PepBoys replaced my radiator a week ago exactly, because it blew a hose a week before. It also had the following symptoms:. *spewing white smoke and fluid out the tail pipe. *radiator losing all its water or coolant way quicker than normal. *turning on the AC makes the needle move rapidly past the middle line,forcing me to stop and let it cool or turn off the engine at stop lights and such. *gurgling sound with billowing white smoke coming from under the hood where the reservoir is locate anytime I have to idle for more than a couple of minutes, like at a long light or a fast food line. * Main top radiator hose bursting suddenly spewing coolant all over the windshield.
I am beginning to think they may have known about the blown gasket at some point in the radiator replacement that cost me $400 last week. It took over an hour longer or more than estimated (3hrs) The manager explained that the mechanic working on my car ran into problems, but ignored my questions as to what the problems were. When I asked if that was what all the yelled I heard in the bays was about. He replied no ... just how children react - or something to that effect. He made himself busy when I tried to ask more questions, walking away to his office.
In my mind they have several opportunities to figure this out seeing my car was in their shop at two locations 5 times. I did my research and found this great video that tests 12 ways to detect a blown gasket; The sizzle test by dropping oil on the engine block or radiator cap when it's running hot. If it sizzles then there is water/coolant present. I learned this from a 2 part video testing on ways to test for a gasket problem ....it's kinda like the myth busters for car repair! :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwiIpTIrBaE at about 8 minutes in. The story on how he heard about the sizzle test is pretty kewl too and he's pretty surprised it worked even! :D
So far I've spent $800 dollars at PepBoys on my car. I would have never put in a new radiator if I'd known the real problem was the head gasket. They could have suggested a special radiator that cooled the engine better. I know there are ones like that.
Just feels like this info was not revealed in a timely manner and that the result is they have gotten a good amount of money out of me and I still have the same problem.
Not asking for my $400 back for the radiator. Just asking them to do the required prep work to use Blue Devil on the system and see if it seals up the blown gasket. It can't be that major as I can drive long distances all day without any problems except running out of coolant.
I'd need an oil change to get the water/coolant/oil mixture out of the system, the radiator flushed and replaced with just plain water per the Blue Devil instructions. I'd do the pouring cause they service guy there seemed to imply that Blue Devil could damage my radiator ... clog it up. My reasoning is, it's new, so why would that happen? If my old rusty radiation was still in here I could understand this worry. Just need time .. a few months to save up enough to repair my van. It needs a catalytic converter and muffler. Then I'd eventually get the gasket fixed on this old beater car. I can't afford a car note and keeps my insurance down to less than $100 a month.
I feel like my solution is reasonable and fair and they might get my van repair too. But not if they keep talking to me like the PepBoys guy did last night! He was down right ughly with me, getting in my face and sneering, yell-talking at me and couldn't hear a word I said. Otherwise I will drive 30 miles one way to Spring Grove PA where there is mechanic there I know is honest and trusted. He only works three days a week and is always busy. That's the sign of a man who knows what he's doing!
- Am I being unreasonable to suggest that since 4 different mechanics have worked on my car, that one of them should have seen the empty radiator the excessive pressure on the top hose that caused it to split, the tail pipe slewing and the white smoke billowing out of my reservoir and asked why?
- Would this e a reasonable assumption for them to look at all those signs and say the radiator needs replaced and that it' fixed, even though they had a problem when they tested for leaks by doing a leak down compression test?
- Is my request for them to prep my car for Blue Devil per the products instructions for free unreasonable?
Thank you whomever answers. I do appreciate your opinion(s).