Saturday is for fixing things

The Fun is in the Fixing

I started the day working on the 2005 Nissan Altima that Hagan drives (and Sydney, too, when she's home). The left front would shudder quite noticeably when braking. I figured it would be a warped rotor, so I had planned to replace both front rotors and brake pads. Easy job. Well, I noticed when I was pulling off the front passenger side wheel that there was movement in the wheel, which suggested wheel bearing or a bushing of some sort. I pulled the wheel and upon inspection, I found that the play was from a perished outer tie rod end.
So I scuttled off to O'Reilly's and bought a pair and replaced both driver and passenger outer tie rod ends. I'll have to book it in for an alignment next week or so, but it no longer shudders while braking.

But wait! There's more!

As soon as I had cleaned up from that job, my wife said, "The dryer is not getting hot, so it's not drying." I had replaced the heating element back in December 2019 with an aftermarket element that was inexpensive but not a genuine OEM Whirlpool part. Needless to say, this time I will pay more and get an OEM part.