I am in a bad mood. I would like to break something. I will tell you why.
About a month ago, Mrs. Lou took my car (mistake #1, on my part) to Jiffy Lube (mistake #2, on her part) to get the oil changed. They told her the car needed a new serpentine belt. Being a girl, she told them to go ahead and put it on (#3, her). THEY CHARGED US $60 FUCKING DOLLARS. She thought it was a reasonable price. So she takes the car home, proud of the fact that she got my car fixed for me. I regretfully informed her that I could've gotten a belt for 1/3 the
price. She was sad.
For about two weeks now, I've been hearing a strange, grinding-squeaking kind of noise from my engine. I figured if it was anything serious, I'd notice a symptom. Besides, I'm broke.
Last night, I noticed a fucking symptom. I was about 2 miles from home, coming back from my brother's house. I'm making a left, and BOOM. The noise from the engine stops. "That's nice", I thought. Then my amp light came on, and my power steering went out. "That's not nice", I thought. Being the smart guy that I am, I unplugged my CD
player, turned the power off on the stereo, and dimmed the dash lights as far as I could, and tried to limp home. About halfway there, my overheat light came on. "Fucking balls", I thought. I slowed down as much as I could, still trying to force that damn car to my driveway. Then my check engine light came on. "YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
RRRRGH!", I thought. I did end up managing to get it home. Didn't end up checking what it was till this morning, though I had my suspicions.
So this morning, I pop the hood to find....the fucking serpentine belt came right off. I checked all my pulleys, and they were all spinning freely, so it wasn't that. I immediately called Jiffy Lube, and informed them that this was mistake #4, and it was on their part. I ended up talking to a kid I went to high school with (the manager,
apparently) and he was cool. They're gonna pay for a tow (if it's their fault) and fix it for free (you're damn fucking right.). Still, until I get the car down there, I've gotta drive the giant slow crappapotamus of a vehicle that is the Cadillac. Bah.
Ahh, you can't blame Mrs. Lou, she was just trying to sort it out.
Has anyone ever met an honest mechanic though? I thought your story was going to end with them having "accidentally" unscrewed a few choice parts (like the plugs) or something. At least they're gonna fix it... Finding a mechanic you can trust is a hard thing and these guys don't sound that bad.
Cheered you up any? I doubt it somehow. At least you can still get the parts, my old VW golf uses mainly obsolete bits, so I'm always hanging around scrapyards. Or at least thats my story and I'm sticking to it. :)
"Nobody enjoys a good time more than I do, but this business of yours is as legitimate as a three-legged donkey...which of course is illegitimate because as we all know donkeys have four legs."
Back when I was still rollin in the WonderWagon (God rest her soul), that thing used to break down all the damn time.
A few times, it would break down infront of or close to a different auto repair shop than the one I usually go to and I would let them look at it. One time, this guy told me I would need a new starter, but he could get me a rebuilt one for $180, not including labor, because he said he didnt know how hard it would be to fix yet.
Sensing this guy was *probably* full of crap, I had my car towed to my regular spot (Harry's Auto Repair of Inglewood, CA) where Harry told me a brand new starter would only cost me $80, including labor. I immediately appologized to Harry for even having someone else look at my car.
This exact type of thing has happened to me and my mom several times. Needless to say, Harry is THE MAN.
Well, as it turns out, it wasn't Jiffy Lube's fault. My water pump went, which coincidentally threw the serpentine belt off. I only ended up having to shell out about $120 in total to get it fixed. Runs good now.
Originally posted by QubberI thought your story was going to end with them having "accidentally" unscrewed a few choice parts (like the plugs) or something.
Doesn't it always seem when you take a car to be worked on for one thing , then something else completely different goes wrong shortly thereafter . That always seems to be my luck any ways .
Speaking of mechanics ... A heart doctor took his car to the shop one day for repairs .While he was standing around waiting for the mechanic to finish , the guys says to him ," you know Doc , me and you pretty much do the same job . I also give check ups ,unclog stopped up lines , replace bad valves and re-bulid engines . So how come you doctors make so much more than us mechanics ?" The doctor said " Try it with the engine running ".
Any ways , with some of these prices mechanics charge , you would think they ARE doctors !
"Damnit Peggy , here I am trying to contain an outbreak and you're driving the monkey to the airport. " - Hank Hill
There's a guy here in Springfield that made the mistake of going to Jiffy Lube for service. And keep in mind JL is the home of the upsell -- you come in for an oil change and they find every POSSIBLE problem your car "could have" and try to scare you into letting them fix it.
At any rate, Jiffy Lube must have ripped him off hard because he's out there on the sidewalk in front of the south side location with HUGE signs reading "JIFFY SCREW! DO NOT STOP HERE. $19 SPECIAL COST ME $300!" This sign is, of course, lovingly adorned with the badge of redneck-dom, a cartoon of Calvin from "Calvin and Hobbes" peeing on something (in this case, it's the JL logo.)
He has a variety of other picket signs as well, but he's out there every morning at least at 7 a.m., probably earlier.
And there's nothing they can do to make him go away because the sidewalk is public property -- so long as he doesn't try to stop anyone from patronizing the location.
The major crap factor on just about every Caddy is the water pump, regardless the year. We sell them quite regularly to the same people and it doesn't matter if it a reman AC Delco or an after market pump, they just have a bad design and tend to sieze up a lot more than a run of the mill small block Chevy pump.
Of course many of the smaller towns that Wal-mart opened stores in already had a Target / K-Mart / ShopKo / Meijer / Pamida / other regional/national chain in town anyway, so they were just competing with other big box stores.