AnswerID: 121228 Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 22:34
Well done on getting a satisfactory outcome.
It seems you encountered a less than honest service consultant.
As a previous forumite said he is trying to make a target for the month
and he saw a way to get there with your job.
It is worth while finding a good Diesel mechanic and he probably would
cost less than $102/hr however for this particular job the Nissan dealer
would have been your best bet. I haven't met many Diesel guys too
interested in electrics. A switched on auto electrician would be your
next option but your guy already directed you to Nissan because he
probably didn't know the system.
Nissan have the diagnostic tools, wiring diagrams and they may have seen
the problem before (but obviously not in your case).
It is common misconception that all you have to do is plug the diagnostic tool
in and it will tell which part is faulty. It will only tell which system is faulty
and a system may have 5 or 6 components and the wiring in between and a
lot of these components are hidden behind the dash, centre console and trim
panels whch have to be removed to access.
Lets hope that is the last of your vehicle's troubles.
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FollowupID: 376430 Submitted:
Wednesday, Jul 20, 2005 at 18:40
Knowing the limitations of the diagnostic tool will help me make a more informed choice next time my Patrol needs attention. I am about to join a Patrol owners' club and it seems that will give me ready access to people in the know about how things work and what is a fair price for work that needs doing.
As it turns out the shop
where I have been going for my regular servicing is about to be sold - rats! Now I will be on the hunt for a new diesel mechanic. Club member in my local area has mentioned one near by who does great work, so that looks promising. Perhaps he can then recommend an auto-electrician whose work he is pleased with.
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