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post #16 of 23 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 2019, 06:19 AM
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yip, totally wrong, can't argue with that. Sticking with my advice though but I should read the whole post before jumping in.
thst's ok bud easy thing to do as most gen 1 cars slag off the newer cars for a past time while their gen one cars fail apart around them just the same but do have a better timing chain but tensioner is a bit iffy on them, i like r56 onwards cars on one level but also like the gen 1 cars on a different level they really are so different,, the gen one is so much like the mg zr in it makings but its old hat these days,, but o do believe the r53 will become a collectors car one day a bit like toyota supra has big time as will not be many super charger small cars around,, its horses for courses, at end of day they all cost money


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Thanks... I've looked after my R56 as best I could re oil & coolant topped up, regular servicing and repairs. Short of being a mechanic and knowing that timing chains are meant to be replaced, I'm not sure what else I've done wrong aside from been an idiot in not checking the service hx 4 years ago. It's an old car - parts fail of course...

In other news, the garage who did the recent MOT didn't give me an emissions print-out. Upon request today they said they couldn't give us one because the reading was 'too high' it broke the machine! Does this sound odd to anyone else?
if its over loaded with oil then can cause a problem with machine,
with this in mind i would have it compression tested, oil pressure tested, and remove the rocker cover and look down at chain tensioner if can see more that 14mm of the plunger chain totally going to slip at any moment, if its 10mm its stiff very worn out and still needs replacing,,,
but before spending money on it need to know if its burning excess oil for rings damaged before throwing money at it,, i know its a pain as will need to spend money before knowing how bad it is,, its very hard for me to know what state it is in from the other side of a internet connection so can only go on what you write as a guide


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Only you can decide whether spending more money is throwing good after bad, but I think if it was me I'd try one more round of fixes ...

I'd be very cautious of jusdging a place by its hourly rate, especially going somewhere based on a low rate. The country garage I used to go to charged 35 GBP + Vat per hour & were reasonably competant but nothing special, but the next time I went it had changed ownership & mechanics and the price had gone up to 49 GBP + VAT /hour - might as well have burnt the money as they were such bungle***** the work had to be repeated elsewhere. 2nd country garage (now folded) in same village, same hourly rate and used to be competant, but the older mechanics retired & they got a total prat in reception who thought he knew better and your car wouldn't get exactly the work that you'd specified done, often this wouldn't fix the problem.
The place I go now charges 95 GBP + Vat an hour which sounds horrific, but they only charge half the hours I'd expect to be needed to get the job done. I've recommended them to friends/family, some with exotica & classics & they've always been willing to take difficult/fiddly jobs on.

Sadly they're in south cambs so no help to you at all

Yes it does sound like timing chain issues from what I've read. From what I've seen it needs specialist locking kit & experience, hope someone can give you a recommendation
Hi T_T_L, I'm also in S Cambs and I have recently had major issues with a garage that advertises itself as one of the best - they have a 'Govt contract' and reside in very 'professional' buildings etc.. I would welcome your recommendation! Thanks!
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Thanks Mike -
That's a new one on me!
- tried trustatrader and checkatrade - none too near me or I had heard other things - didn't know this site existed.

Interesting that my problematic garage isn't listed on any of these sites... their own website has many recommendations (who would have thought)!
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Hi T_T_L, I'm also in S Cambs and I have recently had major issues with a garage that advertises itself as one of the best - they have a 'Govt contract' and reside in very 'professional' buildings etc.. I would welcome your recommendation! Thanks!
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