Ok, so I have a 2001 Chevy Blazer with 116,000 miles on it. Memorial Day weekend I was driving 8 hours to visit family in Chicago. The morning I was leaving I had my car at my mechanic to get the AC recharged, but they told me I had a leak which would involve much more work. So I drove to Chicago with no AC, and my father suggested I call up the Midas he uses and get it fixed while I was in town. So do I that, and they find a leak in the compressor. I’m told that they have to also replace the accumulator because moisture could get in while they are replacing the compressor. They also drain and replace the coolant, telling me that it is needed since they took off the radiator to get to the AC system. All in total I’m charged $650.
3 days later when I’m driving back home I found out that I have no AC again. Unfortunately I cannot go back to this Midas to get it fixed, so I went to a local dealer. They found that I was completely empty of refrigerant, so they refill it and tell me to come back in a couple days to see if it has leaked. I do so, and they find that the pressure switch on the accumulator that was replaced was leaking. To fix this I had to pay another $220. The dealer also tells me that Midas had no reason to even replace the accumulator or coolant. So I call Midas to get a refund since the part they replaced was leaking, and I’m told that they won’t do it because the switch goes INTO the accumulator so it was not part of what they replaced. They will only give me a refund of $80 for the refrigerant.
Is Midas lying to me so they don’t have to pay? Did they scam me by replacing more parts? Or is my dealer wrong and those things did need to be replaced? I don’t have any car knowledge, and if Midas is lying I need to know how I can get them to give me a refund, especially when I am 8 hours away from them.