I'm not doing MOT's yet, as we are still waiting on the Man from Del VOSA to say yes- the site has to be signed off and I've still to do my demo test, so for now I've been back fettling,fixing and generally F*^&ing about.
As it's a brand new garage it was a bit slow to begin with- couple of exhausts and a few tyres. Set of fronts on a VW pickup thing, where it took a bloody big hammer and some wood to get the wheels off the thing.. WHY does no one in dealerships use Coppaslip on hubs..? Full system on a 54 plate Fiesta diesel- where the bolts on the front pipe are upside down..Ford seems to love putting bolts in the hard way- Mondeo wishbone bolts being the start of it.Couple of services on Golf TDI's- run of the mill...
Then came an E46 Coop for MOT repairs- front to rear brake pipes, a wishbone, some anti roll bar bushes, new studs in the manifold joint (all of them had rotted away...) and a tyre. I actually like doing brake pipes so no real drama's, wishbone was straight forward and D bushes a breeze, but the bar itself had worn, so had to be "built up" with some tape. The engine was poorly and the gearbox ill- both blowing oil out of every orifice, and it had no power at all,and the front wings were rusty . Not a good example.
Got sent to another branch for a few days as they were snowed under. Rover 75 MOT repairs- front brake pipes, tyres, exhaust, and an anti roll bar link. I love 75's but some of the design is a bit pish. Anti roll bar links are a pain to change as there is very little access to the top nut- big blue spanner and a shovel gets them off quick smart though. The air box/filter housing is a PITA and the battery/pump and filters have to be taken off/moved to get to the ABS unit and the pipes. Another one that wasn't a good example and was fairly tatty. Had a TV though!
Service on a Jeep Patriot, which surprised me by being made in Mexico and fitted with a VW TDI engine? Then on to BMW X5 which wouldn't let the owners in. The door handles on these are stupid and are a REALLY common problem. Stripped the door and got a new inner unit from BMW- about 90 quid I think. There is a real weak point in them and most X5 owners have had to replace a handle at some point. Then a Corsa with a faulty boot release button,and a Focus with an engine management light on.
Been a great start to being back on the floor , and nice working with people again, rather than being in a van with Jeremy Vine and Steve Wright. I do miss the radio though as we are not allowed to listen- PRS say we have to give them hundreds of pounds to listen to it, and boss says no.
MOT tales will start soon hopefully on a new thread, but I'll update here with any common issues/unusual motors/drivel as and when it happens.