• New year, full steam ahead

    Hi everyone, I trust you all had a great new year and are settling back to normality with work ect.

    For myself, it's all go. With the past few weeks being as busy as ever. After a couple of very quite weks, things have picked up and even with a few days fitting two jobs in.

    This week has only been about the MGTF model. It's all I have worked on, Head gaskets, water pumps and servicing. Except for today, a Rover 75 which had a cam belt failure.

    Next week I do have a MGF and an MG ZR to work on.

    Doing jobs for people that work in accounts to Royal Navy. Very interesting people as always.

    Yesterday I had an interesting one.

    Customer had the car diognosed with head gasket failure. This part was quickly confirmed when I arrived, but the customer also explained he had a missfire.

    I had a listen before I got to work, and my initial thought was coil pack. But would investigate once the work had been done, as I didn't want to get the engine too hot before I stripped it apart.

    Once back together, I timed it up and fired it up. It had a horrific missfire, so I waited to see if it would clear, and it didn't, not that easy.

    I checked the coils and they all came up good. And at this point, the missfire was getting worse, the warmer the engine got. instantly I thought valves.

    I did a compression test, and see it was low on 3 and 4 cylinder.

    This being a VVC engine, I directly thought it had a faulty VVC cam or unit.

    I took the rear belt cover off, and there was the problem, it was the timing on the rear side that was out.

    The problem was a faulty roll pin on the exhuast cam side. Luckly the customer had a box of roll pins and the issue was resolved and all was great.

    It's not often I get a head scratching job like this, as most are all the same, head gasket failure, oil in coolant, creamy oil, external leak ect.

    So it was a straight forward job that had me going back to basics and fault finding.

    All though in reality it probably only took about 2 mins for me to work it out, it was still a good thing to happen.

    Next week I am in a few locations, Peterborough, london, Kent.

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  • Wishing you all a merry Christmas

    Hi everyone.

    So, since my last update on Friday. It has been pretty quite. Fully expected this time of year, more important things to think about other than cars, and most people have already finished until the new year.

    Today I was in Kings Lynn. MGF with a head gasket.

    The standard type of thing, loss of coolant, creamy oil and over heating.

    It was my last job before christmas, and it thankfully was full of christmas cheer and went perfectly. Very nice indeed.

    Satuday I am in South London, Croydon. This is for a VVC MGF wich is in for a cam belt and water pump.

    Next week, its back to normal, and other than New years day. I will be back to my full schedule.

    I have had a number of enquirees the past few days. MG ZS and a Rover 45 both looking for head gasket repair. and I have had a few MGF and MGTF quotes for the same.

    I will update again before the new year, so this is just a Merry Christmas to all from me. And I hope you all take the time to relax and have fun.

    James

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  • Nearly Christmas Break

    A week since the last update, and it's been a hectic one.

    A trip to Bromley for an MGF. For a head gasket replacement.

    Great Customer and a nice sunny day, even if it was a little cold.

    Monday I went to Kings Lynn. This was to have a look at a MG ZS. This was having problems with over heating, and had been informed it was a head gasket. After some checks, more tests and I found that he had a problem with his return valve.

    Tuesday I had a BIG drive up to Blackpool, where I had a couple of jobs.

    A Rover 25 in the morning with a head gasket, water pump and cam belt.

    Then I had an MGTF which was in for just a gasket. creamy oil, steam. normal symptoms.

    I stayed near Manchester for the evening, and I was at work the next morning in Newcastle, to work on a VVC MGF for a head gasket, cam belt and pump. and then down to Tamworth to replace a cam belt and water pump on a MGTF.

    Today was a day off, got a head skimmed ready for a job in a few days, and tomorrow I am off to Norwich to do a head gasket on a MGTF

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  • Lead up to Christmas

    It's not long until that time of the year. The time of year I have no choice but to take time off.

    Until then, I have some work booked in, and had theweek of all weeks just gone.

    It started on monday (as weeks do) with a trip to Dorset. this was for a Option D, Chinese gasket on a MGTF VVC.

    The drive to Bournmouth was a good one, and it was a fabulous day, blue sky, sun was out, dry.. BUT FREEZING!! so cold!

    The car was done in about 4 hours, which to be fair was good going for the job.

    I then made a trip over to Worthing, East Sussex. To have a look at a Rover 25 which had been confirmed as a head gasket.

    It turned out to be nothing more than a failed Saab valve, and I had it running nice, with warm heaters in about an hour. Which was handy, as I really needed to warm my hands up.

    Tuesday I was a little more local. I had a Rover 75 which was in need of a new head gasket, and a new turbo. I didnt think the job would take too long, but it went on and on and on.

    Finally got home at about 6pm

    Wednesday I was local again, Sittingbourne.

    This was for a MG ZR. Head gasket only.

    It had been done previously, at his place of work by the mechanic. But 2000 miles later, it had failed on him and he called me up as the mechaninc had no idea how.

    As I was stripping i down, it became clear of the problem, and it was the normal thing. Head bolts had not been tightened properly.

    new gasket fitted, head bolts tightened correctly, and away I was. Before lunch I was home. Rare day but love them.

    Today was a little odd, Was due in Bristol apparently, but My diary had me at a job I had already been to.

    Not sure how I made such a mistake. but only noticed when I was on the road of the job and remembered I have been here before. then realised the mistake was greater.

    Tomorrow I am looking at a car in north London, this is for a suspected head gasket.

    Saturday I have an MGF which is in Bromley, for a head gasket too.

    next week is an odd one, I have jobs booked in, but still a good amount of space left for more.

    Weather has been good, cold yes, but no rain really, which is a result.

    Hope you are all keeping well.

    James

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  • What a week.

    The week started off with..... a day off :)

    Monday I had plans to see a friend, so I booked jobs around the day. Only to be cancelled. So, with that I got my van loaded, cleaned, and ready for the job on tuesday.

    This was visit to Bracknel. MGF which was in need of a head gasket change. The 3rd one too.

    It's ones like these which give the K series engine a bad rep. 3 times is a bit of an issue, but clearly with the miles done between each job, they hadnt done it correctly.

    This time however, it was done with the older style gasket.

    This decision was made down to a couple of things.

    One was liner hights. now I don't subscribe to what some people online suggest that the hights need to be a certain hight in order to have the multi layer gasket fitted. The tollerance is the same as the original style.

    But, that with also the fact the block face was a little pitted, I spoke with the customer, and he was happy to go with what I was happy to fit and warranty.

    The job went to plan, a little rain but I was luckily under cover for this.

    Wednesday I was in Wickford, Essex

    This was for an MGTF. Very nice, clean and was having issues with pressurising system, no heaters nd coolant loss.

    this had a problem with the head itself. And I need to go back on Tuesday with another one. It's a shame, but these things do sometimes need a 2nd return to get the car fully back on the road.

    Thursday I was in east London, Laytonstone.

    Rover 45 with a head gasket.

    This had the coolant mix with the oil, it was a creamy mess, and had almost 8 litres of contaminated oil in the sump.

    The job went to plan. but upon startup, there was a very distinctive whine, and that whine was one of the oil pump.

    Where it had been sat with all that water in the oil, it has damaged the oil pump.

    not something I carry with me, so another trip back to finish that job off in the week.

    Friday I was back to an old customer, he has a MG ZR and I did his head gasket a number of months back.

    He was now ready to have his timing belt and water pump replaced, and i was a nice job to end the week with.

    All in all, it was a fun week. a few jobs that gave a little more problems than normal, but it's good, the thinking head comes on and I like that.

    Next week I am in hull, Norwich and back to essex and london.

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