Thursday, August 09, 2007

Swedish 3D puzzle

I wrote in June that I know how to change a spare tire. Unfortunately, I didn't pay attention to the placement of the tools in the cargo area as I was removing them. After I changed the tire, I just pitched everything back in. A couple of weeks later -- after getting two new tires -- I had a chance to put everything back in its place.

I knew the compact spare went in a certain way, and was secured with a threaded disc. What I couldn't figure out was how to get the toolkit (jack, lug wrench, tow eye, etc. all packed in a neat polystyrene form) to fit. No matter how I tried laying it out, I couldn't get the cargo area floor access hatch to close.

Consulting the owner's manual was no help. It gave detailed instructions for the sedan, but not my model (the wagon).

I pulled up a lawn chair to the back of my car, sat down, and tinkered for an hour.

Finally, with my head on the bumper, peering into the cavern of my car's innards, I got it. The polystyrene toolkit literally fits into part of the rear bumper.

Here is an illustration of how to fit the toolkit -- along with the compact spare -- into the cargo area of a 2000 Saab 9-5 Wagon:

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VIEW FROM INSIDE CARGO AREA, LOOKING OUT TOWARD BUMPER

15 comments:

Snooze said...

You are dedicated. I would have called CAA. Even if organizing trunks isn't part of their membership services.

Jason said...

Whatever you do, don't open up a road map!

I can't relate to this because I have no Saab.

Steven said...

In times like those, just throw the damn things back into the trunk (or get a diddy bag to put your tools inside).

St. Dickeybird said...

I totally didn't expect you to be a "wagon" guy...

madamerouge said...

"diddy bag" -???- Sounds like a bag to keep one's personal massage apparatus in.

Yep. Wagon. My visits to Europe sold me. Over there, wagons have a very different image.

I fell in love with the look of the 9-5 wagon (now called the SportCombi) and bought a used one. I love having the cargo capacity of a SUV without the associated costs (fuel, insurance, environmental). Of course, I'm completely broke because of it. I can't remember the last time I bought new clothes, and I have trouble paying my rent. But I love my car!

Jason said...

You shoulda got one of them SmartCars.

Phronk said...

I agree with Jason (because I got a smart car).

I bet people will now find you blog from Google trying to figure that shit out.

Luckily, I don't know how to change a tire, so this will never be a problem (and yes, I think there's a spare tire hidden somewhere in the smart car).

Nölff said...

Dude. I pimp the Volvo. I'm in the swedish car club too.

St. Dickeybird said...

Do you have the fake wood panelling on the sides of your car?

madamerouge said...

Hell no Dickey!

Nölff: ja!

Phronk: I'll give you a lesson

Jason said...

You're "pimp my ride"

SharkBoy said...

You'll be receiving your Honourary Lesbian Card in the mail.

Timmy said...

AAA to the rescue!

Miss Thistle said...

I want a car to tinker with.

Butchie the Minx said...

I miss my SAAB.