So, a few weeks back Heather was driving my Kia and took on a pothole. Well, the pothole won. Slow leak and $30 repair bill.
It’s a given that when the weather changes, you can expect your tires to lose a little air, too. Heather’s Hyundai is making a fuss about its rear driver side tire. We have one of these all-in-one roadside emergency units. It has a jump-start feature, air compressor, lights (clear and flashing). It even has USB ports to charge things like your phone. Today, I walked around the car first to try and guess which tire the TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) was complaining about…the rear driver side looked lower than the rest. Checking the tire for pressure showed it at 27 psi instead of the normal 32 psi. So, I hook up the air compressor and engage the “wait forever pose” against the side of the car. Every now and then I’d look down to see where the gauge had moved to…its over 5 minutes and no movement. Uh, how is that possible? So, I reseat the hose and go for attempt number two. Strike a pose…vogue. No movement…again. You’ve got to be kidding me…how is this possible? So, reseat the hose got the third time making sure it’s pressed onto the valve stem as tight and low as possible. Power up! After about two minutes the compressor changes tone. Uh, oh…what’s broke? Nothing actually…we’re inflating now. WOO HOO! So, I’ve seated and removed the hose three times now…the compressor gets the tire back up to around 27 psi…and dies.
Yes, it’s rechargeable battery is toast and I’m right back where I started. Now tell me life isn’t the greatest comedian.