Luke’s Life

Worst Flat Tire[s] EVER

Posted in Uncategorized by lrobison on May 14, 2006

Saturday dad was coming up to austin to help me move all the big things out of my dorm since they don’t fit in my tiny little car… but we ran into a little trouble.

One of the truck’s tires just kinda flew apart- tread speparation. But the spare was reallylow, and the tire was still actually inflated, so he just started looking for somewhere to get help, and driving really slow. That lasted for about a mile before the tire went flat. So on goes the spare, and it looks like it holds air… barely. So he keeps drivinguntill he can air it up at a u-haul place. back on the highway for 10 miles or so and then the old raggedy looking spare bites the dust with a blowout.

This is where i come in. Dad calls me to come pick him up. Hes only about 30 miles away so i jump in my car and go find him on the side of the road trying to get a strippedlugnut off the wheel which he just put on an hour ago. The problem was the socket didn’t fit very well, so we tried fitting little pieces of metal over the nut, but no use. We found alowes and a tire place so we fixed the already removed regular tire, and got two vice grips from Lowes to see if we could get a good grip and wrench that lugnut off. But it was on too tight. After trying everthing we could think of we decided to try to beak off the lugnut any way possible. Our approach was a small sledge hammer and a cold-metal chisel.

Let me tell you this right now. Don’t try the chiseling the lugnut off approach. It really just doesn’t work. After lots of hard hammering we ended up with a lugnut that had just been smushed back into a recess of the wheel. There was no way to get it off without a cutting torch now, but its now past 5pm saturday night. No car place is open tonight, and no one will be open tomorrow either.

We call it a day and eat at the chilie’s across the road before driving south to New Braunfels to pick up an extra van from grandma, then back north to austin. Dad left san antonio at 2pm, and made it into austin at 10pm. We pack all the big stuff into grandma’s van, and dad spent the night here before going back to san antonio this morning.

oh, and it was really hot and muggy the whole time… like 95 degrees. And my dorm A/C bearly works.

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  1. elissa said, on June 15, 2006 at 21:05

    did you and your dad sleep in the same bed?

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