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Old 12-20-2010, 09:38 PM   #31
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Nope, since your car was just shooting gasoline out the exhaust from running really, really rich, it should have a clogged cat. Exhaust has to flow through the cat and has no way around it. I have had two cars now, a 97 Sable and an 01 Alero with clogged cats from running rich. They hesitated and drove like poop until I put on new parts.

And please sue the shop.
Wouldn't suing the place cost more than the cost of the car repairs?
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I say just ram the car through the bay door and accuse them of tampering with the brakes.

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No, you sue them for your time, your repair cost, the legal fees - just sue for everything! Get a lawyer to learn as much as he can about what was done and how it can be proven that it wasn't needed or was lied about, and then have that lawyer send them a letter. They will likely settle since the odds are so highly against them. You should ask for a couple thousand or more.
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Well I am not one to file lawsuits, but I think you have a point. I might look into if I can prove the catalytic converter was flooded either by a mechanic or something, and take it into a lawyer. I just filed a BBB complaint as well.
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If they didn't let your spark plugs fire but then tried cranking your car, I think that they killed your catalytic converter, caused your current stumbling problem, didn't fix anything, and cost you lots of money to change parts that probably worked and didn't need replacing.

I hate to do this, but I feel I need to tell you you're in a nightmarish scenario in which a shop has just done the worst job I've ever read about.
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Jeesh, really? The worst job? I thought all mechanics were ********.
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This is pretty awful, have you got your car back yet?
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Yeah I got it back
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No, this is really bad. That'* saying something since this is the net, and we have all sorts of forums with horrible car stories. This has got to be the worst one I've ever read. That'* just a personal account, so don't get too worried before it'* time to worry.

It'* just that, with the way you describe it, they found a phantom problem with something your car doesn't have (security), then they didn't want to replace probably your only problem (evap solenoid), and then they flooded your cylinders with gasoline and likely killed your catalytic converter. The O2 sensor you say they replaced shouldn't have been replaced. For a car with 45K miles, an O2 replacement is serious. The reason they saw you needed a new sensor is because when they flooded your cylinders and probably clogged up the cat, the O2 sensors read incorrectly.

It'* like everything they did was exactly how you shouldn't ever do anything to a car. I have no idea about how they are still in business, and the fact that you're mildly contemplating a lawsuit is concerning: How hardcore are you? Does anything bother you?
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Nobody, and I mean nobody, calls me yellow.
But also, this happens with all of the mechanics around here. They jip, scam, rob, whatever. My brother took in his car for a brake replacement, then two weeks later he found out from the mechanic he went to that his car needed calipers, and the guy wanted him to pay 700 dollars.
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