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2001 Audi A4 1.8L Unknown VIN: WVWPD63V32
I normally do not work on Audi's. This car belongs to a friend of mine and I would like to steer him in the right direction. When you are slowing down the car feels like it downshifts too early. Almost like a manual transmission when you down shift to early a...
1987 BMW 325i 2.5L Poor Idle Quality, Surge VIN: WBABB2301H
Car started surging at idle a few days ago. I looked through the archives and found a lot of info on what can affect the idle but I did not find any specs for th TPS voltage. Does anyone have this info? No vacuum leaks, won't idle with iac disconnected. Any ot...
1993 BMW 318is 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: WBABE6316P
We recently replaced the head gasket on this car and have had a check engine light ever since. ALLDATA provides a procedure to manually pull DTC'S (GOING WOT FIVE TIMES IN FIVE SECONDS IN RUN) hovever the check light did not flash. We do not have access to a B...
1994 BMW 740i 4.0L transmission VIN: WBAGD4327R
Vehichle at times will bang 3rd or 4th gear. This is about evry 100 shifts. Changed valvebody with rebuilt component. Did not change a thing. No codes and all my line pressure readings appear to be in spec. Vibration from about 1600 rpm thru about 3500 rpm. Al...
2003 BMW Z4 2.5i 2.5L conv. top VIN: 4USBT33463
we have this z4 in and the top is closed. when we hit the open button, you can hear the front latches try to open and then stops. I have read in the archives about tops that are open and how to close them manually but nothing about opening one that is closed. ...
1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2L Mechanical
Hi every one, i have this nicely restored 1968 E-type Jaguar 4.2 roadster that i got from a fried with the complaint that it was overheating and he gave it to some one who messed up the engine, a bit vague but thats what i was told. i got it started and it had...
1986 Mercedes-Benz 420SEL 4.2L timing chain VIN: WDBCA35D46
hello mercedes techs i am replacing valve cover gaskets and resealing transmission, while i had the v/c off i noticed that there was a lot of slop (squeezed 3 links together)car has 85k miles and does not run bad at all. my first question is is that normal or ...
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL 5.6L hvac VIN: WDBBA48D3J
heat stops blowing hot when driving car. pull over and cut car off a second and then start back up; blows hot. then drive down the road blow cold
1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK230 Kompressor 2.3L MIL Lamp on, lack of boost/power VIN: WDBKK47F0W
my message is in the related history aera above sorry Trouble codes: P0806
1971 Porsche 912 3.6L 3-4 Shift VIN: 9126001351
This is a 912, but updated with 3.6 turbo and 6 speed trans. Replaced all syncro rings and evn lapped them in. Now 3rd gear rakes alot and 4th gear rakes a little bit. Upon dissasembly, everything looks good? Any Ideas?
2003 Saab 9-3 Linear 2.0L MIL Lamp on, P0411 VIN: YS3FB49S13
Hello all - this 2003 9-3 Sport Sedan (the very year and model hammered in the latest Consumer Reports) failed our state's OBD-2 emissions test for an MIL with code P0411. My SAAB Tech-2 (w/CandiBox) tells me this code refers to the S.A.I. air injection system... Trouble codes: P0411 (S.A.I. Air pump System)
1978 Triumph Spitfire 1.5L Clutch
Looking for help here. We have no reference info and I have never worked on one of these. I need to know how to replace the clutch. Does engine only come out or does engine/trans come out. Also, are there any surprises awaiting me? Pertinent torque specs would...
1995 Volkswagen EuroVan GLS 2.5L Misfire VIN: WV2EE079SH
Well this eurovan just refuses to run right came in about a month ago was only hitting on 4 out of 5. #5 cyl was dead. ck'ed compression, spark, and installed new plug all tested ok but still no power out of #5. They picked up van to use for a few days and it ...
1999 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0L turn signal fuse VIN: 3VWSA29M7X
Hello V-Dub gurus! Ive got this 99 Jetta that came in with the customer complaint of the turn signals being inop along with fuse for the turn signals blowing after dring it for a while. When it came in last week we recommended the turn signal switch to start w...
1999 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0L battery going dead VIN: 3VWSC29M7X
Hopefully a VW tech can help me with this one, cause I've definitely wasted enough time on it! Has an intermittent amp draw. After searching IATN I found the proceedure for figuring out which door component is causing the GEM-like module to stay active. First...
2001 Volkswagen Cabrio GLS 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWCC21V51
I'm feeling like 'Jerry's Kid' but I just don't get this. Please help the handicapped! So this Cabrio has a large evap leak code. I put on a known good gas cap off my car, see if the canister purge valve is in backwards or if someone has left that little hose...
2005 Volkswagen Golf GLS 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Stall, Misfire VIN: 9BWGL61J95
Hi there, This little Golf runs terrible for about 2-3 minutes when it is started from cold. IT starts OK but runs richer & richer (smokes out the tail pipe) then tries to correct itself, starts hunting & has no power at all. Injector on time will rack back &...
1993 Volvo 850 GLT 2.4L Excessive Emissions, No Start VIN: YV1LS5509P
after replacing the #1 injector car had no start condition. checked mfi for codes none. checked icm for codes found cam sensor code, this was intermittent (corroded cam sensor plug)and not current problem because there was always spark present. problem is inje... Trouble codes: 314
2000 Volvo S40 1.9L cam timing VIN: YV1VS2553Y
hello to all, i have a 2000 volvo s40 1.9 turbo, i am looking for tools to realign camshafts and lock crankshaft when installing cam timing belt, any help would be greatly appreciated. dealer offered no help in locating them. jeff [...] clayton valley auto...
2002 Volvo S60 T5 2.3L seat belt buckle VIN: YV1RS58D72
hi i need some help with this volvo it has a air bag service message in the information center and lighting up the red triangle in center of dash i pulled codes using the geniess with euro software and got code 00D0 seat belt buckle driver i have no info in al...

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1994 BMW 318is 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: WBABE5322R
General consensus was problems with idle air hose breakage. We replaced that hose on our original service and subsequently could not verify any other hose issues. We replaced and tested all other parts suggested (mass air flow, throttle cleaning, etc.) but wi...
1987 Mercedes-Benz 190D 2.5 2.5L ignition switch VIN: WDBDB26DXH
Well done gentleman,wow!I wish all my postings were this successfull.Thanks to all 8 of you.All of you pointed me to the vacuum section of switch being the cause of not running.I had never heard of a vacuum switch turning of a diesel.I'm a GM fuel/electrical g...
1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: WDBEA32E9R
Thanks for all the help. The customer called and said the vehicle was working well enough and decided not to return. If he shows up again I will update with the rest of the story. Thanks again John Trouble codes: 03 (ECT Short circuit), 05 (ECT intermittent contact.).
1995 Mercedes-Benz SL500 5.0L Starter/Flywheel VIN: WDBFA67E7S
The new flywheel,crank sensor and reman Bosch starter repaired this Benz.Upon removal of the flywheel,we found that the all the flywheel teeth were badly worn with about a two inch section missing teeth entirley.It apparantly had a starter problem for a while....
2002 Mercedes-Benz S430 4.3L sam VIN: WDBNG70J12
Again thanks to all who responded. I submitted the loss to the company and I am certain the major portion of the damage will be "covered" with some exclusions. While my livelyhood is dervived from Insurance Co's and they are indeed very profitable corporatio...
1981 DeLorean DMC 12 2.9L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Hard hot restart VIN: SCEDT26TOB
Tahnks to all Randy and Dave win extra points !!! But thanks to all for really nice info and ideas The owner was a dealer here in Centralia in the early 80's and sold 11 of these vehicles -- The surge he states "All did when new and they did have issues...
2000 Volkswagen Beetle GLX 1.8L Hesitation, Surge, Stall VIN: 3VWDD21C7Y
Well folks after waiting over a week for approval the customer finally showed up and took her Beetle . She is going [...] "live with it" since it only happens on a cold start and goes away by time she places the car in gear. I rec...
2002 Volvo S60 2.4L steering VIN: YV1RS61R02
This was fixed with a lube of the front strut mount bearings. Customer will have them replaced if problem returns. Most replies suggested aerated fluid due to resevoir tube breaking off and possible updated resevoir.
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