I have no idea about car repairs but i don't want to get screwed over by a shady mechanic. One guy told me all I need is a tune up and the other guy said I need to replace my coils. He also said the coils are a common problem with the Audi's. Please help!!!
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The mechanic that did the tuneup might have got cap/rotor position screwed up. If what you listed is all they replaced thats the most likely thing. Or they mixed up the position of a couple of spark plug wires. Those are the 2 things to check.
Those of us in our 50's have been calling "constant velocity joints" "U joints" (Universal Joints) Since we were kids. Same thing, different name. You are more lokely to get a rumble or a clonk from a worn UJ (Ooops, there I go again you see), but often the play can be seen long before it is heard or felt by the driver. I buy the guy's story, if you don't trust him, but for some reason you still feel you have to use him, then do what I always do in those circumstances and ask him to give you the old part and show you what the problem was.
As far as the no start goes, it sounds like a poor starter motor connection. It is entirely possible that the guy may have disturbed a wire while he was examining under the car, but just as possible that if there is a loose connection you have the bad luck of it failing now (That will be his response anyway).
Get a second and third opinion from other local mechanics.
Does the shaking chang with speeds? It possible you have a tire with slipped internal belt.
Could be a few other things too..
Sound issue may or may not be related. Have more than one guy look at it.
Yes, I've heard of stripped plug holes, almost always they can be repaired with special inserts or something called a helicoil. It sounds like he damaged the head when he tried to repair it and now nobody wants to try again. I would look around again for another head or even a complete engine. These engines were very common, any scrap yard should be able to find either or and I don't believe his story that all the heads he's found are bad. I'm a mechanic and I hate to poop on another guy but he sounds shady. New heads are really expensive. What is the engine size?
don't listen to the guy who says buy new tires!! I took my 20's off bought new pirelli's and 18's replaced tie rods,wheel bearings and then finally ran into a real mechanic and he replaced both cv axles and it rides like a caddy again.He said the shaking is usualy caused by the inner joints which are the ones farther from the tire.Grab it and try to move it ,it shouldn't move period!!Also check for grease around it as it will throw grease once it's real bad.Advanced has them for 60 a piece and i got charged 2 hours of labor at 90 bucks an hour
trust me change em'!!Don't listen to anyone that says different,I did and it cost me!!
go to scottykilmer.com - i use this guy a lot - you just have to sign in - first name only! or whatever you want to call yourself. it is 100 percent free and he is an expert on all cars - you can expect an answer within an hour or so! this guy knows more than one person should know - trust me - no fee for free info? cant go wrong
Regarding your radiator leak, some can be fixed but plastic radiators usually get replaced. A 1993 probably would need a fan switch by now if it was never replaced especially if it's the fan switch that is screwed into the radiator and is exposed to coolant. Again, a car this old would probably need a new water pump too but screwing up the valves is definitely his fault and should pay for all repairs. I'd have someone else do the repairs like the car dealer and charge him for it! Take it to small claims court if necessary. Lastly, if you signed an invoice to just have the radiator fixed and nothing else, your case is strong. If you signed an agreement giving him permission to do "whatever needed in his best judgement", well, your case weakens a bit in regard to having all the other parts replaced but he's still a fool for bending your valves. Sorry to hear of your encounter with this. Please post the name of this shop for the rest of us will know to stay away from it.