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The Great Puzzle --Ford F250 Operators Manual


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About to leave on a long trip, towing travel trailer.  I thought I ought to at least know where the jack is stowed in my truck (never noticed it anywhere).  So I get out the manual and look up Jack under 'J' ---- Nothing at all.  So I try Tire, under 'T' ----  Still nothing about tires except pressures, and how to use the tools to remove the spare wheel, but no word about where the tool are located.  This is getting fun now, and my wife gets involved.  She wisely suggests that the book is probably written in Mexico, so look up the verbs.   I scoff a bit, but look up 'R' for raising the axle.  Nothing except raising the hood.  But now I know she is correct to look up verbs.  I look up 'C' for changing a tire.  Sure enough, there is the jack and tool location under 'C'.  Along with changing cabin temperature and a couple dozen other possible changes. 

Wives are smarter than we sometimes give them credit.  

Ford less so.  

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A few years back I was in slow moving traffic and saw a SUV pulled over with a family, mom, dad, 3 teens - 2 boys and a girl, all milling about outside the vehicle with a right rear flat tire. 
The mom had a book in her hand. 
My first thought was “These people don’t know how to change a tire.

I pulled over. 
The problem was they found the tire tools and jack. They couldn’t find the spare tire. It was a rental. I don’t recall the make and model. 
I stooped down and looked under the rear end and the spare was there. 
The dad was a bit embarrassed as he didn’t think to look there. He thanked me and said “I’ll take it from here.”

As I said goodbye and was heading back to me truck the mom called out.

”Do you know how we get it down?”

We figured it out. The ratchet was behind the license plate. 
The thing is she couldn’t find anything in the manual on tire changes except that “one should call a tow truck if they get a flat”. :blink:
 

My Miata has a fix-a-flat kit. No spare. But it does have tire changing tools. 
 

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1 hour ago, Pat Riot said:

A few years back I was in slow moving traffic and saw a SUV pulled over with a family, mom, dad, 3 teens - 2 boys and a girl, all milling about outside the vehicle with a right rear flat tire. 
The mom had a book in her hand. 
My first thought was “These people don’t know how to change a tire.

I pulled over. 
The problem was they found the tire tools and jack. They couldn’t find the spare tire. It was a rental. I don’t recall the make and model. 
I stooped down and looked under the rear end and the spare was there. 
The dad was a bit embarrassed as he didn’t think to look there. He thanked me and said “I’ll take it from here.”

As I said goodbye and was heading back to me truck the mom called out.

”Do you know how we get it down?”

We figured it out. The ratchet was behind the license plate. 
The thing is she couldn’t find anything in the manual on tire changes except that “one should call a tow truck if they get a flat”. :blink:
 

My Miata has a fix-a-flat kit. No spare. But it does have tire changing tools. 
 

Rentals can bite.  I've puzzled over more than one foreign rental picked up in a dark airport parking garage,  Totally unintuitive.

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1 hour ago, Pat Riot said:

 

”Do you know how we get it down?”We figured it out. The ratchet was behind the license plate. 

And good luck if it was a GM product.  Don't know about other makes, but unless you are religious about maintenance, GM's infamous "secondary latch" and a bit of rust will get you every time.  Crank the ratchet handle all you want, if that latch is engaged - and it WILL be, and jammed tight with rust & dirt - the spare will only drop a few inches. You haven't lived until you've spent time on your back under a GM vehicle, poking around with a couple of big screwdrivers trying to release that abomination.  The last time it happened, I was fortunate enough to have a box of battery-operated tools in the back of Sandy's old Trailblazer...got out the angle grinder and cut the cable.  As I recall, it cost me about $75 to replace the carrier assembly...worth every penny!

 

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