I was wondering if anyone might know if this sounds like I have a case against my mechanic. Here is the whole story: On our way home from vacation our car starts pouring oil out the bottom. We get is to the nearest mechanic. They check the car and tell us the crank shaft seal had blown out. They tell us in order to replace it is going to be a 6 hour job and cost us over $700. At this point we are 10 hours from home with our two small children. Almost 10 hours later we are told when they replaced the crank shaft seal and when they started the car it immediately blew out again. They told us it might be a more serious problem like something internal in the crankshaft or engine and that they had to check inside to make sure it was alright, so anyways we were stuck where we were another night at least. The next day they replace the crank shaft seal again this time they add an adhesive to the seal and it stays on, they claimed the problem was fix. While my husband was paying the technician taking his payment mentions they changed the oil because there was metal flakes in the oil. We leave and thank goodness make it home safe. We don’t drive the car much mainly to work and back less than 5 miles a day 5 days a week.Well about 2 weeks later my husband notices the car smoking and checks the car and see it leaking oil again albeit slower than it was before. We call the shop that had “fixed” it before and told them it was leaking again. They told us to take it to a mechanic we trust in our state because they didn’t have locations nearby. We took it to the dealer and got a second opinion with another non-dealer mechanic and they both say it is a bearing in the crankshaft that is broken and that is why our seal keeps blowing out. They say either we replace the crankshaft or drop a rebuilt engine in it. This is gonna cost us over $2,500. We contact the other shop and ask them what they are going to do to return our money because they failed to find the problem and fix it correctly. We were not asking them to pay the repair simply return our $700+ dollars they charged us. We were even willing to let them keep something of a fee for looking at the car. They are not willing to work with us so now we are contemplating legal action. We were told from both of the mechanics back home that they failed to properly check the car that they should have checked to see in the crankshaft was moving. They said that the metal in the oil should have been a red flag to them and that when they replaced the seal the first time and it blew on them they should have known something more was going on. Not only that but they claim they should have never let us drive the car back home like that and that it was unsafe. Do you think we have a small claims case? We cannot afford a lawyer, how would we go about getting legal advice? Oh we drive an 07 PT Cruiser.
Thanks in advance for any advice or info.