We're in trouble with our Libby. Heat stopped coming out about 2 weeks ago. Our mechanic diagnosed it as needing a new water pump ($400). Said upon inspection the impeller was shot. The job was done and heat came back. 1 week ago it started blowing cold again. Took it back in and the guy said there was an air gap in the system. Bled the system, refilled supposedly, and once again heat came back. Yesterday we go out to start it in the AM and it's only blowing luke warm, just a short ride around the block and decided not to drive it... Wait for the shop to open Monday. Today I see a puddle of coolant in the driveway under the driver side back of the engine and I have coolant leaked into the inside floor on both sides. Padding under the carpet is soaked and the carpet in spots is also. I removed the mouldings and shoved cut up towels in there under the padding and inbetween the padding and the carpet. What a freakin mess. If it's the heater core I think I'm screwed. I've always trusted this guy and now I have my doubts. He said when I first brought it in that if it was the core we'd know it... It'd be a mess. Well... $400 later... yup it's a mess dammit.
Did the guy just throw the waterpump at it or could that have been bad too?
Sound like the core is shot?
Could the guy have done this backflushing it?
Am I going to be able to clean the carpets?
Jeebus what about the padding?
... and the cost??... now that I'm $400 in the red???
Help... please ! !