I initially went in because my 2011 Chrysler town and country wouldn’t start. It’d show a little lightning bolt on the dash, not even attempt to crank, and had to be put in neutral to get it to start. We brought it to my normal mechanic since moving to SC and he said it was the fuel pump. Replaced the fuel pump. Still same issue. He says it’s the TIPM, replace the TIPM 4 different times (after he claims he was sent 3 bad TIPM’s + new one+ reprogramming on the new one), almost the alternator, and the computer was replaced and reprogrammed. It spent 11 weeks in the shop and each time my vehicle had not been fixed. I tried to give him the opportunity to make it right and fix things. I finally got my van back yesterday and within 12 hours it starts doing the exact same things I initially brought it in for. I’m at a complete loss as to what to do. The parts are covered under warranty’s through the mechanic and he says to bring it back in and “sounds like it’s your alternator (even though he said that before, replaced it, and it didn’t make a difference so he said it wasn’t that… but now he’s saying it could be?). What on earth do I do at this point? I’ve thrown all my savings into fixing this vehicle and I’m not sure if I’ve just hit a series of unfortunate events or if the mechanic I’ve been seeing is just sucking money away from me and playing guessing games with what’s wrong with my car. I literally do not have anymore money to pay for anymore parts or even go to someone else. Should I get a refund on what was already paid for? (Oh, and to add he asked for $1,000 before the vehicle was fixed last week and put on some sob story about how MY vehicle and it’s parts made him overdraft and he’s sank all kinds of money into it to get nothing back and it’s a money pit for him)
This is a mechanic who owns his own shop and I’m fairly certain he’s ASE certified but I could be wrong.