Is This a good deal??

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Jon, Jul 7, 2004.

  1. Jon

    Jon Guest

    One of the drivers/mechanics at work will do the following for me. He has a
    good history and I think pretty trustworty as been speaking to others at

    Hes got his own double garage etc.

    Right then, he's gonna do the following

    Pads all round
    Cambelt (eats at most of quote as its a twin cam he said, i thought it was a
    blanking plate on the side of the block...)
    oil change (magnatec)
    oil filter
    new spark plugs
    fix the leak in my power steering bottle and clean any crap thats leaked.
    The price?

    £190 labour plus £100 for the parts which are all decent makes

    Only draw back no stamp but will write an invoice for me

    what you all think?
    Jon, Jul 7, 2004
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  2. Jon

    Jon Guest

    By the way I found out the clutch isnt fucked, he had a drive said the
    clutch is fine but My handbrake cable is stretched and that noise I can hear
    is the thrust bearing or somthing.

    So err whats a thrust bearing and is it easy/cheap to fix??
    Jon, Jul 7, 2004
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  3. Jon

    Jon Guest

    He did mention this to me so im not bothering with that.

    Jon, Jul 7, 2004
  4. Jon

    Jon Guest

    Im getting the parts myself I should have mentioned, My mate works at a
    garage so getting them at trade price.
    Jon, Jul 7, 2004
  5. Jon

    Martin Guest

    The thrust bearing is part of the clutch. You wouldn't normally change it
    without also changing the clutch plate and cover.

    Sounds like the guy isn't all he's cracked up to be.


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    Martin, Jul 7, 2004
  6. Jon

    Martin Guest

    Parts sound far too cheap. Also, any discussion here about cambelt
    replacement always emphasises tensioners, rollers et al being done at the
    same time (though I'm no expert on cambelts)
    Martin, Jul 7, 2004
  7. Jon

    malc Guest

    You might not be an expert, but I am, and that was a good catch. The cambelt
    kit alone will cost upwards of £60 plus vat at trade price. Wooden blocks
    for brakes perhaps, to cut down the cost. :)
    malc, Jul 7, 2004
  8. Jon

    FatSod Guest

    And looking at it from the other side, how many
    people do we know that never change the thrust bearing
    at the same time as the clutch / cover. Extremely false economy.

    That was my very first lesson at the age of 17.
    And it's a long time ago now.

    FatSod, Jul 7, 2004
  9. Jon

    FatSod Guest

    Cam Belt ????

    If I where you, I'd be in the pub when
    he tests it.

    FatSod, Jul 7, 2004
  10. Parts sound too cheap. You ought to use genuine parts for cambelt & brakes
    at least so why not use genuine all round? If you are buying them through
    the trade you will get decent prices from the local Vauxhall dealer.

    You ought to do rollers with cambelt. Vx do a kit.

    With regards to lack of service book entry, what age is the car? If it is
    under 4/5 years old it will affect the p/ex value.

    If you do get him to do it, get him to give you a receipt and retain the
    parts invoices. You can then prove that something was done.


    Alan Steele

    Steeles of Worthing
    Alan Steele - Steeles of Worthing, Jul 8, 2004
  11. Jon

    Jon Guest

    Advice taken, have got a mechanic who owns a garage opposite work to do it

    cambelt rollers tensioners
    brakes all round
    fix power steering bottle

    all geniune vaux parts

    £330 all in and will get receipt and stamp

    car is 5 years old.

    remember had oil change 2 months ago so dont need it and can do the spark
    plugs myself when have the cash

    so £330 what u all think?
    Jon, Jul 8, 2004
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