Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Somewhere up north.
The odds are the shop will run the motor for about an hour and change the oil themselves. If in doubt, ask.
Before retirement, I owned a repair shop. After a head gasket replacement I would run the motor at high idle for about an hour, change the oil and filter (yes two oil and filter changes) and then run the motor at varying rpm for about 3 hours after that followed by a lengthy test drive. I did not do it out of love for the customer or the pile they were driving. It was to cover my hind quarters. If the shop has been in business for more than a couple years, they have probably learned to cover their assets quite well. Again, it doesn't hurt to ask. I've also seen shops that would complete a repair, button it up and send it out the door. It's amazing how many of those cars return on a hook within the hour. I had 7 such shops open up and quickly fail right next door to me in just 11 years. My shop rates were about double but my comeback rate was less than 1/4 of a percent. That's pretty darn rare. My customer return rate was nearly $100% Anyway, the point is that if she took it to the shop with the lowest price, you can be assured they are cutting every corner possible and that particularly applies to skilled labor.
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