Oops.

Update: ICYWW here’s why I tore it open.

He’s dead, Jim. I got a new one from RepairClinic.com. Not the cheapest, but reliable and the extra price helps pay for the DIY help YouTube videos they make.

Update 2: New heating element even came with the insulator pad and thermostat. Nice! Already in place. Time to lubricate the main bearing since I’m in there and reassemble.

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Bonus Subaru content since I’m halfway in the garage anyway

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Final update: Back together in test mode with the lid off. Ran great so I finished putting it back together.

The orange glow means it’s heating.

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Good as new. Only an hour of work (I’ve had this thing apart twice before) and saved $700 compared to buying a new one. So now I can buy my wife a shiny new iPhone next week (she’s been nursing along an iPhone 6 with a dying screen, dying battery, and dead sleep button) instead of having to shop for appliances.