Oh, they were well aware of it when it started knocking right after the emissions test. They even called me to tell me that it passed the emissions test, failed the safety - "Bad tie rod and burned out third brake light, by the way the engine is knocking real bad sounds like the lower end".
When I picked it up and proclaimed my displeasure is when they said "Not our fault, your car is a '95 with 165,000 miles".
It would appear all I get to do is vent
. Yes, they charged me for both inspections.
I guess it is going to go to Escort Heaven. Shame, it was a great little car.