We lost a tire!

We knew a flat tire was bound to happen, but we didn’t realize that it was going to happen so quickly.  While we were staying in Los Angeles, at some point, we picked up a screw in our tire.  We noticed this as we were getting ready to take the truck in for its first oil change.  Figuring that maybe they could look at it / fix it / patch it, we decided to leave it in there, unfortunately, the place that changed our oil did not do any sort of tire repair.

We decided that we would end up taking it to Ford to have them look at it but the service department was closed on Sunday.  Given that we haven’t been doing much driving and there’s too much traffic in the RV park, Aaron didn’t want to change the tire just yet.

We were on our way to visit Hayden’s parents with the dog and chicken in the car. We first needed to stop by the post office to drop off some mail when we heard a hissing sound.  We immediately pulled the truck over into a nearby parking lot just as the last of the air was coming out of the tire.

Fortunately, Aaron knows how to change a tire, but this was the first time we’ve ever had to do it on the truck so we had to bust out the manual to figure out how to get the spare tire out from underneath.  After a few frustrating moments of trying to get everything to line up just right, we were able to get the tire out.

After that, the rest was easy and it didn’t take long for Aaron to have the flat tire off and the spare tire put on and we were back on the road.  Ultimately, while it is a bummer that a tire with just 10,000 miles on it is not salvageable, we are fortunate that we were not towing at the time and did not experience a true blowout.

The tire replacement cost $200, which was a big blow to our budget. However, the entire experience could have been much worse, so we are counting our lucky stars.

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