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#61 OFFLINE   twosmoke300

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Posted 07 June 2016 - 05:15 PM

But if variety in today
Ldv Maxus for brake hoses and pipes - someone had the hose brackets on the wrong way round so the hoses had rubbed on the tyres !
Starter on a 207hdi
First Ducato for some welding and other mot repairs
Freelander with a weird cracking noise from the back when accel / decell . Turned out to be the body where the subframe mounts cracked ! Repair plate welded in and all ok .
Nissan primastar with poor running and smoke - dual fuel model !
Maserati 4200 for headlight alignment - you have to remove the arch liners to get to the adjusters


Not a bad day really !
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#62 OFFLINE   Kiltox

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Posted 07 June 2016 - 05:26 PM

Need to fit a new engine mount to my Kangoo van tonight which is my faithful* workhorse - hopefully regaining the use of 2nd gear in the process as I suspect the linkage is under strain due to the lower than usual height of the engine and box
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Posted 07 June 2016 - 07:47 PM

Nice day out and about today, firstly the 206 misfire job. Turned out to have faults with both number 3+4 injectors. Gave the customer the choice of OE at 67.90 each or 33.00 each if he waits for them to come from Doncaster tomorrow.

Starter motor and repair the wiring connector on a 307 2.0, looks like they have come loose and the result high resistance made a bit of a mess. New starter on the shelf at Car User and car back on the road in half an hour.

Had 3 job offer emails come in today, must still have my cv online somewhere from when I left a temping contract at LTI last year, "URGENT, TECHNICIANS REQUIRED EXCELLENT PAY!!" Heh, 18-20k basic over a 45 hour week, OTE (as in if you hit all sales targets) 35k+!!! Right-o , whatever you say lol.
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Posted 07 June 2016 - 08:09 PM

A serious question, possibly a stupid one but there you go. How would I go about finding a reliable mobile mechanic other than word of mouth. I'm pissed off with myself as I am just not up to crawling around on the floor underneath cars anymore. I need to get the petrol tank off the Bentley to get it repaired, but despite having started the job, I just can't do it. (I'm sure the neighbours have been amused by my cursing as my hip locks up). I could take it to a garage, but I don't know of one that will be happy to have a dead car there for about a week while the tank is done. I've done a quick google search, but nobody local turns up on it, other than a generic site that wants me to give all my details out. I was given a name and number for a chap by someone I know, but so far despite several messages left I have not had a phone-call returned. (That could be because he's really good and really busy, or he just doesn't want to work for me)



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Posted 07 June 2016 - 08:24 PM

Word of mouth is best, but the internet has a use too.

Check a trade, or yell.com somewhere people can leave reviews so you can get a fair idea of what services a company offers. Also, Facebook. A lot of mobile guys on there (me included, as well as yell) as it's easy to spread word of a business and post photos of customers cars being worked on. Again , reviews are the guide. People aren't shy about complaining.

#66 OFFLINE   Kiltox

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Posted 07 June 2016 - 10:10 PM

Kangoo engine isn't throwing itself around any more but 2nd is still absent. Bugger.

Need to have a proper look at the linkage to see if anything's going on with it else I'll need to find a new parts slag and a good cheap van is a difficult thing to find! Doubt it's worth putting a replacement box in
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Posted 09 June 2016 - 07:08 PM

What have I had in for the last few day ? Hmm
Finishing the mot repairs on the ducato - including top strut bearings / fuck me those struts are heavy . Had to do inner and outer cv boots on one side too . Stupid gearbox has no level plug so oil had to be drained and correct amount put in via the breather . Stupid design that one !
Track rod end and refit cv boot on a goona 2 - almost a write off !
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Tps fit and calibrate on a triumph sprint .
Clutch on a Nissan Quasimodo . Petrol with a bloody dmf !
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Transit rear caliper reset an retest
Pretty boring but fairly typical of an independent garage I suppose .
Had to take a c2 to Citroen to get a repaired bsi coded which hurts but I did take the guys in the workshop some biscuits - never hurts to grease the wheels .
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#68 OFFLINE   Kiltox

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Posted 09 June 2016 - 10:02 PM

Picking up new stock from the auctions tomorrow and dropping off the van there to punt it on

Changing a crank pulley on a 2.0HDi Berlingo on Sat and any fettling the new car needs
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Posted 28 June 2016 - 06:06 PM

How much stuff do you need to remove to get at the front timing belt on a KV6 Freelander?

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Lots. You also have to drain the engine oil, and the back belts need the inlet manifold removing too, which makes it the ideal time to service it and change the spark plugs.

Should be back together tomorrow sometime.
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Posted 28 June 2016 - 06:34 PM

Entire day yesterday dropping the sump on the 9-5 and fitting the breather upgrade. Lucky as the pickup was well blocked and wouldn't have been long before I had oil starvation issues. So much for a Saab specialist history... Bought a air con refill kit and leak stop from Halfords and fired it in- last regas from Kwik Fit lasted a couple of weeks, ice cold again but for how long this time? Gave it a good valet today and new wiper blades and a bit of tidying.. Very nearly threw in the towel and bought a Grand Cherokee, but Saab is staying for now- I do really like it. 2 ABS rings to fit then it's MOT time.


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Posted 28 June 2016 - 06:58 PM

Did a freelander diesel clutch last week - easy enough but loads to strip off
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Posted 28 June 2016 - 07:08 PM

Yeah, it's all easy enough, and there is plenty of access once you have made a huge pile of everything that was in the way.

Owner says the dealer that supplied it serviced it and changed the plugs 5000 miles ago! I don't think the inlet manifold has been off in at least a decade, so I'll look tomorrow to see if there are 3 shiny new ones in the front bank and the factory plugs in the back one.
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Posted 28 June 2016 - 07:14 PM

Yesterday

Jeep grand Cherokee crank position sensor

How hard could it be?

Well, I've got fuck all skin left on my arms.

It lives on the bell housing,you can get a socket on it from the nearside footwell through an access panel and then simply remove

But if it's been lpg'd and some helpful soul has run pipes and wiring near it.....
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Posted 28 June 2016 - 07:15 PM

Today

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Grrr
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Posted 28 June 2016 - 07:16 PM

That sounds familiar, some of today was also spent moving the LPG install out of the way on the freelander. Did they have to cable tie it to everything?
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Posted 28 June 2016 - 08:30 PM

The over zealous person that was in charge of sealant managed to glue the fecking cable in

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 08:35 PM

If that pic were a crime scene you would say " there appears to be evidence of a struggle "
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Posted 28 June 2016 - 08:47 PM

Changing the EGR valve on my Trafic today that is the new parts fetcher - fucking hate working on the inlet side of a diesel, filthy horrible things!

I'm used to being dirty but nothing fucking shifts that diesel sludge from skin!
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Posted 28 June 2016 - 08:57 PM

Stop it barrier cream made by Hanzl . I haven't used gloves for years . It's the only stuff I've found that works . Expensive mind

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 09:01 PM

Yeah, it's all easy enough, and there is plenty of access once you have made a huge pile of everything that was in the way.Owner says the dealer that supplied it serviced it and changed the plugs 5000 miles ago! I don't think the inlet manifold has been off in at least a decade, so I'll look tomorrow to see if there are 3 shiny new ones in the front bank and the factory plugs in the back one.


Scary also see every V6 Grand Voyager!
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Posted 28 June 2016 - 09:06 PM

Stop it barrier cream made by Hanzl . I haven't used gloves for years . It's the only stuff I've found that works . Expensive mind


Interesting - I was thinking about buying a Swarfega dispenser thing for my van that comes with a barrier cream, hand cleaner and after work moisturiser thing so it might be worth giving the barrier cream a go
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Posted 28 June 2016 - 09:13 PM

Been doing a fair bit at MIRA recently, service and repairs on the site utility vehicles. Also had to go into major surgery on two of the taxis, '09 octavia at 301,000 has shot it's piston rings, lots of comedy gold pulling the lump out in the street and dumping it in the boot of my Rover to send it for rebuild. The other was a straightforward head gasket at 304,997 miles
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Posted 30 June 2016 - 11:26 AM

Dear esteemed pro mechanics of autoshite,

Sorry for the threadjack but I thought this would be a good way to get some advice.

Briefly, the crank pulley fell off my Impreza last week. I've just managed to get the crank sprocket off to extract the remains of the key and inspect the crank and this is what I have:

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2 problems, but the biggest is the damage to the keyway. The old crank pulley was worn smooth inside, and I suspect the crank damage has been done earlier in the cars life and just left, causing the key and pulley to get mangled and fall off.

Now obviously, I know the proper solution is to either replace the crank or take it somewhere to weld/repair, but I'm trying to avoid the expense, and keep the engine in one piece where possible.

Would any of you reuse this crank, by filling in the gap by the keyway with chemical metal or similar? If so can you recommend a good product to use?

Thanks v.muchly.

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Posted 30 June 2016 - 11:45 AM

 Hi, Buy or make another woodruff key and fit it. If it's too loose then centre punch the side wall of the lower part of the key that goes in the slot in the crank. What this does is raise a ridge and makes it a tighter fit.

 

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Posted 30 June 2016 - 11:55 AM

Chemical metal worked for me on a mk3 escort, at least it lasted long enough to sell it as I saw it broke down a few weeks later.


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Posted 30 June 2016 - 11:59 AM

Early MX5s suffered a problem with worn keyways, the fix was to Loctite the gap: http://www.rivercity.../crankfix1.html


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Posted 30 June 2016 - 12:26 PM

Thanks for the advice all, just to confirm I think the slot width is fine, its the chunk/V missing next to the front of the slot that I'm concerned about.

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Posted 30 June 2016 - 12:40 PM

Clamp the woodruff key in place, then a dab of MIG at the back and at the very front. It won't be going anywhere then. You may have to grind a clearance slot on the big crank bolt washer. Then use Wurth green thread lock on the crank where the sprocket fits. Bolt done up FT. 

 

The sprocket will no longer be an issue. Sod changing the crank. 


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Posted 30 June 2016 - 12:52 PM

Whoa there cupcake. TPS on a Triumph Spring a few posts back. Eh? Eh?


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Posted 30 June 2016 - 02:53 PM

Yeh why ?


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