my 95 dakota began to stall whenever it was put into reverse. My mechanic
told me that it was a bad solinoid inside the tranny and it (the tranny) had
to be removed to fix the problem.
I took it to a local shop and had the tranny rebuilt for about 2500 dolars
only to find out that wasn't the problem. turned out it was the crankshaft
sensor. Hope this will save someone else
from my misfortune.
it was two different shops and yes, unfortunately I did just tell the
second place to rebuild the tranny completely. Hindsight being 20/20, it was
rather stupid of me to do it that way but at the time seemed like the way to
get it done back on the road.
On Fri, 14 Aug 2009 14:43:16 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Yep, this happens frequently. Can't blaim the second shop if they did
what was requested.
The real lesson to give out is never go in and tell the repair shop
what to do unless you are 1000% sure that will fix the problem.
Instead tell them what the symptoms are, show them the symptoms, and
ask for an estimate to fix the problem. That works so much better...
This is sadly an aftifact of so called consumer protection laws in
that repair shops in most locations (in the US) cannot do repairs that
the customer didn't request, and must do what the customer requests or
they are in violation of the law.
Yeah that and the current lawsuit happy folks make it interesting!
My policy is usually to do some Q&D diagnostics and see if what the
customer asked for fits what I find. If not it gets noted on the
paperwork so that I have a record as well. I also run a full scan and
print that out JIC they get upset that what "the guy in the store told
them" didn't take care of the problem.
Nothing like replacing those "faulty" O2 sensors to fix the bad fuel cap
I've had similar problems, and find that there are a bunch of
1. Customer comes in and asks that X be replaced. Want's to get car
2. Check vehicle and X is OK, but Y is probably bad.
3. Call customer, and he's not available.
4. Decision: replace X, won't fix problem. Customer pissed off.
4. Decision: replace Y, customer pissed off he asked that X be
4. Decision: do nothing, customer pissed off because nothing fixed.
In short, when a customer comes in and asks for X to be replaced, we
make sure that we note on the RO that "replaced at customer's request,
may not resolve customer's problem." and have the customer initial it.
We will also add a "repair stated (description) problem in addition."
if they wish it.
Reminds me of last year, my daughters Ford ZX2 started making a strange
noise like a rod bearing was going. I took it to the Ford dealer.
Two guys looked at it and decided the flex plate was somehow doing this.
Anyway, cost me 1400 for them to pull and replace it but at least this fixed
what really sounded like a rod bearing knocking.
Sometimes you need to take it to a large dealership, often they have already
your problem and fix it the first time.
The service engine light came on - on my 2001 dodge ram 1500
6 months and $3000 later the truck which did run ok but this light came on
and now it won't shift right and the Dodge Dealer in Quincy, Il. said they
couldn't fix it and walked away
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