What the mechanic told me
At 3:30 PM Pep Boys called again. This time it was the mechanic who was actually working with the car. He explained that he “removed the calipers and lubed them up really good and felt that there was no reason to replace them at this time.” He explained that “they seem to be fine now, so we put them back in place and saved you over $300.00.” I was thrilled! What I thought was going to be almost $700.00 was costing me $316.00 (which included a full oil change, a Prostop Front Brake Caliper Bolt or Pin and the Silver Front Brake Service).
When we picked the car up, I asked the night manager what my son should be aware of in case the calipers and pistons should go bad. He told my son to just be aware of the car pulling to the left when braking and bring it in if it begins to thump or sputter again.
We drove the car home (aprox. 5 miles) and it sat until Friday evening when he had to go to work. On his way home I got the call. “Mom, my brake pedal is almost to the floor again and the car is not stopping.” I took the car for a test drive on Saturday morning and found out very quickly that he had no brakes. I assumed the brake line we replaced in November had come back to haunt us. So I drove the car about 10 miles to our regular mechanic and left the keys in the mail slot.
Unsafe to drive
The next morning I spoke to my mechanic and he said, “It’s probably a leak in the line, we’ll hoist it up now and take a look at it.” He called me back in 20 minutes to say “Jackie, did you just have the brakes done on this car?” I replied, “Yes. Jake noticed it was thumping and we took it to Pep Boys to have rotors and pads replaced, why?” I heard him take a deep breath, “Well, I don’t know what exactly they did here, but your right front caliper is leaking all over the tire and there is a foreign substance in your brake fluid almost as if they topped it off with power steering fluid or something, I’m not sure and without a lab I could not tell you exactly what this is, but I can tell you that it has caused excessive damage to the braking system on the car and you need to take it back to them.” He said the car was too dangerous to drive and Pep Boys needed to pay to have it towed back to them. “This contaminated brake fluid may have damaged all the parts in the hydraulic braking system, it’s going to be expensive to fix, I am not going to touch this car.”
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