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I Took A 6 To 1 Bet.....


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I recently posted a question regarding a rapping noise occurring under the dashboard/console on my '94 LS. The noise caused my A/C to stop, which isn't the best idea in Houston in the summertime. I only received one response, which surprised me-maybe it's an unknown problem?

So I took my car to the neighborhood Indie, who, after 3 hours, determined that the "Servo" and related gears in my A/C and Heat distribution system were malfunctioning. Sort of like the highway was open, but the off-ramps were closed. He said that there was a broken plastic piece that had fallen off the gears, and that it was futile to just replace the plastic piece-the whole system needed to be reworked. Including the evaporator, which seemed odd. After negotiation, we came to a price of $1,170. I was disturbed, since I had spent the previous weekend trying to figure out what was wrong, and had seen the 2 cogs on the gears which seemed to be missing a connection but-hey-what do I know? So I gave the guy $550 for a deposit to buy the parts. Since it would take several days to obtain the parts, I told the guy that I would need to have use of the Lexus until it was ready to be repaired.

So there I am, driving the car home, sweating like a pig. So I decided to turn on the A/C for grins-It was running perfectly. Arctic air. Upon arrival in the garage, I tested the heat-Sweat City. Perfect. Huh? So I called Indie, who said that "the piece could break anytime, the system will run and then break". So, upon arriving home, I disassembled the dash, saw the "plastic piece" he had reinstalled, and wondered why the piece might fail. I subsequently found a loose wire-round connector electric type-sitting right in the way of the gears. It was definitely in the way of the operation of the gears to change from heat to cooling. So I bent it out of the way of the rotating gears. I have no idea what the loose wire does-or should be doing.

So I called the Indie, and after a prolonged negotiation, I paid only for his labor time-$195. Here I am-I bet $195 against $1,200 that the system will work as is. I just took the Lexus for a spin, and it's still working fine.

So here is the question, LOC members-Was a 6-1 bet worth it-or will I lose the bet?

Comments appreciated-especially from LOC pros.

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Sure the system could break again, it could break again if he replaces it too. Just because it could doesnt mean it will, I say pay the $1200 if it breaks again. Why do it now "just in case". Its not like we're talking a life or death component here, if it fails you gotta sweat it for a day, big deal.

Smart move

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  • 1 month later...

It's update time. Please read my original post.

My A/C has been running better than Secretariat on steroids. I have about 1-1/2 months of hot summer to go, and my 6 to 1 bet looks like a lock. Those of you who have a trustworthy Indie need to give him a tip next time-Mine is a dishonest crook. Live and learn.

BTW, the loose wire-which I think was from a broken glove compartment light-actually interrupted the servo when it changed from outside to inside air circulation-causing the plastic piece to fall off. Now, to be safe, I don't bother to use the inside circulation-A Lexus system is too powerful to worry about it, and why mess with success?

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It's update time. Please read my original post.

My A/C has been running better than Secretariat on steroids. I have about 1-1/2 months of hot summer to go, and my 6 to 1 bet looks like a lock. Those of you who have a trustworthy Indie need to give him a tip next time-Mine is a dishonest crook. Live and learn.

BTW, the loose wire-which I think was from a broken glove compartment light-actually interrupted the servo when it changed from outside to inside air circulation-causing the plastic piece to fall off. Now, to be safe, I don't bother to use the inside circulation-A Lexus system is too powerful to worry about it, and why mess with success?

TL94,

Agree totally - the LS cooling is very good too and don't need the recirc either!!

You win the bet - Thanks for the report!!

I've cut n pasted this one to my files for reference!!

:cheers:

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  • 11 months later...

Just wanted to update my experience with the dishonest Indie, who wanted $1,200 to repair my A/C on the '94 LS. My last post noted that I had gone over a month without any problems after paying the crook less than $200.

Well now, it's almost a year. And I've relocated to Las Vegas, where it's 115 degrees right now. And the cold A/C still blows me out of the cabin on "High". This forum has helped me immensely. Thanks

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Just wanted to update my experience with the dishonest Indie, who wanted $1,200 to repair my A/C on the '94 LS.  My last post noted that I had gone over a month without any problems after paying the crook less than $200.

Well now, it's almost a year.  And I've relocated to Las Vegas, where it's 115 degrees right now.  And the cold A/C still blows me out of the cabin on "High".  This forum has helped me immensely.  Thanks

TL94,

I haven't been on this board in a long time....when I saw the title of this thread I couldn't believe my eyes.. :blink::blink:

Glad you're doing well and good luck in Vegas..... :cheers:

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