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Old 10-04-2010, 10:56 PM
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I live in a small town of under 1,000 people so my choices are limited. I have a car mechanic that lives in town and has his own shop. I've been going there for years and same with my parents. My mom is best friends with the mechanic's wife so I usually get a good deal on everything but...

Last week my Jeep was leaking an enormous amount of anti-freeze so I took it up there and he said it was a cracked radiator so he fixed it and it cost $230 (including labor). Two days later I had a small transmission leak and he fixed it for free - I never asked what was wrong. Now today my Jeep had another strong anti-freeze leak and he said it was the water pump. Could it really be leaking because of the water pump?

Also both times my Jeep has been fine in the morning and afternoon because I go to school at 8am and get out at 3:15pm and there are never any stains under my Jeep at school but when I get home and park it (about 10 miles away) it starts leaking.

Should I keep trusting this mechanic or what? The leaks were in different spots. The first one was in the front left and this one is in the middle right.
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it happens. get the water pump fixed and if it leaks again its bad luck. but to have two different things go is not a surprise. especially in such a small town, having a bad name wont keep him in business long.
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Yes its possible to leak from the water pump. If you had a radiator leak, air could have gotten in the system putting more strain on the system. If you wanted, I would ask him to change the upper and lower radiator hoses and thermostat while he had the system apart too.

Seeings how he fixed your transmission for free he doesn't seem to be out to screw you.
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it happens. get the water pump fixed and if it leaks again its bad luck. but to have two different things go is not a surprise. especially in such a small town, having a bad name wont keep him in business long.
Well lots of people has stopped going to him because things go wrong with there car after he fixes them or he never really fixes the problem or such, but that's never been the case with me so I didn't care.

I just find it odd that they both just randomly go a few days apart from each other.


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Yes its possible to leak from the water pump. If you had a radiator leak, air could have gotten in the system putting more strain on the system. If you wanted, I would ask him to change the upper and lower radiator hoses and thermostat while he had the system apart too.

Seeings how he fixed your transmission for free he doesn't seem to be out to screw you.
Well like my Dad said, he probably fixed the transmission leak for free because he probably didn't put the hose back on the radiator right or something.
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Yea but if he was out to screw you he would have charged.
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Yea but if he was out to screw you he would have charged.

True I guess.
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Jeep's, from what I have heard are pretty bad repair wise. Not really known for being reliable. If you and your parent's have been going to him for a while he probably knows better than to screw with loyal customers especially if others are leaving.
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Sometimes it's like that. You just gotta keep fixing stuff until it's good. Like grimreper912003 said, if you had a leaking radiator, the pressure must have caused it to leak from the radiator, then after that was fixed, it leaked from the next easiest opening.
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If its an older vehicle, it's to be expected. Water pumps go bad every 100k or so.
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Alright so after I fix the pump it should be fine? lol
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