Life is full of experience and lessons to learn. Ayah always emphasized (as well as my other family members – Mak, Kakak & Abang Zam) that using a car does not only confine to you to simply drive – it’s about the whole maintenance as well as the costs to bear while using it. Within this 5 years of driving a car (REFER to https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2010/12/28/a-virgin-investment-fiasco-dazzling-red-prescribed-darkish-magenta-assumed-toned-pink-duped/ & also https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2011/02/26/fuchsiamagenta-one-of-a-kind-introducing-dagny-taggart/ for previous entries about my ‘Dagny Taggart’); I have never experienced any serious fatalities involving my car – until yesterday!
I don’t think many people have experienced this! Damn! I am lucky to be alive, Alhamdulillah.
My usual Friday routine for this 3rd semester is that after the school closes at 12.30 p.m.; I will drive to Masjid Batu 16, Kampung Melayu Rawang for Friday Prayers which happened to be at the mouth of LATAR Highway; bridging Rawang to Putrajaya. From there, I would use LATAR to either drop by at Putrajaya or drive straightly to UPM, Serdang for my “Principles of Advertising” class.
So happened that the tyres of my car were already in dire need to be “aligned” and “balanced” but I keep postponing it and procrastinate (keep giving self-denial excuses of lack of time; too busy, etc) as I want to do it when I am to service the car for the upcoming mileage (should be in another 50 kilometer or so). While driving, I could feel the “un-steadiness” of the car; and the grip of the tyres weren’t as sturdy as before – but yes, I was being nonchalant about this. I learned my hard lesson.
From Rawang, I use LATAR to the gateway entrance to Putrajaya nearby the Saujana Bridge. Just as I was about to mountain-driving the higher contour of the road (Putrajaya is a hill-ish settlement!), suddenly, I heard some noise from the right tyre! Damn! What’s going on???! The sound became noisier and noisier and my car began to be unstable and jerked vigorously. Shit!!!! Could it be that the tyre is punctured???!
Hesitantly, I drive slowly to the side of the road and went out. OH, MY GOD!!!! DAMN HOLY SHIT! The rubber covering the tyres were already RIPPED!!! I was a bit stupefied to see that! I have never seen anything like that and I believed others as well! It was as if like a Godzilla smashed the tyre!!! You could even see the thread that supposed to fibre-glued the rubber – exposed!
I thought that there was no way I could get any help. It would be better if I somehow could drive the broken-tyre car to Precint 14. But half way (with all the noise attracting people!), I knew that I couldn’t go any further. So, I stopped at the Persiaran Timur, opposite the Putrajaya Lake. I called Good Samaritan (who refused to be named in my blog or any mentioning of the names; OK, I oblige to that! Huhu!) and Alhamdulillah, did not hesitate to help me.
Apparently, every tyre has its own ‘date of birth’ etched on the skin. I am a car noob! This is something I learned from Good Samaritan. Thanks! – Google Image.
It was a testimony of such a kind-heart when a person left the meeting chaired or attended and came to the rescue try to help you out to settle your problems. I was just so touched by that gesture of Good Samaritan – imagine the time and commitment left – it took such a a great person to do that and you can evaluate person when you are in deep trouble as that. We tried to untangle the tyre using the “J” tool (apparently according to Google, it is Telescopic Wheel Wrench; I am sorry I am a noob in cars!) but the nuts won’t take out as they were so tight and imagined that Good Samaritan himself is a bigger and muscular bloke but failed to untangle; what is it for the dainty me? Haha!! Good Samaritan told me that there are no ways the nuts to be taken off via the “J” tool; it has to be the “t” tool (according to Google, it is Lug Wrench. REFER to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lug_wrench) !!
The “J” tool a.k.a. The Telescopic Wheel Wrench. – Google Image.
In the end, Good Samaritan called his friend who happened to open workshop in Presint 14 to send some of his mechanics. We waited and the mechanics arrived with the Lug Wrench and managed to replace the worn-off tyre with a replacement ‘spare’ tyre.
The Lug Wrench a.k.a. The “T” tool – Google Image.
Today, I went to the workshop at Kawasan Perindustrian Precint 14 to change the tyre. Asked the mechanic for Falken but I was told that only “new tread” (bunga tayar baru) available. Like I said, I am a total NOOB in cars and I have to admit that – I can’t lie to all although it is embarrassing, right? – so, I was clueless about it; later Good Samaritan told me that it meant that it is of new pattern. I was encouraged to change the other 3 tyres as well because the cracks were already visible on the other 3 tyres – and I was told that the tyres were of 2012 manufactured; AND the longevity of a tyre could only efficiently serve up to maximum 3 years!
Damn! I can’t simply succumb to all these. But I changed the frontal tyres, nevertheless. This evening, Good Samaritan came to check my new tyres and told me that the tyres sold were of 2013! So, we went back to the workshop and he berated and reprimanded the mechanics. You know, when you have to deal with rough men, it is better if you have an equally rough man as well to walk and talk their rhythms. Alhamdulillah, in the end, we settled for all 4 Silverstone tyres instead of Falken (because the mechanics claimed Falken only available with the 2013 manufactured label whereas Silverstone came with the 2014 label).
I never bother to know the brand of my tyres until NOW. Good Samaritan asked me to check the name and I learned that they were Falken. Haha….another knowledge for me.
Yes, in this juncture where my financial ledger is very tight and I am going to experience my first housing loan cut from my salary (RM800 per month); this setback happened. Yes, I do have some cushions and back-up finance for that but this is very unexpected. Nevertheless, what to do? RM600 flew way from my saving due to this tyre calamity BUT; I should think on a broader scope. I was lucky to be alive.
The mechanics showed the cracks on the Falken hind tyres. OK, I am learning this as well. Initially, I had doubt but after referring to Good Samaritan, it would be best to replace all four.
The newly-replaced Silverstone tyres.
In the end, this was a learning experience for me about cars and also about human. You just know that there are people who are sincere and good; not many would come to your rescue when you mostly need the help, you know. I should be thankful to God for the luck as well as the existence of good people. Alhamdulillah that this happened in Putrajaya and in the broad daylight. Alhamdulillah, God is Great. I am thankful and grateful. Alhamdulillah.
The RIPPED Falken tyre of my Dagny Taggart. Scary, isn’t it? Alhamdulillah. I am still alive. God bless.