Interesting on the 98 recall. Will have to check into that.
I took it into the dealer and $45 later it's working.
Claim is it was twisted "way down in there". I couldn't see any twist
but I didn't take the cover off. Asked the service guy how to take it
off and he was pretty evasive but did say there are some "clips" under
I don't often take the car to a dealer. And this trip kind of
reinforces my not doing so.
I had a small oil leak -- about the size of a 50 cent piece. So asked
them to check that out.
They said it was a leaky rear valve gasket (which sounds reasonable.)
The $330 it cost to fix it was a bit excessive I think. Claim there
was there is a lot of things on the ultra that have to be removed to
get at it.
I was charged for antifreeze and mentioned to the guy that I'm not a
car expert, but I do know there is NO antifreeze under the valve cover
--- at least I sure hope not.
His answer was that in taking some hoses off to get at the valve
cover, some antifreeze was lost.
That might have triggered a $20 "environmental" charge -- which has
to be about 99.9% pure profit to the bottom line.
Did look over a brochure they have detailing a 60,000 mile checkup for
a mere $599.
The only real work they do is transmission service and an oil change
with the rest being " check and inspect". Needless to say, I'm not
paying $600 to someone to look at my engine.
Oh well, makes me appreciate my independent mechanic even more.