So I tore into my car’s dashboard today looking for that damn air vent squealing sound and found a few things. One, WD-40 smells bad. Two, WD-40 had soaked the inside area of the vent where I’d sprayed it last week but that area, I learned today, has no fan in it. So I wiped up as much of the WD-40 I could. Three, I found a sort of vent-like area under the glove compartment that flips between sucking in outside air or sucking in inside air — and the inside air it sucks in, is sucked in through where the passenger’s knees are. So if your car smells like knees, that would be why.
I tried spraying some WD-40 into that area, since it appears to be a straight drop down from that into some kind of turbine, and my hope was that the WD-40 would fall down into it and miraculously hit the right parts. But the squeeling continued. I could have sprayed more, but I don’t want to spray so much WD-40 that my car will forever smell of WD-40. And I recall that some kinds of fans continue to squeak even if you lubricate them — if they are ball-bearing fans, WD-40 cannot stop worn ball bearing fans from squeeking because the liquid simply can’t reshape the worn flat surfaces of a ball bearing into a smooth surface.
I think I touched a round metal thing that might be the outer casing of the fan or might be part of the air conditioner, hidden even lower behind the glove compartment. I don’t think I should take off the glove compartment in the hope to get better access to it because that round metal thing felt like it was firmly bolted together. It felt like something an actual mechanic would have to remove and replace or remove and clean and put back in.
And maybe I can have a mechanic try to wipe up as much WD-40 as he can while he’s at it.
I’m worried that when winter comes and I turn on the heat, the WD-40 will burst in flame in the vent. Think that could happen? I suppose I should run my air conditioner a lot to dry it out.
All this was done with a flashlight that had less of a glimmer than a child’s nightlight. This house has needed a real flashlight for a couple years now.
Oh yeah, and three: I now smell like WD-40.
Update: Another day, trying to make the squealing stop. Sprayed more WD-40. Gave up. Went online to check prices for blower motors — they’re about $75. So figure labor of an hour, and this is fixable. And I really really need them to wipe up as much WD-40 as they can, now.
Honestly, these kinds of problems make me want to cry. The not knowing if there is a risk of fire due to the WD-40. The not knowing when I can take the car in. All the uncertainty really makes me feel lost. I will call Dinstuhl’s on Tuesday, ask them to be prepared to order the part, etc.
As a Vin Diesel fan, I was excited by the commercials for Babylon A.D. – but now I am sad to learn the film sucks. And that comes straight from the director!
As reported on trekmovie.com:
Babylon A.D. Director Disappointed + Diesel Wants 2 More Riddick Sequels
Matthieu Kassovitz, director of “Babylon A.D.” is disappointed in the final product: “I’m very unhappy with the film… I never had a chance to do one scene the way it was written or the way I wanted it to be. The script wasn’t respected. Bad producers, bad partners, it was a terrible experience.” Kassovitz added that he “should have chosen a studio that has guts” and that the studio was “just trying to get a PG-13 movie.” Read the rest of the director’s comments at AMC. Meanwhile, Vin Diesel, who stars in the film, recently told MTV that he expects there to be not one, but two more sequels to “The Chronicles of Riddick”: “David Twowy right now is writing the scripts. The only question is whether we take a page from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ guys and try to shoot the two chapters at the same time. There are two more in mind,” he said. Diesel said “Everyone knows I love the Riddick character and I’m always working on it,” Diesel asserted. “It just takes five years to make another one because David Twohy and I are so precious about it.”
Those comments about Riddick are not new, by the way, I am sure I read that quote awhile ago and it may be up to a year old. I am glad the intention to continue Riddick is there though. Fans want it. I want it.
I’ve got tears welling in my eyes, which is unusual. It is because I’ve just made a mix tape of sorts for several virgos I know (all of whom have birthdays around now) and I wrote a letter to one whom I am mailing the disc to in MA. I guess it was an emotional letter because I’m tear streaked a bit as I lay here in bed, my pillow propping my head up enough to type this blog entry.
I guess one never knows when they’re tapping a well of depth until they actually tap it. Um, no wait, that metaphor sounds too much like “tapping it” (a sexual euphemism). I mean to say, I know the emotions are deep with this one but I hadn’t been facing them in an honest way. I replied to a sort of question posed a couple years ago, and it just made me face it honestly in such a rare way. I’m ready to go to sleep now, but, this is good, to feel so deeply that a few deep breaths are needed.
Last night as I heard Obama’s speech I was thinking to myself that we have found our JFK. But this morning my appreciation of the situation is that Obama will have surpassed JFK in the sense that if Obama wins the election, it will be the name “Obama”, and not “JFK”, that is used as a reference to connote an era of optimism and and positive reform. Everything that was old is new again, and it has a new face and a new name. I hope one we can be proud of.
On a sad note, I am stunned that what should be a sidebar story — McCaine’s selection of Annie Oakley for VP — has wiped the DNC off the front page of all the news sites.
The newscasters today said that the television ratings for the DNC was 38 million — that’s more than the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, and the highest ratings ever, I think they said.