Worst ever jobs on cars..........................

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Post by AthlonZX » 27 Apr 2003, 03:04

Replacing the rear shock absorbers on my first car (a Pug 205) was fun. Followed the manual, and the driver's side sock absorber just fell off...easy [:D]. Came to do the passanger side, and it would'nt come off the lower mounting bolt that runs through the suspension arm. The rubber had bonded to the bolt...and the bolt was locked solid in the arm.
After spending around 6 hours of hammering & swearing I entered my house for a small blow torch (much to the concern of my Dad [:D]), physically ripped the shockabsorber off...and then applied at little heat to the arm...and it popped right out [:)]
Final statistics:
Replacement time (including refit 9 hours)
Swearing (incalculable)
Cups of Coffe: 3 per hour
Result: Bought a ZX [:D]
Replacing the clutch on my dad's Citroen BX 16 valve still haunts me today...watching that gearbox come out and going "that's never gonna go back in [:0]".
Other nasties:
1) Panel bulbs in for ZX heater controls (actually aborted half way)
2) fitting a new wing to a 205 (before I bought it!)
3) Helping a mate at 3:00am fit an alternator to a Vaxuall Nova broken down somewhere in stafford
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114622 [:)] miles

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Post by Chris56000 » 08 Jun 2010, 19:40

Hi!

My apologies for mentioning this on a French Car Forum but the most furious-rage-inducing job I've ever met is alternators on Fiat Diesels...!!!

:x They stick 'em right down in the bottom of the engine behind the Driver's side wheel arch, to get at 'em you've to remove the hub, driveshaft, lower wishbone, brake caliper, auxiliary belt tensioner, the electrical connections are a lousy swine to remove and refit, and worst of all, when you do manage to get the top mounting bolt out a spacing collar will drop out and its totally impossible to work out where it came from!!! :x

Guess:-

1) What every manual - Haynes, Porters, Russek, Revue Technicque, even Fiat Auto's in huge blue binders all conveniently miss out?!

2) What my Fiat TD100 1.9 ELX went to that Motorway In The Sky For...?!

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Post by old'uns » 08 Jun 2010, 19:57

probably not the worst, but maybe the dirtiest....

oil filter on a '91 Isuzu Trooper. the Japs aren't infallible for design...thread mount facing upwards :roll:

only ever did it once after taking 4 hrs to clean up bay & driveway

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Post by HDI » 09 Jun 2010, 11:01

Worst job on a Citroen so far, clutch cable clip on a Xantia !

Worst job on any car so far, clutch change on Mitsubishi Evo's !! Tranverse engine location & 4 wheel drive says it all !!

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Post by citroenesque » 09 Jun 2010, 11:42

Starter motor on a BX 16v isn't much fun.

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Post by uhn113x » 22 Sep 2010, 09:10

Mine:
Oil switch on DS injection.

Others:
Master cylinder on Morris Minor.
Fuel pump on 15cwt Thames van - 400E.

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Post by spider » 22 Sep 2010, 13:58

I'm told the steering rack on a 2CV is really nasty to do given the excess of dismantling, although not having seen one I cannot be sure if its true or not (someone confirm or otherwise as its playing on my mind now) :)

XUD11 (2.1TD) head gaskets are not very nice, although not 'that' difficult at least by the looks of it (water pump is a bit annoying compared to XUD9 too) . Cannot recall having done one though myself.

EDIT... Oh, 106 clutch cables (RHD drive models with power steering) due to limited access.

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Post by red_dwarfers » 22 Sep 2010, 17:01

The worst job I've ever heard of is the water pump on a Citroen GS.

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Post by myglaren » 22 Sep 2010, 17:02

red_dwarfers wrote:The worst job I've ever heard of is the water pump on a Citroën GS.
You have to remove the hyperdrive dilithium crystal cannister first, after that it's a doddle.

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Post by CitroJim » 22 Sep 2010, 18:51

I've found a whole new worst job on a Xantia :twisted: :twisted:

Pure gynaecology all the way :roll:

Trying to make the cruise control work..

Vacuum pump buried down behind the front bumper and ECU buried under the drivers side B pillar. About as accessible as North Korea...

So far, I've found three faults on it and fixed them but it's still not working. I'll relate the story in my blog in a while....

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Post by spider » 23 Sep 2010, 16:49

Some later 306's (RHD with A/C) clutch cables are not very nice, due to the cable being fitted originally before the A/C pipes (its actually sat between them, so you cannot get it out due to the plastic cover fitted and the servo not helping access any either)

There's ways around it ;) but tis a bit annoying, worse on XU engines where space is a bit tight anyway (GTi etc)

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Post by R9UKE » 23 Sep 2010, 22:31

Hardest job on a french car?

Replacing the headlight bulbs on the Mégane :lol:

Next time they go I'm selling the car.

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Post by spider » 24 Sep 2010, 12:14

R9UKE wrote:Hardest job on a french car?

Replacing the headlight bulbs on the Mégane :lol:

Next time they go I'm selling the car.
Boxer ones are not much fun, you have to unbolt the light unit to do them (think of 205 style popping the light out, but without the ease of quick release clips)

Later 206's (some models) the N/S headlight bulb is a complete pain due to the ABS pump being fitted right next to the connector. I lost count of how many I used to do for people who could not.

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Post by R9UKE » 24 Sep 2010, 18:45

spider wrote:
R9UKE wrote:Hardest job on a french car?

Replacing the headlight bulbs on the Mégane :lol:

Next time they go I'm selling the car.
Boxer ones are not much fun, you have to unbolt the light unit to do them (think of 205 style popping the light out, but without the ease of quick release clips)

Later 206's (some models) the N/S headlight bulb is a complete pain due to the ABS pump being fitted right next to the connector. I lost count of how many I used to do for people who could not.
Yep, well Renault have kindly made the bulbs completely inaccessible from under the bonnet, instead, there is a removable flap in the wheel arch liners where you squeeze your hand through and feel around. Pretty sure I still have a few scars on my hands from last time!

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Post by spider » 24 Sep 2010, 19:27

R9UKE wrote: Yep, well Renault have kindly made the bulbs completely inaccessible from under the bonnet, instead, there is a removable flap in the wheel arch liners where you squeeze your hand through and feel around. Pretty sure I still have a few scars on my hands from last time!
Later (97 on) 106's are like that (flap in arch liner) although they are very easy (fortunately) to change...