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Tyre Slash! - 24/11/2004

  • Dec. 1st, 2004 at 8:32 PM
Day Dreams of Love
The past week, I've been driving around town, feeling nervous wherever I went.  The reason being that the left rear wheel of my car's been acting funny.  It felt like that wheel was going solo over tiny speed breakers as I drove.

I'd get out of the car every few kilometers and check on the status, but always, to my surprise, I was greeted by the epitome of beautiful tyring (is that really a word or have I coined a phrase?  lol!).

I figured the problem was with the wheel drive-shaft.  If it's not hooked properly, chances of it shifting back and forth rapidly during vehicular movement is very probable, and consequently, was the most logical likely cause....

I payed little heed to it, but it got worse over the previous couple of days and I was genuinely worried.  I promised myself that I'd send my car in for servicing the very first chance I got.  But well, I never got around to that as you'll soon realize.

I was driving back from college and while on a totally deserted stretch of road, I suddenly notice a renewed shuddering of the car.  Yeah yeah, I'm freaking out alright!  So I pull over to the side of the road and launch myself out of the car.  Get to the rear left wheel and that's when I almost chocked in disbelief!



That's what had happened to my wheel!  It had gotten itself slashed and over the past couple of days, as I drove it around town, the steel reinforced thread mesh within the tyre began snapping one at a time.....

The funny solo-bump-jig that my wheel was doing was due to the fact that the slash was an irregularity on the surface of the road and the car would seem to lurch whenever the wheel took a complete circle.  That's why the rhythmic speed breakers!!

Quick thinking kicks in in brain-wave flashes and I swoop down on the wheel.  A quick examination of the tyre reminds me of a friend who had a tyre blow up in his face.  He had to be hospitalized and after seven stainless steel implants replacing his cheekbones, just under his eyeballs to keep them from falling into this mouth, was back on his feet in three and a half months.

The scars still have'nt healed.  More internal scars than external too, if you know what I mean.  Infact, every time he goes to the airport, he is stopped by security cause all those metal detectors go crazy-mad when they scan him for weaponry.  :)

NEways, after the momentary flashback of his face after the tyre-burst accident, I frantically search around for a twig or something....  i find a few, but they're too weak to do the job I intend to do.

Finally, Brainwave!!!!  I reach for my wallet and draw it open (FBI ishtyle).  Quick flick of wrist, snapping knuckles, and I draw out my home-made emergency CD-ROM/RW drive ejector.  :o)  Always keep one handy if you intend to follow the path of the Geek.  :o)

I revel in th brilliance of yours truly for a couple of split seconds.  Then, returning to my senses, I get down on my knees, position the drive ejector at the precise angle, and gently press down.  The tyre deflates gracefully, the steel-reinforced wire mesh can be heard crackling and clicking as the individual wires snap back from the air pressure that would have ruined my face a moment ago.

The air exhaled, I proceed to conduct a wheel changing operation.  I pull out the spare wheel and find, to my horror, that It's flat as a bathtub squeezy duck!  Oh well, life knows how to really suck!  I pack up my devices (Never leave anything unlocked in India!) and since there's no traffic around, I proceed with my duck-wheel back the same way I'd driven minutes ago....

Finally, after a good four or so kilometres, I come to a major road and find myself an auto-rickshaw.  Psyche the guy out totally, he seems stunned that I could actually carry my wheel all this distance.  A few comments about how my physique does'nt look like it could have handled that odyssey.  I've been in worse situations.  :o)  Have had to push my Indica for a couple of kilometres before, up slopes, flat roads, intersections....  I considered telling him of my feats of yore, but realized it was a stupid time to even think of boasting.  :o)

NEways, I spend the next hour getting the tyre fixed and finally, get back to business.  I attach the tyre, screw the bolts back on, feel proud and reflect on the whole experience for a bit, and then, gingerly climb into my car.

I start up the engine, I feel it roar through the upholstery....  Wow!  A final smile and I cock the gear.  clutch off, accelerator tentatively downing, gas doing its duty....  I inch the car back onto the road, and begin moving....

Aah!  that was my happiest moment in ages!  A smooth ride back home.  My hands dirty, grease marks on my new shirt, scratches on my arms,  little streaks of blood on the sleeves, I'm still smiling....

here are a few more images of the culprit.  :o)











Kaydeeyoh!

Comments

shoan wrote:
Dec. 1st, 2004 07:51 am (UTC)
Scary stuff, dude!
angiasaa wrote:
Dec. 1st, 2004 08:27 am (UTC)
Yeah man! Lyfe's always been full of such stuff for me. :o)

But then again, there have been some really wonderful moments I've been gifted with the ability to cherish too, so I guess I really have no right to complain. :o)

Kaydeeyoh!
(no subject) - nash_da_basher - Dec. 1st, 2004 08:13 am (UTC)
angiasaa wrote:
Dec. 1st, 2004 08:34 am (UTC)
Yeah, the same problem.... :o)

The rear wheel sure sux0red! lol!

I'm getting tubeless next time. Yuk!

Forget reinforced steel wire, it looks like someone poked a javelin into the tire and broke it off at the shaft!

Hehe! It does, does'nt it.
I'm just glad it was'nt the drive-shaft. :oP

New car.... Hmmm.... I think I'm gonna take you up on that idea seriously! I can't personally go for a Skoda, and I would'nt want my dad getting me one. As it is, I'm way too comfy making waves in an Indica. lol. Getting used to anything else would be like shifting from Kung-fu to Kalaripattu overnight. :o)

Let's see what comes my way though, life can suCk, but it sure can be a darling at times. ;o)

Kaydeeyoh!
correction! - ma7ur - Dec. 1st, 2004 10:37 am (UTC)
Re: correction! - angiasaa - Dec. 1st, 2004 10:44 am (UTC)
Re: correction! - ma7ur - Dec. 1st, 2004 11:05 am (UTC)
Re: correction! - angiasaa - Dec. 1st, 2004 11:46 am (UTC)
Re: correction! - ma7ur - Dec. 1st, 2004 11:49 am (UTC)
datempest wrote:
Dec. 1st, 2004 09:20 am (UTC)
I feel bad about the fact you had to carry it all around, but that tyre is a work of some really genius artist. A true work of art.
angiasaa wrote:
Dec. 1st, 2004 10:04 am (UTC)
Haha! There were two artists, One artist's called Misfortune and the other's called Stupidity. I was merely the medium and the target. :o) Yay!
ma7ur wrote:
Dec. 1st, 2004 09:25 am (UTC)
wat is that thingy jutting out of yor tyre?

really baap this is one of the most interestin stories i've read on LJ!

but kinda strange as u didnt have a clue until it went that bad.

''d get out of the car every few kilometers and check on the status, but always, to my surprise, I was greeted by the epitome of beautiful tyring (is that really a word or have I coined a phrase? lol!).'

if u chcked then how cum it got this bad?


mayur
angiasaa wrote:
Dec. 1st, 2004 10:18 am (UTC)
but kinda strange as u didnt have a clue until it went that bad.

if u chcked then how cum it got this bad?


Ummm.... From your absolutely bland and un-calculated statements above, I can frankly say that you have obviously never had a tyre blow up in your face. You have also not had much experience with the dangers of devices and mechanical components. and more importantly, you have'nt been reading the contents of my journal with the eye of an open mind.

If you go back through my archives, you'll see one very prominent place where it's quite clearly explained in non-cryptic language that the huge Banyan tree gives the impression of absolute strength and might, but it rots from the inside. Just a finger laid against its trunk would crumble this epitome of rigidity and it would snap and mist-out at your finger tips."

Look at the people around you, they reflect the same image.... Look at yourself!

If you claim to be something else from the profile I just described above, you're either lying through your teeth, or you have'nt understood a word of what I just said.

Ummm.... Before I psyche out, How come you always sound so cripplingly caustic in most of your comments? I don't take any damage from it, but there are many people who would react so violently, they'd follow you home and slit your throat while you slept or something. being corrosive ain't in the right dignity. We've all got a ways of growing up.... some of us just lag behind, and I understand that....

But still, one ought to try don't you think?

Kaydeeyoh!
(no subject) - angiasaa - Dec. 1st, 2004 10:25 am (UTC)
(no subject) - ma7ur - Dec. 1st, 2004 10:28 am (UTC)
(no subject) - angiasaa - Dec. 1st, 2004 10:39 am (UTC)
(no subject) - ma7ur - Dec. 1st, 2004 10:43 am (UTC)
(no subject) - angiasaa - Dec. 1st, 2004 10:46 am (UTC)
(no subject) - nash_da_basher - Dec. 2nd, 2004 07:30 am (UTC)
(no subject) - angiasaa - Dec. 2nd, 2004 07:46 am (UTC)
(no subject) - k_n_red - Dec. 1st, 2004 09:55 am (UTC)
angiasaa wrote:
Dec. 1st, 2004 10:23 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know exactly what you mean. lol!

I've been in that position once too often. This time though, lady luck smiled at my misfortune and let me pass by this time. :o)

I guess we're just too ruled by Murphys law....
If something can go wrong, it will!
(no subject) - k_n_red - Dec. 2nd, 2004 03:18 am (UTC)
(no subject) - angiasaa - Dec. 2nd, 2004 03:47 am (UTC)
(no subject) - k_n_red - Dec. 2nd, 2004 03:50 am (UTC)
(no subject) - angiasaa - Dec. 2nd, 2004 03:51 am (UTC)
(no subject) - vandyvandana - Dec. 2nd, 2004 07:33 am (UTC)
(no subject) - angiasaa - Dec. 2nd, 2004 07:53 am (UTC)
(no subject) - angiasaa - Dec. 2nd, 2004 07:56 am (UTC)
(no subject) - vandyvandana - Dec. 2nd, 2004 07:58 am (UTC)
(no subject) - angiasaa - Dec. 2nd, 2004 08:12 am (UTC)
(no subject) - vandyvandana - Dec. 2nd, 2004 08:21 am (UTC)
(no subject) - angiasaa - Dec. 2nd, 2004 08:31 am (UTC)
(no subject) - vandyvandana - Dec. 3rd, 2004 07:02 am (UTC)
(no subject) - angiasaa - Dec. 3rd, 2004 10:17 am (UTC)
(no subject) - k_n_red - Dec. 2nd, 2004 09:39 am (UTC)
(no subject) - angiasaa - Dec. 2nd, 2004 10:24 am (UTC)
(no subject) - k_n_red - Dec. 2nd, 2004 10:32 am (UTC)
(no subject) - angiasaa - Dec. 2nd, 2004 10:44 am (UTC)
(no subject) - k_n_red - Dec. 2nd, 2004 10:46 am (UTC)
(no subject) - angiasaa - Dec. 2nd, 2004 11:16 am (UTC)
(no subject) - vandyvandana - Dec. 3rd, 2004 07:15 am (UTC)
(no subject) - angiasaa - Dec. 3rd, 2004 10:18 am (UTC)
thelightening wrote:
Dec. 1st, 2004 11:49 pm (UTC)
U're a star!
How did u manage to carry that thing for THAT LONG distance?? :-O
And man that tyre looks so scary!

BTW, what else do you keep with yourself for emergency besides 'CD-ROM/RW drive ejector'? :-P

angiasaa wrote:
Dec. 2nd, 2004 03:02 am (UTC)
Re: U're a star!
I might be thin and twiggy, but I've always had more energy in my body than people seem to estimate from their optical senses. :o)

Contary to what most people believe, strength is not really as dependant on your body as was previously imagined. That's what obesity seems to state quite plainly in todays age as a good example.

The fatter a person is, the more likely it is that s/he won't be able to do half as much work as his body mass would indicate.

Ofcourse, people with athletic bodies (thinner than the average person btw!) have the best body proportions for manual labour. But it's more dependant on muscle:fat ratios....

I have very little fat in my system (if at all!)

:o)

Oh, I usually keep a two-way rotating philips screw driver in my night bag. I always have some CAT-5 cable coiled up in my car, just incase. You might think someone like me would carry a heck of a lot more, but I don't. :o) Most of what I need is in my head. :o)

Kaydeeyoh!
(no subject) - sharat - Dec. 2nd, 2004 07:34 am (UTC)
angiasaa wrote:
Dec. 2nd, 2004 07:47 am (UTC)
Oh! You should read this comment of mine. :o)

It's steel! ;o)
brainz wrote:
Dec. 3rd, 2004 02:06 am (UTC)
Eeks! Glad you are fine dude!

Take care, a friend of mine banged his car into a pole after his front tyre went flat on the ring road.
angiasaa wrote:
Dec. 3rd, 2004 04:02 am (UTC)
Eww! Hope your friend's better now.... My first accident was with a pole, and I did it when i was'nt drunk, when there was nothing wrong with the car, and in broad daylight. :o) And though My legs were pinned between the engine (The engine got smashed all the way to the front seat) and the drivers seat, I survived without a single scratch. :o)
stanz wrote:
Dec. 3rd, 2004 03:23 pm (UTC)
zoiksss !!!
U sure have had some real funny memories with u're car !
Remember the day when the engine had fallen off ! :)

You should thank your stars the stupid thing didnt decide to burst open when u were in u're usual 90-100 km/hr !

angiasaa wrote:
Dec. 4th, 2004 04:25 am (UTC)
Me and My Car! lolz!!
I remember that engine episode. lol!
I also remember the day when I had to push it over a kilometer or so.... Was hell!

:o)

Thank gawd I was slow enough to realize what was happening in time. :o)