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1996 BMW 328i 2.8L overheat VIN: WBABK7321T
this one came in overheated found thatlower hose cold upper hot. thought do the easiest fix first thermostat. did not flow still found the water pump impeller was no longer atached replaced the pump and still the vechical overheats. have tested and retested fo...
1998 BMW 318i 1.9L starter motor VIN: WBACC0329V
How do you remove starter from vehicle.Book time is pretty sad. Do you have to drop down transmission. How much time should be charged customer if bolts not seized.
1999 BMW 740iL 4.4L cooling VIN: WBAGH8331X
Ok guys this one is killing me.There is an aluminum plate inbetween the bellhousing and engine that is moutned to the engine.It has a slow leak,i have replaced the gasket numerous times,i replaced the aluminum plate once and still leaking.Was wondering if any ...
2000 BMW 528i 2.8L left front window VIN: WBADM5346Y
Hello BMW Techs The left front window on this car, does not have the one touch feature on the up position, on the down position works fine,we initialize it but it will not take it, also try a brand new switch and does not make any difference. Please advise wha...
2003 BMW 745Li 4.4L srs system VIN: WBAGN63403
Hello to all again! We have a 2003 BMW 745iL in the shop, came in for broken rf window regulator, customer asked us to check out why airbag light is on as well. To top it off, while customer was driving to our shop, the car died on him while making a turn. Car...
2004 BMW X5 4.4i 4.4L No Start VIN: 5UXFB53544
Hi, This X5 came in from another shop. It was driven around, parked and then would not start. When we got it the battery was dead. After charging the battery and checking codes the engine would crank but not start. Fuel pressure was checked and spark also. It ... Trouble codes: 2737 (ews 3.3 anti-tampering protection), 277C, 2862 (Varible valave gear- voltage supply pwr output stage bank1), 2863 (Varible valave gear- voltage supply pwr output stage bank2)
2004 Land Rover Range Rover HSE 4.4L wiring VIN: SALME114Z4
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 2.8L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Stall, CUTS OFF RESTARTS VIN: 1080181208
check fuel tank first thing loaded with rust, replaced fuel tank and sender, flushed lines and replaced filter, rust loaded in filter but appears to have caught most of it, car started now and runs good on short drive but does have a slight rough idle, on long...
1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 2.6L Compressor Control Unit Relay VIN: WDBDA29D1L
Trying to diagnose why new compressor does not turn on. Cannot find where the a/c relay (contol unit compressor cutout) is located. Alldata and shop manuals show it to be behind the battery and it is simply not there. I have searched high and low for this rela...
2001 Mercedes-Benz S500 Guard 5.0L system warning VIN: WDBNG75J31
Car came in with TPMS fault. Unable to communicate with TPMS. Installed latest/greatest module, 002 540 75 45, able to communicate but 3 sensors dead, batteries dead. Replaced all sensors, communication normal. Put new sensor serial numbers in correct location...
2003 Mercedes-Benz C240 4Matic 2.6L 4matic driveline VIN: WDBRF81J13
Car chatters on turns only. It feels like rear end and not tranfer case, but could be wrong. Almost like a GM clutch pack chatter, but a little more lumpy or notchy. We did a full syn diff fluid change and did lots of figure 8's I was going to change tranfer c...
2002 Mini Cooper 1.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: WMWRC334X2
When I worked at the dealership, we saw this issue a few times, and BMW replaced the fuel tank, all hoses, pump and complete system under warranty. Now at an independent, and I can find no TSB's applicable to the issue. Any ideas, anyone? Trouble codes: P0455 (Evap system leak large), P0456 (Evap system leak small)
2001 Saab 9-5 SE 3.0L ignition VIN: YS3EF48Z51
Vehicle came in as a crank no start. Led in dash is lit. Security light is flashing. Some times it will fire right up and the security light and led will be off. Our scan tool will not communicate. Randomly the alarm siren goes of with the vehicle running (whe...
2003 Saab 9-5 Arc 3.0L Unknown VIN: YS3ED49Z33
Customer wanted me to put radiator in. He also said that the transmission fluid would spill out of the fill tube. I check the cooling system for leaks haven't found any yet. It was low when the vehicle came in. The transmission fluid was low to but it didn't h...
1984 Volkswagen Rabbit (Car) L 1.6L No Start VIN: 1WW099171C
customer supplied "ebay rebuilt" injection pump and it was not the original part, but he chose to get the correct fittings for the fuel lines as the did not work with what was on the car, replaced fuel injetor fitting and tried to bleed system, but i only get ...
1999 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWCC21C3X
Hello in iatn land! I have this beetle here that I am at this point 90% sure it needs a new throttle body, but I just need to make sure. There is always a detail I need to be sure enough to spend someone elses money. First off this throttle body is VERY clean ... Trouble codes: P1565
2002 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L Timing Belt Change VIN: WVWVD63B32
This is My Wifes Car,Need to change Head and Timing Belt.The Mechanical aspects I can handle,But Can't fiquire out how to take front of vehicle without destroying it. Ridiculous Engineering,on VW's part,No accessibilty to a Required Maintenance Item. Pictures ...
2000 Volvo S80 2.9 2.9L Instrument cluster VIN: YV1TS94D4Y
The cluster doesn't display any thing. We feel like have narrowed it down to a failed cluster board, unless anyone has other suggestions. we have several guestions about replacement. Can a used one be installed and reprogramed? Or are they permanently married ...

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1998 Audi A4 2.8L Poor Idle Quality, Stall, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WAUGD28D7W
dear iatn members, sorry for taking so long to post my close summary but thank you to all who took the time to reply. all of your info helped me out a lot.i informed the customer on the situation and the cost. he agreed that we should tear down and inspect for...
1998 BMW 528i 2.8L pending code VIN: WBADD632XW
Thanks for all of the advice. Yes, it is possible to replace the PCV valve without taking off the intake. I ordered a new valve and both hoses from the dealer, without looking closely at the hoses. They did not stock one of them, so that took a few days. W...
2007 BMW Z4 Roadster 3.0si 3.0L Lighting VIN: 4USBU53517
I kind of thought we were being charged to much. The boss found a local shop that can do it for a 1 hour flat charge. Thanks to all that replied!
1996 Land Rover Range Rover HSE 4.6L windows VIN: SALPV1443T
Thanks to all info very helpful called a local mini dealer and asked for wiring diag and he just ordered part and let me plug in and pay after i checked to see if fixed and it did. Normally they don't do that so thanks to all after board pluged in all windows...
1990 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 3.0L air regulation VIN: WDBFA61E9L
Found two problems with this car .First the vacuum distribution valve was cracked at the bottom where they press in a small steel ball to seal it.Someone had covered the crack with body putty to try and do a low budget fix and when you would test the vacuum at...
1996 Mercedes-Benz C280 2.8L No MIL lamp VIN: WDBHA28E4T
I received 7 replies to my post and I do not remember seeing any helpful info in the "fix" database. Three members suggested checking for any blown fuses and four said to scan through the under-hood connector. All the under-hood fuses were good. Tom from South...
1998 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L 2-3 Upshift and 2-1 downshift at stop VIN: WDBJF65F1W
I would like to thank all that replied with help. The customer declined to do anymore work at this time. I did try some of the easier suggestions including the "teen driving". Here are the adaptation numbers after numerous "teen driving" starts. 01 Accel 1-2 ...
2000 Mercedes-Benz S500 Guard 5.0L air ride VIN: WDBNG75J0Y
looks like the pump is intermittently not working but has not messed up in shop. customer has car and no problems as of yet. thanks for help and sorry i dont have a true fix.
1984 Porsche 944 2.5L oil leak
well a greatfull thanks to all, we removed the intake and found the oil fill/breather was the problem as so many have stated. we replaced the breather and the o rings, also replaced all the vacume lines which were as hard as a rock. this also made the replacin...
1986 Porsche 944 2.5L inst. cluster, sunroof VIN: WPOAA0945G
This post is a few days late in being closed because, until yesterday, the problem remained unfixed though not because of any lack of trying. I had the car off and on for weeks during which other driveability issues came up and were resolved, i.e. that the mot...
2000 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: WVWAC63B81
punted car to foreign specialty shop near by and he found maf to be in range but fluctuating why to much. He reseted computer because it needed jump starting and then put in new maf sensor and problem is gone. Thank you all veh in past had set air metering c... Trouble codes: 300 (multi misfire).
2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L Misfire VIN: 3VWSP69M33
Thanks for all the replies- we have yet to have the customer drop the car back off as it is a minor issue. Recomendations were double check air flow meter, exhaust restriction (catalyst) to check the check valve in the fuel injector pump. The free checking is ...
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