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Old 05 Aug 2012, 09:41 am
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So... I found a nice 2001 Inferno Red Cruiser (always garaged!) that the owners wanted to get rid of. They said that the car was overheating so they took it to the shop for repair. Soon after, the shop called and stated it was done. The previous owners stated that it was still overheating and that they were told that they overheated it bad enough that the headgasket was blown. The people decided to sell because of the cost and relieve them of their problem.
After our initial troubleshooting of the fan, relays, and other things, I decided to pull the stat and test it. In the pictures, you will see the surprise that I found. It is amazing what shops will do. I replaced the stat, filled with coolant, and the problem was fixed! Not a bad $900 investment!
So the moral of the story is: Be careful selecting your repair facility!!
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Old 05 Aug 2012, 09:45 am
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Sorry, forgot to attach the pictures! (to early here in California)
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Old 05 Aug 2012, 09:51 am
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It's simply amazing what some of these so-called mechanics will do!!!
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Old 05 Aug 2012, 01:24 pm
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So... I found a nice 2001 Inferno Red Cruiser (always garaged!) that the owners wanted to get rid of. They said that the car was overheating so they took it to the shop for repair. Soon after, the shop called and stated it was done. The previous owners stated that it was still overheating and that they were told that they overheated it bad enough that the headgasket was blown. The people decided to sell because of the cost and relieve them of their problem.
After our initial troubleshooting of the fan, relays, and other things, I decided to pull the stat and test it. In the pictures, you will see the surprise that I found. It is amazing what shops will do. I replaced the stat, filled with coolant, and the problem was fixed! Not a bad $900 investment!
So the moral of the story is: Be careful selecting your repair facility!!
Just askin' Was the repair shop a Midas?
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Old 05 Aug 2012, 01:45 pm
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Just askin' Was the repair shop a Midas?
Places like Midas, Jiffy Lube, EZTune, and other related 'repair shops' don't warrant being called a repair shop. They're only in business because most people are too lazy/ignorant to learn about their car; even for something as small as an oil change.

Btw, that's a nasty looking thermostat! When you replaced it, you made sure to match the little notch on the t-stat and t-stat housing right?
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Old 05 Aug 2012, 02:41 pm
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I don't believe it was Midas... And yes, notch matched up to seal.. Car runs great now. Now for detailing and interior repairs
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Old 05 Aug 2012, 05:26 pm
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ssen that before one of our former local chrysler dealers would do that and tell people they needed to replace the head gasket they would charge for the head gasket, replace the stat and never touch the head gasket . these are the reasons im learning how to everything myself
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Old 05 Aug 2012, 07:11 pm
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Anyone that would jam a nail in a stat to keep it open and then claim that they had repaired the car or continue with some other dodgy practise should automatically be subject to 6 months in the "big house" as far as I'm concerned.

Maybe it's an age thing, but I believe in professional ethics, something I see less and less of as time passes...

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Old 05 Aug 2012, 07:29 pm
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but I believe in professional ethics, something I see less and less of as time passes...
The problem is, unless these people get caught, they will continue to do such practices for the mighty buck! The ultimate ripoff!
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Old 05 Aug 2012, 09:23 pm
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The problem is, unless these people get caught, they will continue to do such practices for the mighty buck! The ultimate ripoff!
Even when people get caught, nothing happens.

You should watch the videos regarding Jiffy Lube and NBC where they put hidden cameras on a vehicle they took in for repairs. Not only did Jiffy Lube recommend all these unnecessary services to be done to the vehicle, the services were never done! Oh and yes, they still charged for them.

You would think that they would straighten up but they went back to the same place 3 years later and they were doing the same thing!

PS The vehicle was taken to several other Jiffy Lubes in the surrounding area and I think it was like 7 out of 10 locations that did the same crap.
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