Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2000 20:21:37 -0700
From: "Christopher A. Nowell" <>
Subject: mechanic mistakes?

I am starting to see a trend of what I believe to be negligence on the part of the mechanic who works on my '87 Saab 900 in a shop that specializes in Saab repair. The first time, I asked them about my passenger-side headlight wiper, the guy changed the Y connector for the windshield wiper fluid and charged me for it. I noticed him also tightening the nut on the headlight wiper before it worked again. It has started to fail again (less than 4 months after the "repairs"), I looked at it myself, and noticed that it is cracked around the nut. It's therefore pivoting on an angle making too much resistance and allowing the bolt to slip around. Could this have been overlooked? Or a coincidence? Next time, he replaced a headlight bulb that I hadn't noticed was burned out. I mentioned that I hadn't noticed it. I have the replaced bulb in front of me, and I fail to see any broken connections in the filament or signs of burn out. I recently paid around $1800 because my brakes failed. They said that all the brake and clutch cylinders as well as some other brake components needed to be replaced. This did make my brakes *work*. I noticed shortly after that the brake was sinking a bit with the "new" cylinders. Now, my clutch is failing and the brake goes to the ground after stopping. Could it have been simply the clutch (they share fluids)? What do you guys think? -Chris cc:

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