What a great start to the new year! The kids got off to school after break with no problems this morning, and I made it out the door early as well. I hop in my car, and notice that it’s cranky after sitting around for almost two weeks. I pull it out of the garage slowly to give it a few minutes to warm up, when I realize the car doesn’t feel right, like it’s slumped over. I hop out to have a look…
And see the left front tire is flat. The screw I ran over is sitting right there staring at me too, just the head sticking out of the side of the tire.
I throw the trunk open and dig out the spare tire and jack. I stick the jack under the front bumper and slowly crank it up, up, and up. There doesn’t seem to be much clearance for the tire, though. I double-check the instructions, and they say to put the jack elsewhere to properly lift the car.
But, since I’ve got it up here anyway, let’s see if I can wrestle the tire off as is. I go to take off the hubcap…
And discover that it’s locked with a special tool. One that I don’t have in the car.
I crank the car back down, go in the house to warm up, and consider getting it towed to a shop. Well, nobody’s going to be open yet – it’s not even 9 am – so I go to give the car another try.