I had to make it through the Summer with no cooling system in our car

I have been driving outdated used cars for as long as I’ve had a drivers license. My family always had outdated beater cars as well, mostly because our dad was a skilled mechanic and was able to keep all of those outdated cars on the road much longer than they would have been otherwise. Every one of us never paid for those repairs beyond whatever parts our father had to source from either the junkyard or from discount auto parts sites on the internet. Nowadays I live on the other side of the country from our parents and can no longer benefit from our father’s skills as a mechanic. As such, our outdated used vehicle seems to be getting worse by the year. I had to get a new catalytic converter for the exhaust system after replacing the cracked radiator. When I first purchased it, I had to get a tire alignment to get the steering back to normal. No matter what I do to service this car, there always seems to be something else going wrong to take its locale. Currently, our car’s cooling system doesn’t work. Air moves through the vents, however it’s either room temperature or hot depending on the weather conditions outside. I was hoping that maybe our car’s cooling system just needed to be charged with more coolant, however that wasn’t the case. Instead, I was informed that the compressor for the cooling system had fried. This was no easy or inextravagant fix, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to afford it. That meant having to drive the vehicle through the Summer season with no air conditioning inside. I had to leave our windows rolled down, and even then I still sweated like crazy.


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