Hey everyone. This is my first post. I would appreciate any and all advice, as I am not very automobile savvy. Last Wednesday my car broke down. I was in neutral at a stop light. When the light changed to green, I stepped on the clutch to put it into first, but the the pedal hit the floor and wouldn’t come back up, and the car wouldn’t go into gear. I tried lifting the pedal up, but it just fell back down. Had it towed to a local repair show with excellent reviews on Yelp. They said it needed a new clutch kit, slave cylinder, and flywheel. I paid $971, and got the car back a few days ago, on Tuesday.
For the first day, it was fine. The second day back, when I would go to switch gears on several occasions, the pedal would sink to the floor again and not come back up. However, I was able to manually pull the pedal up each time and get it to go into gear. I took it back into the repair shop. They said they were not able to replicate the problem I was experiencing, and that the car drove fine for them, but they went ahead and bled the hydraulic fluid again to get out any air bubbles again, as they said that is probably what happened. They did this a few days ago, then I once again got the car back.
Yesterday, the car started doing the same thing again. About 50% of the time I went to switch gears, I would step on the pedal, it would stay on the floor, but was able to manually pull it up and still get into gear. I drove back to the shop. They said it was very odd this was happening, and that it sounded like I needed a new slave cylinder. I said, “But I just got a new slave cylinder. You guys put one in 4 days ago.” He said that every now and then they “get a bad part”, and that they would put another new slave cylinder in on Monday. I asked him if he just wanted me to leave my car there and he said no, he wanted me to be able to have my car for the weekend, and as long as I could pull the clutch pedal up and still get into gear, it would be fine. This was yesterday.
Today my emergency brake light came on out of the blue. Just to check it, I pulled it up while I was in neutral at a stop light, and sure enough, it was out. There was no resistance feeling at all. Pulling it up felt like picking up a feather. I tried it periodically throughout the afternoon. Sometimes it worked. Sometimes it didn’t. I have never had this problem before. Then, just a couple of hours ago, my car broke again, (the same way it did last Wednesday when I first had it towed to the shop BEFORE they put a new clutch kit, slave cylinder, and fly wheel in it). I pushed the pedal to the floor to switch gears, the pedal stayed there and I was not able to pull it back up manually. And so I couldn’t get the car in gear.
I called the shop and told them what happened to see if one of them could tow the car and give me a ride. They said they were unable to, and that I should just have it towed there again, and that we would get “squared away” on Monday. So I had it towed there again, and took a cab home. Keep in mind, I have had my 2 year old little girl with me during all of this, and so it’s been more inconvenient than normal.
Okay, so I REALLY need some opinions here. Do you all think I am being ripped off? Is it possible that after getting a new clutch kit, flywheel, and slave cylinder for almost $1000 that the SAME EXACT thing would be happening again? Furthermore, is it possible that a BRAND NEW slave cylinder could have “a bad part” as the clerk at the garage said? My car has just been towed there but they won’t be able to look at it again until Monday, so once again, I am stranded at home with my toddler for God knows how long, while they work on my car again. Just wondering what I should do. If I should let them try to fix it again or take it somewhere else. I’ve already spent almost $1000 that I didn’t have (had to get a title loan just to pay for the initial repair), so I just don’t know what to do