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1997 Audi A4 1.8L noisy VIN: WAUCB88D9V
We have a broken catalytic converter on this car I was wondering if anyone has had good sucess with any after market catalysts or should I stay with the original because of the obdII monitoring. Thanks for your help
1998 Audi A4 1.8L engine VIN: WAUCB28D2W
We have replaced and cleaned all parts for the crankcase vent system. the engine runs perfect.compression is good,only about 1-2% leakdown on all cyls. did we miss something? has anyone run into a problem like this before? thanks in advance for any info Chr...
1995 BMW 740i 4.0L Temp. control VIN: WBAGF632XS
This vehicle arrived at my shop with a complaint of no heat or temperature control. With the vehicle at full operating temp. and the heater control at full hot (90deg.F), the driver side vents blow cool air, the passenger side vents are fairly warm, and the re...
1996 BMW 740iL 4.4L 3rd gear only intermittant VIN: WBAGJ8327T
Hi, This transmission will go into failsafe mode according to the dashboard display. At this time it has third gear only. The problem is VERY intermittant and the transmission works fine otherwise. I used up a half a tank of gas before duplicating the problem....
1997 Jaguar XK8 4.0L vehicle stays running VIN: SAJGX2747V
Hi guys...got a beauty here...vehicle was brought to us for not starting. After checking everything under the sun we found that the vehicle had water in the fuel. Drained the tank, cleaned fuel rail, replaced fuel filter, refilled with fresh fuel and also adde...
2001 Jaguar XJ8 4.0L Cooling Systems VIN: SAJDA14C31
Greeetings, We have an 01 jag in for service & I have a fairly simple question I can't seem to get a good answer for. What types of coolant are compatible for this model? The factory coolant is more than $50.00/gal. This may not be the right place for this qu...
1999 Mercedes-Benz ML320 3.2L cluster VIN: XC79623434
this ML has a lot of problems with the dash and can communications what is going on the tach will drop to zero the temp gauge will drop to zero while this intermittant drop off is going on the cooling fans will kick on for a short time then go off and the gaug...
2000 Mercedes-Benz S430 4.3L ride height too low VIN: WDBNG70J7Y
Question for you. I have a 2000 Mercedes Benz S430 towed into the shop. Car is resting on it's bump stops. Read the diagnostic codes with Baum CS2000 scan tool. C1517 (critical vehicle level at front or rear axle level calibration fail AIR matic compressor uni...
2002 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L Starting VIN: WDBJF65J2Y
Hey there, I have a merc that will only crank intermittently. About one out of 5 times the key is turned. When it does crank it stays engaged into the flywheel but there is no spark or fuel pressure and the tack does not move. Only one time it acutally started...
2002 Mini Cooper 1.6L odometer, rev indicator, lights for instruments, b VIN: WMWRE31060
Car came in with no working dash, all the meters and gauges are out of order. Checked for, fuses, checked wiring on back of instruments. Have no wiring diagram for dash. Thanks in advance
1990 Saab 900 SPG 2.0L Brakes VIN: YS3AL35LXL
Car came in for a brake noise. Found pads worn down to metal in the front and close to it in the rear. All rotors were original and checked at or very near minimum machine thickness. I replaced all the rotors and pads w/new. All parts were from the major forig...
1999 Saab 9-5 3.0L Heating
hello techs. i have a 1999 saab 9-5. i can not change the heater temp. The head unit is broken. Also another garage broke the temp control motor that is located under the dash. Is there a way to open the hot water valve so i can get this customer heat? Thanx f...
1996 Volkswagen Golf GL 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, MIL Lamp on
Hello all, This one is driving me nuts. 1 month and 500 miles ago this Golf came in with code 17988 and almost no idle. After going through the VW tests, we replaced the control module. The car immediately ran great. We did the basic setting with our VAG and s... Trouble codes: 17988 (throttle actuator B1 malfunction)
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 3VWWB81H8V
This car was towed in as a died going down the road. One of the mechanics checked it out and installed a new cap, rotor, wires and coil/module assy. The car started and seemed to run OK. When the mechanic took it out for a drive it started acting up. After he ...
2001 Volkswagen Passat GLS 2.8L Comfort System VIN: WVWHC63BX1
This car came in with the complaint of battery going dead in 3-4 days. We used out low amp probe and found a constant draw of 280 milliamps, car locked key in hand. Pulled all the fuses and did not change anything. We scanned the car and found a code 01329, ...
2001 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 1.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWPD69M41
hi guys! if not for the turbo, i would have installed a maf. following the vw diagnostic routine, we sealed the ends of the intake hose and air snorkel and leak tested the entire air intake systen, including the turbo. no leaks found. my question is, what para... Trouble codes: 17705 (turbo/throttle valve connection pressure loss), 17545 (bank 1 long term fuel trimm too rich)
2001 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWSP29M01
Hello Everyone. This TDI is from out of town. Intermittently the check engine light will come on. Sometimes it stays on and will not clear. I have replaced the glow plug relay. Made a difference for awhile. The car appears to of had an engine wiring harness mo... Trouble codes: P0380 (Glow Plug Heater Circuit Malfunction)
2001 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L Heater VIN: WVWVD63B71
Very little heat from heater. All controls seem to work fine. Alldata shows no heater valve in this system. Engine at normal temp. Heater hoses at 170. Removed inlet heater hose and pressurized the system and small flow from core. Coolant is clean. Put it bac...
2002 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L engine VIN: 3VWRK69M02
customer says they burn 2-3 quarts of oil every 2000 miles,they no when its low they said a lifter clattering noise happens then they add oil and it goes away.when they came to me they just had there oil changed so there was no noise.i checked for oil leaks no...
1998 Volvo S70 T5 2.3L srs VIN: YV1LS5374W
we need to know how to clear srs memory
1998 Volvo S70 2.4L Misfire VIN: YV1LS5574W
we had reset the engine light last week after minor tune up. car came back in next day with engine light on again. many codes present but no drivabilty complaints. customer says idles a bit rough somtimes. we are wondering if the maf sensor could be our proble... Trouble codes: P0100, P0301, P0302, P0303, P0171, P0305
1999 Volvo S80 2.9 2.9L cam timing VIN: YV1TS97D1X
what tools are available to time the camshafts or is there another alternative?

Fixes & Summaries for European
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2002 Alfa Romeo 156 TSPARK 2.0L Excessive Emissions, Hesitation, Surge VIN: ZAR9320002
Unfortunatly this is a summary but not a fix. This is what we found. As usual when you start working on a new car (40.000 KM) you donīt start by reading compression making leak test or vaccum, why to, if itīs new, you donīt want to waste time isnīt it. A...
1994 BMW 525i 2.5L fuel pump VIN: WBAHD632XR
We found the second fusible link, opened, in the positive battery cable sheath about 8 inches downstream of the battery. It is part of the 8 guage (approximately) wire that parallels the main cable to the engine compartment. Thanks to those that responded. Mik...
1995 BMW M3 3.0L Low coolant light VIN: WBSBF9322S
Received some good info on this one. Thanks to Mike for pointing me in the right direction. The control unit is located under the driver side dash to the left of the steering column and above a relay panel. Two connectors : White and black. Brown/white wire in...
2001 BMW 740iL 4.4L reverse VIN: WBAGH83481
This car has a ZF HP5-24 transmission. It does not have the valve body problems that the early 740s had. It is with the composite clutch piston in the F clutch which is used for reverse only. I had disassembled the clutch but had not removed the piston until t...
1982 Mercedes-Benz 380SL 3.8L lifter VIN: WDBBA45A2C
Thanks for all that replied. the gent with the time-sert info was excellent. What fixed this vehicle was a reman head assy. cust decided to do the right thing and fix it for good. We tried loctite first and it actually held but i wouldnt make any guarantees. T...
2001 Mercedes-Benz C320 3.2L Power Seats VIN: WDBRF64JO1
Thanks to all who offered ideas and assistance. What finally came about was an intermittent right seat control module. Have one ordered. Also worthy of noting, is we had also replaced a left front marker light bulb. Not quite sure if this had anything to do wi...
2002 Mercedes-Benz ML320 3.2L upshift VIN: 4JGAB54E52
Sorry about delay but i've not fixed this car yet, I've concluded that TCM is bad because it doesn't supply voltage to solenoids of tranny, i've learned that TCM supply 12 volts by pin 38 to all solenoids and by pin 29 TCM received 12 volts from ignition throu...
2001 Saab 9-3 SE 2.0L power locks VIN: YS3DF58K61
Sounds like the remote could be bad. Do a signal check, by pushing trunk release button on remote with key on--step on brakes to clear 'check brake lights' message if there on info display--then you should see a display of X - transponders X - remote keys ...
2002 Volkswagen GTI 1.8L Wont shift VIN: 9BWDE1J924
This does not seem to be a problem transmission but the customer denied any service at this time.
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L Airbag control module VIN: 3VWRK69M03
The car is now fixed. The new air bag module VERY CLEARLY stated the index was 03 on the original sticker. What I did not notice, however, was a sticker placed on the computer covering the bottom of the original sticker with the same part # as the original sti...
2000 Volvo V70 X/C AWD 2.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: YV1LZ56D1Y
thank you all for your prompt replies, the general concensus is just as i suspected, we have a goofy maf problem. long term ft is driven lean by the bad sensor, then, it will jerk short term up to max and set the code. unfortunately, the customer spent all his... Trouble codes: P0172.
2001 Volvo S40 1.9L Defrost VIN: YV1VS29511
Received replies regarding the cabin filter. I forgot to mention that the cabin fliter had already been replaced. I removed the insturment cluster, HVAC control head and the radio to observe the actuators. They all appear to be working so I am thinking the pro...
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