Audi A4 Engine Failure 1.8T

Audi A4, broke down just up the street from ‘WEEU’. Customer decided to not proceed with a repair so we took the car off their hands as a project. Its been parked up for some time now. October we finally got it inside to see the extent of the damage, all we know is the engine sounds horrific, and we suspect the timing chain has skipped teeth….
We removed the top cover to expose the top timing cover glued on and missing bolts. This is definitely not the type of work we let out the door. not a great start!!.


Front cover off, we found the chain guide at the very top broken and missing. This has left the chain slack and we can now confirm the timing has jumped. A quick cylinder leak down test confirmed bent valves on the first cylinder tested, so next move is to remove the cylinder head….

So with the head off and at least 8 bent valves we then discover a broken piston. This really is worst case scenario that we had hoped to have avoided, however it is what it is. Now to weigh up, do we rebuild or replace…. Currently pricing a replacement used engine and costing up a rebuild. Watch this space.
A bit of work to get it to here, next move will be to remove the engine…..

German Beauties

Thought I might just leave these here for your viewing pleasure





Diesel Tune NZ

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with Diesel Tune NZ to be one of their official NZ dealers.

Check out the link to their site, put in your vehicle details to see what gains can be had with a stage one tune, and in many cases with Diesel Turbos, some fuel gains to be had. Diesel Tune NZ

Check out what a stage one tune will do for my car

Why Now?

We have facilitated many tunes, however its been something we’ve outsourced, and struggled to answer questions quickly around, what are the gains? What price? and when can you do it?.

Now we will be able to provide this info on the spot. and time frames we can manage based around our own workshop loadings…. Wins all around.

We will look at combination deals also around engine detox (Carbon clean and walnut blasting) followed up with a performance tune.

About DTNZ

Diesel Tune NZ, is a nationwide franchise giving us huge support, and although the name implies Diesel Tunes, we can do petrol’s as well, our first tune being a Mini Cooper S Turbo. See further down for pics and results, its now a little rocket!!! Customer feed back is “Im struggling to wipe the smile off my face”

Sample

Sample, We are tuning Our Diesel E-Class E220. Take a look at the what we can expect to see, hp, nm and economy gains… A massive 100Nm of added torque. Looking forward to this!!

Huge selling point here with most Diesel Turbo’s. Fuel gains to be had. We will be putting this to the test with our Mercedes.


Prepping for tuning, obviously some basics need to happen… Ie, no current faults. We had no check lights on in this car but to be sure we run a full report on all systems, in this car our tool of choice is the Autologic.
As with most work we carry out now, even services, we connect to a battery support. We now have 4 battery supports which are running most of the day. The battery support will maintain a steady voltage, which while doing any sort of electrical work, coding, programming etc is critical. We purchased this battery support to be dedicated for the remapping of cars

First Tune went extremely well!!

Training is in session, a long time customer of ours put his hand up to be the first tune done in-house by WEEU and DTNZ. Craig from DTNZ did all the hard work while we observed….
Subject, Mini Cooper S

All tunes come with a ‘Diesel Tune NZ’ certificate.

This is the smile before Stuart even drove the car, Check out his FEEDBACK

Audi S3 with battery support on while we upload some POWER!!!

Audi S3 with the fun factor added, Official Cert provided

Carbon Clean Engine Detox

New Carbon Clean machine is on its way.

We are experiencing more and more cars that are down on power due to a combination of intake and combustion areas being built up with carbon, largely reducing the efficiency and power. We have invested in a ‘OxyHydrogen Carbon Cleaning’ Machine. This machine is run through the intake system to clean the combustion area, which can be done without any major dismantling. To take things to the next level we have also purchased a ‘Walnut Blaster’. Walnut blasting of the intake system does require some dismantling/removal of the intake system to gain excess. However removing these large carbon deposits with allow the engine to breath again. Restoring power and fuel economy = more fun and more bang for your buck at the pump.

The Carbon Cleaning machine wont do the intake manifold and intake valves which generally require more invasive work, We do have a Walnut blasting machine for this service if you are serious about regaining some engine efficiency…


Some of the first cars run through the Carbon Cleaning process. all cars will be different, I felt instant improvement in my Mercedes.)
Carbon Clean machine in action on a VW, while we prep our Mercedes for a stage 1 remap.

How does HYDROGEN clean carbon deposit in the engine?

The Hydrogen Carbon clean unit runs on distilled water and electricity. The hydrogen and oxygen are produced using a mix of distilled water and electrolysis, this is then feed into the engine via the air intake/breather hose or air box.

The increased internal oxygen proportion improves combustion and at the same time the catalytic properties of hydrogen make it possible for the combustion carbon to be gradually broken down to clear the internal carbon deposits.

A strong electric current splits the water molecule (H2O) into its component atoms producing highly charged particles of hydrogen and oxygen, or oxy-hydrogen (HHO). The HHO is passed into the engine and burnt as the engine runs mixing the HHO with the fuel. As it passes through the induction system, combustion chamber, exhaust etc, the hydrogen reacts with the carbon deposits turning the carbon into hydrocarbons, this lifts the carbon deposits from the engine and the resulting gas exits the engine via the exhaust system.

Using no harsh chemicals the treatment returns your engine to a state of cleanliness. You regain power and performance, restore lost MPG and drastically cut emissions.

After treatment, there is no need to change engine oil or any type of filter.

The machine acts to restore the optimum performance of your engine. Using hydrogen technology, carbon deposits are removed from the inner workings of the engine, which naturally build up during the lifetime of the vehicle.

By removing unwanted carbon build up, further engine deterioration and damage can be avoided. This will keep your engine working more effectively and smoothly for longer, creating an enhanced driving experience.

The technology works with all types of vehicle’s – from motorbikes to planes if it has a combustion engine then it can be cleaned. Both petrol and diesel and LPG engines will show improvements irrespective of vehicle age and/or value.

Audi S3 getting a stage one, good idea to help that new tune breath with an engine detox. Hydrogen Carbon Clean running…

Mini

Great little mini in the shop for a very minor repair, but brought back some fond memories of working on, modifying, tinkering, racing and navigating these great little machines.

Red mini getting a new sealed beam headlight, Who knew? Same part as an old series land rover headlight, and cheap!!

I want to Say 2001, I was given the great opportunity to navigate this little car in the Targa NZ Rally. Build up was every Thursday night in a cold dark garage in Morrinsville, working through lists and lists of jobs… All paid off, with a 2nd in class result in our first ever rally!!
Good times.)

BMW I3

BMW I3 in for service inspection, This car does have a small petrol engine which was up do date, the rest of the usual service type checks still apply, It still has brakes and tyres, etc etc. Fun little car, the owner insisted i take it for a drive… Loved it.



Little Blue updates- Series 2A getting a mechanical makeover. Part 3

After a small break (wife having a child) its time to make some moves with little blue. I have been accumulating parts in the mean time, so we have ready to go, new front swivel kits, all new seals and gaskets, new wheel bearings, and axle bearings. As per the rear axle (Part2) I will be doing new brakes also, likely the only original brake parts with be the backing plates and adjusters, so new cylinders, shoes, return springs, drums etc.

4/5/19 was day one of getting back into it, the axle was front axle assembly was already largely stripped, so now it clean up and time for some fresh paint. Ideally a lot of these components could have been sand blasted (or similar) etc which we don’t have on site, and this is an exercise of resurrecting this old truck on a limited budget. That said it was time to get dirty with a wire brush, wire wheels in a drill…. The end result I am very happy with.

Want to see Part 1 & 2… CLICK HERE

A little reminder of how things looked after we removed the body.

First pic is what we started with, total mess, collapsed wheel bearings, play and slop in everything, 27 years of farm use without a wash…)


Strip down to a bare housing, may as well start here and work my way out…



Some paint has gone on, one more coat and the axle seals can go in….

New swivels are in, started pressing in the bearings etc…More work to do before these can be bolted on….

As seen on Instagram.

Front axle before breaking it open.

Photo shopped to highlight the rust and scale



Some before, during and after clean up…





About as done as it can be…..


25/5 Front diff rebuild underway, in surprisingly good shape considering the amount of water that came out. Getting new bearings and seals etc.


New Tinkin Pinion bearing pressed on.


Winters on… June 1 and I’m in the back of the shop with little blue. Some good progress today. I was donated some axles from my good friend Paul, who I blame for introducing me to landies.. I’ve removed and replaced the bearing and seal collars. Also assembled the RH front swivel assembly to the diff housing, set up preloads etc. Diff is on hold, needing shims to set up the pinion bearing pre-loads. (

Old collars removed, and new ones pressed on..

New Axle bearings pressed into swivel housings.




One end assembled, the other one still as it came apart… Ground hog day.


RHF swivel complete. Cant do anymore until the diff head is bolted back in.. Then the axles can go in. Then continue to build out with new stub axles, wheel bearings and brakes.

WEEU! Its been a huge 12 months, bring on the next…

12 Months down!

Wow what a year we’ve had, year one with the re-brand and its been such an amazing boost for the business.  To all our old customers who have continued to come back and see us, thank you soo much.  To the customers who have been told we are closed, and I know there are a few, we hope you find us again. (many have).  And too all the new customers, welcome to ‘WEEU’. Hopefully we have met your expectations and we get to see you again.

The change has come with a huge increase in inquiry which has led to some changes in the shop.  We had to opportunity to take on some more real estate with in the building which we grabbed,  and immediately knocked down some walls.  We’ve added a hoist, bought another scan tool to add to the arsenal, as well as a couple of battery supports for 2 of the hoists.

As per usual the cars coming through have been varied, from old to new,  family wagons to Lamborghini’s, a bit of everything.

Parts, we’ve continued to grow our contacts in this area, no parts dept on site as with all brands you could end up with a lot of money tied up on shelves, however with our network we’ve surrounded ourselves with I would think that now 85% of our service and repair parts are overnight to us.  In particular our Jaguar, Land Rover and Range Rover parts delivery time has improved 10 fold, with parts often arriving from Aus overnight…

Warranties, we are still educating people in this area, we are facilitating more and more warranty sales, giving more people peace of mind motoring in their British and European cars.

Our fleet, we are working our  way through the old BMW’s that we had a great run with.. Two of them have been sold and replaced with much newer VW Golfs, a MK5 and MK6.  We also have an Audi A4 in the works which may replace the last BMW…. We want to continue running 3 Courtesy cars as we see the benefits they provide….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above and below show the wall in and the wall out!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy cars updated

For 5 years we had 3 E46 BMW’s running around town. The name change was a great opportunity for trade up to newer, with fewer kms.

So 2 of the BMW’s have been sold and gone to new homes. TOY001 I just couldn’t let go….Maybe its time??

So we have added a MK5 Golf GT,

And new to us, not yet signed up is a 2010 MK6 Golf wagon.

Also yet to be decided on is the A4 Audi in the background. This might be the new TOY001 if i can finally part with my old BMW

 

Wow, has it been a year for WEEU

Wow I cannot believe it but we are coming up on a year on from re-branding. What a wild ride its been.

We’ve done everything we set out to do 12 months ago, We’ve added a hoist, bought more tools, changed up the loan cars and more…

BUT!!

There’s always more to do, improvements to make, and more cars to service and repair…

Watch out for the 12 month summary blog!! And whats up next…