The Crazy Suburban Mom: My car's blowing hot nose air at me

Monday, May 3, 2010

My car's blowing hot nose air at me

I know I've spoken about my parade of used cars before, mostly in reference to their air conditioning failures and how for about eighteen of the last twenty years I drove around New Jersey with out air conditioning.

Don't know if you're aware but the average  New Jersey temperature in August is about a thousand degrees Fahrenheit with the humidity of a fish tank.

When I bought my van in the winter the first question I asked was not, Is it mechanically sound? like any normal person.   It was, Does the air conditioning work? and "Yeah, it does." They said, and turned it on to show me it blew cold.

And I said, it's November, it's going to blow cold even if there isn't a drop of freon but they assured me it worked and they showed me the big check mark next to the place where someone checked something that meant it worked.

And I bought the car.

But because I suck the freon out of everything with in a ten mile radius and stop  AC compressors dead in their tracks I bought that everything from headlights to taillights extended warranty.

Well, it actually doesn't cover the lights cause stuff like bulbs aren't covered, which I'm cool with 'cause all the big  'apensive junk between the bulbs is covered.  

Yeah so I get in the car Saturday and turn on the air conditioning cause it's May so of course it's a frosty 92 degrees outside, People.  Really?  In May...And guess what the AC is blowing?

Near as  I can tell body temperature air.  

Seriously, the car's blowing hot nose air right at me.  And I'm pretty much yelling, give me a break already with the car AC's I can't take it anymore and stuff like that as I'm driving to Rite-aid to get my prescription for (fortuitously) Xanax.

So I called and made an appointment about my car's hot flashes plus I had to bring the van in anyway cause the back power lift gate sometimes goes up and down two or three or nine times before it finally catches but all the time I'm saying to myself, please, not my air conditioning.  Please, not my air. 

So me and ...


Are going tomorrow morning for a check-up...

Well, Pandora is..  I was smarter than I've ever been about a used car and got a really, really good warranty so I even get a rental car while they are looking up Pandora's skirt.  A feature I've used twice already.

I hope I get Lance again.


My automotive fairytale...

And I'm certain that Lance, the testosterone-fueled beer guzzling growling auto-monster, will not be subject to hot flashes like Pandora.


Maureen 5/3/10, 11:48 AM  

Ohhh noooo! Not the AC! Good thing on the warranty though.

Vintage Christine 5/3/10, 12:07 PM  

I've been running the A/C in the car for about a month now--I aim it straight at my face so my cheeks get nice and frostbitten. The car A/C runs great, but the 3/4 ton diesel Dodge behemoth truck has a freeze-up problem which USUALLY (but not always) occurs about halfway into a long trip in Ju-Au-Sep-Oct (same 100 degree, 100% humidity so it's really all just one long uncomfortable 120 days of hell). Lance is quite sexy but doesn't hold a candle to our Jeep Wrangler. The A/C in that vehicle hasn't worked since we bought it new but hey, it's a frickin' Wrangler!! I totally feel your pain, girlfriend.

Babes Mami 5/3/10, 12:17 PM  

Our A/C which worked great the first two years I had it doesn't work. "May be a blockage." says the man who wants to charge a lot just to check so we are waiting until we have the money just to get it fixed. Poor Babe will be sweating away with us!

The Crazy Suburban Mom 5/3/10, 4:03 PM  


I have never regretted getting warranties. Some people say they only make money for the sales force - I don't get that. I've never not used them.

Vintage Christine - Oh man. Its so hot. So hot.

Babes, Some kind of blockage? Honestly, I've never had a 2 year old ac fail - I'd be bitching like crazy to the point they check it for nothing, but thats me :)

Im obnoxious


Lin 5/3/10, 10:36 PM  

Maybe you just need freon. I hope so. Gees, is it really that hot already by you???

Anonymous,  8/30/10, 9:57 AM  

Yes, probably so it is

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