For the second time in less than a year I blew an inner dual on the rear. The tire was stuffed by the time I could get to a place to pull over safely, and my partner had to carry on in the toad to a doctors appointment. We were only 30 miles from the town, but I was on my own. Having a spare on the back was a life saver. I had watched the pros in the tire shop use the levers to manipulate the tire and I was able to change the tire within 45 minutes. My only problem that needed a little help was getting the bad tire back onto the back for the trip to town - I enlisted help with that.
When I got to the tire shop to replace the blowout, the only thing I had done wrong was I did not have the tires correctly aligned with valve stems opposite. Using the tire lever to manipulate the wheel made the job a lot easier and I might invest in a longer lever, for when it will undoubtably happen again. The outer tire was damaged too so I had to splash out on TWO new tires - $1240!! The call out fee to replace the tire on the side of the road would have been a third of the cost of one tire. BTW I am 60, not in great physical shape (unfit and fat) so if I can do this I suspect most people can. I would never travel without a spare, already mounted and pressured.
Graham Gracie in a 1999 Mirada, V10 Petrol. New Zealand, Suzuki Escudo 2001 2.5L V6. Mini poodle, Pierre and mini schnauzer, Maddie.