Monday, January 5, 2009

Jam On It

As if right on cue to celebrate the new year, the rear driver's side tire on the Subaru went dead flat. So I called the garage today and ordered my tires, then went out to change over to the donut. Or tried to - the nuts came off easily enough, but the wheel was completely locked on. Kicked, pounded, under, over, pried, nothing. I started to wonder if I'd forgotten how to change a tire?

Looking online for a solution, someone recommended a lubricant named PB Blaster. Caught a ride with my mother up to the auto supply store, and there it was:

It's a little hard to see, but that graphic at the bottom of the package is - for reasons a little esoteric - a simple line illustration of a styrofoam cup dissolving in stages. So I figured that PB would follow the laws of package craziness to product quality ratio laid down by Dr. Bronner. Sure enough, a couple of sprays with that and a well-placed whack with the rubber mallet, and the wheel came loose.

I actually let out a whoop of triumph - it's the little things in life that count.



shaunian said...

Does it work on people?

Dave Kopperman said...

Yes, but you'll still need to use the mallet.


Dave Kopperman said...

Snarky answer 'B':

Yes, but only on people with the initials 'P.B.'