We are open Tuesday

WEEU and Covid-19

On the 28th of April WE ARE OPEN, and its business as usual, well almost….
 Locked down for a month, The end is near!!!

With the government announcing we are about to step down to ‘alert level 3’ we are all counting down to start getting back to some sort of new normal.  As always, we hope everyone has stayed safe and looked after themselves

Whats next at WEEU

There are going to be new rules in play with regards to hygiene and social distancing.  We will be taking advice from the govt ‘covid-19’ website as well as the ‘Motor Trade association’.   Everyone will have a different view, however having a taste of being closed for a month we do not want this virus to gain momentum, and send us all home again…, so please respect that we will be taking these rules around social distancing very seriously.

Based on the guide lines given to date we are required to maintain social distancing and a strict Hygiene Regime
 The Basics.
The workshop and office will be closed to the public, There is usually some parking available on the street for dropping off the car.
All interaction to be kept at a minimum, including maintaining a 2m distance. with an effort to have all information required via text or email.
We would request that all keys on drop off go into our letterbox. (Ie no contact).
Our technical staff will be available, however, road testing with customers and customer drop off at this time is not possible.
We will be cleaning all touch points on cars before and after working on, including using disposable seat covers and gloves.
Payment is required to be touch-less, online would be our preferred method. 
We can manually enter as we would for a telephone payment to avoid direct contact with the eftpos terminal. Payment is still required on or prior to collection as always. 
All invoices will be emailed.
Key collection to be confirmed.
We will be working the the ‘MTA’s guidelines in response to covid-19 Level 3See our Covid-19 work plan on our website Blog
See below for some added value on WOF and Service for April/May
WOF’s, there will be a lot of WOF’s out there to renew, we are sending our April/May reminders this week.  We’ve always done 1/2 price WOFs with a service when done together.  For April/May we will reduce the WOF further to $10+ if with service.All Services to the end of May will also receive a heavily reduced deal with the Hydrogen Carbon Cleaning machine if requested. Usually we charge this service out at $100+gst per car.  As part of a service deal for April May we will do for $25+gst
All of our servicing we use LiquiMoly and have done for years now. We will be discounting our LM range by 15% for April and May.
Lastly we are opening Saturdays for the short term, open only for WOF and service, by appointment. 
Expired WOF’s 

As above, we will be sending our WOF reminders this week.   There are some savings to be had if opting to have a service done at the same time. We will be running deals until the end of May. Discount WOF’s with a service. Discounted Oils and Carbon Cleans
We look forward to seeing all of you safe and well out the other side of this.  (From a distance).
From our family to yours
Be well.
John and the team

Covid-19

Some of the the work going in to make sure we tick the boxes and do our bit to stay safe. Looking forward to posting some car pics again……

Covid-19 Lockdown level 3 Safe work plan

Our worksafe plan as at 24/4/2020, working on the MTA template.

WEEU and Covid-19, 2 weeks into lockdown……

WEEU and Covid-19
 In line with the Prime Ministers announcement, we have closed the workshop as at 5pm, Wednesday 25 March for a period of no less than 4 weeks.

So we are over 2 weeks into our lock-down. Firstly we hope you are all safe and well, and looking after yourselves.  My wife and I are sharing a makeshift office at home, and we are busy planning our next move, counting down to both returning to work.

Silver linings

With all of the media coverage of Covid-19, job loses and economy concerns, we think its important to take stock of what we do have, and we hope you all are too.  We have a 13 month old Boy and I’m getting some quality time with him during this very interactive stage of his development.  We are also pleased to announce we have another baby on the way with my wife Sarah being 16 weeks pregnant.  

20th April

The Prime minister today announced that they will be issuing a statement on the 20th of this month as to the ‘Lock-down’ exit.  We will be ready to go a soon as the govt lifts the restrictions.  We may still see some delay with overseas parts deliveries for some time, however we have many options and for the foreseeable future we will be trying our best to source parts locally.

Expired WOF’s

We haven’t as yet sent out our WOF reminders.  Once it’s clear as to when we can return we will send out all WOF reminders and will be prioritizing expired WOF’s  We have quite a few in our database so its likely they will take 2-3 weeks to get through. If the demand is there we will look at the possibility of opening Saturdays to get through the back log. We do ask for your understanding on this matter


Essential Services

Update, we will be remaining closed for the duration of the lock-down.  We wont be opening our doors for essential work, 2 weeks in and we haven’t had the demand for it, and ultimately, as above,we have a young family that is our number 1 priority while NZ gets through this.

The lock down is in place for the health and safety of all of us, our families, our staff, and of course customers and suppliers.
 
The home office

WOF Reminders will be sent once we have a better understanding of being able to re-open. Please feel free to email me earlier to get in the front of the queue. John@weeu.co.nz

We look forward to seeing all of you safe and well out the other side of this. 
From our family to yours
Be well.
John and the team
Regards,
John Rodgers and team
Wellington European
6 King street Wellington
043848867
New email john@weeu.co.nz

Covid-19 Shut down

WEEU and Covid-19
 In line with the Prime Ministers announcement, we will be closing the workshop at 5pm, Wednesday 25 March for a period of no less than 4 weeks.

This will be a difficult time for all of us and we ask that you all stay safe and look out for each other. We are dedicated to looking after our people during this time as best we can and coming back with all our staff and customers.  We appreciate there will then likely be a backlog of WOFs and repairs to get through. We will be working on how best to deal with this over the coming weeks and will work with you all to prioritize the work and keep everybody moving.

Essential Services

There was talk of workshops being on the ‘essential business’ list, however to interpret that document correctly,  mechanics are listed as an ‘essential service’,  with regards to repairs and breakdowns for vehicles which are required for essential services IE, Doctors, nurses, healthcare etc etc. There likely will be other workshops out there bending the rules to suit themselves, which sadly makes a bit of a mockery of the lock-down. As much as we would have liked to have stayed open for our customers, even in a diminished capacity its just not possible or ethical in the current situation.

The lock down is in place for the health and safety of all of us, our families, our staff, and of course customers and suppliers.

Essential Services – Update

This from the ministry of Transport

Maintenance services – all transport modes Workers involved in the provision of essential maintenance and safety services where the services are limited to: • maintaining other essential services and their vehicles (e.g. repairing emergency vehicles, aircraft and ships/boats, and parts replacement for these craft moving essential freight); oressential recovery and/or repair of private vehicles, where needed to keep a private vehicle operating for essential purposes e.g. to get groceries and healthcare.

Wellington European hasn’t taken any inquiry that currently meets the above criteria. If we had the requirement we are very limited to parts supply etc due to the current lock down so in the short term we are opting to follow the Govt guidance and will be staying closed.

Twins

2 Range Rover Evoques in for work. Diesel had a service and a tune while the Petrol had rear brakes replaced. Nice to start seeing a few of these coming through the shop.

Twins

British car day

Quick visit to the British and European car day today, prompted me to pull a few photos from a few years ago when I took my Cortina, which is currently locked up in the back corner of the shop needing some attention. Lack of time so the poor cars being neglected.

Ours is the blue one, wish i could claim the lotus!!!

Walnut-Blasting Carbon Clean/ Engine Detox

We are calling this our Stage 3 clean. Stage 1 being Hydrogen Carbon clean machine. Stage 2, Hydrogen Carbon Clean machine and Liquimoly intake cleaner.

Stage 3 Walnut Blasting

Stage 4 = All of the above

What is it? quite literally its a machine that uses compressed air and fine crushed walnut shells to remove carbon build up. In our application, usually intake ports and the back sides of intake valves.

Why do it? Alot of modern engines by design are prone to carbon build up in the intake system, over time as the carbon build up increases the efficiency of the engine reduces, meaning less performance, fuel economy etc.

Why now for WEEU? We deal with a lot of cars that suffer from carbon build up, and a lot of our customers like to keep there cars no only going, but going like they should! We follow a lot of forums and in recent times have seen a lot of discussion on this topic. We also dont know of many local workshops that offer this service so decided now was the time. Its also a good fit with our other Detox Tools and Tuning service we now provide.

Whats involved? There is some time involved and the time taken varies from car to car. We do have to remove the intake manifold to gain access to the intake ports, this can mean on some cars, intake runner flaps also need removing. Each cylinder is done separately as the valves need to be in the closed position so as to not fill the cylinder with walnut shells, all other ports are masked off etc to avoid walnut shells going where they are not wanted.

Audi S5, as we start the intake removal
A bit deeper in, still the intake runners to remove.

DTI used to help with piston location/ valves closed etc. Not required but better safe than sorry. Engine bay taped off with plastic sheet, overkill maybe!! But we dont want walnut shell in everything. Machine uses a large vacuum fitting to pull the majority of the shells out, and a metal wand goes down the center for the actual walnut blasting
Before blasting
After blasting
I love the old saying, ‘the proof is in the pudding’!!
Great feedback from the customer re the end result. We could tell from start up that the car just sounded crisper and more responsive.

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