August 11th, 2009

onna kenkaku

Mechanical Mischief

Witnessed Suck in action.

My friend at work came in frazzled - her brakes had locked up and she'd wound up at the garage.  The verdict?  Something had happened to the bearings in the rear axle of the truck.  The back end was getting ready to, if not come off, then completely lock up.  I don't know all the details, but it was a serious and legitimate issue.

She's typing next to me and gets the call from the dealership.  (Flexible summer job, no one cares about this and it's an emergency really).  Then I see her go white and say "2500 dollars??".  She tells them she needs to consider, hyperventilates a bit, rants a bit.  The custodian in the building, a real nice guy, suggests she shop around because there's got to be someone to do that for a better price.

Lo and behold?  Another place will do the same for 1300.  Including parts and labor.  Now, why then was the other place's price more than a 1000 dollars higher?  

If that's not sucky enough, today solidified it.  She went to the dealer (awkward, she admitted) to tell them she was getting the car towed.  As she put it, she simply told them her husband wanted to deal with it, she was waiting on his decision.  (Not exactly true; she didn't want to explain the entire thing to them.  Besides - her truck, her money to tow, enough already.) They tried to persuade her otherwise, and then had the gall to say, "Well, I don't know what the relationship between you and your husband is, but..."  He's lucky she didn't take off his head for that one.  She tells them the tow truck is going to be there at X time.

Around X time, she gets a call from the tow truck driver, wanting to know again what her license plate number and truck make is, because the dealership is giving him a hard time about towing it...just wow.

Wally World Oil Change Suck

My Boyfriend changes the oil in my car every 3000 miles.  One time, he drained the oil but couldn't remove the old oil filter.  He tried for over an hour, but it just wouldn't budge.  So he filled it up with new oil and told me it should be ok to drive it with an old filter just this once.  3000 miles later, he tries again, STARTING with the filter.  It still refuses to budge, so he tells me to take it to the Wal Mart tire and lube near my house, and let them deal with the old filter since he would hate to put a hole in it trying to remove it and make the car undrivable.  I  needed to go shopping anyway, so thats what I do the next day.  All is fine, or so we thought.  3000 miles later, he's preparing to change my oil again, crawls under the car and see's THE SAME FILTER HE WAS UNABLE TO REMOVE 6000 MILES AGO!   It was  a brand that Wal-Mart didn't use, and still had missing paint and a small dent from when he'd tried changing it originally, so he was certain they had simply drained and re filled the oil (we hoped) and either couldn't remove the filter or didn't even bother trying.  This time, he did get the filter off, though he ended up jamming a screwdriver in it and using vice grips to make it turn.  I was VERY MAD at Wal-Mart, but couldn't really prove anything, since I had paid in cash and long ago thrown away the recipt.  And it would have been my word against theirs had they denied doing it. So  I just vowed never to return to that location, and advise my friends to do the same thing.