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Local Mechanic Needed

On 22 Mar 2013 at 4:12pm Over a barrel wrote:
Car has just failed it's MOT because the 'airbag' light is stuck on. The garage has said it needs a 'new controller' and that will be stupid amounts of cash please, plus labour. So I appear to be over a barrel unless i can find someone who knows what there doing to sort it out! Anyone got any recommendations please for a good, fair priced, local mechanic?
On 22 Mar 2013 at 4:16pm bazm wrote:
Not that 'local' but I can really recommend John Moore in Kemptown.
On 22 Mar 2013 at 4:32pm Southover Queen wrote:
It depends a bit on what the problem is. I had a similar problem on my old Peugeot 307; apparently there's a sort of computer which operates all the functions of the dashboard and indicators/horn/lights. If just one of these switches fail you have to replace the whole blasted unit, and yes it cost about £600 to do that. My car has very low mileage so it was worth it for me. So it might be worth making detailed enquiries with someone who knows the make and model of your car, if you can find such a person.
On 22 Mar 2013 at 4:57pm Compass wrote:
This happened to me last year. The car didn't fail the MOT it was only an advisory. Might be cheaper to get another test at a different garage!
On 22 Mar 2013 at 4:59pm Fail wrote:
It will still fail at another MOT station, new MOT rules came in on 20th March, Google is your friend.
On 22 Mar 2013 at 5:04pm Compass wrote:
It is indeed. EU regs eh!
On 22 Mar 2013 at 5:05pm tobnac wrote:
This happened to me as well. In my case (xsara estate) the electric cabling to the airbag ran under the drivers seat. Constantly running the drivers seat back and forth (for mrs tobnac and I are of hilariously unequal heights) had caused a dodgy connection. A bit of wiggling usually sorted the problem in the short term (long enough to get through an MOT!)
On 22 Mar 2013 at 6:04pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Try Ringmer Service Centre. They are very enterprising when it comes to saving you the expense of hugely expensive parts, and very reasonable when it comes to the size of the bills.
On 22 Mar 2013 at 7:22pm Over a Barrel wrote:
Thanks for your top tips people. I'm on the case.
On 22 Mar 2013 at 9:50pm middleclassandabitsmug wrote:
you could try a scrapyard for a secondhand board but there may be specific programming to your car. Car electrics have got so complicated.
On 23 Mar 2013 at 12:02am Bloke 2 wrote:
Carefully smash the little light in with a metal pen
On 23 Mar 2013 at 7:25am Ducatipete wrote:
You can buy used parts on the web. Just Google and you will be amazed how many dealers there are. I bought a door for my Rover 25 for £50 including postage.Then take it to Ringmer to be fitted.
On 23 Mar 2013 at 12:07pm Reliable and Cheap wrote:
For all your vehicle needs low cost servicing and repairs, will beat any quote you have, contact jays autos on 07544217499
On 24 Mar 2013 at 10:19am Geoffrey Paddle wrote:
I would recommend Jay's Autos. Top notch servicing at a very reasonable price.

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