101: Routine Service
It’s the weekend and I’m planning the last mandatory bit to do in the workshop. Requirements are to carry out a standard interval service and flag up what needs addressing on the specific vehicle, then one of the lecturers will go over this to see if we missed anything out from the inspection. Before doing this in the workshop I really needed to choose a car beforehand, so subsequently it had to be the Mondeo. Right now it’s the only running vehicle in the workshop that we are allowed to use and with all the emission testing there is no other car to use.
last week in college was hopeless… AutoData on the “workshop computer” is a standalone 10 year old PC that has not printer, and as for the other computer that uses AutoData online well I’m not allowed the login info so that was a dead end. Luckily I now have AutoData at home and preparing paperwork for job tasks has become so much easier again.
Half of the task sheet info completed even before starting the service at college, this will save time standing about in the workshop trying to find out information. With this 70% done and the AutoData inspection sheet I can get straight on with the service Monday morning…
In the workshop we firstly went over the things that were quick to check such as all the interior operations and functions…One thing clear is the LCD for the stereo is cracked 😦 and who put that seat cover on wrong…
Lights seemed to be more promising…
Meanwhile over on the Clio a fuel leak seems to have become a problem for Reagan ! I think he sorted it out…
Despite the bodywork cluttering up the inside all the seat belts and ISO-fix were eventually checked.
Under the bonnet wiring harness needs to be checked visually, the obvious thing here will be the red connections where the harness has been tapped into.
Checking the brake reservoir and vacuum valve connections.
They do what they say on the cover !
Hydrometer test on the battery, notice the line between white/blue for the reading. Here we can see the battery is sitting in the recharge range.
Taking some readings from the battery fluid.
Coolant really should not look this colour, the result of running just water and no coolant.
Cooling system will be flushed and pre-mixed with something like this.
Wheel nuts are a persistent failure on the workshop cars, they always seem to go missing on this car !
Bushings not seating well on this side.
Oil filter sensor cut off needs addressing.
This lower strut is also too close to the drive-shaft…
Time to take stuff apart and sort out !
Later came some emissions testing…
This is how it looks on the computer (main menu).
This is a 2004 vehicle so we go with the 2002+ option.
Selecting my name from the user list.
Specifying the current operating temperature of the vehicle.
This bit is good to know, like a knock sensor this magnet picks up engine RPM through magnetic oscillation and converts it. It’s pretty clever.
Magnet attached to a suitable part of the engine.
The hang up check clears the exhaust probe ready for doing accurate readings.
Hooking up the probe to the exhaust.
Exhaust extractor needed for being indoors.
Another test that requires getting the oil up to sufficient temperature
The probe that goes into the dipstick recess.
Oil temp reading…
This bit went on for a while, and when it seemed the oil temperature was just not rising to the needs of the machine the test on the Mondeo was abandoned. Something was clearly wrong but we did not have time to investigate so we needed a car that would be a little more compliant !
The Mondeo threw up too many problems to perform a simple emissions test, so we got the chance to jump onto a Level 3 car the Fiat Punto (this should be much quicker to do).
The engine is tiny !
Nice and clean inside too !
Running up to temperature like having to do on the Mondeo earlier !
A flying pass for the Punto, note all the results to the right in green. The Mondeo could not pass any of these, most likely down to the car having the wrong grade oil and various sensor issues… Now I gotta do a big job card for all this service stuff, or should I say the endless list of problems the Mondeo has !