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Would you be able to jump start a car or change a tyre?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Diddums, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. dirtychinchilla


    Joined: May 2, 2011

    Posts: 8,811

    Location: Woking, Surrey

    I can probably do both. I can definitely change a wheel and have done many times, and mocked people who can't. I have jump started a car a number of times, but it hasn't always gone perfectly so I would say I'm 50% on that, but I have no doubt I could make it work in a few minutes.

    It always annoyed me that my sister couldn't change a tyre, so last time it happened I instructed her and watched her do it. She's strong enough. My wife, on the other hand, would call the AA. She turned around and came home on one trip not that long ago because a light came on on her dash. Turned out to be something silly like low tyre pressure. I showed her how to pump up her tyres relatively recently and she can now do that.

    I was astonished to find that she had no idea how to fill up her washer fluid as she thought her car had never run out...she'd been driving it for about 7 years at that point! Her father must have been doing it secretly. I think she'd be able to do it herself next time.

    I guess for most people it's a case of them learning (and that very much includes me) just as much as they need to know and want to know. I'd like to know more, but do I need it? Not massively. I could service my car myself but if anything weird came up in doing so I might struggle.

    I could fix your PC though :D
  2. itchy


    Joined: Mar 29, 2011

    Posts: 4,781

    I can do most things but I like my knuckles.

    The amount of time I have skinned my knuckles is crazy. I just stick to changing light bulbs, wheels and maybe the odd pipe or two, but screw the rest its nuts. (the is a joke somewhere there) .lol :D
  3. SC0TTRS

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 14, 2014

    Posts: 1,585

    Location: The Matrix

    Yes!, me Alpha Male *beats chest*

    Being a qualified Mechanic does come in handy :p (although I work in IT now)

    Not much I don't do myself tbh in most area's. My dad was the same.

    Nothing to do with age (I'm a child of the 80's), friends of mine still don't know which way to hold a screwdriver...
  4. B1scu1T


    Joined: Feb 7, 2019

    Posts: 114

    Location: Yorkshire

    If you're not skinning your knuckles whilst changing your pipes, you're not having fun :D
  5. Diddums


    Joined: Oct 24, 2012

    Posts: 18,247

    Location: London

    You ever tried kick starting a huge single cylinder bike?

    A mate of mine and I had an old XT500 which his dad gave to us on the condition that we could start it. 4 ruined shins later we finally managed it and kept it. We wore cricket pads after that :D
  6. thegreysquirrel


    Joined: Dec 1, 2017

    Posts: 181

    Can do most basic things on my car; only had to jump start it the other week when I left the internal light on overnight. I had an old Ford Fiesta as my first car which I didn't think twice about doing any work on. I've found as I've got older and cars have got newer that I can do less and less but I always insist on having a spare wheel (no space saver crap) and a set of jump leads in my car. Though I find if there's a bit of juice still left then doing a run and bump is far more fun.
  7. pastymuncher

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Jul 12, 2005

    Posts: 17,651

    Location: Aberlour, NE Scotland

    Bloody hell, that's just ridiculous. I thought my Astra was bad enough but taking half the front end apart just to change a bulb is beyond a joke.