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We used to have similar places here but most, if not all, have closed. When my local one was closing I was told it was because of insurance requirements. They would have had to have at least one mechanic for every customer just to make sure nobody did anything stupid, injured themselves, then claimed that the company had allowed them to do something stupid.

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Did I mention that I dislike very much the paternalistic Nanny State zero risc attitude which seems to be fancy ourdays? rant over
OK, the one I use has a car „master“ (german title) and some mechanics running around doing their own professional work, it is a mixture of DIY and free garage. I learned a lot from these guys and they are very helpful …

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KCR wrote:

Did I mention that I dislike very much the paternalistic Nanny State zero risc attitude which seems to be fancy ourdays? rant over

So do I but having seen what some people were doing I can understand the problem.....

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We used to have those around here too, but not in 20+ years. I suspected not enough people worked on their own cars anymore to make such a place pay for itself.

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Harv wrote:

We used to have those around here too, but not in 20+ years. I suspected not enough people worked on their own cars anymore to make such a place pay for itself.

the trouble Harv is there is nothing on today's cars to fix , disposable like every other thing now days.

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Well, the news is good. It's an exhaust manifold and not the HG. So I've got a spare HG set to make sure the gaskets stay sound forever :)

Next step - source a passenger side exhaust manifold...

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It must have split completely to make as much noise as it was. Have they taken it off and definitely confirmed it?

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Well, the news is good. It's an exhaust manifold and not the HG. So I've got a spare HG set to make sure the gaskets stay sound forever :)

Next step - source a passenger side exhaust manifold...

Is there not one in the HG set you could use?

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I would think it is the actual manifold that has split at the flexi section and not just the gasket.

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I would think it is the actual manifold that has split at the flexi section and not just the gasket.

Yep, it's the manifold rather than the gasket. I'm seeing lots of them on the bay of E. I'm wondering how good a bet they are second hand.

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Ah I see, missed that, though it seems like good news all the same (well at least better news than the HG would be)

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Made a beginner's mistake parking in the garage and nicked the front bumper ... darn, did not need that ... it broke like glass, now I need also to add that to the long list of things to do ... never a moment of rest :-(

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Got the replacement manifold skimmed yesterday as the flange surface was rough as dogs.

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Had a great wedding anniversary today .my vogue decided the water pump should fall Luckily nothing broken up or cooked Just bearings gone .
Then the TDI to v8 discovery 1 decided it play up with a missfire ----- turns out lead not on plug properly So after that little lot got video done to prove failure for warranty