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Thread: Vandalism by commercial garages

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    Quote Originally Posted by problemchild1976 View Post
    e.g. we all know the fortwo requires a specialised plug removal tool

    do we really expect that the local garage has that tool?

    JJ
    Most cars these days require special spark plug cap removal tools just like Smart cars.
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    so a backstreet garage has every version ready and waiting?

    even if they only get 1 smart car a year?

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    Most modern cars have coil-over-(single)plug I think. Or a rigid extension that can safely be pulled on.

    The only way a garage with no experience of smarts can be trusted with one is if the car is presented with a 'how-to' guide printed from a 'net source when the job deviates from normal practice (ie what they're accustomed to).

    While we're talking maintenance and repairs..... came across a suggestion recently that when replacing brake pads on a car with ABS the hose should be clamped and the bleed nipple opened before pushing in the pistons - to prevent (potentially) contaminated brake fluid entering the ABS unit and damaging the valves. Makes some sense if there's moisture in the fluid and it can actually reach the ABS block, but clamping hoses is a bit rough. Maybe just cracking the nipps. Any views on this anyone?

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    The spark plug cap used is very common. Also used by VW, Mercedes, Opel, Seat, Audi. Etc etc.
    Drives a Smart Cdi - 65 to 85 MPG

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    on the vauxhalls, got to crack the nipple to save inverting the ABS valve

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    Quote Originally Posted by problemchild1976 View Post
    on the vauxhalls, got to crack the nipple to save inverting the ABS valve

    JJ
    I've only ever pushed the pads back on all the Vauxhalls that I've had with ABS. I've heard tales of master cylinder seals being inverted, but never ABS pump problems

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    Look, somebody made his own spark plug cap removal and fitting tool out of a Wimpey water pipe:





    Only used a couple of times in earnest. Used a lot for apple coring.
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    I made mine out of stainless welding rod. Most of the time things are made from what is at hand when it is needed. It makes the wife crabby on occasion, she struggles with the concept of "my need is greater than yours".

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    My brother who owns a Range Rover Evoque, was telling me of a thread on an Evoque website he uses, said that one of the newer adblue diesel cars went in for a service, and the RR dealers mechanic filled the windscreen wash bottle with adblue, which ended up being sprayed over the front of the car via the windscreen. The owner noticed strange white residue on his car, and realised the mistake. Bunch of monkeys.

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    I was once servicing the brakes on an Austin Princess hearse. All went well and once finished I checked and topped up the brake fluid.

    Good so far and now the problem.

    This car had it's own hydraulic jacks at each corner so once finished I let the jacks down. Sadly the reservoir that I had filled with brake fluid was the hydraulic fluid reservoir for the jacks. This created the mother of all brake fluid fountains that covered the whole of this extremely expensive black polished car with a nice coating of brake fluid.

    That was a heart stopping moment but fortunately the car had so many layers of polish that the fluid could be wiped off and no damage to the paint whatsoever.

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