Well, it ain’t too cold yet, but the mornings are a bit chilly. Riding along in a truck with no heat, fogging up the windows until you get a balance between cracked window air and inside air, is a challenge.
I’m going to give 1A Auto a shout out tonight because I will always go to them first when I’m looking to do something mechanical or otherwise with Bruce.
This is a basic heater core flush and isn’t even the correct video for my truck but I have done this before and needed to refresh my memory.
DIY Pro Tip: If you’re gonna go to YouTube looking for answers, watch a couple of different content providers and see what works and what doesn’t.
Start with something simple. Believe me; even the pros won’t have all the answers you’re looking for online.
Just because they say this is what your vehicle should have, it may not. Keep looking.
Find someone that you’re comfortable with following their instructions.
I called around before doing this, and I got some prices that were outrageous to me on something so simple.
As I’ve mentioned before I also have the best shade tree mechanic in three counties for a father, and sometimes you gotta let the old man help to make him feel useful.
He thought there was a problem with the heater control valve.
He thought it wasn’t working, so he learned something today. That valve opens when the fan control is turned on, closes when turned off.
Not all cars, even from the same manufacturer, are made the same. But you’d be amazed how much crossover there is in a lot of parts and interior/exterior body parts and pieces.
Sometimes it seems as if life and the world want to beat you down and keep you down.
But, if I stop to think about it, I have a job that provides for my family. One that I’m relatively good at (let’s not be modest; I’m excellent at it) and is there to give me troubles.
I do like a challenge.
I have more than one car. We have three, actually. Two of them are paid off and in reasonably good working order. There’s that.
I have a roof over my head. Food in my belly. A wife that loves me. And two kids that, for any of their faults, are probably more respectful, outgoing, kind, and well thought of than a lot of people I encounter.
Blessed beyond measure.
I hope I never really get what I deserve for my past sins.
I hope that I can make up for them.
I’ll take the troubles on my shoulders and keep moving.
Some might say that’s what I’m supposed to do as a father and a man.