Today is Shaun L’s birthday and on the ride to work we got a special treat: There was an accident on the on ramp to 91.
Not wanting to delay the trip to work, I did a quick 180, ran over a short section of curb, and started down a new route to work. Things were looking good. And then: THUMP THUMP THUMP… the tire went flat.
I brought the pulsing car to the breakdown lane and got out to survey the damage. Shaun and I (both highly trained mechanical engineers) were able to determine that yes, the tire was flat.
I opened up the trunk and pulled out the donut spare. I also got my toolbox and the pipe of justi—- “OH NO!” I gasped in both shock and horror “I don’t have the pipe of justice*!”
Shaun L. was the first to take a stab at the nuts. He threw the wrench onto the nut and cranked… to no avail. It didn’t budge. We jumped on the end of the handle… still nothing. Also, the tool for raising the jack seemed to be missing… this was going to be a challenge.
we took inventory:
Toolbox full of various small tools
Deep socket set
Two Double Dutch T-shirts
Giant block of wood
Box of Tissues
First we tried the ratchet with the deep sockets. Still, the nut didn’t budge.
The shovel! By jamming the handle around the end of the wrench we could increase our leverage by 3 feet! We tried it… and the shovel bent to the point where we feared it would break. Giant block of wood?
Shaun L. stepped back… I raised the block of wood high over my head and pounded the handle of the wrench. It moved.
And with another 40 or so slams, all the nuts were loosened. Who knew that the giant block of wood would prove so useful?
We then took a small screw driver and jammed it through the end of the jack. By twisting the screw driver we were able to raise the car inch by inch. 25 minutes later… the donut was in place. Success!
We made it to work about a half hour late. Not too shabby considering the circumstances. And really, we were quite lucky. The weather was beautiful and the breakdown lane was vast. Unfortunately, it looks like my lunch will be spent seeing if I can get a patch for the tire.
*a pipe, that has saved my butt on numerous occasions by providing serious leverage for removing stuck nuts.