Someone rigged this Suburban to set trouble codes and have major problems, yet keep it able to function. It all started from a dead battery. The owner brought it to us for a second opinion after the crook tried to sell them a fuel pump and a new computer! They were taken for a lot of money, and now they may be taking someone to court!
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49 thoughts on “I caught a rip off mechanic! very clever scam repaired several times!”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Enrique Bauza says:

    Nice torque wrench.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cody Schleiger says:

    Could you just drive it a few miles or less let all the new and old fluid mingle, then empty a second time. Fill up again and check color and quality? Lot more work but if its still terrible. Who knows with it being a GM, the tranny may slip and slide across the garage parking lot…if it moves at all lol. Great vid!

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dog Gone says:

    A little spray of silicone on the ignition will help keep the key from sticking.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Marcus Jones Stinks says:

    As a young farmer, I admit I don't do well with complicated parts like this, but I do simpler repairs/maintenance. I admit, everytime I take it in, I do get nervous if the guy will do an honest repair or not. Unless you know the guy and trust his work, it's a gamble. Had a mechanic I sued and settled out of court "on court day" as he did not repair the vacuum system under the dash properly, and tried to fight it.

    I hate having to rely on others I don't know since people like to pull one over on me. You're definitely a breath of fresh air to see and I thank you.

    My fiance had taken hers in and a mechanic said the oil pump was failing which is why she's got the check engine light. (Gotta love that generic light). I bought an obd 2 reader called "fixd" (i wanted to be able to double check) and it turns out it was an oil pressure sensor going bad, and an o2 sensor going bad. I was pissed the guy tried to pull one over since she's a girl.

    To the good mechanics out there, thank you for doing what you do, and creating confidence in your customers.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Watercooled says:

    I've been fortunate during my time here on this rock to have had a number of friends and family members that are automotive techs, therefore effectively removing the scammers from touching my vehicles, but a lot of people don't have that option and rely on trusting total strangers to repair, what is essentially, their investment. It's refreshing to see there are still honest working techs like yourself in the trade doing the work of a superhero to help these people out. I applaud you sir and your outstanding work. Keep up the good fight!!

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daron Stotts says:

    Good work. Yup. You did the trade right. Thank you SIR!

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robin McCoy says:

    Very impressed with your ethics and wish we had mechanics like you here in Canada honest though

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mister Meval says:

    FYI I'll be taking my vehicle to Napa so these videos are at least of benefit to your employer.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cin Jm says:

    Hello Everyone..if anyone knows where Rays physical shop is or how I can contact him please let me know. I'm getting the ripoff runaround with my truck and I really need some honest professional help. thank you.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cin Jm says:

    Are you in Pinellas County ? If so.. I'll be over tomorrow.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cin Jm says:

    hi there..I'm in Florida.. I'm desperate for an honest good mechanic..where the hell are you..I'll drive anywhere !

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mikhail2400 says:

    I bet that since you started doing YouTube videos that you dont get near as many funny looks when you talk to yourself while working. JK, LOL!
    I hate working on cars. I can do it and I do 90% of my own work for the same reason you spoke on in this video. If I could find a mechanic of your caliber and with your work ethics I wouldnt even change my own oil anymore.
    I was putting an ARB air locker in my Jeeps rear axle a few years ago. I pulled the axle shafts, cut the old bearings off, cleaned the shafts, put a light coating of press fit lubricant on the shafts where the new bearings would be seated and then I carried the shafts to a local shop to ask them to press them on. All they had to do was press two bearings a few inches, thats all. The shop owner asked me what they came out of, looked up what they would charge to do a job like that and then told me it would cost $312.00. I thought he was joking but he was as serious as a heart attack. I told him I would buy a Harbor Freight bearing press of my own before I would pay them that. The only reason I stopped at that shop was because it was close to the house. I went across town to a shop I had used a few times, they charged me $10.00 and were done in less than 5 minutes. I wish that shop was still open these days.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MOSPEADA 11 says:

    It takes years to build trust and just once to lose it all, making it all the harder to come back from a dodgy mechanic.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert B says:

    Bright and Shinny

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ben Cerra says:

    My town ripped me off over 10k still cars don't work

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars carol Ryon says:

    Very interesting video. Glad you’re honest

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars king fox says:

    So you have to take photos before you take your car in now…

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Andrew Stewart says:

    Hi Ray, I'm wondering if the owner stuffed around with it. Not telling you who did previous work and scummy enough to leave oil pressure sender fault un fixed and key issue un fixed tells me some things. If you wanted to seek compensation from previous repairer, wouldn't you want to rock up without the check engine light on dash???

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars K H says:

    When I was serving active duty at Fort Drum there was a mechanic right outside the base that worked on a lot of Soldiers vehicles. At the time I owned a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer and it was my only vehicle. I had to sink quite a bit of money into it to keep it on the road. Turns out that it was one of these situations. I found this out when i went on a road trip one time and had car trouble. While in the shop there the mechanic straight up told me that what was done could only have been done to the vehicle by someone who had quite a bit of mechanical experience. Needless to say I got the issue fixed and I called the BBB on the other business and that was the last time I ever went there again. Needless to say because of me and other customers who found out the same thing the business was shut down for good. I am now going to school to become an auto technician and I will definitely do things the right way everytime.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Pilgrim says:

    If it has a fuel pump control module then the fuel pump relay will not be used. It can be confusing. I doubt they were setting them up they just didn’t know that the fuel pump didn’t run off of a relay on this vehicle.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Whitcraft says:

    I spent in automotive field for 35 36 years in my life.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Fumi Yama says:

    always ask to show the old part after replacement. then you know they do the job

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brian says:

    Firestone is pretty much the same, they scammed me didn't catch it in time had to pay close to $300 for a new cam bolt and installation.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eugene Enslow says:

    "circle back psaki style" 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Garry Hatchett says:

    So, what was the original reason they had the 1st shop work on it?

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Randy Powell says:

    Why is the check engine light still on?

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Max says:

    another reason why i do all my shit myself. at least then i 100% know who fucked upoh btw. key out and engine still runs? i can do that on my 98 ram too. but everything works fine ^^ but then you can turn it off by normally turning of the ignition. XD

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Misael Hernandez says:

    Rainman solving crimes!

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dale Ryan says:

    this is abit of a two headed snake meaning, yes, the fluid got hot and contaminated but, replacing the fluid with new fluid will most defiantly shorten the remanding life left on that transmission. what most people dont realise is that the tiny contaminating particles floating in the fluid is whats aiding in sealing the seals on the clutch pistons allowing the pressure required to prevent clutch packs from slipping. when we replace the fluid with new fluid, it usually washes out and cleans the seals to the point that they tend to start bypassing , and the, the clutch's loose grip and burn out. i personally used a few of those trans additives like lucus, and have had success. not claiming im right but, thats been my experience.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cheezymatt says:

    Make sure to tell them that the shop cooked the transmission and it doesn't have long life left. They can milk them out of repair costs

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ryan horow says:

    You kñow your Engine you aŕe really cool if i lived in u s a your the man bless you family be safe my your god Go with you kev wembley London

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars starving artist says:

    Did you put the new filter in that transmission, before putting that.pan back on ? Maybe I missed seeing you do it but I sure didn't see you put it on,,,,,, I hope I just missed that part !

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Matus Kubis says:

    I remember about 20 years ago my brakes were making noice so I went to Midas to check it. He took the wheels down and the he says: you need to replace this, this and this and that. It would cost $700. I said thanks, but that is not my car you showing me (he was showing me somebody else car – not mine). He apologize and come to my car and said the same thing: you have the same problem you have to replace this, this and that $700. I said I don't have money for that, then he said that I would at least need to replace those few thing and I give you discount for $500. I said no thank you, I'll just take my car. I was very suspicious about that 2 cars need exactly the same thing + how do I know if he really replace it. I went to regular mechanic and he said that I just need the brake pads = $79. I ask if I need the caliper replacement and the other things mentioned from MIDAS, he said not at all. Few months later MIDAS was sewed for overpricing they labor. I did not sue them but I new that they were not honest company From that point I was watching the repairs in other mechanics, which remains me one guy = I did 12 points inspections, I check this that and your battery and so on. I said you did not check my battery, he said he did. I said show me how. He open the hood and to his surprise the battery is to there, because the battery is in the back seat of Audi. opps he did not know that and I knew that he newer opened the back doors and newer lift the back seats. He was embarrassed for sure.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ))Ian(( says:

    How many quarts did you end up putting back in? When I changed the tranny oil in my jeep liberty it ended up taking 5 quarts

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars steve talley says:

    Glad to see an honest mechanic. Most of these guys are rip-off artists. That's why I learn everything I can about my vehicle.

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Barry Humphries says:

    I hope you put a new relay back in for the fog lights! 🤔. I really don’t like scammers…👎😬👀

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Solo Ron says:

    “Jeopardy”was the game show song that you were in a sense humming …. 😂

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lechkingofdead says:

    your in florida, no wonder your shop somehow felt femilure. i may have been there once with my mom or its even near…

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars keith baber says:

    Find the Scumbag And i'll have chat

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eric Dravin says:

    Did you put a new fog light relay in?

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Black III says:

    It's amazing the steps some people will go through to rip off people. So the trans noise disappeared or what?

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Cullen says:

    It is still so weird to see someone turning on a red signal. It illegal in New Zealand

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars clive condict says:

    just to comment on the previous comment, mechanics who work for a dealership have to work to preserve the dealership other wise they lose their job as they are subcontractors the dealership will charge their customers double or more what the mechanic charged, customers always presume they are paying to much, the reason is they go to independent mechanics is to pay less, yes there are bad mechanics and yes there are bad dealers.

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gregory Frech says:

    maybe it went into Limp mode.

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Timothy White says:

    I am not a mechanic, but have had to do a lot of my own work over the years, so what you said still made sense to me and I do appreciate what you did there. I work in computers and the moral is the same (as is everything else in life); treat others like you want to be treated. Not many people want to be treated like crap. Great video and keep up the great work!

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jo Lei says:

    Well done 👍🏻🇺🇸

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gregory Kemp says:

    surprised not to see a drain plug!

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Swampster70 says:

    I wish I had a trustworthy mechanic nearby. What sucks is that I am very mechanically inclined and I pretty much know what's wrong with the car when I have a problem but get fed a whole trough of horse s**t when it comes to estimates for work but I just don't have enough hours in the week sometimes to fit in fixing cars and my regular day job.

    It saddens my soul when I take my car somewhere and they tell me X, Y and Z and the clutches are slipping in the transmission and it'll be a transmission rebuild at $3,200 and I tell them I have the diag information and it's just slipping between 3rd and 4th and is likely the valve body and/or the gasket. Yes AAMCO, I'm calling you out.

    I had a situation a few years ago where we had a Ford Sportrac Exploder mini-me pickup truck and it wouldn't shift into 5th gear. Everything seemed fine in the first four gears for the longest time – until it wasn't. Then I got slip between 3rd and 4th. So I took it too AAMCO being that this English guy that moved to the US had worked on zero auto transmissions. They told me that I had a computer fault and needed a new transmission control module and the bad shifts between 3rd and 4th were trashed clutches and the trans needed a rebuild. Being that I'm a tech guy that builds control systems that operate oil refineries I did a bit of digging myself and this was unbelievable.

    The reason it never shifted into 5th was clear on the trans – it had a replacement 4 speed transmission. There was a big red bakerlite placard on the side of it – but I didn't spot this until after their quote. The shifting issue was lack of pressure in the trans in 3rd gear. I ordered a trans valve body with a shift improver kit installed ($240) and gasket and replaced it. Worked like a charm. Note to self, make sure the shift cable is fully seated before bolting on the pan and filling with fluid. That feel good moment where you expect everything to work and it doesn't even shift in gear is a heartbreaking moment. But on last shower in transmission fluid (why to pans have no drain bolts and why is there always an exhaust or crossmember under them?) sealed the deal…

    … and six weeks later the wife drove a Ranger with a stick shift and loved it more, so we bought one with a stick shift and sold the auto trans one to a Mexican Cartel. When I put it for sale then said they were coming from LA – I'm closer to San Francisco. On the day of the expected sale, they called at 6pm and said they had been driving for 9 hours and were in LA and would be at my place around 10:30pm. Three weeks later on 60 minutes we watched an episode about Mexican Cartels travelling over the border for pickup trucks that seated 4+ people with small truck beds that they could mount machine guns in. And that's when I realized the importance of one of the guys saying that the headlights wouldn't work too well off road at night.