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...We recently investigated 'overheated solenoid' on Vauxhall Antara 2.2 CDTi and Chevrolet Captiva 2.2 VCDi. Our research showed that there is a common fault with the wiring loom for the battery feed going to the starter motor. Due to a poorly insulated B+ wire, the cable will overheat and c...

...Since the introduction of Controller Area Networks (CAN) in cars in the 1983, Bosch has continued to improve this method of communication between control modules. Modern vehicles have up to 70 modules communicating on various bus networks. This added complexity has  many garages runni...

...You think it would be safe to assume that replacing the conventional ignition switch with a push button start, you would avoid issues with the switch failing and the starter motor remaining engaged due to continuous power supplied to the solenoid. Well that is not the case when it comes...

...Mercedes Benz Sprinter 1999-2006 Diesel vehicles affected. Part Numbers affected: AEA3201, AEC1299, AEC1481,AEC1489,AEC1630 There is a common known fault with many Mercedes diesel vehicles between 1999 and 2006 which results in the failure of the alternator pulley and/or bearings. O...

...In the past, it was normal practice to accept any job that came into the workshop, as cars had very similar systems. Once you knew the basics, you could get by with a little help from your technical manuals and data software. But this is no longer true.     A recent case we...

...Autodata, the leading provider of automotive technical information shares a common problem found in modern cars. To learn more about Autodata’s innovative online workshop tools, visit www.autodata-group.com.     Question: We are having problems diagnosing an electrical...

...Vehicles Currently Identified as Affected Opel/Vauxhall Combo: 2004-2010; 1.4, 1.6; Z14XE(P), Z16SE Corsa C: 2003-2007; 1.2, 1.4, 1.8; Z12XE(P), Z14XE(P), Z18XE Tigra: 2004-2010; 1.4, 1.8; Z14XE(P), Z18XE   Parts Currently Affected AES1275, AES2223, AES8198, AEX1043, AEY2115 &...

...A 1997 Jaguar XJ8 4.0 came into a subscriber’s workshop, with the customer asking for the injectors to be cleaned. Previous garages had tried to identify the cause of poor idle quality and none had been successful. The first step was to code read for any faults stored, only 1 was retr...

...Steve Carter of eXponentia takes us through a not uncommon fault that he observed in a Ford Mondeo TDCi, and shows how to identify and repair the fault in a timely manner.  Although this fault was unusual in its severity, the fault itself is not uncommon and given that this par...

...    Question: We service a 2009 1.6 HDi Citroen Berlingo III and recently replaced the crankshaft position (CKP) sensor as the cause of engine starting difficulties and hesitation on acceleration. The vehicle was OK for a while, but has now returned to the workshop with the...



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