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Car was running great. mechanic did unorthorised work. adjusted tappets. also it stalls badly and revs by itself when hot or cold which it did not do before. i took it back and he said he fixed it which was a lie as i tied a piece of cotton to the cover and it is still there. I booked it in only for my timing belt which was not replaced!! i am female!!

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I have some advice for you.If you have free long distance would you call me for a few minutes?I only 2 finger type so we'll go back and forth all day.Talk shouldn't take more than 10 minutes.I don't have caller ID because I can't afford it so I'm not going to pester you and I am married too.I also need some clarification about the timing belt.Greg 727 584 2554

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  • Greg McCarthy Aug 22, 2010

    By timing belt,do you mean the belt that winds around and you can see it on the alternator and a/c?If you do,that is a serpentine belt.The timing belt is inside the engine and would most likely require engine removal and a near complete teardown of the engine.Greg P.S.I would still like to hear what happened.Anytime after 10 AM EST.

  • caitlin007 Aug 24, 2010

    Hi Greg just got your message thank you very much. Dont have long distance on phone. I asked the mechanic to replace the 200000 timing belt. He did not. Instead as i said he did unorthorised work- oil change, tightened down tappets. Now the car sounds so bad- the tappets are really noisy and it stalls so bad that it has become dangerous. As i said, I took it back as he promised to remove the tappet cover and fix the head but i tied cotton onto top and block and it was not broken so i know he didnt fix it. I spoke to another mechanic and he is positive the tappets are factory set?? and that they should not be touched at all??? Whats a girl to do?? I am in Australia. Thanks again for your time. What do you think??????????
    regards Jacquelin

  • Greg McCarthy Aug 24, 2010

    Just a bit of advice for now.Do you have to sign a paper for authorization of work when you drop it off?We do up here,however I have them call me back after they determine what is wrong and have them tell me what they are going to do,so you should do that too.I don't know Australian laws as far as signing for work but I would still want to know what they're doing and for how much.I got ripped off once.I took my car in for clutch work,they called me back and said $500 and I said okay.When I went and picked it up I saw that they did all this other junk that I wasn't expecting,and I doubt they ever even started the car to move it.The actual clutch work they claimed they did was $100 of it.Now I have a good mechanic who is on the level.Before I answered your question I googled tappets to make sure I remembered what they were and they should not have been touched,I agree with that.The stalling could be a result of messing with the tappets because it probably altered the valve spacing.It could be a gas issue too but since he messed with the tappets,that is most likely the cause.I would call a Honda dealer,talk to a technician,tell them what happened,and see what they suggest.A dealer costs more for repairs,but the guy that told you the tappets shouldn't be messed with could be a good shop.So after you hear what the dealer recommends,call the second guy and see what he recommends and compare the 2 opinions and if he suggests what the dealer recommends,get a quote,also from the Honda dealer by the way.Also,are you sure you're not talking about the serpentine belt?I was in Australia once,Perth,and it seemed quite beautiful and clean,or was I in the right part of town?Please let me know what you find out.I don't have the multi-hemisphere calling plan either :() lol.Good luck! Greg

  • Greg McCarthy Aug 24, 2010

    I forgot to add,when in doubt call the dealer or call around to a couple shops.Someone is always willing to give a free opinion over the phone to attract future business,at least here in the US they will.Greg

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