So I just put a couple of freelance writing checks into the bank, hoping to finally get caught up on the back taxes — and the “check engine” light came on. The auto shop said it was the EGR valve (part of the emissions control). So I drove to my mechanic’s to find out how much it would cost to fix it, and also to see why my A/C still isn’t working that well.
The mechanic claims the AC compressor needs both hoses replaced (about $400) and probably $300 for the valve. (He says the diaphragm is bad.)
I miss having the kind of mechanic who says, “Let me take it out and clean it first to see if I can get it to work.” This guy isn’t it, so I have to go get a second opinion somewhere else.