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Just driven to London from Bristol for work. Took the T4 and it cruised down, never missing a beat.:ILU:

Arrived in London and as I am bouncing along the pot holed roads of Knightsbridge I hit a big one... BANG!!:confused:

The van is slammed on 18s so I figure **** that aint good for it... Suddenly, a slight clicking from the drivers side.... Damn, through a wheel bearing or buggered a CV joint more like... could be a bush but its something....:eek:

Wind back a week, clutch had been done. Never thought to check the wheel nuts but I got home with it slowly getting louder... very loud as I approached my street. So, up on the stands it goes, thinking ok, I gotta weekend of van work to do. Go to undo the wheel nuts and they are already loose!!!!:*:*:*:*

They have been on the van 12 months, done 1000s of miles, and never come loose!!:ILU:

I suppose I should make sure I check wheel nuts after work is done on my van. I usually do all the work myself but workload meant I had to trust a garage to carry out the work ASAP. But is it too much to expect the bloody wheel nuts to be tightened????

Any one else had any bad garage experiences!?!?!
 

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Sounds like you need: www.goodgaragescheme.com

Never had probs with my T4, but seemed to be ripped off left right and centre when I had my bay. I learned to stay well clear of two words......"aircooled specialists". Not saying thy're all like that but a couple I used were complete tossers.

Worst thing was when the link rod went between the carbs so took it to a place to get it replaced and the carbs rebalanced etc.
Everything was fine for a coupe of days till pootling up the A1 when a whole heap of hassles started. Pulled over, took a look and the rod was just hanging. Turns out that the ball and socket end had been fixed with a toothpaste tube lid :(
For a quick fixit job I ended up using an old coke can and some gaffer tape, and my trusty swiss army knife.
 

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Bloody hell!! Specialists then.....??

As I said, I usually do all my own work. My Dad works in the trade so I know alot about what goes on behind closed shutter doors.. I was always warned by my dad to go careful.

I know there are loads of very good garages & workshops who are doing a great job. I know this so this is not gonna bother me too much. Its just a shame that these idiots out there put people off when there are some very good places to go.....

However, not having to fix suspension bits means that it can be sprayed that much sooner... A:A:A:
 

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Never had any problems with specialists. I just use my local tech, top man.

I did have a little incident just after fitting new alloys. I put them on my van, got called away
just after putting the last one on. I,m gone, my wife sees the new wheels on, thinks oooh wonder what it drives like? Takes the van for a run. She hears a rattle noise from the front left, keeps going, it gets louder, keeps going house in sight now the front lhs brake disc collapses on to the alloy. luckily she was going slow and did not go off the road.

I got the wheel welded up and have had no problems since except for a compulsive disorder called wheel nut checking LOL:

Hope this makes you feel a little better luvbusT:
 

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My Brother had new seals fitted to a 1ton Peaugot, weeks later went up from the Isle of Wight to pick up a Harley from a midlands dealer. Coming back down the M1 in the pouring
rain he felt some vibration the next thing he knows one of the back wheels has come off the rear end drops down on to the hub and the back wheel overtakes him. The wheel hit the central resorvation and shot off up the hard sholder, he retrieved the wheel took a nut off the other three wheels to replace the lost ones. Always check your NUTS.
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After fitting new brake pads I was driving to work and I hear a whoop whoop whooping noise, confused for a second then think bugger! Coast to a stand still and get the wheel brace out, all 5 nuts on the drivers side front half hanging out. Damed useless DIY mechanic, never go there again! No harm done though.
 

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Any one else had any bad garage experiences!?!?!
I had it on a motorbike once. I'd had it serviced, went out for a ride down the lanes. I kept losing the back end.NOT FUNNY ON A BIKE.
The garage had left the sump plug loose and I was getting oil on the back tyre:*
 

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On the other side of the coin , I had a pug 306td and it always went to the main dealer for servicing, anyway about three weeks after a full service I had a puncture o/s front, try as i might I couldn't budge the wheelnuts to the point that the wheelbrace was bending! so a call to the RAC was in order. It took a breaker bar and a four foot piece of pipe to get them undone, so much for torque settings :confused:
 

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On the other side of the coin , I had a pug 306td and it always went to the main dealer for servicing, anyway about three weeks after a full service I had a puncture o/s front, try as i might I couldn't budge the wheelnuts to the point that the wheelbrace was bending! so a call to the RAC was in order. It took a breaker bar and a four foot piece of pipe to get them undone, so much for torque settings :confused:
i had the same on my van had a flat one morning (at home thank goodness ) snapped wheel brace in 2 and bent another even after taking blow lamp to nut in the end had to heat them and hit them on the end with a lump hammer to get them to go
 

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Sounds like some monkey needs there ass kicking to me:no

160NM T4 wheel torque and should always be tightened with a torque wrenchT:

Lucky the wheel didnt fall off:eek:
 

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160 NM - whats that in proper money ?? and is that just for steels - sounds a bit high for alloys.

T4a = 160Nm

T4b = 170Nm (alloys), 180Nm (steels)

Sharan = 140Nm

Always clean off any corrosion on the hub spigot and the wheel centre itself before refitting...
 
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