|Strut assembly with broken spring on the left.|
|No, Virginia. It is not supposed to look like that.|
Partway through the day the office guy called me up and told me he could shave some cost out of the initial quote. Because I told them I was NOT in a hurry he called around and found suitable struts for $70 less than his regular supplier. "Do you want them?" he asked.
First thing this morning I picked up the Malibu. The "kid" was in the office today. He is 48 years old and is the new guy. He has only been there 20 years.
I think they appreciated that I wanted them to do the job at their own, best pace. "Like you have done it a thousand times before." I told them. Many of the folks who come in are in a hurry and the shop has to work to a dead-line when somebody can pick it up.
The brakes are installed. I suspect that I will be buying an impact wrench next month. I wanted to change the rotor on the right side. It still had plenty of "meat" but was grooved. I was unable to break one of the bolts holding the caliper in place and had to settle for swapping out the pads.
Next on the list are the windshield wipers.