From time to time we will select a repair and take you through the repair process. This will give you an insite into how repairs are carried out.
VW Golf engine problem.
We start the series with a very straight forward repair. When this VW Golf arrived at the workshop we feared the worst. The car was smoking from the exhaust in a style James Bond 007 would find useful.
After talking to the customer he told us he had recently changed his own oil and filter. The repair was simple, the customer had added to much oil. The excess oil finds its way into the cylinders, this creates the smoke. We simply drained the excess oil and took the car for a long motorway drive. This cured the smoking and the car recovered.
Fiat Punto Airbag Fault.
This next repair involved a Fiat Punto 02 Registration with the airbag warning light lit on the dashboard.We always approach electronic repairs with a degree of caution. It is important to be accurate in the diagnosis due to the high costs of the component parts. The first step is to connect the car to our computer and access information from the cars electronic system.
In this case the problem lies in the passenger airbag. We remove the assembly from the dashboard after going through a set procedure for powering down the system.
With the airbag removed we checked the wiring and found a connection fault.
With the wiring fault fixed we replaced the airbag into the dashboard. Taking care to fit the unit neatly, because of its prominent and visual position in front of the passenger.
The whole process took around 1 hour, and by careful examination and repair techniques we where able to keep the cost to a minimum, for a very grateful customer.
Occasionally the we carry out repairs for other garages. Usually after they have tried to repair a fault and not been successful. The reason they turn to us is we have gained a reputation for solving complex faults. These type of faults need special equipment and a lot of patience. The vehicle arrived and after our test drive we confirmed the vehicle suffered hesitation and occasional stalling.
Although the previous garage assured us the basics had been checked. We went through our set routine of checking all the basics including service items. We carefully check the spark plugs, air filter, oil condition, water levels and general under bonnet checks. Finally we checked the fuel filter. The fuel filter on the Ford Galaxy is underneath the car, so onto the ramp it went. With the Galaxy on the ramp we were able to look underneath. Exhaust, fuel lines and of course fuel filter. To our surprise the fuel filter looked in poor condition and had not been changed for a long time.
This was now the starting point in the repair. To continue testing without first changing the filter would be poor practice and not in the customers best interest.
With the filter removed we poured the petrol through a cloth. The petrol should be clear and free of debris. Has you can see this was not the case the petrol was dirty and contaminated.
Just to confirm our findings we cut open the filter. You can see the paper element is black and this will restrict fuel flow.
The filters side by side. The new filter should be changed once a year and will still look like new when it is replaced. Over the years we have seen many cars with full service history that have never had a fuel filter changed. Its worth noting that at the garage we always change the fuel filter on a service. With the filter fitted we took the car for a test drive. The car responded nicely and the original stalling had now gone . This confirmed the repair a success. The garage involved where grateful for our help, but a little surprised at the simplicity of the repair. The thing we must take from this repair is always check the basics first......