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CdnSarah

Member Since 15 Jun 2013
Offline Last Active Jul 10 2013 09:57 PM
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In Topic: Engine Coolant In Spark Plugs - Have 2 Different Opinions As To What Is Wrong

09 July 2013 - 09:00 PM

I know!  I can't believe he treated me that way.  And what makes it even worse is that I don't feel there's anything I could have done to make him pay for the repairs himself.  According to the CAB I would have had to give him the chance to repair it himself first, which he clearly wasn't going to admit even needed doing.  And then, to take him to court to get someone else to repair it, would cost ridiculous amounts of money and would end up my word against his...and I'd be more likely to win the lottery than win the case.

 

Ah well, at least I didn't pay his call-out fee on the day he broke it (and oddly enough, he hasn't been chasing it up either).


In Topic: Engine Coolant In Spark Plugs - Have 2 Different Opinions As To What Is Wrong

09 July 2013 - 08:33 PM

Update 2:  Car is finally, completely repaired!  Second mechanic managed to drill out the bolts and find suitable replacements, so a new rocker cover wasn't necessary in the end.  It's also got a new timing belt, oil filter, oil change, spark plugs, core plugs, drive belt, cam belt and loose wire secured...so hopefully won't need any further work for awhile.  Cost £800 in total, but I feel more secure knowing that it's been done properly.

 

Thank you so much for your advice everyone!!


In Topic: Engine Coolant In Spark Plugs - Have 2 Different Opinions As To What Is Wrong

03 July 2013 - 08:45 PM

Update!

 

Second mechanic tested the head and, as expected, there are no problems.

 

But the car lasted a week before the problem recurred.  Second mechanic is now trying to get a better seal for the core plugs as he says it was all pretty rusty, making it difficult to get a good seal.

 

My main problem is that he says that it's not possible to purchase just the bolts needed to hold the rocker cover in place, but that I need to buy a whole new rocker cover.  I've done a quick google, but can find many examples of bolts being sold in packs...

 

Also, he says that I'm going to need a new cam belt since it'll get stretched when he removes it whilst removing the head to drill out the bolts.

 

Please, please tell me I'm not being taken for a ride?!?  I'm doing my best to try to understand what's really necessary, hence the googling, but am worried I'm getting caught up and misunderstanding all the info available on the www.


In Topic: Engine Coolant In Spark Plugs - Have 2 Different Opinions As To What Is Wrong

16 June 2013 - 10:39 AM

Photos!  Arts, that is exactly what my car looks like.  And it's the 3 little bolts that hold the cover in place over top of that which have snapped.

 

I've tried adding some photos of my engine.  You'll have to bear with me though, as it's the first time I've tried this.  https://www.dropbox....ap6i/CCtpLYoJ_N


In Topic: Engine Coolant In Spark Plugs - Have 2 Different Opinions As To What Is Wrong

15 June 2013 - 07:40 PM

Thanks!  I've just text him with a plan of action:  replace cover and use silicone where the bolts are snapped.  Replace core plugs.  Test head/gasket problem.  If fine, then get an engineer to drill out the snapped bolts.

 

I really appreciate everyone's input and patience with me.  I'll come back later in the week and let you know how we get on.  :-)