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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. Brian The Snail


    Joined: Jan 11, 2005

    Posts: 175

    Location: Sunny Suffolk

    Yes. I'm an adult
  2. Maccapacca


    Joined: Apr 13, 2010

    Posts: 16,691

    Location: Sunny Sussex

    Nothing really happens if you put them on in the wrong order. I've put many on back to front, That's fun :p
  3. Irish_Tom


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 12,446

    Yes, I have done both more than once. So has my wife FWIW.

    In the past I’ve done loads of things on cars — oil changes and brake pad/disc changes, replaced the power steering pump on my old mondeo etc.

    Now I have neither the time or inclination to do any of those things, but something as simple as a tyre change or a jump start shouldn’t require calling out the AA.
  4. randomshenans


    Joined: Sep 11, 2009

    Posts: 11,274

    Location: France, Alsace

    Most definitely.
  5. bimbleuk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 10, 2009

    Posts: 1,759

    Location: Gloucestershire

    Hmm well I've flowed 3 cylinders heads in my front room and made my own Carbon Fibre air boxes but I can never remember which ear I'm supposed to plug the red cable in when you jump a car!
  6. Devrij


    Joined: Jul 23, 2009

    Posts: 13,336

    Location: Bath

    Yeah that is what I wanted to do, but the iron had a 60 degree bend (instead of a 90 degree) so standing on it just flung it off. It was also like 9 in long.
  7. Delvis


    Joined: Nov 7, 2004

    Posts: 28,340

    Location: Buckinghamshire

    :D fair game then!
  8. 413x


    Joined: Jan 13, 2010

    Posts: 17,225

    Location: Cardiff

    Wouldn't be able to change a tyre, but a wheel I could! :p

    Yes to jump start.
  9. dodg3rman


    Joined: Apr 10, 2013

    Posts: 542

    Location: Norwich

    Sure I can do both but then i'm 50 and from a generation who grew up knowing how to do this stuff. Then I joined Royal Engineers and this was my job more or less
  10. adam cool dude


    Joined: Oct 22, 2002

    Posts: 7,932

    Location: Boston, Lincolnshire

    Yes to both.
  11. Usher


    Joined: Dec 30, 2004

    Posts: 3,202

    Two old spoons then
  12. Dis86


    Joined: Dec 23, 2011

    Posts: 22,537

    Location: Northern England

    Pants? Do it all the time. Or two legs through one hole.

    That is what we're on about, right?
  13. LeeUK


    Joined: Mar 1, 2008

    Posts: 4,787

    I've never had a flat tyre where I've had to change the wheel at the road side but I've swapped front/back wheels around before so I know how to anyway + plus I keep a proper wheel wrench with the spare wheel as the supplied one is crap.

    Starting the battery is easy with a portable jump pack.
  14. Tealc


    Joined: Jul 13, 2009

    Posts: 7,014

    Location: Llanelli

    I've changed tyres (was quite tricky without any of the appropriate tools) and wheels many times. I've bumped and jumped started several cars.

    I used to try and fix quite a few things with some of the older cars I've had. These days I will attempt more simple fixes such as sensors, electrical issues or a hose but anything more complicated will go to a mechanic.
  15. SPG


    Joined: Jul 28, 2010

    Posts: 5,972

    Jump leads are for pussies, i spend 2 months in the 80s living in fear of stalling my crappy Nova without a hill to bump it.
  16. FluffySheep


    Joined: May 24, 2006

    Posts: 638

    Location: North Wales

    I'm pretty good with that stuff. When I got my license my parents made me learn basics like wheel change, fluid top ups, jump start, fuses, etc so if a car failed I had at least a chance of getting it going again.

  17. Hades


    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

    Posts: 23,553

    Location: Surrey and London

    Yes. I've changed wheels, jump started cars and bump started cars. Mind you my first car had drum brakes, a manual choke and no power steering. My current daily is 24 years old.

    Agree with the ealier comment about tyre fitters doing up wheel nuts that are almost impossible to remove though. While I don't carry it with me I have a long extending breaker bar for this in the garage. Put it on the end of the wheel brace and rock it back and forth and then lean on it until the thing loosens. I always torque my nuts to the correct setting after (ooh err missus). Ironically I just had a tyre replaced so I will be doing this later.
  18. Diddums


    Joined: Oct 24, 2012

    Posts: 18,852

    Location: London


    You should get an award for that :eek:
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2019
  19. SPG


    Joined: Jul 28, 2010

    Posts: 5,972

    Yep, was skint and it was of the "parental lessons" :) it was either fix car or bike as any normal person would do i fixed the bike :)
  20. SexyGreyFox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Mar 29, 2003

    Posts: 49,735

    Ex Michelin Apprentice here - we used to have speed competitions changing tyres with just hand tools :)
    Lots of soap.

    and yes to your questions, I'm also responsible for basic maintenance on 4 cars and own ramps and lots of tools.