A Problem and A Dilemma

A Purple Kia, Rims And All, For Your Troubles.
A Purple Kia, Rims And All, For Your Troubles.
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Howdy Oppo, I’m tired, so I’ll make this quick:

I have a single problem and a single dilemma, both when it comes to my car.

The Problem: my wipers are squeaking. It’s very faint right when they reach the top of their trajectory, but it’s enough. Getting new wipers is not the correct answer, I literally put them on a week ago. Do new wipers have a breaking in period I don’t know about? Is there some way I can treat my windscreen so it doesn’t squeak? It’s not a huge deal, it’s just really annoying.


The Dilemma: My oil is semi-sorta due to be changed. Firestone says I should’ve had it changed on the 16th of July, but since I literally hadn’t driven for a whole month there was still plenty of unused oil in there. The issue is that by the time I get back to FL I’ll be over the recommended mileage (79,000). I leave the 6th and return the 7th, making a 1000 mile drive with the oil past due both in terms of date and miles, so the way I see it I have two options:

Option 1: Get my oil changed in MD before my drive. This would mean taking it to Firestone, which I’ve done before, and just knocking it out. I’d have plenty of time to peruse Oppo that’s for sure. However, after recent conversations on here I wanted to try changing my own oil.


This leads me to Option 2: Drive back to FL and then get everything I need to change it myself, from jack to tools, with no real time constraints. My classes are all online next month, I have literally nowhere I’ll have to go and won’t drive, I’ll have time to get my stuff together and do this myself, and I really do want to take a crack at it.

There is a couple unusual third options, like trying to get everything I need in MD and doing it in the next 5 days or doing it halfway through the trip or something like that, but I’m not sure. I’m open to people suggestions, and while I am leaning towards driving back to FL then doing it myself, getting it done quick at Firestone is a logical answer to this particular conundrum.


That’s all for now, I’ll be posting about my recent trip soon (I just got home from it and am quite tired).

Take care folks!

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