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Thanks for the heads up. Yeah, I definitely need to because I will be driving 8 hours this Friday. I'm just having a hard time initiating anything lately! I just have to tell myself "Action precedes motivation! Action precedes motivation"!
It took me two years to finally initiate getting my car's oil changed. 馃槄

I have known several people who had the threads on their oil pan plug stripped out by those quick change places and that is not a cheap thing to have fixed.
Heh, that's what happened to me. No oil change places would touch my car and I finally had to take it to my regular mechanic to have it change. I think he said he just rethread my bolt or the pan. It's pretty much a beater car, so I didn't really want to replace the entire pan and I just hope it holds up. Assuming it even passes the upcoming smog test.
 

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I had actually thought that this was what could be done so when the mechanic told us that the oil drain plug was screwed up, I assumed it wouldn't be an expensive fix. I am not sure why they felt that couldn't be done but they told us they'd need to replace the oil pan. They didn't seem dishonest and we intended to keep the car a few more years so we figured it was worth it. It had been leaking like crazy because the place that screwed it up in the first place never told us about it and just kind of made it work long enough to be driven for a while. When we eventually noticed the growing wet spot where the car was parked, we didn't know what it was (none of us are really inclined that way).

I'm now kind of annoyed thinking they might could have simply made new threads. I really hate cars. It's so hard to trust people.
Mine initially told me the entire pan needs to be replaced too with no other fix. When I told him I don't want an expensive repair on a car that's probably worth probably worth only a little more than the repair, and a car I won't know if I will have in a month pending the smog test, he suddenly flipped the script and told me he can probably think of a cheaper fix. In a way, I guess he's an honest mechanic with a little pushing. Although I've been going to him for years and he's just a little corner auto shop.

The DIY way really seems to be the way to go, at least in most of the U.S where it's all centered on long distance driving and private car ownership.
 

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I always feel like I should just go ahead and stock up on a bunch of stuff I don't need now, and likely will not need for a while, but I just want to buy them all before costs and shipping costs start to see a spike. As much as how much I try to avoid hoarding nowadays.
 

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Planning to buy more stackable sections of these storage cubes to add to my existing set, one I had for probably 20 years. I was surprised I could easily find these and it looks like it might be fit based on the dimensions.
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I also need to buy a new pair of wireless earbuds. The ones I have lasted 2 years exactly before the right one no longer works, as the volume is very low now. I wonder if it's due to its constant exposure to sweat in my ears, even though they're suppose to be rated very high on the waterproof scale. The previous ones I had before this, they were nearly $100 and I lost them after a few months. And I don't like listening to music on my airpods or use them outdoors, since they aren't at all good for music, great for calls or listening to talking though, but I would be devasted if I lose them. I guess this is why I just stick to the cheap earbuds for outdoor use.
 
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