Diagnostic skills of some mechanics, !!!

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 20:31
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The daughters suby developed a rumble down low in the front of the motor, (or thats where it appeared to be), My thoughts were a bearing somewhere was the culprit, so i dropped all the belts off and started it up and the noise was still the same, so i elliminated all the outside stuff and started thinking timing belt area. I then thought take it to a workshop and get a opinion, So off we went and what a load of croc we got from different mechanics,

No1,,,, Definitley big ends motor has got to come out!

No2..... could be the tensioner or idler pulley bearings on the aircon or power steer pump, I Then proceeded to tell him what i had done and noise was still prevalent, He then lost all interest and said "No Idea" bring it back in a couple of weeks and we'll have to strip it down!

No3 Shakes head and can only talk Dollars and rubbish Jap chit.

No4 After taking a bit of time to listen to what we had to say, then having a good listen to the motor at different revs more or less said its got to be one of the timing belt pulley bearings, So we left it with him ,got a call 2hrs later ,

" Found it" collapsed bearing on timimg belt idler, will put a kit in, pick it up on monday" ,
Polite, efficent, No fuss, reasonable rate, Thats all we wanted!


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Reply By: Mick O - Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 20:38

Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 20:38
She's not having a good run with that vehicle. Didn't she have some issues with it that you posted about before xmas or is this still the same problem? Sounds like you've saved her (or you) many thousands of $$$ so that's got to be good.

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Follow Up By: Member - Axle - Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 22:04

Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 22:04
Lol Mick!!, .......The end result will save me!, ARRRRRRG! Daughters and cars!


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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 21:31

Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 21:31
Gday Axle,
Daughters and Subies....
One of my daughters had a timing belt idler bearing disintegrate on the way to Melbourne - I hired a trailer, picked it up in Tintinara took it back to Adelaide and discovered it had bent some valves - fixed the heads and 12 months later it holed a piston. That car cost a fortune to keep.
The 3 other subies we owned all left my kids stranded with broken clutch cables, CVs that came apart or overheating when the fans stopped working. I'll never own a subaru again. They are a great design - great for the first 10 years then are very expensive and a PITA after that.

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Follow Up By: Member - Axle - Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 21:49

Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 21:49
G/Day Phil, We had one for fifteen years, with no troubles at all ,until it got flogged...lol....Talked the daughter into buying this thing ,Talk about trouble !!!!,can't believe it, and not to mention the cost of parts! Son inlaw dosen't talk anymore, (thats a good thing..lol) but yes i think your right 10yrs is the max to run them


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Follow Up By: Ozhumvee - Sunday, Feb 07, 2010 at 08:11

Sunday, Feb 07, 2010 at 08:11
Maybe it is just the newer ones, we bought an 84 L series manual (pushbutton on top of the gearstick for 4wd, no low range) when it was about ten years old with around 250k on it. We used it as a shopping trolley, kids taxi for about 5 years and then sold it to the old man to be used for much the same. It now has just under 400k and I had to drive it from the mid north coast (Taree) to Sydney and back the other week and it ran faultlessly in 35 deg plus heat with the a/c on, sat on the speed limit all the way. AFAIK dad has only replaced the front halfshafts over and above normal servicing in all that time.
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Follow Up By: Madfisher - Sunday, Feb 07, 2010 at 12:19

Sunday, Feb 07, 2010 at 12:19
The newer ones have become as complex as any BMW or vBenz. The Dog and Lemon guide says they are the most reliable car on the planet till 150000ks, then watch out.
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Reply By: Off-track - Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 22:40

Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 at 22:40
Might as well chuck up the name of No4 as a preferred mechanic so others in the region can enjoy. :-)
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Reply By: keviny6 - Sunday, Feb 07, 2010 at 11:21

Sunday, Feb 07, 2010 at 11:21
if you have a good mechanic ----treasure him or her ----they are worth gold
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Reply By: Members Paul and Melissa (VIC) - Sunday, Feb 07, 2010 at 21:33

Sunday, Feb 07, 2010 at 21:33
My work partner had exeactly the same problem with his missus roo, it was the second problem they had ever had with it in 9 years and 280k. had the head gaskets done at about 150k and the idlers at 260k. apart from that ZIPPO no problems. also my old man had a 78 brumby ute for about 10 years and had changed many c/vs in it but thats because it was jacked right up with big suraysia rims and tyres on it. replaced 1 gearbox in it, drilled and helicoiled one exhaust manifold only in about 450k!!!
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Reply By: fisho64 - Sunday, Feb 07, 2010 at 21:45

Sunday, Feb 07, 2010 at 21:45
so #2 was on the right track...?
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Reply By: Member - Christopher P (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 07, 2010 at 22:26

Sunday, Feb 07, 2010 at 22:26
Denis Cole, McNally smach repairs, west gosford, best there is and talks straight no bull.
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Reply By: get outmore - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 01:43

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 01:43
I sorta see the mechanics point with diagnosis I can imagine a typical converation with joe averdge.
Joe: so whadyareckon the noise is
Mechanic: hmm could be something cheap like a roller bearing prob about $200 OR the motor could be stuffed - thatll be about $4,500

Joe hears : definitly something cheap wont cost BA o fix bla bla bla bla

Joe Says - "Oh cheap, so that your qoute nothing more to pay no matter what huh? huh? "
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