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1986 Audi 5000 S 2.2L Hydraulic VIN: WAUFB0445G
This car will intermittently apply the brakes all by itself. Customer is driving down the road and the car starts to drag without him touching the pedal. The brakes will apply so tight that the car will grind to a halt. When this happens the pedal gets very ti...
1997 Audi A4 1.8L Headlights VIN: WAUCB88D7V
Hello gruop! This Audi has no headlights only. Parking lamp circuit works, flash to pass works but no headlights. I am not sure if the ignition switch can cause this symptom with no other trouble. My wiring diagram in Alldata is unclear. Any help would be grea...
1988 BMW 528e 2.7L Poor Idle Quality VIN: WBADK8308J
This car originally came to the shop with a rod knock. Customer decided to sell instead of repair. Purchased the car for a good friend. We pulled the motor and completely rebuilt it. Valve guides, valves, rings, bearings, etc. 10K miles ago. The problem is tha...
1993 Mercedes-Benz 300SE 3.2L Battery VIN: WDBGA32E3P
Hello, need some help from M-B or import specialists. This car has a constant 190 mA drain. Was able to clear drain by removing fuse #17 at underhood fuse panel. This fuse powers the instrument cluster, turnsignal\hazard flasher, dome light; and who knows what...
1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L timuing tensionor VIN: 5JKI89KHF4
i am affraid to even put my hands into this guys any clue before i spill some gravy ???
1998 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L no power
I have a tdi jetta that is giving me a headache. This car has no power under load, runs ok but does not have the acceleration it should. The first thing we did was to clean a very plugged intake manifold. After roadtesting and finding no change, i connected my...
1999 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L Surge, Stall, MIL Lamp on, RPMS HUNTS UP N DOW VIN: WVWMA63BXX
techs need some help.. i towed car and replaced battery.. it had a surge problem and stall.. codes for throttle actuator problem.. found rad-hose was binding diaphram lever by throttle..still has surge at part throttle in bay and stall driving..any ideas or ex... Trouble codes: 17953 (trottle actuator problem), 18010
2001 Volvo V70 X/C 2.4L MIL Lamp on, LACK OF POWER VIN: YV1SZ58D21
custmer says that car lost power on hyw. after cooling off drove normally. there is limited info on diag for these codes. with the snap-on scan tool, looking at the throttle angle at idle it varys from 7.8% to 16.4% with no input at the gas pedal. is this the ... Trouble codes: P0121, P1652 (safety fuel cut-off), P1609

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1975 Fiat 124 Spider 1.8L low pedal VIN: 124CS1X009
Well, I fixed this FIAT (mostly). At least the customer is happy, even if if I'm not completely satisfied. The pedal travel still seems excessive to me. One thing I found that helped a bunch was that one of the (new) rear rotors had .014' of run-out. Machining...
1985 Jaguar Vanden Plas 4.2L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire VIN: SAJAY1348F
Lots of good suggestions on this one ranging from coolant temperature sensor to MAF adjust to valve adjustments...but what seems to have solved the customer's main concern was a new O2 sensor! It seemed pretty sluggish, so we changed it. He has been driving no...
1992 Land Rover Range Rover 3.9L ABS system VIN: SALHV1240N
We did replace swivel housing seals, bearings and CV joint. Test drove the car, and so far everything works fine. The thing is, that we did not see any oil leak from the swivel housing, outside it was bone dry. We did check oil anyway, and there was nothing, s...
2002 Land Rover Range Rover HSE 4.6L ABS Light TC Light VIN: SALPM16402
I was able to clear the abs and traction light using the snap on scanner under OBD2 functions. I do not know what set the lights off after the brakes were finished but i called the customer and the lights have stayed off since. Thank you all again for your tim...
1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC 5.6L Poor Idle Quality VIN: WDBCA45DXG
Well folks, another fiasco caused by faulty replacement parts. We had concluded that the problem had to be the ECU control unit after testing everything under the sun. The only piece of advise that we had overlooked was testing the charging system for any irre...
1991 Mercedes-Benz 350SDL 3.5L Ex. valve VIN: JHM7665KMA
Recieved 11 exellent replies, the general consensus is that while you might could do it without the big crowfoot wrench , its hard enough to do with it, just find one.Mac tools locally can get on for less than 30.00.Secondary question on 134 conversion varied ...
2000 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0L imbolizer VIN: 3VWCA21C1Y
well thanks for all the info you gentelman supplied problems ranged from loose terminals on key cyl,bad connections at dash ,poorly twisted wires from ring to cluster,instrument cluster problem.I think the best advice was from fred from texas regarding what ha...
1998 Volvo S70 2.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: YV1LS5578W
As Robert said, DAVE nailed it. P1308 converts to Volvo code 444. Accelerator sensor or what Volvo calls 'ACCELEROMETER' which sells for close to 400 clams. The idea is on bumpy roads to turn off missfire detection to avoid false codes. Mounted on the front of...
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