Technician’s Update

Technician’s Update : ‘GARLIC BREAD?’

Technician’s Update : ‘GARLIC BREAD?’

The age old argument about modern cars and methods comes in for a sideways look. Mike Humble is your ringmaster. There’s a great great fondness for the Marina these days but, back in 1980, they were beyond a joke. It isn’t that long ago either in the grand scheme of things There I was happily doing some housecleaning and […]

Technician’s Update : Tiger Tiger in the night, there’s a problem with your lights

Technician’s Update : Tiger Tiger in the night, there’s a problem with your lights

Mike Humble When I was just a slip of a young man, I got completely fed up with working on cars in a dealership Monday to Friday 8.30 to 5.30 with the odd Saturday morning thrown in for good measure. A fellow apprentice had recently left, but we kept in touch socially and one night […]

Technician’s Update : They all do that, Sir… No, they really do!

Technician’s Update : They all do that, Sir… No, they really do!

To conclude the 30th anniversary of Austin Rover’s family saloon, Mike Humble recalls a smile-inducing tale of Montego mayhem… Those with intimate experience will know that older generation four cylinder BLARG power units ran, at best, with all the sweetness of lemon juice and the refinement of Lego trapped up your Mum’s Hoover Junior. Even the most […]

By 17 December 2014 18 Comments Read More →
Technician’s Update : Simple Simon met a fireman!

Technician’s Update : Simple Simon met a fireman!

Mike Humble You’ve heard it before – never buy a builder’s house or mechanics car. It makes sense because who in their right mind wants to spend hour upon hour on their own property or car for free… in their spare time. Often as not, a house or a motor owned by said tradesmen tends […]

By 27 September 2014 26 Comments Read More →
Technician’s Update : DIY servicing – enjoy it while you can

Technician’s Update : DIY servicing – enjoy it while you can

Mike Humble So many times have I moaned about the difficulty in service/repair of cars. This is probably why my own 75 1.8 scores so highly in my books as it’s the only petrol R40 offering that doesn’t make you curse or swear when it comes to periodic servicing. It seems a far cry from […]

Technician’s Update : Rubber stamps or rubber bullets

Technician’s Update : Rubber stamps or rubber bullets

Mike Humble When there is nothing on the box I love nothing more than to trawl through the on-line car adverts with a big mug of hot sweet tea. The female of the species call this “window shopping” and for me anyway – my favourite part of the adverts are the long and never exhausting […]

Technician’s Update : The S-Express

Technician’s Update : The S-Express

Mike Humble It would be fair to say that I am never happier when I am covered in muck and oil – though a belly full of Lamb tikka pathia comes a close second. Going back a couple of decades, I came off the tools and became responsible for running the parts and service desk […]

Technician’s Update : An Anglian quad-cam caper!

Technician’s Update : An Anglian quad-cam caper!

Mike Humble As we walk skip or stumble along the path of life, we meet some interesting people along the way. Every profession has their own mavericks and oddballs, but in my, er, humble opinion it’s the motor trade that seems to attract a more eclectic mish-mash of troubled souls than crowd of random people. […]

Technician’s Update : Mutton dressed as lamb

Technician’s Update : Mutton dressed as lamb

Mike Humble When I went from the busy world of High Street retail motor parts to a small and remote Rover dealer, the customer base couldn’t have been more different between he two. On one hand, the nature of the game involved selling audio systems and styling parts through to oil and brake pads for local taxi […]

Technician’s Update: It doesn’t stop with cut-price cowboys

Technician’s Update: It doesn’t stop with cut-price cowboys

Mike Humble When I used to put a price out for a job whilst working as a mobile mechanic, I would always ask if the potential customer had obtained a quote from elsewhere before giving a price. Pitch the opening gambit too high and you will get three beeps or a long tone to signify the caller has rung off, […]

Blog : Mike puts the boot into garage chains

Blog : Mike puts the boot into garage chains

Mike Humble I was wondering to myself just the other day what was I to do with three days off on the trot… However, no sooner had I returned home from my last day at work, than there was that knock on the door which signalled a favour might be called for. My neighbour’s Rover 25 Impression had failed its MoT and […]

Technician’s Update : A Saintly act of kindness…

Technician’s Update : A Saintly act of kindness…

Mike Humble   Never has a more true word been spoken at the phrase ‘laughter is the best medicine’ – unless you actually die laughing that is! My own little world has been a bit up and down as of late owing to the fact that, after a short illness, my father passed away very recently. […]

Technician’s Update : Clutching the money…

Technician’s Update : Clutching the money…

Mike Humble Around this time of year, my hat goes off to the army of breakdown folk and mobile mechanics who sit in a lonely cab. Radio 2’s warbling in the background and they’re awaiting the dread of the mobile ‘phone ringing for desperate assistance from another hapless motorist who’s car is in need of […]

By 25 December 2012 12 Comments Read More →
Technician’s Update : When in doubt, Ecotec it elsewhere!

Technician’s Update : When in doubt, Ecotec it elsewhere!

Mike Humble Most of us would probably acknowledge that, in its earliest incarnation, the Vauxhall Vectra failed by a country mile to capture the hearts and souls of the British motorist. It was by no means a flop – in fact, it sold rather well – but no one could ever describe it as dynamic as say the […]

By 22 November 2012 33 Comments Read More →
Technician’s Update : A real SEi opener…

Technician’s Update : A real SEi opener…

Mike Humble I will, as many of you may now know, equally applaud excellent service as well as lambast the shonky or slate the slapdash. Anyone who entrusts their motor to a garage – either due to an acute lack of skill or ability – knows it’s like placing your head into the Lion’s mouth. It’s the same […]

By 18 November 2012 14 Comments Read More →
Technician’s Update : QA businesses – are they really?

Technician’s Update : QA businesses – are they really?

Words and photography: Mike Humble We all must have seen the adverts on the TV or read in magazines about the number of ‘quality approved’ businesses or garage schemes. The well known one that comes to mind has a whistling tune akin to the William Tell Overture, penny dropped now? My question is this, are […]

Technician’s Update : Cheap parts drive you spare!

Technician’s Update : Cheap parts drive you spare!

Mike Humble Getting a deal is what makes many of tick, stealing a bargain while saving a bung makes life all the more sweeter for the wheeling dealing petrol head – it’s a great feeling. Sometimes things go slightly curly, so you learn to accept it and take the rough with the smooth by drawing […]

Events : LEJoG in a Princess, the preparations

Events : LEJoG in a Princess, the preparations

After the decision was made to tackle LEJoG in his partner Karin and his ADO16, Alexander finds some unexpected prep-work was needed. Words and photography: Alexander Boucke Where to start? Faced with a wide choice of small to medium jobs that could or should be done on the Princess before we actually start the journey. […]

Technician’s Update : Nightmare on Reid Street

Technician’s Update : Nightmare on Reid Street

Once again, we delve into the toolbox of tales from the sharp end of the motor trade. We share a ramble about some sorry practices even the established garages will play on the motorist… Words and photography: Mike Humble Karmic Rover Only recently, I was rummaging through my trusty filing cabinet that protests with creaks and […]

Technician’s Update : More Montego mayhem!

Technician’s Update : More Montego mayhem!

If it’s body filler filler in the sills or exposed stereo wiring insulated with sellotape, most of us at some point have enjoyed a good old fashioned bodge up. Especially if it actually works too… Mike Humble Working in around the motor trade ever since leaving school, I have met all kinds of fitters, mechanics, grease monkeys, technicians […]