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If you think a good technician is expensive - try a bad one first. 2x ASE cert. Master Tech / ASE cert. Service Advisor, Canadian Red Seal Interprovincial cert. Technician, European Vehicle Specialist with over 19 years of experience in the different fields of the automotive industry. Please do the following, so we can give you a better response: - give as much info about the problem as possible and the necessary info of your vehicle, including engine size, auto or manual transmission, 2WD or 4WD, in what conditions the problem occurs i.e.: only at operating temp, only when cold, all the times, when I accelerate/ decelerate, etc... - post a follow-up, tell us what happened, what fixed it, share your experience with your local repair shop so everyone can learn from it. Thank you and drive safely in a safe, well maintained vehicle! Zee
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Question Answered: perform service indicator
September 18, 2010, 09:49 AM
Needs to perform the manufacturer's suggested maintenance service. It could be as simple as an oil and filter change - based on mileage and previous maintenance records. After the service the repair shop will reset the warning light. Take it to a good shop, they should have access to all the necessary steps - make sure the correct (manufacturer approved) fluids are used. Zee
Question Answered: tips on remoing spark plug boot with heat shields
September 18, 2010, 09:40 AM
There are special pliers available for this purpose and most parts store sells them. They grab around the heat shield, you can turn them couple of times than try to pull them off. Zee
Question Answered: sunroof leaks
September 18, 2010, 09:33 AM
Ask your shop to clean the drains of the sunroof.
Question Answered: Heat does not work
September 18, 2010, 05:57 AM
Check the heater control valve. Zee
Question Answered: dashboard lights does not turn on, I cannot see speedometer, gasmeter,tempgauge
September 18, 2010, 05:55 AM
Is this problem permanent or intermittent? Do you see a message on the odometer which displays : "NO BUS"? Zee
Question Answered: electrical snafu
September 17, 2010, 04:42 PM
Ooops! I hope it's not a "green death", but it sure sounds like it. On these model years it is very common that the coolant sweeps through the electrical thermostat's wiring harness, all the way up to the DME (AKA: ECM - Engine Control Module) and shorts it out. Crazy, huh? Mechanics use to tell me it's impossible...... I use to have few pictures on my old PC's hard drive, but unfortunately it died, so I can't send it to you. Anyway: First disconnect the connector from the top of the thermostat, and see if there is any sign of antifreeze and/or corrosion present. If there is non - don't be just happy yet, remove the cover from the DME ( right side, behind strut tower, above firewall) , disconnect battery negative cable, remove the connectors attached to the DME it should be the 1st connector from the center of the car (there is a little tab that you need to push in, then move the latch mechanism up, let the connector slide up) and see if there is greenish discoloration inside the connector and/or on the top of the DME. I have seen pins totally corroded away. If this is the case take your (better tow) your car to a BMW spec. shop to replace the engine's wiring harness - yes, the whole harness - and a DME needs to be replaced and re-coded and aligned with EWS (takes special equipment) - otherwise it won't crank. Hopefully it didn't take the GM (General Module) out. Of course the little devil thermostat needs to be replaced also if you don't want to do the whole process again in few months. Sure it's an expensive repair, what's cheap for a BMW (beside the air freshener)? Zee
Question Answered: transmission
September 17, 2010, 04:17 PM
fuel filters, fuel pump, injectors???
Question Answered: will not go above 40 MPH
September 17, 2010, 04:16 PM
This might have a clogged up catalytic converter. I'd get it checked by a qualified technician. If it's the cat.converter it might be warranted by the manufacturer to at least 7years/70k miles. Zee
Question Answered: Noise from engine
September 17, 2010, 04:12 PM
Low level or incorrect oil, but internal engine wear also possible. Zee
Question Answered: MIL on P0456 set
September 17, 2010, 04:08 PM
Google is your best friend! Here, I did it for you: P0456 Evaporative Emissions System Small Leak Detected. It might be a loose, non sealing gas cap. Check it, reset the MIL by disconnect the battery, if it comes back you need to take it to a shop to get the system checked throughly - perhaps with a smoke pump. Anyway, for future reference: http://www.obd-codes.com/trouble_codes/ Zee
Problem Reported: Internal Transfer Case Problem on the 4WD models
February 27, 2011, 05:22 PM

An abnormal noise may develop from the transfer case. At this time parts are not available to repair internal damage to this type of transfer case, replacement is the only option. It is not uncommon for irregular tire wear to cause a similar noise. Diagnoses should be performed to confirm the actual cause of the driveline noise. Tire noise can be reduced by rotating the tires at least every 5000 miles.

Problem Reported: Coolant Leak from Thermostat Housing
December 10, 2010, 11:34 AM

A coolant leak may develop at the thermostat housing, under the intake manifold. Our technicians tell us that revised parts are available to correct this concern.

Car Review: 2005 Toyota 4Runner
September 14, 2010, 08:26 PM
I bought tis car new and ever since she served the family well. I had to wait for it an extra 3 weeks, because I wanted one without the sunroof and leather/electrical seat. I'm a tech, so I take care of all the maintenance or repair and the car gets all the best - OE or better parts. Beside the reg. services I replaced the following: -all tires @ 40K -front brakes @ 50K -A/C evaporator @ 55K (that's the reason for 3 stars on the A/C system) The only thing I miss is an MP3 capable CD player and a switch for the traction control. There are some off-road situations when it would be better off. Overall - it's a great car, I'd buy one again.
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