I week later, and many, many mis-diagnosis, my car is back in the shop. I have picked it up 3 times now, and each time the heating situation is WORSE.
This time I had the radiator and thermostat installed, and picked up my car this morning. It was running hotter than I am used to seeing, so I took it back and they said that it was "normal" (temp went to about 100 in stop and go traffic in about 10 minutes).
Was driving to a meeting, and tried to turn on my air conditioner, and found the fan is dead. Called, and they said bring it back in. Meanwhile, a friend looked at my car to see if maybe a fuse was blown, and he noticed the radiator was leaking. So, the brand new radiator is defective, now my air conditioner is broken, and it still runs hotter than it should, and i don't have a car.
My car has 3 fans, one that runs all the time, one that runs when it gets hot, and one that runs the air/heat. When I asked the mechanic if the big fan, that is supposed to turn on when the car gets hot, had not been checked, he said no. That was probably the only problem to begin with as the car never overheated on long stretches, only up hill and in stop and go traffic. It is so frustrating to have to be a diagnostic detective, to tell them over and over again what the problem is (which they do not listen to) that was what I paid them for in the beginning.
As a female, I tend to get ripped off a lot. I have paid them $700.00, so at this point it is their time and up to them to replace all the parts so I left it with them again.
My question is, if they do not get this fixed, do you know what recourse I have besides small claims court and reporting them to AAA?