So… my saga continues.
After I picked up the car, I drove it around for the weekend and tried to ignore the early morning high pitched sound since it seemed like most of the initial comments on here made me feel like it probably wasn’t a big deal and also the car drove fine.
Fast forward to Monday morning when on my way to work, CEL starts to flash and car says “STOP” in big red letters on my dash and the coolant light pops on. After cursing for a sec, I find the nearest Chevron and buy some coolant. Pop the hood open and the damn thing is down at the “minimum” line. I top it off and continue on my way. Call the shop and tell him what happened. He says to check and see if there’s another leak (mind you, a coolant leak is why I took the car to him in the first place and he had supposedly fixed it by replacing a hose). So I tell him that I’m not checking shit and I take him the car during my lunch break for him to look at. On my way to the shop, coolant light turns back on. I keep my eye on the gauge and drive to the shop like that (shop was only 10 mins away). When I get there they put it up and now say that my water pump is broken. WHAT THE ____! He tells me I shouldn’t drive the car like this so he’s gonna fix it and gives me another quote of $700 (I had just paid him $800 the previous week). Feeling helpless, I leave him my car. That night I talk to an old friend who knows about cars and he tells me point blank that I’m getting ripped off.
Anyway… I have my car now, it seems to be running fine and I’m never ever going back to that mechanic again. Only reason I went to him was that he is my friend’s dad.
OH! And about the high pitch sound - when I picked up the car the mechanic said he noticed it too and that it was some hose or something in the power steering (at this point I was so irritated by him that I wasn’t even listening to what he was saying). Anyway, he said he replaced it “free” and I haven’t heard the sound since.