As far as I can recall, I have changed two spare wheels on Motorway hard shoulders. One on the M56, a land rover defender. Then a long time ago, A Hillman Avenger on the M5 or M6.
Originally Posted by smudger
More recently I tried to change the wheel on a Ford Fiesta on the M1, but I had to call one of the breakdown services, and they took more than an hour to arrive. A Police Motorway Patrol did stop to help at one point, but the carrier holding the spare wheel was siezed up. Luckily that happened where the hard shoulder was double the usual width.
Not according to the insurance industry statistics.
Originally Posted by Dennis W
Jacks provided by vehicle manufacturers are designed for use in ideal conditions.
My neighbour managed to damage his car with the jack; he also took the wheel nuts off before jacking the car resulting in more damage to the body. When I noticed him, he had put two wheel nuts on, as he was, "only going to the tyre place to deliver the punctured wheel”.
One driver at work thought he would save time; he tried to hit the wheel brace with a large rock to free the wheel nut. The result was broken spectacles when the brace flew off the nut.
Quote..." he also took the wheel nuts off before jacking the car resulting in more damage to the body."
Aye! that's not a good thing to do, I loosen the wheel nuts before jacking the car up, that way you are not going to apply too much pressure when the car is up on the jack, as that would pull it off the jack..
I think that’s were people get muddled Smudger, they half remember something about wheel nuts before jacking but take them off rather than just loosening them. With a new to me vehicle, I like to take a wheel off at home just to be sure what quirks there are for that vehicle.
I just do not understand why you have such a negative attitude.
Originally Posted by wagolynn
If I was an Insurer I would be pleased that this company is making an effort to educate and train their staff to be able to change wheels in the correct manner.
Hi Dennis W,
The problem is, in the real world, employers get ideas about training people and they do go through with it, usually in a group. The snags are, the training will not be repeated, and a new driver will not be trained before they are sent on the road.
My point exactly - also half of them will not pay any attention to the training because "I was changin wheels before you was born"; and those that do listen/watch will only half remember. Bear in mind that it may well be years before they need to actually do it.
Originally Posted by wagolynn
As an ex fleet manager I would never expect any driver to change a wheel. Under some circumstances I might well forbid them to.
Transits are a good example of untrained people who don't read the owners handbook. You can tell by the big dents in the sills
Do you change your own wheels on your own car? Would you advise your partner or children to change car wheels?
Originally Posted by Santa
I suppose that any issues people may have about changing wheels, they could be forgotten about really quick ,when it comes to the time when you are stuck at the side of the road, on a cold wet and windy night, in the middle of nowhere.
The choice is there,........will you......or wont you?
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