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Hi all

Been on here a while in stealth mode, reading all the great posts. They have really helped me diagnose a few problems, but due to lack of experience and tools my iPad can't fix everything.

Therefore I need a reasonable priced reliable mechanic in Bexley Kent area.

the following needs doing on my 2.5tdi 2002 t4.

Change main pulley - got the horrid tapped sound where I think it's split behind, might as well check belts while in here.
Got a leaky steering pump that needs a fixing or replace
Passenger front ball joint needs replacing
MOT

anyone recommend someone for me please? I would prefer a small garage who takes pride in their work if possible. Also. One that don't charge for invoice paper as well if you Catch my drift.

Thanks
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Can recommend Mick at the Old Forge Garage , 25AHigh Street, Welling, Kent ,DA16 1TR Tel020 8303 9353. Access is a bit of a nightmare since it is down a very narrow lane alongside Martin Vitera Cleaning Supplies shop. He usually has several vehicles being worked on all one behind the other which must involve lots of shuffling about. Best not to get involved and not go down the access lane at all but park instead in the public carpark behind the Nags Head Public House. It is then just a few yards from the back of the carpark direct into the garage. Leave Mick to bring the car around when he is ready for it. Likewise on collection it would probably be in the public carpark.

He was very good when my engine (same engine as yours) started making a dreadful clatter and he had to remove and strip down the head to discover the cause (a broken valve spring!!!) then of course rebuild / reassembly with new belts /retiming etc etc. Was even quite happy with me calling in each day see what he had found and check progress. He has since done various other jobs for me which I could not manage myself.

Do pay him a visit and get a quote for the work you want done and do not be put off by the look of the place which as its name implies was originally used for shoeing horses.

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Can recommend Mick at the Old Forge Garage , 25AHigh Street, Welling, Kent ,DA16 1TR Tel020 8303 9353. Access is a bit of a nightmare since it is down a very narrow lane alongside Martin Vitera Cleaning Supplies shop. He usually has several vehicles being worked on all one behind the other which must involve lots of shuffling about. Best not to get involved and not go down the access lane at all but park instead in the public carpark behind the Nags Head Public House. It is then just a few yards from the back of the carpark direct into the garage. Leave Mick to bring the car around when he is ready for it. Likewise on collection it would probably be in the public carpark.

He was very good when my engine (same engine as yours) started making a dreadful clatter and he had to remove and strip down the head to discover the cause (a broken valve spring!!!) then of course rebuild / reassembly with new belts /retiming etc etc. Was even quite happy with me calling in each day see what he had found and check progress. He has since done various other jobs for me which I could not manage myself.

Do pay him a visit and get a quote for the work you want done and do not be put off by the look of the place which as its name implies was originally used for shoeing horses.

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Thanks for the comments. Decided to buy the relevant tools and give it ago.... Where is the fun not doing it yourself.... A:

Maybe back on here at weekend asking for advice :D
 
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