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Old 03-24-2010, 10:31 PM   #1
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Angry Mechanic tore up my car.

I just got my car back from a mechanic, and am not happy to say the least.
When i started it up to leave, it idled rough and stalled... Disconnected the MAF and it ran fine. So, ok ill replace that tomorrow. Drove about 4 miles down the road and the coolant light comes on...OK ill top it off tomorrow...1/4 mile later the temp is in the red, so i pulled into the Publix with a ploom of steam.
Upon opening the hood, i found my airbox was not connected, and there was a random part on my headlight. I put coolant in and tried to start it...DEAD!!! So i left it there for the night and will try to have them tow it back to the shop. And, i looked up the part i found by the # and it is a "protection cap", has something to do with the belt driven water pump/alternator.
Sorry for the long, unorganized thread but i had to vent. thanks for listening, lol.
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Old 03-24-2010, 10:44 PM   #2
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Yeah that sucks, your mechanic sucks. Best thing you can do is request someone competent look at it at the same shop. Then only after they do the work, demand that they do it for free.

But your saying you looked under the hood, disconnected the MAF, and didn't notice the air box was not connected?

How did you manage that?

If your heat gauge ever goes over 180 degrees (halfway line) either your thermostat just went bad or you have serious coolant problems. (aka stop driving immediately or damage your engine forever.)
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Old 03-24-2010, 10:45 PM   #3
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Old 03-24-2010, 10:46 PM   #4
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Yeah that sucks, your mechanic sucks. Best thing you can do is request someone competent look at it at the same shop. Then only after they do the work, demand that they do it for free.

But your saying you looked under the hood, disconnected the MAF, and didn't notice the air box was not connected?

How did you manage that?

If your heat gauge ever goes over 180 degrees (halfway line) either your thermostat just went bad or you have serious coolant problems. (aka stop driving immediately or damage your engine forever.)
it was 9 at night when i disconnected the MAF real quick(and picked it up), then shut the hood. and the temp. spiked quick and dropped all the fluid.
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Old 03-24-2010, 11:05 PM   #5
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:43 AM   #6
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I am with the above poster, if you did not stop as the needle went to red, you may have doomed your motor. The one hard and fast rule of E46's should be if you are starting to overheat, pull off the road and TOW it home/someplace to get it fixed. It does not just overheat, it warps the head and pulls the studs from the block causing irreprable harm. I surely hope you did not do that...
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Old 03-25-2010, 07:38 AM   #7
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Doesn't the E46 have a safety feature and turn off the engine in such event? I know my friend's 10+ year old Audi has that. The ECU stalled the car when it reached critical temp. hence saving the engine from warped head.
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Old 03-25-2010, 07:55 AM   #8
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Not cool at all. I hope that wasn't the lead mechanic at the shop you took your car to. Get the lead mechanic to look over your car carefully. The shop needs to make that right. Good luck.
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Old 03-25-2010, 08:42 AM   #9
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never drive away from any shop without popping hood and inspecting everything!!!!

i found a few things on my honda one time, so i go in the shop and say hey, who worked on this? guy goes i did....................i bring him out, i says you wana tighten that bolt? he goes, oh i didnt work on this side i said ok, brought him over to other side..................you wana tighten that one then? morons


needless to say, its the last time anyone worked on any of my cars
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gosh man... sorry to hear that... hope you get your money back or they fix it for free... although, i wouldn't want them touching my car after they did that stuff...good luck..
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Doesn't the E46 have a safety feature and turn off the engine in such event? I know my friend's 10+ year old Audi has that. The ECU stalled the car when it reached critical temp. hence saving the engine from warped head.
Nope.

I've read (but have not personally experienced) that the red square lights up when the needle reaches the red. Seems like it SHOULD beep or something... the gauge is electronically controlled after all.

But, nope, you just have to pay attention to it and shut it off if it starts to get hot.
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Old 03-25-2010, 09:45 AM   #13
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WOWWWWW, dude destroy that mechanic.
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:08 AM   #14
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Yikes go back and explain what happend!!! Before everyone jumps on the poor mech there are alot of possibilities... I have had customers decline repair and show up to pick up the car. Well no one told the Mechanic that they were there to pick up the car. I have had stuff aprat and the car leave because of comunication issues. Everything is not always cut and sry. Go back see what happend and goe from there
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That's a shame since these cars aren't actually difficult to work on.
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it was 9 at night when i disconnected the MAF real quick(and picked it up), then shut the hood. and the temp. spiked quick and dropped all the fluid.
agree with "jbeurotech", not sure why you would replace the MAF, just because? and without even cleaning it, be clear please.
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1.kill mechanic
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3. if anyone is under your hood make sure to look around first.
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There are always two sides to every story.... Alot of this story does not make sense!! What was the car brought to the shop for ext. Everyone is always quick to blame the shop but often there is alot more to the storie
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Sorry to hear about that man, but like others have said, give the mechanic the benefit of the doubt before you completely rip him a new one (even though, I agree, stuff like this should not happen).

The random part on the headlight just sounds like one of the little plastic dust caps on the belt pulleys . Careless of the tech to neglect to reinstall it, but luckily for you, no major harm done to your car with it removed.
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Good Lord, I have never heard of a worse mechanic. Sorry to hear about that. Make sure you get him to pay for everything and then some.
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