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1991 Audi V8 Quattro 3.6L Alternator VIN: WAUKE54C6M
The charging light is staying on, No volts to alternator (Blue wire)
1998 Audi A4 2.8L Engine Oil VIN: WAUGD28D1W
This Audi is very clean and the owner is a maintenance nut. He never misses any maintenance. About 6 months ago he called us because the low oil indicator came on and he found the crankcase to be two quarts low. We got the vehicle in next day and it was in fac...
1997 BMW 528i 2.8L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WBADD6325V
rough idle upon cold start- check engine light on. found four codes, p1250,p0173,p1189,p0301. fuel trim way off. smoked intake and replaced lower hose to crankcase vent valve- smoked three times after- no more leaks. reset computer and test drove several times... Trouble codes: P1250 (air/fuel mixture), P0173 (fuel trim malfunction bank 2), P1189 (mixture deviation cyl 4-6), P0301 (misfire 1 detected)
1999 Land Rover Range Rover HSE 4.6L starting VIN: SALPV1440X
this rover came in as a crank no start. using auto logic i scanned computers and found a code for alarm fault. found settings in becm to be wrong reset all settings still no start put a becm in no it will hold settings and start if you leave the key on for 5 m...
1994 Mercedes-Benz S420 4.2L Unknown VIN: WDBA43E4RA
Hello to all, this Benz has some climate/heating control issues. There is no heat coming from the floor vents to the rear seats, this does not have rear heat or A/C controls. The vent betwee the seats is always blowing cold air to the rear seat area. There is ...
1997 Mercedes-Benz C230 2.3L Starting VIN: WDBHA23EXU
This Benz has an intermittant starting problem.Every 3 or 4 starting attempts will result in a no start(but will crank fine).When it does not start,there is no spark and no injector pulse.I was able to test the CKP sensor with my Lab Scope,and even when it won...
1971 MG Midget 1275CC 1st gear and Reverse VIN: UNABLETORE
This one is a two parts question. Honestly, this is the first MG I have ever had the pleasure of working on. This little guy has a growl noise in 1st and reverse gears at all times while vehicle is moving. My first question is: What might I expect to see once ...
1990 Porsche 944 3.0L Clutch VIN: WD0CB2940L
car came in with clutch not releasing. found clutch disc rubber dampner broken (old style clutch). we replaced clutch disc,(spring type disc), pressure plate, and bearing. the flywheel was not machined, it looked in good condition. the problem developed after ...
2000 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L low power VIN: 3VWSF29M0Y
vehicle runs well idles well has power but not like it should. Hope someone else can steer us in the right direction on this car. As I see it Hittler is getting his revenge now. Trouble codes: 1248 (injection control start deviation)
2000 Volkswagen Cabrio GLS 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWDC21V7Y
Believe problem in power supply to fuel injection system. Has anyone had a particular place to look? Customer has no complaint to runability problem, just check engine light coming on. Trouble codes: P1582 (idle adaptation at limit), P1225 (cyl 1 fuel inj circut also P1226 cyl 21227 cyl 31228 cyl 4), P1451 (secondary air injection sys circut), P1421 (secondary air injection valve circut), P1425 (tank vent valve), P1472 (evap em control LDP circut)
2001 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWSB69M41
well we do not work with volkswagens much but this one came in with lean codes and a mass air flow sensor codes, so another tech here cleaned the dirty mass air flow sensor and customer said car was good and had more power, well the car is back with a lean cod...
2002 Volkswagen Beetle GLX 1.8L cooling fans VIN: 3VWDD21C62
i have very little/limited information on vehicle.customer complaint of no a/c. checked pressures on gauges,and found to have refrigerant in system.cooling fans not coming on,nor is compressor.
1998 Volvo V70 2.4L Poor Idle Quality, hard start VIN: YV1LW5570W
Car came in and cust states hard start and has been for 6 months, temp guage erratic and fans run as soon as key on, and ck engine light on. It went to another shop and they did what I would have they replaced ECT... didnt help. when I got the car the switch s... Trouble codes: 123 (ect)
1999 Volvo V70 X/C AWD 2.4L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: YV1LZ56DXX
code 137b : o2 sensor voltage low (behind cat o2) . o2 done elsewhere 1 month ago , pulled out rear o2 looks ok . aftermarket cat similar to o.e. (small cat then o2 then large cat) . rear o2 responds normally cold (.1-.8 volts)but after 1+ hour running o2 volt... Trouble codes: P137
2000 Volvo V70 R AWD 2.3L camshafts VIN: YV1LV60D4Y
hey everybody. got myself into a situation here with this 2000 volvo v 70 r all wheel drive. it has a 2.4 turbo twin cam and i am replacing the timing belt and the cam seals. well i got it apart and realize i need a special tool to line the cams up. alldata gi...
2002 Volvo S60 T5 2.3L Driveline VIN: YV1RH58DX2
HELP! This s60 feels like a 4x4 truck while driving around our parking lot. It also feels a little like its being held back while driving at most speeds.We have checked fluids and set tire pressures to the sticker in gass flap.all tires are the same and close ...

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2003 BMW 525i 2.5L power seat and tilt column VIN: WBADS43453
Thanks to everyone. Problem was seat switch. No apparent signs of damage or broken seat bolster. Installed new switch problem gone.
1999 Land Rover Range Rover SE 4.0L Unknown VIN: SALPV1244X
I cleared the check engine light. Test drove vehicle and have had no more problems with the vehicle. Customer has been driving the vehicle for over one month with out any check engine lights. If the vehicle comes back. I will go the route of replacing the tran...
1991 Mercedes-Benz 300TE 3.0L No Start VIN: WDBEA9OD5M
fixed this car with a fuel pressure regulator. i was not blocking the return hose off enough so the pressure never came up. removed the return line from the regulator to the tank and blocked it off pressure increased to 95 psi. installed a new regulator and th...
1993 Mercedes-Benz 300SE 3.2L Unknown VIN: WDBGA32E4P
Thanks for all the input. Found a foreign object at the modulator in the vacuum line. After removing the object the vehicle shift and drives much better. Thanks again for all the help.
1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L wipers VIN: WDBEA92E5S
Hey Everyone, Many thanx to Tim [...] for their replies. Tim replied in less than an hour of posting, thanx Tim. Tim & Kenneth both have repaired these 'ghost' wipers with switch replacements, But Seth stated that I may stil...
2000 Mercedes-Benz S430 4.3L rear suspension VIN: WDBNG70J1Y
Dear Friends, thanks to Paul and Dave the car is now fixed. We installed a rear subframe bushings set #[...] at the rear axle. We left the 2 front busing in, because the tool is very expensive. We only ordered the rear 'press-in-tool {#[...].00...
1988 Volkswagen Vanagon GL 2.1L engine VIN: WV2YB0257J
The problem was that the main bearings were standard but the crank was .25mm under, only the main brg.under the cam drive gear was the correct size. The brg at the pulley end was in backwards and not aligned with the dowel. The inner thrust brg was in backward...
1993 Volkswagen EuroVan GL 2.5L Excessive Emissions, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: WV2KC0701P
After many hours of fiddling with this car I was able to get it to pass the emissions test,but after the test it began running rich under load. As per two suggestions I replaced the vacuum hose to the ecm. The hose needs to be 3.2mm ID and 1 meter long. I had ...
2000 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0L Compressor VIN: 3VWCA21C7Y
Customer has yet to return to shop for further diagnosis. Check ed out and picked up in same day. Called customer twice and rescheduled, no show both times.
2000 Volkswagen Beetle GL 2.0L temp light VIN: 3VWCAZ1C3X
replaced coolant temp sensor. light seems to go off sooner now. drove around for about an hour and light never came back on . temp seemed to stay normal. thanks for all the help!!!
2000 Volkswagen Passat 4 Motion 2.8L Surge, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: WVWTH23B5Y
Hi All and thanks to the two that responded. Steve, special thanks to you as you were right on the money with the throttlebody cleaning to correct the surge. After putting in the correct O2 for this engine, I got a P0420 code. There is an open campaign from VW... Trouble codes: P0139 (Bank 1 sensor 2 slow response), P1105 (Bank 1 sensor 2 short to B).
2001 Volkswagen Passat GLX 4 Motion 2.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: WVWTH63B11
Hello group, I wanted to thank all who replied for your time and help. The vehicle appears to be fixed, the code would usually reset in less than a week. We did replace all the vacuum lines and the left combi valve. Although I couldn't find a vacuum leak the... Trouble codes: P0492.
2001 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWPD69M41
The new MAF helped, but we were still seeing slightly high fuel trims and rough idle cold still present. Found one of the crankcase breather tubes had a crack in a hard to see place. Replaced that, fuel trims went to 0 and cold running problem is gone. I can s...
2002 Volvo S40 1.9L Rad Fan VIN: YV1VS29542
Well as it turns out the fan was turned on by the ECM due to the P0102 MAF code. I suspect that it is in the programing to run the fan for a period of time at shut down because of it inability to accurately calculate its fuel control. A new MAF sensor fixed th...
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