Looking back, roughly 15 years or so ago, diesel engines were commonly and widely used as the work horse engine of choice. While sometimes rather sluggish, noisy and more suited to a beat up old work ute or truck, they had plenty of torque which enabled them to haul massive amounts of weight without too much strain.
Their other advantage was the milage per full tank you could get out of them, even whilst towing a fully loaded tray. Their downside though, of course is the plumes of dirty black diesel exhaust fumes that they would spew out their tailpipes, filliing the atmosphere with Carbon Monoxide (CO), Hydrocarbons (HC), Nitric Oxide and Nitrogen Dioxide (NOx), and soot or Particulate Matter (PM). All of which have been scientifically proven to cause cancer in humans.
Now fast forward back to today and what you may not know is that the current Common Rail Diesel (CRD) engine is [...]
Ever wondered what it’s like to be a mechanic? How about a mechanic that runs his/her own workshop, a busy workshop, with a continuous and steady flow of jobs?
Well to put it plainly, while it is a great feeling of achievement to own your own workshop and a business, it’s a never ending amount of hard work, commitment, skill, learning and at times extremely stressful. Believe it or not, we’re not even talking about the physical aspect of actually being a mechanic or repairing cars yet. That’s right, being a Mechanic, or Technician as we are more commonly referred to as these days, is a tough job. Running a small business successfully is even harder. For those of you who aren’t familiar, let’s start with a few examples of whats involved in owning and managing [...]
Unfortunately we are seeing a common fault amongst the Mercedes-Benz W204 body C200 & C250 engines more often than we’d like to. Being Mercedes-Benz owners and fans ourselves, we hate seeing these beautiful cars having such a major issue.
The problem mainly affects the later version of the M271 variants of these engines fitted to these vehicles, which is the ‘M271.8 – CGi’ (turbo) that is found in W204 body Mercedes-Benz. Though we have seen similar issues in it’s older version ‘M271.9 – Kompressor’ (Supercharged), in which camshaft adjuster teeth wear away and cause damage to the timing components. The earlier Kompressor variant of the M271 was also found in the earlier W203 bodied C180 and C200.
Because this fault has to do with the timing of the engine, it can certainly lead to the engine needing major repairs or in worst case, complete engine failure due to possible valves contacting with pistons. So with [...]