Repairs: Derailed

It was looking to be dry enough to do a bit of truck work so I set about doing so. First things first, I hopped under my truck and checked that the oil filter and oil pan drain plug were nice and tight; they were. Having checked my prime leak suspects, I checked my oil level, seemed fine, which leads me to wonder if I just under-filled it earlier, which is what I'm going to assume for now because I'm lazy and that's the easiest assumption to deal with. Then I checked to see if my rear brakes are drum or disc; they're drum brakes (grumble grumble). I'm not the big fan of replacing drum brakes, because it's a bit more effort consuming than replacing disc brakes, so I came up with a brilliant idea to get around the matter and get my tires replaced. Since I have been paying for my car insurance, and saving my parents a pretty penny, I thought I might see if I could talk my mom into springing to pay for replacing my tires and brakes. I figured that it would probably cost me on the order of $300 in parts and $400 all told, because that's about what it would cost for the same operations on all previous cars I'd dealt with and my mom seemed amenable to the idea, so I set off for Sears Auto Center to see about getting it all taken care of. Sadly, it turns out, Ford Explorer parts are about twice as expensive as Honda Accord or Toyota Corolla parts and replacing my tires and brakes will be a bit over $600 in parts and about $700 all told. $700 being rather a good bit more than $300-$400, pretty well derails my plans for brakes and tires and puts me back at waiting until I have some money of my own before dealing with anything on my truck.

However, I did just get a paycheck that I'd forgotten to expect...