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1996 BMW 318is 1.9L Starting VIN: WBABE324TE
This 318i has an intermittent draw of 15 Amps. The problem is very rare, needless to say it kills the battery in a hurry. I caught it happening just once, but it was enough to determine that it was caused by the rear window defroster staying on. I don't believ...
2003 BMW 760Li 6.0L power steering VIN: WBAGN83483
This car has had all of the below described parts changed with BMW Factory Originals. The problem is that at 1150 - 1200 rpm standing still without turning the steering wheel there is a low resonating whine that you can feel in the steering wheel. this should ...
1989 Jaguar XJS 5.3L Brake pressure VIN: SAJNV4842K
The car had the red brake light come on. Within 5 minutes, the pressure hydraulic system failed, leaving a hard pedal and no power assistance. Pulled the code 11, which reads that there has been a "redundancy circuit failure". The only repairs cited are to che...
1996 Jaguar XJ6 4.0L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Cuts out, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: SAJHX1746T
Based on our IATN research we determined that it could have been all due to an EGR valve that stuck open causing the intermittent dying issues as well as the codes and the miss-surge at highway speeds. We replaced the EGR and plugs and changed the oil but the ... Trouble codes: P0727, P1775, P1172
2002 Jaguar XJ8 4.0L Excessive Emissions, Hesitation, MIL Lamp on VIN: SAJDA23C3Y
hi all have a jag xj8L test drove ok. customer stated had a hesitation and misfire 2 diffrent times .check engine light on found po300 random misfire,and all the 301-308 for every cyl. misfire and p1316 excessive emisions .cleared faults test drove again light...
1986 Mercedes-Benz 300E 3.0L FT of engine VIN: WDBEA30D1G
The car came in with a noise that sounded like a timing chain noise, or something hitting in the dist cap area. We put a new tensioner in it and the noise came back right away. We then put in a new chain all guides and put it back together. One of the guides w...
1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL 5.6L Unknown VIN: WDBBA48D1G
Hellow again all you mercedes guys this car is driving me nuts came in for the air blowing only our of the center vents and the defrost vents, has no floor or side vent opperation. i have removed the entire dash and vacume tested all lines and valves to ensure...
1992 Mercedes-Benz 400SE 4.2L no 2nd gear upshift VIN: WDBGA42E5N
I need some help on this 722.3 benz trans. This thing came in with multiple transmission problems. First it was starting off in second gear and it had an extremely harsh downshift slowing down and accelerating. It had a broken reaction valve for the rear brake...
1997 Mercedes-Benz C230 2.3L abs VIN: WDHA23E3VE
When you come to a stop, just before you stop the ABS pump/system engages ever so slightly. Vehicle did not do this before front pad/rotor replacement, brake flush.
1998 Mercedes-Benz S320 SWB 3.2L Transmission VIN: WDBGA32G4X
This car was brought to me with MIL on and no upshift. I followed the diagnostic list in ShopKey for the code P0715. I checked for voltage between Terminals 13 and 33 at the TCM, range stated was between 4 and 8 volts, this car had 6.2. I then checked continui...
1990 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8L Excessive Emissions, Hesitation, Cuts out VIN: WVWRA21G0M
Hello everyone, I've got this Jetta here that stalled when it went through a puddle. Found the fuel pump fuse blown. I replaced the fuel pump fuse and it started right up. While running it would start loading up and running really rich. I disconnected the temp...
1994 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWR331M6R
hello v.w techs , i don't work on v.w. very often , and alldata is a little confusing here , according to alldata , i need a MINIMUM of 5V to the cam sensor ( have 4.98 v )they say replace e.c.m hmmmmm , lab scope shows a narrowing DECENDING pattern TO GROUN... Trouble codes: 0531 (engine speed crank sensor), 0515 (cam sensor)
1998 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L Starting VIN: 3VWRB81H6W
Hello and thanks to the VW guys who read these messages. Thanks before hand ... for what help you may offer. Vehicle was towed from another shop ) No start, No run. The computer had 4 codes in the computer. 16505 - Throttle Position Sensor Implausible Signal...
1999 Volkswagen Passat GLS 2.8L Speedo and Odometer VIN: WVWMD63BOX
Monday a new customer shows up without appointment for battery light on a 99 Passat. We diagnose with Snap-On micro VAT that the alternator is bad. Purchased Bosch rebuilt Valeo 120amp alternator to replace original. Job completed just before customer comes to...
1997 Volvo 960 2.9L cooling fan VIN: YV1KW9605V
The cooling fan is inop when a/c is on. I can ground either center relay coil and the fan will run on hi or low speed, so I dont seem to be getting the ground from the ECU. Does anyone know what else is an input besides the press-o-stat at the condensor to con...

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1993 BMW M5 3.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: WBSHD9311P
Although the customer did not allow us to repair the vehicle we are quite confident that the problem is not the pcm itself but is in a component that it outputs to having high resistance-load and causing the output stage to fail due to its load. In our case th... Trouble codes: 100 (Ecu output stages).
1999 BMW 323is 2.5L cooling gauge VIN: WBABF7330X
Only 5 replies on this one but 3 were right on the money. Seems these cylinder heads like to crack between #4 & #5. We pulled the valve cover and sure enough found more than one crack in different places. I have not had the best of luck trying to do a block te...
2001 BMW 530i 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: WBADT53471
This car has two camshaft positions sensors. The A P0340 refers to a fault with the intake cam sensor,which is fairly common. The intake cam sensor is located at the front driver's side of the cylinder head behind the Vanos solenoid. The vehicle has two sensor...
1992 Mercedes-Benz 600SEL 6.0L Electronic VIN: WDB1400571
Thanks for the help on this one.I have sent the control out for bench test. I will let you know what we find but every one seems to think that it is the control. There is a tsb on this problem.
1995 Mercedes-Benz E420 4.2L blower fan not working VIN: WDBEA34E3S
Thank to all replies the fix was mane fuse for blower on fire wall above brake master cylender fuse has small crack in fuse replace fuse blower working good...
1998 Mercedes-Benz E320 4Matic 3.2L Power windows VIN: WDBJH82F8W
Thanks to all who responded to my request. It turns out that the battery had been disconnected on this car (didn't know this} After having a battery disconnected or replaced, the windows need synchronized. This procedure involves pressing each window button to...
1999 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L No Start VIN: WDBJF65H6X
thank you for all your replies- checked crank signal- signal looked good- replaced crank sensor- problem solved
2002 Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor 2.3L Engine VIN: WDBRN47J42
I replace the oil filler cap test drove the car and all is well we sometimes overlook the simple fixes thanks again
2000 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L Misfire VIN: 3VWSF29MXY
Thanks to all who replied. The injector pump tested fine, so I rechecked the the head. With the head removed i checked piston height at TDC. #2 piston was approx .030 lower than #3. Removed rod to inspect, it had been bent. Customer says he was not driving in ...
2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: 3VWSP69M53
Thanks to all that replied. Unfortunately no 'silver bullets', but Brian [...] got me thinking about valve timing again, so I pulled it apart and rechecked it. Tried a different position for crank mark (Not clear at all on MOD picture) and i...
1998 Volvo V70 GLT 2.4L Hesitation, Cuts out, MIL Lamp on VIN: YV1LW5647W
Hi fellas I am sorry that i do not have very much useful feedback on this one as the car has not returned for a report of success or failure... Pretty much all you guys agreed that a vacuum leak is the most likell culprit. If and when the problem car retur... Trouble codes: FET12.
1998 Volvo S70 2.3L No Start
Thanks for the replys. The problem turned out to be a corroded connector on the ecu socket. Repaired the connection and the problem is fixed.
1999 Volvo S80 T6 2.8L long crank time VIN: YV1TS90D41
Volvo is fixed, but I am ashamed to explain what happened. First let's all remember how we can get SO involved that the simple things just slip right thru our brains. The problem was simply: low on fuel. Here is my theory of what happened. there are 2 sending ...
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