Re: Embarrassing! Can't even change a tire.
Ahhhhhh, the ole tire woes. Know them well. Here's a few tips, and they are learned from years of mistakes and misfortune.
- JACKS. To heck with them space saver scissor jacks. If you've ever had to rest a Chevy Suburban on one, you'd know what I mean. I carry a "smallish" 2.5 Ton floorjack with me. Makes life easier.
- TIREKEEPER. You know, that cable with a clasp on the end that you have to insert the pole (through the bumper) in order to lower the tire from underneath a vehicle. Keep that thing well-lubed, or you won't be getting your tire down when you need to.
- LUGS. I know all too well how torqued on those lugs can be after being put on with air impact in a shop. I carry a heavy-duty socket ratchet and socket in my vehicles for the sole purpose of removing lugs. And if need be, I use the extension handle (hollow pipe) from the floorjack as leverage on the socket wrench. Guarantee to break the lug free with the extension.
There's no easier way to wrench your back out, than pulling on a lug that won't break loose. Been there, done it.