This customer came John And Son Auto Repair due to a grinding noise emanating from the front of his engine. Obviously, he was concerned. After an inspection, we found that the noise was generated form the timing belt driven water pump. As the belt was well out of the time specification, it was time to complete a timing belt service. As it is an Audi, the job was extremely difficult and required specialty tools. Parts to complete the job include, cam and crankshaft seals, timing belt, idler tensioners, timing belt, water pump, and etc. To complete the job, the car must be placed in “service mode,” in other words; we had to pull the entire front of the car apart. Also, we have the necessary specialty tools to hold the camshafts while we complete the service. See the pictures above pictures, to get the full effect of the timing belt service on the Audi.
Cost to Complete $1500 - $2000
The customer has intension of turning this vehicle into an “expedition rid.” As such, the vehicle needs to have unmatched reliability, solid fuel efficiency, a comfortable ride, and moderate off-road capability. To start, maintenance…. we completed a timing belt service including all oil seals, timing belt, water pump. Next, to ensure long-term drivability, we added new NGK Spark plugs, NGK Spark Plug wires, Beck Arnley distributor cap and rotor. Furthermore we put in a new clutch, rear main seal, alongside all four u-Joints. Next, we added new Bendix Pads and Ctek Rotors all the way around. And, Lastly, we added a 2” aftermarket Suspension lift dressed out with larger KYB Shocks, and 32” BF Goodrich KO2 All terrain tires. Up Next, We are going to install a custom made Roof Rack and Snorkel.
Cost To Complete - $4,000+
The customer towed the vehicle to our shop and complained that the car wound not start. We place our “jump box” on the car, and it started immediately. The battery was stone dead. We diagnosed the vehicle using a Volt/ohm Meter, and found that the alternator was not charging properly. Thus we removed the old alternator, and replaced it was a good quality remanufactured unit and cleaned secured the battery terminals for good measure.
Cost to complete - $492
This vehicle was purchased by the shop from a gentleman who needed a vehicle that was more reliable and functional. The vehicle was past due on maintenance especially the timing belts and water pump. The power steering pump was pouring fluid every time you turned the wheel, and the A/C and radio do not work. It also had some cosmetic blemishes on the doors. We have undertaken the task of rejuvenating the vehicle.
The customer drove the vehicle to our shop complaining of a loud grinding noise from the engine compartment. Upon driving the vehicle, we noticed that the transmission was slipping. Nissans CVT transmission are known to have early failures. They have extended warranties on a number of different vehicles to cover this issue. Unfortunately, this vehicle was out of warranty by mileage. We replaced the CVT transmission with a new unit from the Nissan factory. (There is no way to get a good remanufactured unit) The slipping and grinding noise were fixed.
Cost to Complete – $3400 – we were $300 cheaper than the local Nissan dealer