Growing up in California, the only time a person changed his/her tires was for one of two reasons: one, you have a flat. Two, the treads are worn out.
But in Norway (and probably other places in the world that don't have year round sunshine), you change your tires regularly. Twice a year, actually. Once to put on winter tires, and once to take them off and replace them with summer tires. If you're like me and completely naive to this subject, you might ask "what's the difference?"
In short, winter tires are:
- Deeper in tread depth
- Studded (in Bergen, you have to pay extra to have studded tires - approximately 1500 kroner...a little over 200 US dollars - for the environment, apparently. Bergen has a slight pollution problem and the studded tires create more problems, so I'm told).
Today was the day we had to change our tires. We found a big open space that was perfectly flat. I was super helpful by documenting this delightful afternoon (I really did have fun, actually).
Stian did most of the work (big suprise!), but after watching him do one, I decided it wasn't that hard and that I would do one, too.
So here I am getting my hands dirty and changing a tire...(and this post is about as fun as watching water boil, right??):
|Using the car jack...|
(all I could think of was the South Park song about San Diego "jackin' it, jackin' it, jackety jack!")
...and I thought it was super fun, obviously.
|Loosening the lug nuts with my cross wrench! (See what I've learned?!)|
|Success! 1 down, 3 to go.|
|Putting on the dirty winter tire.|
It took me twice as long as Stian to do this, so naturally I let him do the rest. While raising the car up with the jack, the jack broke, which meant we had to take a little trip to the hardware store and buy a new one before we could put the last tire on.
But the job is done and we're ready for the snow...