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I was given an estimate of over $4500 for a leaking radiator, heavy oil leak from valve covers, replaced of the rear shocks and control arms. It was stated that one of my tires was bald and another was badly worn.
I started to question the estimate based on the tire issues. None of the tires were bald and they are relatively new with just 15,000 miles. The tires are about 1 year old.
I took the car to a local repair shop that I had done business with before. Their findings were the radiator did not leak under pressure, the suspension, wheel bearings and control arms were good. They did see a minor oil leak from the valve covers that was typical for a car with 110,000 miles on it. They recommended a can of Stop Leak versus a $1200 repair.
So, I really have questions about a $4500 estimate for one thing, but it was obvious to me just looking at the tires that none of them were bald or badly worn.
I know I will not be taking my car back to AM-PM as they have losses my trust. I had large repair bill last year for a water pump and suspension hose. Now I wonder if they repair bills was valid or even needed.
We are sorry that you had a negative experience at AM PM Automotive Repair when you brought your vehicle in on November 19, 2019. That was not our intention and we hope we can work on making this situation right.
You had brought your vehicle in for heavy clunking noise in the front after parking, first turning and backing up. We did find that both your control arms were shifting significantly, which hadn't improved from July 2018 when we first noticed the issue. As per our custom, we facilitated a full visual inspection of your vehicle to inform you what is going on with your vehicle so you can make an educated repair decision that works best for you.
We did report that the radiator had leaks that were just starting at both lower corners, and your right front inner tie rod end had minor play. The previous time you brought your vehicle in on July 2018, we reported the valve cover gaskets were leaking heavily and your left front wheel bearing had play. Both of which had not improved.
We provided estimates for replacing both front control arms, the radiator and coolant flush, both inner and outer tie rods on the right front, alignment, left wheel bearing and a tune-up that included replacing the valve cover gaskets.
We understand that some shops might not lift a vehicle off the ground to observe any suspension issues or loose parts, this is really important in order diagnose them. We want to extend you the opportunity to bring your vehicle back, free of charge, and one of our certified, experienced technicians will take you through the recommendations with your vehicle. If you choose to have any work completed, you could use one of our complimentary loaner vehicles so you would not have to be without transportation.
Lastly, we would never recommend putting "stop leak" in a coolant system as it will clog the heater core and result in additional parts needing replacement as well. We highly encourage you to avoid this false fix. There are multiple videos on YouTube showcasing the damage.
Please feel free to contact us at 651-426-0462 at any time with any questions or to schedule the complimentary visit. We hope you give us a second chance and the oppurtunity to make things right again.
We are sorry for the frustrations you are having with us and your vehicle Anthony. We did repair the wheel hub assembly on this last visit since it was a critical safety concern with the amount of play it had. We recognize that there is a noise coming from the steering in your truck. We would encourage you to bring the truck back for us to take a look at your intermediate steering shaft. Please let us know when you can bring it in at your earliest convienence.
We are so sorry about your recent experience with your radiator replacement here at AM PM Automotive. We know we have spoken to you in regards to this, but please feel free to contact out office at anytime if you have more questions or concerns. We hope to see you and your vehicle in the future.
Hi Clint, I’m going to stick to the facts.
1. The water pump was so bad that it had leaked coolant all over the hood, engine and engine bay.
2. No one can control rust, I spoke with Brian and Zach, both asked you to come in and see what was going on roughly 18 to 20 times and you refused.
3. No warranty company covers rust because it is something no one can predict when and how it will fail.
4. I believe Brian did not effectively communicate what had happened and what was going on
5. We did repair the rusted through transmission line and did not charge you. Yes we did use 400 psi transmission cooler hose. And yes wire ties or zip ties were used to secure the hose away from the exhaust and axle shaft.
6. Lastly your truck is a 2007 and 11 years old with over 100,000 miles on it, rust is unfortunately something that is going to happen in Minnesota.
Shop general manager
Hi Kathryn, I'm Gregor the shop manager.
I talked with Zach the service adviser so I could find out what had happened. The reason for trying to give you a loaner was due to the fact that both county road E. and Scheuneman road are both under construction. So trying to figure out when parts are going to get to us is hard and if everything goes as planned the rear shocks should only be about an hour repair, but with rust & the construction Zach was just trying to make your visit better.
To address the amount you have spent in a year, I looked back in your history. 1. visit we found the battery was leaking acid and had corroded the left front strut tower, the brake master was leaking brake fluid, there was a moldy smell when the a/c was turned on, the brake fluid power steering transmission fluids are dirty, valve covers are seeping, the tune up had not been done yet and the brake lines are a little rusty, and recommend the timing belt and water pump due to age. We replaced the battery, repaired the strut tower, brake master with a brake flush, cleaned the a/c evap core, and an oil change. 2. visit was the timing belt, water pump , and both serpentine belts. This was done because the water pump was leaking. Visit 3. just a brake light. visit 4. we fixed the washer pumps for front and rear, and oil pan gasket because leaks. visit 5 . was the rear shock because of a leak. A lot of these repair/ maintenance is due to ware & age on a 2000 dodge caravan with a 3.0 V6. We hope that this helped you understand why you had so much extra extra expense this year. Thank you for understanding.
Hi April, im Gregor shop manager at AM PM.
I looked over your repair order & not sure why you are not happy with our service, to be clear the car was towed to us from a different shop & did have a long list of recommendations that we found & tried to talk to you about. I'm sorry that other shops have not been telling you of the other problem with you car but when Zack tried to talk to you on the phone & in person you cut him off & told him you didn't care?.
As for the charges we charged for testing the battery that was just in stalled, & found it was bad. then installed a new battery & retested that you approved. At which point we found a list of code & several for anti theft. At this point we called you back to tell you we needed more time & was going to cost more which again you had approved. the second charge was for installing missing & burned out fuses , testing & tring to reprogramm the keys & find that it had an aftermarket autostatrt with a antitheft bypass that was malfunctioning & would not let us reprogramm the keys. When you called back one of the fuses that was reinstalled was for the radio / door adjar alarm that was blown and replaced & that was the fuse we told you about & we did offer to pull it out & gave you the loction because you did not want to come back for that. I'm sorry you miss understanding but all this is on your invoice and we didn't charge you for the fuses. the 5 minute fix you discribed was just to stop the door adjar alarm & didn't fix anything but just stopped the buzzing.
I'm Gregor the manager at AMPM. I talked to both Greg and Zack about this. When Zack gave you the estimate it was for replace 3 tires,valve stems, mounting ,balancing with the brand you had requested, and replacing 5 broken lug studs and lug nuts. When your boyfiend called and talked to Greg they went over the list of repairs, Greg explained the differance in tire brands and how that can change pricing and that you had requested this tire brand. After Greg had gone over everything and explaned things to your boyfreind, he dicided not to replace 2 of the tires that are still needed. That is why the price changed. I'm sorry for the miss under standing , If you have any questions please call or swing in and I will be happy to talk to you.
Spoke with Clark, thanked him for bringing this matter to our attention. We had unfortunately over booked for that day. Also the original quote he got was for a 3yr or 36,000 mile nationwide warranty on both parts and the labor on the harmonic balancer and that also included the diagnostics for the check engine light. Also included is our 1yr roadside assistance which does not have to be related to the repair. But to be able to provide that we have to use a better quality part. The second quote was for a 1yr or 12,000 mile warranty part and labor, no road side assistance and no nation wide warranty. Again Clark thank you for speaking with us and we appreciate you taking the time to talk with us about your experience so we can make improvements.
Thank you again for bringing this to our attention. We value your opinion and we will be making changes do to this unfortunate incident.
Spoke with Elise, and apologized for any inconvenience that this may have caused. We had diagnosed that her transmission and found that it had an internal failure and needed to be replaced or sent out to be rebuilt. After we found out about the Transmission issue we were not sure if she was even interested in diagnosing the other issues of the vehicle. Be for we could diagnose other problems she was here to pick it up. Offered for her to come in and have other issue check at no charge.
We contacted Annie, and explained that the "inspection" was time to open her hood that was stuck closed. She had attempted to have her oil changed at other places and they could not get it open. We succeeded by removing part of the front end and lubricating the latch, then reassembling, and provided her a loaner car for free during the repair. Thanks again Annie!