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Dodgy Mechanics!

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by timmytree, Jan 22, 2020.

  1. timmytree

    timmytree Very Active

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    I'm on the lookout for a cheap car, something diesel from VAG because my son has all the diagnostic stuff and access to all the spares I could ever need. He picked up a cheap Passat but I actually wanted something a bit different, so last weekend he found a Seat Altea 4 wheel drive 2008 model. Sold as spares or repair because according to the seller, "the cambelt snapped, the engine is shot and my mechanic said it's not worth repairing".
    Jim made an offer since he had a spare engine here anyway, got it for silly money. Beautiful bodywork, low mileage and all the toys. Got it in the workshop and within 5 minutes found there's nothing wrong with the cambelt, all that's happened is a thread has stripped in the head where the tensioner fits! So a few hours work, new water pump, tensioner and belt fitted and it's running like a dream. I reckon the blokes mechanic was trying to pull a fast one!
     
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    Plenty of unscrupulous tradesmen about and not just in the motor trade. Also plenty of 5hite so called tradesmen about too who dont know their ar5e from their elbow. This fella could of been either or either.

    Years ago as a lad I worked part time in a local garage and was shocked at the level of deceit they spouted to customers to fleece them of their hard earned cash. I was offered an apprenticeship there but declined as I didnt like how they conducted themselves.

    My eyes were opened as a result and I remain very suspicious of certain trades/professions to this day.
     
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    For "mechanic" read "technician who knows nothing if it can't be diagnosed with the 'Enter' key."
     
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    I was offered a job as a Kwik Fit branch manager in 1997. The interviewer told me I'd be expected to make every customer spend £200.00. That was a week's pay for most back then. I turned it down.
     
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    Exactly this. It's the new breed. Swopped spanners for a stylus unfortunately
     
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    Those studs are common on the vag diesels. Just make sure you fit a new stud or it'll end up snapping eventually. They're not supposed be done up very tight, 30nm if I remember correctly, they tend to get over tightened and strip the ally threads.

    Atb
     
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    If you don't trust them then buy a UV pen & light and mark all your service bits.
     
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    Same here mate, I had an apprenticeship at a Rover specialist and we always had to 'find' issues to fix and any excuse to make the car fail the MOT. It's not the way I want to earn a living and I'm glad it didn't work out for me there
     
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    Yeah goes against the grain. The final nail in the coffin for me it that place was when the b*****d charged an old woman 100 quid for a wiring loom repair to a rear light cluster that was just a bulb in reality. Disgusting
     
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    I think that's what has happened, I'm not sure what Jim did to sort it but it will be done properly.
     
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    Or, buy a Honda, Toyota or Lexus. They never let you down, but if anything does fail due to design, they'll fix it for nowt.
     
  12. TrickyDicky

    TrickyDicky Life in the slow lane

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    Most of the "new breed" mechanics cant solve any problems unless its on the database.....good old mechanical problem solving on the fly is a thing of the past.....oh and did i mention that it now takes two or three mechanics to do the same job that one used to do and cost five times as much....clinical me......:rolleyes:
     
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    My son uses the diagnostic stuff but doesn't like it, he's been a MK 1 Escort fan since he was 14 when he got his first one to rebuild, since then he's done a couple of S2000 conversions, numerous cars and vans and still has 6 that he's slowly rebuilding in addition to a couple of competition Sierra Cosworths with championship history. He's an old style mechanic, likes hands on rather than plug in!
     
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    The fix was to drill and tap to fit a 10mm stud in place of the old 8mm.
    All filters, oils etc being changed including the Haldex, re MOT tomorrow and the young lad at the workshop has promised to valet inside and out in exchange for a crate of my homebrew.
     
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    Before I went in the Army I did my apprenticeship in my Dads Garage (old school) We were taught how to do things correctly no bodging up things and definitely no adding on of work that was not required.We must have done something right because We were always stacked out with work and the garage is still going strong to this day run by my brother and always busy.Conning people out of money for doing jobs that are not required is both dishonest and also illegal.
     
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    TrickyDicky Life in the slow lane

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    Good on him:thumb: but i fear he is one of few exceptions these days...i have asked some of the youngster mechanics questions at the local garage and got blank stares......good job i do all my own maintenance as it seems that only the over 35 to 40 mark mechanics can still do the working out problems and quick fixes for the symptoms without the aid of a computer.
     
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    Good for you Timmy,

    It’s always nice to hear of somebody getting a bargain, you’ve got yourself a decent motor and access to spares and repairs, it doesn’t get much better than that mate. Well done.

    Regards.
    Les.
     
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    I used to do all my own but now if I do anything I do it under Jims supervision. He was lucky that he showed an interest as a kid, helped out at my friends garage in his early teens, went to night classes at 14, Ford apprenticeship (and got apprentice of the year), then went to work for a specialist engine rebuild company learning the engineering side. Then 10 years for Skoda. Now he works 3 days a week for a performance specialist and 4 days for himself. He's a grafter.
     
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    Nice for me but I feel sorry for the bloke who owned it before. Less than 10 hours with a good mechanic and the car is now probably worth 8 times what he got for it.
     
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    Yep fair play that'll sort it. Easy enough fix done properly and you've had a bargain. Can't fault it.

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