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2000 Audi A6 Quattro 2.7L Alt, battery VIN: WAUED24B4Y
Hello Audi techs, I need some help. This car came in with a charging system problem. This car doesn't charge under load. at idle. It will charge fine at idle with out load but as soon as you turn on all the acces. voltage drops to 12.5v. At higher rpm it goes ...
2001 Audi S4 2.7L ABS control VIN: WAURD68D11
I am hoping someone has encountered this. The brakes will often have a pedal that drops while applying as if the ABS was cycling. The pedal drops about 1/4" and is solid. This does not seem to happen back to back. The pedal travel may be slightly long, but not...
1984 BMW 633CSi 3.2L No Start VIN: 06E6996298
I have this BMW that will crank but not start. Orginally tested for spark & injector pulse and had neither. Power is present at fuel injectors & coil when cranking. No trigger from DME to the injectors or the ignition coil. Scoped both reference sensors at DME...
1995 BMW 540i 4.0L Surge, Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: WBAHE1324S
1995 bmw 540i 3.0l was towed into the shop with the fuel tank sucked in to the point were it bent the metal seams im womdering if antone has seen this before i would also like to know if the engine will pull enough vacuem to cause this or did someone try to ja...
2003 BMW M3 3.2L MIL Lamp on, VIN: WBSBR93493
Thank you guy for any advice. Thanks Steven Trouble codes: 072 (Inlet Vanos Retard Valve), 184 (Function Inlet Vanos-Bank One 1 Control), 153 (Transmission code-Evaluation Lat-Acceleration code), ABS
2004 BMW 330Ci 3.0L Mechanical VIN: WBAB53404P
Hi all, This car came in with an oil leak at the oil filter stand housing. Replaced oil stand gasket/o rings new filter/oil pressure switch/synthetic oil. Checked oil pressure - ok Oil light now flickers at idle. I have read several posts with no fixes. These ...
2004 BMW X5 4.4i 4.4L Hesitation, Misfire VIN: 5UXFB53564
After extensive testing we have somewhat come to a fork- in-the-road.Here's our challenge.The customer stated that after going through a big puddle this all started.The vehicle will hesitate stumble just like an ignition misfire "Thump Thump" on acceleration.N...
2005 BMW 745Li 4.4L Starting VIN: WBAGN63565
Hi fellow Techs We have a Bmw 745Li that has been in to our shop 3 times now for a no crank problem. It has had a couple faults in the CAS for CAN communication faults and I was told that at one time the 2 keys that the customer has would not latch in. We had...
2000 Jaguar S-Type 3.0L engine running VIN: SAJDA01D4Y
Very, very strange, Jag engine keeps running smoothly after you turn the ignition off and pull the key out. Other than that, no problems, no dtc's. Ignition cylinder feels fine, car runs great. I think it might be possesed.
2003 Jaguar S-Type 3.0L 1-2 shift VIN: SAJEA01T33
Thank you to evryone reading this post.I have this s-type that flares on the 1-2 shift.If you acclerate very lightly you can go through all the gears.If you accelrate normally it will go into limp mode and lock into gear. After a few shifts i get a dtc p0781.I...
2004 Jaguar S-Type 3.0L hvac VIN: SAJEA01TX4
Does anyone know where the low side Hvac fitting is on this Yag? I can't seem to locate it after about 20 minutes of searching and No-Data is proving it's lack of value... again...Thanks
1996 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L Locking VIN: WDBJF55F7V
Car came in with intermittent remote lock failure. We think we narrowed it down to the infrared remote control control unit.We ordered one by vin and received one with MB part # 210 820 52 26. This is a coded to the car by Mercedes unit. Our problem is that th...
1997 Mercedes-Benz C280 2.8L transmission in limp in mode VIN: WDBHA28E8V
hello to all, i have this 1997 c280 that came to us in limp in mode, with check engine light on and abs light on. found codes in the transmission ( 022, 023, 118, 119). found the tbs refering to these codes and the conductor plate in the transmission. replace...
2003 Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor 1.8L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WDBRN40J83
Vehicle came in misfiring, starts and runs 15 to 20 seconds before misfire occurs. swapped coils, no change, found 120 psi on cyl 2, added transfluid with no increae in compression. checked injector pulse and found that the first 20 to 30 rpms the noid flashes... Trouble codes: P0302, P0303
2002 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 1.9L No Start VIN: 3VWCP21C52
Hey guys, Having problems with this VW, no start, starts then stalls when cranking. Setting a 17978 code eng control module locked, Alldata information isnt complete enough to help with this. What info I was able to get indicate the immobilizer system. We trie... Trouble codes: 17978 (eng control module locked)
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8L multible warnings VIN: 3VWRE69M93
Hey VW Gurus, The customer states that the "Check" engine light has been on for some time, but no performance complaints. Recently the ABS, Trac and BRAKE light came on with the SRS flashing at times...the car has no power, almost as if the trans was starting...
2004 Volkswagen Touareg V6 3.2L Intake valve VIN: WVGBC77L34
Hi VW tech's, We got this one in with check engine light on for miss fire on #4 cly. Found low compression on #4 cly. Leak down showed intake valve. Removed head and found a small metal sliver stuck to the seat, keeping the valve open a bit. My question is whe...
2004 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L MIL Lamp on VIN: WVWSR61J84
Hey VW guys!!! I've got a puzzle for you!! We got this car from another garage to figure out was wrong with it after they replaced maf sensor & it didn't fix the problem. We found tsb group 01 #07-46(2010352) & followed directions in bulletin. Checked value fo... Trouble codes: P0101
2004 Volvo C70 2.3L Key Tumbler VIN: YV1NC62DO4
Fairly new customer, a recent oil service by us months back. They purchased this car used a couple of years ago. Pretty clean car, treated well. Towed in today with ignition key not turning in tumbler. We do not have Vadis and before we jump too deep, didn't k...

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2005 Audi A4 Quattro 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WAULC68E15
Thanks to those who responded. Jeff [...] was right on the money. The pcv valve was carboned up and stuck open. I replaced the valve as well as some of the tubing going to and from it. They fell to pieces when trying to remove the valve. Cleared codes, gave it... Trouble codes: P0300, P0301, P0302, P0303, P0304, P0171.
1997 BMW 318i 1.9L No Start, Misfire VIN: WBACC032XV
Finally fixed! I hooked up a Lab scope and performed a Key On Engine Cranking test on the crankshaft position sensor and found a gap in the signal in addition to the "missing tooth" gap that is supposed to be there to reference #1 TDC. I Turned the crank whil...
2000 BMW Z3 M Roadster 3.2L Oil Temp VIN: WBSCK9342Y
Hey Guys Thanks for all the advice. I finally determined that the software installed on the DME was the problem. Mainly ignition timing, however once I started watching fuel mixture while driving and it was pretty far out.
2001 BMW 320i 2.2L instrument cluster VIN: WBAAV13421
Fixed with no responses provided. Triple checked everything, found no shorts or opens. Installed new cluster, reprogrammed, initiated test2 as per alldata and all works now.
1981 Ferrari 308 GTSi 3.0L No Start, Poor Idle Quality VIN: ZFFAA02A2B
Journeymen, good evening and glory be. The car has passed smog and will be returned by week's end. I had eight responses Dave from Top Gear forwarded PDF's of wiring and shop manual and spoke with me on land line as well. As stated in my help request I did i...
2002 Land Rover Freelander SE 2.5L timing belts VIN: SALNY22242
well most of the replies called for the special tools to lock the cams in place.thanks a million to Dennis at LinDen enginneering in colorado who let me borrow the tools to line them up.They were home made but they work and I now made a set of my own.I had pla...
2003 Land Rover Discovery HSE 4.6L Mechanical VIN: SALTR16403
Hey Gang, Thanx again...everybody was right on with the cylinder liners...a good used engine is on the way. - Bernie
2005 Lotus Elise 1.8L Cuts out VIN: SCCPC11175
I happy to say that I have solved the problem. Since the symptom occured when going up or down through the 3500-3700rpm range and the tach was dropping to zero when this occured it seemed to me that I was losing primary ignition at that time so I decided to ch...
1984 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL 5.0L Excessive Emissions, Stall VIN: 1070461200
Thank you one and all who replied. This car found to be gray market 500 SL. Add on stuff found above glove box. Rodents have eatten All most the whole add-on wiring harrness. No wiring diagram found. Waiting to hear from Customer.
2000 Mercedes-Benz S500 5.0L sunroof VIN: WDBNG75J7Y
Thank you everyone for all your help. This one is fixed finally, turns out the new ocp module was faulty. After we exhausted all other options, we ordered another new OCP and after programming it everything worked fine. Thanks again.
2004 Mercedes-Benz E500 4Matic 5.0L Rear Shocks VIN: WDBUH83J94
Thanks for all the advice, fellow techs! Most replies agreed that the factory level scantool would be necessary on this job- but not so. This particular vehicle has the air bag springs (Airmatic), not the hydraulic lift system. What I ended up learning, straig...
2005 Mercedes-Benz E500 5.0L ride height VIN: WDBUF83J45
This car ended up needing the bracket in which the rear level height sensor attaches to. The bracket became bent when changing the differential. unfortunately the car had to go to the dealer to re-calibrate the whole system. with out the dealer scan tool (s...
1999 Saab 9-5 3.0L exhaust noise VIN: YS3ED58Z5X
thanks for the replies. the fix for this saab story was getting the proper gaskets for the rear manifold. this took a couple tries but did solve the issue. thanks again.
2000 Saab 9-5 2.3t 2.3L ABS hydraulics VIN: YS3ED58E4Y
Well, after several days of tearing hair out, this turned out to be one of those "OOPS" situations. I reexamined my tech's work and found that he had swapped two of the lines at the ABS unit. The block ports are fairly cryptically marked. He had crossed the ri...
2000 Volkswagen Beetle GLX 1.8L lack of power VIN: 3VWDD21C8Y
hello everyone sorry for the wait, the waste gate solenoid decel solenoid and everything effected worked, wheni went to move the waste gate arm with a long screwdriver it did not move very well, after a little pushibg felt like it broke free, test drove again ...
2001 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0L Cooling Systems VIN: 3VWCK21C51
Thanks to all for the great info.Most replies were right on noting the weak plastic impeller on the water pump.This car indeed had a broken impeller.Some how the owner got to impression from her owners manual that it was ok to keep driving.When looking close a...
2002 Volkswagen Golf GL 2.0L Misfire VIN: 9BWGK61J92
oh my god only v/w would have a problem like this. well robert from british columbia hit the nail on the head. i removed plugs from #2&3 cylinders & sure enough they were soaking wet w/fuel. i replaced w/ngk & car now runs great. thank you everybody for your r... Trouble codes: P0301 (cylinder 1 misfire), P0304 (cylinder 4 misfire).
2002 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L noise VIN: 3VWSK69M62
ended up being the diverter valve clogged causing the freon to go crazy when it entered the car... lost my eardrum with the steth. on it haha
2005 Volkswagen Passat GL TDI 2.0L hot start only VIN: WVWCE63BX5
many thanks to Don from Oklahoma and Barret from Washington, the problem ended up being the tandem pump in spite of correct pressure readings, we found the problem by clamping off the feed and return lines to the tandem pump when we shut the car off. let the ...
1999 Volvo S80 2.9 2.9L Hesitation, Cuts out VIN: YV1TS97D2X
tested fuel pressure regulator and found to be the problem. replaced fuel pump and filter. operating correctly and much better than before thank you.
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