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Old 12-16-2011, 03:03 PM
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Changed first flat

Last week fiance was driving on the Florida Turnpike and got a flat. Screw in the tread. It had 1152 miles. Grrrrr. it was night and she was close enough that I was able to go there to do the change. Driver's rear.

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The jack has to go really high and even though we were level on pavement it seemed much more tippy than other stock jacks I've used. Next time I will bring Jack stands or see if I can fit one in the spare area.

Putting pockets back in spare tire location was confusing. They didn't seem to fit correctly either way but were different. I figured it out from one having stuff in it and remembering which side it was on. Next time I will place them on the ground the same way they fit.

Spare is smaller than stock so stock tire makes the deck lid bulge even without the pockets in there. Not fun if you have cargo back there.

Lug wrench is short. She couldn't operate it but it was ok for me. I am going to put a pipe in there so she can use it for leverage if I'm not around.

Using lug wrench and the attachment to work the jack was clumsy. Not easy as some stock jacks I've used.


Guess the good news was the tire was repairable and we got it fixed and running within an hour of me arriving. Hope this helps.
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Re: Changed first flat

I totally agree about the jack and it's placement. I had to get out the book to see where and how to place the jack. At least this was done in the comfort of my garage. I have a full size steel spare and man is that thing heavy. Took me longest to try and get the lugs lined up.
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Re: Changed first flat

I completely agree about lug wrench being too short. I purchased this collapsible breaker bar:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003TSW2V0/ref=oh_o04_s00_i00_detail

and it is great.
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