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Temp Woes and Shops

When it rains, it pours

Since my timing belt fiasco (broke, bent valves, oh yeah), my car has not been sounding "right"... A loose heat shield was suggested but I couldn't track it down.

Then yesterday a nice new problem presented itself: temp. redlining! I'll go and replace the thermostat this morning and I can see that the hose to the heater valve is shredded. But would one or both of those cause the complete drain of my coolant resevoir in 8 miles??

I fear that the shop that fixed the last fiasco didn't do a respectable job. The spark plug wires are just laying about the engine (with some melties ), not in their keepers. Makes me wonder how tidy a job they did. I'm paranoid because 2 years ago I had to have the head remachined due to a warp. It was sucking coolant into the engine and doing the same overheat, with no external leaks showing.

Lacking the appropriate tools to do most little things - I need a shop recommendation. The car's in Soquel, so any place in the Santa Cruz, CA vicinity... the closer to Park Ave/Soquel Ave the better, so I can save a tow.

Also - should I just take it straight to a shop for a pro assessment of the last repair, without worry of me tampering with the crime scene? What if they did botch it?

Thanks! Words of encouragement greatly appreciated! As are witty comebacks to everyone who's telling me to cut my car loose! (bastards!)

1987 924S, Guards Red
Old 12-29-2003, 06:25 AM
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Send a message via AIM to todwic Send a message via Yahoo to todwic They will gladly refer you to a reputable shop at no cost to you. I dare say if you go to "regions" area and click your area, find the charter in your baliwic, they probably have a website with a list of rep. peeps in your area. They're real good about the word of mouth thing.

It doesn't take much of a hole to drain your coolant very quickly. It's under pressure, so it's worse than the "hole in a bucket" type thing. Sure, I'd take it back to them to do a comp check and make sure they didn't botch it before I dug into it myself, or take it to a good shop and see what they say. You can always collect any damages in small claims court. (theoreticaly, i'm not a lawyer and I don't play one on t.v. insert small print and tedious lawyerspake here)

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