We got the transmission back today. It was supposed to be repaired and installed on Monday. Today is Thursday. I told the mechanic to just bring it back and I’d worry about installing it. Well he did bring it back. In pieces.
We left for the store around 4pm since he had told us he was leaving his shop at 8am and it was supposed to only be a three hour drive. Figuring it’d been 8 hours since then, I assumed he was lying and not on his way at all. On the way to the store though, we drove past him and his wife as they were headed to the campground. They didn’t see us.
I was at my wits end with this mechanic. I just wanted my transmission back. He said it was fixed. Yet, when we returned to the RV, the parts were there, all disassembled. The transmission pan even has the original seal cover on it, as if it was never even used.
So I wonder, how is it that a transmission that was supposed to be completely rebuilt and working a week ago, was now in pieces and obviously never even assembled? I’m not sure what the whole story is, but I’m done with this mechanic. I don’t know what he did, but what he was telling me he did was not the whole story.
So now tomorrow, we have to find a mechanic that will come to us, assemble our transmission and make sure it works, and install it. We can’t drive to them obviously, but I don’t think we can get a tow either with our drive shaft sitting on the ground. I don’t know how much it will cost, but I really hope all the parts are here and in our possession and nothing else is broken.
We should be able to get it fixed soon. With Thanksgiving next week though, we might have to wait until after the holiday. Fortunately, the campground is having a Thanksgiving dinner on Monday, so at least we get hot, fresh turkey. This has really screwed up our holiday plans though, we had planned on being in North Carolina for Christmas, but that looks like it won’t happen now. We’ll probably be in Florida for Christmas then, if we can find a campground hat has a spot free somewhere. For the rest of the winter though, who knows? Maybe we’ll head to Texas for a bit.