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Auto Electritian in Adelaide??

Discussion in ''How To' & 'Handy Hints'' started by Mr Tim, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. Mr Tim

    Mr Tim Member

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    Hi folks.... :)

    Can anybody recommend a reputable, quality auto electritian in Adelaide that you've had good experience with??

    The electrics in the camper are doing some wierd tricks and I haven't been able to get my head around it!! :wtf:

    Thanks
     
  2. drivesafe

    drivesafe Active Member

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    Hi Tim, if you want, post the problems up and we might be able help you sort them out yourself.
     
  3. courty

    courty New Member

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    Hi Tim,

    I have used Rocca's auto electrians on Payneham Road at Felixstow, just near maccas before and they were pretty good.

    Cheers

    Tim
     
  4. Mr Tim

    Mr Tim Member

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    Thanks guys..
    Turns out, she has booked in to one in port adelaide (convienient on way to work) for tomorrow. So all will be revealed!

    The head lights were coming on at odd times. Switch would be off, but then the lights would come on when the drivers door was closed.
    Another time, I found them on when I arrived home (walking) so checked it out. No response by pulling/pushing light switch..... then :wtf: put foot on clutch to start motor, lights went off. Take foot off clutch, lights go on!!!! Slid underneath to check for inadvertant conection/broken wire... nothing. then stayed off???

    Couple days later... battery dead! So confusing....
    Anyway, she'll take it in tomorrow for a check by someone who should understand these things


    PS: heading off to the sunny east coast next week... hence the haste in repair :)
     
  5. Abby.75

    Abby.75 Member

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    Hi
    There's a certain auto electricial place in Port Adelaide that no VW should go anywhere near... I hope it wasn't the one you used!!!!

    I got towed there because my distributer kicked the bucket... And I had voltage drop problem I wanted sorted out as well, which I think was why I was looking for an auto electrician to begin with... this place was recomended to me by one of my Dad's best mates.

    Well, as well as the distributer he wanted to do the generator and regulator... apparently my trying to drive home while backfiring had killed the regulator, which in turn fried the generator... and wanted to charge a smell fortune for new ones, so I sourced them second hand myself...

    And today those two second hand parts are the only two things he touched that are still working... and he didn't even want to install them. The distributor packed up again in exactly the same way maybe 8 months later, so this time I went to V&T motors... It turned out that because my crank case is so old, that the stalk on the distributer wasn't fitting properly. I do actually think the distributer was repaired properly, for what it's worth... but he did complain that it was hard to refit it...

    As for the voltage drop, he fitted an extrernal solanoid of some kind... that's held together with electrical tape, and never even fixed the prolem anyway. It's attaced to the fan housing... which apparently isn't too smart because it vibrates... so predicatably a few months ago fell it off... 3 times in two weeks, before my mechanic had time to have a look at it. Unfortunately it's wired in so well it's going to be a big jod to remove, so he just reatached it and one of the RAA men has told me how to earth it so if it falls off again I can at least get Sophie started.... Incedentally Bob has also now fixed the voltage drop problem completely: There were 4 big cracks in the top of the starter motor, to the point that he wondered how I'd even been able to start the car at all they were so big...

    I wound up being hundreds of dolars out of pocket but at least I know it's all fixed now... Who did you wind up using? I need an auto electrician for my Kombi, and I'm terrorfied of choosing the wrong one again.....I hope you didn't use the same guy I did!!!

    Abby.75
     
  6. pyoties bro

    pyoties bro Member

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    when i had my ute in at Cartek they sent it off to Clays Auto electician who are the big yellow building just a few hundred meters south of them on south road....i figure if Cartek are happy with them they cant be too bad...and i have had not electrical porbles to date.
    otherwise go into GHR motors on daws road and ask them if they can fix it or recommend someone.
     
  7. Abby.75

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    I went in to GHR this afternoon actually... it's one of the reasons that I posted on here. The guy they recommend (who does all their alternators and things) is a guy I remember my Dad using nearly 20 years ago... the end result being "won't go there again". That's all I can remember... I was just a kid.... and unfortunately it's more than my Dad can remember.... I don't think I want to take the risk, so the search contnues...

    I've never used cartek... is it the same guy who used to run the Vee Dub Centre in the same spot?

    Abby.75
     
  8. kombi-man

    kombi-man Member

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    Drop Pyoties Bro an email or PM here on KC, he has a really cool SC and could probably recommend someone.
    You may have to travel but only once to get it fixed right.
     
  9. pyoties bro

    pyoties bro Member

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    fair enough if your dad had a bad experience with GHR...but in my experience they do know their VWs!
    but yeah Cartek are the old Vee dub centre...guys name is Shane.....just next to the south road overpass that goes over cross road...drop in there and ask them what you recon....they do heaps of VW work...theres been a few people on here had restos or parts of reston done through them...but like i said Clays up the road did the electronic work on my ute.
    good luck finding something and let us know how it pans out for you :)
     
  10. Abby.75

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    That's the plan... I'm so sick of having to get things fixed twice (or more). I swear thats the majority of the reason why everyone thinks VW's are so good at breaking down: they are old, so every now and then (if you can't afford/don't have time to do everything at once, like me) something will go so badly wrong a towtruck is required... and a trip to a mechanic to fix the problem.... and then the same thing breaks again... and you need another towtruck....

    It's a right royal pain in the proverbial... I don't mind travelling, or paying a bit more even, if I only have to do things once. Like Abby's shock absorber... the "newest" one on the front isn't that old.... but it's designed to go on the back (Not that hard, even I can tell the difference...) So glad it wasn't me who paid for that goof... :eek::wtf::confused::lol:

    Abby.75
     
  11. Abby.75

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    Just want to be clear... GHR are REALLY GOOD!!!

    Sorry, maybe I was a bit vague, you misunderstand me.... GHR are REALLY GOOD... they did Sophie's clutch for me, and my sister uses them for her Kombi when it's in town... there's always a lot of Kombi's there...it was the name of the electrician they gave me that my Dad used for the familly 84 Landcruiser... My Dad hates VW's they're only good for "breaking down and catching fire" to him... he would never used a mechanic that specialised in them...!!

    On the other hand the Vee Dub Centre I have had a bad experience with.... over 10 years ago now, so maybe things have changed. That's where we bought Herbie from. To be polite, as much as I love him dearly, the poor little guy has so many issues... he's a bit of a lemon. In hindsight I feel really bad for out old mechanic Steve who used to keep him on the road for us, he really did a magnificent job with what he had to work with.... And the money Mum was prepared to pay! With what I know now about Beetles I would never have bought Herbie... My sister and I are about to begin a restoration/rebuild/see if he can be saved at all because he was our first car and we love him so much... But it's going to be a long, slow and expensive project, so I'm kinda glad she's paying half... The amount we paid to buy Herbie reflected what the condition we were told he was in, not what condition he was actually in ... Not good. :(

    Having said that though I'm glad we did buy him... he's adorable, kids love him (at a VW show a kid tried to feed him icecream to his numberplate once... kid's mum wasn't impressed but I thought it was cute) and we had sooo much fun with him... :rolleyes:

    My avitar at the moment, having few pictures of my Kombi, is Herbie at Ayers Rock... he made it with a battery issue (our fault, we should have had it replaced before we left... it had been giving us trouble for months... and thenbegan behaving itself so we left it....) and a snapped clutch cable... We got a push start in Pimba by a group of burly backpackers and drove to Port Augusta to get it fixed... next time we come all the way back to Adelaide because the guy who fixed it was a VW guy but a bit expensive and not the best... we had to replace the cable again not that much later.... Poor little guy (Herbie, not the mechanic) had been lowered by someone, but when it was done all they did was just chop the existing springs, so he has cracks from where the body used to flex.... and he was so full of camping gear he was on the bump stops the whole trip... :wtf:

    Stuck him on a truck to Darwin a couple of months ago (he's terrified of tow trucks for some reason) and MBN Automotive are going to pull him apart for us and see what's what.. At the moment he's worth $127 scrap metal.

    The things we do for love. :heart:

    Abby.75
     
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2012
  12. Mr Tim

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    GHR is THE place to go for repairs in Adelaide. My experience/history with them may be short, but they have been sooo helpful and supportive.

    The auto electritian...... The camper had to go back a second time, as the issue it went in with was not fixed the first time... $100 later. Turned out to be a bare wire in an obscured spot under the dash. Some electrical tape applied, problem fixed.

    May not be going there again.......
     
  13. Abby.75

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    GHR are great I've used them too... my sister's ex boyfriend swore by them with her camper...just that the guy they recommended as an electrician was a name that didn't really inspire much faith in me as my Dad used them years ago... I mean, for all I know the business may have changed hands by now but my sucess rate for electricians as abysma and I don't really want to chance it... And fixing a part thet GHR sends to them, and fixing the mish-mosh of wires under a Kombi's dash are two very different things..... as I found out....

    ....The search is still continuing... the last guy I went to talk to is the guy Volks Care sends his electrical bits and bobs to for repairs.... he was happy enough to install the battery leads and check if anything was still drawing from the battery when the ignition is off for me... but when I mentioned the "issues" Abby has uinder the front dash he said something about it could cost over $1000... I don't think he thought this Kombi driving Hippie impersonator would have the money.

    What he doesn't know is that since I want to install a coffee machine etc in the back I expected to have to rewire at least half of her... we all know that most Kombis have electrical issues.... and most Kombi owners try to fix them themselves... and some Kombi owners probably shouldn't.... so I want to do things properly and would be prepared to pay that kind of money if I was sure it would only need to be done once!!


    Oh well, his loss! I'm still looking becuase I want to install my new stereo... and I don't trust the pimply faced guys at the place I bought it from to do it properly if they come across a problem.... the rewiring of the dash might be a job for another day but I would like to have the radio in so I can use it an at least an electrician would be able to fix the problems they find as they goo
    Abby.75
     
  14. 1500king

    1500king Well-Known Member

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    Just rewire the fuse box back to standard, cut out all the dodgey wiring, then add accessories in an organised manner... Simple!!:) PM for details..
     
  15. Abby.75

    Abby.75 Member

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    Hi Noodles:

    You make it sound oh so easy... but "cut out the dodgey wiring" would mean I have nothing left... pretty sure it's all dodgey under there...I appreciate the offer of help but I don't have the skills to do it myself... would probably, as my mechanic sings while applying heat to that heat shrink stuff with a cigetette lighter....

    "....throw another kom-bi on the fi-re..."

    He scares me somethimes!

    Abby.75
     

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