Actually, it wasn't - here's the update:;
I took it back to the Firestone place because the noise never went away, and asked them to try again to find the source of the noise. They did the belt-test, isolating one thing at a time until they determined it was the A/C compressor. They said it would cost about $850 to replace it. I got a couple of other quotes that ranged from $1,033 to $1,200.
I had paid $95 for an incorrect diagnosis from the dealer, and then spent an additional $400 to replace a power steering pump (that did not need replacement). An now I was faced with at least $850 more.
So, I went back to the dealer and explained the situation to the service manager. I was prepared to ask for the A/C compressor to be replaced, with a credit for the approximately $500 I had spent on, or as a result of, their incorrect diagnosis. He said that they should have done the belt test originally (their original diagnosis was simply driving and listening), as that was the only way to correctly diagnose the problem, with and would look at it again and let me know.
After they looked at it, he called and said that it was in fact the A/C compressor, and that they would replace it for me.......at no charge. When I explained I never expected for them to do it at no charge, he said that he consideres his Techs to be the best and was therefore extremely embarassed that this had happened.
Needless to say, I was amazed, but very thankful.
Last edited by TokenWasp; Jun 8th, 2006 at 10:02 AM.