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Hi, new to site. Bought my son a very tidy china blue 306 meridian as he passed his test. already had to replace alternator. now he has broken down a 2nd time with a bad misfire. Car actually stalled when it first occured. Then it started but was running really rough. He was recovered to local Peugeot dealer. They first thought it was the coil pack which they changed and ruled out and removed. Then said injectors and have changed one of these.
They are saying it is a lot better but still has slight misfire and are now talking about a head gasket! Surely they should be able to be more certain about the cause! Have read on advice sites about spiking of the ecu but not sure what to do. Think I need to pull car out of dealer before they rebuild the car. I am no mechanic but Know one end of a spanner from the other. Is there things I can try or do I need diagnostic equipment? I live in Hampshire even if someone could recomend a specialist. Cheers Adrian
 

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Definately remove it from that garage at first instance.
They should definately do a compression test at least if they are considering head gasket.
And considering a compression test takes all of 10 mins and can tell you a lot about whats going on.
Thats a job that will cost you a good £200-£500. That should never be done unless 100% the HG has failed. Is there oil in your water? water in your oil? losing oil or water with no sign of it anywhere? if not then your head gasket is probably fine and they are talking shite.

To me it sounds as if they are going through the standard checklist for misfires but letting you foot the bill while they work it out.

A compression test and a spark plug check would be a good place to start as misfires can be loads of stuff. It could be as simple as a knackared spark plug or HT lead.

I'm not sure if these cars have diagnostics for it, I know a 307 would so first thing would be on to diag but I'm unsure with 306. Ask a peugeot dealer first (but don't necessarily get them to fix it, there are generally cheaper places)
Bloody useless garages, I hate em!
 

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Am away for this week but will tell them today to cease work. They did change plugs apparently and say that they are checking compression.Pretty sure they said slight traces of oil in water. My son been checking oil often. Not needed any in 3mnths. Service manager has been pretty good but I made it clear face to face that I would not pay for work that they could not justify. Problem is my son needs car for work. He drives 50ish miles a day. His bosses getting bit teasey after working from home for 8 days. Car is in such good condition seems silly to replace so quickly. cheers for advice.

p.s just off phone to them. Saying found slight waterleak from hose which they will change foc. Will then retest compression. Tried to ask why this would produce misfire but told "lets just see and will call me back".
 

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If they have said about compression then if it comes back showing the head gasket is shot then fair enough, thats justification. But I was more concerned it seemed like they'd said to you right then, head gasket. But if they're now trying to prove it maybe they're not as bad as they seemed
 

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The most annoying thing about them is their communication. They never call me back with any results from the things they try. I have tried to leave them to it but until I ring them I'm in the dark. They have had the car 8 working days now (since mid day last tuesday). If they start work on that car do they not complete it before moving to the next. The things they say they have tried including the injector replacement can't have taken that long. Perhaps they are a bit half hearted because of the cars age.

I am pretty sure they where talking about error codes so am guessing yes it has diagnostics. This makes their response time even more annoying.
 

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The most annoying thing about them is their communication. They never call me back with any results from the things they try. I have tried to leave them to it but until I ring them I'm in the dark. They have had the car 8 working days now (since mid day last tuesday). If they start work on that car do they not complete it before moving to the next. The things they say they have tried including the injector replacement can't have taken that long. Perhaps they are a bit half hearted because of the cars age.

I am pretty sure they where talking about error codes so am guessing yes it has diagnostics. This makes their response time even more annoying.
Well if they have error codes then yeah it must have been diaged, you'd think with codes they could give a better diagnosis.

Garages don't do one car then move on to the next, generally they have a few guys and are doing different bits on different cars at different times, especially if diagnosis is involved. They won't waste a lot of time though.

Its hard to advise you on the best course of action really. It sounds like they are taking the logical steps, but how diagnostics has flagged head gasket exactly I don't know. Ask them for the results of their compression test and post em up, that may help
 
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