What did you do to your car today?

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    Nevermind the noise is back, happens at around 4k+ RPM, restarting the engine sometimes seems to fix it, and it only happens between certain operating temperatures as it will stop after a while (could be wrong) One mechanic believes the noise is coming from the dash.

    I have no ****ing clue

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    Sounds like a bearing/rod knock to me.

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    ludez wrote:
    Sounds like a bearing/rod knock to me.

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    That's an interesting theory, wouldn't a problem like that be constant? (our initial impressions were a possible exhaust header leak but restarting the engine to randomly stop the noise ruled that out)

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    Frederick James wrote:
    Rage against that shit man! If they can't tell you what's wrong with it, they shouldn't be charging you.
    No.

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    If they spend time investigating/fault finding then of course they should get paid. Not every fault can easily be found, thats just how it goes.
    $100 is a token amount, thats like 1hr labour or something.

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    Jeez, can you hear that nose outside the car? Doesnt sound healthy.

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    Triple_S wrote:
    Jeez, can you hear that nose outside the car? Doesnt sound healthy.
    Haven't checked but its more audible from inside the car with windows up

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    do the old screwdriver to ear trick and see if you can isolate an area the noise might be?

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    blackbox wrote:
    No.
    swazi wrote:
    If they spend time investigating/fault finding then of course they should get paid. Not every fault can easily be found, thats just how it goes.
    $100 is a token amount, thats like 1hr labour or something.
    Of course, you guys are right. I was really just meaning like in my case, where for $250 I was virtually no better off. And it was Ebbet; they're price gouging c**ts.

    What they should do, is after an hour maybe, say "The cause of this issue is proving to be quite elusive. We charge $X an hour; at what point do you want us to stop?".

    Like the recent issues with my Subaru; 4 times it went in to have the issue sorted, didn't pay anything for the last 3 times. You guys suggesting I should have?

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    I dont think it should be taken for granted that some shops do courtesy inspections as they essentially do it at a loss for good customer relations, reputation and continued work. Having an upfront discussion on costs and stop points is likely the best approach.

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    Morals wrote:
    Haven't checked but its more audible from inside the car with windows up
    Nice instrument cluster, mine's only orange. Boo. What you should do is join this group and post up the same question/video: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1008484842510953/

    You can also try Nico forums, Infiniti M35/45 section.

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    Morals wrote:


    Nevermind the noise is back, happens at around 4k+ RPM, restarting the engine sometimes seems to fix it, and it only happens between certain operating temperatures as it will stop after a while (could be wrong) One mechanic believes the noise is coming from the dash.

    I have no ****ing clue
    camshaft chain needs to be tensioned, low oil level and or poor fuel grade

    What I can tell you is that this is a common issue with the fuga seems to be a lot in the US with same issue as you look up on http://forums.nicoclub.com all seem to say the same as above (camshaft chain needs to be tensioned, low oil level and or poor fuel grade)

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    Pretty confident the camchain is hydraulically tensioned, so if it is loose (which I'm not doubting as you say it is common) then it's not just a case of adjustment, it means the tensioner is failing (also common) or the chain has stretched

    The other issue that's common is the chain guides wear/melt causing chain slap at higher rpm, not so much a tensioning issue but more the plastic has ****ed off due to wear

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    antil33t wrote:
    do the old screwdriver to ear trick and see if you can isolate an area the noise might be?
    I can try this but sometimes I'll start the car, take it up to 4k RPM's and it wont even make the noise, and if it does its as simple as turning the engine off, then back on and somehow that fixes it

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    sold my little trailer properly. cash in hand, buyer picked up. also he lives a long way away so, assuming no problems on his run home, alls well.
    Frederick James wrote:
    I had that happen once with Ebbet Prestige in Hamilton; "Oh it could be this, or this, or that, the other, or possibly this - we're not really sure, but that'll be $248 please".

    I hit the f**kin roof! They went over the car with a fine tooth comb, then quoted me $7K to fix all the issues. Turned out it was just the Electronic Throttle Module that a lot of Volvos had issues with. Got a reco'd one for $1200.

    Rage against that shit man! If they can't tell you what's wrong with it, they shouldn't be charging you.
    ah...but the trick is, they charged you $250 to find what wasn't wrong with it...

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    Morals wrote:
    I can try this but sometimes I'll start the car, take it up to 4k RPM's and it wont even make the noise, and if it does its as simple as turning the engine off, then back on and somehow that fixes it
    Did the mech scan for error codes?

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    Mutton wrote:
    Did the mech scan for error codes?
    Had it scanned a week ago and no codes showed, haven't seen any check engine lights either.

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    4wd wrote:
    sold my little trailer properly. cash in hand, buyer picked up. also he lives a long way away so, assuming no problems on his run home, alls well.

    ah...but the trick is, they charged you $250 to find what wasn't wrong with it...
    Heh, that's some "glass half full" shit right there; I like the cut of your jib, sonny!

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    Morals wrote:
    I can try this but sometimes I'll start the car, take it up to 4k RPM's and it wont even make the noise, and if it does its as simple as turning the engine off, then back on and somehow that fixes it
    Heat shield or something similar loose?

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    I added another GTO to the whanau. What a long drive, the red thing's nearly due for another service.

    Frederick James wrote:
    You guys suggesting I should have?
    Yes.

    Every situation is different. I believe the customer should be charged for every minute a technician is working on a vehicle unless the technician is fixing one of their **** ups (under quote, misdiagnosis, failed repair etc).

    The problem is that every customer seems to be a specialist these days and its always the mechanics fault that the vehicle has some elusive fault. Therefore, it's a constant compromise between what should be charged and what the "right" amount is.

    Society doesn't expect lawyers to work for free. Or accountants. Or doctors. But for some reason, mechanics are meant to.

    Sorry, just venting. Customers are a pain in the ass and their cars are generally shit.

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    I only expect not to be charged if they offer a free diagnosis.


    Not my car, but today i overhauled my 22 year old hero gizmo with 190khs on it.
    New spark,oil,filter and cleabed carb. Goes great now


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    blackbox wrote:
    Yes.

    Every situation is different. I believe the customer should be charged for every minute a technician is working on a vehicle unless the technician is fixing one of their **** ups (under quote, misdiagnosis, failed repair etc).

    The problem is that every customer seems to be a specialist these days and its always the mechanics fault that the vehicle has some elusive fault. Therefore, it's a constant compromise between what should be charged and what the "right" amount is.

    Society doesn't expect lawyers to work for free. Or accountants. Or doctors. But for some reason, mechanics are meant to.

    Sorry, just venting. Customers are a pain in the ass and their cars are generally shit.
    I know you're just venting, but it doesn't sound like you're aware of the saga with my car - it's in this thread here;
    https://www.gpforums.co.nz/threads/5...e-Needed/page4 - that's just page 4, where a couple of others have pointed out it sounds like a mechanic f**k up.

    I'm not an expert, nor do i pretend to be, which is why i take my vehicles to a professional and pay them accordingly for their skills. They say "This is what the problem is here" (turbo leaking oil all over the place to the point where it's started to drip onto a hot part of the engine, causing the smoke i had been seeing), and i take that at face value; $800 for 2 second hand turbos, $1100 to fit them.

    Still getting smoke, so take it back; they say "Rocker cover gasket leaking oil onto the exhaust", i go okay, here's $370 to fix it.

    Still getting smoke, so take it back; they say "Rocker cover bolt seals failed, replaced, no charge"

    Still getting smoke , so take it back; they say "Residual oil burning out of the nooks and crannies, no charge"

    A week later, still getting smoke, so take it back; they say "The seals in the rocker cover that go around the spark plugs have slipped, no charge"

    A week later, still getting smoke, so take it back; they say "Whole rocker cover gasket faulty, complete new one installed, no charge". This finally fixes it. As mentioned above, others have suggested a faulty gasket is highly unlikely, that it's more likely they f**ked up on a vertically installed gasket where gravity would make it very easy for it to slip when being installed.

    At no stage did i question them, make out i'm some armchair TT expert. Others here did initially suggest i get a second opinion, which i did, and it confirmed the faulty turbo (so i'm okay with that).

    This mechanic has retained my business due to not charging me each time - every time i said "How much do i owe?" and they said "Nothing - it's on us to get this right". Sure, they probably made no money out of me on that job, but the whole thing was stressful and inconvenient, and they will get more money out of me with future mechanical work for both mine and my wife's car.

    In fact, it'd be safe to say i was super-reasonable, very understanding; probably the ideal customer to be honest!!

    So there's my not-so-little vent on it. I still think it's unacceptable for a professional expert to say "We dunno what's causing it; that'll be $XXX please".

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    Oh and people like lawyers have to get Professional Indemnity insurance - they give a client bad advice that makes that client lose money, that PI insurance kicks in and pays the clients losses. Mechanics can get the same sort of cover, but it's not compulsory - why should i pay for a mechanic's ineptitude because they chose not to get this kind of insurance?

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    Well that's fine then. You went back, it was a different fault and paid again ($370). Every other time, they were fixing repairs they had already done and therefore there was no charge.

    You're one of the better ones out there..... many people would loose their shit when they're told they have to pay another $370. These are the people I'm having a dig at. The "we know everything about cars and know we don't have to pay for this under the CGA" type, even though that person is Bob the real estate agent.

    Your "If they can't diagnose it, don't pay them" comment really hit a sore spot.
    Last edited by blackbox; 22nd October 2017 at 9:35 am.

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    All good bro. I like and respect you, and didn't want you thinking I was one of "those c**ts".