Changing A Spare Tire

Posted On: 2011-02-23

Abby and I were on our way back home from our 6 week appointments and I really wanted Arby's. It was on the way home so I thought why not? I sat at the red light waiting to turn in and once it turned green I knew something was very wrong.

At least one of my tires was acting weird... felt like a flat but I wasn't sure and my car wasn't notifying me of any tire pressure change. I couldn't just pull over in the middle of the intersection so I went into the Arby's parking lot stop, get out, and investigate what the problem was. Once parked I circled the car looking for something to be wrong but couldn't find anything but I knew there had to be something so I got back in and pulled the car forward another 6 inches. Again I circled the car and that's when I saw it.

My first reaction was saying some expletives and kicking the tire. I just knew that this was going to be an expensive Arby's run. A gentleman walking by asked if I was ok and I said no while pointing to my tire. To me it seemed like this piece of protruding metal could just be removed because it didn't look to be too far into the tire. WRONG. The guy explained that it was a tire balancing weight from a larger vehicle stuck into my tire a little less than halfway which meant about 3/4" in. There was no way I could remove it without losing air like crazy.

Thankfully he had some extra time to help me change the tire to a spare. I tried to offer him a $50 gift card to a nice local restaurant but he wouldn't accept it and just said one good deed deserves another.

Later that afternoon I scheduled my car to get a new tire. On the way there I could only go 50mph on the 60mph freeway which made me very nervous but there wasn't anything I could do... the spare wouldn't allow me to go any faster. I kept my hazards on while driving in the slowest lane and finally made it there to find out that the poor alignment meant I needed 4 new tires!

That was my $1400 Arby's run.

--> Stay tuned for Part 2 where I trade in my car for an SUV the next day!