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RANGE ROVER VOGUE REPAIRS

Range Rover Hub Bushes.

Range Rover Vogue Rear Hub Spherical Bushes.

This Range Rover came into us after failing its MOT on the rear hub lower spherical bushes having excessive movement.

Once we had removed the wheels and disconnected the lower suspension arms we could get a good look at the bushes and what we had to deal with.

The cir-clip that holds the bushes in place had completely rotted into the hub not allowing us to remove it in the conventional way, which meant we had to improvise!

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Cir-Clip rusted into the bush and hub.

As you can see from the above picture we had to grind into the bush until we reached what was left of the Cir-Clip to be able to remove it.

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Weaken the bush.

After grinding enough of the bush away to access and remove the Cir-Clip we cut into the side wall of the bush to make pressing it out easier.

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Bush removed.

Voila, bush pressed out using our bearing and bush pulling tool, hole cleaned up and greased ready for the new bush to be pressed into place.

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Bush tool.

Here you can see the bearing and bush pulling tool being used to press in the new bush, once the new bush is pressed in we just need to fit the new Cir-Clip and then begin the rebuild.

RANGE ROVER BUSH FITTED
New bush and Cir-Clip fitted.

New bush fitted and a new Cir-Clip fitted, after a quick rebuild the car was ready to go back to the customer for its MOT retest.

At Aarons Autos no job is to big or to small, we will en-devour to repair any car that comes through our doors.

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Peugeot RCZ 1.6 THP 2011 stretched timing chain P0016.

Peugeot RCZ engine management light on Fault code P0016 and engine rattle.

We see quite a few Peugeot RCZ’s with engine management lights on and when diagnosed the fault code is P0016 Synchronization lack of coherence between engine speed sensor (crank sensor) and inlet camshaft sensor. This means that the engine is sensing that the timing of the vehicle engine is incorrect when running. The reason for this is that on this engine model (that is also fitted in the BMW MINI and other vehicles) the timing chain stretches due to either a mechanical component being worn, not being serviced regularly or low oil levels.

peugeot rcz timing chain aarons autos derby P0016

Peugeot RCZ 2012 fault code P0016

With the Diagnostic code read taken place we first remove the rocker cover and fit the engine timing pins to see how stretched the chain is but on this one we could see even with fitting the engine timing pins how far the chain had stretched.

peugeot rcz timing chain aarons autos derby P0016

Rocker cover removed with no timing pins fitted.

Having timed the crank and inserted the timing pin we went to time the cams and as you can see they were many teeth out. The two cam timing plates should meet together in the middle and both together.

peugeot rcz timing chain aarons autos derby P0016

Timing tool fitted showing how incorrect the timing was.

We removed the Chain and corrected the timing so that the new timing chain kit could be fitted.

peugeot rcz timing chain aarons autos derby P0016
peugeot rcz timing chain aarons autos derby P0016

Timing chain kit removed.

We always fit a brand new full timing chain kit that includes tensioner, chain, rocker cover gasket, guides, sprocket and VVT pulley.

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peugeot rcz timing chain aarons autos derby P0016
peugeot rcz timing chain aarons autos derby P0016

All new parts fitted and timed up correctly.

With the new timing chain kit fitted and a oil and filter change completed the ecu was reset and the car ran allot quieter with no engine management light or code coming back on.

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Suzuki Alto front shock absorber major failure.

Suzuki Alto Front Shock Absorber Failure

This Low miles Suzuki Alto got recovered into us with suspension failure causing the o/s/f wheel to be leaning out.

Suzuki Alto front strutt failure.

It was very apparent straightaway that the strut had failed due to corrosion.

Suzuki Alto strut failure due to corrosion.

We also checked the n/s/f and also found that it had a large crack in it.

Suzuki Alto strut cracking due to corrosion.

We replaced both front struts and a inner and outer cv boots due to them being torn and after checking the tracking the car was good to go.

Suzuki Alto front strut replaced.

Suzuki Alto tracking completed

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Ford Transit Welding.

Ford Transit Chassis Cab Extra LWB for MOT Welding.

This Ford Transit extra LWB (Long Wheel Base) had been specially adapted for the customer many years ago to enable it to carry extra long loads. It came in to us for its annual MOT, whilst carrying out the MOT it became apparent that the extension section of the chassis which makes this van an ‘Extra LWB’ was made from a lower quality steel than the original chassis and was in very poor condition.

Corroded Chassis Leg & Cross Member

After removing the body from the chassis we could see what we had to deal with and realised we would have to completely replace the cross member as well as repairing the chassis legs.

Assessing the Corrosion

The structural integrity of the the chassis legs was still very good and it was just the thin outer skin that was holed and corroded so we decided to sleeve the complete chassis leg to increase the strength of the existing legs.

New Sleeve And Top Being Welded Into Place

“MOT Welding on Transit Van”

Once both chassis leg sleeves and tops had been welded into place it was time to align and fit the new cross member, the cross member also supports the prop shaft so needs to be perfectly in line as to not cause any vibrations.

Cross Member And Modified Prop Mount Fitted

Next job was to weld the top onto the cross member and seem seal and paint the chassis to help keep it protected.

Sealed & Painted

After completing this section there were a few plates to be made for the rear section of the chassis then the welding would be complete and we could refit the body.

One Rear Section Completed

“Time to refit the LWB body”

Body Bolted Back Into Place
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New Race Car Testing.

As some of you may know we decided sell our beloved Clio Cup race car and move up to a Honda Type R which will make us able to race in higher class’s.

Over the last few months we have been testing the car to make sure it doesn’t have any issues and for us to get some well needed seat time to get used to the new car, many thanks to Chris from Circuit Days for the track time and his input into how the car handled.

The first test day was at Donington Park which is our local circuit and would be good to see how it compared to the old Clio, after the test day we realised that in general the car was very good but the suspension seemed a bit to soft for how we wanted the car to handle.

After doing plenty of home work we opted for the Yellow Speed Racing coil overs (as used in the Civic Cup) with bespoke spring rates, we managed to get the kit fitted and setup before our second test day which was to be at Rockingham Race Way.

The test day at Rockingham was a great success, the new suspension had transformed the car into exactly what we wanted, the car was now planted, balanced and very controllable, we even managed to get a few laps with one of the cars we will be racing against next year and realised that even though the car was more than capable of keeping up we needed more seat time!

Our third and final test day of 2018 was at Oulton Park and it was wet, ideally we wanted a dry day to see if our times were good but we also new we needed to test in the wet so it wasn’t all bad, with our wet tyres on the car handled brilliantly and we were getting more and more confident as the day went on.

In the afternoon the rain had died off and there was a dry line appearing on the track so we decided to try our dry tyres to see how it would handle on a drying track, the car behaved in general but was a little twitchy on the back end which was to be expected.

In conclusion we are very happy with car and have managed to get it to a point where we are happy to race it.

Now for the strip down over winter and over to the bodyshop for our new paint scheme for next year, stay tuned for more updates.

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Winter Service Deal

aarons autos derby winter service dealsTake advantage of our Winter Service offer and make sure your car is safe over the cold, wet and even snowy period we are entering.

We know that people are strapped for cash on the run up to Christmas but the last thing we and you want are unnecessary car repair bills due to not having it checked over.

How much do you pay?

Aarons Autos service costs

 

When we read this article we had to share it to prove how expensive repairing your car can be, as you read it bear in mind that our labour rate at Aarons Autos is only £48.00 inc vat per hour!

The hourly labour rate has dropped to £74.70, £8.18 less than it was 12 months ago, according the study by Warranty Direct.

Motorists are reaping the benefit of not only independent garages bidding for business but manufacturers becoming more competitive with a number now offering fixed price servicing.

“From this year’s results, it appears, for the first time, that consumers are starting to win the price war as labour rates finally start to fall across the UK,” said Duncan McClure Fisher, the company’s managing director.

“We’ve seen almost a decade of spiralling costs to keep a car on the road and it’s good to see dealers competing more on pricing.

“Service clubs, servicing plans, fixed priced servicing and scheduled servicing bundles are being increasingly used by manufacturers and dealers to attract and retain customers. At the same time, consumers are getting smarter and learning how to shop around for better deals.”

With cars effectively being computers on wheels, drivers have also gained from laws forcing car manufacturers to make the computerised information they hold available to non-franchised independent garages.

Despite this, there are still some franchised dealers charging huge amounts with the top hourly rate reaching £200.40 – a couple of pounds down on 2011 – but nearly £50 up on the top rate of a decade ago.

The latest survey also revealed some sharp regional differences, with labour rates rising by just over 20 per cent over the last 12 months, while they fell by nearly 19 per cent in Cornwall.

London remains the most expensive place to get a car serviced with an average hourly rate of £89.33, while Angus in Scotland is now the cheapest at £62.04.

A spokesman for the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders added: ”There is a lot more competition, which is why the price is coming down.

”Drivers are also benefiting from longer service intervals and garages bundling in MoT tests with the service.”

So this goes to prove that here at Aarons Autos we offer a great dealer level service for a great price.

Car Park Dings !

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Cramped parking spaces are costing motorists approximately £500 million in repairs as careless drivers dent doors and bash bumpers.

According to a study, more than ten million car owners have returned to a parking space to find their car damaged after another driver has swung open a door and hit their paintwork or banged the wing mirror.

And shoppers at supermarkets are also to blame for squeezing through narrow gaps between cars with metal belt buckles and bags catching on paintwork and mirrors.

The survey by high street chain Halfords found two out of three drivers shell out more than £50 for minor repairs for scuffs and scrapes with 50% of damage to the car body.

Bumpers are also vulnerable, accounting for 14% of repairs and mirrors make up another 13%.

Despite the size of the average car growing, Department for Transport rules governing car park space sizes have remained the same since 1994.

Modern cars can be up to two inches wider than the 5ft 11 inch minimum space recommended by the government department, meaning even a Ford Focus at 6ft 1in wide is too large to fit a regulation bay.

And at 6ft 7ins wide, a BMW 3 Series would need to straddle two tiny spaces to have any chance of parking safely.

Halfords spokesman David Howells said: “There is a squeeze on the nation’s car parks and the consequences are hitting frustrated motorists hard earned money.

“The majority of drivers we questioned blamed their scratches and repair costs on inconsiderate drivers parking too close to them but our research shows that the actual size of parking spaces is leaving them little choice.”

Donna Howard of paint protection experts G3 Pro said: “Even the smallest scratch can be very annoying and reduce the value of a car by hundreds of pounds.

“But with car park operators looking to maximise visitor volumes and revenue, there is little incentive for them to exceed the recommended minimum size requirements.”

The survey of 2,187 motorists found that local supermarkets were the worst for cramped bays with shopping malls second and railway stations in third place.