Thursday, October 11, 2007

A flat tire and a "good samaritan"

The drive from Camp Sumatanga is a long one, anywhere from 2 1/2 hours to 3 hours. All these years of going there I have made it to and from safely and without anything going wrong with the car.

But not this time. And really it was my fault, I did what they tell you not to do, I looked down to take care of something, and bang hit a curb. I did it on the highway in Moulton in front of a church, a Baptist church. I drove the car off into the church's parking lot.

I called Bob to tell him what had happened. I was at this point about an hour from home. He said he would come down to help me.

Now in the van, the tire is under the floor between the front seats and the next row. First you have to move away from the carpet area anything your kids have thrown down, or that you have set back there as well. It doesn't matter where you put that stuff now, just get it out of the way. You have to take the carpet up, and then lift up the cover. Fortunately it has a way to hook it to one of the seats to hold it up. You have to unscrew the tire and lift it out of its holder, maneuver it between the seats, and then get it out of the car. I got it done.

Then you have to go to the back of the van, move everything out of the way that you have back there already or have thrown back there to make room for getting the tire out of the floor. Then they have this net that hold things that you have to take down and take out whatever it is holding. Then you unscrew this side panel and there is your jack in three parts. You can pull out the two parts easily, but then you have to unscrew the top part of the actual jack, in a limited area to get it unscrewed in, to get it out. It will come out after doing that and getting stuck several times.

After wrestling with the things in your car, the carpet, the cover, the tire, and the jack you are now ready to fix your tire. Wooh I am already beat. Then you make sure you put your jack in the right place to jack up your car so you can take the tire off. At that moment a good samaritan will drive up, and right on time one does. It happens every time. Actually I was glad he did, because I was so tired from wrestling with everything else don't you know. He got the tire changed. And I was glad he came because for some reason the car rolled off the jack and he had to rejack it up, and the lug nuts were so tight he had to work hard to get them off. I also had to go get air put in the little spare tire.

Bob and the kids met me at the gas station. I was so glad to see them. He followed me all the way home in case something else happened. Today he is going to get that tire replaced and another one.

Thank you to my good samaritan that stopped and helped me when no one else did.

9 comments:

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

oh Abi yuck! today may you have wind in your sails, air in your tires, joy in your step...

Songbird said...

Love those good Samaritans! I had one this summer when I hit a curb and lost all the air in the tire immediately. Glad you're safely home!

Rev. Dulce said...

This is exactly why I am so preoccupied with my tires. Having been through similar experiences, I now have a Hydraulic jack in the back of my SUV. It makes life much easier

Plus, I've learned never, never carry around a 5-gallon jar of pennies. I can guarantee that you cannot pick it up to get the spare tire out.

Glad to hear that you had a good samaritan stop and help.

zorra said...

((Abi))
So glad you were OK.

mompriest said...

always a risk when we travel...we get so used to it we take it for granted. So glad someone stopped to help you...and glad your family came to follow you home.

Sally said...

Praise God for Good Samaritans- glad you arr OK Abi.

Deb said...

I have had the same thing with minivan tires and jacks. I usually sit there with the flashlight reading the car's manual (because of course I have NEVER had a flat in the daylight) and eventually, about the time I have it figured out, someone shows up and helps me...

angels unawares...

d

the reverend mommy said...

My last flat was on Christmas Eve, on the way home from church ...

Glad you made it home all in one piece!

DannyG said...

Several years ago my wife (J) got me a travel emergency kit from one of the auto stores. Among other things it has an air-pump powered by the cig. lighter jack. It has been very useful over the years.