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haven`t been on for a while , so hi all . I had a problem this weekend that I thought I`d pass on to you .
I was heading for work on Saturday ( this is Monday ) , when I had a flat tire . I couldn`t find a flat spot to work so I limped home , about a half mile . First off a bit of quick background, I have a 2002 Escort SE , with American Racing wheels with thier lugnuts .
When I was able to get back to work on the car , I discovered that my lugwrench would not fit at all . It was too thick to fit . I also tried my 4-way , same result . Next I tried a 13/16th socket which fit the stock lugs . Guess what .......... It didn`t work either . as it turns out the lugs were metric . I didn`t have the right one . It took a 19mm . The short end is the wheel survived , has a new tire and I have a 19mm socket .
the moral of this missive is this . make sure ( especially in the winter ) that you have all of the items you need for emergency. things like , jumper cables , a good jack , a good spare , a lugwrench that works on your lugs , etc . Sounds like common sense ,but sometimes we need to be reminded of these things . I never thought that I couldn`t change a tire , I assumed that what was in the car would do the job , when it couldn`t . Just passing this on . Peace and drive safely .
"H" :hippy2:
 

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Yeah! i've tried to unbolt one of my rear wheels last year with the oem wrench to be use with the jack....damn..you can't unbolt those lugnuts if you had your tires installed by a shop...its so tight ..even if i'd step on the wrench it wouldn't help....the only way i''m able to unbolt the tires by myself is with the cross version of the wrench.... only then it becomes super easy..
 

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My friends laugh @ me all the time when they look in my trunk and see emergency roadside kits and what have you. That stuff really comes in handy!! The only time I ever break down or have a flat is really early in the morning or really late @ night. Not to mention its usually winter time.

Those thermal blankets that come in those roadside kits and look like aluminum foil actually work!!

Anyways, I think the moral of the story is.....Do like da Boyscouts!! Always be prepared, Yeah!!
 

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It's remind me of one of my friend. One night, he decided to go wild with is Volkswagen 1983 :p But, he turned a corner too fast so his tire just remove itself from the rim :|
So, he stop and get his jack for puting the emergency tire.
First thing, the place where he put the jack was a little rusty... so when he lift up the car, the car just didn't move, big hole in front of the door! :p
After 10 min of work to get the car in the air and remove the tire, come the time to put the emergency tire. It's was a 5 bolt rims... but he had 4 bolt rims on his car! I don't know how he did it, but after some time, he managed to put the emergency tire...! After that, he went stole a tire in a junkyard, but like 30 min of crazy thing, he had an accident! He was like driving at 80 km/h in 4, he put it in 2, put the handbrake on and turn...! On the top :p No one was hurt, but after turning the car over, he wanted to get it started! We just push-it near the junkyard that he previously stole a tire :p
What a night !
 

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1st Gen Escorts = 'World Cars' = Metric
2nd & 3rd Gen Escorts = Mazdas = Metric

Anyway, that sucks EZH.

I was playing around at low speed yesterday morning on my ice covered road.. I held my handbrake for too long and didn't counter-steer enough (I had some sort of brain fart, mid-slide) and got too close to the inside of the turn. Suddenly my car is blocking the road and my front tire is in a snow filled ditch. I could rock the car back and forth about a foot, but couldn't get her to move out of the ditch. My car's lowered and I didn't even scrape the bottom, but the ditch my wheel got hooked in was just too deep. Well, a neighbor came along in his silverado as I was trying to figure out how to get my chains(cables) on the tires and tried giving me a push.. when that didn't work, I pulled out my TOW STRAP! That's right.. I bought one earlier this week to help pull a friend out of the woods (using a subaru, not my scort). Anyway, I was out of the ditch in short order with only a little hurt pride. :oops:
 
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