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Author Topic: Car DIY, who’s brave enough?  (Read 578 times)

Ronski

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Re: Car DIY, who’s brave enough?
« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2019, 10:10:53 AM »

Don't worry 7LM I get baffled by a lot of modern vehicle systems   :-[   it's hard enough for main dealers to keep up with let alone us independents.

Just trying to make the point things are getting very complicated and complex.

I once put a Fiat twin cam in an early Escort, also in a Lada estate and still have my Mini with one mounted in the rear from a Lancia Beta but other things came along so haven't finished it.
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Re: Car DIY, who’s brave enough?
« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2019, 12:41:42 PM »

Trouble with getting more complicated, I’m not at all convinced even the main dealers are that competent, simply relying on the diagnostic port to tell them if anythings wrong.

Volvo, to their credit, have been good, no real complaints at all with dealer service.   But VW have been a nightmare, completely incapable of resolving any faults, unless spoon-fed a diagnosis by the computer.   I suspect we could put the polo in for service with just three wheels.  And unless the OBD diagnostics explicitly reported “wheel missing”, we’d get it back still on three wheels, with a free cup of tea in the waiting room, and an assurance that they’ve run a full diagnostic check and “everything is fine with the car”.

Or more likely, the missing wheel would trigger an ABS fault so they’d fit a new ABS sensor, or maybe an even more expensive ABS controller before returning the car, and asking us to see how it goes, still on three wheels. :D

We have actually transferred allegiance to an independent specialist for the Polo, with much better  experience.
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Re: Car DIY, who’s brave enough?
« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2019, 12:50:06 PM »

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Lots of the engineering skills were learnt from my Farther many years ago, he worked for Rolls Royce Derby   (Aero Engines / Cars ) he told me he worked on servicing Merlin / Spitfire engines during WW2.
Also working most of my life in an Engineering Research Establishment (not cars) had all the skills / knowledge to tap into and machine workshops to use  ;)
Its just been a hobby when I was younger to develop things for cars (Too busy nowadays still building my own house, workshop, holiday accommodation, garage etc.) I wished I patented some of the items I put on my cars as I see things on modern cars that I did years ago.
Just remembered another thing I looked into was running on Hydrogen for my car, made from Water on board the car.
Also did some experiments with water and steam in to the engine on my Mk1 Ford.  ;D
 
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Re: Car DIY, who’s brave enough?
« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2019, 07:55:35 PM »

@7LM That was how I felt about BMW, hence I said they were pretty clueless.

@tickmike That sounds very interesting, I vaguely remember reading/watching something from years ago about injecting water mist into engines. Unfortunately I do struggle with the more technical side of things. My dad was also an engineer during WW2 - I think he was also making parts for planes, he was in his mid twenties then and wasn't conscripted into the army as his job was considered too important. I always remember he had a big old converted belt drive lathe in his workshop at home, I still have some of his engineering tools, one a depth gauge complete with purchase receipt from 1942.

Building - yes very time consuming, done far too much of that over the last 25 years, our current house is nearly finished luckily just the garden to finish landscaping and the old job inside.

 
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Re: Car DIY, who’s brave enough?
« Reply #19 on: January 02, 2019, 09:59:56 PM »

I still use some of my father tools as well. :)

Getting back to the plot.
Before reading this post last night I set the ball rolling to buy yet another New Car.
When we bought our new Vauxhall Mokka X last year we did think it would last us a long time, I was so wrong  >:D
We had a year of problems and yes the dealers can not even find what the problems are and are pretty clueless, I could monitor all the PID's while we drive as I have the knowledge how to do that, But why should I.
I consider this car Dangerous and are just going to get rid of it.
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