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    I was driving a 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis that had a good drive line but it had quite a bit of rust on it.

    So I saved for several years to get $3000 and started looking. Well any thing that was better cost $5000 with used car prices the way they were. But then I found a 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis for the $3000. Everyone wanted $5000 for a car like this at the time.

    It only had 82,000 miles on it and was in pretty unbelievable shape. It could have passed for a 5 year old car. It drove like new and I looked it over very carefully. I took it on a hour test drive and checked to see that everything worked. I did not have a hoist to put it on, so I hired a mechanic to check it for me. He was very impressed with the car so I bought it. BTW, after he had looked it over very carefully, he told me no charge. I was shocked and gave him $50.

    Several days after I bought it the A/C started to not work and then work again. Then it stopped completely. I felt like a failure and thought I must have done something wrong. Either I was greedy in wanting this one because it was a model called The Ultimate ( it was loaded with stuff like a compass, air ride etc) or I had not checked it close enough.

    I went several places to ask how much to fix the A/C and was told that it needed a new control panel. I checked and it cost $1000 just for the part. I was pretty discouraged. I went on the internet and checked there too, everyone said it needed that $1000 part. Even the junk yards wanted several hundred dollars for one PLUS my old part. What if my old part was not bad after all, and the one they sold me was no good.

    I finally found the part at one junk yard for $75 and it looked in perfect shape, but my old one looked good too. I found a mechanic that said he would install it for $100. Well right at that time I did not have the $100 so I put it off and did without the A/C.

    So the thought kept coming to me that there might be some kind of safety switch in the A/C that will not allow it to work if the Refrigerant is low. So I bought a bottle with the pressure gauge on it and put it in until the pressure gauge said it was full. It still did not work.

    But then one night it was cool and I needed the defroster and it also does not work. So I had to do something you can not drive a car in Ohio without a defroster for the windshield.

    The thought kept coming to me that the refrigerant was low, but now it has too much in it; leave some out. Well that stuff is $40 a bottle, and every mechanic was telling me that there was not too much in it. The one put a set of fancy gauges on it and said the pressure was fine.

    So I thought this thought must just be a crazy thought.

    But then one day after my workout I decided what do I have to lose except for a little refrigerant. So I let some out of the system. I was surprised to see a yellow fluid coming out with the gas refrigerant. I let it out until the yellow fluid stopped and it was all gas. I left the car run with the A/C on while I did this.

    But as I drove home 8 miles it still did not work. So after I ate breakfast I drove over to the mechanic to see if he could install the new control panel. He told me to bring it back in several days. So I left to drive to my gun club to see if the free time would make me feel better.

    On the way to the gun club the A/C started working fine. It has worked ever since that day. The heater and defroster works fine too.

    As I kept driving the car with the A/C working the grace of The Lord Jesus overcame me and I was brought to tears.

    I KEEP EXPECTING TO GET WHAT I DESERVE.

    BUT THE LORD JESUS KEEPS GIVING ME GRACE THAT I DO NOT DESERVE.

    It was not the money, or the fact that I now had a heater. It was just the way Jesus touched me in all of this.

    He took a great amount of time and effort to lead me to fix my A/C myself for no cost. I can not put into words the feeling on His grace, knowing that He was able to lead me to fix such a complicated thing as this auto climate A/C. Even specialist have a very hard time fixing it with a lot of fancy equipment. But I was able to fix it with no training, no experience, and no equipment. But I knew The Creator of everything that exists.

    But then I remembered the sales person telling me that they had drove this car to Pittsburgh and Cleveland. These cars have a very good rep for reliability. BUT if the auto climate control goes bad it is very hard and expensive to fix. I had looked at this very car earlier and they wanted $5000 for it. But then I went back and the owner himself called me and told me he would sell it to me for $3000.

    I think the refrigerant went low and it was working and not working off and on, so they got scared of the car and sold it to me cheap. I bought the car and The Lord led me to fix it for $40.

    I did not have enough money to buy a decent car - no problem with The Lord Jesus. He can make a greedy dealer sell you one for whatever money you have.

    I did not know how to fix the A/C - no problem with The Lord who created the men who invented A/C.

    There is simply no one like The Lord Jesus.

    Lou Newton
    Last edited by Lou Newton; September 10, 2014, 03:10 PM.

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    Originally posted by Lou Newton View Post
    I was driving a 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis that had a good drive line but it had quite a bit of rust on it.

    So I saved for several years to get $3000 and started looking. Well any thing that was better cost $5000 with used car prices the way they were. But then I found a 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis for the $3000. Everyone wanted $5000 for a car like this at the time.

    It only had 82,000 miles on it and was in pretty unbelievable shape. It could have passed for a 5 year old car. It drove like new and I looked it over very carefully. I took it on a hour test drive and checked to see that everything worked. I did not have a hoist to put it on, so I hired a mechanic to check it for me. He was very impressed with the car so I bought it. BTW, after he had looked it over very carefully, he told me no charge. I was shocked and gave him $50.

    Several days after I bought it the A/C started to not work and then work again. Then it stopped completely. I felt like a failure and thought I must have done something wrong. Either I was greedy in wanting this one because it was a model called The Ultimate ( it was loaded with stuff like a compass, air ride etc) or I had not checked it close enough.

    I went several places to ask how much to fix the A/C and was told that it needed a new control panel. I checked and it cost $1000 just for the part. I was pretty discouraged. I went on the internet and checked there too, everyone said it needed that $1000 part. Even the junk yards wanted several hundred dollars for one PLUS my old part. What if my old part was not bad after all, and the one they sold me was no good.

    I finally found the part at one junk yard for $75 and it looked in perfect shape, but my old one looked good too. I found a mechanic that said he would install it for $100. Well right at that time I did not have the $100 so I put it off and did without the A/C.

    So the thought kept coming to me that there might be some kind of safety switch in the A/C that will not allow it to work if the Refrigerant is low. So I bought a bottle with the pressure gauge on it and put it in until the pressure gauge said it was full. It still did not work.

    But then one night it was cool and I needed the defroster and it also does not work. So I had to do something you can not drive a car in Ohio without a defroster for the windshield.

    The thought kept coming to me that the refrigerant was low, but now it has too much in it; leave some out. Well that stuff is $40 a bottle, and every mechanic was telling me that there was not too much in it. The one put a set of fancy gauges on it and said the pressure was fine.

    So I thought this thought must just be a crazy thought.

    But then one day after my workout I decided what do I have to lose except for a little refrigerant. So I let some out of the system. I was surprised to see a yellow fluid coming out with the gas refrigerant. I let it out until the yellow fluid stopped and it was all gas. I left the car run with the A/C on while I did this.

    But as I drove home 8 miles it still did not work. So after I ate breakfast I drove over to the mechanic to see if he could install the new control panel. He told me to bring it back in several days. So I left to drive to my gun club to see if the free time would make me feel better.

    On the way to the gun club the A/C started working fine. It has worked ever since that day. The heater and defroster works fine too.

    As I kept driving the car with the A/C working the grace of The Lord Jesus overcame me and I was brought to tears.

    I KEEP EXPECTING TO GET WHAT I DESERVE.

    BUT THE LORD JESUS KEEPS GIVING ME GRACE THAT I DO NOT DESERVE.

    It was not the money, or the fact that I now had a heater. It was just the way Jesus touched me in all of this.

    He took a great amount of time and effort to lead me to fix my A/C myself for no cost. I can not put into words the feeling on His grace, knowing that He was able to lead me to fix such a complicated thing as this auto climate A/C. Even specialist have a very hard time fixing it with a lot of fancy equipment. But I was able to fix it with no training, no experience, and no equipment. But I knew The Creator of everything that exists.

    But then I remembered the sales person telling me that they had drove this car to Pittsburgh and Cleveland. These cars have a very good rep for reliability. BUT if the auto climate control goes bad it is very hard and expensive to fix. I had looked at this very car earlier and they wanted $5000 for it. But then I went back and the owner himself called me and told me he would sell it to me for $3000.

    I think the refrigerant went low and it was working and than not working, so they got scared of the car and sold it to me cheap. I bought the car and The Lord led me to fix it for $40.

    I did not have enough money to buy a decent car - no problem with The Lord Jesus. He can make a greedy dealer sell you one for whatever money you have.

    I did not know how to fix the A/C - no problem with The Lord who created the men who invented A/C.

    There is simply no one like The Lord Jesus.

    Lou Newton

    Awesome testimony, Lou!

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    • #3
      Lou, this is huge. Thank you for sharing it. It reminds me of good things that come to pass where I marvel, saying, "What did I contribute to make this happen?" when the answer is, Absolutely nothing, it was apparently the Lord's will.

      And you are so, so right. There is none like Him.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Baruch View Post
        Lou, this is huge. Thank you for sharing it. It reminds me of good things that come to pass where I marvel, saying, "What did I contribute to make this happen?" when the answer is, Absolutely nothing, it was apparently the Lord's will.

        And you are so, so right. There is none like Him.
        If I would have followed those small quite voices that kept on coming to me, I would have had A/C all summer. But my lack of faith kept me from believing that it was The Lord speaking to me about the A/C.

        We can not believe that we can be part of something so smart. But we do not have to be smart, only willing to follow The Holy Spirit of The Lord Jesus.


        I am like dumb and dumber - Jesus is smart and smarter
        Lou

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Lou Newton View Post
          I am like dumb and dumber - Jesus is smart and smarter
          Lol! That is so going down in my book of Lou Newton quotes.... I'm right there with you though, couldn't have said it any better.

          I love everything about Grand Marquis', except for their gas mileage generally. Awesome Car, awesome testimony.

          Thanks Lou,

          Travis

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Travis View Post
            Lol! That is so going down in my book of Lou Newton quotes.... I'm right there with you though, couldn't have said it any better.

            I love everything about Grand Marquis', except for their gas mileage generally. Awesome Car, awesome testimony.

            Thanks Lou,

            Travis
            Hi Travis,

            My 2000 Grand Marquis gets 23 MPG around town. Many of those trips are less than 2 miles. My long trip is 8 miles to my workout.

            I have a friend who has a Honda 4 cylinder ( I forget if it is an Accord or Civic) he says he do not get much better than 23 MPG around town.

            I drove my 98 Grand Marquis to NJ and got 30 MPG on the way there. I did keep the speed down on the way there. On the way back I drove 80 and did not do nearly as well.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Lou Newton View Post
              Hi Travis,

              My 2000 Grand Marquis gets 23 MPG around town. Many of those trips are less than 2 miles. My long trip is 8 miles to my workout.

              I have a friend who has a Honda 4 cylinder ( I forget if it is an Accord or Civic) he says he do not get much better than 23 MPG around town.

              I drove my 98 Grand Marquis to NJ and got 30 MPG on the way there. I did keep the speed down on the way there. On the way back I drove 80 and did not do nearly as well.
              Jesus really does love you Lou!

              I've got a 1997 Buick Park Avenue that I love, thats starting to fall apart on me... but that's OK, I have my 1995 F150 with 265K miles on it as a back up! :thumbsup:

              But the AC doesn't work on either one of them right now Good thing winter is on its way

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Travis View Post
                Jesus really does love you Lou!

                I've got a 1997 Buick Park Avenue that I love, thats starting to fall apart on me... but that's OK, I have my 1995 F150 with 265K miles on it as a back up! :thumbsup:

                But the AC doesn't work on either one of them right now Good thing winter is on its way
                My A/C did not work all summer until just Monday of this week. BUT when the A/C does not work in my car the heater and defroster also does not work. So if I did not get it fixed, I would be without a car in cold and even cool weather.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Lou Newton View Post
                  My A/C did not work all summer until just Monday of this week. BUT when the A/C does not work in my car the heater and defroster also does not work. So if I did not get it fixed, I would be without a car in cold and even cool weather.
                  Ya, that is an issue. I'm pretty sure my heater still works, but if it didn't I'd be in for some problems. I can't do without defrost for even half the days during the winter. I probably just need to add some freon though. Maybe Jesus will help me fix my car as well

                  Grace to you,

                  Travis

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Travis View Post
                    Ya, that is an issue. I'm pretty sure my heater still works, but if it didn't I'd be in for some problems. I can't do without defrost for even half the days during the winter. I probably just need to add some freon though. Maybe Jesus will help me fix my car as well

                    Grace to you,

                    Travis
                    You can buy Freon at a auto parts store with the pressure gauge right on it.

                    Yu add it to the high side or low pressure side that is usually on the canister toward the back of the engine.

                    You can look on YouTube for an instruction video.

                    Lou

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