Choosing To Be Happy – No. 200

Today has multiple reasons to be happy. A couple of months ago the selector knob for the defroster, A/C, and heater stopped functioning in the Dodge Dakota. The repair manual had no information on how this worked or assembled except for a wiring schematic. After figuring out where the stepper motor was located under the dash, and confirming it was not working, I bought a replacement at the local auto parts store. When I unscrewed the two mounting screws three parts fell from under the dash. I did not find any information in the manual nor online how it went back together. After working in a near impossible position for well over an hour, it appeared to be fixed. Over the next several weeks it worked fine and then started to make noises that sounded like something was about to break. Last Friday after work I removed part of the dash and once again found myself in an awkward position trying to solve the problem. I was near to taking it to the dealership for someone with a better back and eyesight to resolve this issue. After letting it sit over the weekend, I opted to order a new mode cam and stepper motor from the dealership and try one more time before giving up. This plan gave me a reason to drive the PT Cruiser for several days. Today the parts guy at the dealership sold me the most expensive part at the wholesale price. This act of kindness saved me $20 and made me very happy. 🙂 After another hour of disassembly, reassembly, and testing, the problem was solved. This turned out to be a lesson, once again, why some replacement parts are better sourced from the dealership.

Another reason to be happy is Maggie and Sally’s new cousin, Bo. My brother and sister-in-law adopted her last weekend. She is an eight week old Golden Retriever puppy. This coming weekend, Maggie and Sally will be officially introduced. It will be fun to watch the three of them play.

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