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1997 BMW 528i 2.8L Trunk Lock VIN: WBADD6326V
Vehicle came because customer could not get into trunk. Both buttons that activate the trunk latch release work. You can push the button on trunk and you hear a sound that sounds like a plastic gear that is stripped. I need a way into this trunk to be able t...
2000 BMW 740iL 4.4L navigation VIN: WBAGH83421
I can't find any information on testing navigation system. This nav. display won't let me set directions and always gives me the same picture on the display. I coded the nav. using gt1 but still the same problem. Has anyone seen this problem?
2001 BMW 325i 2.5L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WBAAV33431
The car seamed to run fine, no misfire detected due test drive. Spark plugs were replaced within 1,000 miles. Trouble codes: P0128, P0171, P0174, P0313
1989 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 3.0L No Start VIN: WDBCA25D5K
Vehicle is flooded I have spark, I check fuel pump rely and is working, fuel distribuitore adjustments are according to specs, i check injectors and they look ok. car came in towing truk and no history of previos repairs, compression is low but is ok tu run to...
1996 Mercedes-Benz C220 2.2L Poor Idle Quality VIN: WDBHA22E9T
This vehicle came in originally with a blown head gasket. We relaced gasket and all necessary parts. Replaced intake manifold gaskets. Also replaced the EGR valve on back of head. The vehicle was delivered after repairs and test drive. The vehicle returned aft...
1980 MG MGB MK IV 1.8L No Start VIN: GVVDJ2AG52
This a fix post on an MG that I had asked for help on back in November. Al Cowan at Falconworks in Tuscon gave me the best info on how the choke works & what to do to fix it. Thanks a million to you Al & also to everyone else that took the time to reply. I got...
2001 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.4L luggage compartment release VIN: WPOAA29961
hello, this porsche is having strange symptoms. Customer reports that while he is driving or slowing down to a stop, the cls/immobilizer module will release the front luggage compartment lid. I have driven the car multiple times and have not experienced the pr...
1999 Saab 9-5 2.3L engine noise VIN: YS3ED58EXX
This car "whistles" at idle, high pitched enough to set your teeth on edge. I can hear the noise in the cabin whenever it idles. As you come off idle the noise's pitch goes down and the noise ceases to be heard. It reminds me of an old car with a soft vacuum h...
1998 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0L torque converter VIN: 3VWBB61C7W
After an automatic transmission replacement this VW Beetle shifts perfectly but at cruising speed the torque converter will not lock up. Obviously after two trips the MIL is on and when scanned the PCM issues code P1192, torque converter clutch mechanical prob...
1999 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L MIL Lamp on, egr value difference VIN: 3VWSF29M4X
Customer brought car in for Check Engine Light proble. Code read by Tech with vag was 17811 - EGR Value difference. Tech cleaned EGR Valve and Intake System. Reset code. Car was driven approximately 70 miles by tech and light came back on. Subsequently, we... Trouble codes: 17811 (egr value difference)
1999 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L No communication VIN: WVWMA63B1X
Vehicle came in because a Smog Check could not be performed due to no communication at the DLC. PCM will communicate with my scanner only with KOEO. Codes, Data, etc. Start the engine up and communication drops out. Scanner stays powered up but I get a "No Com...
2003 Volvo S60 AWD 2.5L remote lock/unlock VIN: YV1RH59H63
Vida users please reply! I am new to these cars and this system but slowly finding my way. We recently sold an S60 to a good customer and his complaint is that when he unlocks his car the horn sounds but the park lights dont flash.All lights in vehicle work pr...

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1990 Audi Coupe Quattro 20v 2.3L ABS system VIN: WAUGD08B6L
Thanks to the 5 people who responded. Per their suggestions , we went back to the basics. Rechecked EVERYTHING. We don't have access to a 4 channel scope, but we scoped the wheel patterns one at a time on a road test, checked the sensor spacing and securing pa...
2000 Audi A6 2.8L radio VIN: WAUE24B4YN
Hey Guys, First off, thanks to every single person who replied. All the posts were VERY good. Every person gave me food for thought. All in all, it boiled down to the following.. I had to first make sure there was nothing I did, that could have caused this p...
1999 BMW 323i 2.5L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, MIL Lamp on VIN: WBAAM3332X
Thank You for all the replies, It turned out we sent this vehicle to the BMW dealer to verify our diagnosis. The dealer tried to reprogram MDK throttle & was unable, their diagnosis was the DME unit was also faulty, They replaced DME,reprogramed MDK & car is f... Trouble codes: 169 (Engine throttle output stage after diag error.), 40 (Brake light switch), 94 (abs can data fault).
2004 BMW 530i 3.0L tire VIN: WBANA73514
I have followed the reset procedures a succeeded in doing it. Thank You all for helpful hints and suggestions.
2000 Jaguar S-Type 4.0L No Start VIN: SAJDA01D4Y
Thankyou everybody. The fix was adding five ounces of oil down each cylinder. I rotated the engine over by hand a dozen times. I then added another three ounces of oil in each cylinder,again rotating the engine a dozen times. I then installed a new set of spar...
1982 Mercedes-Benz 300SD 3.0L fender VIN: WDBCB20AXC
I am overwhelmed at the responses I have recieved. For sometime I didn't think anyone was at the age to remember working on earlier model vehicles. I greatly appreciate the parts leads and they all worked. If for some reason this gentleman would choose not to ...
1992 Mercedes-Benz 300D 2.5 2.5L Headgasket VIN: WDBEB28D2N
Hey, First of all, thank you all very much for responding. Several of you replied with very detailed emails, and I really appreciate the fact that soo many of you took time to answer my questions with well detailed replies. The information and advise was ver...
2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG 5.5L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: WDBLJ74G51
Well, we took the advice of many and replaced the MAF (factory reman unit) and then drove the vehicle about 30 miles. The Fuel trim (short and long term)did come down to around near zero ST and around -5 LT. I'm really not satisfied with the results but the ve... Trouble codes: P0170 (fuel trim bank 1), P0173 (fuel trim bank 2).
1987 Porsche 944 Turbo 2.5L oil pressure VIN: WP0AA2950H
thanks for all the replies. most said to leave the housing bolts a little loose and then screw the relief valve in by hand then tighten housing. the relief valve should then go in and out by hand and then tighten. alignment tools are avalable, but we did not n...
1988 Saab 900 SPG 2.0L trans cooler thermostat VIN: YS3AT76L1J
This leaky trans thermostat is history. I bypassed it with direct hoses from the trans to the cooler and all is fine. I did, however, find a sealant for the thermostat that I think will hold. I used the high temp green stud and bearing mount from Wurth. It l...
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L No Start VIN: 3VWSA29M2X
I have never heard such a thing - but sure enough we removed the aftermarket radio and was able to pull codes for a crank sensor - replaced the sensor and it was fixed - thanks again Brad
2000 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L Hesitation, Misfire VIN: WVWAA232BO
eventuyally, the car was sent to the dealer, the problem was with the maf sensor, the dealer said it was covered under some sort of recall although, alldata listed no such recall, anyways all is well, thanks for the help. Trouble codes: 16684 (random misfire), 16687, 16688 (cylinder 4 misfire).
2000 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0L PCV system VIN: 3VWSC29M0Y
Hey! thanks for all the prompt help! So many of you told us the sludge is normal for a car not driven alot, we questioned the customer carefully. The normal drive for this vehicle is only about 10 blocks in the morning and the same in the evening. It is not ev...
1996 Volvo 850 Turbo 2.3L Excessive Emissions, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: YVILS572XT
Thanks for all the replies. The stuck o2 was due to a loose PCM ground on the front of the engine. After the O2 sensors started working they seemed lazy. Recommended replacement of the oxygen sensors and the catalytic convertor. The customer is adament about g...
1998 Volvo V70 R 2.3L Steering VIN: YV1LW5243W
There were several sugestions to lubricate liberally and one for a service kit. I did not follow through with the service kit. I continue to lubricate them with about a 50/50 success rate. Thanks to all for your sugestions. Scott
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