Brittain's Automotive Service Inc
474 E College Dr
Durango, CO 81301
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I brought my car in to Brittains Highland because I had burning oil or maybe grease on my exhaust pipe. The diagnosis was leaky valve cover gaskets (I already knew about this) and a leaky crank seal. Taking the shop’s recommendation I got the valve cover gaskets replaced and the leaky crank seal. Because of the location of the crank seal I also got the timing belt, hydraulic tensioner, and waterpump replaced. Upon getting the car back the power steering was messed up. I explained to Rich that I just couldn’t accept the coincidence that it works perfect when you bring it in and it dies completely during the time it was in the shop. I think he was fair on this issue as he charged me half of his cost on the part and free labor to fix the problem, but it took a couple of more days to get this figured out and the fact that they tried to pass the car back to me with a huge new problem is dishonest. Although his employees swear they never did anything that could have remotely caused a power steering problem, I think that’s where my problem with this shop lies. When things go wrong, they cover it up with a lie.Since the car engine was covered in oil and powersteering fluid I continued to have that burning smell and despite asking if they could clean some of it off, it never happened. After leaving town and a few hours of driving later I realized the problem had not been solved. 1. I was losing oil. 2. I noticed new grease or oil splattered on my exhaust.I look as my receipt and sure enough I don’t see a crank oil seal listed in the parts. This is when I call back. Rich tells me that the oil seal was as dry as bone but at the time I didn’t ask “so why didn’t you replace it like every other shop does during the timing belt change?” I did send three emails with no response. To me, things didn’t add up. It’s a $7 part that has always been done in the past and after some research, it’s been done on every timing belt replacement on all of my family members Subarus. I wasn’t even given the option. While he didn’t replace the crankseal, I was charged over $30 to add coolant and replace a hose not only that I was never asked about or given the option for, but also didn’t fix the coolant leak I was having. Another poor diagnosis or poor repair jobIn the next few months here is what I’ve figured out. The reason I had GREASE on my exhaust is a torn boot on the CV joint. This is not even remotely close to a crankshaft oil seal leak. At the time I didn’t know anything about cars but now I see it’s easy to diagnose because of its “sling” pattern as the axle spins around. What about the oil leak? On the passenger side facing the back of the car there is a cover between the valve cover and the head gasket. I took it to the dealership and believe it or not you don’t find it on the parts list but the mechanics said they just seal it up with gasket sealer. I did and the leak there is stopped. On the other hand, I’ve had two mechanics tell me the head gaskets are leaking. That pisses me off more than just knowing that they’re leaking because to replace them includes doing over all the labor that I’ve just spent with Brittains. I know no one is perfect but hopefully this example drives home the point that it’s important to make an accurate and thorough diagnosis!I spent over $900 at Britains Automotive to fix a problem and none of the work or labor was geared towards that because the diagnosis was completely wrong. Once the shop realized that it was only upon prying into the situation that they admitted that with no apology. I was never told this when I picked my car up and they acted as if everything went well. Once things started going wrong on their end they tried to cover it up smooth things over and conceal the real issues.
By: Matt S
Sept. 7, 2012
Always positive, very helpful. They service ALL of our automotive needs.
April 20, 2012
I've been taking my Durango to Brittain's since 2004. They are pleasant and easy to work with, check out any concerns I have, and keep an eye out to prevent any problems on the road.
March 26, 2012
Best service in town. I've used Brittain's for over 10 years, and with 5 separate vehicles. They have always been able to service and repair at a fair price.
March 13, 2012
Brittain's came well-recommended to us 6 years ago, and they have not disappointed us. Great service!
Prompt, polite service. Repairs were completed correctly the first time.
Every time I come to Brittain's they take great care of me! They get my car serviced right away and I know they are honest with me about all work done and costs. If there is ever a problem they always fix it for me, they have even not charged me for an additional fix. This is a wonderful family run business and I would recommend them to anyone with vehicle issues or even just an oil change. Thanks so much everyone at Brittain's!
Feb. 28, 2012
I always have my automobile serviced at Brittain's. They are professional, friendly, courteous, and greet me by name.
Feb. 23, 2012
Brittain's takes care of our cars and is always very professional and goes out of their way to make sure we are safe on the road.
Feb. 15, 2012
With customer service at an all time low these days it is refreshing to find a business owner and staff whom are exceptional in their professionalism as well as knowledgeable in automotive repairs. I had a major engine repair done on my vehicle recently and was very pleased with the quality of work. It was fantastic to walk in and have my car looked at right away which didn't happen elsewhere in town which is part of the reason I chose Brittains's for my repair, I'll be a repeat customer for sure, keep up the great work guys!
Dec. 7, 2011
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