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Old April 30th, 2009, 02:44 PM
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Looking for a good mechanic in SoCal (LA area) to work on my D90

Greetings,

So it has happened. I'm finally throwing in the towel, and am going to take my D90 in to get it to work right. I just don't have the time right now to figure out what is wrong at this time.
I have never taken any of my vehicles to a mechanic, and so I dont know what to look for, or know of any whom I trust.

If any of you guys have a referral for a trustworthy mechanic in the Los Angeles (I live just north of Glendale, CA) area, I'd much appreciate some input.

Thank you in advance,


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Old April 30th, 2009, 02:59 PM
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Hunting Service Center

840 Huntington Drive San Marino CA 91108

626 570 9901

Ask for Pete or Jon

You can't miss the shop, just look for all the D90's n 110's in the parking lot
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Old April 30th, 2009, 02:59 PM
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Four Oaks in Santa Monica but I dont know anyone by you.
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Old April 30th, 2009, 03:01 PM
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I second four oaks or west coast rovers in Irvine
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Old April 30th, 2009, 03:09 PM
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My Neighbor has a shop near LAX called British Car Service. Kinda expensive but they do good work. Fours Oaks is good too like everyone said.
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Old April 30th, 2009, 03:52 PM
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Might be outside your range, but try West Coast Rovers in Irvine - I wouldn't recommend the drive if the shop and service weren't so good. Ask for Eddy...
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Old April 30th, 2009, 04:27 PM
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I thirdsy on West Coast or if you can make the Drive Premier Rover is San Diego (Miramar and the 805) is untouchable as far as service and price. Excellent tech and owner. The just installed a 4.6 in the 94 and set up both the front Limited Slip and rear Detroit Locker from scratch.
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Old April 30th, 2009, 04:42 PM
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Not to highjack this thread but Clay any issues with passing smog by putting in a 4.6?
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Old April 30th, 2009, 05:48 PM
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So far, Huntington service center sounds pretty good, as the truck isnt running well enough to venture a trip out to Irvine.
Anyone else have anything to say about Huntington Service Center?

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Old April 30th, 2009, 05:56 PM
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John,
Good question. Haven't had to get it to smogged yet. That will be with next year's renewal with the lovely CARB. East Coast Rovers recommended a 3.9 cam so I went with there recommendations. I spoke with William at Premier Rover who did the swap and he has never had a swap not pass CARB emmissions.
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So far, Huntington service center sounds pretty good, as the truck isnt running well enough to venture a trip out to Irvine.
Anyone else have anything to say about Huntington Service Center?

-a
Call Eddie at West Coast Rovers. He is the best guy I have ever met who works on these rigs. He will send a trailer up to get your car or work with you on towing. Tell him Buck sent you and he will take great care of you. His warranty alone is great. Click the link in my sig and get in touch with him. You will be happy.

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Good question. Haven't had to get it to smogged yet. That will be with next year's renewal with the lovely CARB. East Coast Rovers recommended a 3.9 cam so I went with there recommendations. I spoke with William at Premier Rover who did the swap and he has never had a swap not pass CARB emmissions.
Hope that helps.
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Old May 1st, 2009, 12:01 PM
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My D90 has been serviced by both Eddie at West Coast Rovers and John and Pete at Huntington Service Center. Both are VERY good and can do regular maintenance, repairs, and after-market upgrades.

WCR has a fair amount of after market stuff / accessories in the shop, HSC has none - they're a more traditional repair/maintenance shop, but can install any after-market item you supply.

Both can get busy, too, though - so call ahead and make an appointment.

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Old May 1st, 2009, 11:58 PM
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A good mechanic within 20 minutes of your house:
Kavanagh Motors
13428 VENTURA BLVD.
SHERMAN OAKS, CA 91423-3914

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Old May 6th, 2009, 01:04 AM
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Update: report back

Well, I got my truck back from Huntington Service Center.
Pete, John and Frank were great. John really knows his stuff, and we ended up talking about the diagnosis, and such for a bit. These guys are rover experts and then some!

Here is why my truck was running poorly:
- Bad O2 sensor
- Bad Timing vacuum advance
- bad spark plug wires (these things were factory, and only about 1.5 years old)
- bad spark plugs (i used the champions, but they recommended the NGKs)
- the gap on the plugs was way to big
- clogged up PCV system which then screwed up the idle
- They set the timing, tuned up the idle, and gave it a once over.

The truck runs like a champ now...

thank you for the referral and the information everyone provided.

-arbi
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Old May 6th, 2009, 01:14 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by arbik
Here is why my truck was running poorly:
- Bad O2 sensor
- Bad Timing vacuum advance
- bad spark plug wires (these things were factory, and only about 1.5 years old)
- bad spark plugs (i used the champions, but they recommended the NGKs)
- the gap on the plugs was way to big
- clogged up PCV system which then screwed up the idle
- They set the timing, tuned up the idle, and gave it a once over.

The truck runs like a champ now...

thank you for the referral and the information everyone provided.

-arbi
Good maintaince list. Especially the PCV system.
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Old May 6th, 2009, 01:29 AM
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The symptoms were:
- misfire
- bucking
- smelled VERY rich
- lack of power
- engine didnt want to rev
-erratic idle
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Old May 6th, 2009, 03:13 PM
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Well, I got my truck back from Huntington Service Center.
Pete, John and Frank were great. John really knows his stuff, and we ended up talking about the diagnosis, and such for a bit. These guys are rover experts and then some!

Here is why my truck was running poorly:
- Bad O2 sensor
- Bad Timing vacuum advance
- bad spark plug wires (these things were factory, and only about 1.5 years old)
- bad spark plugs (i used the champions, but they recommended the NGKs)
- the gap on the plugs was way to big
- clogged up PCV system which then screwed up the idle
- They set the timing, tuned up the idle, and gave it a once over.

The truck runs like a champ now...

thank you for the referral and the information everyone provided.

-arbi
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Old May 6th, 2009, 04:15 PM
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Good to hear you had a positive experience at Huntington Motor. I had a horrible experience with them about 10 years ago with my 69 IIa but would be willing to give them a second chance.
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Old May 7th, 2009, 03:02 AM
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after paying that bill, I dont have money to buy myself lunch for the next 2 weeks, but yer welcome at my campfire anytime, and i'll share what I got cookin on the fire with ya

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