2014 Editions Archives - Import Car
Mercedes-Benz Auxiliary Water Pump Diagnostics

Your first reaction might be to install a new thermostat and inspect the heater core for a blockage. On the test drive, the system may perform great for you. Is the customer just cold blooded?   A Mercedes comes into your shop with a complaint of poor heater performance. The driver says on cold mornings

Import Insights: Porsche (December 2014)

Porsche celebrated three world premieres in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2014. The sports car manufacturer presented two new GTS models, the 911 Carrera GTS and the Cayenne GTS, at the Porsche press conference. Porsche also revealed the Panamera Turbo S Executive Exclusive Series, a special edition limited to 100 units worldwide. The

Porsche Cayenne GTS
Import Automatic Transmission Diagnostics

Don’t be alarmed if you pull an automatic transmission trouble code when diagnosing a “check engine” warning light! Since the automatic transmission operation has a major effect on grams-per-mile exhaust emissions, you’re going to see the occasional “global” P0700 to P0900-series diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs). The fact is, if you understand basic transmission operating principles,

Automatic trans diagnosis
Timing Chain Failures on 2.0L, 2.5L Import Engines

Last month, we looked at the timing chain setup on the Audi 3.2L engine and saw how a lack of oil changes can adversely affect the tensioners and cause engine failure. We’ve also seen similar issues with the timing chain setups on the 2.5L 5-cylinder BGP engine that came out in 2005, and the 2.0L

Timing Chain Failure
Modern Charging Systems: Cover All The Bases During the Diagnostic Process

To quote a familiar situation: “My customer’s car is now on its third alternator in six months and my jobber store refuses to ­warranty a fourth.” In other words, the parts supplier believes that an underlying problem is causing these alternators to fail and, therefore, won’t warranty more alternators. While we occasionally ­experience a sequence

Charging System Diagnostics
Audi Engine Timing Chain Failure Due to Lack of Maintenance

If you’ve been working on cars as long as me, you’ll remember the first timing belt you did and thought, “what was wrong with timing chains?” It was only a year ago, when I was working on a 2005 Audi A6 Quattro with a 3.2L engine with a broken timing chain tensioner and bent valves,

Audi engine timing chain
Inside Import Car Collision Warning, Automatic Braking Systems

Anything that moves under its own power also has to stop, so brakes have been a safety feature on cars since day one. Over the years, technical innovations such as antilock brakes (ABS) have ­improved the ability to stop with minimal skidding on wet or slick surfaces. The addition of stability control allowed each wheel

Active braking import systems
Import Insights: Kia (November 2014)

Kia Motors America Announces Best-Ever Third Quarter Sales After posting the best first-half performance in company history, Kia Motors America’s momentum continued with record third quarter sales, including 40,628 units in September, up 6.9% over the same period last year. As Kia celebrates its 20th anniversary in the U.S., the fast-moving brand continues to grow

Import Insights: Nissan (October 2014)

Nissan Sales Increasing Across the Country Nissan Group reported 134,388 total U.S. vehicle sales for August 2014, an increase of 11.5% over the prior year and an August record. Sales of Nissan Rogue were the best of any month in the history of the nameplate at 21,419, an increase of 24% over the previous August.

2015 Nissan Rogue
Intermittent Engine Misfire Analysis

Even for an experienced diagnostic technician, ­attempting to diagnose an intermittent misfire ­condition that occurs only under specific driving conditions can be a frustrating exercise. Let’s begin by getting the basics out of the way. As we know, the general causes of a misfire fall under the ­general headings of 1.) ignition, 2.) fuel density,

Honda: Easy Fix for Engine Noise

We often encounter engines that have a cold-start knock or ticking noise. In this case, the 3.5-L V6 engines installed in various Honda models can make a knocking or ticking noise at idle and only when warm. The cause of the problem is that the rocker shaft bridge has excessive clearance from the factory, which

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Import Insights: BMW (September 2014)

BMW Partners with Samsung for Battery Cells The BMW Group and Samsung SDI plan to expand their supply relationship for battery cells for electro-mobility. The two companies recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to this effect in Seoul. Samsung SDI will supply the BMW Group with battery cells for the BMW i3, BMW i8

BMW charging system