My son’s 2005 Ford Focus had fluid leaking into the car near the clutch. Firestone mechanic said it was the slave cylinder leaking and had to be replaced. Most fluid was gone. Because transmission had to be removed to make the repair, the total coat would be $1200. I ok’ed the repair. After the repair the leak continued and the car was returned. Turned out the master cylinder was the problem. They apologized for the mistake and said the slave cylinder was shot and needed replacement but they would provide a discount on the new repair. Turns out the new repair cost is about $125 after a 25% discount.
Have I been ripped-off? Is the mechanic trying to cover his butt by saying the slave cylinder needed to replace anyway? Can’t I argue that the slave cylinder may have been a problem now or years from now? Do I have an argument that they misdiagnosed the problem and this was an absolutely an unnecessary repair? Or was the slave ruined because the master leaked its fluid?
I am considering small claims court to recover some or all of my $1200. Do I have a case?
Sunday, December 12th, 2010 AT 4:44 PM