Rotten To The Core

There will be no post today. Okay, that’s not true, but unfortunately I am too mired in an act of creative problem solving to write much about it.

My wife’s 2007 KIA Minivan is having an air conditioning issue. By issue I mean it doesn’t get cold.

I’ve twice added refrigerant and some “leak-fix” additives, but after a few days the icy cold comfort declines to the sweaty feeling I remember from family vacations as a child.

So, after doing some investigative sleuthing, I determined that the leak is most likely in the “evaporative core.” No big deal, right? Just get a new one and put it in.

Easier said than done.

 

It turns out that getting to the Front AC Evaporative Core in a 2007 KIA Sedona EX, is akin to telling your gardener to dig a hole in your back yard… to CHINA!

My son Lewis and I began disassembling the dashboard around 7:00pm last night. We had diagrams, plenty of space to work, and ziplock bags for labeling and keeping track of the gazillion bits we would be removing.

At 10:45, we called it quits. We managed to remove everything from the front of the car including the dashboard itself. The data we have now tells us to remove something called the crossbar. Lewis and I looked at said crossbar for about fifteen minutes before determining it was time to go to bed.

The state of the KIA when we called it quits.  The crossbar we need to remove is the large pipe that spans the entire dash area.  Ugh!

The state of the KIA when we called it quits. The crossbar we need to remove is the large pipe that spans the entire dash area. Ugh!

 

So, instead of driving the repaired minivan to New York City this morning to retrieve my two youngest children, and head to Lake George for the weekend, I am lacing up my running shoes to go pick up a rental car.

I will return to the KIA on Sunday night and I expect at least another 4-6 hours to complete the job.

Here’s the good news, the repair in a shop would have been well north of $1,000. The part was only $70, and so far Lewis hasn’t demanded any cash from me.   In the “fix-it-yourself” equation, it is always smart to know where your own time-to-savings line is. As of right now, it’s looking like I’m worth about $100/hour. In the end, I’ll let you know the final bottom line and if my plan to do this myself was in fact, rotten to the core.

 

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