Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
djadria

Unicorn -Alde fluid replacement

Recommended Posts

Fuming!

 

after paying c £450 for a service and antifreeze fluid replacement to 5yr spec - noticed three lovely protruding bolts denting the side wall outwards!

 

on investigating - the 3 header tank bolts for the alde fluid has been over tightened - causing three lovely bulges - great!

 

Note when having yours done make sure you ask them not to over tighten or it will give you this disfigurement!

 

why would Bailey use bolts long enough to cause this - and they are pointed at the end - almost pierced the fibreglass skin!

 

i took them out and hacksawed a few mm off each one!

 

really cross - I know it's only a van - but frustrating when people are so careless - I could have done a better job myself!

 

DJ

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sorry but you should go straight back to the dealer and demand it be put right. They need to remove the dents and restore your van to normal.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, staffordshirechina said:

Sorry but you should go straight back to the dealer and demand it be put right. They need to remove the dents and restore your van to normal.

Fully agree.

Make them put the van back to perfect.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have rectified loads of defects caused by dwarks calling themselves "caravan engineers" on our caravan, I know how you feel. Even though you have shortened the screws I think you should still discuss this with your dealer. If the indentations should develop into holes you will not have much of a case. The idiot who cased it needs to be told off too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think I would be fuming about the £450 even if they had done the job properly.   Had a 2nd year service and Alde 5 year fluid change done by my suppling Bailey dealer in June this year. .. total cost £300.

 

Mark.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Going rate around here £160/£190. ...I am told.

 

geoff

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
16 minutes ago, shipbroker said:

Going rate around here £160/£190. ...I am told.

 

geoff

 

For which - service or fluid change?

Certainly not both!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Fluid change. ....

 

I will be paying £240ish for both from my mobile man.

 

Geoff

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ta Evryone - 

 

suggest you you saw the tips off these three long screws 1st tho!

 

😳

 

DJ

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Were the screws the original ones, or a dealer "fix"?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think original - don't know if designed for Bailey - as have a sort of drill bit on the end so obviously time saving self tapping long screws - but if you over tighten against the rubber gaiters on the tank then I guess long enough to push outer wall out. Can't see myself why they needed to be so long?

 

:(

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

And actually these are best far from tight to minimise the noise transmission from the header to what can often be a "sounding board".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Had my Bailey Seville service and fluid change  for £245 by my fantastic mobile engineer

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think mobile engineers sound more attractive especially prices and one to one service!

 

is yours Bailey recognised MOtor?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 06/08/2018 at 17:13, djadria said:

I think original - don't know if designed for Bailey - as have a sort of drill bit on the end so obviously time saving self tapping long screws - but if you over tighten against the rubber gaiters on the tank then I guess long enough to push outer wall out. Can't see myself why they needed to be so long?

 

:(

They have refitted it using tec screws, self drilling and fitted quickly using a cordless drill. Designed primarily for fitting cladding to buildings . Has no place in caravan construction 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So do you think perksm, that the workshop put these in instead of the Alde factory original screws?  If so I'd be even more cross about this?

 

DJ

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, djadria said:

So do you think perksm, that the workshop put these in instead of the Alde factory original screws?  If so I'd be even more cross about this?

 

DJ

The screws that were fitted are the ones that Bailey's use on every Alde header tank that they fit, I've seen these screw bulges on many vans,  don't know why they don't change them !!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
11 hours ago, Flinty said:

The screws that were fitted are the ones that Bailey's use on every Alde header tank that they fit, I've seen these screw bulges on many vans,  don't know why they don't change them !!

Have you ever made your observations known to Bailey? Not that they would care, they’ve been told about AluLeak for years and done nothing to improve it. .

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
19 hours ago, djadria said:

So do you think perksm, that the workshop put these in instead of the Alde factory original screws?  If so I'd be even more cross about this?

 

DJ

I did my own fluid change last autumn and the reservoir wasn’t held in with tec screws, just self tappers.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, Tuningdrew said:

Have you ever made your observations known to Bailey? Not that they would care, they’ve been told about AluLeak for years and done nothing to improve it. .

I worked at Bailey's for nearly 20 years, they know about the problem & would tell the guy who fitted the tanks not to tighten the screws up too much, he would fit them ok but it become a big issue when he was out sick or on holiday & nobody told the new guy to go careful when screwing up until there was a line full of vans with bulges in the side. If you can post a photo of the screws in your van & I'll tell you if that is a Bailey fix, most of the screws were a very pale green in colour similar to the colour of some decking screws that I've seen.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...