My car made a strange noise just before I parked it in the driveway Friday. I was tired and didn't think much about it. I wasn't even certain I had really heard a noise. However, when I attempted to drive it later that night I heard a definite squeal from the front left wheel. It sounded serious enough for us to switch cars and drive the other one to dinner.
Robert had to work Saturday, but he assured me that he would take a look at the car today...which he did. However, when he attempted to take off the tire it wouldn't budge. He tried several tactics, but the tire stayed on the car! Robert is a big, strong guy, so when he says something won't move, trust me, it won't. I was really concerned, but being the computer whiz that he is, he turned to the internet for help. Sure enough, there was a site that advised us to drive the car- with the lug nuts loosened- slowly forward a few feet, and then slowly back. When I did so I heard a "pop". Robert jacked the car up again, took off the lug nuts, and pulled the tire free!
Once the tire was off Robert discovered a tiny rock wedged where it didn't belong. He could tell me where, but I'd have to ask him, and then he'd know I was writing about him, and then...well you know how he hates that. LOL Anyway, problem solved, thanks to my car guy and the magic of the internet. There are times when I find both truly amazing!
(And in case you're wondering, Gary, my old car guy, was there to give advice, but he's been having painful problems with his hand.)
Robert has been our little car guy since the day he was born. This is a photo of him in our friend's race car at 2 months, and with us a little later at his first major race. For more race photos go to Zoom, Zoom, Zoom where I've posted more photos from our car days.