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Re: chain adjuster positioning
« Reply #20 on: 19 May, 2020, 08:42:45 PM »
Well said Marky, :028: I know it's the easy way out to just trust a dealer but knowing what is right and wrong will eventually see us all benefit in the long run.
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Re: chain adjuster positioning
« Reply #21 on: 20 May, 2020, 08:24:03 AM »
Having worked in the trade and in several main dealerships I wouldn't trust a dealership workshop with anything. I have a local independent workshop I use for MOT's, tyre fitting and any work on the cars requiring a lift that's as far as it goes. I've had brand new cars and motorcycles straight from the showroom and they never go back not even for that first 600 mile service. I do it all myself and if you can you should too although its probably not for everyone, as I've said before some folk, including some dealership spanner monkeys, should not be allowed spanners. Warranty, I'm not interested because its not worth the paper its written on.

A little OCD I here you thinking but these workshops, especially the dealerships, all work to time constraints and if corners can be cut they will be cut and that is not how I want my vehicles maintained.

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Re: chain adjuster positioning
« Reply #22 on: 20 May, 2020, 10:02:06 AM »
Thanks Art, that's very telling coming from the horses mouth, been there and done it etc. Most of us havent, if we all wise up we could all end up with better maintained bikes, better skills, smug satisfaction and a few more quid in our pockets...
And we dispel the 'infallible dealer' image they try to project !

They'll hate us but it's their own fault......

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Re: chain adjuster positioning
« Reply #23 on: 20 May, 2020, 11:12:08 AM »
It may be that I'm being too harsh and no doubt from time to time the dealerships will do a decent professional job and I accept it's only human nature to complain more often than praise but I've seen some really shocking stuff and too much of it.

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Re: chain adjuster positioning
« Reply #24 on: 20 May, 2020, 09:47:20 PM »
Not harsh at all, the same horror stories regarding stealerships have been around for ever. Not a lot has changed has it?  :157:

Of many examples, one favourite sticks in mind where the daughter of my work colleague had been billed for service work on her car including spark plug change.

Her dad rang up and challenged this so-called 'work'. He called the garage and spoke to a smarmy arrogant git at the other end to hear the words "I can assure you Sir, this work has been carried out".

To which he replied, "Look son, it's a f'king diesel".  :008:

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Re: chain adjuster positioning
« Reply #25 on: 20 May, 2020, 10:41:06 PM »
Yes, I've had that billed for spark plugs and then some with a works diesel escort van on checking the part numbers, I was working for a Ford main dealership at the time, the engine oil, oil filter and air filter were all for the petrol variant too. Service manager swore it was all correct turned out to be a clerical error because the vehicle had been entered manually from drop down lists. I could let that go but not the leaf springs they billed us for and never fitted, inspected the van in our own workshop and the leaf springs had not been replaced and were fine. Then there was an independent garage that fitted a Transit fuel pump that failed inside 2 weeks, when it got to our workshops it turned out that the £900 fuel pump was a knackered unit from the breakers!

Ripping folk off is one thing plain dangerous is something else. I was out with a lad who'd just picked up his shiny brand new Street Triple after 50 miles he heard a metallic grating from the front brake and the wheel seized. There was one bolt missing from the caliper and it had rotated around and jambed between the disc and front fork and that was straight out of the workshops after its PDI!!

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Re: chain adjuster positioning
« Reply #26 on: 21 May, 2020, 01:54:02 PM »
Bloody hell lads, looks like i got off lightly !

I've royally cocked up a few jobs myself like i guess most of us have, but at least i learned something, and it cost me nothing and i only had myself to blame if i killed myself.

What is really galling is the money i've put their way over 5 years, not just for mechanical stuff but also boots, gloves etc. My lovely partner (who lets me keep the biffer in the lounge), spent over 700 in one visit alone on her gear.

Anyway, they've had their chance.

As per previous posts, to be fair the good ones must be out there, (mustn't they?) Problem is there's bugger all choice in Ireland.

on balance i agree with previous posts, i'm just going to do it all myself unless absolutely impossible.

Thanks to all



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Re: chain adjuster positioning
« Reply #27 on: 26 May, 2020, 03:44:24 PM »
chain fitted today, no problem, all's well that ends well etc.

Still shouldnt have happened

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Re: chain adjuster positioning
« Reply #28 on: 26 May, 2020, 05:11:13 PM »
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Re: chain adjuster positioning
« Reply #29 on: 26 May, 2020, 07:23:06 PM »
Happy Days

I wonder if they'll try it on and fit that to another mo'cycle?