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Does anyone know anything about cars

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6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
The front passenger side coil went about 3 weeks ago,on Saturday she heard the car making a funny noise so took it to her local garage today where she had the coil done and he said it's now the front shock absorber on the same side as the coil she's just had done that's gone.

Is this something the mechanic should have noticed when he did the coil or is it just coincidence and they can go at any time and he wouldn't have noticed ?

I worry about her getting ripped off at these places as she doesn't know anything about cars etc,
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6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
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#1
The coil failing may have caused the absorber to fail as well, they really should have changed both the coil and the absorber at the same time and had both sides done too IMO. Coils can start leaking at any time so it maybe just sods law, but if they say it needs changing then it probably does.

Should have noticed maybe but not definitely, could they get a second opinion?
#2
Well I guess so as it would be attached to the front shock absorber. Both shocks would be replaced in the case of the shock on the left side going.
#3
greg_68
The coil failing may have caused the absorber to fail as well, they really should have changed both the coil and the absorber at the same time and had both sides done too IMO.

Should have noticed maybe but not definitely, could they get a second opinion?


That's the problem,she will have to get a 2nd opinion next time,she only told me what they said at the garage earlier and she'd already given him the go ahead to order the part etc:w00t:

She's been going to this local place for a long time but it's recently been taken over by someone else and he's only a young/ish lad on his own.

After this,i'm not sure i'd have much faith in him.
#4
Adam2050
Well I guess so as it would be attached to the front shock absorber. Both shocks would be replaced in the case of the shock on the left side going.


Do you mean you think he should have noticed ?
#5
deb8z
That's the problem,she will have to get a 2nd opinion next time,she only told me what they said at the garage earlier and she'd already given him the go ahead to order the part etc:w00t:

She's been going to this local place for a long time but it's recently been taken over by someone else and he's only a young/ish lad on his own.

After this,i'm not sure i'd have much faith in him.


Will be interesting to see if he only changes the one side. Either he is right and it does need changing or he is clutching at the next straw.
#6
deb8z
Do you mean you think he should have noticed ?


Yeh I'm no mechanic but its pretty evident that the shock would have to be damaged or leaking when he put the spring over the top of it.

common sense.
#7
Adam2050
Yeh I'm no mechanic but its pretty evident that the shock would have to be damaged or leaking when he put the spring over the top of it.

common sense.


Right.so the coil goes over the top of the shock absorber ? so surely he should have noticed something ?
#8
deb8z
Right.so the coil goes over the top of the shock absorber ? so surely he should have noticed something ?


Doesn't really matter how much you think he should of seen it the plain truth is that he can just say it was ok when he left it, then 5 miles down the road it could start leaking. I assume there was no guarantee on the absorber so he is clear of any comeback really. Just learn a lesson maybe and find somewhere else to take it next time if you don't feel he is telling the truth.

Tbh, any decent mechanic would have changed both components and both sides IMO. They are not overly expensive parts to replace on most cars.
#9
greg_68
Doesn't really matter how much you think he should of seen it the plain truth is that he can just say it was ok when he left it, then 5 miles down the road it could start leaking. I assume there was no guarantee on the absorber so he is clear of any comeback really. Just learn a lesson maybe and find somewhere else to take it next time if you don't feel he is telling the truth.


Yes but people are saying both shocks should be replaced at the same time.

Trouble is,when you don't know anything about cars or know anybody who does these people can tell you anything:w00t:

He's charging 110 quid for one side,but that's the thing, people are saying both should be done not just one.
#10
If I was replacing a coil I would do the absorber at the same time whilst everyting was off, it is also advisable to do both sides at the same time too. This is not a law though just advisable. Perhaps he was trying to keep the costs down to a minimum.
#11
greg_68
If I was replacing a coil I would do the absorber at the same time whilst everyting was off, it is also advisable to do both sides at the same time too. This is not a law though just advisable. Perhaps he was trying to keep the costs down to a minimum.


You would do both sides, and £110 for one side is very pricey.

My mechanic did it for about that both sides.

You wouldn't leave old parts on one side to have it potentially fail down the road, suprised the meachanic didn't advice that.

Greg is right about no proof.
#12
I was out with her in it when the coil went,we took it round to the garage straight away,it was put on the ramp,he said it was the coil,he'd order the part and it will be so much( i cant remember the price) and that was that.

He never recommended anything else should be done etc.

Oh well,i'll have to tell her to have more of a chat to him and see what he says.
banned#13
I would say he's sprayed oil on the shock to make it look like its leaking....equals your friend has been done. It's going to now cost twice the labour as he would have noticed it when he took it off.

re: your post above so he's not fitted it back on yet? The car collapsing onto the shock could have damaged it causing it to leak.

I bought branded lowered suspension for my car £99 off ebay had a mate fit it for £90
#14
lumoruk
I would say he's sprayed oil on the shock to make it look like its leaking....equals your friend has been done. It's going to now cost twice the labour as he would have noticed it when he took it off.


Would that lead to it making a funny noise then?
#15
lumoruk
I would say he's sprayed oil on the shock to make it look like its leaking....equals your friend has been done. It's going to now cost twice the labour as he would have noticed it when he took it off.

re: your post above so he's not fitted it back on yet? The car collapsing onto the shock could have damaged it causing it to leak.


The coil has been done already yes,with regards to the shock absorber,she left the car with him first thing and he rang her up saying what it was and the price and she didn't dispute it,the car is still there now as he had to order the part for this afternoon.
#16
The fact that he isn't doing both sides makes me feel uncomfortable about this guy.
banned#17
greg_68
The fact that he isn't doing both sides makes me feel uncomfortable about this guy.


agreed one side is going to sag like an old womans boobs
#18
The shocker gas or oil? Test it yourself and see, my coil went but didnt replace the shocker.

Normally the garages charge more for parts so you should get the yourself, look HERE.
#19
Naeem786
The shocker gas or oil? Test it yourself and see, my coil went but didnt replace the shocker.

Normally the garages charge more for parts so you should get the yourself, look HERE.


I dunno whether it's gas or oil,i've not seen anything leaking.

We just thought it was making a strange noise on Saturday after being on the motorway,i thought it was a flat tyre,can't really describe the noise,that's why i say a flat tyre noise,it was a kind of dull noise,which is of no help lol
#20
Ask the mechanic to show your friend why he thinks it is the absorber at fault?
#21
Whats a coil!?
1 Like #22
ok in theory its best practice that you should replace shocks/ coil springs in pairs,but in the real world these days it comes down to money with customers, you try & sell a pair & they think your trying to have them over , but at the end of the day "the customer is always right" hmmm.

I might have missed it but what vehicle is it, as it would depend on the suspension set up. some have coil over shocks, where the coil spring goes over the shock absorber & some have the coil seperate from the shock.

to be honest i think its just coincedence that the shock has gone, if i had done the job & noticed a leaking shock i would have rung you to let you know, rather then put the whole thing back together as it would be a waste of my time & your money to do the job twice.

Not all garages are out there to rip people off !!!!

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