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#31 stef123

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 08:07 PM

For the fact they didn't know they needed a timing tool is a good enough reason not to use them! I'm guessing they can't just plug their code reader in for a cambelt change.. That's a about all they like doing.

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 08:14 PM

youre brave i wouldnt let halfords change a bulb mate let alone go near my engine



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 08:45 PM

In Redditch, Worcestershire mate, why?



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 08:50 PM

Just I have both sets available so could have tried them both

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 09:04 PM

The car is still at the garage, mate.

 

@stef123 & artscot79

I know, I would never use Halfrauds or Kwik Fit, but the other garages that I got quotes from were 1) just as expensive as Halfords and 2) unrated, so I didn't have any referrals to go by. Also, my brothers missus, works at Halfords HQ in Redditch and she gave me a 25% off voucher, which did knock a hefty chunk off the bill. 

 

Unfortunately, this is the trouble I'm having more and more often, I just cannot find a good garage in my local area. I've had so many incidents happen with my cars with garages, one place lost the centre cap on one of my wheels on my astra and denied it, another garage didn't tighten my wheel nuts up properly after they changed tyres. Luckily I noticed before I hit the motorway, Another garage changed the clutch and dmd on my mk1 focus and it's never been right since, I keep having to push it to the right when I take it out of 5th gear!! and those instances are to name but a few. It's put me right off, and if there is anything at all that I can do myself, I will (with the very limited range of tools I have). Unfortunately I wouldn't know where to start with a cam belt change as I don't have the equipment, though I would LOVE a hydraulic lift in my garage  :D. OOOh how I envy you Edd China!!!!!



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 11:27 PM

In Redditch? Where about? I grew up in Redditch and still got family there.

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 09:49 AM

@Nighthawk

I live in Winyates East mate. Don't suppose you know any good garages in the area ;).

 

Is it easy enough to measure the balljoint? I need to order the suspension arms, and I've just rang up Halfrauds to get the measurements and they said that they can't give me the measurements without removing the old arm??? Is this correct?? Can't I just go there and measure the balljoint?

 

oh god, I wish I never bothered taking it there in the first place. What a bunch of monkeys!!!!



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Posted 13 April 2014 - 10:38 AM

You need to undo the 21mm bolt on the ball joint and then try and get the ball joint away thread out of the hole, maby a good wack with a hammer if you don't have a ball joint tool, then you need to measure the biggest part of the taper and you need it to measure 18mm or 21mm

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 10:41 AM

If you can't get it out, loosen the other bolts that hold the arm in place, 18 mm and two 15mm bolts

Loosen them off and then wack the ball joint out of the hole.

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 07:23 PM

Cheers dm2004, I've ordered the parts now so thats my job for this Friday. Its a !Removed! good job we have a bank holiday weekend coming up!! In case anyone has to do this job and has the same car as me (2005 mk2 1.6 Titanium Focus) then the ball joint size they need is an 18mm not the 22mm ;)



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