Had my Vauxhall Zafira serviced and MOTed about 6 weeks ago. I don't do
many miles in it, only 150 since then in fact.
At the weekend I was on the motorway when I noticed a whistling sound
from the back; when I stopped I discovered one of the rear disk brakes
was binding and very hot. I called Autoaid out and the guy who attended
examined the calliper and disk and recommended trailering the car home.
I asked whether he thought this imminent failure should have been
picked up at the service/MOT and he said 'I'd have thought so, yes'.
He also said that the wheel nuts weren't tight enough; furthermore when
he drove the vehicle up the ramp on to his truck he had a hell of a job
getting the handbrake to stick and said that was wrong too.
So I'm just back from a return visit to the garage, and the conversation
went exactly as I could have predicted.
1. "Absolutely no way you could tell in advance that the brake was about
to bind. More likely to happen given your low mileage"
2. "The wheel nuts would have been tightened to the manufacturer's
specs, no more, no less"
3. "Well the brakes were buggered having binded, so not surprising"
In other words, one mechanic's view against another; and no-nothing me
caught in the middle.
I don't know whether to take the view of the garage (a local
independent, apparently well-respected I think) or the recovery guy.
I've only used the garage a couple of times before (and they were
apparently fine), after my previous (excellent) independent garage
relocated, and I don't know of anywhere else 'better' to try; ie I don't
want to leave this place if criticism is actually unfair. In the
meantime I took the vehicle away and am considering my options