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United Auto Service Center

Auburn, AL

United Auto Service Center is a Napa AutoCare facility. We use the latest diagnostic tools and techniques to solve some of the most complicated problems on modern import and domestic automobiles.


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We specialize in electrical problems and I'm confident we could figure this out for you if you brought it by the shop.


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Both of those codes could relate to wiring/bad connection issues. Does the shop you are taking this to have the capability to communicate with the ABS computer, or does their equipment only support OBD-II protocol? Why was the EBCM (ABS computer) replaced in the first place? Without looking at the car, I can't say for sure, but an internal transmission problem doesn't sound likely from the information I have.


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As a general rule, if you can hear the motor running, then all you need is a regulator. It's also a good statistical bet. Here at the shop we probably replace a dozen regulator for every one window motor that fails.


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Most body shops will write free estimates. They will be more accurate than anything someone could come up with online without even seeing a picture of the damage.


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Either bad gas, but if you are getting steam and running hot, you probably have a blown head gasket.


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Honestly, we work on a lot of BMWs here, and I don't see any way that changing the battery could affect the temp gauge, and especially *only* affect the temperature gauge. It sounds more like you have an air pocket trapped in the cooling system.


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The 2.5L should take around three hours, the 3.0L would be more like five. It will take them longer simply because something like that usually takes longer than book time, and it isn't as though they can start working on it the minute that you park the car. I have no idea on parts cost or labor in your area, but I would imagine that the job could get quite pricey. If you aren't willing to spend $500-1000 on this car, then I might consider other alternatives. Also, why do you think you need an oil pump?


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I'd recommend finding a shop that specializes in Mercedes. The Crossfire is basically an early SLK with different bodywork, and most Chrysler techs will be lost on it. Be prepared to pay a Mercedes-sized repair bill, too.


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Although occasionally the final test in a diagnostic routine really is "replace with known good part" it sounds like you need to find a different shop that is actually willing to do diagnostic work. Be forewarned, however, real diagnostic work is not easy and it isn't cheap. This is probably why a lot of shops resort to just swapping parts. In part it's because a tech may be too lazy or inexperienced to know how to test for certain faults, but it's also really hard to get a customer to understand why they should pay $600 when all that turned out to be wrong was something like a broken wire. They don't see the eight hours spent trying to figure out where the broken wire was.


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It's probably exactly what you think it is: it's not connected to anything. If I remember correctly, the knob connects to a cable on these and the cable moves the blend door. Sounds like somewhere along the way, your cable has become disconnected or dislodged. Repair could involve something as simple as a simple as re-installing the cable, or as complex and pricey as replacing broken components that the cable attached to. Impossible to know without disassembly and inspection.


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