Spare wheel worry
▶ In the past, the driving test was purely a test of motoring ability. Today, everyone taking the test is expected to have a basic knowledge of vehicle safety and may be asked to identify where fluids should be topped-up. One point that is not covered is replacing the spare wheel. This may seem a simple task, but not to the owner of the 2007 Chrysler Sebring 2.0 CRD that arrived at our doors.
The Sebring owner had suffered from a puncture and, as he was having a busy week, decided to fit his emergency spare to keep him running around until the weekend, when he could get to the garage.
He arrived with the punctured tyre in the boot and asked if we could fit it once the puncture had been repaired. He then proceeded to tell us which corner of the vehicle it needed to be fitted to. This was unnecessary, as we could see that the spare wheel that had been fitted the wrong way round must be the one that needed changing!
The spare wheel had been fitted on back-to-front. Even more astounding, the owner had been driving round like this for days!