If you also follow me on Snapchat and/or Instagram you probably know that I’ve been dealing with no heat in my truck for about 4 weeks now.
When it first went out I turned to Google to see what the problem might be. I narrowed it down to a few things. First, I changed out the blower motor resistor. It’s the part that helps the heater/ac fan blow at different speeds.
That didn’t do the trick so it was on to the blower motor itself. I watched a few YouTube videos on how to swap it out. They were incredibly helpful. Changing out the blower motor took twice as long as I thought it would but when I was done it was blowing air again.
Unfortunately, the air it was blowing was lukewarm at best. Not exactly what you want when the temperatures are hovering in the single digits.
This led to more Googling… and consulting with my Dad… and my Father-in-law. The consensus was that the thermostat needed to be replaced. A few more YouTube videos had me confident that I could attempt the fix.
The thermostat replacement went quicker than the blower motor but at first didn’t appear to get the heat going. A few more calls to my Father-in-law and some internet knowledge and I had the heat going. Lot’s of heat! Just in time for a few 40 degree days.
The point of this story is that you’re never too old to learn.
It really didn’t hit me until my wife said, “Bet you never thought you’d be able to do all the vehicle repairs you’ve done lately. You’ve done a really good job at figuring them out and getting them fixed.” (Along with the truck heat I’ve recently replaced the serpentine belt and fixed a leaking hose on my daughter’s car.)
My wife was right. I never would have thought I could fix our vehicles… but I studied up… asked questions… learned… and got it done.
I would encourage you to do the same. If there’s something you want to learn do some online research, ask someone who can help you… and above all… don’t be afraid to try!