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2001 Audi A4 Quattro 2.8L Rear tires VIN: WAUDH68D71
This one is realy odd. This car wore out a set of rear tires in 6k miles. This is the sencond time this has happened to him. We aligned this car in October he had 4 new Dunlops installed right after that. He has gone 6k miles and the rear tires are completely ...
2001 Audi A6 Quattro 2.8L Suspension VIN: WAUEH64BX1
Hey all,this lovely Audi likes to make a...customer says "it sounds like a golf ball rolling under the dash on turns",sounds like a creaking noise to me,left side,doesnt do it all the time,the faster you drive the more it will make noise. If you turn side to s...
2001 Audi A6 Quattro 2.8L cel VIN: WAUEH64B11
Hello all thanks for your time in reading this. This vehicle came in with a CEL for converter warm up efficinecy below threshold (both banks), light has been on for about a year. O2 sensor signals do not appear lazy. Codes apply to the primary converters right... Trouble codes: P0421 (16805 Warm Up Catalyst Bank 1 efficiency below threshold), P0431 (16815 Warm Up Catalyst Bank 2 efficiency below threshold), P1296 (17704 Malfunction in cooling system sporadic)
2003 Audi A4 Cabriolet 3.0L conv top, windows VIN: WAUAT48HX3
Water damage found. Flooded under driver's carpet. WET Comfort Module, KOMFERTELEKTRONIK [...]. Where is leak and how can I get module and all plug connectors to it? Coded for Central Convenience on VAG. No Convertible Top or window Ops. Alamr system in a...
1994 BMW 740i 4.0L trans VIN: WBAGD4327R
thanks in advance, I have this 740i BMW with a drivability issue. Wile driving this car the shift program light iluminates and the trans defaults into what feels like it is in limp home mode. If you pull over and sit for a wile then restart things are fine. I ...
2000 BMW 323i 2.5L needs ECM VIN: WBAAM3331Y
OK, I am hoping someone out there knows the answer. This car needs a computer in it. I want to use a used computer, but the vin# is [...] I tried a EWS matched to the same vin#, it still did not work. It says the ZCS does't match vin#'s and I get an error...
2002 BMW 745i 4.4L unknown VIN: WBAGL63452
Fellow BMW tech's, I have this E66 that is leaking coolant from a small hole in the timing cover just to the passenger side from the water pump. I'm not familiar with what might be causing this. I removed the water pump to see if there is a passage that connec...
2003 BMW 325xi 2.5L lamp indicator VIN: XXXPM52336
This one seems trivial but has me stumped ... This car has a persistent indicator that shows that the right rear tail lamp is out. All lights work, there is no apparent corrosion on the bulbs, or sockets, the connector to the lamp assembly looks ok with no s...
1984 Jaguar Vanden Plas 4.2L smog failure VIN: SAJAY1343E
I have a 1984 Jag XJ6 that failed smog for high NOX. The car does not go into closed loop. O2 sensor gives a constant 1 volt reading, dropping down to near 0 when giving it a vacumm leak. Have checked timing, basic CO setting at air flow meter, temp sensor ohm...
2000 Land Rover Range Rover SE 4.0L air ride VIN: SALPV154XY
found that the control side of relay is missing. aldata shows that that the power is suposed to come out of an always hot fuse but the diagrams for the fuse pannel are all different wonder if any one knows if can just add a fused power to relay or if diagram o...
2002 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L converter VIN: WVWSP61J32
I'm trying to diagnose a problem with converter lockup in this Jetta. Here's the deal- vehicle drives and shifts fine, no problem in the gearbox. However, it will occasionally throw a code for converter lock up 01192. Also, on cold mornings at start up the eng...
2003 Volkswagen Golf GL 1.9L 3-4-5 shift VIN: WVWZZZ1JZ4
Hi, We have a Golf IV with 5 speed automatic transmission, gearbox code 09A, tiptronic. About 2 month ago we have changed the ATF with vw original one (we take out 5 litres, and replace with 5 litres) We respected the procedure (atf temperature, etc). Everythi...
1996 Volvo 960 2.9L Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: YV1KW960XT
Hello all, and thank you in advance. I have had this 96 volvo 960 in the shop 5 times in the past 2 months for the same problem. It is a reoccurring P0103 code. When the code exists, the vehicle will stall on acceleration from a stop in drive. Does not stall o... Trouble codes: P0103 (MAF A circuit high)
2004 Volvo S60 2.4 2.4L Poor Idle Quality VIN: YV1RS61T64
Car came in with rolling idle, ck engine light, and whistling noise around #2 cyl on intake. Changed intake gskt. bolt torque was not even, but gskt looked ok. I am wondering if it is possible for the crankcase vent system to be at fault. If I pull the dipstic... Trouble codes: P0171

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1994 BMW 325is 2.5L ignition lock cylinder housing VIN: WBABF4329R
I just want to say thanks to all that responded, Thanks to Joseph [...] for the link you sent. I finnally got all the parts togeather and every thing works good.
1997 BMW 328i 2.8L battery VIN: WBACD3329V
40 milliamp draw with alt wire connected, 5 milliamp draw with it unplugged. thanks to all, it's getting an alt.
1998 BMW 540i 4.4L Cooling Systems VIN: XXXBW60041
Well, Everyday is both a new adventure and an education. Thanks for all the help, Jan from PA, and Victor from NJ get extra credit this time, as this turned out to be a case of an airbound cooling system. Weird things will also happen if the system is over...
2001 BMW 325Ci 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: WBABS33471
Well I hate to close this without a fix but I am running out of allowed time. I am still chasing the problem. I have not had a good amount of straight time to work on this because I am very busy with other work. My customer is very satisfied with the work and ... Trouble codes: 228 (Fuel Trim Bank 2), 227 (Fuel Trim Bank 1).
2001 BMW 740iL 4.4L srs light VIN: WBAGH83411
Well I found out that the damage has already been done, the battery problem took out more that just the cable end. The srs computer wont come back to life even after I tried the trick with holding the two cables together. Thanks to everyone but the dealer wa...
2001 BMW 530i 3.0L module VIN: WBADT63471
we suspect the module is bad and are driving until we can verify the master cylinder is OK. The reason we are leaning toward to module is only one time during a test drive we could hear the brakes squeak slightly as if you were pressing slightly on the pedal. ...
2006 Land Rover Range Rover HSE 4.4L Parking Assist VIN: SALMF15476
We replaced the park module and all systems working fine at this time. Just a note, Land Rover said we had to have the module programed and we found that it wasn't necessary. Installed the new one and it fired right up with no codes or problems. It worked fine...
1984 Mercedes-Benz 380SL 3.8L Stall, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: WDB1070421
Thanks for all the great help on this one. As most of the replys said I just left the lambda disconnected.The thing that did the trick was to remove the frequency valve from the car. Thanks David from euro cars in Dallas Texas for taking the time to call. Davi...
1992 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL 5.0L engine VIN: WDBGA51E1N
Thanks to all who replied. With the vechile running and with a mirror and light i could actually see the chain moving as it did wear a whole it the guide pins. I inform the customer of the engine impending doom if she continues to drive it without puttng new g...
1996 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L head gasket VIN: WDBJF55F6T
update on car, i never paid to have the other shop do the valve cover/head gasket job. Customer paid that bill, so now he wants me to pay him back for the first head gasket job i did. Thats not going to happen! i told him that i would take it apart again and ...
1976 Volkswagen Transporter 2.0L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 2262099586
Found that "Some Guy Automotive" had pulled the top off the Air Flow Meter and Tried to adjust the air flow meter internally. Then glued it back shut. Un-belivable!! Runs good now
2000 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0L Electronic VIN: 3VWCA21C6Y
As it turns out the codes were accurate. The TCM had codes for both speed sensors and replacement of both took care of everything. On the G38 sensor the problem was a short to ground in the sensor's harnes, the G68 remains a puzzle what the TCM was seeing in...
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L Timing belt VIN: WVWPD63B33
Thank you everyone for the heads up on this one...well, I did it. I managed to pull the nose forward and did the job. I used all OEM parts. Now my comment on this, and I don't want to offened anyone but, I HATE German made vehicles. Boy do they love their plas...
2001 Volvo V70 X/C 2.4L Electronic VIN: YV1SZ58D61
This vehicle is fixed. The P1618 code only tells you that their is a code in another module. The D012A neautral control code is for the PNP switch. We replaced it and reset computer.
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