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Getting the Most from Star Wiring

Understanding what the Star Wiring diagrams have to offer is key to any successful diagnosis and repair. In this article, we will dive deep into all that Mercedes-Benz offers in this valuable tool.

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Body Shop Mistakes – As If, Part 2 & 3

The Victim: 2008 Touareg with VR6 FSI

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Keeping Cool: Solving Mercedes-Benz HVAC Troubles

Help with intermittent operation or a system that does not maintain proper temperature

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Porsche Intermediate Shaft Bearings

There are more similarities than differences between the M96 and M97 engines.

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Diagnosing Nissan Ignition System Problems with CONSULT III Plus and an Oscilloscope

Fundamentals of the ignition coil haven’t changed much, but the approach to diagnosing an ignition problem today has been enhanced by utilizing some of the advanced tools we’ll be talking about in this article.

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VW Body Shop Mistakes – As If, Part 1

The Victim: 2008 Touareg with VR6 FSI

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Mercedes-Benz Module Updates Do Fix Shifting and Slipping Problems

We present some cases where problems were solved with control unit updates or replacements.

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Volkswagen Touareg 09D with Tiptronic Shifter

The victim is a 2008 Touareg with VR6 FSI, 09D automatic with 4-wheel drive

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Nissan Electronic Automatic Transmission Diagnosis and Valve Body Replacement: Part Two

In this month’s article, Transmission Diagnosis and Valve Body Replacement Part Two, we continue the discussion of transmission diagnostics and replacement from Part One, with a focus on the relearning functions and steps required to successfully complete a transmission repair or replacement on Nissan vehicles.

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Mercedes-Benz Assist Systems

Helping the driver down the road to autonomous

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The Basics of Nissan’s VVEL System

The Basics of Nissan’s VVEL System

Here’s an overview of Nissan’s Variable Valve Event and Lift system.  We’ll look at which Nissan and Infiniti vehicles are equipped with VVEL, how the system functions, and maintenance considerations.
 

Body Basics: Premier Products

Body Basics: Premier Products

In this installment, we’ll look at the benefits of using Nissan-approved body alignment equipment and associated tools, bonding and mating products, surface prep, paint and finish products and tools.
 

Lighting the Way

Lighting the Way

Safety is a top priority at BMW. One area the company always wants to enhance is the driver’s night-time vision. Here are some of the many ways BMW has improved its lighting systems to enhance safety on the  road for everyone.

Cushioning the Blow

Cushioning the Blow

Among the greatest safety advancements are BMW’s various types of supplemental restraint systems. Dual front air bags, side curtain safety bags and belt tensioning devices are only some of the life-saving features found on BMW vehicles. Here are some service procedures you should know about.

You May Now Be Seated

You May Now Be Seated

As far back as the early nineties, BMW offered memory seating, marking a new application for electronic control units. While these systems have become more complex, service procedures remain straightforward.

Power Distribution

Power Distribution

Getting all that awesome BMW power to the ground is no easy task. The 4WD BMW X5 has been around for a decade now, and a few years ago BMW introduced a 4WD 3 Series sedan. Let’s look at how these systems work.

Beyond the Belt

Beyond the Belt

The automotive accessory drive belt is a staple maintenance item. Let’s take a look at the types of drive belts, material structure, adjusting tension, diagnosing problems, and a few tech tips for working with them on a daily basis.

Floating on Air

Floating on Air

Although Mercedes-Benz offers a hydraulic suspension system (Active Body Control, or ABC), there’s an alternative. AIRmatic suspension doesn’t need hydraulic fluid, or a belt-driven high-pressure pump to maintain a level stance. Vehicles so equipped float on a cushion of air, so how do we keep them afloat?

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