Anyone know of a decent mechanic..?

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Anyone know of a decent mechanic..?

Post by mrob343 » Wed 31 Mar 2010 23:38

I'm after some work being done to my car and van,the car needs a a new timing belt as does my van.
The car's a Renault Megane ,OK...how much ??
Almost 1900,00 € at their garage at peps :? :lol: :cry:
The van's a Peugeot Expert ,OK ...how much ??
Almost 1700,00 € at yes.... their garage in peps :? :lol: :cry:
If anyone knows of a good priced decent mechanic ??
Please post. :wink:
Cheers
Rob

PS,
Come on...
I'm an artisan...hey there's a limit !! :lol:
That's pure rip off !!! :cry:
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Post by thumbelina » Wed 31 Mar 2010 23:43

Dont know if he's any good, Rob, but some friends of mine use a lad called Noel Dunyach. He's got a little place just behind Carbonells at Alzina Rodona. I know his prices are reasonable and I know he used to work in the Renault garage at Amelie.

Why not give him a call?

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Post by opas » Thu 01 Apr 2010 08:13

Rob we had a timing belt done on the Astra........the water pump had gone and the timing belt had to be moved to fix that, so 2 jobs at once.
This was about 18 months ago and cost 250 euros, we provided our own parts too, which were ordered from UK as they are much cheapper ther, But here is another little tale to go with this.

Our car was made when 2 models changed over so the engines sizes changed and there was a little confusion as to the parts sizes.........sods law says that when it was striped down the belt we had bought was too short............that kit cost 80 quid, when we had to buy another here at route de Thuir that cost 145 euros just for the belt, we could probably ordered another from UK but the car was stripped down on the ramp.

The garage is not too easy to find, our local garage passed us over to him, he is near Le Soler. If you want to ring us, I will send you a pm with our number, Outie will take you up there if you want.
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Post by Kate » Thu 01 Apr 2010 08:58

Garage du Tech in the ZI at Ceret, (turn left at Intermarché roundabout and they are on the right) advertise in PO Life and were originally recommended to me.
Don't know about their prices, but they are very pleasant!

PS Very confusing at first Debs :oops: :roll: Forgot what date it was!!! Duh!

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Post by opas » Thu 01 Apr 2010 13:37

You have lost me Kate, no April fools talk there from us.

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Re: Anyone know of a decent mechanic..?

Post by mrob343 » Thu 01 Apr 2010 23:24

mrob343 wrote:I'm after some work being done to my car and van,the car needs a a new timing belt as does my van.
The car's a Renault Megane ,OK...how much ??
Almost 1900,00 € at their garage at peps :? :lol: :cry:
The van's a Peugeot Expert ,OK ...how much ??
Almost 1700,00 € at yes.... their garage in peps :? :lol: :cry:
If anyone knows of a good priced decent mechanic ??
Please post. :wink:
Cheers
Rob

PS,
Come on...
I'm an artisan...hey there's a limit !! :lol:
That's pure rip off !!! :cry:
Thanks Girls ..... :)
I'll follow your advise.
Did you notice no men replied to my request ??!! :P Hmmm??
Cheers!

Serge

Post by Serge » Thu 01 Apr 2010 23:30

What's a timing belt?

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Post by mrob343 » Thu 01 Apr 2010 23:40

Serge wrote:What's a timing belt?
Just a big rubber band LOL ! :lol:
It synchronizes all the lateral & rotating components of an internal combustion engine, Serge. :roll:
A very vital component of the machine ! :)
Cheers :wink:

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Post by blackduff » Fri 02 Apr 2010 06:05

Serge
Unless I'm wrong, the timing belt is mostl critical on Diesel engines. Most diesels need a replacement around 80,000 kms. Newer diesels do not need this timing belt changed, since often it's a metal chain.

My older Land Rover needed the belt changed but the newer Discovery doesn't.

I guess if you have a diesel, check the internet and see if you really need this change. It's very expensive. If this belt fails when the engine is running, it can destroy the engine.

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Post by opas » Fri 02 Apr 2010 08:20

Serge wrote:What's a timing belt?
Courroie de distribution :lol:
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Post by Kathy » Fri 02 Apr 2010 08:27

Blackduff Serge knows full well what a timing belt is. He could fit one with his eyes shut, he was joking with Rob because no men had replied.

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Post by Serge » Fri 02 Apr 2010 09:33

OK. I'll come clean ................... :lol:

Rob,
You must be a handy man with a spanner, can you not do it yourself?
As long as the engine doesn't move (turn), it's just a case of one off - one on.


..... sorry BD .. :oops:

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Post by mrob343 » Fri 02 Apr 2010 09:41

Serge wrote:OK. I'll come clean ................... :lol:

Rob,
You must be a handy man with a spanner, can you not do it yourself?
As long as the engine doesn't move (turn), it's just a case of one off - one on.


..... sorry BD .. :oops:
Hmmm....Its not quite as easy as your explanation ?? :roll:
Nah, rather pay someone !

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Post by opas » Fri 02 Apr 2010 14:03

mrob343 wrote:
Serge wrote:OK. I'll come clean ................... :lol:

Rob,
You must be a handy man with a spanner, can you not do it yourself?
As long as the engine doesn't move (turn), it's just a case of one off - one on.


..... sorry BD .. :oops:
Hmmm....Its not quite as easy as your explanation ?? :roll:
Nah, rather pay someone !
I should give serge a bell...........i believe he is not too far from you this weekend, keep him out of mischief and stop him getting bored!
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Post by polremy » Fri 02 Apr 2010 15:16

Kathy wrote:Blackduff Serge knows full well what a timing belt is. He could fit one with his eyes shut, he was joking with Rob because no men had replied.

I knew that!
Are you better now, Serge?

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Post by opas » Fri 02 Apr 2010 15:39

It will be easier fitting that distribution Kit than cleaning the snot of his keyboard :wink:
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