After work, I went to my car with the full expectation that I was going to
hop into it and drive home. Alas, such was not the case! There was
this bulge in the sidewall of my front driver-side tire. The bulge was
the size of Kansas, so I thought it prudent not to drive on it. I look
in my trunk and notice my spare is flat (again). It has this really
really slow leak that totally stumps the people I've brought it to twice
to get it fixed. Anyhow, so I bring it all across the street where we
have a most convenient gas station with an air hose. But the air hose
is broken. I toss things around and decide it'll be ok to drive a mile
and a half down the road to the next gas station. They have an air
hose and it works. So I pull out all the gear, jack up the car, pull
all the bolts off, and when I try to pull the wheel off, it doesn't budge.
At this point, I realize that everything is against me. My
scrawny 150-lb ass doesn't have things like weight, leverage, or raw
muscle so there's no way I'm going to get this wheel off the car. I
called AAA and they came down and this beer guzzling mass of man shifts
his mass out of the way and pops my wheel off as if he was popping off
the head of a dandelion. Then we filled my slow-leak spare and he
informed me that a tire that looked like mine did (it had a bulge on
one side the size of Kansas and the other side had more cracks than
a plumber convention) was definitely not fit to drive on. Furthermore,
he added I should get it replaced for free because tires shouldn't
degrade like that with such little usage. Then he muscled his
mass into his truck and drove off.
I know a lot about some stuff, but nothing about tires. I think I
could go to the dealership (I bought the car in CA and I'm in MA now)
nearby and argue with them, but I really hate doing that mostly
because I just hate interacting with the people at the dealership.
I think I'll just have to buy a new tire. Blech.
And that's the end of the story where I found myself in a situation
which I had no hope of solving and I called AAA and they came
to rescue me.