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Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:51 pm Post subject: Mechanic destroyed Engine...need Opinions & Expertise
Mechanic destroyed My Engine...need Opinions & Expertise to get compensated i stopped at a local mechanic to have my car looked at because i thought my radiator was leaking the guy told me that it wasnt the radiator but a ring that nedded replaced he said it would take about a hour so i told him to goahead...when i returned for my car he asked me if i could come back in the moring the next day i come to get my car and the guy says he couldnt find the problem but now there is a little smoke he started the car and a cloud of smoke covered the car and coolant was leaking around the tail pipe the guy tells me sorry and sends me on my way i take it to another place just to find out the problem was a leaking radiator but now the head gaskets are blown is there any way i can get these guys.....HELP
Tell him that you want the issue fixed and resolved. If not a new engine. If he gives you s**t tell him that you will take him to small claims court. (worked for me before). If its a reputable dealer and a guy that cares about his business he will most likely take care of the issue.
Sudden loss of coolant, or driving around with low or no coolant will almost always result in blown head gaskets. By the second shops finding, you OBVIOUSLY had a leaking radiator, and since you didnt notice it in time, you overheated the engine and blew the headgaskets.
The first shop may not have noticed the leak, or there could have been another leak that they fixed, BUT the damage was already done before they touched it.
Good luck fixing your car on your own, sorry but you dont have a case against the shop.
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Good luck fixing your car on your own, sorry but you dont have a case against the shop
The outcome might be the same with my scenario also, I have to say though the shop did not handle the situation corrcetly either. The mechanic said that all that needed replacing was a "ring" + he said when it would be ready. He gave no reason why he had to keep it longer..so something was going on on the mechanics end...I think the mechanic botched the job. He should have been forth comming with what he supected when gizzle22 came at the agreed completion time. I have worked with the public in one form or another since I was 14. I learned early ..tell the truth to the customer, sure sometimes you have to tell a little lie..as long as everyone is happy it's ok. The mechanic should go to his upervissor and explain or if he is his own boss he should have told Gizzle22 "...this is what I thought was wrong, this is what happened" " it would have needed these gaskets anyway" "what I will do is you pay for the parts and the labor is free/ or split the labor" . If Gizzle22 did not get any paperwork , especially when he picked up the car, yes he may be out of luck...if he paid the first shop with a credit card he can do a disputed transaction with his CC company. Stop payment on the check ...etc Till the shop agrees to fix it right.... It's always good to look under the hood... just about every other gas fill up I check everything...well actually today I checked my spare...had 2 lbs of air...the last time I checked ...2003 when I bought the car.
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