Akash from Sky Motors was hired to replace a steering rack which was diagnosed by another mechanic. I had a noise from the steering and based on advise from other mechanics had already spent a lot to flush the steering system, change steering pump, tensioner pulley, another small pulley, water pump and thermostat. None of this helped with the steering noise and I was told only steering rack is left.
However, over the phone, Akash said he suspected the issue was with the alternator pulley and not the steering rack. When he came, he confirmed 150% the steering noise would be cured by replacing the alternator pulley. The problem however was the the pulley was nor coming off the alternator. In fact Akash broke the bits for the alternator pulley removal kit. He went out to buy another kit which also broke.
He then advised me that I would need to replace the alternator which comes with the pulley. I ordered this part and rearranged with him to replace it.
It worked. The steering noise is gone. Akash is extremely knowledgeable, friendly, flexible and above all honest.
I also am getting my glow plugs and glow plug relay changed on my other car (E60 530D). I recommend Akash to others and will be making use of him going forwards.
He also helped me diagnose a separate transmission fault as well.