Cassie picked me up in her car, and we set off to Fremantle, to meet the rest of the group. We clipped a kerb as we approached Manning Road. We turned on to the main road, and instantly Cassie said the car was handling differently and pulled over into a side street. We leapt out, and I saw immediately that the rear nearside tyre was completely flat. It was getting dark and starting to rain. Cass took advice from her Dad on the phone, then set about changing the tyre, the way he had taught her to when she acquired the car. (No way could I have done this, so I was very, very impressed with her calm skill level). She knew she (and I) were not strong enough to lift the spare tyre from the boot - she is small and slight (I am not!). So Cass rang her flatmate, who came out to assist (without batting an eyelid)! By the time Ben arrived, Cass had got the tools from the boot, and jacked up the car! My role was limited to holding the umbrella over her, so she did not get totally soaked. Ben helped by jumping on the lever to release the nuts on the flat tyre. We inspected it, and there was a minor ding on the hubcap and a slit in the tyre. We wondered whether the tyre pressure was low (the car has recently been transported by train across Australia) and this meant when we clipped the kerb, it pinched the tyre wall.
Cass also rang Lauren to come to pick us up. So once Lauren arrived, we had completed changing the tyre, but decided to leave the car at the side of the road, under a street light, and go for dinner. Then we would come back and collect the car afterwards, so as not to drive far on the spare tyre. I was ever so impressed with Cass's skill level. No way could I have done this.
|Cassie jacking up the car|
|Ben - strong enough to lift the spare tyre and release wheel nuts!|
|Hannah and Sam|
|Cassie, Karen, and me|
|Steph and Lauren|
|Ellie and Cassie|
|Ellie and Violet|
I was thoroughly spoilt, as my dinner and drinks were paid for by the group. It was a lovely evening.