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Snow Tires

Monday, February 5th, 2007

Since Rachelle has a pretty decent commute every morning and 490 is rarely plowed at 6:45am, I thought it was a good idea to get snow tires for her Accord. After shopping around a little and having my dad do some research I decided to get 4 Bridgestone Blizzak Revo 1 tires mounted on their own set of steel wheels. had a pretty decent deal going on them so I bought a set.

They arrived this past Wednesday and were on the car Thursday afternoon. That evening we drove to Walmart and bought some wheel covers since the lug nuts that came with the snows were open ended and I wanted to keep the corrosion down.

Friday afternoon I got a call from Rachelle on her way home saying that both her front tires were flat! So I had to pack my car with two of the original tires, my jack, torque wrench, a stool and a tarp and drive out to the RAC in Perinton. It wasn't very fun changing the tires. Since both front tires were completely flat, I couldn't get my jack under the car to jack it up. I had to use the stupid little scissor jack that came with the car. It took like 10 minutes to get the car up high enough to get my jack under. After that it wasn't so bad; it was like 10°f and snowing like The Day After Tomorrow.

I think the reason the tires went flat was because of the wheel covers. I had to put this wire ring around the inside of the wheel covers to make them fit snuggly. I think the ring pressed against the stem and caused air to leak out. My dad said that if the stems were installed correctly, it shouldn't have mattered, but since tirerack didn't charge me for the mounting and balancing I'm sure they'd tell me to go screw my self if I complain.

This weekend I filled the tires back up to about 30 psi and right they're reading just below 30. Since it's about 5-10 degrees colder out there now that is just about right. I think the tires will be fine if I leave the wheel covers off, but I'll wait until it isn't Rachelle's week to drive in the carpool before putting them back.

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#1 - Feb 6, 2007 at 5:11 PM
How many undesirable words did you yell while changing the tires? Gee. Got a lot of snow did you? We have been spared pretty much.
#2 - Feb 7, 2007 at 8:34 AM
Eh, not too many. We haven't gotten a ton of snow (4-5 inches on the ground), but a lot of it is lake effect (I think) so it comes in spurts.
#3 - Feb 7, 2007 at 6:09 PM
Ok. We have had our adventure with some little critters here. We had a smart mouse who ate the peanut butter out of 4 traps without triggering one. So I placed some sticky traps out and when I went home from work last night...the little bugger was stuck on it. I scooped him and the trap onto the dust pan, went out on the back deck and flung him up the hill. He hit a fence post because I heard a clang. So now he's a frozen dead mouse on a sticky trap in the cold snow. Since it was around 12:30 am and well below freezing when I flung him.
#4 - Feb 13, 2007 at 8:02 AM
get her some of these:
#5 - Feb 26, 2007 at 2:12 PM
new tires are a good idea. for some reason i'm putting off buying new ones (like i won't still have to pay for them if i wait until after winter to buy them or something). i'm surprised john is letting me drive my car in the snow considering the tires probably won't pass inspection this summer and he's really into car safety and maintenance.
#6 - Feb 26, 2007 at 8:29 PM
Yeah tires are really expensive, or at least good ones are. The fact that I wanted separate rims for this set so I could switch them whenever I wanted made them that much more.

You should guilt John into buying them or at least helping you out. Be like "If you really cared about my safety you'd help me out." Works every time.

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