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2001 Audi A6 Quattro 2.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: WAUEH54BX1
First saw this vehicle a year ago for a bad cat (rattles inside). Replaced it along with O2. Few months later we got a code referring to the other cat, so we replaced it, along with the O2. Three months later the MIL is on with codes referring to both cats eff... Trouble codes: P0430 (Cat System Efficiency Below Threshold Bank 2), P0420 (Cat System Efficiency Below Threshold Bank 1)
1989 BMW 325i 2.5L Hesitation, Cuts out, MIL Lamp on VIN: WBAAD1316L
Hello, everone. Here`s another tough one. So I installed a used engine into a friends car. Did a little trading. Now the weirdest thing is happening. It has good idle and good wide open throttle, but nothing in between. If you grab hold of the throttle and att...
1994 BMW 540i 4.0L communication VIN: WBAHE632XR
Vehicle runs fine and only issue customer has is that the transmission won't upshift after a downshift if you let off the throttle completely. Everything works fine until you step on it, downshifts excellent, but then when you come out of it if you back the th...
2003 BMW X5 4.4i 4.4L ride height control VIN: WBAFB32010
Hi all, Have a BMW X5 4.4 E53. Warning light on in cluster saying "ride height control inactive". Code stored is 008 control time upwards. Cleared code but code comes back within minutes. Any ideas. Regards Derek
1995 Land Rover Range Rover County LWB 4.2L memory seats, mirrors VIN: SALHC1341S
Hey guys, Another Euro with issues. Originally this came in with no seat operation, but the mirrors would move on both sides with the seat switch. Checked all fuses, ok. Tested relays, ok. Found faulty seat memory module. Replaced memory module and now I have...
1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL 5.6L engine VIN: WDBCA39E3K
I want to make sure I'm setting the compensating elements correctly as I seem to get different readings each time I check. Should I be cranking the car over immediately prior to checking each element. The work instructions say to crank for 30 seconds with newl...
1997 Mercedes-Benz S320 SWB 3.2L Limb home VIN: W1400332A3
This Merc is equipped with 722.605 transmission. It came in with problems that often it would not upshift from 2. Sometimes it was o.k. Scanned for code found 136 (sporadically fault in CAN communication with Instrument Cluster). Cleared code and it would not ...
1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK230 Kompressor 2.3L charge light VIN: WDBKK47F8W
This vehicle came in with the battery light intermittently coming on. We test drove it with a voltmeter hooked up and when the light came on, the alternator output stayed the same, around 13.4-13.8 volts. We concluded that the regulator was starting to fail an...
2000 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L limp mode VIN: WDBJF65J8Y
Helo not familiar with benz trans.when it came in it was stuck in 1st. and would not upshift.i checked it for codes. PO730 AND PO400. CLEARED codes and test drove shifted fine for about 2 miles than it went into limp in mode stuck in 3rd or 4th gear can not t...
2000 Mercedes-Benz ML320 3.2L ignition switch VIN: WBAEHYSI7B
got this 2000 ml320 that when you start the car,the starter stays on.the only way to get it to not crank is to pull back the key.is this the key?ignition lock? ignition switch? feels like theres somthing going on with the ignition tumbler. anything would help
2001 Mercedes-Benz C240 2.6L rear sun shade VIN: WDBRF61J41
Hello benz techs. I have a problem with the rear sunshade. If I jump the wires at the relay it will go up and down. I have replaced the relay, the rear SAM, and the switch module on the dash above the radio and still no luck. I noticed on the switch module the...
1988 Other European 328 3.28L Poor Idle Quality VIN: ZFFXA20AJ0
Car came in with very bad hesitation only when first started in morning, after car was at normal temperature it was ok. I found relay near the computer that was bad, i replaced the relay# 928 615 124 00. Car is ok now. The idle was rough and i went to check th...
1983 Volkswagen Rabbit 1.7L clutch push rod length
Originally car had a 200mm clutch, the clutch was changed to a 190mm in 1986 and now after rebuild is back to 200mm clutch in 2008. The problem is the push rod length is now too short. According to VW parts the 190mm and 200mm both use the same push rod with p...
2000 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0L no shift VIN: 3VWSA29MXY
we have a jetta that won't upshift, like its in limp mode. we tried to scan the obd system but all we get is a no communicate signal. we removed aftermarket radio, unplugged trans controller, unplugged abs module, and still have no communication, however with ...
2002 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L Engine VIN: WVWPD63B42
Hello vw techs I have a 02 turbo passat that has engine / valvetrain noise and the oil stop light comes on. I see these have problems with the oil pump screens plugging up and recomended to pull valve cover and check for scoreing of the cam and any discoloring...
2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8L startig VIN: 3VWSE69M08
hi guys, looking for help on the same vehicle i just closed a post on today. customer states that twice since she picked the vehicle up (picked up 10/17/08)it has taken about 20 minutes of cranking first thing in the morning before it will start. this time we ...
2004 Volkswagen Touareg V8 4.2L xenon leveling headlamps/ESP VIN: WVGCM67L94
Hi VW techs, and thanks in advance for whomever can help. This VW came in the shop with multiple indicators lighted on dash, inluding 4WD inop, ESP inop, Headlamp level indicator lighted in message system, driver memory/power seat inop, and a couple of other s...
2004 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L crankshaft VIN: WVWSR61J54
Hi Vw guys. ive got a new problem which i haven't seen before so i'd like to ask if you have.we've got an 04 tdi bew engine towed in with a loud noise on cranking. remove the oil pan and found the crankshaft had a large crack on the #3 counterweight, the one b...
2005 Volvo S40 i 2.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: YV1MS39005
volvo tech, please advice. car come in with check engine light on. found torn oil breather hose, replace hose & erease dtc. car come back in 2 days with same trouble code. monitor fuel trim long & short term. between 0 [...] 4% (seem [...] be normal) no idea what we... Trouble codes: P0172 (bank 1 system too rich)

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1999 Jaguar XJ8 4.0L Starting VIN: SAJKF6041X
Thank you all for your replies. We agree that the problem lies in the control unit. When we informed the car owner of the possibile problem and that we would have to install a known good unit ant retest he declined any further diagnosis.
1988 Mercedes-Benz 300E 3.0L Stall VIN: WDBEA30D3J
Well I didn't have much time remaining with this vehicle, part of the reason I posted a help request. Customer was anxious to get it back so I just jumped the purple wire as per tsb. This vehicle only acted up for me once in the month I had it... I took it ...
1997 Mercedes-Benz E420 4.2L Head- Right Bank VIN: WDBJF72F4V
Well almost everyone knew the exact problem. Two end caps fell/blew/came out of the plastic oiler tubes that are retained by the cam bearing caps. Not that difficult of a job. There was still a very minor noise coming from the vicinity after the repair. Mi...
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWSB81H8V
First: Thanks to Rob [...] who inspite of denying it IS a genius. My original post had this vehicle listed as an automatic which was incorrect - vehicle is a 5 speed stick. The Fault code for MIL open/shorted to ground was set due to mis-coding of the engine... Trouble codes: P1613.
2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8L No Start, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWSE69M82
hey guys, thanks to all that replied. We had the vehicle here for almost two weeks and were never able to get it to act up. Based upon the fact that all of you replied that it was more than likely the thermo and temp. sensor causing the issue we replaced the... Trouble codes: P2181 (cooling system performance), P0301 (pending- cylinder 3 misfire).
2004 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0L gear engagement at idle VIN: 3VWCM31Y64
sorry i took so long to close, it took us 3 weeks to find a used tcm for the vehicle. i replaced the tcm and set basic settings, the hard code for n91 solenoid went away, as did the gear engagment issue at idle. thanks for everyones help. ive had to many cars ...
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