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« on: September 10, 2016, 05:22:59 PM »
Me I get to work on all things diesel these days from generators, cars, vans, 4x4's Trucks and buses, from basic service work to engine rebuilds. A lot of the diesel work I do is on cars and  light commercials, so mainly automotive.

If any other diesel mechs want to post their jobs/projects please feel free to.  th-smile

A Renault cab over tractor unit in for a service.
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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2016, 05:44:59 PM »
In your photo, I notice a blue sedan in your lane, almost touching the Cab-over truck's bumper.
What gives??
Surely a "story" there!
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2016, 05:50:05 PM »
In your photo, I notice a blue sedan in your lane, almost touching the Cab-over truck's bumper.
What gives??
Surely a "story" there!

Aah they just like to park close around here, this main road has a lot of shops, so instead of using the designated carparks for the shops, off of the side roads they just park up on the main roadside.  th-wink  thumbsup2
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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2016, 02:06:13 PM »
Another diesel in for a service, Range Rover Sport 2.7 Litre diesel Onyx Concept. After the service this 1 is going to a bodyworkshop for a wheel arch repair, because I only do mechanical work, sometimes I will do small amounts of bodywork, things like changing doors, bumpers wings, bonnets or boot lids and front grills, but anything bodywork that is time consuming goes to a bodyworkshop.

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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2016, 03:04:30 PM »
Some recent diesel tools, I brought... Diesel cylinder leak testing kit, Injector puller/slide hammer and Injector sockets.
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2016, 08:34:12 PM »
That Range Rover is sweet looking!
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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2016, 10:21:36 PM »
Great thread, keep the posts coming!  thumbsup2 sharepopcorn
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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2016, 10:05:21 AM »
That Range Rover is sweet looking!

Yes it is, not easy vehicles to work on, though!  th-smile

Great thread, keep the posts coming!  thumbsup2 sharepopcorn

Thanks, yeah will do and if other members want to post their diesel jobs/projects, please do.  thumbsup2
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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2016, 10:13:41 AM »
Ford Transit Connect 1.8 Litre TDCI, this one came in with a split water pipe on the back of the engine, had remove the air filter box to access it and in the process found a split Turbo intercooler hose, that explains the oily mess around the engine, so an easier task for a change.

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« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2016, 04:49:07 PM »
Darn few diesel cars in the states compared to Europe unfortunately.  Full size and bigger trucks, some Mercedes, VW's and Audi.  Can't think of many other choices though there likely are. 
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« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2016, 05:24:40 PM »
Darn few diesel cars in the states compared to Europe unfortunately.  Full size and bigger trucks, some Mercedes, VW's and Audi.  Can't think of many other choices though there likely are.

Yeah along with the VW's, Audi's and Mercs, you've got the BMW brigade, Honda, Toyota, Kia and Hyundai, to name a few.
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« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2016, 05:31:06 PM »
Had a 2007 Ford Focus 1.8 TDCI in today for a bust bonnet lock mechanism, not hard to break into, but becoming a common problem. So I'm having a spate of Ford cars and vans in just recently.

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« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2016, 09:30:59 AM »
Darn few diesel cars in the states compared to Europe unfortunately.  Full size and bigger trucks, some Mercedes, VW's and Audi.  Can't think of many other choices though there likely are.


Yeah along with the VW's, Audi's and Mercs, you've got the BMW brigade, Honda, Toyota, Kia and Hyundai, to name a few.


Just don't see them.

In 2014, over 16.4 million passenger cars and light trucks were sold in the United States [USDOC BEA 2015]. Diesel-powered cars accounted for about 3 percent of total auto sales in the United States, which is considerably lower than 50 percent in Europe [LUSSENHOP 2015]. In 2014, Volkswagen accounted for more than half of U.S. diesel car sales (figure 2) with diesel version of just three models—the Jetta, Passat, and Golf [COBB 2015].

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« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2016, 12:10:31 PM »
It's mainly because of emmisons you do see them around here.
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« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2016, 04:06:48 PM »
It's mainly because of emmisons you do see them around here.

3% diesel cars here compared to 50% in Europe.  That is a huge difference.
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« Reply #15 on: September 22, 2016, 04:56:36 PM »
It's mainly because of emmisons you do see them around here.

3% diesel cars here compared to 50% in Europe.  That is a huge difference.
I meant you don't see the diesel cars here. It's because of the emmisons a diesel has to meet, I don't think they have them over there
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« Reply #16 on: September 24, 2016, 12:01:10 PM »
It's mainly because of emmisons you do see them around here.


3% diesel cars here compared to 50% in Europe.  That is a huge difference.

I meant you don't see the diesel cars here. It's because of the emmisons a diesel has to meet, I don't think they have them over there
Darn few diesel cars in the states compared to Europe unfortunately.  Full size and bigger trucks, some Mercedes, VW's and Audi.  Can't think of many other choices though there likely are.


Yeah along with the VW's, Audi's and Mercs, you've got the BMW brigade, Honda, Toyota, Kia and Hyundai, to name a few.


Just don't see them.

In 2014, over 16.4 million passenger cars and light trucks were sold in the United States [USDOC BEA 2015]. Diesel-powered cars accounted for about 3 percent of total auto sales in the United States, which is considerably lower than 50 percent in Europe [LUSSENHOP 2015]. In 2014, Volkswagen accounted for more than half of U.S. diesel car sales (figure 2) with diesel version of just three models—the Jetta, Passat, and Golf [COBB 2015].

http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/bts_fact_sheets/oct_2015/html/entire.html


Interesting but yeah the diesels over this side of the pond have to meet a level of the European emissions regs, so yeah we got all that EGR valve, DPF filter and DEF criteria that goes with it.

Anyway speaking of EGR valves, I had one come in on a 2.0L Toyota Avensis yesterday and it were badly coaked up with carbon deposits, it took some cleaning out, dirty things.

Speaking of dirty diesels, anything come around about Dieselgate/Emissionsgate, also known as the Volkswagen emissions scandal ? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_emissions_scandal
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« Reply #17 on: September 28, 2016, 07:31:02 AM »
Went to change the oil & filters on Jade's 2 Perkins 1.8l diesel engines. Not very often I get to work on marine diesels and only got pics of the 1st engine, because it were a messy job, that also requires a suction pump to drain the engine oil. th-smile
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« Reply #18 on: September 28, 2016, 10:36:27 AM »
I remember Perkin diesels in CJ-5 Jeeps. It was a factory option.
Talk about low end torque for rock climbing!
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« Reply #19 on: September 28, 2016, 01:28:59 PM »
I remember Perkin diesels in CJ-5 Jeeps. It was a factory option.
Talk about low end torque for rock climbing!

We also had them for auxiliary engines in Johnston road sweeper units and Austin Maestro vans, I never knew that Perkins was part of the Caterpillar group!
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« Reply #20 on: October 01, 2016, 10:42:55 AM »
Had a Toyota Avensis 2.0L turbo diesel in today for a rear shock absorber, the seal had shot the end cap and sprayed oil everywhere and threw the coil spring out from under the top mounting plate. 
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« Reply #21 on: October 05, 2016, 01:36:48 PM »
Back doing Ford Focus diesels again today, 1st a 1.8L TDCI with a split heater pipe, then a 1.6L TDCI with a clogged up egr valve. Tomorrow I've got a Fiat Scudo van coming in for an alternator replacement, so things are getting busy here again.
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« Reply #22 on: October 05, 2016, 10:34:47 PM »
Not your usual diesel pictured, Perkins in a Massey Harris, before it became Massey Ferguson.   Seems like Jeep has used 3 different Diesels in the past few years.   Not real popular, partly due to cost and upkeep. 

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« Reply #23 on: October 06, 2016, 04:07:07 AM »
Not your usual diesel pictured, Perkins in a Massey Harris, before it became Massey Ferguson.   Seems like Jeep has used 3 different Diesels in the past few years.   Not real popular, partly due to cost and upkeep.
Is it your tractor or 1 at a show?

Yeah Jeep, engines, 2 of them I know of Perkins & that horrible VM Motori lump that likes to burst oil pipes and throw a rod through the block, what is the 3rd engine they use?
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« Reply #24 on: October 06, 2016, 09:47:06 AM »
The Jeep engine job from last year, with that horrible VM Motori engine, that smashed a rod through the block. These things were a pain to work on.



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« Reply #25 on: October 08, 2016, 02:57:52 PM »
Did some brake diagnostics on a 2.5L diesel LDV Convoy minibus today that needs rear brake pipes & rear wheel cylinders, also a front brake caliper and a new master cylinder, so now the job is waiting for parts.
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« Reply #26 on: October 08, 2016, 08:08:02 PM »
I've never seen this happen yet, but have heard stories of diesels running away.

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« Reply #27 on: October 09, 2016, 10:17:15 AM »
That's what happens when the seal on the intake side of the turbo lets go. If you don't get it stopped it will continue to suck the motor oil in till it runs dry and seizes. I have experienced it but got it stopped in short order.

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« Reply #28 on: October 09, 2016, 03:07:07 PM »
That's what happens when the seal on the intake side of the turbo lets go. If you don't get it stopped it will continue to suck the motor oil in till it runs dry and seizes. I have experienced it but got it stopped in short order.

What vehicle did you experience it with?
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« Reply #29 on: October 09, 2016, 08:05:15 PM »
Was an R model Mack.

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« Reply #30 on: October 10, 2016, 05:04:49 AM »
Was an R model Mack.

We see some of those at truck festivals here in the UK.  thumbsup2
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« Reply #31 on: October 13, 2016, 06:25:48 AM »
Yesterday I took in a job on a MK4 VW Golf 1.9L TDI with a cracked sump pan, the customer was lucky it didn't cost an engine, because there was very little oil left in there.

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« Reply #32 on: October 13, 2016, 07:47:33 AM »
Cast aluminum oil pan, and ran over something on the roadway?   Saw a couple of those on the Ford Escort and Tempos, where it did take out the engine.  You mean one is supposed to stop when the oil light comes on?

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« Reply #33 on: October 13, 2016, 04:57:35 PM »
Cast aluminum oil pan, and ran over something on the roadway?   Saw a couple of those on the Ford Escort and Tempos, where it did take out the engine.  You mean one is supposed to stop when the oil light comes on?
Yes Cast aluminium oil sump pan, the owner either hit a speed retarder or a raised bus stop kerb stone, the problem with running out of oil is the engine will eventually seize and that would be costly, but this customer was lucky and his engine is now running fine, he also had an oil filler cap missing which was causing blow-by. Sometimes it's best to stop when the oil warning light comes on, otherwise you are risking further damage to the engine!
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« Reply #34 on: October 14, 2016, 04:18:32 PM »
Invested in some more diesel injector sockets, recently, to use mainly on Ford 1.6l & 1.8l TDCI engines amongst a few others.

http://www.lasertools.co.uk/product/4843

This set also includes lambda sensor sockets.

http://www.lasertools.co.uk/product/4260

I'm also going to have to order some more slide hammer injector adaptors soon, because there are some weird and wonderful makes of injectors on some of these diesels I get to work on.
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« Reply #35 on: December 06, 2016, 05:14:46 AM »
Working on a Vauxhall (GM) Vivaro diesel van that is in for a service and replacement turbo oil feed pipe that got sprained when the engine mountings snapped. In the photo after cleaning the Turbo with brake parts cleaner I saw the oil blowing from the top Union.
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« Reply #36 on: December 06, 2016, 07:59:48 PM »
You seem to get all all the good stuff, diesel motor oil sprayed all over,  yum.   Still got some white T shirts that were ruined by diesel motor oil. 

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« Reply #37 on: December 07, 2016, 02:51:50 AM »
You seem to get all all the good stuff, diesel motor oil sprayed all over,  yum.   Still got some white T shirts that were ruined by diesel motor oil.

Yeah bout time I got the cream jobs for a change, normally I get all the horrible time consuming pain in the ass jobs that nobody likes but with most jobs you just have to take the rough with the smooth and I wouldn't have it any other way. This van is plastered in engine oil all around the engine, all along the exhaust and back axle, so yeah this one is another dirty diesel.  lolx
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« Reply #38 on: December 07, 2016, 08:38:09 AM »
Take the rough with the smooth.  A great Brit expression I always liked thumbsup2
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« Reply #39 on: December 07, 2016, 03:14:59 PM »
Where I worked, there were two or three that always got the cream, sailed thru them and made big money.  The rest of us fought over the sour stuff.  Complaining to management did no good, ( work is given out on a fair basis, end of story). 

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« Reply #40 on: December 09, 2016, 05:31:54 PM »
Take the rough with the smooth.  A great Brit expression I always liked thumbsup2
it's a true quote.  th-smile
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« Reply #41 on: December 09, 2016, 05:37:06 PM »
Where I worked, there were two or three that always got the cream, sailed thru them and made big money.  The rest of us fought over the sour stuff.  Complaining to management did no good, ( work is given out on a fair basis, end of story).
I had exactly the same at a dealership I worked for, but now being self employed I guess I get it all, seems like I get a couple or three good jobs and then a series of the painful ones where you wished that you hadn't bothered getting out of bed for the hassle.  th-smile
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« Reply #42 on: December 12, 2016, 02:09:08 PM »
Had a  Ford Mondeo 2.0L Tdci in for rear wheel bearings. Today, these cars shared the same parts with the Jaguar Xtype.
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« Reply #43 on: December 29, 2016, 12:37:31 AM »
Another easy number in yesterday, a service job on a Toyota Avensis 2.0L diesel 
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« Reply #44 on: December 30, 2016, 01:14:47 PM »
Got another straight forward job come in on a fiat doblo 1.9JTD. Clutch master and slave cylinders to change.
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« Reply #45 on: December 30, 2016, 04:58:20 PM »
Never heard of the last 3 cars you worked on lolx  Lots of neat cars never find their way to the states.  I wish we had many more diesel car choices.
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« Reply #46 on: December 31, 2016, 03:58:43 AM »
Never heard of the last 3 cars you worked on lolx  Lots of neat cars never find their way to the states.  I wish we had many more diesel car choices.
I would not call them neat, but they are alright when it comes to wrenching on because I am earning some dollars out of them.   th-smile
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« Reply #47 on: December 31, 2016, 04:02:31 AM »
This one is a Ford Mondeo 2.0l TDCI and it sounds like a tractor  lolx
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« Reply #48 on: January 01, 2017, 09:41:20 AM »
This one is a Ford Mondeo 2.0l TDCI and it sounds like a tractor  lolx

My friend straight piped his diesel jetta wagon, it chugs like a tractor and then screams turbo, its hilarious

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« Reply #49 on: January 01, 2017, 10:14:17 AM »
This one is a Ford Mondeo 2.0l TDCI and it sounds like a tractor  lolx

My friend straight piped his diesel jetta wagon, it chugs like a tractor and then screams turbo, its hilarious
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« Reply #50 on: January 20, 2017, 02:50:17 AM »
Yesterday I had a Mercedes Benz ML diesel 4x4 in for rear brakes and this morning an LDV convoy tipper in for non starting.
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« Reply #51 on: January 20, 2017, 09:33:46 PM »
A few posts late, but regarding the runaway diesel, it happened to me. Just took ownership of a early Wabbit diesel and it would not shut off at the fuel station on the way home after buying it, and voila....I suddenly had a idle building up to a runaway. Jammed it in gear, smoked the clutch a bit as I stomped on the brakes. Skeeeeeery for sure, as I was not what was going on. It was my first diesel.

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« Reply #52 on: January 21, 2017, 10:41:18 AM »
Those Rabbits were known for that when they would get around 200k on them. They would start sucking oil past the valve guides or rings I don't remember which, too long ago.

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« Reply #53 on: January 21, 2017, 05:08:32 PM »
On a Diesel runaway, and I avoided diesels completely, watching the video of that white tractor smoking and finally locking up, wouldn't the only thing to stop the engine would be to take something heavy and knock the oil line off the turbo?

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« Reply #54 on: January 21, 2017, 05:52:06 PM »
Lots of fun videos on youtube on that topic. Choking air off works....just dont get appendages near the intake.

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« Reply #55 on: January 21, 2017, 10:55:05 PM »
When it happened to me I was traveling highway speed and just left it in high gear and applied the brakes till I stopped and stalled the engine. Not enough torque in high gear to overcome the brakes.

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« Reply #56 on: January 22, 2017, 03:09:29 AM »
When it happened to me I was traveling highway speed and just left it in high gear and applied the brakes till I stopped and stalled the engine. Not enough torque in high gear to overcome the brakes.
Must be some experience, I have never to this point in time had or seen it happen.
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« Reply #57 on: January 22, 2017, 03:32:12 AM »
On a Diesel runaway, and I avoided diesels completely, watching the video of that white tractor smoking and finally locking up, wouldn't the only thing to stop the engine would be to take something heavy and knock the oil line off the turbo?
Most turbo's I've ever worked on namely Garrett have an oil feed pipe similar to the fuel injector pipes so that would be hard to access in situations like this, like others have mentioned best to put it in top gear switch off the ignition and put your foot hard on the brakes to stall the engine.
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« Reply #58 on: January 22, 2017, 03:37:29 AM »
Lots of fun videos on youtube on that topic. Choking air off works....just dont get appendages near the intake.
yeah I have been looking at the other runaways on youtube
Be interesting to see what kind of damage to the engine occurs after a runaway.
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« Reply #59 on: January 22, 2017, 10:50:07 AM »
From the smoke, and noise, it seems like the engine runs til the oil supply is gone, then the crank bearings and pistons seize from lack of lubrication.  I would nine times out of ten the engine is scrap afterward. 

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« Reply #60 on: January 22, 2017, 05:45:49 PM »
From the smoke, and noise, it seems like the engine runs til the oil supply is gone, then the crank bearings and pistons seize from lack of lubrication.  I would nine times out of ten the engine is scrap afterward.
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« Reply #61 on: January 22, 2017, 06:05:46 PM »
While viewing aftermath videos of runaways....I ran....err.....fell into this one.

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« Reply #62 on: January 23, 2017, 06:16:09 AM »
While viewing aftermath videos of runaways....I ran....err.....fell into this one.

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« Reply #63 on: January 27, 2017, 01:59:59 PM »
Had a Ford transit 2.4l tdci in for tyres and tail lights bulbs.
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« Reply #64 on: January 31, 2017, 08:47:42 PM »
Had a mk4 vw golf tdi in for a broken coil spring that smashed the top mount bearing up on the shock absorber.
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« Reply #65 on: February 02, 2017, 05:13:09 AM »
This mornings dirty diesel is a Vauxhall Astravan 1.3L cdti with a burst heater hose.
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« Reply #66 on: February 02, 2017, 03:06:25 PM »
Any more pics of your new workshop?

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Any more pics of your new workshop?

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« Reply #68 on: February 06, 2017, 02:05:04 AM »
Got some sorting out first thing this morning of the two tool carts that have some disorganisation.

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« Reply #69 on: February 06, 2017, 02:09:37 AM »
This diesel fiat doblo is just waiting for suspension parts.
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« Reply #70 on: February 06, 2017, 02:13:29 AM »
Looking out of the workshop door at daybreak, the bowling green across the road is frozen and it's -2 degrees, brrrr.
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« Reply #71 on: February 07, 2017, 01:01:05 AM »
Wire brushed and painted the anti roll bar this morning for the fiat doblo. Hammerite takes ages to dry, though.
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« Reply #72 on: February 13, 2017, 08:39:38 AM »
Got a BMW X5 3.0l diesel in for binding front brakes.
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« Reply #73 on: February 13, 2017, 02:41:10 PM »
Stuck calipers?  Rusted pad slides?  Or bad hoses?  On the BMW.

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« Reply #74 on: February 14, 2017, 03:12:19 AM »
Stuck calipers?  Rusted pad slides?  Or bad hoses?  On the BMW.
Pads down to the metal & warped discs, plus the twin piston calipers were seized up due to being fully extracted.
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« Reply #75 on: February 18, 2017, 06:58:24 AM »
Got a Toyota Corolla in for gearbox differential oil seals and noticed this on the rear window.  lolx
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« Reply #76 on: February 18, 2017, 10:11:13 AM »
Do you replace the calipers, or attempt to push the pistons back in?   Usually we'd at least try to push them, depends on age of vehicle, depth of customers pockets, and availability of parts. 

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« Reply #77 on: February 18, 2017, 11:00:34 AM »
Do you replace the calipers, or attempt to push the pistons back in?   Usually we'd at least try to push them, depends on age of vehicle, depth of customers pockets, and availability of parts.
Depends on condition but I managed to free off the calipers on the x5 which was a bit of pain to do but plenty of wd40 and a wind back tool worked for me this time around.
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« Reply #78 on: February 21, 2017, 05:31:01 AM »
Another clutch hydraulics job on an older Renault traffic motorhome. This one is rear wheel drive.
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« Reply #79 on: February 21, 2017, 03:24:48 PM »
Had another transmission diff oil seal to do today on another Toyota, this time an avensis 2.0L diesel, so when the mac tools guy came in I brought a set of hooks and picks off of him that are 15" in length to assist in the removal of diff oil seal's making the job easier.
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« Reply #80 on: February 22, 2017, 08:48:30 AM »
You will love them long pics
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« Reply #81 on: February 23, 2017, 04:48:00 AM »
You will love them long pics
Yeah I have also got the mini version of them and they are great for removing o-rings and seals.  thumbsup2
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« Reply #82 on: February 23, 2017, 10:39:05 AM »
Might as well get this set of seal installers.  Kinda like little spoons.  I have it and it works well though I don't use it often. 

https://store.snapon.com/General-Service-Tools-4-pc-Soft-Grip-Seal-Removal-Tool-Set-P644362.aspx
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« Reply #83 on: February 23, 2017, 11:06:25 AM »
Might as well get this set of seal installers.  Kinda like little spoons.  I have it and it works well though I don't use it often. 

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I already have. In the older comfort grips ;D
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« Reply #84 on: February 23, 2017, 07:33:22 PM »
Today I have been doing ball joints on a  BMW X5 & then I had to go recover an Audi A4 2.0L TDI with some engine management faults and front impact damage to the bumper and passenger side wing, work is going crazy and I am working some long hours to put the jobs through the door.
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« Reply #85 on: February 26, 2017, 04:57:08 AM »
Yesterday I got two new customers in the garage, 1 for a bent wishbone and the other for a set of after market parking sensors. This morning I'm going to sort out a fridge for the garage and have a tidy up because I hate working in a mess.
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« Reply #86 on: February 27, 2017, 12:45:45 AM »
Sounds like plenty of work.   You are probably trying to stay ahead of the game with the new building, but,  long hours can kill your enthusiasm after awhile.   It is possible that sometimes one has to turn away work.   Working into the night is hard on your body, mind, and social interaction.  Known guys that routinely worked into the dark, but not for long, sometimes it is better to post a sign that (( WE Close at 6PM)) and stick to it.  Quite a variety of vehicles you got going there. 

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« Reply #87 on: February 27, 2017, 01:48:49 PM »
Sounds like plenty of work.   You are probably trying to stay ahead of the game with the new building, but,  long hours can kill your enthusiasm after awhile.   It is possible that sometimes one has to turn away work.   Working into the night is hard on your body, mind, and social interaction.  Known guys that routinely worked into the dark, but not for long, sometimes it is better to post a sign that (( WE Close at 6PM)) and stick to it.  Quite a variety of vehicles you got going there.
Yes plenty of work and yeah I'm having to start being strict with the hours I am working otherwise something somewhere or myself is going to go wrong. I am just sticking to mechanical work from here on in, body work jobs will be sent to my friends shop and I won't be dealing with the hassle anyway, this morning I had front brakes to do on a Toyota avensis taxi and sent the Renault motorhome back to the customer who wants me to send it for an MOT test and anything that fails the test is more work, so yeah things are going great work wise.
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« Reply #88 on: February 28, 2017, 09:41:57 AM »
Todays dirty diesel was a 3 series BMW in for rear axle noise, I found no oil in the diff, so after a top up and test drive it was ok and just needs rear shocks because the seals have leaked and the back end looks lower in the wheel arches. Sometimes it amazes me how some people treat their cars.
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« Reply #89 on: March 01, 2017, 06:47:11 AM »
This mornings dirty diesel is a Ford Mondeo 2.0L TDCI with a bust injector in no.3 cylinder, the leak back test shot straight up the pipe upon cranking the engine and once it was running you could hear the misfire.
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« Reply #90 on: March 02, 2017, 03:18:35 PM »
Today I had two jobs in a Toyota Yaris with a bust rear wheel bearing and brake pipe, also a front anti roll bar drop link, then a Ford Transit van for a wiper motor that snapped an arm, had to strip the panel under the window screen to access it.
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« Reply #91 on: March 02, 2017, 04:10:18 PM »
Sounds like some nice work.
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« Reply #92 on: March 03, 2017, 12:06:02 AM »
Sounds like some nice work.
Yes its getting busy I'm setting myself a target to at least put two jobs through the door completed every day and anything else is a bonus.
I know with this wrenching game it doesn't work like that but anything small jobs can be in out done and dusted.
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« Reply #93 on: March 06, 2017, 10:06:20 AM »
Very important to ring the cash register every day.  Your goal is smart.  If you don't meet it one day just don't sweat it, just reset the goal for 2 the next day.  don't feel like you have to make 3 the next day, you will drive yourself nuts and will go backwards.
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« Reply #94 on: March 12, 2017, 01:03:04 AM »
Very important to ring the cash register every day.  Your goal is smart.  If you don't meet it one day just don't sweat it, just reset the goal for 2 the next day.  don't feel like you have to make 3 the next day, you will drive yourself nuts and will go backwards.
Yeah it's hard to run a garage as a business but easier to run a garage as a mechanic, that I have found out the hard way over the years, all the garages I have ever worked in over the years, the boss at each one have always had a power craze problem, I will certainly not be going down that road. I understand it takes years to build a good reputation and only 5 minutes to bugger it all up.
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« Reply #95 on: March 13, 2017, 09:12:58 AM »

Yeah it's hard to run a garage as a business but easier to run a garage as a mechanic

Not sure I understand what you are getting at but you really need to be both a mechanic and a businessman to some degree.  If you plan to grow to have more then a couple of guys, you really need to think like a businessman.  If you stay small, you can focus more on mechanicing. lolx

I have had as many of 5 of us here and now there are three.  If I grew any bigger then the 5, I would have to be more business oriented.  My theory of business has worked well for me over the years, sell enough stuff at a reasonable profit and you will have enough money to solve the problems as they arise.  Solve the customers problems quickly and fairly and they will return.  It really has been that simple for me.  I have no business plan, corporate mantra or any of the other MBA crap you need for a larger business.  Amd that suits me just fine.
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« Reply #96 on: March 13, 2017, 03:07:54 PM »
Heard it said if a mechanic hires one more guy, then he only does half the work, two more, then he only does one third the work, the rest of the time is on books and on the phone.  Personally, I'd rather be a one man shop, never have to apologize for someones else's work, never have to figure out time cards.  Hard to justify the equipment and scanners for just one guy anymore. 

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Re: Diesel Mechanics Projects
« Reply #97 on: March 13, 2017, 03:35:57 PM »
Problem with a one man shop is the distractions of answering the phone, ordering parts, paying bills etc.  Hard to get enough work done in a reasonable day.  It really helps to have someone take part of the load whether in the shop or in the office. 
That scalloped box end is one of the few BB features that doesn't make Elroy puke

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Re: Diesel Mechanics Projects
« Reply #97 on: March 13, 2017, 03:35:57 PM »