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Lwiddis

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Posted: 11/12/21 09:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hard to get new RVers to practice changing a tire too. Guess they’d rather learn on the side of the road.


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Posted: 11/12/21 09:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not quite same subject, but when we got new Santa Fe at first tire replacement, we had Discount Tire junk the fake spare and replace with full size wheel and tire. Been 5 years and no flats, but still check tire pressure on spare with others.

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@jrscooby, and with your in depth knowledge of changing tires, you carry every size socket you hope will fit your ragged out lug nuts?
That right there is funny from a guy handing out advice about changing tires!


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And last I checked, your story is about maintenance or repair skills.
That is unless they were driving the truck while trying to change a tire! Lol.

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Talking about "spare tires" Many new cars do NOT have even a donut spare, only an inflator kit with slime.

And I know several such vehicles that people I know have and almost all of them did not know the car had no spare tire.

Or the cars that have donut spares and the spot for it is to small to put the real tire in. So if you do have a flat, hope you've got lots of extra space in the back or the passenger is going to have a flat tire on their lap.

And first thing I did with my mercedes with the long lug bolts was to replace them with stand head bolts w/o the extension on them.

And the lug wrenches on lots of vehicles, especially trucks are pretty short for the amount of torque needed 150ish ft/lbs.

I suspect lots of people don't even know where tire changing tools for the car are located, let alone know where the jack points are.

My mercedes came with hinged wheel chocks, really a clever implementation. So I went on ebay and got a couple to put in our other vehicles. The fold down flat but flip open making a nice wheel chock.


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Posted: 11/12/21 11:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On the other hand, flats are much less common than they used to be. When I first started driving, I used to get a flat tire every few years. It's been over 20 years since I had a flat tire that left me stranded (and that time, it was both tires on one side, so the spare didn't help me). I've had slow leaks/punctures since then, but have always been able to pump up the tire and get to a tire store.

I've got the tools to replace a flat in my Class C, but unless I was stuck somewhere outside of cell range, I'd call roadside service if I got a flat.

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Those wheel lugs have got to be the dumbest thing Mercedes ever did. You get one of those suckers broke off either get out a wad of money or get ready for a time consuming job. + you need a replacement wheel. I may change cars before tires wear out but if not as much as I hate the thought I'll cut it off.

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FWIW, I presume the discussion is about putting the spare rim w/tire on instead of the rim with flat tire, not actually changing tires? (I have a friend who runs a mobile tire service and often gets asked why he charges so much to change tires...at which point he has to confirm what's being requested since he does both rim swaps and tire changes).

Back to topic....I do as the OP suggested for all of my vehicles. Nice sunny day, beverage of choice nearby, walk through the process of getting the spare setup, switching rims, putting the bad rim/tire where the spare used to be, etc.

...and all my vehicles have a 4-way spinner. I can bust loose the lugs on all my vehicles (except the F550) with the factory lug wrench, but easier with the 4-way.

....and although I know how to do it, between circa October and May, if I'm in the general Los Anchorage area, it's worth the $50 to me (assuming a good response time) to have my buddy send out a guy to swap the spare.


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Posted: 11/12/21 12:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My first tire change did not go perfect either. I give credit for the continued effort with eventual success. Plenty would walk away and call for assistance.


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time2roll wrote:

tire change ...... Plenty would walk away and call for assistance.


After hopefully revoking their own man card, permanently!

* This post was edited 11/12/21 01:37pm by Grit dog *

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