The repair estimate they gave me was for things they said were necessary for the safety.Pete_Coach wrote: ↑Jan 27th, 2016 12:20 pmYup, sure
As I said, you say you know cars and you have every right to discuss, debate and refuse the suggestions. You did not and therefore do not know if they would have given you the certificate or not....or maybe you would like to add more to your story again at another post to validate yourself?
1. Leaking power steering rack. There was no leak. The drops they showed saying were leaks were actually hard drops of rust proofing residue.
2. Bent shock absorber. The car was on the hoist and they showed me how one shock on the front passenger was about 2 inches closer to the inner fender than the other on on the drivers side. My mechanic showed me that the shock was in fact perfectly all right. The difference in clearance was not to the metal fender structure of the shock tower, but the plastic inner wheel liner which was not a safety issue. One plastic inner wheel liner was slightly deflected in shape compared to the other.
3. Fogged headlights. Recommended new headlights. I have seen plenty of Fogged headlights in my day and these were no worse than what you see AFTER you clean and buff them. My mechanics opinion was that they were still perfectly fine , maybe a 5-10 % reduction but still more than good enough for safety. He cleaned one side, which now looked perfect, then turned the lights on and compared to the one not yet cleaned. We could see no visible difference in light output. The CT staff wanted me to purchase new headlight assemblies rather than just recommending I clean the ones I had
4. Leaking fuel line. Yes it was leaking but only after someone in the CT garage put some type of tool on the metal fuel line. You could see the marks
So are they all bad? Most likely not. Do I have a reason in general why I should not trust them
I sure do.