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…..

Type-R meets Miltek!!

Brand new TypeR Honda getting a full miltek system.

 

 

 

OIh, and some intake work too….

 

 

 

 

BMW downpipe install

135 BMW down pipe install, great kit supplied by the customer, very tight fit, a bit fiddly to get it in but looks and sounds great.

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Above and below shows just how close this install is. Only mm’s clearance from bolt heads etc, what a squeeze!

Lotus Wellington European visit

Lotus Evora visits Wellington European

Not the first Evora we’ve seen and hopefully not the last. Super cool little sports car getting a check over…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mini Cravenspeed supercharger reduction pulley kit

Want more boost?!

Cravenspeed have the kit for you, and weeu got to fit one.  Required a special tool (pictured) which we now have as part of our service tools (SST’s).

Customer supplied this kit which included the shorter drive belt.  The replacement reduction drive pulley has a chuck style locking mechanism allowing it to be fitted in place, however no room for conventional pullers to get the old pulley off.  Quite a lot of work required to strip back and lift the engine to a height to fit the Cravenspeed pulley puller…..

 

Clever little tool, likely only suitable for this job unlike the various multi fit tools out there.  Couldn’t do the job without it though.

Below, used the old belt to hold the new pulley in place while locating and tightening into position. An old technique for a new job and it work, not recommended on a new belt!!  This is the old and now redundant belt (Phew)..

Ummmm, looks worse that is really is, bonnet up, guard liner folded away, super charger down there somewhere!!

Sleeper!!!!

 

Maserati Granturismo, Warranty repairs, variators and chain noise…

Warranty to the rescue.  Engine had horrendous clatter on start up. Required a modification to the oil supply for the variators.  Variators were replaced and modifications were completed in the USA.  Nice to have it up and running again

 

Audi A6 engine swap

Audi in this week getting an engine transplant.

Including a cambelt and waterpump, front and rear seals etc, few hours work there……

Replacement motor below is prepped, all new bits are on, ready to swap over….

Subframe, trans and engine out

New engine in…..,

Stage 2 Tune, Mk 7 Golf

The target is 336-340HP and 400+ FT of torque.  Tune mods include a Stage 2 remap, full Miltek exhaust (decat system), cold air intake, and upgraded blow off valve…  Other work includes a full set of mags and tyres, carbon rear lip and mirrors. This car will be a huge amount of fun!!

Lets get started!!!

 

 

Above and below showing the difference in the intake systems

There is a turbo up in there somewhere!!!!

New system in, tailpipes look amazing, much larger than the standard.

 

Old verse new, catalytic converter delete, and larger diameter outlet

 

 

British car day 2017

Another customer car spotted at the British car day, Stunning MKII Jaguar looking very sharp!

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LiquiMoly Bathurst 12hr endurance race

So we got lucky and was were invited along by our NZ oil supplier of LiquiMoly to attend the 12hr endurance race in Bathurst Australia.  Being a car guy this was an opportunity I just could not turn down.  Its a circuit and atmosphere that did not disappoint!!!  I thought I would share some pics from the weekend….

Pre race day, our first visit to the track.,

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Below; The one and only Ferrari on track makes P1 for race day.

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Aston, one of the first cars in.

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Sunrise, the cars have been out for a while, best part of the day before the Australian heat came on..  Great time for ‘cars and coffee’.

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A nice walk around the top of the mountain

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Oops, looks like someone’s writing more cheques, Lamborghini pushed off…(

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The winner, last lap!!!

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