Reviewed: Autochild - The Evolution of Performance

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<a href="http://www.zerotohundred.com/newforums/showthread.php?t=81308"><img border="0" src="http://www.zerotohundred.com/features/autochild/banner.jpg" width="500" height="150"></a><br><b>Reviewed: Autochild - The Evolution of Performance</b><p>Images and Words: Tom<br>Autochild: <a href="http://www.autochild.com">http://www.autochild.com</a></p><table border="0" cellpadding="0" style="border-collapse: collapse" width="600" id="table1"><tr><td><p><img border="0" src="http://www.zerotohundred.com/features/autochild/SMALL/New%20Folder/DSC_0061.JPG" width="600" height="399"></p><p><b>Introduction</b></p><p>Weird name. Autochild. </p><p>Automotive Child? Automotive Boy? Whatever it is, Autochild is certainly no kid when it comes to automotive maintenance. Though they've only been established for just a couple of years, Autochild has established a proper hold in the market as the people you go to for professional automotive maintenance solutions. Do not confuse maintenance and repair - at least not in this article</p><p><img border="0" src="http://www.zerotohundred.com/features/autochild/SMALL/New%20Folder/DSC_0143.JPG" width="600" height="399"><br>Injectors goes through a sonic cleaning process</p><p><b>So, Maintenance. What's the big deal?</b></p><p>To differentiate themselves from thousands of service centres out there, The guys at Autochild do not focus on parts and repairs but automotive maintenance. Automotive maintenance in the Autochild dictionary means:</p><ul><li>Preventing problems from even surfacing</li><li>Prolonging the car's performance</li><li>Bringing back the best the engine has to offer</li><li>Going where most service centres' never gone before</li><li>Only professional lubricants, fluids and chemicals are available</li><li>Automotive expertise in laymen's english</li></ul><p><img border="0" src="http://www.zerotohundred.com/features/autochild/SMALL/New%20Folder/DSC_0240.JPG" width="600" height="399"></p><p>What's there in Autochild?</p><p>Lots. Go to Autochild, you'll see more Made-in-USA car products than you see in Ace Hardware. Okay, I wasn't serious. Well, at least they have premiums like Redline and Royal purple. Other products include stacks and stacks of American classic products. Some other interesting stuff includes shaved-door-handle kits, huge superchargers, oil filter magnets and etc.</p><p><img border="0" src="http://www.zerotohundred.com/features/autochild/SMALL/New%20Folder/DSC_0050.JPG" width="600" height="399"></p><p>They also have an extensive range of hardly-seen machines that exchanges fluids and oils, pedal depressing-less brake bleeder, refrigerant exchanger and some other machines and gadgets that would downgrade your impression on other workshops.</p><p>Services Offered</p><ul><li>Fuel and Air induction service</li><li>Lubrication and Fuel Deposit Control service</li><li>Brake service</li><li>Cooling System service</li><li>Power Steering service</li><li>Battery and Wire service</li><li>Nitrogen air tyre service</li><li>Driveline service</li><li>Fuel Injection service</li><li>Climate control service</li><li>O3 Deodorizing service</li><li>Transmission service</li></ul><p><img border="0" src="http://www.zerotohundred.com/features/autochild/SMALL/DSC_0174.JPG" width="600" height="902"></p><p><b>So what have they done for me?</b><br>The works!. </p><p>Let's talk about the Engine first.</p><p><b>Chemical Decarb.</b><br>This process mean removing the carbon built-up in the combustion chamber, pistons, exhaust valves without disassembling the engine through special chemicals designed to break down carbon deposits. This involves inserting a tiny shaft into the air intake after the air filter. A pressurized tank feeds the shaft with chemicals which is pumped into the running engine.</p><p><img border="0" src="http://www.zerotohundred.com/features/autochild/SMALL/New%20Folder/DSC_0204.JPG" width="600" height="399"><br>White smoke disappears as the engine goes through a decarb.</p><p>Frequent and sudden engine revving is required to help with this process. So does frequent refilling of the decarb tank. Thick white smoke from the exhaust slowly diminishes as the car undergoes this proving that it actually works. Don't believe? Get them to put an endoscope through! I'm not joking. </p><p><img border="0" src="http://www.zerotohundred.com/features/autochild/SMALL/New%20Folder/DSC_0256.JPG" width="600" height="399"></p><p><b>Engine Cleaning</b><br>What they do here is try to remove the parts they can for cleaning.</p><p><img border="0" src="http://www.zerotohundred.com/features/autochild/SMALL/New%20Folder/DSC_0291.JPG" width="600" height="399"></p><p>Like the throttle body for example. Cans of Mag1 degreaser literally eats through the gunk and oil. Suddenly the top half of the engine is spotless. The bottom half? If you always thought it's supposed to be black, You're wrong. It's always been grey and silver-ish. </p><p>The Injectors were also cleaned through the regular sonic cleaning process and put on a bench test.</p><p><img border="0" src="http://www.zerotohundred.com/features/autochild/SMALL/New%20Folder/DSC_0286.JPG" width="600" height="399"></p><p><b>Oil and Fluid Change</b><br>Engine oil change is nothing. What's interesting is the clutch fluid, brake fluid and engine and transmission oil flushes!. </p><p>Special individual automated machines are adopted for jobs like these. Old-out, New-in. It's a simultaneous process which involves extracting the used fluids while pumping in new fluids. This ensures a thorough flush. </p><p><img border="0" src="http://www.zerotohundred.com/features/autochild/SMALL/New%20Folder/DSC_0099b.jpg" width="600" height="399"><br>As the new goes in while the old goes out....</p><p><img border="0" src="http://www.zerotohundred.com/features/autochild/SMALL/New%20Folder/DSC_0099.JPG" width="600" height="399"><br>...the whole system naturally comes clean.</p><p>The brake fluid system was also refreshed. This was also done simultaneously. Here's what's different. Brake bleeding. Multiple transparent pipes are mounted on the nipples, pressured fluid pumps through and air bubbles travel through it. You're not done till no bubbles are seen going down the pipes. No more 2-person brake bleeding anymore!</p><p><b>Engine Oil Flush.</b><br>Special chemicals are fed into the existing engine oil in the sump. The engine will be left running for about 10minutes. Engine off. The oil is then drained out replaced by new oil together with the same chemicals. This process is repeated till oil samples from each process clears up. Fortunately, cheap oils were used for this costly process.</p><p><img border="0" src="http://www.zerotohundred.com/features/autochild/SMALL/New%20Folder/DSC_0216.JPG" width="600" height="399"><br>It takes several repeats to complete an engine oil flush.</p><p><b>So after all this, Do I feel anything?</b><br>It certainly look different physically, cleaner engine bay, free of gunk and oil spots. But the real deal? My 17 year old engine was great but had never been so smooth. It revs significantly better and idles better rhythmically. Moving off from a stop is less challenging now while keeping the rev on the limits has proved to be much more fun. The temperature gauge needle displays slightly cooler compared to before too. <img border="0" src="http://www.zerotohundred.com/features/autochild/SMALL/New%20Folder/DSC_0085.JPG" width="600" height="399"><br>Brendan. The guy behind. Passionate about automotive maintenance</p><p>The extensive process certainly is an eye-opener. Especially for aged cars. My vows have been answered. I've always only dream of stumbling upon passionate professionals that doesn't give you weird looks when you request for special processes such as these or not tell you your engine is going to be dirty anyway, there's no point keeping it clean actually.</p><p><img border="0" src="http://www.zerotohundred.com/features/autochild/SMALL/New%20Folder/DSC_0291.JPG" width="600" height="399"><br>Degreasing is an important maintenance process</p><p><b>What else?</b><br>All these gadgets, special chemicals and oils does come with a cost though. These guys are very passionate about bringing out the best from your car, as such,</p><p>They may continue dumping in more products to produce the best results. Make sure you enquire, decide on the pricing and reveal your set budget before committing. They are specialized in maintenance work not engine repairs. You should only do your maintenance there. Avoid especially-special repairs or install requests. You have been advised.</p><p>These guys will test your car very very enthusiastically - If you're not comfortable, let them know first. Manual cars please beware. They may not be used to your car's shift pattern and clutch behavior. Caution burnt clutch possible</p><p><img border="0" src="http://www.zerotohundred.com/features/autochild/SMALL/DSC_0299.JPG" width="600" height="902"><br>Even a coolant flush requires special attention. Purified water is used here.</p><p><b>Autochild</b><br><a href="http://www.autochild.com">http://www.autochild.com</a></p><p><font class="Helvetica10" color="#000000">Phone: +(603) 5569-1101<br>Fax: +(603 ) 5569-1102</font></p><div align="left"><font class="Helvetica10" color="#000000"><a target="_self" href="mailto:info@autochild.com">info@autochild.com </a>&nbsp;&nbsp; To inquire about Autochild, the Company </font></div><div align="left"><font class="Helvetica10" color="#000000"><a target="_self" href="mailto:sales@autochild.com">sales@autochild.com</a> &nbsp; &nbsp; To enquire about Autochild Products and Services </font></div><p><a href="http://www.autochild.com/Autochildmap.jpg">Map to Autochild: here</a></p><p><font class="Helvetica10" color="#000000">open 10am - 7pm Mon -Fri &amp; from 9am - late on Saturday. 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anybody know about the cost? estimation?
 

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Hmm.. cost.. this one depends. Motor oil flush is one charge, brake flush is another charge, decarb is one charge..

I like their service and I did it on my proton.. but I have to warn you guys about the money you are going to spend on the maintenance. Do what you need, not the whole package. Otherwise you might freak. :_:
 

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peace all,

yeah cost is something to consider.. if you gonna keep your wheels then you may think like one way.. if your gonna dump your wheels then another approach may be right.. at Autochild.. we do it 1% at a time.. and we're not F'ing around.. if your compression is good then we can make your car better than new..but you gotta have the budget and the will.. we will also test your car.. if something is weak it'll break at our shop.. so you want to know the truth? you want the best? we're here.

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how come no1 dare 2 review the price of autochild????
hamy has done it.................. but none of then tell the price...................
 

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nofear said:
how come no1 dare 2 review the price of autochild????
hamy has done it.................. but none of then tell the price...................
because this is not a discussion thread.
 

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nofear bro, if u really must know the price, best you call autochild up and ask for a quote. We can't reveal the amount here because our cars are different and the things we did are different and certain clubs have discounts and blah. So it wouldn't be accurate anyway. Wanna know? Call Brendan. He doesn't bite. Really. :lol:
 

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How i wish there's an Autochild branch here in Kota Kinabalu,Sabah...very hard to find a decent maint-shop here laa....yo Brendan,no plans of spreading yr "wings" to East M'sia ka bro...?
 

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i wif my fren just done throttle body de-carb & cylinder head there on his BMW E46 318 5 years old ...its get well respond on hi rev 5-7k rpm its just charge rm 160
its really worth wat u pay........

and i just change the royal purple engine oil rm 96 /liter at my 1.3 turbo
its smooth when accelartion even on idle the engine sound also turn quite
its better i'm use blitz or hks engine oil b4 even champ lube from us...
but in term of $$ its diffrent alot lar...
hehe...
 

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I will definitely need to check on my aircon system. Something is wrong somewhere. When my car is not moving, its hot. Once moving, the aircon kicks in.
 

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Well.....I must say autochild do deliver what they promised. Sent my car in two days ago for top overhaul cause gaskets all burn and oil starts to leak. Met Brendan in the morning, told him bout the problem and he said can do, but if i want autochild to do, it got to be original parts. So, my ride is iswara 1.3....so he got the parts from supplier which cost me RM750++. The mechanics that is working there are chinese and they do know what they are doing. One of the mechanic suggested to me to do engine flush after putting the whole engine block together.

Ok...I pick up the car the next day and took it for a test drive and the response was good and I was abit worry that i can handle it well...cause it was quite a mean engine after overhaul. The car before autochild and the car after autochild was quite a different. Not like some other workshop, after you send in the car in and u pick it up....no different at all.

So far no oil leak, checking on it regurlaly just incase but i must say autochild did it again!!Superb job by their mechanics!!Thumbs Up!!! Oh by the way, 3 mechanics worked on my car the other day....so this kind of attention to your car you dont get it anywhere else at least not that i know of.
 

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when i send my car to add in acc or maintenance,i like it to be the main focus through the end...
 

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Hmm.. cost.. this one depends. Motor oil flush is one charge, brake flush is another charge, decarb is one charge..

I like their service and I did it on my proton.. but I have to warn you guys about the money you are going to spend on the maintenance. Do what you need, not the whole package. Otherwise you might freak. :_:
Separate charges for an ordinary workshop like this? I better think twice. Better send my car to Eon.
 
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no wonder the workshop floor is shining and the mechanics hands are very clean, people scared to go.

I believe our local mechanics are better off in everything...experience, service and no separate charges.
 

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no wonder the workshop floor is shining and the mechanics hands are very clean, people scared to go.

I believe our local mechanics are better off in everything...experience, service and no separate charges.

??? Can you explain about "no seperate charges"?

And why is it you feel a need to be insulting?



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no wonder the workshop floor is shining and the mechanics hands are very clean, people scared to go.

I believe our local mechanics are better off in everything...experience, service and no separate charges.
I also scared to go to ordinary workshops like this, haiyaaa, why u worry, there so many good workshops around in Klang Valley, cheaper some more, now must think about pocket maa....

I prefer to go to a workshop that the floor is not shining which means a lot of repairing had been done there.
 
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Ello...autochild open business to serve a different segment of clientele mar. you think all walk in client got deep pocket?? All they are looking for is a workshop who do preventive maintenance rather than maintenance repair which will cost even more. Honestly speaking, how many workshops out there who will give you an honest opinion or advise? Even EON also wont let you in their workshop to see what they are doing? The floor is clean because they mop everytime the oil spill....SAFETY first. I dont work for them neither i get commission saying all this. This is my opinion...I agree they are pricey but you pay for what you get.
 

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nitrus,

Sorry for you disheartening experience with Autochild, which services did you do? how was the result for your car?

And Thanks for your feedback we will use it to help us to improve. However there is not much we can do in terms of fee's, it is a simple matter of economics, and it is very subjective from person to person, many times we hear that customers feel their money was well spent with us and occasionally like in your case customers feel overcharged.. but our fee's are fixed, we do not change them for one customer to the next or one vehicle/model to the next.

As far as Looking down on someone for not having the budget to do this or that or buy this or that.. hmm .. I don't feel that is like me (Brendan) .. I have great respect for anyone that finds their way to our shop.. perhaps something was mis-understood or mis-inturpurted.. or perhaps I was just having a bad day, sorry if you seen it like that.


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Ello...autochild open business to serve a different segment of clientele mar. you think all walk in client got deep pocket?? All they are looking for is a workshop who do preventive maintenance rather than maintenance repair which will cost even more. Honestly speaking, how many workshops out there who will give you an honest opinion or advise? Even EON also wont let you in their workshop to see what they are doing? The floor is clean because they mop everytime the oil spill....SAFETY first. I dont work for them neither i get commission saying all this. This is my opinion...I agree they are pricey but you pay for what you get.
are u sure u r not working for them or getting any commision or something?? because u sure do sound like 1 !!

just becoz they keep a clean floor or they let u see what they do, that does not make them good and likewise that does not make them bad either. A good workshop should be rated based on their expertise, workmanship & most importantly customer service. You may be 1 of the few lucky customers who has no bad experience with Autochild, but there are tons of bros out there who spend few hundred & thousands of ringgit to fix their ride, but instead they are being "conned" by workshops like Autochild to pay more than required in the pretext of "good things don't come cheap". I refuse to believe that because i believe that "expensive does not mean good" & Autochild is merely taking advantage of the situation here.

SO i would appreciate if you stay low in this matter & let Autochild speak for themself. You hv made ur point, fine, now sit back & let the real culprits speak up.tq
 

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How you wish to spend your time is up to you, we are however too busy to spend time debating with idiots. "Culprits" "Conned" zzzzz. Lets make it sweet and short, if you believe this infantile diatribe posted by crashb11 as fact then please stay away from Autochild, we cater to a more mature and discerning clientele.

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Wow, just read this topic......

I can share something about how local mechs works, and how oversea mech works.

Apparently, in our local community, workshops tends to give the best price to cater every customer so that customers feels easy-going and economic to go back to the same shop again. In order to fulfill this goal, they local mech will intro and sweet talks the budget products that is within your spending power.

To me, Autochild is a place for ppl who have been trusted in a good workmanship, which every service is done detailedly, with the best quality of service. (Same thing u spend your money on good food in Starhill).

As a norm, in oversea a regular workshop will charge service per-hourly, seperate charges for each different service. And they follow the regulations of professional workshops, so keep the place clean is a norm.

Perhaps, the customer himself should know better what car he is driving, what kind of service he requires, and how much he should spend for all the service, and the last but not least, WHERE TO SERVICE YOUR CAR ?

I finds it rather funny if a customer doest not inquires the price of the services before making a move, that is SUICIDE..... nobody will ever do that!

So, last words, you should choose the mech/workshop that you trust. There is not "Give A Try" or "Testing-Testing". Ask before you do, until all your questions are answered regarding any service you wish to do.

I think picking up a workshop's reputation in a forum is not very polite, to me it seems, is the customer problem. Unless you drive something 100k, perhaps someone will give u more attention when u drive into such places. Its just plain commonsense to everyone.
 

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You may be right. I would pay more if the company is doing a good job. If you find local workshops trying to sweet talk you into buying something. Maybe your relationship with them is questionable.

If you are comparing workshops outside this country, then so be it. But if other businesses trying to opperate inside Malaysia like workshops overseas, then I would say good luck. He still hires local workers with local attitude (which is better than the boss).

You think clean workshops means they are pro and can charge higher? I can introduce you to a workshop that is as clean as his, is customer oriented and does a good job. Most importantly not to expensive.

If you think people don't ask for repair price before doing it then you must be new to this world. But the answer is "we don't know what's wrong with it yet. We have to check first". How do you get the price then?

All these comments are not ment to pick on peoples workshop my friend. You have a very unique common sense there. If your shop only service cars above 100k then put a signboard loo.. Or when you see old cars driving in and do not wish to service the car, just tell politely that you do not wish to work on that car. Don't need to waste peoples time you know.

If you read correctly on replies to the negative review from autochild themself, They think they are not supposed to be customer oriented. If I walk in a shop and has to pay a lot more, I expect to be treated like a king man. If you think people that drive small cars don't deserve those kind of services, then one of your eye is bigger than the other lah.