spyder

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Question Answered: NOT ACCELERATING
March 02, 2009, 11:34 AM
As a WAG try starting with the MAF disconnected. If it runs better MAF could be failing.......
Question Answered: car running very sluggish
March 02, 2009, 11:31 AM
If you are driving a Diesel restricted intake manifolding is common to this concern. Diesel or no you may have a collapsed catalytic converter/exhaust issue.......
Question Answered: Will not stay idling, will not run but between 1k-2k rpm
March 02, 2009, 11:24 AM
You need to accurately diagnose this before replacing parts. To do that you need a scanner that is able to access the various address locations. For example address 032 will give data as to your fuel mixture , learned values etc.That is the basis for replacing a MAF. Basics such as fuel pressure and volume , ignition , (preferably checked with a scope as the problem occurs) and mechanicals including compression , cam timing and integrity of the intake tract (preferably checked with a "smoke" type tester) all need to be 100%.
Question Answered: headlight bulb replacement
February 25, 2009, 12:56 PM
Open the hood , look at the headlight assembly from behind. You will see a white square tab. This is the release for the headlight retaining ring. Depress the tab to rotate the ring , it will only move one way , and the assembly will walk the headlight forward or out. To install the assembly , start it in its "tracks" and rotate the ring the other way and the assembly will pull back into place. The tab will click when it is locked.
Question Answered: hard initial start
February 25, 2009, 12:48 PM
If during the hard start episodes you are able to confirm that fuel pressure AND fuel volume are correct , that spark is available and sufficient and you have no air leaks plug the evap as suggested and try starting with the MAF sensor disconnected. Incidentally is residual fuel pressure maintained after shut off ?? Sometimes necessary for starting after hot shut off.
Question Answered: Fan keeps running after I remove ignition key
February 25, 2009, 12:26 PM
As a footnote with a thoroughly warmed up engine , such as say after coming off a freeway drive , the fan after run could be +/- 10 minutes!! One reason for this is to protect the turbo from what is called " hot soak" which can contribute to turbo wear........
Question Answered: Front seat back panel
February 22, 2009, 11:39 AM
The back of the the front seat cover is sewn on.
Question Answered: Overheating, but cools down quickly?
February 22, 2009, 11:30 AM
Are the cooling fans running when the temp gauge is in the red ? If they are it is hot. The reason I ask is the temp gauge display could be wrong , the sensor for this is a problem area. The gauge reading versus engine temp can be confirmed via scan tool or other means. An overheated engine takes a lot longer than 15 minutes to cool down. However coolant pump and thermostat failures are very common , especially if the coolant pump is the original...........
Question Answered: codes
February 18, 2009, 01:15 PM
Timing belt issues will also set camshaft position fault.
Question Answered: transmission fluid
February 18, 2009, 01:10 PM
The fluid level can't easily be checked. The vehicle has to be raised , a scan tool is used to monitor the transmission fluid temperature and at the specified temperature (50 degrees centigrade ??) fluid should run out of the overflow/fill port. If fluid does not run out it is to be added during that process until it does. Unless there is a leak you should not have to add fluid........
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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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