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Old 09-17-2018, 12:02 AM   #1
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Just got married, dropped our very well maintained 2007 Legacy Outback Limited AT with 131k off to our mechanic while we went on our honeymoon trip to take care of superficial stuff. We had AT fluid replaced, front and rear differential fluid replaced and plugs/wires done.

Mechanic said he drove it during the week and it drove like it “wasn’t so tired now” and that it ran great. We picked it up after hours once we got back from our 17 hour drive with a rental and 8 minutes into the drive it started stammering... idling rough at around 500-750rpms. She drove it home about 30 miles and it didn’t run great but when I got outside to back it in the driveway the CEL started blinking for maybe 10 seconds as I was backing it in and stopped blinking. I shut the car down after that. Need some help on possible issues and how to deal with the shop and getting whatever fixed without a hassle. The car does has a minor exhaust leak currently but nothing that had even popped a code for. It did have a temporary CEL a month ago out of no where for a cylinder 3-4 misfire which is why he suggested plugs and wires. It has not given us a problem since... after “fixed” and now this issue.
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Old 09-17-2018, 02:28 AM   #2
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Sounds like a wire or coil pack came off or is loose causing a misfire- it’s a shot In the dark but obviously check their work since that’s what changed.
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:15 AM   #3
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I'd scan codes and use that as evidence that he messed up the job, if he doesn't accept responsibility and fix it gratis in the first place.

We had a mechanic (a very very good one, with an impeccable reputation) do all the work on my wife's malibu when we lived in CA, and a few months before we moved, it was in his hands to replace struts and rotors (again... the driving conditions and worn out dampers meant the brakes were being asked to do too much too fast too often, and wore out like crazy). The evening of the day we picked it back up, the front right wheel's hub completely sheared off from the hub, and the hub shot out and away from the vehicle leaving the tire and hub on the car.

Mechanic's techs had screwed up. They hadn't properly reinstalled the caliper on that side, and it had been rubbing against the join between barrel and hub of the wheel, so at highway speeds it acted like a saw.

He fixed it ALL for free, including free labor on the needed ECU replacement from an earlier issue (we only paid parts cost for the new ECU, even though he had to shell out a stupid amount of money to GM to get the license to flash their ECUs and get access to the latest ECU revisions... he's planning to make that cost up now by offering ECU revision reflashes to all of his customers with GM vehicles at less than what the local stealership will charge). And he owned up to the error in the first place.

And thus his reputation in our eyes stayed intact.

Hope this mechanic is just as honest.
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Old 09-18-2018, 03:03 PM   #4
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Is that exhaust leak before or after the cat? If it's before the oxygen sensors, that will mess with their readings.
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