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What? Iris has broken down? Surely not...

Discussion in 'Kombi Stories' started by Iris76, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. Iris76

    Iris76 New Member

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    CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS????? After just having been through a week of police fines, RTA mess with non-registration, blue slips and ultimately repacking to continue my holiday, I made it 40 minutes from home and konked out on the F3:rolleyes: Only joined the NRMA this morning (I know, don't say it!!) so I had to pay a $60-something surcharge for the call out. I was towed to the Service Centre at Warnervale where I awaited the NRMA Road Service guy who found that the little elbow thingo had popped out and was spraying petrol all over the motor. He said he was astounded she didn't catch on fire :eek:

    Anyhoo...the tow truck guy had nothing to do so he hung around in case I needed towing back to Belmont (which I do). I unplugged the fridge and was ready to go at which point the tow truck driver discovered that HIS truck was spewing diesel all over the ground :lol: I haven't laughed so much in ages...Here are some shots (the towing company have asked for a few for their website as well!!!). Good news is, I should be fixed up and ready to leave again by early this evening:D
     
  2. Iris76

    Iris76 New Member

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  3. splitbus

    splitbus Well-Known Member

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    That's good, your leaking fuel and he's smoking a cig:eek: happy to hear it's not serious, have a fun trip
     
  4. back street bessie

    back street bessie Active Member

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    No Dena i cant believe your luck,but im glad you're able to laugh about it.
    These Kombis sure do try us from time to time.I hope its a quick and easy fix and you're out and about really soon.
    I'm glad that towie put his smoke out...with all the petrol and diesel splashing about.:eek: l
    Hang in there :)
     
  5. terbear

    terbear Member

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    It's gotta be all good from now on...
     
  6. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    I can see nothing but pleasant kombi fun from here in Dena.

    Enjoy the rest of your trip.

    Cheers,
     
  7. fekkinell

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    Sheesh! Maybe you should help an old lady across the street. Karma seems to have it in for you at the moment.

    Those pics are kinda funny though hehe.

    Can only get better from here. ;)
     
  8. Iris76

    Iris76 New Member

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    Thanks for your support guys. I have indeed done a good deed just now...called the Police and told them that a major set of traffic lights in Turramurra are out and people have been doing crazy things to get across the intersection. They've just fixed that problem, so I may well have saved someone a serious accident.

    But wait...how do I know this, I hear you ask??? I've broken down again:mad: The elbow thingy was easily fixed by Peter O'Toole on the Central Coast ("I only took you in at 4pm on a Friday because you said VW"!! Thanks Pete:lol: ). He didn't charge me anything - said he'd stuck it in good and solid (and I think he's probably right - there is no petrol leak this time) but although I can start the bus now, it's acting like there's no petrol getting to the motor.

    Just had a call back from Kombi Rescue. He seems to think I need to put in a new feul pump. Unfortunately he is in the opposite direction to where I am staying with friends so we might just get the girl to Mona Vale and wait until Monday.

    Now me sits and waits, still hot and sweaty, still trying to focus on the funny side:)
     
  9. Iris76

    Iris76 New Member

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    Just found a way to make lemonade out of lemons...NRMA dude came, undid a feul line and got me to start her up. Said fuel was getting through fine. He thinks one of the carbies is the problem:umm: I had to wait 2 hours for him (I just found out the temp got up to 43 today - there were about 30 cars broken down on the Freeway) and now I have 1 1/2 hours wait for a tow truck.

    I was getting a wee bit bored (9 hour trip Newcastle to Sydney is a bit much) and then the thought struck me - I don't have to (indeed I can't) drive to my friends house tonight. So I've opened up my very cold fridge and pulled out a chardy. Aaaahhhh, that's a better way to wait for a tow truck:D
     
  10. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    Hang in there Dena! Sorry I couldn't be more help.
     
  11. malibu

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    Dena, your way more cool than i would be in your situation! Its always depressing seeing your kombi on the back of a tilt tray. Mine has been there twice.(Blown water hose and motor past its use by date).Iris would have to be one of the schmickest VW'S ive seen.Hope all your problems are sorted out soon. Keep in touch
     
  12. Iris76

    Iris76 New Member

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    Thanks Melissa - it was great just to speak to you in the middle of it all yesterday. Always appreciated.

    Malibu, I'm finding myself not being very cool about it since dropping Iris off last night:umm: She's got 2 new batteries, but after 4 hours waiting and running a fridge and stereo system, then with the ignition being left on by the tow truck driver, the batteries are flat:eek: The NRMA guy got her going but wasn't sure she'd make it all the way back to Mona Vale which is why I went the tow option, but we couldn't find the mechanic I was told about as it was dark, so I've been in a panic all night about having to leave her in a side street, knowing that I have to get help to start her again.

    To top it off, my friend who gave me the mechanic's name in Mona Vale - Brett Close Automotive - told me when I arrived that he's a Transporter mechanic and doesn't count himself a specialist in T2s. If ever I needed the Kombi God, this weekend may well be it:lol:

    Does anyone know a good VW mechanic on the Northern Beaches of Sydney? I have had as many different diagnoses of the possible problem as I've had mechanics I've spoken to (feul pump, blocked filter, carbies), and my mechanic in Newcastle, Hendrik, was making lots of noise about how important it is to have someone who knows Kombis as they're dealing with the feul system. Of course, it's quite possible that mechanics won't work on Monday either, due to the public holiday....but that's a whole separate issue:rolleyes:
     
  13. DaveW

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    hi Dena there is a sticky on this site under kombiclub then "kombi service maps" not sure if you have seen it before it may help you,hope you start to have some good fortune soon all the best Dave
     
  14. Iris76

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    Thanks Dave...I'll check it out:)
     
  15. tubguts

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    Wow ! what a time, hope your luck changes soon. Hopefully you'll look back on this chapter of your life with a smile and thought of what a memorable and FUN holiday you had. What do they say? - if it doesn't kill you , it will make you stronger. Hope your luck turns real soon. P.s. The kombi is looking sweat though.
    Cheers, John
     
  16. greenbay

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    Keep smilin' girl:)
     
  17. Iris76

    Iris76 New Member

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    It's so good to get messages at these times from people who understand...here's an update on the story, and be warned, it's not very pretty :rolleyes:

    1st tow truck drive was a 'tow to safety' to the twin service centres from the F3 as the NRMA won't work on the freeway.

    2nd tow truck drive was to Peter O'Toole in Tuggerah who fixed the joint that had separated

    3rd tow truck drive was from Turramurra to Mona Vale where she sat overnight last night

    4th tow truck drive was this morning...because it was for the same breakdown, I had to pay for this one, but after checking the KC guide, found Mackellars Service Centre in Brookvale was open for business so was happy to get her seen to on this 'long weekend'. He checked her over - did thorough diagnostics on her and found a small air leak, oil pressure at 3psi which he said was on the low side, and adjusted the timing, etc. He thought I should get Hendrik to check and fix a few things before I took her on a long drive again, but was certain Sydney to Newcastle would be do-able. He charged very little and was incredibly thorough. Gave me his mobile in case of further problems but had taken her for a hard drive and couldn't foresee any.

    I have to admit that later this afternoon, as I started to drive her home from my friend's place in Avalon feeling anxious, nervous, uncertain, I had a tear - I started to wonder if there was a message I was supposed to be getting that I was missing. I've decided to forego the whole big road trip idea this summer - what was 8 weeks is turning into 4 - and find a great beachfront stop where I can just chill out for a few weeks. But anyhow, I was feeling a bit sorry for myself that the massive grin I had as I left home yesterday was now an anxious grimmace....stopped to get feul at Mona Vale....and broke down again :umm:

    Steve at Mackellar invited me to park her at his garage but is really busy on Monday. He strongly suggested I upgrade to premium care at NRMA so I could get towed home as he's so busy next week. I didn't take premium cover on NRMA as my CIL insurance covers accommodation, towing, etc that the premium cover does, but after advice today, have increased to premium which will allow me to get Iris towed later next week (after 48 hours if she breaks down again).

    5th tow...Mona Vale back to Dee Why. Steve can't work out, based on the diagnostic info he had, what is going on. Even the fuel vaporisation idea isn't adding up for him.

    Good news is, tears are done with:D Romantic sentimentality may also be done with...but then again, it may just need an asprin and a good lie down:lol:

    Not sure what will come next, but here are some more photos from our 5 tows in 2 days.....
     
  18. Iris76

    Iris76 New Member

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    Steve O'Toole was fabulous at 4 on a Friday afternoon

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    This was our 3rd tow, at about 9 last night from Turramurra to Mona Vale

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    This morning we clocked up no.4 (and to tell you the truth, I started seeing her face change - the little princess was beginning to show signs of enjoying being carried around:lol: )

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  19. Iris76

    Iris76 New Member

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    Thorough diagnostics at Mackellar Service Centre in Dee Why:

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    But it didn't find the underlying fault. 5th tow this afternoon from Mona Vale back to Dee Why:

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    The 'double mural' thing we had going on was a complete winner on the trip through the Northern Beaches:

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    But I think the sea horse tells the story:

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  20. DaveW

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    thats the best "double mural" i've seen, now come on Iris be a good girl no more playing with "towies" you will get a bad name around town,hang in there Dena,cheers Dave
     

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