As some of you know, I had issues with the temperature gauge on my Rapido, it went gaga when I went tom Lyon anyhow, I came back to the UK tried to get it fixed and failed.
Spoke to Geo who suggested that I needed and Auto electrician and he suggested that I ask Rick Motoroaming. I rang Rick and he suggested BR Cartronics.
Went to see them and spoke with Bernard, he is a petrol head and an electronics wizard, I explained my situation and he agreed to sort it out.. I also showed him the nest of wired in the Rapido and he then went off on a tangent about what all the bits did (see pic)
The van was taken there, some 11 miles away, they then brought me home in a rather nice expensive BMW…
After a day or so, they advised me that the data/signal from the sensor was going to the ECU via the Can Bus and that a signal was coming out of the ECU to the dash, they had checked the dash and there were some issues with the data on the dash. They then took the dash off and sent it to be analysed/fixed. Some days later Bernard rang and said that they could not repair the dash as there was some corruption on the ‘chip’ and the data could not be restored. Reluctantly they advised that the dash cluster would have to replaced. I rang around FIAT and the price of a new dash/cluster was over £800 plus.. Eventually I got a brand new one from a dealer in Southampton for £200, it appeared they had ordered it for a customer who never turned up. My luck had changed.
The item was delivered to BR Cartronics
and they fitted it and again it failed, they were stumped, they then brought in another person, the ones who reset the data i.e. mileage and take the data off the old dash to analyse and try that on the new dash, that failed, he then used a dataset from his library to install on the new dash, that failed.
then decided to use some Tone Generator equipment on the wiring to see if there was any issues with the harness, nothing found.
They then took the ECU out sent it away to have that tested and analysed, the company that looked at the ECU advised that the ECU was corrupting the data output, BR Cartronics
then had the ECU replaced and the data restored, fitted it to the van and hey presto it worked.
During all this work, they would pick me up and deliver me home, when I wanted the van, no problem, as long as I knew that my tempo gauge did not work.
Their professionalism is beyond doubt and their premises have a clean waiting area, free coffee and wifi (you have to ask for wifi), if you are waiting they give you an update every hour and are polite in the extreme.
I had two major concerns with BR Cartronics.
a) That they would say that they had tried their best and failed and they could not help me.
b) The cost.
The end result of all this is, my van is fixed, BR Cartronics
will not give up and keep their promise and the bill? Well that was ½ what I expected.
I have added a few pics of their waiting room, they are as far as I am concerned Number 1, I will be taking my Rapido there to be serviced and MOT’d, they have all the equipment and it’s all very modern and they are well organised, the workshop is tidy, clean and the staff brilliant.
I have no issues in recommending BR Cartronics
. A model for others to follow.
A job well done....
Merrylees Industrial Estate
Tel: 01530 231100