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Car fixed

So, I’ve been driving around with a driver-side rear wheel that had a stripped lug stud.  That meant that I was driving with only 4 of 5 lugs on that wheel.  That’s normally not a big deal, until it’s time for the annual state inspection.  I kept putting off doing the repair (because, while it’s not difficult, it is time-consuming, as it requires removing the wheel hub).  I took it to a local shop and they were able to do it, to the tune of $200.  They called me to let me know the “damage”, as they thought that it would be a quick change initially.  I knew that the work would be a bit significant, so I was prepared for a $180 bill.


But at least it’s now done.  And I had them knock out the state inspection as well.


What’s next for me?  I’m awaiting for the first hint of snow, then I’ll put on my winter wheels/tires.  I’m delaying because I don’t really want to take off my new wheels (the winters are ugly, but functional).  From there, I’ll try to schedule the windows to be tinted.

What Have I Been Doing With the Car Lately?

Not much.  I can’t even remember the last time I washed it.  I’ve a safety inspection due by the end of October, though, and I need several things done before then.  I need to replace a stripped lug stud on the rear driver side hub (and I also need a new lug…I may buy new lugs).  I also need a new set of LED licence plate lights (one stopped working…less than a year after purchase).  I probably need those before I can pass inspection.


What’s my next purchase(s) for the car?  I was supposed to get window tint 2 years ago (LOL), so I guess that needs to happen soon.  I also want a Nameless midpipe to match my axleback system (it’ll give me some slight hp/torque gains without having to worry about a tune)…those are a bit expensive, though, at approx. $500.  I also want a sway bar set, in case I decide to autocross next year.


It’s getting cold enough to where I’m noticing the tires are “lumpy” when I first drive it during the day, but it’s still a bit too early to put on the winter tires without getting some tire wear.  I’m wondering if it’s going to snow this year (it’s predicted to be a pretty bad winter)…we’ll see.