Periodically I post here about some funny (or not) things I see at the shop.
Customer has a 2003 DeVille that’s an extra car, hardly driven. Visitors are coming for Christmas, so he goes to fill the gas. On the way home the low coolant light comes on. He gets home, opens the cap and sees no coolant. He tops off with what he has at home but it’s still not enough. He takes his other car to go get more coolant, all in all he adds 6 (SIX) gallons to get the coolant up to where it’s just below the cap. He then starts the car, and it makes a loud clanging sound and quits and all the coolant comes running out.
Now I’m thinking that this cooling system, if bone dry, might hold 3 1/2 gallons, how did he get 6 in there? Yup, he removed the oil cap, poured 6 gallons of coolant into the engine, and started it up.
In November we had a 2005 Ford Freestyle in for some sort of driveablility or transmission complaint. This car has a CVT transmission. I diagnosed the car as having a bad valve body, which includes all the electronic switches and sensors that makes the trans work. We gave the customer the estimate to fix the car, he declined and drove the car home.
Last week he tows the car in, says he replaced the mechatronic valve body and now it won’t even start. Also it leaks fluid now but he doesn’t care about that. Initial testing shows that the main wiring harness isn’t properly connected to the trans. We fix that and now have communication but the car reads “R” no matter where the shift lever is. We go to pull the pan, find 2 pan bolts broken in the case, and DIY Guy has taken 2 self-tapping sheet metal screws and tried to drive them in NEXT to the broken bolts. But he was crooked. So now he has a trans case broken in 2 places with sheet metal screws sticking out the side and JB Weld covering the screws. We pull the pan and find he installed his new valve body without removing 2 of the old fluid tubes, resulting in them being smashed together and ruining his new valve body.