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1999 Audi A6 Quattro 2.8L tailshaft VIN: WAUBA24B1X
Hello iATN ! We have an Audi that is eating our lunch. We replaced a tailshaft seal on this Audi and within a few weeks it failed. We decided to sublet the repair to a transmission repair facility and we have another failure. We can see almost zero lash in th...
1994 BMW 325i 2.5L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Stall VIN: WBABJ5326R
This car has a dramatic surge at idle. It goes from 500 to 1800rpm. It easily stalls when it gets low but off idle it runs great. The customer bought the car in March and the idle slowly deteriorated from there. It had the new vanos before he bought it. The en... Trouble codes: 101 (Air mass)
1998 BMW 328i 2.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: WBACD4320W
We replaced the shut off valve in the trunk and car comes back with the same code. Also these cat codes keep coming back on although we replaced cats last month.Is there some type of relation? We looked at computer for updates it was already updated. Need some... Trouble codes: 253 (Shut off valve activated-charcoal filter jammed shut), 234 (Cat overall efficiency 4-6), 233 (Cat overall efficiency 1-3)
1999 Jaguar XJ8 4.0L Steering coluum VIN: SAJHF1041X
Hi there, XJ8 when door opened/closed, the steering coluum auto lifts-drops correctly, there is a racheting type noise before any movement, suspect gears stripped on mechanism-but would appreciate any info on known faults in this area, before stripping. thanks...
2000 Jaguar S-Type 4.0L timing chains VIN: SAJDA01D4Y
Hello everyone,I am in need of assistance!Im not sure about the installation of the vvt gear on the right camshaft.Should the vvt be rotated to the full clockwise position or counterclockwise before install of primary timing chain? I marked everything before r...
2002 Land Rover Freelander SE 2.5L check engine light VIN: SALNY22222
Thanks in advance for any help.This vehicle came in with the check engine light on and the customer stating that the only problem they had was that the vehicle smelled hot when they shut it off.I cleared the codes and road tested the vehicle for over 30 miles ... Trouble codes: P0171 (Left front O2 lean), P0174 (Right rear O2 lean), P1477 (VIS power/butterfly valve motor open or short to ground), P1470 (VIS Balance valve motro always open), P1472 (VIS power/butterfly valve always closed)
1993 Mercedes-Benz 500SL 5.0L No Start VIN: WDBFA67E2P
Some history on the vehicle, came from a used car lot. They had the vehicle at the auction and ran it out of fuel. They cranked it so long before realizing it was out of gas that they killed the battery. Low and behold they get some lot guys to jump start the ...
1998 Mercedes-Benz ML320 3.2L calipers VIN: 4JGAB54E5W
customer returned after replacing master cyl. and said smoke was coming off wheels.put vehicle on lift and front calipers were stuck.let cool down and calipers freed up.i can not duplicate problem.customer took vehicle and returned a few days later ,same probl...
2000 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: WPOAA2997Y
TIA, i have erased this one 3 times now and it comes back in 2-7 days. the code is p0446 EVAP Canister Shutoff valve (function)below limit. i followed the test procedures in alldata which state to blow air through the purge lines to check for blockage, none fo... Trouble codes: P0446
1993 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8L Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall VIN: WVWJD4317P
Hello everybody & thanks in advance for your time! This VW runs fine then with no rhyme or reason will cut out & bog down like its losing 3 or4 cylinders, then clear up all of a sudden & run great. I replaced the main relay & performed wiggle & tap tests. I ha...
1998 Volkswagen Golf GL 2.0L No Start, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWCAO1H8X
No start. No spark. I also cannot communicate with the ecm . Check engine light comes on when ignition is on. Had an aftermarket radio with altered wiring, eg, yellow wire cut. I removed radio and repaired wiring to original before scanning with my Vag Com. I ...
2001 Volkswagen Golf GTI GLX 2.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: WVWPG21J81
Car runs fine although engine sound a bit loose. Smoke checked both intake and exhaust several times for leaks: none. Can run 1 to 2 months without setting code. Trouble codes: P0420 (bank 1 catalytic effeciency)

Fixes & Summaries for European
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2001 Audi TT 1.8L battery VIN: TRUWC28NX1
I am closing this request so i can open a new with hopefully new usable information. Part of the problem was my crummy low amp probe. It seems that it would hold a reading, amps draw, when in fact the circuit had losts it draw. Since I have solved the equipmen...
2002 Audi A4 3.0L temperature gauge VIN: WAULT68EX2
we believe the instrument cluster is indeed bad, the immobilizer is in the unit and we don't believe reprogramming ability is available to anyone but the dealer, so we decided to send it away to the dealer. Thanks to all who replied!
1988 Jaguar XJS C 5.3L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: SAJNA3842J
the repair turned out to be a new intake air temp sensor.to test I substituted a fixed resistance so the pcm thought it was 200 degrees all the time and the car runs well.later I installed a new iat sensor and the car has been ok for2 weeks.Thanks to all who h...
1995 Land Rover Range Rover County Classic 3.9L srs VIN: SALPV1241S
I think this one is a fix.Thanks to John from Mass.He suggested I swap a controller and informed me that Land Rover does not support test and repair on the harness,just replacement. John from Colorado said to clear faults and check for an open clocckspring.B...
1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SL 3.8L Poor Idle Quality, Surge VIN: WDBA4SA3BB
Thanks you all for all the Great reply, you are all Great, I have check the idle control unit under the glove box, also check the power relay supply as per ALLDATA and some of your reply, all seem to check out fine, after a close inspection and some of you rep... Trouble codes: N0NE, F1ND.
1994 Mercedes-Benz C220 2.2L transmission VIN: WDBHA22E1R
have replace delay valve and valve on side of trans, no difference.i am stuck think computer is bad but cant afford one right now. thanks to all who replied.
2000 Mercedes-Benz S500 Guard 5.0L Suspension VIN: WDBNG75J3Y
the fix for this was a new compressor and valve. the compressor was toast. I believe the valve stuck open and fried the compressor. we replaced the relay as they fail often as well. most said the struts are bullitproof. the valve and compressor are updated fro...
1971 Other European Silver Shado 6745CC caliper VIN: SRH9939000
Sorry for late post-thought I had posted fix allready, we replaced both left rear brake flex hoses, and vehiclereturned to client, driven and all good. Car could probably do with all lines-client declined-we used the factory brake fluid. (just one note:-we did...
1996 Saab 9000 CSE Turbo 2.3L vac booster VIN: YS3CF68M6T
First, thanks to all who took the time to answer and help. Evidently, this is a common problem on this car, the ignition timing is retarded on initial start up until warmed, thus causing poor vacuum. Some say this particular model should have an aux. vac pump,...
1998 Volkswagen Golf GL 2.0L high idle VIN: 3VWFA81H5W
The fix was to disconnect the battery for about ten minutes and touch the ground cable to the positive cable to dump all memory from the ECU. Reconnect the battery and readapt the throttle. Car is fixed!!! I got three responses and Alex & Paul were right on th... Trouble codes: P0300 (general misfire), P0302 (misfire cyl. 2).
1999 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L front crank seal VIN: WVWNA63B6X
Hey, Thanks to you all for your help! I replace the entire pcv system-hoses, tubes, valves and case. Well, it still leaked. So I made another trip to my local VW dealer and we tried a different seal. Original seal part # was [...]. We tried an older listi...
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