First thing this morning, I put synthetic oil in and filled her up with some 93 octane. I knew it was coming, but I was trying to put it off for two weeks with the snow coming, and wait on my income tax check, but it did not happen. I knew the brakes were getting thin for the last week. Today, when I pulled out, I got the dreaded grinding slide of now shoe left on the brake. So, with a snow coming this afternoon, I figured I would have it done since I have no garage to work out of. I stopped at a small shop that I just happened to be passing. Well, when they got it on the rack, the drivers side tie rod end was almost falling off, and the passenger side was bad. All four pads were bad, and the rotors was chewed up on the back. When they called and priced the parts at list price, it was more than I had in my pocket at the time. I told them, I would just park it and bring it back in a week. They said hold on a minute, and came back with a price that was almost half of what I was just quoted. That was a relief. I don't know if I could have replaced two tie rod ends, four rotors and all pads for 450.00 plus tax.
The down side is my truck was too big to fit on their alignment machine, so I will have to get that done elsewhere. My tires are cupping, so the up side is I have an excuse for some new shoes when I get it aligned next week. It also seems to have cured my death wobble, and I almost threw me and my wife out of the front window with all the stopping power I have now. It is driving a ton better. And the engine seams to have quieted down a bunch with the synthetic oil change. I noticed it was running so much better, it took more run off time when coming down the ramp off the interstate at my exit. The truck only has 57000 miles on it.
Now the big question is what tires. I want something quiet, long lasting, good in the snow and rain. I don't do much off roading, and I tow a camper. Any suggestions?