A New Car.....Almost
I took the Jeep to a trusted mechanic and learned the air conditioning evaporator would have to be replaced. In a younger life I would have removed the dashboard and done the job myself. As an older fellow with a career, I had to set my priorities.......How much? The part had to be ordered from the dealership. $1500 give or take a bit. Damn........Could it be done in one day while I was at work? Yes.
I had the transmission fluid and filter replaced while I thought about it. I had ignored those for far to long as well. The shifting was sluggish. The tranny work added up to $189. I checked the prices of used cars at several car lots over the weekend. I had paid off the Jeep in a fit of rage after the lender tried to charge me an undeserved late fee. I liked having no car note. I decided to bite the bullet and have the AC fixed.
I searched the internet for evaporators, and saw that the mechanic was correct, a dealership part. I did, however, find replacement headlights on amazon.com of all places. That was good. My headlights were so obscured by funk growing inside them that they almost did not pass my annual Louisiana vehicle
On Monday, I dropped off my newly clean Jeep with my mechanic, and had the air conditioner fixed. Total cost for Louisiana comfort was $1382.96 It was ready at 4:17PM the same day. I drove it with the air on full blast. Frigid........Nice.
Today, when I got home from work, two new headlights awaited me. They easily popped in and out, although I retained the original wiring harness. They work great, making the night bright in a way I have not experienced in several years. I almost feel as though I have a new car.......Without the car note.