I am having problems finding an honest mechanic that isn't trying to rip me off. I have a 2007 PT Cruiser 2.4l turbo and the turbo had to be replaced about 2 months ago. It ran great before that happened and after the "repair" it runs a bit rough I took it back multiple times only to be basically to be blown off by the shop and sadly its not illegal to be a bad mechanic. Even though this is a national chain they refuse to do anything. I have a feeling its the air intake gasket but it could be several things. according to the on board diag there is a 301 (cylinder 1 misfire). Well things have been getting worse from there. most recently the coolant reservoir cam loose a bit getting closer to the block causing it to melt a bit and its losing coolant and just yesterday started running really hot. I hope its only needing a new tank and coolant. All this really bums be out! I haven't had a car for almost a decade, bought this one less then 6 months ago seemed great only has 65k miles and I don't have a lot of money (PARTICULARLY AFTER THE $2500 TO REPLACE THE TURBO) any advice to get this car running well again? I really need this car!

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Brant
Brant

okay how possible is this scenario? Because the mechanics didn't follow the service manual when replacing the turbo like step number two drain the coolant system, when putting everything back together caused air to get in the line because I went to San Francisco one day about an hour drive up and down Hills I parked the car suddenly Steam came up from the engine like a cloud the coolant reservoir is position somewhat near cylinder 1 and seems to have a little nipple on it that allows for overflow to leak out. By not draining the coolant system caused air to get in the line then it burped spraying all over the engine and leaking into cylinder 1 causing it catastrophic damage. Because it seems there is a little bit of coolant down in there by the spark plug

Brant
Brant

The problem is in trying to sue it's hard to find anyone that will make the connection directly to that shop and essentially that it's caused by that shop. The turbo itself may be just fine but when looking at the service manual you are supposed to flush the coolant system change the oil blah blah blah of these things they did none and that I do have physical and video documentation of

Brant
Brant

Update. I added some coolant and the temperature seems to be stabilizing. The engine is still pretty strong though there is a bit of a power loss and a little vibration particularly when it's in neutral or drive

Anthony Zingale
Anthony Zingale

Definitely sue the kid who fixed your car wrong. You could make a lot of money if you win, just like Dr. David Dao, who is now a millionaire.

Vladchan
Vladchan

65K miles in 10 years? A likely story... Engine probably all worn out

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