, so i was out of luck on that front. luckily, the hearse spare would work enough to get me to michel tires plus, and they'd take it from there.

at first, i tried lyndsey's jack, as i couldn't find mine in the jeep. of course, hers is for a car, not a jeep cherokee, so it didn't lift it up far enough. however, a renewed and more thorough search for my jack revealed that it was under the back seat, so i was back in business.

back in business, that is, until i tried my jeep's lug wrench. apparently, it's not the correct one for those lugs. cripes.

lyndsey's fit, though, so i went to town.

well, i went to town on the thing until i realized that ALL of the lug nuts on that tire were stuck. either they were corroded, or someone got all crazy with an air wrench. or both.

i got some crap from autozone called PB Blaster, which was described to me as "WD40 on crack". i sprayed it on the lugs and waited about 20-30 minutes.

i got lyndsey's lug wrench onto the first lug. after much trying, it finally broke free when i stood on it. finally!

next one, fine. next one, fine. one left: no good. naturally. i stood on it, and even hopped a bit, but to no avail. dammit.

i sprayed more PB Blaster on it, then waited some more.

(by the way, PB Blaster is NASTY! if someone were to capture me and force me to choose between drinking a shot of gasoline or a shot of PB Blaster, i'd choose the gasoline, in a second. seriously.)

it didn't, help, though. still nothing, though i did notice that i'd bent lyndsey's lug wrench a bit, and rounded the corners off the lug.

shit.

i gave up, as by that time michel tires plus had closed.

this morning, after my friend katie from work stopped by to picked up some cds i'd burned for her, i tried again. i'd hoped that the PB Blaster would have worked its magic overnight, but it wasn't enough. plus, the lug wrench kept slipping off the lug, as the corners were all rounded.

long story shorter, lyndsey used her roadside assistance to tow me up to michel tires plus. they replace the two rear tires (and the offending lugs).

so yeah. i spent four hours changing a tire, and was unsuccessful.

what a great weekend. :D

i did catch a great show, though: Chalk with Ari Ari from Muncie, IN. they were both great, and apparently it's Chalk's penultimate show. i got some pics, which i'll post some time.

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