Volkswagen Instrument Cluster Failure

Over the years of working on VW’s I have encountered enough instrument cluster failures that I would consider it a common problem. There are a few things you should be aware of before attempting to repair this unit. Don’t Buy Used VW Cluster I have tried this route already and have been burned multiple times. The bad part about it… Read More

Transmission Pump & Valve Body Inspection

What to Look for in a Worn Transmission Pump Before any transmission noise/vibration diagnosis is done the engine and drive train should be ruled out. Check for worn u-joints that can cause a noise at all vehicle speeds. Check for worn mounts that can cause a vibration or cause the transmission to touch the frame or body of the vehicle.… Read More

Toyota, Honda & Subaru Starter Failure


Does your starter really need replaced? Learn the most common failure of Honda, Toyota and Subaru starters. Read More

Subaru Manual Transmission Repair

Subaru manual transmissions are pretty well built and have minimal problems. When failure occurs there are usually just a couple of things that fail. The most common problem is bearing failure causing the transmission to be noisy and if it’s excessive your trans will sound as if someone has put rocks in it. The other failure that is common is… Read More

Toyota Timing Belt Replacement Tip’s

Toyota Tacoma 3.4L V-6 The Toyota 3.4L engine timing belt is due to be replaced at 105,000 miles or every 8 years. These engines are not a interference engine, meaning that if the timing belt happens to break the pistons will not hit the valves. On an interference engine if the timing belt happens to break, the pistons will hit… Read More

Subaru All Wheel Drive System Failures & Repair

Subaru AWD systems are pretty well designed and failure is not all that common. When you have a failed or failing system there are some things to look for and this article will explain these symptoms and how to repair them without even replacing or removing the transmission. Here are some thing that we will cover. Subaru AWD system common… Read More

How to know if you need a clutch?

Transmission Clutch Diagnosis Diagnosing clutch noise and slippage is pretty straight forward. Once a technician understands the different parts and theory it’s easy to locate the culprit. Typical symptoms include clutch slipping, chatter, and dragging. Here are a few symptoms, tests, and the relevant parts to look out for: Slippage: This is by far the most common problem. To diagnose… Read More

Cooling System Problems?

Check engine light on, thermostat/coolant temperature sensor failure Tutorial: Thermostat Assembly Replacement Vehicle: 2004 Audi A-4 Quattro 1.8L Turbo   This vehicle has no drivability concerns at all. the check engine light is on with the codes displayed above. CTS (coolant temperature sensor) signal values are within range in relevance to the ambient temperature. The reason for the diagnostic trouble… Read More

Mass Air Flow Sensor Testing,P0171-P0174 System Lean

Mass Air Flow Sensor Testing,P0171-P0174 System Lean Vehicle: 2001 Land Rover Discover II  Codes: P0171, P0174, TCM Incorrect Gear Ratio Symptoms: NONE, Slight pre-detonation (pinging) when hot STRAIGHT TO THE POINT: The vehicle has no drivability concerns and was hard to diagnosis. The TCM (transmission control module) is setting incorrect gear ration codes which means the transmission is slipping (usually).… Read More

Automotive Electrical System Testing

Automotive Electrical System Testing                 This tutorial is going to be on basic automotive electrical system AVR tests.  AVR stands for Amps, Voltage and Resistance. When performing an electrical system diagnosis it will be broken down into three main systems. Your starting system, charging system and capacacity “battery”. NAVAGATION:  Battery  Testing Charging System Starting System Parasitic Draw Testing Insulated Circuit Testing(volt… Read More