Looking for feedback here. Hyundai Elantra, 2004, 65,000 miles on it. (City driver till two years ago)
I took by car to my beloved mechanic of over twenty years for inspection. I told him that three days earlier it had overheated and a good samaritan filled the radiator w/water so I got it home. I had to drive to work the next day and the car got warm but not in red zone. I stopped and got STOP LEAK and followed directions.
It got me home and then the next day to the garage. At no time did I have trouble starting the car and it ran fine. But I told him about the leak a and as I said, the STOP LEAK.
The car was in the shop for two days and I got a call that the car was finished and I could pick it up. We have an arrangement that I can pick it up after the shop closes and come back to pay. I drove the car home -it was fine. Then when I drove to work the next morning it was fine until about 1/2 mile from work when it overheated again. When I called the first mechanic told me "We couldn’t find anything wrong with it., but if it is overheating you should bring it in."
I left a note saying that I was very upset this had happened and wasn’t sure from that comment they had bothered to look at this at all. The owner told me they put a “patch” on a crack they found on my radiator which “usually” works. He said I would need a new radiator and they could have it done that day (Friday).
Later he had someone else call to tell me that they would need to keep it. They suspect engine damage as they couldn’t start it. I was stunned and sick. It isn’t like I didn’t tell them there was a leak, that I had to use the product. And that I was commuting on major highways.
I feel like they bear some responsibility for how bad this got. I pulled over and stopped as soon as the car overheated but I had taken this to them to really fix. No one said, “We patched it because we couldn’t find anything wrong with it.” They said the car was fixed and ready.
Any reactions? Am I wrong for feeling that the garage did not do what it should have initially? Any suggestions on how to handle the bill with them?