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20 January 2007

Changing Tires

I went out with a bunch of friends (Foon Ling, Kan Mi, LiYi, Jonathan, Naresh, and FL's collegue) to Sunway Pyramid 4 hours ago. Just a simple dinner.

Anyway, the fun starts when we on our way exiting the shopping complex.
Everything was good until I got in the car in the parking lot. I drove the car out of the parking space, following the route leading to the exit of the parking lot. Drove for a while and I noticed that there is this weird noise coming out from the car.
Initially I thought it was the engine, a split secound later, my intuition told me the engine was the least of my worries, and that it was more about the tires. Anyway, I went out of the car and checked for the tires. Yup, 1 of them was close to a complete flat. It was a scary sight, the rim was barely touching the floor.

Well, I was picking two girls back home(Foon Ling and Kan Mi). So, I thought maybe I should quickly exit the 10-storey parking lot and dirve to the nearest petrol station for assistance. (Well, I've never changed a tire before, so I thought maybe I should hand the job over to any of the station attendent. I'm sure they have more experience in this type of stuff.)

From level 9, we drove down to level 8, level 7, level 6. (The exit is on level 3) Starting from level 5 the noise from the tires gets worse. And at level 4, I start to notice metal screech noises. Damn, at this point I was worried that the rims are touching floors this time. Down 1 more level to level 3, and I quickly stop at the side and made a decision to change the tires before anything unpleasant happens...

Once i'm out of the car, I'm sweating like a waterfall. I'm not sure whether its the stuffy environment in the closed-space parking lot, or am i just afraid how to explain the situation to my dad later. Or maybe I'm afraid of embrassment if i should fail to change the tires in front of 2 girls..

Man, I was really scared then. I tried to act calm as though everything is in control but deep inside, I'm really nervous. Looking at the flat tire and the spare tire, while stalling time trying to figure how to fix everything. (Dang I should have paid more attention to the driving seminar 5 years ago. If I had, I probably would have more confidence in fixing this kind of small problem)
I was a lil bit more scared when I do not know how to insert the jack to lift the car up. Well, luckily Kan Mi solved that problem for me. Just looking at the worried faces of Kan Mi and Foon Long, somehow made me a bit more relaxed. I have no idea why, but my thinking was clearer after that, as in I was able to make judgement faster than before.

Halfway changing the tires, Jonathan and LiYi came back into the parking lot. Jonathen was driving then. They have already exit the parking lot but they came back into the parking lot just to make sure everything is a-ok.. Appreciated that! (They paid the parking fees, exit the building, came back in the parking and paid the parking fees for the 2nd time)

And the rest are all easy stuff. So, I managed to change the tires with the help of the 2 girls. And after the job was all over, my shirt was dreanched in sweat while the 2 girls still look as fine as ever.

Well, In the end, everything was alrite. Just that I have to drive a bit slower with the spare tire on the road. The experience of driving with a spare tire is a totally whole new experience. You see, I've never driven on the left lane of a 3-lane road, and I've never driven consistantly at 40km/hr at a highway. And I get to do it all a few hours ago..

While driving back, I still remember Kan Mi with that smirk saying "Kok Fye, luckily this kind of stuff did not happen with you and ur gf! That is if you have a gf lar". And Foon Ling was nodding away with a seemingly evil grin...

Just another new fun experience in another ordinary day...

2 comments:

WickyWock said...

hahaha. so cham meh? hmm.. next time, dont drive with a flat tire. 1st, u can destroy the whole tire. 2nd, you can destroy the rim also. which is much more expensive than if you just need to "tampal" it. from a few ringgit.. to a few hundred ringgit.

next time listen when u go for any class. =P

4444 said...

Haha...thinking back about it...
Ya, it'll be more expensive to change the whole rim...
Lukily the rim is still ok...
The tire gone dy!!!