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1996 Audi A4 2.8L compressor VIN: WAUEA88D8T
HELP!! - Audi came in with no A-C complaint. System was low so we did an evacuate and recharge. Compressor would not turn on, this is were it gets interesting. We jumped compressor and it still would not operate - clutch curcuit is open, but there is no power ...
1998 BMW 318i 1.9L Surge VIN: WBACC9320W
Hello group, This one is from the local body shop who we do some work for occasionally. (I hardly ever work on BMW's) They fixed the front on this one and did not have it running so they don't know if it ran ok or not before the accident. (It doesn't look like...
1999 BMW 328i 2.8L floorboard VIN: WBAAM5331X
Rainwater puddling up in the right rear (passenger side) floorboard. The respective door gasket has been replaced. Whats kinda wierd is that sometimes it leaks when it rains and sometimes it doesn't leak when it rains. Its all willy nilly of any given rainstor...
2001 BMW 525i 2.5L Suspension VIN: WBADT334X1
We have disconnected both sway bar links and tied the sway bar in place. We still here a rattle in front end when hitting driveway curbs, bumps and manhole covers. We shook the front end down and inspected all parts. We have made sure the subframe is tight. No...
1963 Jaguar Mark IX 4.3L 1-2 shift VIN: JAG1234567
Help!!,vehicle only has manual low.no reverse, binds up on 1-2 shift.removed trans and disassembled cant find any problems.Had these problems before overhaul.everything seems to aircheck good except reverse servo.when I apply air to servo port band applys but ...
1985 Jaguar XJS 5.3L Cuts out VIN: SAJJNACC8C
I have done enough to become convinced that I have an ECU problem as the fuel system fails to deliver fuel within 1 minute or less of starting the car. The cutting out seems to be fuel as it happens in a way that mimics the loss of fuel pressure, that is gradu...
1988 Jaguar XJS C 5.3L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: SAJNA3842J
Hi all,This Jag is killing me.For the 1st 35-45 minutes the car runs great,reaches normal temp in about 10 minutes.At around 40 minutes its like a switch is thrown and it runs really bad and stalls.idle vacuum goes from 17 to 10 "and stays there.Raising the id...
1990 Mercedes-Benz 300D 2.5 2.5L con rod bearing VIN: WDBEB28D5L
Dear MB friends, we are rebuilding this 2.5 l turbo diesel engine code: 602.962 (vin code# 124.128) because the crankshaft was bad and we had to regrind to 0.25mm under. Now we ordered the new con rod bearings from mercedes and the upper and lower halfs a dif...
1993 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL 5.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire VIN: WDBGA51E1P
Customer towed car from dealer. They diagnosed problem $ recommended new plugs,caps, rotors.We've replaced them & also ignition wires-same problem. When it runs, has no pulse on 2 injectors of each bank. Computer grounds injectors for only 1 second. (Positive ...
1998 Mercedes-Benz C230 2.3L No Start VIN: WDBHA23G9W
car came from used car dealer starts & dies,obtained new key from dealer- still starts & dies Ran short test & had many codes relating to low battery voltage, cleared all codes & none return.scanner says drive authorization ok, steering does unlock is there ...
1987 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2L Stall VIN: WPOABO916H
hello fellow technicians; i have a real treat for you all. i have a 1987 porsche 911 that we have worked extensively to get put back into service. the only thing we have left is to get the idle to cooperate when we are checking the oil. as you may know, a per...
2001 Saab 9-3 SE 2.0L No Start VIN: YS3DF78K61
This car was towed in with a no start condition. The no start happened after a hard rain. No water intrusion has been found though. We found no spark. checking the distributor coil module we observed no spark but we have what seems to be a weak signal coming f...
1996 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L No Start VIN: 3VWRA81H3T
car came in as no start.pulled codes has 341 cam sensor code. flow chart in mitchell says to replace cam sensor hence part of dist. installed dealer dist. same code and no start. the weird thing is it has strong spark,45 pounds of fuel, good compression,checke... Trouble codes: 341 (cam position sensor)
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0L cruise control VIN: 3VWSA81H8V
HELP! I thought I had this one nailed but was wrong.This car came in with a complaint of cruisecontrol inop intermittently and a surging jerky condition when it did work. I have replaced the cruise module and vacuume pump but this did not fix the condition. th...
1998 Volvo V70 X/C AWD 2.4L cruise control VIN: YV1LZ5649W
Car came in with cruise control not working, Autodianos scanner says system all ok, we tested switches and tested for speed signal with lab scope, also operated vacuum pump and control valve and throttle linkage would work. After these tests we replaced cruise...

Fixes & Summaries for European
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1997 Audi A8 Quattro 4.2L abs VIN: WAUBG84D8V
Thanks for the replies and offers of help. Many suggested a defective control unit, and was indeed the fault. Remember that this car was was jumpstarted by the customer with the polarity reversed. After replacing multiple fuses, verifying power at the ABS un...
2001 Audi TT Quattro 1.8L abs VIN: TRUUT28N01
Well the customer took the Audi home to think about it. I have was hoping to here from him buy now but that is how it goes. I think this is anouther Audi owner without the Audi budget. I checked all the wiring and the ABS ring on the cv joint and all tested go...
1991 BMW 525i 2.5L battery draw, fuse #20 VIN: WBAHD5310M
Well, I never found the 'park heating/ventilation relay box' so I could never remove theat from the circut to see if the draw went away...I installed a load reducation relay for fuse #20, and the car so far has not had a problem. Thank you all for the help. ...
1998 Jaguar XJ8 4.0L "transmission failure" VIN: SAJHX1248W
veh is back on the road:) after replacing the broken 'B' clutch basket and the snap ring, 'B' clutches and some gaskets . all parts avail.@ slauson transmission parts in calif. awsome company i might ad, they have all the hard to find FZ parts. cleard codes an...
1999 Land Rover Range Rover HSE 4.6L Air suspension VIN: SALPV1442X
As I said in the update...I replace the pressure switch. It was about $170.00. It was on the solenoid/valve assembly. Called the customer & the suspension has not gone flat, all OK for now. I will amend this post if anything changes Thanks, Tom [...] Portol...
1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L Starting VIN: WDBEA32E1R
well this problem was solved easy. Most of all of the responses included the possibility of an overload protection relay. We went a head and replaced it and the problem was gone. Lack of experience got us into this situation - won't happen again though. Thanks...
1984 Other European 308GTS 3.0L No spark rear bank VIN: ZFFLA13B00
Sorry for the late response due to waiting...and waiting for customer authorization. Thanks for the six helpful replies, and especially to Paul from CA for faxing a diagram. The two ignition control modules are located beneath a panel to the left in the rear t...
1985 Other European silver spur 6.8L pumps inside valley pan VIN: SCAZN42A6F
Okay, thank you everyone for the help especially Dave [...] that sent me very helpful detailed diaghrams.There are many problems with this vehicle but here are the last few that are driving me nuts. First of all I tried the local dealership and they said to ...
2000 Volkswagen Passat GLS 2.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: WVWBH63B51
Thank you all that sent me help. It took a little longer to get this one done because of money issues. First, the cust. wanted me to have muffler shop cats put in. They only put the rear ones on. This did nothing, then against my opinion, we put after market c... Trouble codes: 16805 (cat bk 1), 16815 (cat bank 2), 16825 (evap).
2000 Volkswagen Passat 4 Motion 2.8L Suspension VIN: WVWTH23B1Y
20 hours of time spent, and finally the repair, After further testing of suspension, found out that the frame that also supports the rack is not perfectlly straight, Send it to body shop twice to pull frame into proper position. The fun part about this repair ...
2001 Volkswagen Golf GLS 1.9L No Start VIN: 9BWGP61J41
First, I really appreciate the many replies on this topic. I know that it takes time out of your day and biz life to respond, so I do appreicate that. In summary, many suggested we replace the glow plug relay and the '109' ECU relay. Taking that suggestion i...
1990 Volvo 740 GLE 2.3L Hesitation VIN: YV1FA8952L
Thanks to all who replied with suggestions. Boy, do I feel like a right moron. I had previously removed the NEW Bosch distributor cap replaced at the first shop, and inspected it internally. What a surprise! It looked like a Bosch distributor cap! I removed ...
2000 Volvo V70 2.4L System Shuts Off VIN: YV14W61J2Y
Well it appears that the A/C shuting off when the vehicle gear was selected and started to move was/is a coincidence. Even though we have a VATIS system, we are not very adept at using it yet. At least that is our story and we are sticking to it. Anyway we got...
2001 Volvo V70 X/C 2.4L No Start, Cuts out, Stall VIN: YV1SZ58DX1
We didn't fix this car. We drove the car for 20 miles without adding gas and it did not repeat. We topped off the fuel and gave it back to the customer he has not called back so we assume its ok. The cranks sensor scoped out ok so we suspect as he went up a hi...
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