The owner of this vehicle had taken his car to another garage for a air conditioning service but they could not complete the work as there machine had detected a leak but they didn’t have leak detection tool.
At Aarons Autos we have a nitrogen gas leak test kit that fills the system with nitrogen which is not harmful to the environment when released into the air.
Front end stripped down to find leak and then removal of the air conditioning condenser.
We used the air conditioning leak detection kit and with the gas escaping we pinpointed the leak to the air conditioning condenser behind the intercooler. We informed the customer of the air conditioning leak test result and after a estimated repair cost they gave us the go ahead to replace the air conditioning condenser.
Damaged air conditioning condenser.
New air conditioning condenser fitted.
After replacing the air conditioning condenser we performed another leak test and the system held gas as it should with no leaks detected.
We do air conditioning servicing, leak tests and repairs.
Vauxhall Corsa oil in coolant and timing chain noisy.
This Vauxhall Corsa came into the garage after the owner had notice that the coolant was being contaminated with oil. Whilst we were looking into the problem we also noticed the timing chain was very noisy and with no visible problems we informed the customer that we would need to strip the timing side of the engine to investigate the problem.
Vauxhall Corsa timing chain gasket failure.
On stripping the timing chain side of the engine both problems were quickly diagnosed. We found that the gasket separating the oil from the coolant behind the timing chain cover had failed letting the two mix together, also when the timing tools were inserted the timing chain was found to be stretched which was causing the rattling noise.
Vauxhall Corsa timing chain gasket (in black) failed.
Vauxhall Corsa timing chain gasket failure close up.
We replaced the timing chain, guides, sprockets and gasket then flushed the cooling system to remove any remaining oil from the system. After performing a intrim service and a full anti freeze change the Vauxhall Corsa engine was nice and quite and the oil was no longer mixing with the coolant.
This Fiat Ducato camper van came into us after the customer complained that they had noticed a pink fluid leaking from around the front of the vehicle.
Fiat Ducato Camper van
We checked around the engine bay of the camper van and could see pink staining around the radiator indicating that there may be a leak. We used our coolant pressure tester and entered pressure into the cooling system and the leak from the radiator became apparent.
Fiat Ducato camper van radiator leaking
On removal of the radiator you could see where the radiator had failed and the coolant was leaking from.
Fiat Ducato camper van radiator damage
We replaced the radiator and filled with new anti freeze, the camper van was ready once again for many camping holidays.
Camper van, large van, small van service and repairs.
What do you do when a van that has failed an MOT on a rear cross member being excessively corroded (not much left at all) and requires a new one only to find the Dealers are on inevitable back order and non of the motor factors list the part?
Well, in our case we make one.
A sheet of steel and a bit of patience and ‘voila’ a new cross member for the van.
Once welded in place its just a matter of sealing and painting the new cross member and its a job well done.
If your car or van fails an MOT on welding don’t hesitate to give us a call for a quote.