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    I took SWMBO Xantia to be serviced yesterday at one of the recommended Perth Citroen service people who shall remain nameless to protect the innocent (me)
    The drivers side rear view mirror had to be replaced due to vandalism - $300 plus labour
    Idle stepper motor replaced - $200 plus labour
    Oil pressure sender switch leaking - replaced
    Car was serviced, the bill was $950.
    Amoung the things I asked to be looked at was the passenger door, which was not opening from the outside.
    I was told when I picked the car up that it was "probably the locking cylinder, very expensive"
    When I got home I decided to have a bit of a squizz...... guess what?
    The 3 set screws holding the latch to the rear edge of the door were gone! The latch was sort of flapping around inside the door. I replaced these with some off the spare R25, they're the same.
    My point is, if they missed this, (when their attention was drawn to the problem) what else didn't get done?
    I rang them this morning, and at least I got a apology. Can't help thinking that I will have to get back into doing my own servicing. Trouble is I have a "clean" job these days, can't have grease under the fingernails you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ren25
    I took SWMBO Xantia to be serviced yesterday at one of the recommended Perth Citroen service people who shall remain nameless to protect the innocent (me)
    The drivers side rear view mirror had to be replaced due to vandalism - $300 plus labour
    Idle stepper motor replaced - $200 plus labour
    Oil pressure sender switch leaking - replaced
    Car was serviced, the bill was $950.
    Amoung the things I asked to be looked at was the passenger door, which was not opening from the outside.
    I was told when I picked the car up that it was "probably the locking cylinder, very expensive"
    When I got home I decided to have a bit of a squizz...... guess what?
    The 3 set screws holding the latch to the rear edge of the door were gone! The latch was sort of flapping around inside the door. I replaced these with some off the spare R25, they're the same.
    My point is, if they missed this, (when their attention was drawn to the problem) what else didn't get done?
    I rang them this morning, and at least I got a apology. Can't help thinking that I will have to get back into doing my own servicing. Trouble is I have a "clean" job these days, can't have grease under the fingernails you know.
    Get yourself some disposable rubber gloves. You can even get heavy duty black oil resistant man sized reusable gloves these days. In the supermarket near the washing up gloves etc.

    I have a clean job too and I find the gloves make life a hell of a lot easier. You would not know by looking at my hands that I removed and replaced a DS regulator three times on the weekend (don't ask )
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    I have a 'clean' job too ... (working on computers)...

    In my case my keyboard and mouse are a sight to behold .... It was once white ... it's now black...

    I couldn't care what my fingernails look like either

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    I know the feeling well; when I apply for Hairdresser, manicurist or brain surgeon positions, it's always my hands that give it away.

    As I often say, there must be many a good old concientious tradesman turning in their graves when you see some of the crap these modern day aplolgies for tradesmen get away with.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ren25
    I took SWMBO Xantia to be serviced yesterday at one of the recommended Perth Citroen service people who shall remain nameless to protect the innocent (me)
    The drivers side rear view mirror had to be replaced due to vandalism - $300 plus labour
    Idle stepper motor replaced - $200 plus labour
    Oil pressure sender switch leaking - replaced
    Car was serviced, the bill was $950.
    Amoung the things I asked to be looked at was the passenger door, which was not opening from the outside.
    I was told when I picked the car up that it was "probably the locking cylinder, very expensive"
    When I got home I decided to have a bit of a squizz...... guess what?
    The 3 set screws holding the latch to the rear edge of the door were gone! The latch was sort of flapping around inside the door. I replaced these with some off the spare R25, they're the same.
    My point is, if they missed this, (when their attention was drawn to the problem) what else didn't get done?
    I rang them this morning, and at least I got a apology. Can't help thinking that I will have to get back into doing my own servicing. Trouble is I have a "clean" job these days, can't have grease under the fingernails you know.

    Looks like you've been given the treatment by Allpikes - perhaps the most pathetic, over rated and overpriced mechanical business I've ever had the misfortune to deal with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Dunham
    Looks like you've been given the treatment by Allpikes - perhaps the most pathetic, over rated and overpriced mechanical business I've ever had the misfortune to deal with.

    Chris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ren25
    Can't help thinking that I will have to get back into doing my own servicing. Trouble is I have a "clean" job these days, can't have grease under the fingernails you know.
    Get yourself a box of nitrile gloves. Nitrile, not latex. They look similar but nitrile is much stronger. Will still tear but generally takes either a couple of hours (sometimes even a few hours) of honest toil or a brief period of gross stupidity. And when they do finally tear they don't just fall apart, the bit that's not torn still holds together pretty well. The box looks a lot like a medium size tissue box, it contains maybe 100 gloves and you just pull the gloves out and chuck them away when you are finished. They are generally a bluish colour, while latex are white. You might need to go to an industrial or engineering supplier or safety equipment joint, because ordinary consumer type shops generally have only latex. Don't be fobbed off with latex, keep looking for nitrile.

    I too have a "clean" day job but feel no shame about turning up with a grease under my fingernails or ingrained dirt on my hands. But then I am a scientist and not a brain surgeon. My cousin, who is an ambulance officer, introduced me to nitrile gloves. I keep a few pairs in the glovebox for when I get stuck somewhere and don't want to get dirty.

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    This system works well. I have a son who as a business does computer service as well as engine management work and dyno tuning, so he can't afford to turn up to a Doctors surgery or a chemist looking like a grease monkey and he's found these invaluable in recent times.

    *General - Clean hands (All Froggy Makes) (Alan S)


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    Barrier cream. Bottle of Jiff (for after). And cut your bloody nails!

    Seriously though, if you dose up on barrier cream (it goes on your skin ) your hands will wash clean even after nasty jobs like CV boots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris
    Barrier cream. Bottle of Jiff (for after). And cut your bloody nails!

    Seriously though, if you dose up on barrier cream (it goes on your skin ) your hands will wash clean even after nasty jobs like CV boots.

    Chris
    but how do you explain to the missus how the dollap of axle grease ended up in the top of her jar of barrier cream???


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    Hide the evidence. Barrier cream, dear? What barrier cream?
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    OK OK I know how to keep my hands clean, (with the solvol Geoffery!) what about the rest of my post? Where else do I take the car for specialist work where they won't do this sort of stuff? And what about the odd rant on so called mechanics that walk around with a set of spark plugs, an oil filter, their eyes closed and their hand out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleChevron
    I have a 'clean' job too ... (working on computers)...

    In my case my keyboard and mouse are a sight to behold .... It was once white ... it's now black...

    I couldn't care what my fingernails look like either

    seeya,
    Shane L.
    Though I don't work in computers, I too don't really care what my hands look like!
    They are clean at the moment as I'm using the ZX which never needs attention. But when I do get dirty, I use a pocket knife to scrape out the finger nails, and then a good scrub in petrol, followed by either washing up liquid with added sugar, or just washing powder. It works for me.....
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