Monday, January 31st 2011
Updated: Air, Water, What’s the Big Difference Anyway?

Update at the bottom:

When I am distracted, the number of cringe-worthy mistakes I make skyrockets. Last week, I was seriously distracted. The kids, the Roman Empire, a history test I over-studied for, the too-violent chapter in my Criminal Law class screwed up my sleep and it all just added up.

I could fill this space with a long list of things I did last week that would make you cringe and then breathe a sigh of relief that YOU were not the one who did these things. I won’t. I’ll just tell you about one, because I’m not sure how bad it is and you probably know and I kinda NEED to know.

I think the preceding really confusing, long-ish  sentence could be re-worded to a short and direct sentence: “I’m using you.”

But it’s just because ya’ll are so smart and I’m always so grateful later, so here we go.

In the car the other day Mike said one of my tires was low. I asked him how low and he said, “28.”

I, in all my infinite tire wisdom, said, “That’s not low. My friend and I drove all the way home from Ruidoso with it at 18.”

He cringed and said he’d fix it. But then he went out of town, and the tire pressure dropped to 24. Which doesn’t sound all that bad, except the others were in the 35 range, and this one was definitely not like the others.

So I decided to go put air in the little troublemaker. It’s supposed to be nitrogen, but some tire person assured me once that nothing will explode in my face if I use the little oxygen things at the gas station.  I didn’t want to go to the Tire Place. I hate going to the Tire Place.

There were at least two significant errors made during the very simple task of filling up the low tire.

Significant Error #1:

The little air hose is right next to the little water hose, and they are practically identical and  not labeled as YOU’RE JUST SUPPOSED TO KNOW. Somehow. Just KNOW which is which and be all mind-readerish about the stupid little hoses. Or, maybe know the subtle difference between the end spout-y things. Which I did not. Have you ever accidentally tried to shoot water into a tire? Well, I have, y’all. And it was a very wet experience. And surprising. Which is why a ponytailed brunette could be seen tangled in a black water hose, laughing and dripping wet while halfway under a white Escalade last week at the gas station. I’d been squatting there, in expert Air Into Tire pose, when the water hit me and knocked me into a gloriously elegant Sprawled Under Tire Laughing pose.

Significant Error #2:

So, put water hose away, then fill tire with air. Then go check settings inside only to realize that this was not the intended patient. Equivalent to amputating wrong limb. THIS tire was now up to 47. Oops. Get in car and kids look at me, note the dripping wet hair, face, and clothes and NOT ONE OF THEM finds this unusual enough to comment upon.  Am thankful. Turn car around. Try again. So the one tire is at 47, and the other three are 33-35.

I go home and over the next few days, very diligently go out to the car and take off the little lid to the overinflated tire and kick it. To try to get some of the extra air out. And after a few hours, I go back out and put the lid back on. Y’all. That does NOTHING. Just so you know. NOTHING.

Help me out, because I do not want to go back to the Tire Place. Who out there knows their tire stuff? Is that really a big difference that has to be fixed? Because if just one of you says, “nah, you’re fine,” Iwill SO gladly believe you and be done with it.

Update: Y’all are awesome!  THANK YOU. Am  ON this problem, and now know what to do. As soon as that got published there were comments and emails and texts from brilliant ladies who know their way around tires. Am sooo impressed. And Mysti? Mysti (see comments) is practically my NEIGHBOR. No not really, but she lives near here and works very nearby and no, we don’t know each other but she’s going to say hi if she ever sees me in Target. (If there are any more “Mysti’s” out there locally, go ahead and say hi. I look just like that picture on the right over there, but with more wrinkles and much longer hair.)

It’s amazing to me who y’all are and what you know. I’m honored.  Thanks again.


11 Comments on “Updated: Air, Water, What’s the Big Difference Anyway?”

January 31st, 2011
3:21 pm

K. Girl. Find an air pressure checking thingy (yes. That is indeed what the technical name for it is and I would bet money your husband has one secreted in your glove box. Because he’s a man and that’s what they do.) and use that to “check” your air pressure in the over-inflated tire and in the process release some of the air. One of them being over-inflated like that will cause abnormal wear and tear in the tire and it will have to be replaced sooner than the others. This leads to much harassment by Tire Store Men about over-inflation.

Or so I’ve heard.

January 31st, 2011
4:31 pm

You’re an amazing source of really right-on sounding information. Definitely nothing in glove box, but I can picture what you mean and will pick one up and do exactly as prescribed! Would really dislike causing overinflation harrassment issues with TSM. : )

January 31st, 2011
4:32 pm

Oh! And it’s worse than I thought. The lowest is below 30 now and the highest is 48. Not good.

Sherilyn -Dominee Huisvrouw
January 31st, 2011
4:47 pm

Take the cap off the over-inflated tire, & use a screw/nail/something small & pointy to poke the little needle down, air will escape, just don’t get too crazy with letting the air out, or you’ll have to go inflate it again! :)

January 31st, 2011
5:32 pm

Sherilyn – Dominee Huisvrouw,
Thank you!!! I can do this! Sounds much more effective than kicking!

Jennifer Sullivan
January 31st, 2011
5:59 pm

Am glad this was resolved! Just learned how to fill and use tire air checker last week and hubby’s big air compressor. Feel very independent with my new knowledge as I’m sure you do too!
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January 31st, 2011
6:21 pm

OH MY GOODNESS. First of all, I feel very out of place here today. I think I’ll go back to the garage and organize my tools. I need to find those tire pressure gauges….
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January 31st, 2011
6:38 pm

You have more power tools than Home Depot, AND you know how to use them all. As I was writing I was thinking, Jenn S would know what to do….
this group is pretty great, right?! psst. check the glove compartment. that’s where mysti says it’ll be.

January 31st, 2011
7:01 pm

Mike fixed it! I wasn’t going to ask again, and really didn’t think there was a chance he’d see this post and actually read it and then realize that if i am squirting water into tires, maybe he just better take care of it himself. but that’s exactly what happened. he owns a mechanic shop, but it’s WAY across town and its’ not really his main business and doesn’t go there every day and anyway. he took it there. then sent a ‘tires fixed’ text. am glad, since it just got super cold here and i was going to be figuring all of this out tomorrow when it would be much more uncomfortable to get spritzed in face with icy water. not that i woulda done that twice. pfft. still, i’ll get one of those thing-ys and stick it in the glove box.

February 1st, 2011
11:23 am

A tire thingy is always good to have! As are husbands who take care of our tire air pressure for us (and keep us away from the water hose).

Janna Lea
January 4th, 2017
11:10 pm

Hi Jennifer,

I am glad that the issue is fixed now. Thanks for the great post that could help every women who wish to be an independent worker.

You explained everything about the problems you faced, and that made me to search more on this and I got the results too.

Keep sharing some of your experiences as well. I will be eagerly waiting to read your next post.

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