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Re: WK2 jack actually helped someone out (thankfully not me)

Along the same vein but a slight change of subject. A few years ago I used to hang out at a Western Auto store owned by a friend of mine. I was amazed at the number of grown men and their young sons who came into the store to have a tire changed, new intertube, spokes tightened, chain or brakes replaced. None of these men knew how to do this themselves and as a result neither did their kids.
My Dad taught me how to do this things when I was knee high to a grasshopper. How come men today don't know how to do these simple things?
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My father didn't teach me squat anything about tools or cars. And he would NEVER change is own tire. But one Saturday evening he drove up behind a young couple with a flat tire. The girl was in a fancy dress and the boy was in a tuxedo and they were on their way to prom. So my pop changed their tire for them so the kid wouldn't ruin his tux! :-)
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Along the same vein but a slight change of subject. A few years ago I used to hang out at a Western Auto store owned by a friend of mine. I was amazed at the number of grown men and their young sons who came into the store to have a tire changed, new intertube, spokes tightened, chain or brakes replaced. None of these men knew how to do this themselves and as a result neither did their kids.
My Dad taught me how to do this things when I was knee high to a grasshopper. How come men today don't know how to do these simple things?
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That's what I am saying. These are the sort of things that prepare you for being a man. The ability to be self sufficient and take care of the little things. I'm only 36 and it bothered the he'll out of me that this guy was basically the same age and had no idea of what to do.
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My father didn't teach me squat anything about tools or cars. And he would NEVER change is own tire. But one Saturday evening he drove up behind a young couple with a flat tire. The girl was in a fancy dress and the boy was in a tuxedo and they were on their way to prom. So my pop changed their tire for them so the kid wouldn't ruin his tux! :-)
It's bc your dad is a gentleman for petes sake!
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8 penny nail. Never had one in a tire ever. Roofing nails are the killer, where they can be free standing pointy end up. Short sheet rock screws are the next most common.
I was a forming carpenter on condo projects in Florida. The sites were sandy dirt and filled with six and eight duplex nails.If you ran over one just right they would flip up and jab into the sidewall. Guys with trucks usually had hd transport tires and didn't have any problems but my little MG had radial tires that were like magnets for the damn nails
The big nails...sixes and eights were in the dirt and would get flipped around to jam into the sidewall or maybe if I was lucky the corner. I've had my share of drywsll screws too!
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Re: WK2 jack actually helped someone out (thankfully not me)

My worst story is from one night right after the weather suddenly turned cold. A guy came up to me when I was filling my tires at a gas station and asked me how I knew how much air to put in. I went to his car and showed him the sticker on his door with the pressures, told him he should double-check the sizes printed on the tires to make sure they matched the sticker just to be safe, and since he didn't have a tire gauge I suggested that the gas station's store might sell them.

I also impressed somebody by changing my dead car battery in the parking lot at work one night. He did know how to change a tire, but not much more than that. To his credit, seeing how easy it was motivated him to learn a little more about the really basic car work.

I've known lots of people in cities who could not do basic tasks because they never needed to. They were always close to everything, always had somebody who could give them a ride, kept some kind of roadside assistance, didn't have any trouble getting tow service down the street to the mechanic if they needed it, etc. Now everybody also has a cell phone, and you always have coverage in town and on major highways.
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Re: WK2 jack actually helped someone out (thankfully not me)

A friend at work refuses to change oil by himself in his car, and he is a big car guy. He simply says that he is lazy to do such things. He does not have a spare tire in his car (VW GTI) since he filled that space with a huge subwoofer. When I asked him what he would do if he had a flat, he said he will just call AAA or one of those people and wait for them. What if he was in the middle of no where in the middle of night?

At least, he keeps his car super clean!

BTW, my wife can change the tire if she gets a flat. First thing I taught her when we got the Cayenne since she drives it most of the time. The spare on the Cayenne is a collapsable, so changing the tire involves inflating it with the air pump as well.

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A friend at work refuses to change oil by himself in his car, and he is a big car guy. He simply says that he is lazy to do such things. He does not have a spare tire in his car (VW GTI) since he filled that space with a huge subwoofer. When I asked him what he would do if he had a flat, he said he will just call AAA or one of those people and wait for them. What if he was in the middle of no where in the middle of night?

At least, he keeps his car super clean!

BTW, my wife can change the tire if she gets a flat. First thing I taught her when we got the Cayenne since she drives it most of the time. The spare on the Cayenne is a collapsable, so changing the tire involves inflating it with the air pump as well.

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I'll tell you I haven't changed my own oil since I had the 91 Wrangler...More trouble than it's worth. The car makers don't even want us to change oil anymore. They're eliminating drain plugs, dipsticks and put filters in difficult to reach areas. Time is money and it seems cheaper for me to pay for oil changes. Plus...I'm to damn old to crawl around under the car.
Your buddy should think about getting himself some run flats....I have them on the 325. They're a little harsh but not too bad...and they are definitely better than getting a flat in the middle of bumfuq at night with no spare. The rescue trucks will change your tire...they don't fix flats.
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I'll tell you I haven't changed my own oil since I had the 91 Wrangler...More trouble than it's worth. The car makers don't even want us to change oil anymore. They're eliminating drain plugs, dipsticks and put filters in difficult to reach areas. Time is money and it seems cheaper for me to pay for oil changes. Plus...I'm to damn old to crawl around under the car.
Your buddy should think about getting himself some run flats....I have them on the 325. They're a little harsh but not too bad...and they are definitely better than getting a flat in the middle of bumfuq at night with no spare. The rescue trucks will change your tire...they don't fix flats.
Or, at the very least, get that canned tire inflator. Sure, there is a good chance it will mess up your TPMS and rim, but better than being in the middle of deliverance country.
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Or, at the very least, get that canned tire inflator. Sure, there is a good chance it will mess up your TPMS and rim, but better than being in the middle of deliverance country.
LOL! Yeah...I'd rather hear foam squirting into my tire than "Lemme hear ya squeal"!
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LOL! Yeah...I'd rather hear foam squirting into my tire than "Lemme hear ya squeal"!
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