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  2. Relax mate, take a chill pill before you blow a gasket. All you had to do was say its an original piece and that would be the end of it. Absolutely no need of dragging balls and ass'es into it.
  3. @desertdude if you can't back your spineless claim with a link please grow up some balls and apologize instead of accusing me of plagiarism i really don't have any idea or understand how you see things from your perspective my head doesn't even reach that far up my ***
  4. @shadow79 you misunderstood my comment, I was trying to help you with more info by sharing the P0300 code article written by professional and certified OBD II diagnostic expert with 25 years of experience.
  5. @desertdude @Gaurav google is your friend you can search articles from the internet and be kind enough to post the link here if its a word by word copy then i will be glad to remove this from here....? the only thing are the pictures that have been copied from the net the link you posted here is from a ford manual and it is way different from what i have written please back your claims with some evidence or else have the decency to at least press the like button for my efforts and time instead of this childish behaviour
  6. Would be nice if you at the very least pasted the link from where the article was copied. Credit should be given where credit is due.
  7. p0300 this comes usually when one of multiple cylinder are misfiring which actually means that the cylinder is not burning fuel adequately or not at all. there are many reasons for this as its one of the most wide scope code in automotive line it can start from the tip the air filter to the end the exhaust.its bit easy to diagnose if accompanied with other codes if not then the fault could be anywhere in anyform it's not that you can't fix it but it's a long procedure to narrow it down if left alone its a very nasty thing which can create many troubles like drivability issues rough idle,high fuel consumption, weaken the engine mounts, ruin the catalytic converter,choke the catalytic converter which in turn will ruin the rings and fail the engine and or run the catalytic converter so hot that it could lead to a fire hazard. the fix The spark plugs first off all is to pull the codes and see what actually is going on get some live reads from the diagnosis machine if its a advanced car if not then start from the basics like check the spark plugs if their ceramics been burnt at the base then it is time to change them the air air filter should be inspected and replaced if necessary air metering sensor should be checked and verified if in specs the throttle hose should be inspected for air leaks also the intake hoses and the intake manifold itself should not be ruled out too they too get bent or develop cracks that can be checked by spraying starting fluid and or carefully listen you can hear a hissing noise sometimes the ignition coils/plug wires then check the ignition coils for any electricity escape burn marks it'll show up like rainbow color (if distributor less) just loosen up the ig coil and raise it a bit while the engine is running you will hear the ticks ticks at uniform speed if not then switch off and exchange with the one which does tick tick that way you can narrow it down to the ig coils or the wiring of that particular coil harness which can be corrected looking up the wiring diagram of the particular make and model if still it remain in the particular cylinder then the coil driver of the particular cylinder located in the ecm is bad if the car is equipped with the distributor then wait for it to be dark or darken the place nicely and then open the bonnet and observe the plug wires for any lightning escape through the wires be careful though as its gonna sting real bad because of very high current the injectors/fuel pump it could be that the injectors are not working or its wiring could be bad that too can be checked exchanging the injectors place and again hearing the ticks of the injector using mechanics stethoscope if still not then the wiring of that particular injector needs to be looked at by using the wiring diagram also its important to remove them all and get them serviced at a good place so that you can know that the spray patterns and the spray quantity is good if still the problem persists in that same cylinder then the injector driver in the ecm is the problem for some cars which have direct injection injectors you wont be able to do this as removing injectors in those means you have to put back new ones the fuel pump pressure can be checked by fixing a gauge at the fuel rail and or a T joint should be put between the fuel rail and the feed pipe. please bear in mind that if the car was standing for a long time then its better to empty the tank and start with fresh fuel. the timing components the timing belts or chains could skip a teeth or two and the engine will run out of timing and result in misfire like behaviour you always have to check the camshaft ,crankshaft and the balancers (if equipped) that they alin at the right timing marks (if present) you can look up the FSM's of particular engine's the engine cylinders to check these you have to remove the fuel pump relay so no raw fuel will contaminate the catalytic converters ( if equipped ) and stick a gauge in the spark plugs place and note down each cylinders pressure also (generally) be aware that no two cylinders pressure should be more the 20 psi apart. they should be above 80 to have a start condition for specific engine pressure please look in the manual (to pin point ring and valve or leaking gasket problem apart you have to put oil in the cylinders to take the reading) the exhaust sometimes with a direct hit it crumbles or sometimes because of running hot the catalytic converter melts and chokes the pipe if it is in the right place of the pipe. it can stall or run very different then you are accustomed to as there could be very high back pressure which could alter the firing cycle the waiver those with heart conditions stay away from ignition components as very high voltage risk is involved. the work explained above is very dangerous to attempt on your own. there are many additional steps which have not been mentioned here but is not limited to like cover removal or the intake removal,timing cover removal which maybe required multiple times to complete the procedure you will always need the help of someone who is professionally trained to handle this types of work. the risks involved can be of electrocution, burning (yourself or the car or the premise where you are performing these exercises ) amputation, respiratory illness, blindness
  8. I wouldn't call getting "consoled" by a fat goth chick a silver lining. I Would call that it thats when the day got really bad Lol. Probably her lucky day, but since you went back for seconds and lots of third I guess you're into that. Hey each to his own, no judgement here. And I can understand the other customer as well its a vaxhall Astra. Slightly above a non working washing machine!
  9. Guilty of driving on worn out pads myself. I had upgraded to bigger discs and calipers off a JDM model and it was a 2 week wait for pads. No overnight parts from Japan ala fast and furious in those days. I should have ordered them when they were getting low but I would rather spend the money on mods at the time. Eventually ended up running metal to metal. Only had to drive 4 miles to work every day so I figured it would be ok for a few days. Pads came in the end and I got lucky with just fitting the pads and skimming the discs. What I didn’t account for was the damage to my rims. Brand new set of 17” Radius R8s less than a month old ruined. All the hot metal fragments from the pads embedded into the lacquer on the rims. You know how a workbench looks after years of grinding sparks on it? That’s how my rims looked. And nothing that could be fixed without a full refurb. Lesson learned. Prevention is better than the cure. Another faux pas I made. I had been looking forward to seeing a band for months (the misfits) and I knew they would probably never be back in Ireland again. Morning of the concert, my clutch was fubared from acting the lig the night before doing 4wd donuts on dry tarmac. Could barely get over 20 mph and no way I could have driven up a hill. Got lucky and found one in a local motor factor at 1PM and I had to leave for the concert at 5PM. My Chevette and Starion were in the garage in pieces with no way to move them and I had to do something fast so I put the car up on bricks at the front of the house and got to work. Ever remove a Subaru gearbox on your own without a lift? It was no fun. Anyway, it was getting close to 4:30 and I still had to wash and change my clothes. Just about managed to get finished at this stage, box back in, everything connected and exhaust back on. In my haste I grabbed the air gun and rattled the wheels on, went for a bath and put some clean clothes on. This big fat goth chick I knew from a few towns away wanted to go to the concert too so I went to pick her up. Car was driving fine. Then we set off for the concert venue. Going down the motorway everything was cushty then the steering wheel started shaking and I heard an awful banging noise so I pulled over onto the hard shoulder. One of the front wheels was hanging off. I had overtightened the wheel nuts with the air gun and stripped the threads. I don’t know how I managed to make it so far without a problem. Me being me, I had a complete set of spare hubs with nuts in the boot, but me also being me, I didn’t have the tools to fit one. So I ended up having to call a motorway recovery truck at a cost of £300 (1,500 dhs). To add insult to injury, I didn’t even have any cash on me as I was driving and I knew I wouldn’t be buying beer so I didn’t bring cash. Some random passer by who was kind enough to stop and ask if I needed help was also kind enough to offer to lend me his credit card to pay for the recovery. Yes I paid him back and some extra for his trouble, the world needs more people like that! I got the car recovered to the big fat goth chicks house and her dad lent me some tools to start fixing it. I never made it to the concert that night but on the plus side, the big fat goth chick let me stay in her room that night and “consoled” my sorrows. I became a regular visitor there for a few months. I guess every cloud has a silver lining. I haven’t broken anything for a long time and I’m also lucky most of the stuff I’ve broken has been my own. I did make a bad mistake on a customers car once. This was way back in 2005-2006. The Mk5 Vauxhall Astra had just come out. Almost new car in for its first service. You know how the 2 post lifts have 4 extendable legs with rubber pads on the end? Well I didn’t screw one of the pads up enough. The car was already lifted to eye level by the time I had noticed but by this stage it was too late. The leg of the lift had touched the metal side sill of the car and pushed it in at least an inch. I put the car back down, fixed the pads and lifted it again and completed the service. The whole time I was crapping in my pants wondering how I was going to explain this to the customer and wondering if my salary was going to be gone for the next 2 months to pay for the damage I done. He came to pick the car up the next day. I sheepishly explained what happened, offered to pay for the damage and also offered the service for free. What happened next really surprised me, I guess he saw cars as like buying a washing machine or any other appliance. He was totally meh about it, wouldn’t accept the free service or even the offer to repair his side sill. The guy even tipped me £20 (100 dhs) and told me it will probably get dented in a car park anyway. Very very big lesson learnt that day. Not only to be careful with other people’s cars, but to be a good human because sometimes people heck things up in accident and shouting at them won’t undo the damage.
  10. Yeah some people. Buddy once told me a guy rolled up in some jap ecobox he had owned for 3-4 yrs for some crap ( can't remember) So he asked him before even opening the hood, when was the last time he changed the oil, guy just had a blank look on his face and said. You're supposed to change the oil? How do you do that! Although I myself am guilty of wearing away the pads so much that the pad totally got worn away and it was just metal on metal. It was on my safari lane cruiser and I knew the pads knew changing but was procrastinating about it. Because you are pretty much working throughout tue week and the one odd day you do get off you don't want to spend working on the car. But then all of a sudden got suuuuper busy. I knew the pads were toast by then as I could hear a nasty grinding noise every time I braked. But for an entire week I didn't get anytime to sort it out. Day, night trip after tripe including some overnighters. Driving a manual. I used the help of down shifts to help me slow down. Needless to say the discs were also toast when I eventually got to them.
  11. had a guy come in with complain of sound and soft paddle while breaking he actually had lost a pad he should have heard the sounds way earlier but when the paddle became soft he thought to go to a workshop i changed the caliper as it had the piston out and bit eaten off the side (had one come in with a piston broken in half don't remember which car but it was american fiber piston pretty creepy)
  12. There are many stories like that I can tell, example a woman in a new camry which wouldnt start, turns out gear was in D. A woman's Prado which she said was driving heavy and had a strange light on the dash, turns out the 4wd button was pressed. A guy who brought his car in on a flatbed, turns out the coil wire from the distributor had come off, causing a crank but no start condition. So on and so forth.
  13. there are some by birth automotive technicians and some learned ones here and there some average joes who will not mind to do some light work themself on their cars or others then there are some special people who should stay away from the bonnets or let someone else look at it. As these machineries and cars run in a pretty complex sync. it is a dangerous occupation for those who don't understand it. just one wrong judgement can get you burned 'amputated or worse killed too if you are not paying close attention let alone damage to the car or property and putting others life in danger one such light humored incident comes to my mind when a customer bought a car on wiench to my shop who after changing the battery couldn't start the car upon closer inspection i found that the insulation on top of the battery was not removed but the terminals were pushed on top of it if the spareparts guy had made the mistake of giving him a reversed terminal battery and if the customer had somehow fixed that battery on the car then i guess i might had to do more then removing the insulation to start the car
  14. desertdude

    Software update day

    Well I've had my brown pants moments in the Cruiser pick up, like the aforementioned 3 ton generator. It was so big, the rear gate would close, so had to strap it in and on 30 PSI the tyres looked like they were deflated to 15 PSI, so had to pump them up to 45. They were rated upto 50 ( I checked ) and then off road had to drop back to 30-35 and the find the smoothest path to the camp 5-7 kms inside the desert including a final climb, not a hige climb but aweer sized dune. It had no issue pulling the gene and making the climb, it was just the tall and long load that made it drive real wobbly and we were are praying for it not to get stuck!
  15. shadow79

    Software update day

    i saw once carrying a portacabin house on one landcruiser it seemed like someone had put a elephant and the goat...
  16. desertdude

    Software update day

    Had to work on a relatively new Great Wall pickup once at our garage once and at the same time had a 15 year old Hilux in. That was a real eye opener. The Hilux despite being much older and having a tougher life was in much better shape than the much newer Great Wall. These old Yota pickups are indestructible. Having personal experience with them. I can say with great authority you can try your best but you can't destroy the older Land Cruiser pickups. We use to drive them like donkeys. Carried 3ton generators deep in to the desert on them. Threw lit cigarettes on the floor. Smashed it into a wall of sand so hard, I thought I must have crumped the front end only to see a fog light on the bumper slightly facing the wrong way. Sadly that quality hasnt crossed over into the latest model plastic pigs yota has started to make.
  17. shadow79

    Software update day

    its launch so will have many chinese brands like great wall then lifan and many wired chow paows may be you wont even see those cars here i have them in my launch too... and haven't used any of them except the great wall that also once in 2012...
  18. desertdude

    Software update day

    Land Rover Range Rover
  19. ameen

    Software update day

    which chinese brand you drive?
  20. desertdude

    Software update day

    Majority Chinese brands, Changan even has a dealership here. Geely another chinese brand I have seen a dealership for but not on your list
  21. Somehow lost VW connectivity so decided to run an update. Some new manufacturers I haven’t even heard of.
  22. Barry

    when rust attacks

    As someone from a country where they use salt on the roads, I’ve seen my fair share of rusted out chassis’s. That’s the first time I saw one held together with jubilee clips though. The only answer is to cut the bad bits out, treat it with tannic acid, box it up and fill it with wax.
  23. when you have rust on chassis or body usually the body shops just clean and put putin and face it and paint it only to make the paint pop back up and the rust sprouts back and the other way is to chop up the area affected and put a new sheet or chassis piece and hammer it back in place then face it and paint it common with some models of prado as its a/c drain drops water on right chassis and makes hole in it and the mitsubishis where the body almost always gets rusty have seen a fancy way to deal with it hope someone else doesn't do this.... this image is sourced from the internet and guess such things happen more in snowy areas where they salt the roads
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