Flat Tire in Downtown

Wednesday after work, I hopped into my Trailblazer and make my way to pick up Ezzy from Sheena’s mom house… the usual weekday-after-work routine.  I’m making my way down the city streets and all of a sudden, I hear a flopping noise…. so I pull over to a less busy street, jump out the truck to find a flat tire.

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The jack is hidden under the back seat.  That’s not a horrible place to put it, but I have baby seats in the back, so I had to dismount those before I could get to it.

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Then I began to loosen the lugs from the flat.  It’s better to do that while it’s on the ground.  After loosing the lugs, I used the tire iron to lower the spare tire.  There’s a lil hole behind the tailgate where you have to fish the tire iron and just turn it counter clockwise.

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As you turn it, the spare tire slowly lowers.

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After dropping the spare and getting it free, I began to jack up the truck and eventually take off the flat.

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Then it was just a matter of putting the spare on, putting away the flat and being on my way, right?  Wrong!  The spare was flat too!

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It was at 10 psi when the max is supposed to be 44 psi.  It was enough for me to get to a gas station to air it up.  After it was all aired up, I was back in action.  30 minutes and getting my hands and work clothes dirty and I was good to go.

Sucks to have a flat, but I’m glad it happened yesterday when it was dry and 75 degrees (rather than wet and 40 degrees, as it is today).  I’m also glad it happened before I picked up Ezzy.  A little inconvenient, but overall, not a horrible thing to happen.

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