Okay, there's been a stupid long amount of time between our posts. I have no idea how to summarize the gap right now, so instead I will ignore it! One note though, my laptop died awhile ago so I managed to lose a bunch of my paint templates, so my drawings are going to be rough. Very rough.
Anyway, on to our first new post in forever! I present:
Adventures in Tires: First 9 months!
For everyone out there like me who HATE the bus and desperately want a car, I've decided to evaluate my experience in car ownership. I ended up doing a lease takeover in December, so I have my car for 14 months (I figured this would mean I wouldn't be trapped if it didn't work out, and it was cheaper than buying a car outright).
It has been an adventure of highs and lows, and mainly I learned that it is always more money than you expect or plan for. Sigh. Anyway onto the post!
Week 1-3: Excitement!
Much excitement and enjoyment, apart from several snow days when I didn't feel comfortable driving. Gas was more than I figured; I have a very long work commute and ended up needing to fill the tank about once a week. Still other than some slippery ice patches I was having a good time!
|Okay, so my drawing is a little rough. Sue me.|
Week 3: $45 Fly in the ointment
Most of the week's work commute went well, until Thursday:
Thursday on my way to pick up the bro, the car suddenly started making noise and moving all over the road.
I handled the problem with dignity:
I was convinced the car was totally broken, a write-off. Then my brother kindly noticed the front right tire was flat. After a rescue from my brother in law, and a $45 patch, we were back in business!
Week 6: Why tire, why?A couple weeks later, I noticed the car seemed to be pulling to the left. It turns out the front left tire had a slow leak. I had help monitoring it and keeping it filled every 3-4 days.
Week 15: What did I do in a past life to deserve this?While driving solo to work on the Monday, I went to change lanes and accidentally bumped the curb. I pulled over initially, but everything looked fine, so I drove another 15 minutes. Then the car started pulling to the right like crazy.
I pulled over again, and found the front right flat. I decided that as a car owner I should be able to change a flat myself, so I got out the spare tire and jack. I got the car jacked up (in -20 degree C weather no less), but I couldn't seem to get the tire to lift up. That was when I looked behind me and discovered the back right tire was also flat. Sometimes I hate life. And the car.
After a long conversation with Toyota, I established that the car covered and I wouldn't have to sell my kidney to get a tow.
Me: "Am I still covered under warranty?? Because I really can't afford this right now!"
Toyota: "I'm checking right now, hopefully it's ok"
Me: "Seriously, you need to tell me if I'm covered because I don't want the tow if I'm not!"
Me: "please please please please"
Toyota: "I am very happy to tell you the car is still under warranty!"
Me: "Oh thank god. You are awesome."
Then I had to describe the parking lot, which was another adventure in and of itself, but I digress.
Fast forward past another huge bill including 3 tire patches (the slow leak was fixed) and an alignment I was once again mobile. Much poorer, but mobile.
Week 20: Should I just drive this off a cliff and put me out of my misery?Once again, I noticed the car was pulling to the right. I was now pretty good at testing the psi tire level, and the front right once again had a slow leak.
I refused to pay more for another patch so I started filling the tire ($1 at the gas station) about once a week.
Hatred level for car: very high.
Week 25: New lease on life (just to be clear, old car, new tires!)
With the help of M and my brother-in-law the car got some new, less evil tires.
|Shiny new tires!|