I have an old car–1990 Chevy station wagon. Recently it stalled on idle, I brought it in to my regular guy, he replaced the fuel pump, 2 days later, problem reappears.
Decide to bring it in to a news (for a variety of reasons.) He diagnoses it as 2 fuel injectors are cracked, plus a few spark plugs need replacing. He said I should replace the rest of the fuel injectors, but it wasn’t necessary at this point. He said he cleaned them.
When I came to pick up the car, the mechanic said there’s a slight hesitation but I probably wouldn’t feel it and it shouldn’t really be a big deal. He reinforced that down the line I should replace the other fuel injectors.
When I got in I DEFINITELY felt the hesitation. I called, told him and told him the car didn’t feel as if it had it’s usual power (though it turned on and off ok and no longer seemed to idle. ) He said the problem would probably go away and it wasn’t a big deal. He said it was safe to drive.
Needless to say, two days later, I get on the highway and the car starts hesitating going up a minor incline and couldn’t go that fast. It appeared to recover and then happened again about 10 miles later. Again, appeared to recover.
I got onto a smaller highway (luckily) and after a red light, the car started hesitating like crazy, lurching and losing power I was able to pull into a parking lot.
I called the guy and he again says, it’s probably a minor problem and I should bring it into a local place. I told him I was calling AAA and having it towed back to his place and I didn’t feel safe driving it and it was lurching and then, he realized how serious it was.
He immediately took blame for it and said We never should have released the car to you like that. We will definitely fix it. He then admitted that the extra 4 fuel injectors tested badly (which I was never told.) He said he was just trying to save me money since I told him I was on a budget. One of his mechanics gave me a lift home and apologized up and down for what happened.
I was, VERY shaken up by this and after talking to friends have decided it’s just time to let the car go (I’ve already spent $1600 in the past week, it’s 22 years gold, I’m not investing more in it plus I don’t have much confidence in this guy’s work.) I’m planning on calling him tomorrow morning and telling him not to work on the car.
So, his work comes with a 90 day warranty for parts and labor.
While the problem probably or might have to do with the extra fuel injectors and not the work he did, do you think I’m entitled to any type of refund? I think it’s pretty outrageous he released a car to me like that?
I’d appreciate any feedback.