Recently, my heater core broke. For those uneducated among youwho never knew you had one, the heater core, it seems, is that item located behind your entire automobile --board that makes the defroster work. I discovered this not because I'm a genius at mechanical diagnosis, but because I couldn't see out my front windshield two minutes after I started to drive the car.
As an alternative to driving with one hand constantly windexing my front windshield and the other on the wheel, I took the car into the shop and was informed that while the part itself costs a reasonable amount, the labor charges were real attention-getters.
Have you ever noticed how when it comes time to have something replaced in your automobile, that it is never -- in fact nothing is ever -- located in a convenient place to fix? ''The part only costs $5 but we have to take out the entire engine and . . .''