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Old 07-16-2007, 09:18 AM   #1
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Default Did the dealer screw me on repairs?

I had a CEL for Knock sensor and misfire on cylinder 1 & 2. took it into the dealer (not my normal dealer but these guys were located closer to my new house) and had my power steering and fuel/intake systems cleaned out. Got the car back, CELs were gone, car ran fine for two days and then all of a sudden my clutch pedel went completely out and my car refused to start. It wouldn't even turn over or click. The battery was fine all all my accessories and electronics worked at full power but I also saw my clutch line was leaking fluid all over the floor...and it's an upgraded Stainless Steel braided line I've had for 5 years.

Dealer said they swapped out the front O2 sensor, Knock sensor and wanted to change out the fuel fiter and spark plugs because the platinum tip plugs I had were wrong for my car *makes whack off gesture* and I should swap to copper tips. I told them to hold off on the filter and plugs as I could do that myself and save the $200 they wanted to charge me.

This morning, I had to limp my behind to another shop down the block. Luckily, my starter decided to work just fine. Beats the hell out of me why it worked with no issue today while last night, not even hitting it with a hammer worked.

Do you know if any of the repairs may have screwed with my clutch system and/or starter? I also noticed, when I got the car back, my frekkin indiglo gauges arn't working at all anymore so I don't know if they fried a fuse or pulled my dash and screwed something up.

2000 RS, TWE Cams, Borla Header back exhaust, COBB intake, Exedy Flywheel, SS clutch cable and SS brake lines (which have given no trouble), and other misc mods not associated with engine/drivetrain.
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Old 07-16-2007, 12:19 PM   #2
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I presume the stainless braided line is of the non-coated variety?

I also presume the CEL misfire codes were due to how moded your car is?

While it is possible that they knicked something while they were in the engine bay doing the power steering flush, its more probable that its just coincidence.

And the dealer is correct about the platinum plugs... Iridiums are a better idea with your engine, not platinums.
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Old 07-17-2007, 02:03 AM   #3
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New guys said my line formed a hole, the fluid leaked out and air leaked in ruining my clutch slave cylinder, the starter solenoid (sp?) sometimes registers voltage and sometimes doesn't, it seems to decide on it's own when it'll work. Total cost of repairs, $975.

Including what I had the last shop work on back on Saturday, I'm going to spend close to 2 grand on service.....So much for going to Hawaii next weekend.
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