What I submitted to the Bureau of Automotive Repair:
Mechanic reports engine is seized after his repairs : Since
Tuesday 7/9/13 my vehicle (Subaru GL 1981 with approx 84,000 miles) has been in
the care of So Cal Carburetors in El Cajon, CA. I drove my car 21 miles from my
house in Mira Mesa to the carburetor specialists shop in El Cajon with no
difficulty and left it at the shop. This vehicle is a reliable daily driver.
The reason I delivered my car here is because the car would
not idle without applying a little gas pedal, and smog was due on 7/16/13. I
requested that the car be inspected for diagnosis/repair and to be smog tested.
Other than the idle difficulty, the car drove excellently. This shop performed
repair maintenance and smog including carburetor rebuild less than two years
ago for the previous smog period.
When I called the shop and spoke to Shawn, he told me that
the idle problem is because of a blockage in the carburetor, so the carburetor
needs to be rebuilt. He also said that the engine oil had recently been
changed, it is probably contaminated with fuel because of the carburetor
problem, so the oil and spark plugs need to be changed. I consented, so Shawn's
mechanic reportedly rebuilt the carburetor, and changed the oil and spark
plugs. He said that he fixed the idle problem. NEW problems occurred...
When Shawn called me he said that the car is not
driving/accelerating properly after his repair because there is a intake
manifold leak so the gaskets need to be replaced. I visited his shop, and paid
him in full for the work that he had performed up to that point. Reluctantly I
consented to his further repair advise even though this driving/accelerating
problem did not exist before he changed the carburetor. He said that part of
the gasket replacement is removing all of the engine coolant, and replacing it.
More new problems occur...
After Shawn's recommended repair of changing the intake
manifold gaskets was complete, he told me that he believe's that there is a
problem with his newly installed carburetor and that he will not get
replacement parts until several days later on Tuesday 7/16/13. He said that he
would call me on Tuesday. On Tuesday morning I called the repair shop and asked
if the carburetor was repaired and if the smog would be completed. It was at
this time that Shawn told me that while test driving the vehicle the engine
died while he was driving it, and that it had SEIZED. He said that they tried
to manually turn the engine, but that it was stuck.
I have not seen the vehicle since before the intake manifold
gasket replacement, but am supposed to go to his shop today. I do not intend to
pay this company to perform any more repairs. I appreciate any advise on how to
proceed from this point. Thank you.