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Feb
12
comment Replacing remote lock fuse on 2001 Jetta/Bora VW
Hi Allan - did you go to the link and see the picture? It's not the immo, it's the ASR and ABS lights. These ALWAYS come on for me together as a pair; I strongly suspect that the computer's detecting a fault in the ABS module or related system.
Feb
11
comment How does a supercharger differ from a turbocharger?
I'd love a link to a reference about the VW engines, if you have time. Either way, +1. Nice Answer.
Feb
11
comment 2003 Toyota Rav4 ECT Too Low for Readiness Monitor Drive Pattern
Duncan, nice job writing this question and providing prior research.
Feb
11
comment 2003 Toyota Rav4 ECT Too Low for Readiness Monitor Drive Pattern
Just had to mention that I thought this was a really COMPLETE answer. +1
Dec
30
comment Car won't start but all power works
@Paulster2 Do these things have an immobilizer that might be being flaky?
Nov
19
comment accelerating noise while the car is parked- VW GOLF
So, you're saying it sounds like the engine is revving? Do you see the needle of the tachometer moving too? (that's the guage showing rpm's of the engine, in thousands.)
Nov
17
comment Missing/rough idle at fist start or when parked for over 4 hours
Are you getting any fault codes out of the system at all?
Nov
17
comment What is meant by Engine Life Factor(ELF). Should I consider it while buying a vehicle? If so why is it not widely quoted?
Based entirely off of @Paulster2's answer, I'm going to go with "this is a marketing gimmick". As he said in his answer, there's too many variables that the formula doesn't (and can't) take into account. Feels like hype.
Nov
17
comment What is this (cooling-system related) part?
Nicely done, @Paulster2.
Nov
17
comment How much improvement from replacing an O2 sensor?
@BobCross Incorporated your comment text -- thanks!
Nov
12
comment Car stalls when shifting from reverse to forward
@philcolbourn The inability to start the car after it's recently been turned off has gotten a lot worse. I pulled the IAC last night, and it was pretty dirty. I gave it a good cleaning, and the car is definitely idling higher, plus seems to have a big burst of RPMs at ignition. We'll see how it goes!
Oct
30
comment Car stalls when shifting from reverse to forward
Automatic trans.
Oct
30
comment The car makes clicking noise when i try to turn on the engine. What could be the problem?
As @Paulster2 said, this is either a starter solenoid going bad, or a power issue. If it ends up being a power issue, and you find that the battery is dead, you should ask yourself "why"? If the battery hasn't been replaced in 4+ years, then it's simply done. If the battery is newer, then either it prematurely failed, or it's not being recharged correctly, and you actually have a charging system issue to deal with, too.
Oct
30
comment Weird Problem! Need to turn steering wheel to crank start the car
Sounds like you've got one of those Flintstones cars. Do you find yourself sticking your feet through the floorboard and making a running motion? In all seriousness, the fact that you "need to turn the steering wheel" must be causing parts of a broken connection in the ignition switch to temporarily come back into contact with each other. If it doesn't crank, it's an electrical problem, and the only explanation is that the key switch has a disconnect.
Oct
3
comment Scanning CANBUS
+1 Nice question. Would love to see some answers here.
Aug
7
comment Lights turn on randomly on Mazda 323
Absolutely -- the problem may not be physical; it could still be electrical. There could be a short in the control arm itself. One other thing to observe: does the control arm have "play"? Do you have access to a similar vehicle to compare the amount of play to a control case?
Aug
7
comment Lights turn on randomly on Mazda 323
Based entirely off of the fact that the issue can be mitigated by fiddling with the dash control, I'm going to guess that your problem is entirely with that (as opposed to the rest of the electrical system). Maybe the control arm has had one of it's "stops" break off, and there's no longer a physical piece of plastic to prevent it from engaging? Read: there may be a low-tech solution to this.
Jun
20
comment Location of fill tube for Nissan Pintara auto transmission fluid
I googled for: NISSAN PINTARA 1989-1992 WORKSHOP and found a number of relevant hits. Just be careful what you download. Only download PDFs; never run a "downloader" or an "installer" to get at a file. If it's legit, they'll link to the PDF directly.
Jun
20
comment Remote Car Climate Controller
On a VW, the key needs to be present. If it isn't, the immobilizer will prevent the car from starting.
May
28
comment A/C Does Not Continuously Blow Cold
@Paulster2 Some of the forums mentioned keeping the power pulled for 30+ minutes, then having to do multiple drive cycles before the blend doors did their exercises.