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[–] QXQ 1 points 28 points (+29|-1) ago 

Good job. Every man should know how to change their oil and change their tire.

I knew 30 year old men that couldn't change a flat tire (!). Don't be that "guy."

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[–] birds_sing 2 points 17 points (+19|-2) ago 

30 year old men that couldn't change a flat tire

Men? They aren't men. The correct name for them is "Damsels".

If someone is a damsel, and anything goes wrong, they become what is called a "Damsel in Distress". Flat tire, wobbly table, leaky faucet a damsel in distress will need to call for a hero to come and save them.

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[–] Charlez6 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Especially in an age where almost every problem in the world has a pdf manual, written tutorial, or video guide just a quick search away.

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[–] QXQ 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Woops.

Didn't even catch that. Thanks for the correction.

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[–] u_r_wat_u_eat [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

err.. that reminds me. I've never actually changed a tire before either lol.

I do know how to do it at least and I carry a spare, iron and jack with me in case of a flat, I've just never had the opportunity arise where I needed to actually do it.

I probably should do it though just for the sake of doing it.

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[–] QXQ 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You can watch a video on how to do it and then do it. It's easy. Two parts to remember: LOOSEN (not remove) THE LUGNUTS BEFORE JACKING THE CAR (very important!) and make sure to use the star pattern when tightening the lugnuts.

Also, know where to put the jack on your car. And don't feel bad if you can't get the lugnuts off. Sometimes they can be a bitch to get off if the shop tightened them too much with an impact gun or because of corrosion.

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[–] AR47 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

You can always rotate them yourself.

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[–] TestForScience 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Changing a tire is nothing, it’s seriously just unscrewing, then screwing.
You’d be able to do it without a single problem.
Anyone can do it, even the “damsels,” it’s just that any sort of auto-repair seems like it should be daunting and complicated because it’s a big, multi-ton machine. People just overthink it.

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[–] 14000_rpm_once 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Just remember, suicide jacks have that name for a reason. Find a level surface even if it means killing a sidewall to do it. Also Walmart's in most states are required to take used oil to recycle it.

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[–] jthun2 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I remember teaching a girlfriend's brother how to change a tire. He complained that it was 'too hard'. He'd rather just take the car into the shop. Yep, millennials.

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[–] awshidahak 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

So he'd not only waste extra money paying the shop to do it, but he'd blow a bunch more extra money paying for towing so that he wouldn't have to expend what little energy I'm assuming he had on unscrewing nuts and pulling a wheel, then doing the opposite? Wasteful.

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[–] QXQ 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I'm a millennial...

I agree. Most of my friends don't know how to change a tire.

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[–] u_r_wat_u_eat [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Even with a floor jack and two jack stands I still feel uneasy. Idk why it's just an irrational fear of mine. I think mostly because my car's lowered and if it were to drop on me I'd most definitely die.

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[–] Areuyiddingme 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Completely rational. The fear keeps your safety in check!

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[–] HateCumbuckets 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I have a lowered car. Recently did my brakes. I had the wheels chocked in place, I'm talking overkill. The fear is real.

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[–] GoBackToReddit 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I'm the same way, it's why I use stands and some spare steely rims for tire cradles. Just lay them flat under the tires.

I had a neighbor who dropped a car on his head, fucked me up for life.

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[–] Dial_Indicator 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

always use jack stands, and usually tap them befoe getting under. I know 2 people who had cars fall on them...... on almost died and was lucky he had someone in the garage with him to jack it back up..

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[–] AR47 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Great job. Next you move to change your spark plugs?

Do a tune up even? Change the brakes?

Never stop learning new things to become self sufficient.

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[–] Epictetus_Hierapolis 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Also a grease gun. Might as well lube the suspension. And learn to check the rear end and other plug checked fluids like a transfer case or manual transmission.

And speaking of transmissions, if you can change your oil, you can probably service your own transmission. A few more bolts, but not hard.

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[–] AR47 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

If you never fucked around with the xmission fluid or it has been more than 6mo since it's expire then leave it.

Got my car used and there was no service records. So I have never fucked with it. Reason being is the metal shavings within the fluid are what keeps that thing working.

The moment you change the fluid is the day shit starts to fuck up.

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[–] GranimalSnake 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

It's been a long time since I've done it myself... you are shaming into it. Thank you OP.

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[–] u_r_wat_u_eat [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

The feeling of working on your own vehicle and maintaining/fixing issues is rewarding and nice. Plus it can save you a good amount of money in the long run.

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[–] Res_Publica 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

You’re not saving a lot of money until you change your own alternator.

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[–] GranimalSnake 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Definitely. I don't like not being fluent with my vehicles like I did as a young man... and there's really no reason for it aside from laziness.

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[–] EyeOfHorus 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Invest in a jack and stands. Or, redneck it and roll front passenger tire up the curb at your driveway, assuming you have a curb.

Practice swapping the spare tire in the comfort of your driveway in preparation for an unplanned flat at night in the rain/snow in a remote location.

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[–] OoklaTheMok111 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

That's what I was going to tell him. If you are already changing the oil, you might as well rotate the tires. If you get in the habit of doing this every time, you can change a tire in the dark with enough practice, because you'll likely be doing it in the dark or a dim light source in time of emergencies.

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[–] 2Weird2Live 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I was always fond of the straddle the ditch method myself.

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[–] BentAxel 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Nice. Good one Goat.

You changed the oil in a mower? You're like the first one ever. Is it a riding mower?

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[–] u_r_wat_u_eat [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Honda hrc216. I started a little lawncare business after I got sick of working for other people

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[–] BentAxel 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

OH, so like a REAL mower. I LOL'ed. To Honda, HRC is Honda Racing Corporation. They named their mower HRC.

Anyway, DId you ever kill a Honda mower? Is it possible?

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[–] 14000_rpm_once 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Time to step up. With Haynes manuals and YouTube, there is more gearhead info than someone can soak up in a life time. But the golden rule is you don't understand it till you break it.

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[–] doesntgetsarcasm 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

That's what I was thinking too, Changing that shit is harder than changing oil in automobiles. I just run the mower till it blows up and move on.

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[–] thelma 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

https://www.harborfreight.com/flux-125-welder-63582.html

BAM ! Now you're an expert welder, like me.

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[–] HillBoulder 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I was in college and blew a tire as soon as I hit the 401 at rush hour on my way home in the middle of winter. Had to pull over onto the wrong side of the road and change it on the road side. It was fucking crazy how close to death I was but I had faith in the almighty to protect me and I managed to change the tire and get out of there safe and sound.

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