Saturday, July 21, 2012

What’s leaking from my car? | Fox News

What’s leaking from my car? | Fox News: "Dangers

According to Poor, gasoline and antifreeze are the two most immediately dangerous fluids that can leak from a car. The gasoline is combustible, but antifreeze poses a different kind of threat. "Antifreeze has a sweet taste and smells (like maple syrup)," Poor says. "Dogs and cats will drink/lick antifreeze if they find it. One cup is enough to kill a large dog."" Any leak from under your vehicle should be looked at thouroughly

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Friday, July 20, 2012

2013 Audi Q7 Joins Siblings, Gets Upgraded 240-hp Diesel

2013 Audi Q7 Joins Siblings, Gets Upgraded 240-hp Diesel: "The Audi Q7, like its platform-mates the Porsche Cayenne and the VW Touareg—is getting a 240-hp diesel six for the 2013 model year. This revised 3.0-liter V-6 engine delivers 15 hp more than it did last year, cuts 55 pounds of weight, and increases the EPA-rated fuel economy by 2 mpg in the city and 3 highway to 19 and 28, respectively. Torque for the new engine is the same as the outgoing version, at 406 lb-ft."

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Toyota Recall Timeline: What Went Down When

Toyota Recall Timeline: What Went Down When: "Below is a timeline of the Toyota recall fiasco. In the (highly likely) event that there are more events, we’ll update this post.

 – A Lexus ES350 crashes at over 100 mph and bursts into flames, killing an off-duty California Highway Patrolman and three members of his family. The cause of the crash is determined to be a throttle that stuck open. At the time of the crash, the officer’s brother-in-law, a passenger in the car, is on the phone with police frantically reporting that the car won’t slow down."

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Ford recalls '13 Escapes over fire risks, urges owners to stop driving SUVs | The Detroit News |

Ford recalls '13 Escapes over fire risks, urges owners to stop driving SUVs | The Detroit News | "Ford Motor Co. recalled 11,500 2013 Escape SUVs on Thursday over fire risks, and urged owners to immediately stop driving the vehicles. It's the latest setback for the redesigned vehicle that launched last month.

The recall covers Escapes with the 1.6-liter engine, which were built through July 11. Escapes equipped with the 2.0-liter and the 2.5-liter engines are unaffected. Ford says it will replace an engine compartment fuel line, which could split and leak fuel, and could lead to an underhood fire"

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Toyota Recall Information – 2009-2011 Recall Notices

Toyota Recall Information – 2009-2011 Recall Notices: "Is Your Vehicle Involved?
If you think your vehicle may be involved in a recent safety recall or service campaign, click here to go to the Toyota Owners site, where you can enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and find out"

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Quick Spin: 2013 Tesla Model S

Quick Spin: 2013 Tesla Model S  "You collectively paid $465 million dollars to make this report possible so please read it to the end.

The battery-powered Tesla Model S is officially on the road, thanks in part to the aforementioned Department of Energy loan, but also the backing of many private investors – some of whom are named Brin and Page. Google it if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

The first customer cars are in the hands of their very patient depositors, and one or two cars are being built and shipped each day, a rate that will accelerate as production ramps up through the end of the year. By then, Tesla expects to have delivered 5,000 vehicles, which won’t even fill half of the 11,000 orders currently on its books.  In other words, it’s off to a pretty good start."

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My Nissan Won't Start |

"Diagnosing a no-start issue with your Nissan requires a logical approach to discovering what might be stopping your car from starting. When you try to start your car, voltage from the battery passes through the ignition switch to the Park/Neutral safety switch then to the brake/clutch pedal to the starter solenoid. When voltage reaches the solenoid, a contact is closed that sends power to the starter to start the engine. The starter motor spins, pushes the starter pin into the flywheel and rotates the engine."
My Nissan Won't Start |

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Mexican Driver German Quiroga To Participate in NASCAR | Fox News Latino

Mexican Driver German Quiroga To Participate in NASCAR | Fox News Latino: "The American Dream of Mexican race car driver German Quiroga began to coalesce on Thursday when he signed with a NASCAR team to participate in four races in 2012 and show that Latinos do have a future in this sport.

Kyle Busch Motorsports announced that Quiroga will return to drive the Tundra 51 in the Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR's third national division.

Quiroga, a three-time NASCAR champion in Mexico, told Efe that although it had been difficult to break into U.S. auto racing he had been working "very hard" to play his best role so far in the sport this year.

"I'm used to winning races and competing in championships and that is what I'm going to continue doing. I'm ready for the new challenge and for my efforts to enable me to complete the whole season in 2013," he told Efe on Thursday"

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Volkswagen Jetta TDI 18895/P2463/009315

VEHICLE: 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0L, L4, MFI, DOHC, Eng Desg CBEA

MILEAGE: 42,000

Customer Concern:

Trouble codes:

18895/P2463/009315 - Diesel Particle Filter: Excessive Soot Accumulation

16928/P0544/001348 - Exhaust Gas Temperature Sensor G235 Circuit Bank 1 Sensor 1

Tests: 1. Start by verifying function of the G235 Exhaust Gas Temperature Sensor 1. Failure of exhaust gas temperature sensor function can result in false Diesel Particulate Filter (DPR) soot load codes.

2. The G235 Sensor measures exhaust gas temperature pre-turbo. Using A Volkswagen compatible scan tool, select Measured Data Blocks and then Display Group 99. Display Group 99 will display 4 fields as follows:

Field 1 = Engine RPM

Field 2 = Pre-Turbo Temperature Sensor in Degrees Centigrade

Field 3 = Pre-Particle Filter Temperature Sensor in Degrees Centigrade

Field 4 = Post Particle Filter Temperature Sensor in Degrees Centigrade

3. With the engine fully cooled to ambient temperature, observe the temperature readings from Display Group 99. All exhaust gas temperature readings should be at or near ambient temperature (example: display of all sensors should read at or near 20 degrees centigrade at 68°Fahrenheit ambient temperature).

4. If the G235 Sensor does not indicate a correct temperature value, a sensor or wiring harness fault is the most likely cause.

5. Inspect the wiring harness for damage. The sensor is located on the turbo housing. The wiring harness will have a Brown ground wire (connector T2bz/1) and a red signal voltage wire (connector T2bz/2). Disconnect the harness and observe the temperature reading in Display Group 99 field 2. If the temperature reading changes when the harness is unplugged, the problem in the circuit is with the G235 sensor itself.

6. The G235 sensor has been prone to cracking of the exhaust gas sensing element in the exhaust stream. Remove the sensor and inspect for sensor mechanical damage/failure.

7. Once the G235 fault has been repaired, clear all trouble codes and test drive the vehicle to verify that no codes return.

8. If the 18895/P2463/009315 - Diesel Particle Filter: Excessive Soot Accumulation code returns, see the Tech Tips section for checking DPF soot loading.

Potential Causes: Exhaust Gas Temperature (EGT) Sensor G235

Exhaust Gas Temperature (EGT) Sensor G235 Wiring

Diesel Particulate Filter

Diesel Particulate Filter Regeneration Procedure

Confirmed Fix: Replaced Exhaust Gas Temperature (EGT) Sensor G235

Tech Tips: Note: Diesel particulate filter soot load can be observed using a full function Volkswagen Compatible scan tool. Select Measured Data Block and then Display Group 108 (Note: if display group 108 does not contain data try display group 241 as an alternate).

Field 2 displays the calculated DPF soot load and Field 3 displays the measured soot load of the DPF in grams.

If either the calculated or measured soot mass is above 30g but below 40g you can initiate a regeneration while standing (idle will be raised etc.), a forced regeneration while driving is also possible. Once the values are above 40g (but below the max 45g) the regeneration while standing is no longer available and the regeneration while driving must be performed. NOTE! If the particle filter load is above specification (45 grams) the particle filter needs to be replaced since the car may burn down when regenerating.

Toyota Corolla trouble code C1290

VEHICLE: 2009 Toyota Corolla S 1.8L, L4, MFI, DOHC, VIN L, Eng Desg 2ZRFE

MILEAGE: 56,000

Customer Concern:
The vehicle came in for a front brake job. We performed the brake job and when we were finished, trouble code C1290 was set.

Tests: 1. Perform the zero point calibration for the steering angle sensor.

Potential Causes: Steering Angle Sensor (SAS) Calibration

Confirmed Fix: Performed Steering Angle Sensor (SAS) Calibration

Tech Tips: When performing a brake job, make sure that when the wheels are turned from side to side, that the steering wheel is used to turn the wheels. Do not turn the wheels from side to side by grabbing the wheels and turning them. This can upset the calibration of the steering angle sensor.