A couple of weeks ago our car air conditioner decided that it hated me and was going to take a vacation. It came back for a brief stay and then died completely. If you’ve ever had a compressor replaced, you might know that it requires a number of parts for a proper replacement, which means that it adds up to quite a bill. Because I’m cheap and think I can do anything, I hopped on eBay and ordered the parts for an insane bargain (seriously, I think I had $150 in it all).
I should mention that I am not a mechanic, though there was this one time in high school when I was flat broke and my breaks stopped working. I had to replace the “master break cylinder” and breaks. Don’t ask me what that part does or how I did it, I have no clue. I just know that it (I?) was insane, but it worked!
Okay, back to the AC. Our parts arrived and my husband and I got to work. We found a video on YouTube, did a tiny bit of Googling, and we were on our way. To further bore everyone in my Instagram feed, I decided to document our monumental stupidity.
We disassembled the parts (a lot of them) above the compressor and, after about 12 hours, our car was back together – and it still ran! Since we had exhausted our brain cells on coolant and refrigerant fumes, we settled in for the night. Tomorrow, we would take the car to a service shop and have the system cleaned (of the swamp-like debris seen above) and the air conditioner charged.
The next morning, I dropped off the car and waited. I felt like I was waiting on my child to be born. Would it work? Would they come out and greet me with their hat off, tell me that it was a total loss and that my husband, who would love nothing more than to trade my car in, was right? It was real, people.
…and then. It happened! It was alive!!!!!!
For about 1/4 of what a mechanic would charge (they’d earn every penny!), we have a fully replaced AND functioning air conditioner! I couldn’t believe it, I even asked the guy at the counter, “…and it works?” when he told me my baby was ready. I rushed out to the parking lot with a dance in my step, hopped in my car, blasted oldies radio and danced in my seat at every red light on the way home!
The moral of this story is that you can do anything* with YouTube & Google. Replace car parts, learn to knit, cook something, cut a watermelon, etc. I’m like 90% on that. If nothing else, you can at least say you tried and have a funny story to share… you know, once the shame has worn off.
Have you ever tried to DIY something with the help of YouTube or Google before? How did it work out?
*By anything, I really don’t mean anything. Always take precautions when trying something new and/or potentially stupid. Trust your gut.