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1997 Honda CR-V Base 5dr Auto

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A: Should I sue?

Thanks Richard W. I'm being told the tapping I heard was the timing belt cutting into the timing belt cover and yes it was off its marks. I see online Timing Belt kits that have the belt, gaskets, seals, tensioner and water pump for $100 - $180. He ordered a Continental belt along with a Gat?? water pump. Could he have been planning to do me from the start? Should I have expected a professional to order a kit with everything needed, especially since I kept asking is there anything else? I sure hope response help not just me but others as well. Geoffrey Jones

Mechanic Q: Should I sue?

I had to tap the starter for it to start my car. I passed inspection, legitimately. So,I decided to put $$ in my car rather than buy someone else's headache. I contacted a mechanic who said bring car in so he could check it. I knew I wanted a timing belt and water pump due to the mileage and a starter because to me one fail is one fail too many. Not being a mechanic myself, I asked the mechanic what all was needed to do the job right even hardware. He called the recommended parts house, Buy Wise, and ordered the parts. I went to pay and pick up the parts. While doing so I called the mechanic and again asked what else was needed, he just ensured I got 2 gallons of antifreeze. I took the parts to the mechanic Saturday night. Sunday morning I paid him his rate and left, as I seemed to be in the way trying to see. Mechanic called for me to pick up car but he noted there's a run on sound when starting the car which is not normal. He asked me if I had checked the starter when I picked it up adding there were finger prints on it that looked like someone had installed it but returned it. This confused me because I'm not a mechanic and only followed his lead trusting my car would be done right. Upon arrival, I see car running wasting gas he said it was necessary due to the work done. I asked the mechanic why I hear tapping and likened it to a diesel. He said, "You're a quart low on oil." I drive off, immediately, I notice there's hesitation that did not exist prior to his doing whatever. Next day, while taking my daughter to work, I hear a pop then I lose power steering and the alt light comes on, yes, I had him change those belts as well, all preventive maintenance. I drop her off open the hood and see a twisted belt and what I termed a pulley that looked out of place. I call the mechanic, no answer. Two stops more, I don't cut the car off but when I come back to it it's off. Another call leads to my having to tow car to shop. He would not come the 4 - 5 blocks to look at it. About 3 hours later his tech goes under the car and comes out with a wheel in his hand. I overheard 'bolt and cotter pin'. After an hour or so of mechanic walking around with attitude and tech working on another car, I point out I have things to do. Now we're back to the hostility of the night before but when he challenged what I'm gonna do, I said I'll take you to court. he gave me . . . I think he knows they messed up. Can I get a summary opinion? I towed my car to my son's shop in Philadelphia to get an assessment. Does it sound like I have a case? Also, is it ever wise to spend money ahead of time to ward off problems with cars down the road? Thanks, Geoffrey Jones 201-726-0686

Mechanic Q: Changing transmission fluid?

You recommend changing it. I've tried to find a shop, but everyone says don't do it. SMH! To change or not to change transmission fluid?? '97 Honda CRV now 196,522 miles but even when I bought it @149,000 miles no one wanted to drain and fill. What say you? Geoffrey Jones

Mechanic Q: Hi, bank 1 is too lean & bank 2 is too rich is it time for junk yard retirement??

Don't want to be nickel and dimed. I've changed wires, plugs, distributor caps, rotors all twice and now coil pack but check engine light has been on more often than off over past 12 months. Note, I get better gas mileage with it on. Any suggestions would be helpful!

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