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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
My car was juddering and then the engine management light came on and the garage said it needed new ignition coils at a cost of £450! I was quite upset at the cost obviously but went along with it. After this happened my car was still juddering, albeit less than before and last Wednesday the engine management light came on again whilst we were 100 miles away from home. The garage came to collect the car that evening and assured us that the ignition coils had indeed needed changing and they put some fluid in for us (at a cost of £18.50) and didn't charge for a diagnostic test again. Well, now my car is juddering more than ever and even whilst waiting at traffic lights it's kind of chugging away whilst it had always been very silent. Now they are saying it must be something to do with the fuel pump. If that's the case then surely we didn't need the ignition coils changing? Is there anything we can do about this or will it just be our word against theirs?!
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago

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Does sound like a fuel pump problem to me or just the injection jets.
So surely we shouldn't have had to pay the £450 in the first place? I really begrudge this.
is it a citroen?
my dad is having awful problems with his C5 which keeps cutting out,in fact it only drives for 4 miles at a time before conking out,he is then stuck on the roadside waiting til it will start again.
So far it has had countless dianostic tests,new plugs,filters,upper and lower fuel pumps at a cost of over £1100 and it still has the problem,citroen uk now say they dont know what the problem is but are willing to find out at his expense!
It has been into 4 different garages but noone can work out why it does it,thankfully the last garage that had it for a month didnt charge him anything,they were convinced they could fix it,replaced a load of sensors but its still the same
Give us a clue, what vehicle is it?

Not a new Passat is it?
It's a nissan almera
i had a problem like that, did you find out what the code was on the diagnostic? could be the same problem as mine which was the air flow sensor.
No, maybe I should have asked though - I certainly wasn't offered the information
What I'm more concerned about is the fact that I was told it was the ignition coils and paid out £450 only to find that it actually wasn't that - although they argue it was.
you should of asked for the diagnostic code then google it, it should come up with what it is. air flow sensors are noly about £50 and take 2 mins to fit
When was the airfilter last changed?

I have come across a couple of Micras and Almeras that have ran like a bag on nails just because the airfilter was clogged
Apparently he's going to try to take off the injectors now and see if it's that. He's still convinced that the injection coils needed doing!
Are you an AA member? If you are then contact them and ask them for help. They should be able to tell you what it is/isn't and wether or not it was the coils. Although it doesn't sound like the coils to me. You could always buy an OBDC-II reader from ebay, which will connect to your car and display the fault codes. These are actually cheaper than paying a garage to test it for you and can be used on many different cars.

I had a major problem with my diesel astra cutting out and then not starting for an hour or so. The Vauxhall dealership said it was common but could be a lot of things so they would need to start by changing the wiring harness, then the pump etc etc until they found what was causing it. They said it would cost at LEAST £850 plus labour. I objected to paying them for "trial and error" fault finding so I researched the problem on the net and found it was actually a faulty ECU, which was very common with my engine. It cost me £80 to get it fixed via ebay and took me 5 minutes to both remove and refit the ECU. Find the fault code and then look it up! :thumbsup:
He said the car was misfiring and working from 3 cylinders only!
He said the car was misfiring and working from 3 cylinders only!

"misfiring" is a bit like him saying "its broken". Misfiring usually manifests itself as a judder, so so far hes only told you what you've told him. A misfire can be caused by loads of different things:
knackered spark plugs / cables
lack of compression
dirty filter
air leak
pump problem

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