After a long day back at work last Wednesday, I got a flat tire about three miles from home that turned into the Flat From Hell. It's always an annoying and filthy job changing a flat tire, and I only remember ever having two flats on the 4Runner over these past 23 years (!), so I'm not sure I've done the job entirely by myself on this car before.
It did not go well. :O After working on it in the evening heat, then calling HalfshellHusband for some better tools, then calling AAA for service (and being given a 4-5 hour wait time), the car wound up having to get towed to the tire store the next morning. The cable securing the spare under the car had to be cut because the padlock around it was frozen (even with oiling). The crank mechanism to lower the spare was no longer working either (regular maintenance a few days later revealed that everything was rusted out below and needed to be replaced). And the spare tire was actually garbage. It was ollld.
Finding all that out was actually a relief. I hadn't felt that incompetent in a long time—it was just a flat tire, for crying out loud! Though the last time I tried to fix a flat on the Prius, that didn't go well either. The jack tools that came with the car are lousy—it's nearly impossible to raise the car for a front flat, as it's super-heavy and the jack lever puts all the work in your wrists instead of your arms. HSH even struggled with it, and the next flat we got, he came to my aid in the 4Runner with its better tool set.
By contrast, the jack and tools for my '84 Tercel were a thing of efficient, ergonomic beauty. WTF, Toyota? How do you forget something you used to do so well?
Part two of "All Things Dead" was the discovery on Wednesday that our A/C is broken again. We had a sudden heat surge after a long, weird spring, and I finally turned the A/C on Tuesday night at bedtime (it was 79o in the house). At 3:30 a.m., I shut it off because it was still running and shouldn't have been. When I turned it back on late Wednesday afternoon, we noticed the outside unit (that does the actual cooling) was not coming on. YAYyyy. I rechecked the thermostat setup and HSH checked the circuit breakers, but no. It got up to 81o in the house before the evening temps finally started to drop around 9 p.m.
We called the service guy, but of course, a heat surge is when everyone ELSE discovers their A/C is broken. He referred us to a friend, whose soonest appointment was Tuesday. So, back to our guy, who is coming tomorrow.
Meanwhile, we have a few days of wind and lower temperatures, which will help. As long as the evening breezes and cooling happen, you can open up the house and super-cool it overnight. It's usually when those stop that the daytime temperatures get REALLY high, which makes the house heat up and causes you to need that nighttime cooling even more.
I expect that's what's ahead staring Sunday. Daytime highs of 95o to 102o are expected through next Thursday.
I hate this climate. I hate this climate.