Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hot or Cold?

After I got my new car in November, I noticed a disturbing trend. The heater didn't really work. I mean, it worked...but it worked on it's own schedule. I couldn't adjust it for fear of it blowing freezing cold air. We finally figured out that if we turned the knob all the way to cold, and then back, it would start working again.

I'm terribly slow (and short on cash) these days & just dealt with it through the cold months of winter. Sure it was a pain in the butt, but we survived.

Last week, though, I couldn't stand it any more. It was 55 degrees outside. It was HOT in my car and I couldn't get any COOL air to blow. Just hot. My turning the dial trick didn't work. I was dying...ugh. I had to have the windows down just to breathe. It was annoying & made me crabby. Steve was in the car with me & said that that was just stupid & I should get it fixed. He was right, of course. He immediately called the auto shop & made me an appointment.

So, last Thursday I took my car in & prayed for a repair bill of less than $200. Later that day I called to check in and lo & behold...$73! The problem was a loose NUT behind the control knob! No parts, no intense labor just a diagnostic charge. THANK GOODNESS!

And now I'm not NEARLY as annoyed in my car.


donna said...

Don't you love when stuff like that happens? You psych yourself up for something awful and expensive and time consuming, and it turns out to be a ten minute $73 fix. You needed a little good news!

Kate said...

The things we put up with because we're afraid of how much it's going to cost. Sigh.

feisty said...

man, if only you had known you could've been hap-hap-happy with the car all winter long!