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Out of a moment of weakness, While getting my car filled up with Gas at US gas in flemington. I noticed a Cottman transmission there and decided to get my trans flushed. While there, they told me they did other work too. an in another moment of weakness, I had them flush my cooling system to get the green crap out of my engine. Well, apparently, they screwed up somehow, and now the drain plugs won't tighten back up. Now I'm stranded at home with no way to get my baby back home from school. they said they have to pull the radiator and see what's going on. I know what's going on! the morons cross threaded em! I should have known better than to let someone else touch my car other than me.

It's uttely amazing how many inept, incompetant, jerkwad, thieving scumbag mechanics there are out there who are actuly making a living out of screwing people's cars up and then charging the customer for it. They are very lucky they don't allow "public stonings" anymore.
 

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that really suck bro!

is there any mechanic you trust out there? they're hard to find... but they are there...
 

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Your right, if you want it done correctly then do it yourself. That totally sucks.

Just remember that it is just parts and you will get it right. Just a matter of time.

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I am lucky to have a shop, lift and tools to do all most the work on my personal cars. The one thing I don't have is a tire machine.
The Tire Store
9 out of 10 don't know how to lift a Mercedes,
out of that
9 out of 10 will use an impact wrench on lugs.
out of that
9 out of 10 will bang rim around on the bead breaker, and or bend rim.
out of that
9 out of 10 will not use the nylon sheath on tire iron, gall inner lip.
out of that
9 out of 10 will mix up L-R F-R reset your TPS
out of that
9 out of 10 will not clean the brake dust off your rims before balance.
out of that
10 out of 10 do not have the cool Mercedes Benz wheel weights
out of that
9 out of 10 have no idea how to balance a rotating element, thank God
Coats has dumbed down this process.
2 out of 10 will use a torque wrench to torque lugs, by request only.
out of that
9 out of 10 will let that dirt bag test drive your car.
(not my 500 hp car)
So what I do is buy tires from Tire Rack, I get what I want, in the size I want, time to inspect them. I lift my car, remove the tires and rims, remove the wheel weights and the sticky residue, wash the rims, mark any preexisting damage with a red sharpie, remove my MB/AMG valve caps, load in truck. Then I place a call to the tire store owner and request the best/oldest tire changer and promise a huge tip to take extra care with my tires and rims.
The world has gone mad too many people don't know shi4 from shinelola. I hope your radiator situation works out ok, give them HELL.:thumbsup:
 

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Batou said:
that really suck bro!

is there any mechanic you trust out there? they're hard to find... but they are there...
yeah. 1. Me.
 

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fixed now. but they still charged me for THEIR mistake!
Scumbags.
 

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In Germay an 'apprentice' has to work at a shop for 3 years, go to school 1 day a week, pass an annual test, plus a final after the three years, before he can call himself a mechanic, and be certified. To get to a master mechanic diploma, you need to be a certified mechanic first, then work for a minimum number of years, then do a several year programm with tests, and a final test to be certified.
Only a certified master mechanic can open a shop.
Here, anyone with a few tools can open a shop, or call himself a mechanic. It's not a joke to the customer.
 

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Yeah man, I feel you. Just got my car back from the spray shop, and now my drivers door cracks loudly everytime I open it. It would seem that when they opened the door, they jammed it outward with such force that they knocked a screw or welded piece loose or something like that inside so it catches everytime I open the door. Its always one thing after the other, take something in to get fixed and a new problem takes its place. My car never gets any respect from these guys...
 

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i don't pay for other people's mistakes. i think they really do get the message to fix thier fckups, or they get a molatov cocktail through the window of thier shop. it's unacceptable to pay them money for someothing THEY broke that was perfectly fine before they touched it.
 

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agreed. I was just happy to be out of there with my car and lesson learned.
 

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Go back and give him a Molatov for sure! What's done is done, but by no means should it be acceptable. Sometimes you have to take the law into your own hands!
 

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nikedunk said:
Yeah man, I feel you. Just got my car back from the spray shop, and now my drivers door cracks loudly everytime I open it. It would seem that when they opened the door, they jammed it outward with such force that they knocked a screw or welded piece loose or something like that inside so it catches everytime I open the door. Its always one thing after the other, take something in to get fixed and a new problem takes its place. My car never gets any respect from these guys...
Unfortunately, here in Australia (Queensland at least anyway) that is true any old Joe Blow off the street can start a workshop no trade certificate necessary.Gives respectable mechanics a bad name as any fly-by-night grease monkey can do dodgy work on peoples cars. Strange how according to the law here Plumbers, Electricians, Builders etc need to be licenced to do work. They say "oh electricity kills so you can't do any of your own home electrics. Really? well what's so much MORE dangerous about dodgy electrics than a dodgy brake service and the brakes don't work and you plow down and kill 30 people on the footpath waiting for a bus.

Luckily for me I have my trade qualification and I have a hoist and a whole heap of tools as I don't work in that game any more. I have a swag of contacts I can call on for other facets of automotive repair i can't do because it's a different trade (panel beating, painting etc.) or I don't have the necessary equipment or time. Honest, good, reliable mechanics are out there, you just have to find them.
 

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BenzQC said:
Luckily for me I have my trade qualification and I have a hoist and a whole heap of tools as I don't work in that game any more. I have a swag of contacts I can call on for other facets of automotive repair i can't do because it's a different trade (panel beating, painting etc.) or I don't have the necessary equipment or time. Honest, good, reliable mechanics are out there, you just have to find them.
yeah i agree, i live in central qld and luckily my local ultratune manager trained on 80s mercs so he knows my car well...he said it's nice to work on my car instead of the normal run of the mill falcons/commodores and 4wds we get out here..btw do you know any one in brisbane that does rust repair?
 

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yeah i agree, i live in central qld and luckily my local ultratune manager trained on 80s mercs so he knows my car well...he said it's nice to work on my car instead of the normal run of the mill falcons/commodores and 4wds we get out here..btw do you know any one in brisbane that does rust repair?
I know a couple of panel beater shops I could recommend. 1 of them the tech who I did my apprenticeship with his best mate works as the spray painter at, and his former apprentice (now tradesman) is a mate of 1 of my mates nephew (small world). I must admit working on the Merc isn't too bad the layout of everything is designed sort of mechanic friendly and it's not too bad. I remember having to work on Toyota 4A engine Corona (Jap import thing) bloody PITA crammed engine bay, then it had leaky injectors and sneaking your hand between the mainfold and valve cover to get to the injectors was a pain on that piece of crap. Speaking of Commodores, I remember at TAFE the teacher was working on teacher from another departments VN Commodore had a misfire, checked fuel, spark etc all good, ended up being a cracked cam so front 1/2 was being driven because it had the gear and rear 1/2 was sort of moving every so often by the groove from the way it cracked!!!! apparently it is a common problem too!!!
 

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Is it just a $2 plastic drain plug at the bottom of the rad?:eek:

yes it was. but, they charged me to remove the radiator because they said the holes in the shroud didn't line up. 300 bucks. That's what I'm pissed about.
 

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That's really unnacceptable that they charged you.. especailly 300.
 

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My mechanic, a Ducati Specialist and a good friend (and I was his best man) did not dare to take of the drain plug on my 1980 SLC. He claims that if plug is not taken out regularly and/or replaced timely, 99% chance is that something will get damaged without repair: A plug (as a cheap option) or a radiator.
He takes off the bottom hose as the least expensive damagable option.
 
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yes it was. but, they charged me to remove the radiator because they said the holes in the shroud didn't line up. 300 bucks. That's what I'm pissed about.
Have you payed the bill yet, sounds real fishy:confused:
If they charge $100 an hour labor rate that's 3 hours to slip the fan shroud back in place and clip it?
 

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well. sorry. let me elaborate. the total bill was 300. but should have gotten off with 175 if it wasn't for the radiator.
 
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