Car ownership - a rant

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Car ownership - a rant

Postby Graeme_S » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:22 am

Maybe this should be called My wife - a rant.

We just have one car, which my wife uses as her magic leaving the house machine. I generally walk and cycle everywhere. Our current car is a new VW Polo which is about 6 months old. Last night we were out together in the car when we heard and felt a thumping which seemed to be coming from one of the wheels. When we stopped and checked it we discovered a large screw through the front right tyre. The tyre was still inflated so we carefully drove the short distance home.

My wife is off work this week so we agreed that this morning she would go and get the tyre replaced. We also had a look at the spare and discovered that it's a proper full spare tyre, although it's on a crappy rim. We agreed that she would get the spare tyre swapped onto the front right wheel, and either see if she could get the screwed tyre repaired, or buy a cheaper tyre for the spare.

This morning when I came out of the house to cycle to work I had a look and saw that the tyre was unsurprisingly now completely flat. I shouted up the stairs to my wife, that if she came down I'd help her change the wheel for the spare. She has once before changed a wheel, I barely drive so have never done it before. She was still in bed, and couldn't be bothered to get up, so said she would do it herself later. I reminded her that we have roadside assistance so if she got stuck she should ring them.

When I got to work I received a text from her telling me:

1. she jacked the car up without finding the jacking point and has ruined the sill/trim under the driver's door
2. she successfully removed all the bolts but couldn't get the wheel off anyway
3. she's now waiting for the roadside assistance

The worst thing about this is she said she didn't know about the jacking point, but the one time she previously jacked a car up to replace a wheel she didn't know to find it then either and a friend and I told her how lucky she was that she didn't damage the car and that the car didn't fall on her while she was doing it.

So now we need a new tyre and the sill/trim replacing because she couldn't be arsed to get out of bed and let me help her do it first thing this morning. :evil:

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Re: Car ownership - a rant

Postby bompington » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:31 am

So what you mean is "Wife ownership - a rant"

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Re: Car ownership - a rant

Postby coriordan » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:31 am

The 1st time I changed a wheel I had no assistance and had never done it before. Its really not hard. If I had to ask my wife to help me, I certainly wouldn't be bragging about it.

Sounds like you need to sell it and buy her a bike.

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Re: Car ownership - a rant

Postby Graeme_S » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:34 am

coriordan wrote:The 1st time I changed a wheel I had no assistance and had never done it before. Its really not hard. If I had to ask my wife to help me, I certainly wouldn't be bragging about it.

Sounds like you need to sell it and buy her a bike.

Happily would sell the car. She's keen to keep hold of it.

And I'm not making myself late for work to change a wheel on her car if she's not even going to get out of bed!

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Postby spen666 » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:35 am

coriordan wrote:The 1st time I changed a wheel I had no assistance and had never done it before. Its really not hard. If I had to ask my wife to help me, I certainly wouldn't be bragging about it.

Sounds like you need to sell HER and buy another bike.



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Re: Car ownership - a rant

Postby gtvlusso » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:42 am

I am in the same position; I cycle or walk everywhere. My wife takes the car daily.

Hence; our car is never washed, cleaned out, fixed or serviced. Issues are only spotted when I drive it. If something goes wrong when my wife has the car, my wife simply takes it to the most expensive place she can and then puts the charge on my credit card....this was the case until recently.

Our old Mercedes, that I rarely drove, got a bit smokey - My wife paid out £3500 for a service, they basically rebuilt the engine. I sold the Mercedes and bought a crap Honda for £1500.

She hates the Honda, but, I told that if she is unwilling to look after a car, then I am unwilling to pay for it.

**The clutch is starting to go south on the Honda now, only noted because I drove it this morning and noticed it slipping. On speaking to my wife about an hour ago I was told; 'It has done that since I reversed up a hill a few weeks back....' :shock:

So, I feel your pain.

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Re: Car ownership - a rant

Postby Danlikesbikes » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:46 am

Spouse did something similar less the damage to the car sill.

The wheel can get stuck on & in car tyre places they use a rubber mallet to bash it off. I don't own a mallet but if you lower the car a bit to the touch the ground with the wheel unbolted the weight will cause the wheel to come loose. Then just jack it back up to take the whee off.
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Re: Car ownership - a rant

Postby DrLex » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:47 am

gtvlusso wrote:[worryingly familiar recollections]


Is it a gender trait or could my wife and yours be close-relations?

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Re: Car ownership - a rant

Postby Graeme_S » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:53 am

To be fair, she's been driving longer than I have and is more car savvy than I am, but if I'm not sure about something I'd have checked before ramming a jack into the bodywork on the car.

The tyre has apparently been repaired now, so the only real expense from this entire endeavour is the bodywork damage that was completely unnecessary!

Pretty sure next time she'll find the jack point.

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Re: Car ownership - a rant

Postby coriordan » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:56 am

My mother is DAMN good at looking after our car actually. She spots everything, shops around for a good price and refuses to start poking mechanicals and electrics without consulting the owners manual.

She's quite happy changing the wheels on a Discovery (defender is more tricky as the jack is a *****) and has the forethought to put down something solid under the jack as we live on a gravel drive.

Not at a all a manly lady either - a hereditary peer in Europe - also certainly no averse to rolling her sleeves up and gutting dead birds.

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Re: Car ownership - a rant

Postby rjsterry » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:58 am

Similar situation here - only Mrs RJS drives our car - but she probably knows more about cars than I do, partly . Which is a good thing judging by the above stories. Sadly an unawareness of the need for maintenance (and reading the instruction) seems remarkably prevalent these days.
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Re: Car ownership - a rant

Postby Dalton » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:59 am

Struggling to understand why you didn't put the spare wheel when you got home? Would have saved trying to get the wife out of bed to help this morning and some considerable expense I expect.

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Re: Car ownership - a rant

Postby Graeme_S » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:01 pm

She did say that she checked the manual but it doesn't mention the jack point. This seems possible as the manual is absolutely shoot. Some bits in it seem to be referring to a different car entirely. Still don't understand how she could have forgotten the conversation we had about this last time she jacked a car without finding the jack point.

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Re: Car ownership - a rant

Postby Graeme_S » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:04 pm

Dalton wrote:Struggling to understand why you didn't put the spare wheel when you got home? Would have saved trying to get the wife out of bed to help this morning and some considerable expense I expect.

Yeah, it's a fair point. Certainly in hindsight I wish that is what we'd done. The tyre hadn't gone down at all (it has pressure sensors and they hadn't activated) and there's a tyre place round the corner. It was only when I was about to go out the front door this morning when I thought "balls, I bet the tyre will be flat".

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Re: Car ownership - a rant

Postby davmaggs » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:06 pm

Top tip for anybody is to go through the wheel changing process when you first get the car. You do not want to be learning when stuck by the side of a busy road when it is raining and it is dark. Have a practice run with the owners guide in hand in the dry comfort of your driveway.

Also never ever presume that the garage that fitted the tyres did you the courtesy of not over tightening them. Loosen and tighten them yourself.

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Re: Car ownership - a rant

Postby TailWindHome » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:12 pm

Graeme_S wrote:
Dalton wrote:Struggling to understand why you didn't put the spare wheel when you got home? Would have saved trying to get the wife out of bed to help this morning and some considerable expense I expect.

Yeah, it's a fair point. Certainly in hindsight I wish that is what we'd done. The tyre hadn't gone down at all (it has pressure sensors and they hadn't activated) and there's a tyre place round the corner. It was only when I was about to go out the front door this morning when I thought "balls, I bet the tyre will be flat".



Why did you need your wife to get up so you could change the tyre?

Just change the tyre.

Now instead of her husband changing the tyre she has had to phone 'a man' to do it.
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Re: Car ownership - a rant

Postby BigLights » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:15 pm

I totally feel your pain man. I love my car, it's been immaculately serviced, engine tuned up, chipped, freeflow exhausts, top end tyres, custom soundsystem, the whole 9 yards.

My wife parks it like a fire engine, so now all bumpers are scraped to oblivion, alloys screwed, painful. I think the girls just don't get the whole emotional attachment to a vehicle thing, at all.

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Re: Car ownership - a rant

Postby Danlikesbikes » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:17 pm

[quote="TailWindHome"]
Why did you need your wife to get up so you could change the tyre?

Probably because the OP said in his post "I shouted up the stairs to my wife, that if she came down I'd help her change the wheel for the spare. She has once before changed a wheel, I barely drive so have never done it before."

Kinda suggests that they would be helping each other.
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Re: Car ownership - a rant

Postby rjsterry » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:33 pm

coriordan wrote:My mother is DAMN good at looking after our car actually. She spots everything, shops around for a good price and refuses to start poking mechanicals and electrics without consulting the owners manual.

She's quite happy changing the wheels on a Discovery (defender is more tricky as the jack is a *****) and has the forethought to put down something solid under the jack as we live on a gravel drive.

Not at a all a manly lady either - a hereditary peer in Europe - also certainly no averse to rolling her sleeves up and gutting dead birds.


Ahh, the aristocracy. I suppose living in a semi-derelict manor house/chateau does force one to learn to be a bit more practical.
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Re: Car ownership - a rant

Postby TailWindHome » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:37 pm

Danlikesbikes wrote:
TailWindHome wrote:Why did you need your wife to get up so you could change the tyre?


Probably because the OP said in his post "I shouted up the stairs to my wife, that if she came down I'd help her change the wheel for the spare. She has once before changed a wheel, I barely drive so have never done it before."

Kinda suggests that they would be helping each other.



Jeez. He couldn't change the tyre because his wife didn't up to show him how to do it?

Poor show.
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