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Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 3:16 pm 
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Ok I have gotten p****d off with Seymour and surrounding area's so called mechanics.
I have decided to go down the HUME Hwy say as far as Fawkner to find some who knows what they are doing.
The only requirements I have are.
1. They know how to tune a car properly on both gas and petrol.
2. They are willing for me to watch, ask questions and learn.
3. They DONT CHARGE LIKE WOUNDED BULLS.
4. They listen when I say what I want doing to my car and do it.
5. They know how to run and use diagnostic tools.
6. Some one who has pride in their work doesnt matter if they are working on my EX Taxi or some one's Fully worked XR.
I am looking at getting new front rotors, bearings and pads done and also a tune up on gas and petrol.
So any suggestions would be of help.
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Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 8:12 pm 
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There are bugger-all good mechanics anymore, because of attitudes of the apprentice, or the business doesn't train the apprentice properly or not showing them the correct way to do things, so good mechanics are fading away. Good luck.

 

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Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 8:23 pm 
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It doesnt even have to be a mechanic as long as the person knows what they are doing properly and has the right gear to tune the thing right thats all.
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Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 5:05 pm 
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jeez has to one around the hume hwy who knows what they are doing
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Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 5:14 pm 
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if you want to drive to Campbellfield then you can visit the guy that services my car. He knows what he is doing as far as my experience goes. Pricing I guess he charges just like any other mechanic since they do have to make a living but not sure if it is overcharged. Look at my sig for details.

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Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 5:18 pm 
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I agree with 5 of your 6 points but no.2?
not too many businesses/mechanics like someone looking over there shoulder while they work,they are running a business and the idea is to do a good job and get the customer back next time,not to teach or show and never see them again,a good way to go broke.

 

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Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 7:26 pm 
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I like watching as I am too big too get under car now lol:)
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Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:41 pm 
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i agree with ixlrate. i have my own business in perth and this is how it goes. i charge $65p/h, $75 if u want to stand alongside and watch and $100 if u want to learn. i know i'm not robinson crusoe on this and it isnt advertised, it's worked into the bill.

i'm comfortable with customers watching me work from a distance(they do it all the time) but if they want to stand next to me/get in my way it breaks my concentration because i'm thinking about them as well as what i'm doing. besides that if i dont talk to them or answer all their questions(because i'm concentrating) i'll come across as a miserable prick and they'll think i dont care about them or thier car and NEVER be happy with it regardless of the outcome.

you are going to get a much better job if u dont make your mechanic uncomfortable and just let him do his job. and stop being so skeptical, you are not going to get a car to run 100% on both petrol and gas. u either make a choice which one u prefer or be satisfied with a happy medium for the two. if u want it to run 100% on gas it wont be perfect on petrol and vice-versa.

no mechanic is going to teach you his tricks. u might get generic solutions but not the nitty gritty.

no-one has ever taken me up on the $100p/hr option.

whether u like it or not thats life

 

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Posted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 3:47 pm 
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Ok I do have more than a passing interest in the tool department and around a car, but when it comes to car computers and the dianosgics off such I do not know alot about.
Thats why I want to learn.
The only computer I have touched in car was when I put a old P2 233mmx lappy in my rebuilt UC Hatch to run as my stereo so I could have heaps off music to choose from.
With the gas and petrol situation I am led to believe I can get both prtrol and gas running properly as my car has tickford gas as standard on it being a ex taxi as stated in first post.
As for being skeptical I have had the local ford dealer charge me $400 to do nothing (reset timing & tune) and fix slow starting problem on gas on my EB. I found out later that they reset the timing but did not have a plug in it so it went back out off wack and the gas problem was a converter gasket they did not fix, the person i did get to fix it charged more for a rebiuld kit than a new complete gas convertor. or like i was meant to get a brand new ring gear, starter motor and vac switch only to find they put second hand ones in but charged full price and when they serviced my car it would not and still does not run properly, fuel consumption is up by about %25 from what it was getting.
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Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 2:52 pm 
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i aggree with TaraHymen you cant hang out with the mechanic and watch him fix your car youll have to now the guy for a while meaning be his customer FOR AT LEAST 4 TO 5 YEAR like with my mech hes a great mechanic and i havent had any problems with him ive take alot of my mates cars there to and they are happy and they stayed with him to his workshop is a clean glass you wont find a cleaner workshop and they have a 4wd dyno to for GTRs WRX etc

DART AUTOMOTIVE. there in sydney tho

 

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Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 8:02 pm 
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sounds like you've had a hard life when it comes to mechanics. if u have even a tiny shred of evidence that they've fitted secondhand parts and charged you for new u can have a field day in court with em. i used to work for a crowd who used to do that s**t - i had to get the f**k out before a current affair turned up.

the unfortunate part of it is that it doesnt matter how interested u are, the only time u can ask questions and get answers is before and after the job is done. alot of ppl do and i dont have a problem explaining everything to them in a way that they feel comfortable enough that they reckon they might be able to tackle it themselves.

if u want to get in and have a closer look, the best way to do it is to visit your local centrelink tell them u want to do work experience. they'll insure you and then find a workshop who wants a week or two of free labour. i get them too. u'll be emptying bins and sweeping floors but u'll also get the exposure u want and also u are expected to ask heaps of questions.

 

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