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Old 08-09-2007, 15:26   #1 (permalink)
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Won't believe this! The jack broke!

So, the other day I decided to change my tire instead of contact roadside. I jack up the car, take the flat off and everything is going fine. until... I go to put the spare on and the Jack breaks. yes, the jack snape knocks me to the ground. Well, I end up having to call roadside they come out jack up the car and put the spare on. Now, I've never used the spare and accord to the roadside guy everything is fine. WRONG! less then three days later I'm in a middle of a turn and the tire pulls off the rim of the spare. Lucky I was on the way to the tire place to have the tire replace from it blowing on me.

Does anyone know who I should contact to resolve this. I mean I was almost killed twice from this.

FYI: Its a FORD 500 - 2006 SED
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Old 08-09-2007, 17:40   #2 (permalink)
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Wow! That sounds pretty bad and serious. I do not know who you would contact off hand, but if this happens to other people then there needs to be a recall issued.
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Re: Won't believe this! The jack broke!

It's a bugger at how something simple can turn into quite the disaster. I had a similar problem with a Miata rental several years ago. Contact Fords office and let them know about the problem. If necessary give them the name of the company that came out to change the tire for you so they can back up your problem with the jack breaking. If enough people complain about the problem a recall may be issued, but generally before a company spends money they'll issue a TSB (technical service bulletin) to the dealers to make them aware and possibly do something to help any other problems like this happen again. TSB's are generally sent to vehicle owners, you have to go to the dealer and check.

Just remember, when you check the pressure in your standard tires always check the spare, the narrow spare won't seem like it's 20-30psi low until you have to use it and then its too late. The spare tire is too soft even going around corners at 15mph so yes, it would come off the rim. If you drove the spare above 45mph (75km/h) it'll heat up excessively and become overly soft. Some spare tires hold up to 60psi and if you're ever unsure - just read the side of the tire.
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