If so, the transmission problem isn't a result of the radiator problem after this much time. Caradiodoc, I appreciate what you're saying as well. It's fine to ask for little extras, and any mechanic should be happy to oblige, as long as he isn't doing anything unethical, illegal, or against company policy. They're just waiting for the next sucker to drive in, unless it's close to quitting time. Sorry for going on so long. I immediately called the place that changed the oil and had it towed back to them and they told me that I needed the transmission and radiator replaced--that's been 2 years ago because I didn't have the funds which I have now to get it fixed.
Since they have that cost anyway, you might as well use their service, but if you can get the truck there yourself, you may be able to negotiate a few bucks off the bill. It's not practical to do that in little cities. Which person is right or are both right? Mechanics also speak their own language and are not good at communicating with car owners. It takes time to rot those hoses. Just like with welfare, there's little respect for something you don't work for. To avoid that, they want to cover all their bases and make sure your truck is repaired in one visit. Related to my tv shop story, there really was a reason for telling it , we have plenty of franchise shops that do exhaust system service and brake repair but none that handle the big stuff like transmissions.
There's much less chance of forgetting a little part, and if they've run into a problem repeatedly in the past, they will know to watch out for that. If it gives you trouble in a few days, weeks, or months, all you're out is the cost of the flush. In a smaller city like mine, they would run out of work just like that tv shop owner did, thank goodness. It's one thing to offer to check your tires or replace a light bulb, but if they offer to sneak some new brake pads on while no one is looking, they aren't being honest with their boss. Moreover, your rationale is logical and I had not thought about it that way. That's why there's often a service writer in the middle to do the translating. You get the same thing from the sting tv shows where they try to turn honest people into crooks.
We all have stories to that effect. You can also have a somewhat ruthless corporation that has very strict guidelines, and the shop managers may want to handle a problem with your best interest in mind, but they're bound by those guidelines. If the employees are all wearing company shirts, the owner cares about his image and most likely, his reputation. There is perhaps a 20 to 30 percent chance the transmission can be saved. Has to be an '88 though. He could have only the best in mind for his customers, but that doesn't always get passed down to the local shop managers or employees. Those specialty shops very often will have a dozen people working in one area, all rebuilding the same model transmission at the same time, then they put them in inventory and do the same thing another day with a different model.
It doesn't take long for angry people to share notes and avoid those places. Ford is somewhere in the middle. That is similar to the warranty guidelines dealerships have to follow. He's more likely to make things right if a problem occurs. When Ford is paying for the parts, they are going to insist they use Ford parts. This helps keep the engine from overheating.
The truck runs but when I put it into gear, it doesn't move--sorry I can't be more technical than that. Given the nature of one girl and one guy, I suspect the girl would tend to show more respect toward my vehicle, would probably try to do a more conscientious job, and for sure would ask for help when appropriate. Being able to put those transmission in inventory, and knowing they're going to sell them soon is an advantage of being in a large city. With franchise operations, an owner far removed from the action is out to make a buck, which is to be expected, but he is not involved with the complaints from customers and has no idea what the word on the street is saying about the reputation of his business. You should never, ever hear a boss yell at any employee, even if they deserve to be fired. Also, they have to stick with manufacturer-approved parts and repair procedures. In that case, I didn't necessarily provide the best value just because I was at a dealership, but I could tell when too many unneeded parts were being sold.
The disadvantage is the cost is determined by what it typically takes to rebuild that model, and your old transmission might not need all of those parts or services. Be aware that rebuilding, and even repairing an automatic transmission is a high-level specialty, and most shops and definitely most mechanics will not attempt it. . The point is, don't be angry with the first shop if it ends up you need a transmission and they didn't sell it to you right away. I'm in the middle of Wisconsin, the road salt capital of the world, and my daily driver is one of the last '88 Grand Caravans in the state.
They should all be the same because they can only charge you what the labor manual allows. It's in shops like that where you can expect your truck to receive the same professional attention. You're dealing with one business, not two, and if there's a problem, no one can try to put the blame on the other one. Two of my top students were girls, and the guys had a lot of respect for them and their abilities. Being a former instructor, I'd even pay a little extra to have the girl help. To begin with when I was driving after having a transmission oil and seal change this was a slight leak replaced, it blew. Good luck I will be here if you need me.
It's one thing to incentivize employees to find additional things the car needs, like overlooked safety items in the steering system, but when the pay consists totally of commissions, you can be pretty sure you'll be sold some questionable parts or services. A local, family-owned independent shop will usually be a better choice when it comes to handling complaints or problems that could hurt their reputation. It is important to inspect this hose at the first sign of a problem to avoid damage to your engine, as an engine running without oil will result in major damage and costly repairs. I had an alternator replaced on the truck and when I looked at the work, I found that it was hanging by one bolt. Because of the mass production though, their cost is almost always lower per unit than if they removed and rebuilt just one transmission at a time.