Friday, January 28, 2011

Attack That BMW

Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war! Is about the best way to describe our Thursday night BMW session at the Shop. Brock got to have another night working. The past few Thursdays he had not earned the privilege so we made up for it big time this evening.

Brock was running mad this evening and actually managed to accomplish something before harassing Grandpa became a easier chore.

Body work will begin next. I'll save the chassis and suspension tear down and rebuild until I have all the parts needed.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Don't Eat the Shoes

Society is so messed up. If we need warning labels like this in auto parts we are doomed.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Twice Is Enough

Two cars, completely different monsters but with similar problems that at first were simple but became increasingly more complex and expensive the longer they decided to go.

A few weeks ago a Saturn L series. Tensioner for the Serpentine Belt locked up frying the belt. This belt being the one that drives the Alternator, Power Steering, Water Pump and A/C. The owner decided to limp the car home anyway. From Madison....Driving until it got hot, shutting it off and then driving again when it was cool. Great idea but along the way somehow, either by someone jumping it or something occurring after it died. A voltage spike burned up the BCM. So what could have been just a matter of pulling over and getting towed at the first sign of trouble became a very expensive repair with a tow.

Second, in the shop today. A Mazda Protege that lost a Alternator belt. This belt also drives the Water Pump. Again, with lights ablaze on the dash and a heat gauge going up the owner just drove the car home. It now is in the bay beginning its journey back to life. The owner did admit to "trying to jump it but nothing worked". So far I have found the belt gone, as expected. The battery was dead and a 100 amp main fuse melted. Lets hope once these items are addressed the engine isn't cooked from overheating and other items aren't fried from a possible voltage spike.

It comes in threes though, that is what scares me.

Anyways. Lesson of the day. If gauges are going up or down when they aren't suppose to, when red lights are lit up, pull over and get it towed or at the very least call before doing anything.

Or just drive it until it dies and make a mortgage payment for me.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Upside Down World

DIY....Or "Do it yourself" is a common term in the auto industry. I have no issue with customers who want to DIY their stuff. Heck, I do my own from time to time on things around the house that should be contracted. I also know enough when I get in over my head, back away and ask for assistance.

This particular S-Series Blazer didn't get the attention to its rear brakes it deserves. Something isn't right with these pictures. Can you figure it out?

So, figure it out? Yes, that is right, both calipers are on upside down. I have no idea how it was bleed this way unless they bleed them before putting them in place. Regardless, it is a fun start to this morning.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Another Thursday Night

Brock is hooked. Another Thursday night he was up to work on "his race car" as he now calls it. This night he helped pull the pedal box out. Took off a heat shield under the car and continued to scrape out the outside for me.