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 Post subject: Shop Screwups
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:01 am 
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Surely I'm not the only one with a gripe about the substandard work done to my car by a so-called "professional" shop. So, here's a thread dedicated to those f*ckups. I'll start it off with this.

I had a bunch of work done to my newly acquired '87 Eagle sedan in order to get it through a safety inspection and on the road. Windshield, brakes, exhaust, and more. I got the car back on Sep 10 and all seemed well, until I went to remove the rear seat belts on Sep 21. I wanted to remove the belts in order to do away with the goofy twisted plastic sleeves AMC put on the later Eagle belts, swap the plain buttons for AMC logoed ones, and reinstall them such that they sit flat on the seat with the buckles facing up. Yes, I'm that anal about the details.

I got the seat out to expose the big torx bolts. I got the normal amount of expected resistance from the passenger side, so I knew I'd have to go under the car and spray some WD40 on the underside to lube the threads where the bolt pokes through. I tried the driver side and it almost didn't move at all. That seemed odd.

So, under the car I went with my trusty can of WD40, and the problem with the driver side bolt became immediately obvious. The genius who installed the new exhaust system decided that the seat belt bolt would be a perfect spot to weld a pipe hanger.

:wtf:

So, I'm never going to be able to remove the rear belts on that side. :smh:

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 Post subject: Re: Shop Screwups
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:02 pm 
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Sounds like a safety issue to me. I think the shop needs to fix it. Unless it was done when the previous owner owned it.


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 Post subject: Re: Shop Screwups
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:12 pm 
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I was thinking the same thing. Wonder what their comment would be when asked to repair the issue.


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 Post subject: Re: Shop Screwups
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:02 pm 
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So at the very least if the weld weakened the surrounding area at least a muffler would be attached to your ass. Sorry i just had too. Been drinking. Anyway they are just horrible for welding w/o knowing what they are welding to. Could a been a fire.

Had to edit this to say my sig fits this issue perfectly.

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 Post subject: Re: Shop Screwups
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:20 pm 
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"break" the seatbelt, and take it back there, and have the person who put the exhaust on replace the seatbelt by himself with you watching. they don't like spectators, but since he screwed the exhaust up, he cant be trusted. :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: Shop Screwups
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 4:43 pm 
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this will be fun to hear peoples thoughts about shops, as im a tech at an independent shop that's been around for well over 30 years. lol.

and breaking the belt and getting the tech to fix it, ya, that wont fly with the tech. I have dealt with shit like this. how are you sure that the tech did that? it coulda been done before.

let the stories roll!!!! :lmao: :cheers:

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 Post subject: Re: Shop Screwups
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:10 pm 
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This is why I don't take my AMC's to shops. If anyone is going to screw up, It will be me.

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 Post subject: Re: Shop Screwups
PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:51 pm 
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I don't know alot about cars, but I'd have to be extremely damn desperate to bring in my eagle - And my eagle would have to be my only car.

I mean, I was having issues with bringing my AMC in, when American Motors were still in business.

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 Post subject: Re: Shop Screwups
PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:31 pm 
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apparently, not many people want to share their shop horror stories. I was hoping this one would blow up.

being a tech in an independent shop, you don't want to know the kinda shit the boss tells you to do that is just WRONG to do. If its not something I would send my wife out in, then I wont do it. its my name on that work, so I want to make sure the best I can that shit is done right. I guess its kinda hit and miss on the shop and tech you get working on your rig. do they care or not?

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 Post subject: Re: Shop Screwups
PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 3:18 am 
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I guess I have really been lucky with the shop work I have had in the past.

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