Had this little Pepper come in for a check engine light indicating a couple of misfire codes on different cylinders. There are a couple different things that can cause misfires, one being the spark plugs, and the other being the ignition coils. With modern cars, most vehicles use a separate coil pack to fire each spark plug. In the old days, you had a distributor with a cap and rotor and spark plug wires running to each plug, along with …

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Had a new Chevy Suburban come into the shop the other day for a backup camera install. Since the Suburban (in a very rare red BTW), was ordered without navigation, backing up the beast was a little tricky coming from a smaller vehicle for the owner. We installed an Alpine rear view camera, and an audiovox monitor. Maybe windshield navigation units will accept a plug from a rear view camera. The camera is setup to only activate when in reverse. …

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Had this 06 A6 in the shop the other day for a CEL which turned out to be a cylinder 6 misfire and random cylinder misfires. With 100K miles on the clock, it was past due for spark plugs, so I got started. The plugs and coils are pretty easy to change on the 3.0L, but you do have to be very careful with the coilpack connectors. Do not force them, or you will break the harness connector. If you …

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You may remember a few weeks ago I removed a bad instrument cluster from an Audi TT and sent it off for repair. It is very common for these clusters to go haywire, everything from bad LCD panels to dead/erratic gauges. This one was really far gone with pretty much everything dis-functional (LCD’s, tach/speedo were dead, etc), but after some work, we had a good working cluster again.

Yup, it is that time of the year again when we pull out the toys for a few warm months of fun……(screw you guys in “California” or “Florida” and your warm weather year round:) ). Doesn’t matter if it is to the track, or to the lake, but before you head out on that trip out of town, it is very important to give your trailer a good inspection and service to ensure it will not leave you stranded on …

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My buddy Kelly dropped off his 997C4S as it was due for the self contained supercharger oil to be changed. We had not done it since I installed the supercharger a few years ago, and the miles were up. Because I am such a nice guy, and Kelly does like to tinker, I figured I would do a little write up here for him so he can do it on his own in the future. It is very time consuming …

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With the race/DE season quickly approaching, it was time to pull the gray SP3 turbo out of storage and get it ready for the season. We aren’t anticipating anything too terribly large this year as we did most of the big build last year, but a season of track time was good for feedback on our next steps to take with the car. We got feedback that a removable steering wheel for ingress/egress and better pedals for heel/toe shifting would …

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Had this MB C300 come into the shop this week to catch up on it’s Service A. A good inspection indicated it needed filters on top of the oil change, but all in all is a fairly basic service. Lots of inspection, etc. Engine intake box removed to replace the filters and change the oil. And upside down. And 2 new filters going in! Then it was time for an oil change. A change of the cabin filters and an …

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Yup, it’s that time of year again. Chump car racing! A couple weeks ago we ventured down to Hallet for the Luck of the Irish twin 7’s. We had a few small issues from last year which I took care of for this season, and the car ran flawlessly on Saturday, taking us to a 6th place finish out of about 35 cars. Sunday was not so kind, as she made it through 3 hours, then Kris “Hammerfist” Loveless overheated …

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I know, I’ve been lazy about blogging. Not typically the case, but it happens on occasion. I have been slamming out work in the shop trying to get ready for the season, so my nightly duties have fallen to the backseat. Awhile back I posted about separating a 944 rear hatch glass from it’s frame so we can reseal it. A common issue with these cars. This is typically where the separation occurs. It will not only rattle, but also …

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