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...As vehicles become more advanced, they need more control modules. Finding places in the car to put the growing number of control modules brings more challenges to manufacturers, and they become more inventive in finding places to put them in. This brings it's own special problems that here...

...This month we look at two Corsa’s with unusual problems, but proper diagnostic techniques quickly found the source of the problems.     The first Corsa D had a flashing MIL and a misfire. A scan revealed the code P0300 (Random/Multiple Cylinder Misfire Detected) was prese...

...In recent years, diagnostic tools have gone through major changes, from the very basic scan tool to high end diagnostic platforms. So many brands  and models are available. Some with inbuilt scopes, wifi connectivity, onboard help services, built in cameras, databases, etc. All of thi...

...The importance of system knowledge for a good diagnostic process is now one of the primary factors for an accurate diagnosis of modern systems.Time taken to understand how every components in the system behaves in operation is a key factor.     Recently we have had several...

...We have come across numerous issues of Starter Motors fitted to Fiat Doblos 1.3 Multijet Diesel engines between 2006 and 2011 where they have been returned burnt out. This failure is also very common on old core returned showing the mode of failure is caused due to a vehicle fault (faul...

...Over the last year, we have been getting a steady stream of enquiries about how Stop-Start works. Most garages have some idea of the basic principals of some systems, but there are many problems associated with Stop-Start operation across a wide range of vehicle types.     ...

...We are getting a large number of enquiries on the best way to diagnose a fault on the SRS or airbag system. There is a lot of fear from technicians on what is the safe way to repairing SRS systems.  First, remember you are dealing with explosvie components, and there are set rules...

...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...

...    Recently a workshop started a turbocharger repair on a Mondeo that took longer than normal, due to a customer trying to source his own (cheaper) parts. In the mean time, the key for the Mondeowas mislaid. The customer came with a spare key and the garage tried to pr...

...In the past mechanics have muddled by with just a multimeter as their trusted diagnostic friend. No longer is this the case. Every day on the helpline we are asked to help with ever more complicated problems on modern vehicles, only to discover that the mechanic has only a multimeter to...



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