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Old 04-12-2013, 11:55 AM   #51
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Yes it is a nightmare, Ive actually had a few bad nights sleep over this matter, waking up in the middle of the night etc and appreciate all the feedback from you guys here, its comforting to know I am not alone in my love of my van
Ive spoken to a several of my workmates who are either mechanics or are mechanically minded and the general consensus is the dodgy mechanic who changed my alternator must have shorted something
I'm going out there tomorrow to have my van towed to Sultans at Warwick Farm and if the dodgy mechanic refuses to pay for the repairs I will start to name and shame him, so standby for more details....
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:29 AM   #52
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An update for you guys if anyone is interested in hearing more of my sob story
Sultans have been great so far but they told me the bad news that the starter motor needs replacing. So not only has the previous dodgy mechanic cooked my electrics, he also burned out the starter motor from excessive use.
Sultans quoted me $380 for a new alternator parts and labour.
So the plan of attack is replace the starter then they are going to hook up their star computer and go from there.
I feel lost without my sprinter....
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:51 AM   #53
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Ohms law states that W=ExI (watts is volts by amps multiplied) so as the battery voltage decreases the current amperage increases, if the battery voltage is low to stalling and failing to crank current does increase dramatically as it tries to get the job done, but i am still not convinced that its related to the alternator issues, sounds like a blind freddy has your van
and you need to go elsewhere as this dealer is completely incompetent.
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:30 AM   #54
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One of the problems (challenges) these days. Trying to find a competent mechanic. I served my apprenticeship with Chrysler Australia in the early 60's. find a good mechanic and stick with them. Too many are no longer tradesmen since Motor Mechanic is no longer a trade. People simply replace parts. I used to find good mechanics by replacing a brake light globe with one that was burnt out. If the car came back with it replaced then, with qualification, they had my work. It's very hard for those with no knowledge to judge and even harder to call the incompetent to task.
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:59 AM   #55
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I'm back on the road again

Now all the dust has settled, this is what happened.

The first mechanic MD Thai Auto Mechanical
Corner of Tarlington and Cabramatta Road
Bonnyrigg NSW 2177

He installed the incorrect alternator supplied by Autoxcel
Rigg Place Plaza (next to Aldi)
Bonnyrigg NSW 2177

Autoxcel told me they would repair my original alternator for $240 but instead (without my consent) supplied a new/recon? alternator to their mechanic buddies across the road.

The mechanic obviously never checked if it was indeed the correct alternator for the vehicle and went ahead and replaced the original one with this new one supplied by his friends across the road.

After the work was complete and the van would not start, the mechanic blamed it on the following;
- The immobiliser
- The alarm
- The battery
- The computer

The mechanic told me to pay $150 (even though I had been quoted $90) get my van out of his workshop because he was finished the job and would not be doing anymore work on it.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:32 AM   #56
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The second mechanic Sultans Automotive Repairs
5d/4 Homepride Avenue
Warwick Farm NSW 2170
Just near the major intersection of Hume Hwy and Orange Grove Rd (Cumberland Hwy)
They are a family run business and have been there for 30 years. I dealt with John and he was great.
They found that the starter motor had been burnt out by the previous mechanic and needed replacing for $380.
They spent alot of time trying to find the reason why the van would crank and not fire up, all kinds of testing but no answers.
If they wanted to they could have charged me alot more but thankfully they were very fair and reasonable with their charges, considering they had to roll my van in and out of their workshop every day for just over a week.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:46 AM   #57
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Sultans suggested I take the van to a Mercedes STEALER-SHIP or to another mechanic they know and recommend called Sydney Wide European Autos
150 Eldridge Road
Condell Park NSW 2200
I dealt with Frank and explained the history so far over the phone. He said it might be the computer (ECU) and would cost over $2K. Given that it had already cost me well over 1K so far (alternator, starter motor, tow trucks, down time at work - lost income) I felt worried about what else he would find.
This receipt is the end result.
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