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1987 Alfa Romeo Spider Graduate 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Stall VIN: ZARBA5643H
Iíve got an í87 spider here that runs very poorly at best. It is way too rich, has little to no power, will start and idle very, very poorly when cold (if at all), and as soon as it starts to get a little heat in it gets much worse. This car had been sitting ...
2000 Audi TT 1.8L pump VIN: TRUUC28N4Y
Ok fellow Audi techs I need a hand. I have a TT in here with a growling pump. Sounds like the fluid is cavitating so I checked the fluid level. With it running the level is low, so I put fluid in it, still noisey, turn the car off and it starts to overflow out...
2002 Audi TT 1.8L guages VIN: TRUWT28V14
To all you great techs and soon to be great techs, we have this audi in from a used car shop. the battery was changed and now there is no guages and the guages do not go all the way up and then return when key is turned on.the odometer and trip do not displa...
1991 BMW 318is 1.8L No Start VIN: WBAAF931XM
hey guys not a euro guy. i have this bmw with a no start prob. checked fuel pressure ok 50 psi at cranking. done an inj. ballance test and the above test were the results. had no info on what the drop rate for inj. should be when doing the drop test. used hei...
1998 BMW 740i 4.4L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WBAGF8321W
this vehicle came in with a loud noise coming from rear crank seal area.took off oil cap and noise went away.there is high amount of vacuum in crankcase. i dont know much about these euro cars some insight would be greatly appreciated. thanks in advance...
1999 BMW 323i 2.5L srs VIN: WBAAM3332X
we have a bmw 323i used car has code 10 rf crash sensor .can i get wire color and local of the sensor ? we are missing the lower air dams. car has a bad rf strut & there are two wirers not hooked up at rf lower fender green&black & green&yellow.we can not find...
1993 Jaguar Vanden Plas 4.0L battery /alternator VIN: SAJKW1744P
wiring diagram shows battery light in dash as field exiter wire. I have no voltage on wire at alt. even though light stays on with engine running. I don't understand why light stays on if there is an open to alt. I assume the white wire with blue circles has a...
2002 Jaguar XK8 4.0L Top VIN: SAJJA42CXY
The car came in with leakage from the area where the switch and interior lights are located. Greenish HSMO or what appears to be HSMO) drips down from the module containing the top switches and the interior lights. This module is located below the upper part o...
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL 5.6L Hesitation, MIL Lamp on VIN: WDBBA48D1J
Good afternoon, This car came with code 10. Replaced Tps, reset mil. Code came back next morning. Checked continuity and switch operation to the cis control unit as well as the idle control unit.Everything in order there.Swapped out both before mentioned unit... Trouble codes: 10 (throttle pos. idle contact)
2002 Mercedes-Benz CL500 5.0L shifter handle VIN: WDBPJ75J82
this car had had an ongoing intermittant problem of the shifter locking up in park. the brake light switches are known garbage so that was the first step. the ignition switch has a cable that releases a detent in the shifter manually. that is fine. i bought a ...
1996 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8L abs VIN: WVWEE83A0T
Car came with red brake light on. ABS light did not self check. Found codes 00283, 00285, 00290, 01276, and 00287 in that order. roadtested car and found both front wheel speed sensors not working. The both had very high resistance and were replaced. The red b...
1998 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L Mechanical VIN: WVWAA63B2W
For some reason, the white 1/2 moon plug at the rear of the cylinder head pops out. This plug sits under the chain adjuster housing.The last time we replced it was 1 month ago.It just came back on the hook today,This has the turbo engine. Needless to say the c...
2005 Volvo S40 i 2.4L secuirity
issue is that you turn on the key on this volvo and nothing powers up accept for message saying "key error". Tried to scan but can not communicate with no module beacause nothing is powering up. battery is good. also even if key is on steering will not unlock....

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1997 Audi A8 Quattro 4.2L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WAUBG84D1V
We went with some very solid advice from IATN members and replaced the ignition staging mudule(s). We had to replace both of them (about $800 in parts) and the vehicle ran great. Thank you for all your help!! Trouble codes: 0300 (random misfire), 03XX.
1998 Audi A8 Quattro 4.2L No Start VIN: WAUBG34D3W
We are awaiting for another ignition key before continuing. No start (intermittent) No dtc's Crank signal correct
1992 BMW 750iL 5.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: WGAGC8319N
This car ending up needing an EML and 1 fuel pump. The customer has not brought the car back to be repaired yet. Thanks Trouble codes: 201 (02 sensor cintrol), 70 (02 sensor circuit), 16 (camshaft position sensor), 63 (converter clutch), 73 (vehicle speed sensor), 41 (air mass sensor).
1995 BMW 318ti 1.8L Cuts out VIN: WBACG5328S
Hi Y'all Just wanted to make sure this one was fixed. Many great suggestions. The fix ended up being the cam shaft position sensor. It never read wrong while I was monitoring it. The fuel injector synchronization is controlled off this sensor. What I did to ...
1998 BMW 328i 2.8L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WBAAM5338X
Thanks all for your help with this car. After days of diagnosis and scratching our heads we put in a new set of bmw plugs even though the NGK plugs that were in the vehicle were not that old and looked fine. We took the car for 4 long test drives and the probl... Trouble codes: 1188 (Fuel Trim Bank 1), 301 (Missfire cyl 1), 302 (Missfire cyl 2), 303 (Missfire cyl 3).
2000 BMW 528i 2.8L FM antennae
Thanks fellas for the advice. The easiest connection to the antenna is at the radio because BMW has some crazy antenna connections for their diversity system. Anyway, remove trim panels, remove screws holding the lower foam dash panels and pull away from the d...
1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 2.6L Radio VIN: WBABB12345
Thanks all the replies on this matter. Yes, I have to wait 1 hour with [...] on engine off then punched the code. Thanks again. You are the great ones.
2002 Mercedes-Benz S320 3.2L windows,mirrors,seats VIN: WDB2200652
Thanks everyone for your help.It is obvious I need to scan with the Star system ,all others (Carsoft, Launch, Carman, Hannatech) did not give definitive results which have given an accurate diagnosis.Unfortunately the owner is interstate for several months, wh...
1973 Porsche 911 2.3L Charging VIN: 9113301140
Thank you to those that replied, The alternator was faulty. Unable to get an alternator that was correct I had to have the existing one rebuilt. We also replaced the voltage regulator to avoid any problems in the next few monthes. One more thing we found was...
2002 Saab 9-3 SE 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out VIN: YS3DF58K72
got 5 responses on this and all were right. we replaced the throttle body but did not have to program the ecu for the car to run fine. saab had told me otherwise. there is new software available for this car that can help also, however we do not have a tech 2.... Trouble codes: 1230 (TPS values are incorrect).
2002 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L Alternator/Tensioner VIN: 3VWSP69MX2
Well I finally got this one back on the road thanks to responses I got for my help request. After I posted my request I ordered the tensioner and replaced it because the dampner on the tensioner had excessive play. Fired it up and the noise was still there. I ...
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