Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Another First!

Back when I had my Sahara, I had run over a roofing nail. I had to get my front drivers tire plugged. Feeling uncomfortable out on the trails with a plugged tire, I took my Jeep to the dealer to get the tires rotated, and the plugged tire put on as the spare. I had locking lug nuts on all the tires at the time. I assumed the dealer would have put them back on after they rotated the tires. 

Well -- mistake on my part. They did not put the locking lug nuts back on. I didn't notice it until I traded in my Sahara for the Rubicon. I called the dealer to find my locking lug nuts. They didn't have them. So, they gave me a new set. Now I could put them on my Rubicon.

Yesterday was the first day in a long time where I had a free moment to do that. This would be my first ever attempt to removing lug nuts from a tire -- Yes... in my whole long life -- I have never had to change a tire. I would always call AAA or who ever was available to come help me. 

Back when we originally put the locking lug nuts on the Sahara -- before I was into this whole Jeep-Build-Do-It-Myself-Mode -- my husband did it. 

So yesterday it was time for me to suck it up --To see how strong I really was. I vowed I wasn't going to get muscle help on this one. In the past that is what held me back from doing it myself. The thought of those power tools tightening those lug nuts scared me. Well no more, I have JEEP GIRL POWER now.
I went to get the lug-nut-turney-thingy out of my "trunk".  I couldn't get the jack out no matter how hard I pulled. So instead of getting my husband, I thought I'd check the manual first. Maybe there was some secret button I had to push. And there was. All I had to do was make a small turn of the plastic wing nut and Wah Lah -- the jack came right out. 

Okay -- I know! --  I didn't need the jack to change the lug nuts, but... the lug nut wrench -- Yes I did know what it is called -- was under the jack. 

Once I got the wrench out, I tried to loosen the lug nuts, but I wasn't having any luck. Then I remembered the install of my Barricade rock sliders. If you remember that post I had a hard time with my righty tighty, lefty loosy. 

So, I did have to go in and ask my husband. But I made him stay in the house. I went back out, and turned the wrench counterclockwise. That works better than my rights and lefts. I did have to put some muscle into it, but I did it! Thank goodness the neighbors weren't out because I think I made a spectacle of myself when I cheered and jumped up and down. 

Now all five wheel have locking lug nuts and I did it all by myself. It feels good to accomplish something I feared for years. Now I know I will be capable of changing my own tire. 

                      - Simple Living! - Enjoying Life! -- The Jeep Momma Way --

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