Every Sunday the Thrill staff meet to discuss the posts for the upcoming week. When it came time to talk about “How to Be a Grown-Up”, I was asked if I could do one on how to fix a flat. Two problems: 1) Why would it come up organically that I needed to fix a flat? and 2) I don’t actually know how. Funny story though, on the way back from Wal-Mart to get cheap beer and candy some friends and I popped a tire in a car that wasn’t ours. [Ed. — sounds familiar.] Luckily, our friend Alex is from backwoods Wisconsin (Oshkosh, to be exact) and once upon a time his father taught him how to fix a flat. So without further explanation, this is “How To Fix A Flat.”
The flat, in all it’s glory.
Finding the lip to put the jack on.
Here it is!
Putting on the jack, I maintain this is the only part that I could not have figured out on my own.
Lifting the car off the ground. Turn to the counter-clockwise to lower it, clockwise to raise it.
Loosening the nuts. Start with one, then do the one directly across from it. In this case there were four. To loosen, put the tire iron on the bolt and then kick it down (left loosey, righty tighty).
Once the nuts are loose enough, take them off by hand.
Pull the flat off the axel.
Get the donut.
Put the donut on, retighten the bolts, doing them incrementally (if you tighten them one at a time the tire won’t be balanced).
Marvel at your handiwork.