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Old 10-03-2011, 09:41 AM   #43
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We will try this as an alternative to these bad AC repairman- we devoted over 4 weeks this summer to getting our front unit allegedly repaired (not to mention the costs )
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Old 10-03-2011, 10:07 AM   #44
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Who's doing the work? I'm having similar problems with shop in Florida.
Advanced Automotive on South Belcher in Largo Florida.

I guess I never made it clear what vehicle I was haveing the A/C problem with; It's my toad, my motorhome a 34 foot Coachman is on a ford chassis works fine, I would hate to think the problems I would be having if it was my motorhome.
I love my toad; a 1985 Toyota PU, I've had it 26 years and is perfect for a toad, has automatic transmission and I installed a ramco driveshaft dis connect, I've towed it over 100,000 miles behind three different motorhomes, wore the motorhomes out but the truck still runs like new after over 283,000 miles.
Sorry if I didn't make it clear from the start that it was my toad.
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Old 10-03-2011, 10:22 AM   #45
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First thing they should have done is check for leaks, but it's too late now. I would look in the yellow pages and find a small claims court and sue the bastards. You usually don't need a lawyer in small claims court. Check with your local justice of the peace, if you have one.
Small claims can be a double edged sword, while traveling through the usa from florida to california, I did a tune up on my onan generator. but was unable to get to the points, because the slide wouldn't pull out enough. I chose to take it to an RV repair facility in Ventura, ca. and pay to have the work done. (I never do that) the owner insisted that I didn't need points, after I spent $1,500 0n tires. his "fix" was to spray cleaner into the carb air horn. after getting all the money he could, I was backing out with a car on a dolly (an impossibility) when the owners employee came from behind with a fork lift and while picking up my car and pulling it sidways with the dolly, my car was dropped, and the hitch slammed into the ground, long story short. my trans wouldn't work in reverse the next morning. I filed a claim in small claims court, and traveled 400 miles from citrus heights ca. to ventura the day before court, and the judge decided he had something better to do that day and a magistrate took the docket for the day. I was the case just before lunch, and not allowed to produce my evidence. because according to the judge I couldn't prove the drop caused the problem. when I explained that I had to replace the car and not being from california, as soon as I said I was from another state, the whole climate in the court room changed, and I lost the case.
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:00 PM   #46
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Small claims can be a double edged sword, while traveling through the usa from florida to california, I did a tune up on my onan generator. but was unable to get to the points, because the slide wouldn't pull out enough. I chose to take it to an RV repair facility in Ventura, ca. and pay to have the work done. (I never do that) the owner insisted that I didn't need points, after I spent $1,500 0n tires. his "fix" was to spray cleaner into the carb air horn. after getting all the money he could, I was backing out with a car on a dolly (an impossibility) when the owners employee came from behind with a fork lift and while picking up my car and pulling it sidways with the dolly, my car was dropped, and the hitch slammed into the ground, long story short. my trans wouldn't work in reverse the next morning. I filed a claim in small claims court, and traveled 400 miles from citrus heights ca. to ventura the day before court, and the judge decided he had something better to do that day and a magistrate took the docket for the day. I was the case just before lunch, and not allowed to produce my evidence. because according to the judge I couldn't prove the drop caused the problem. when I explained that I had to replace the car and not being from california, as soon as I said I was from another state, the whole climate in the court room changed, and I lost the case.
I feel for you; been there done that and I too lost the case; my guess is those that recomend going to small claims court haven't been there. It's not all cut and dry. Just because you take some one to small claims court doesn't guarentte you will win the case. Plus I don't know about California, but the last time I filed in small claims court it cost me $300 to file the claim.
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:04 PM   #47
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Doesnt mean you will lose either... And, even if you do, its still becomes a record. Enough of them, and it wont matter if they never lost...
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:16 PM   #48
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Doesnt mean you will lose either... And, even if you do, its still becomes a record. Enough of them, and it wont matter if they never lost...
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It's like I told my wife; roll down the truck window and throw dollar bills out. or pile them up in the back yard and have a bond fire.

I will wait and see what the credit card company comes up with, then I"ll go from there.
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Old 10-04-2011, 12:17 AM   #49
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I guess all A/C specialists do he same tricks. I have had my car in twice to two different specialists. Both recommended to evacuate the system, check for leaks, refill and test for leaks. End results, no improvement in cooling. Next one wanted to re do the entire system, and charge me about 1500.00. Not done. Still looking for that specialist who is special I guess. One I can talk to without getting red in face and tongue tied up in anger over these issues.
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I guess all A/C specialists do he same tricks. I have had my car in twice to two different specialists. Both recommended to evacuate the system, check for leaks, refill and test for leaks. End results, no improvement in cooling. Next one wanted to re do the entire system, and charge me about 1500.00. Not done. Still looking for that specialist who is special I guess. One I can talk to without getting red in face and tongue tied up in anger over these issues.
Seems like every one that can spell specialist; and some that can't spell at all can call themselves a specialist.
My brother who lives in California tells me that all the techs out there have to be certified, I don't no if that helps or not.
The garage that I went to said they were ASE certified (couldn't prove it by me)
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They should have there current ASE cert available and in view..
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They should have there current ASE cert available and in view..
i didn't see any and I'm not going back to look.

Right now I'm just waiting to get the paper work from the credit card company. called them friday.
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:02 PM   #53
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Received the new compressor I ordered; took it down to Midas to have it installed.
I just picked up the PU; nice cold air comming out the vents. happy days are here again.
Called the credit card company; they said the paperwork for the denial of charges is on the way. can't wait to get this all taken care of.
Heading for the smokies the `15th
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Old 10-08-2011, 03:14 PM   #55
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And the story continues; ------------------------on-----------------
Well that nice cool air lasted one day, it's back to Midas I go, this makes the seventh time to have my PU in to have the air fixed.
Is there no one that ever does a job and it's right the first time? Or the second time? Or the third time? Or the fourth time? Or the fifth time? Or the sixth time? Going on number seven.
I'm 79, I may not live long enough to get this thing fixed.
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Chapter #2, day 2 at Midas; took truck in at 9 AM Monday, went to pick up truck at 3:30 PM, truck not ready; They said they found two O rings that were folded over and leaking. they fixed that.
Now the best part----switch that turns on the air conditioner won't work; It worked before I took it in. man, O man, O man. they will keep it over night and see if the can find the problem. Some one broke a wire somewhere when they were messing around. This gets worse and worse. I'm getting ready to upchuck. I went back over to the garage where the truck is; I almost wish I hadn't, they have the whole dash tore apart. The dash switch and the fan switch was working fine before I took it over there, now I have a real mess. now their saying there is something wrong with the switches; this thing is turning into a nightmare. I have to leave it there, can;t take it when it's all tore apart; O lord give me strength.
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