My old girl's dilemma [long]
Sorry, this is a long story. Where do I start?
Okay, mum has a 1997 4cyl Hyundai Sonata (hey, they were good value at the time!) since new. There have been a few teething issues over the years, but nothing major. I won't talk about quality as that's not what this is about.
A few months ago my parents were going away for a trip and decided to get it serviced. It was around the time when the timing belt was to be replaced, and the only place that could do it with the little amount of time my parents had before they left was Gay (K) Mart.
My mum can't totally recall what happened as it was so long ago, but there was something majorly wrong with the car when it came back - I think it was making strange noises. So my local mechanic checked it out and found that they put in the wrong part (I can't be sure what at the moment until mum goes through all her receipts, I think the wrong size belt). So it was sent back and apparently rectified.
Well what can I say? Ever since then the car has had major problems; being a terrible shudder and stalling on most mornings. After the local mechanic was clueless for days trying to fix it, my parents took it to a large Hyundai dealer and service centre.
Now these twats have taken advantage and what I believe to have done jack-shit. They charged $300+ for an IAC (could have been an ISC but seems very expensive for one of those), $900 for a new computer, and various other things that they said was faulty on the diagnostics computer. Do you think anything changed? NO. Shuddering, stalling, noises etc. You name it.
It has been back to Hyundai on multiple occassions for days on end without any change. It is stressing the hell out of my mum to this day.
I found a private Hyundai service centre who got the injectors cleaned ($350 there) and would you believe it? It is still doing the exact same thing. This service mechanic has concluded that the timing belt is of the incorrect size (which I think was the original problem that K Mart made the mistake with).
It has come to the point where my mum will be looking out for a new car very shortly. I have totally convinced her to stay away from utter crap like Hyundai and Daewoo etc from now on. However, I will make another thread about that.
Now, what should we do? Mum will take it back to K Mart hoping that the repair has some sort of warranty and make them change the belt. Otherwise I am not sure what we should do. Get someone to change the timing belt regardless what they say and make sure it's the right part? But what if that isn't even the problem... What to do? You tell me.
Thanks for reading. I haven't seen my mum so stressed in a long time and any help wouldn't go unappreciated.
If they had of just listened to me and got a second hand EF back then!!
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Originally Posted by Sundeep
Eh Yagz, suck my left teste mate I'll have boost for $1k, even if it is only 1 pound.