Well, I had some bad luck with my car. I noticed that there was some water leaking from underneath. First off let me tell you, I drive a Ford Taurus. Those cars as some of you may know have the engine in there sideways, and it’s crammed in there. So here I am looking under the hood trying to see where this water is coming from. At first, I couldn’t really tell where it was coming from because the water had been slung all over the engine while I was driving.
So after letting it cool for a while and letting some of the water dry off, I looked again. After starting it up I noticed what I thought was water coming from the hose that connects to the bottom of the radiator. It wasn’t really pouring out or anything just kind of dripping. So I decided I’d take it by Avis Lube, and have them do a leak check on it,
hoping they would find exactly where it was leaking from. Since it was Thanksgiving weekend that was about the only place open that I could take it.
So they look under the car and come back with a verdict. The gentleman said, “Looks like it’s leaking from around that bottom hose.” They didn’t have the equipment to fix it there, so all they could do is tell me what they saw. So I was thinking, cool, it’s probably just gonna take a new clamp, or maybe a new hose at worst. So I drove it home and let it sit until Monday, that being today.
I wound up driving it to work today and then taking it to Meineke Car Care this afternoon at lunch time. I dropped it off and returned to work and within about 30 minutes I received a phone call from them. The gentleman said,
“Well, it’s leaking from the radiator, there’s a hole in it somewhere about the middle. It’s dripping down onto the shroud and running down to the right side and dripping off. That’s why it looks like it’s coming from the hose.”
So I thought OMG, that’s got to be expensive. So I ask, “What’s that gonna set me back?” He told me to install a new radiator, it would be $534, that’s including the cost of the new
radiator. So after cringing a bit I said, “Ok, go ahead and put it in, I can’t drive it like it is.” So they proceed with the auto operation.
After I got off work at about 5:00p I went back down there and they had it ready for me to pick up. So I pay them, get in the car, and start heading home. Then all the sudden about half way home, the pulleys under the hood start screaming and screeching like they were slipping or something. I manage to get it home and pop the hood. After looking under the hood I see tons of dark colored fluid slung all over under there and it’s dripping down on the ground. That explains why the belts were slipping and the pulleys were squeeking. They got all that fluid on them.
I wasn’t sure if it was still water leaking that had just mixed with dirt and oil from the engine, or if it was something else. Meineke was closing in about 15 minutes so I jumped on the phone and told the guy what had happened. He said to bring it right back and they’d take a look, he thought maybe something didn’t get tightened good or something.
I get back up there and they dive under the hood while I wait. He comes back in a few minutes and says, “We got a bad radiator, it’s leaking where the transmission line connects to it.” I almost fell out of my chair in disbelief. Now don’t get me wrong I understand things aren’t always perfect straight out of the box, but I couldn’t believe the ordeal I had been through. Sooooo, since it was closing time, I had to leave it with them yet once again. The manager offered to give a ride home and I accepted. They should have it ready to pick up again at lunch tomorrow.
I sure hope they get it fixed properly this time. That’s a lot of money to shell out for it to be still broken. But I’m sure they’ll check it extra good this time to make sure I don’t have to bring it back. But my goodness, this has been quite an adventure.
Anyone else have bad luck with Meineke? I’m sure they couldn’t help it, but seems like they would check it a little closer before letting someone drive off with a vehicle they just worked on. Maybe a good test drive or something? Anyway, wish me luck, I’ll keep y’all posted on how it goes.