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1998 Audi A4 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WAUCB28D5W
Customer reported has been down on power for a couple months. This week died while driving, then cranks no start. Towed to shop, cranked, started, knock from turbo area and/or cylinder head.# 1 spark plug smashed/porcelain/center electrode broken. Oil burnt/di... Trouble codes: P0118, P0300, P0301, P0304
1999 BMW 528i 2.8L Alternator VIN: WBADM6333X
Vehicle towed in from another facility for diagnosis of charge system fault. Verified customer complaint - No output. Inspected alternator connections and for proper installation - Appears correct. I did notice that the alternator that was just installed is no...
2000 BMW 528i 2.8L traction control VIN: WBADM6343Y
have found BMW code 104 for ABS Module. any body has heard of this problem or knows about the diag. Of code 104? I have no data on this and any help is greatly appreciated. please forward fax to [...]. Thanks to all in advance.
2001 BMW 325Ci 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: WBABN33461
Thanks in advance for your help! When this car first came in, we had several codes, random misfire, cyl 4 misfire, as well as others. We replaced the plugs, (they were mis-matched, somebody has evidently been trying to fix this problem before we got it), clean... Trouble codes: P0175
1996 Land Rover Range Rover SE 4.0L Electronic VIN: SALPV1244T
Hi fellow techs, This Rangerover came in displaying check engine light code P1708,transfer box link permanently at groung-drive cycle a. There are no customer complaints as to performance of the transfer box and I could not determine any problems after road ...
1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: WDBEA32E4S
i am needing information for code 236 do not have available information thank you for read my question mercedes benz 1995 e320 Trouble codes: 236 (no information available)
1998 Mercedes-Benz ML320 3.2L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire VIN: 4JGA54E9WA
hello all this vehicle came in with customer complaining that it stalls. check crank signal when it stalls no crank sinal so replace it has not stall eversince but now lacks power and misfires. Trouble codes: P0300, P0400, P0171, P0173, P0304, P0302
1991 Peugeot 505 SW8 2.2L Excessive Emissions, Misfire VIN: VF3CF3271M
We got this peugeot that has been to a couple of shops. customer had replaced head and it hasn't run right sence. It had a very bad lack of power. We checked cam timing first with nothing found. Checked vacume advance(not working) replaced then between 2000 an...
1994 Saab 9000 2.3L no reverse
We got this one in for a problem where it will not always go into reverse. We looked it over and saw the front motor mount broken in two pieces so we recomended changing it and the coupler to be safe but there is no change. When you move the shifter into rever...
1996 Volkswagen Cabrio 2.0L shifting VIN: 3VWBA81E2T
i scanned for codes and none were found.(took to a vw shop) the problem i am having with this vehicle is that is has a hard shift, early down shift , and sometimes it is fine. i read some TSBS on this and i came up with the trans temp sensor in the printed cir...
1997 Volkswagen Cabrio High Line 2.0L 1/2 and 3/4 shifts VIN: 3VWBA81E6V
This car came in for regular service and needed a bunch of small items taken care of, among them was the cruise was inop. , module was bad. There were no codes and car seems to run ok , maybe a little doggy but I think that is due in part to the trans not work...
1991 Volvo 740 2.3L Poor Idle Quality, Stall VIN: YV1FA8849M
I got into a mess with this VOLVO. The owner got this thing very hot and destroyed the engine. We put an engine from a junkyard in it and yes this was our first VOLVO engine replacement job (nothing special right).Now the car acts like its out of time and it w...
1995 Volvo 850 Turbo 2.3L cooling fan VIN: YV1LW5710S
Overheating b/c damaged thermostat-rplaced. NO engine damage from overheating. Compression good-no steam at tailpipe. HC check at expansion tank-negative. Cooling fan will not turn on UNLESS A/C system is on. Even then when engine turned off cooling fan will n...

Fixes & Summaries for European
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1997 Audi A6 2.8L Unknown VIN: WAUJC84A7W
After long searching and following wiring diagrams I fount a pinched wire under the dash, coming from the control head. It looed as if someone installed an electronic device of sorts at some point and pinched ths wire in the progress. Took me forever to find. ...
1993 BMW 525i 2.5L no start VIN: WBAHD8314P
We received several suggestions about the trip computer's lockout feature. We did not get into that because the owner decided to trade the car for a new Lexus. He had already spent what he saw as half its value before bringing it to us, and decided to cut his ...
1999 Land Rover Discovery Series II 4.0L ride control VIN: SALTY1245X
I had three replies suggesting to inspect bags for leaks, well I did do that again, but this time w/soap and water i FOUND AIR BAG LEAKING, BUT I still know pump is bad and causing no pressure to fill bags, We ( the customer and I) thought the best fix would b...
1994 Mercedes-Benz S500 5.0L Hesitation, Surge, Stall VIN: WDBGA51E9R
Thanks to Thomas [...].from Iowa, Joseph from AZ, Frank from NV, and Todd from IL. And a special thanks to David Poole from Texas who actually phoned me. Thomas suggested the EA motor was at fault. It has two switches that are opposites: voltage rises to 4.5 on on...
2003 Other European AROSA 1.0L Immob/programming VIN: VSSZZZ68Z3
Thanks to Kev from Pennsylvania and Michal from the Czech Republic for your helpful replies (it's well appreciated). The answer to the problem came from much closer to home, which was a local garage that was able to obtain the correct 4 digit code. This enable...
1985 Volkswagen Jetta 1.6L coolant temp guage VIN: WVWGH0160F
Sorry for the delay in the fix post on this one. I had to wait for customer, but as most said it was the level sensor in the coolant bottle. I had bypassed it earlier but that did not turn the light off. A new coolant sensor fixed the problem. Thanks
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 3VWSA87H9V
Thank you guys for all the replies. I have yet to get the car back. My 18 year old is not as interested as me in getting to the heart of the problem. I'll let you all know when I do Joseph [...]
2001 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.8L low compression VIN: 3VWTE29M34
Well, this was most peculiar. Technically the car still is not fixed, but we found a few things out. Upon removing the head, we found combustions chambers and pistons that looked like the engine had 200k miles. The carbon build-up was tremendous! Also, the cyl...
1996 Volvo 850 Turbo 2.3L Cuts out VIN: YV1LW5727T
And first prize goes to... Bruce, Gene, and Christopher! As the problem was totally random, we couldn't check fuel pressures during failure. We had already done a thorough inspection of all visible wiring in search of either corrosion or a loose connection, ...
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