spyder

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Question Answered: Windshield Wipers Too Loud
February 04, 2009, 12:47 PM
If the windshield is clean and the blades are new they should not be noisy. The angle of the blade against the glass can be checked and adjusted with a special tool. Sometimes this can cause noise or chatter. A common cause is the wiper motor itself. The lubricant at the worm gear within the assembly dries up leading to wear/noise. The motor element of the assembly can also becoming noisy. The noise is very loud and very mechanical in tone. If this is your noise it would be evident with the wiper arms removed and the wiper motor running. In either case a new wiper motor is called for as the wipers could fail unexpectedly if this is not attended to. If you do determine the wiper motor is your problem be certain the water drains under the battery are clear. Water can get into the wiper motor otherwise.......
Question Answered: Left dipped headlight
February 03, 2009, 09:47 PM
The HID lighting system is diagnosable with an appropriate scan tool. Do you know if there are any DTC's associated with your symptoms?
Question Answered: Where is the engine computer?
February 03, 2009, 09:42 PM
The computer is plug and play on this model. If the same fault code recurs it is very unlikely it is the computer. Be certain you understand the fault description and the conditions that cause it to be set. Thoughtful diagnosis and testing before replacing parts is the most economical path. Actually if you could tell us the exact code we could offer more help.
Question Answered: fan won't shut off
January 28, 2009, 12:51 PM
A simple test would involve disconnecting the fan switch while the fan is on. If the fan then stops the switch has failed. If the fan continues to run remove the relay , if the fan then stops the relay has failed. Various inputs/outputs at the relay should be confirmed to be 100% certain something strange isn't going on. Above all be careful of the fan itself , if it's running obviously but if it's not it could start during repair or at any time!
Question Answered: I have two engine codes P1156 and P1161
January 28, 2009, 12:39 PM
Hello , You need to do several things first.Using an appropriate scan tool review the freeze frame data to narrow down the cause for the check engine light being on. The codes P1156 and P1161 relate to the MAP sensor and Intake Air Temperature sensor electrical circuits. These should be checked per the wiring the diagram. The wiring and connectors from the respective sensors to the ECM , the sensors , or possibly the ECM itself are suspect. The P0380 is a common code relating to the Glow Plugs and their wiring. Common issues here are the wiring harness and/or the glow plug relay. In these situations properly diagnosing the problem before making "repairs" will save you time and money.
Question Answered: froze up
January 21, 2009, 02:43 PM
Many Diesel owners resort to electrically powered engine block heaters to prevent this. The Diesel require a minimum cranking speed of 400 rpm to start. At the winter temperature you are seeing it is difficult for an unprotected engine parked outdoors to achieve this. Engine block heaters are available from VW or as a common aftermarket product.
Question Answered: Why Does My Engine Light Keep Blinking?
January 21, 2009, 02:32 PM
The flashing check engine light indicates an active and severe misfire. Audi advises not to run the vehicle in this state.
Question Answered: Idk Where To Put The Transmition Fluid!!!!!
January 21, 2009, 02:28 PM
There is no provision for a dipstick or filler tube. The transmission is filled via a fill/overlow port (17 mm hex plug) accessible under the vehicle towards the rear of the transmission pan. The assumption is once the transmission is properly filled the only reason to add fluid would be due to leakage. In other words the transmission does not consume fluid compared to the engine , which does consume oil and is therefore provided with a dipstick.
Question Answered: engine quits while driving down the road
January 21, 2009, 02:12 PM
This could be anything from an electrical fault to a fuel pump issue or a major air leak/loose hose clamp problem. If the check engine light is not on and there are no fault codes stored , a good start would be to confirm fuel pressure at the time the failure occurs. Fuel pressure is one of the few parameters not directly monitored by the on board diagnostics. If I understand your comment "All lights come on but none stay on" correctly , the electrical portion of the ignition switch ( a common trouble spot) could be failing. Short of replacement a simple , but not absolute , test can be wiggling the key with the engine running to duplicate the malfunction. Remember , you need air , fuel and ignition for the engine to run....
Question Answered: Turbo replacement
January 21, 2009, 01:58 PM
As an aside the turbochargers can only be replaced in pairs since they are computer matched. In addition there are several critical components such as oil lines that must be replaced concurrently.
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Car Review: 2001 Volkswagen EuroVan
October 17, 2008, 02:47 PM
I've not actually owned a Eurovan but I've worked on them for years and years as a technician at the VW dealer.The majority of the issues are maintenance items such as brake pad and rotor replacement , some coolant leaks and occasional electrical issues including check engine lights. Nothing really dificult to resolve. The owners love these cars for their utility , and space.I see them used for camping trips , day to day family "shuttle" and all around city vehicle. They are large vehicles and most of the wear and tear is related to that. Just my impressions as a non-owner......
Car Review: 2003 Volkswagen Beetle
October 08, 2008, 01:45 PM
I've enjoyed the beetle since new.Stylish in it's own way.It grows on you.Simple 2.0 Liter engine runs and runs. I wore out the clutch at 50,000 miles , replaced brakes now and than. I drive hard , the car does well.
Car Review: 2001 Volkswagen Passat
October 08, 2008, 12:42 PM
Compared to the Audi A4 this a lot of car for the money.A few electrical problems...the flashers quit , door remote problem.The check engine light came on twice.Replaced coolant sensor and a spark plug wire to fix.Brakes have been replaced front and rear. Mechanically other than maintenance I've done the axle boots. Very comfortable around town and on the road.OK by me.
Car Review: 1993 Porsche 968
October 06, 2008, 02:22 PM
A real nice car.Easy to drive fast.No drama.Stick shift coupe was hard to find.Most are convertibles with automatic transmissions.A real classy ride.A little spendy to keep up at times , but not bad. Red with Black leather interior is it.
Car Review: 2000 Audi TT
October 06, 2008, 02:11 PM
This has been a fun car.Not super fast , it handles well though.Maintenance cost are so-so.A few water leaks in the rain.All OK now.Had to fix a few things in the suspension....creaking noise.Brakes needed a few times as well.
Car Review: 2002 Audi Allroad Quattro
October 06, 2008, 02:02 PM
For the right owner these can be great cars.Not an SUV and not an avant this is the right mix of both.Somewhat high maintenance , a great performer and stylish.The proven Quattro four wheel drive system works well with the air suspension.A real joy is the V-8 with the manual transmission.Hard to find though. Many very high mileage daily drivers on the road still.A sought after choice in the used car market attest to their popularity.
Car Review: 1990 Volkswagen Jetta
October 03, 2008, 02:07 PM
This has a pretty good bread and butter sort of car.Not exciting at all , but it runs and runs.Fairly comfortable , not a great performer , but easy enough to keep up.The interior shows its age , I put tires on it now and again.Biggest expense has been timing belt and water pump replacement.A/C went south awhole back but still a good daily driver.
Car Review: 1990 Porsche 911
October 03, 2008, 01:58 PM
A real success story for Porsche.The 911 line up seemed to get better with each year.This is the "real" Porsche design philosophy...rear engine , air cooled.A great performer , the engine is as strong as they come.Service cost can be high.For example valves require manual adjustment , dual ignition has twelve spark plugs...every 15,000 mile service.Plus twelve quarts of synthetic oil every 7,500 miles.Unfortunately deferred maintenance will cost in the long run.A few oil leaks remain to be fixed , but thats on the list. All in all a real tour de force from concept to build.
Car Review: 1991 Porsche 928
October 03, 2008, 01:44 PM
A great car for around town or trips to L.A.Generally people love the styling , though some hate it!By contemporary standards this a real eye catcher.Anyhow , a bit of a chore to keep up with service needs.Engine is a great performer but tempermental at times.For a large car the handlig is great.If you like going fast , tire life can be disappointing.Very comfortable for two , climate control is fully up to the task.Sort of an overlooked gem in its time.They can be a great buy today.Buy the latest model you can , problems were resolved in the later years of production.A real joy to own.
Car Review: 1990 Porsche 944
October 03, 2008, 01:31 PM
As an affordable entry into owning a Porsche this has been a great car.Parts are pretty affordable ,a little tricky to work on.but basic stuff like brakes and oil change no problem ,if your set up.I am at 145,00 miles now , after nearly 80,000 of ownership.No real failures at all.Replaced timing belt twice as needed and replaced the water pump once.Brakes are really good , replaced pads & rotors awhile back , pad life more than reasonable.A good first , modern Porsche.
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