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Little workshop of horrors

Postby Biggvl » Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:55 am

Psyolent's post about servicing his outlaws car inspired me to record some of the abuse we see here in our shop, It will show how customer expectations of vehicles and their components are no where near reality...

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Removed from a 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander, Customer - "Just needs a basic service"....

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Ford Courier, this will shit coils now...

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Re: Little workshop of horrors

Postby antus » Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:12 am

I hope you dont mind me posting in this thread, but ive got this one story and its not really worth its own. A mates car "Its too hard.... 15psi with no intercooler will be fine - i'll install a big radiator to keep it cool". He hasnt opened the heads on the previous engine yet to see whats inside but he has pulled the plugs.

"found out why the old engine hit a wall at 4000rpm"
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"but the car with the new engine feels like theres no boost - can you see anything sus in these logs?" (im also a bit sus of the low TPS readings, but ive not seen the car yet)
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"I found the problem...."
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Re: Little workshop of horrors

Postby vlad01 » Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:46 am

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304, burnt out valve and one other cylinder worn out to the shithouse.

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250 x flow ford. All cyliners had cracks on the chambers and water pissed out the sides of the head like no gasket was even installed.
totally toast :lol:

One of my old boss's transit van his guys drove and cooked it and then kept driving it until it almost caught fire. Dumb ass musos.
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Re: Little workshop of horrors

Postby Biggvl » Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:51 am

This is from a 2009 Subaru Forrester Turbo

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This is a swivel hub bearing from an old 60 series Landcrusher that went to many other workshops with the complaint of 'tram tracking', many thousands of dollars later it came to us and we found these...

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Re: Little workshop of horrors

Postby MAGP » Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:01 pm

That's common on Cruisers.
Wish I took a pic of it but back in 2009 we had a customer who come in with a 75 series trayback complaining his brakes were pulling to the right. Pulled all 4 wheels off and found the left hand front disc had disintegrated with part of it jammed in the caliper so the caliper worked but the disc having come apart meant it didn't control the wheel speed. This is also apparently a common thing with 75 series but I have only seen it once.

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Re: Little workshop of horrors

Postby vlad01 » Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:30 pm

I laugh every time I see that valve. Its sooo tiny! iirc a bit smaller than a 20c coin lol
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Re: Little workshop of horrors

Postby vlad01 » Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:40 pm

I kept this one. From a member of another forum years ago where I warned him against breaking the ball joints and possibly killing someone by slamming the type 3 by removing the bump stops to get it extra low. Said I was talking shit when I pointed out the ball joint were going to bind up and take the full impact of the bumps in the road.


few weeks latter going to a show.. douche bag award goes to ...



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After all that. I was still wrong apparently.
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Re: Little workshop of horrors

Postby Charlescrown » Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:46 pm

Antus tell your mate to make sure he tightens the plug properly. That is a classic example of overheating plug electrodes leading to some serious detonation.

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Re: Little workshop of horrors

Postby vlt304 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:00 am

can you just put my wheel back on haha he was angry when i said no.
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Re: Little workshop of horrors

Postby vlt304 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:02 am

it uses a bit of oil and is down on power any idea where to start looking
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