Both cars are over 10 years old and have over 150,000 miles, automatic transmissions.
Car #1 story: After driving 50 miles, went to turn into driveway, and the brake pedal went to the floor. Checked brake bluid. No problem. Mechanic had replaced brake fluid line a couple months before. Car towed to mechanic. Brakes are fine. Sent home with car, but I reviewed braking procedures should brakes fail again, which involved shifting into lower gear and pulling on emergency brake. I didn’t need to do that. Braking was fine.
Used the emergency brake twice. Forgot to disengage it for 3 miles each time. A couple weeks later, heard bad sound coming from rear of car. Took car to mechanic. I told him about my stupid mistake. I said I didn’t think the emergency brake was working. He said caliper was stuck. Replaced caliper. He said nothing about the emergency brake. Some hours later, I ask him about the emergency brake not working, and he said that I didn’t need an emergency brake with an automatic transmission, and that no, he hadn’t replaced it because the emergency brake was so corroded and jammed and eating the pads, it would cost more than the value of my car to fix it. He said that under no circumstances should I use it. He didn’t tell me this when I picked up the car.
Question: The mechanic inspected the car in December. I haven’t checked the state manual, but generally, doesn’t an emergency brake have to work? It was poor that he didn’t tell me not to use the emergency brake after I handed over several hundred dollars, so why am I asking this question?
Car #2 story. Bad rain storm. While there was a minor sunroof leak from time to time, after this one, there was an inch and a half of water on the floor. Drove car 8 miles. Car would not start. No jump was attempted. Car towed to mechanic. Mechanic jumped car, arcing out the battery and all electrical components. Given that he knew that major electrical components are located under the seat. Car now deader than dead, and he finds there is no oil pressure at all. (He has worked on this engine as recently as 6 months ago).
He hasn’t said anything by way of apology - “Should have mentioned you shouldn’t set the emergency brake.” Was attempting a jump on a water-saturated vehicle reasonable?
If said mechanic happens to be reading this, I think you might want to give something of a refund and an apology.