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Old 08-27-2006, 02:41 PM
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Mechanic Incompetence

OMG I don't believe this. As some members following my other threads know, I had my mech replace the right rear tie rod because I wasn't able to get it out.

Soon as the job was done and the car aligned, everything was fine. However, the car got worse and worse over the last few days. Today, I raised it to get some measurements to figure out what parts I needed, and guess what?


Meaning, it had fallen off soon after, and that's why the car was behaving so badly. Now I'm going out of town, and the car is undriveable till I come back, buy a 17mm self-locking hex nut from the stealer, and fit it MYSELF. ****......

This from the so-called best mech in Toronto (PM me for his name, if someone still wants it), with tons of recommendations. Sure, it was a tech, but still.

Now, having ranted, could it also be a defective Worldpac nut? Doubt it though. More chance of a poorly torqued nut than a defective nut, IMHO

'88 190E 2.6
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Old 08-28-2006, 12:20 AM
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when i had to have someone do some work in my car i always see to it that i double check their work or i have them double check their work. most of the time i encounter things exactly like yours.

yours is most likely to be human error
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Old 08-28-2006, 01:49 AM
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Incompetent MBZ Mechanic

Watch out for these guys, tell them you want to check the work they did and have them show you the old parts and the work if it was under the car tell them to put it back on the lift and double check it.

Speed is the name these guys play with not quality or competence and pride of workmanship. If you want the name of a Bad Mercedes-Benz indepent in West Los Angeles call me so you don't get added to their victum list.

Bob G
1992 300-E Sportline
1968 280SL
1987 Ford Mustang LX 5.0. show car
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Old 08-28-2006, 05:14 AM
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You know its stated in the manual that all bolts must be torqued down only when the car is stilling on the ground. Maybe he missed it? I had a creak on my rear arm too and the guy doing the wheel alignment caught it. So here is a case of mechanic correcting DIY owner - there's lot of nuts so maybe he had a bad day and missed one.

1992 124 E200 (Euro)
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