Hybrid Lexus

This hybrid Lexus was in our workshop to have a front camera fitted.

A neat professional and safe  job done. Another happy customer.

 

Hyundai wiring fault

 into our workshop was this Hyundai for a wiring fault. The fault was traced to behind the dashboard. As you can see here there is quite a bit of dismantling to gain access to the loom.

Mercedes SLK350 Parking sensors

Audi TT

This Audi was towed in as a non runner,the customer saying he thought it was a immobiliser problem. We checked for spark, that was OK. We checked fuel at the rail OK. We checked compression and air, again both OK. So if all things needed to fire are present was it timing? As we checked the fuel it didn’t seem quite right. We decanted some and found this

Water in the fuel. Next we had to find out why it was there. Bad fuel from a station? Leaking fuel system? After talking to the customer he said it had been laid up for months and on examining the fuel cap which on these cars is on top of the wing if had water damage in it

So we powered up the fuel pump to drain the system, ran some fresh fuel through and drained again, fitted new filter. Finally filled her up and ran the engine.

2007 Merc GL350

Exterior Lights Faulty – not working properly

Exterior lights faulty – Into our workshop was this lovely Mercedes GL350. The customer complaint was with the exterior lights, some not working and some on all the time so flattening the battery.

A quick serial scan showed various communication errors from the rear SAM. Access was gained and straight away the fault could be seen

Water had gotten into the module and damaged it. The module was removed and stripped to see if a repair was possible. The condition of the pcb was beyond repair.

A new genuine unit was sourced and fitted. Adaptions performed, all external lights and all other functions controlled by the SAM were checked for operation and with everything OK the customer picked up the car,  happy with a first time fix with no unwanted parts and no guess work.

XSARA PICASSO Airbag fault

Airbag Fault Issue

Airbag fault – This vehicle came in with a intermittent airbag fault. Fault codes related to left hand side crash sensor.

To gain access to sensor passenger seat was removed and the carpet lifted.

Wiring was checked for resistance between sensor and airbag module and was all good.

All power and grounds were load tested at the module and found to be good..

The module was tested faulty. A substitute module was sourced and coded to car.

Another car diagnosed correct first time. No wasted expense on unwanted parts.

Car Battery Replacement – DIY or call an auto electrician?

Car Battery Replacement – If your car battery is not performing as it should be then its likely you will need to replace it. Whilst this may seem daunting to some, this is not as big a job as it sounds and may be possible to do it yourself, as long as you are careful. Faulty batteries can be very dangerous for a number of different reasons. The acid inside them is extremely corrosive and if there are any leaks it can do a lot of damage. Electricity itself is very powerful and if you connect the wrong wires to the wrong connection points then you could end up seriously injuring yourself or seriously damaging your vehicle.  If you do decide to do it here are some top tips.

Tips on how to replace your Car battery

1. Park your vehicle on a level surface in a place with enough space to get full access to the bonnet and the engine.
2. Ensure you wear protective clothing covering your eyes and hands at all times. Battery acid is highly corrosive and can cause permanent damage if it comes into contact with your eyes or skin.
3. Before you disconnect anything, ensure that you have all of the security codes for the electrical components of your car. Radios, Sat Nav’s etc. usually ask you to put in a code once you have replaced the battery and you may not be able to use any of these features until you have entered the correct number.
4. Open the bonnet and find the battery, it shouldn’t be too difficult to locate. Most of them are next to the engine but in some makes and models of car they are to be found in the boot or under one of the seats.
5. If it is difficult to tell the wires which connect the battery apart then you should label them as positive and negative before you disconnect them. Rewiring the car in the wrong order could seriously damage the electrical system.
6. Disconnect the negative cable, making sure that the clamp doesn’t make contact with any metal components of the engine.
7. Do the same for the positive cable.
8. Carefully take the battery out of the vehicle. Be warned, batteries are quite heavy and can be awkwardly positioned so you may need another pair of hands to help you remove it safely.
9. Prepare the new battery and double check that the battery you are about to put in is the correct model for the car. Then screw the battery back in to place.
10. Reconnect the positive cable first, taking care to ensure that it is securely fastened in place and that the cable is not in the way of anything else. The clamp should be as close to the base of the post on the positive terminal as you can get it.
11. Then reconnect the negative cable, taking care to ensure that it is securely fastened in place and that the cable is not in the way of anything else. Again, the clamp should be as close to the base of the post on the negative terminal as possible. You can start the car. If the replacement has been successful, the engine will start and there will not be any warning lights on the dashboard.
12. Enter all of the security codes to restart your electrical equipment and you’re good to go!

Summary

If the car doesn’t start then there is a good chance that you have done something slightly wrong. Don’t try to correct the problem yourself unless you are 100% sure of what the problem is. You could ruin the whole of your vehicle’s electrical system which would be a much bigger job to sort out.

If all this sounds a little daunting and you don’t feel 100% confident in all these things, then you may be better taking your vehicle to a specialist auto electrician near you. The last thing you want is to do any lasting damage to your vehicle or injure yourself in any way?

Jag XKR

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The future of Electric Cars may be sooner than you think

After many false dawns the electric car is finally making headway in replacing the internal combustion engine.

The future of Electric Cars – A recent update by Transport & Environment suggests that by the end of the year there will be more than half a million battery, electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles on Europe’s roads; and sales this year should account for 1.5 percent of the market. These figures may be modest with all things considered it appears the electric car is finally forcing carmakers from their comfort zone.

Volkswagen recently launched its I.D. concept car, which is set for production in 2020 and will have an electric range of at least 400 kilometers. Herbert Diess, head of the VW brand, described the car as “revolutionary,” comparing its impact on the brand’s history to the Beetle or the Golf. This followed an earlier announcement that the VW Group aspires to get a quarter of its sales from electric by 2025 and is planning 20 models.

Mercedes launched an equivalent Generation EQ concept car that will become a new sub-brand with at least 10 plug-in models.In other announcements, Vauxhall unveiled the Ampera-e  and Renault and BMW detailed upgrades of the Zoe and i3 respectively, with Renault commenting: “Our vision of the electric market is that it is not a niche market.”

The future of Electric Cars – So why are carmakers finally changing their attitude? Four recent developments have been particularly important in triggering action:

  • The rapid growth in EV sales in China, which is now the world’s biggest market and dominated by national manufacturers. Non-Chinese carmakers are desperate to succeed in this expanding market and terrified their Chinese competitors, like BYD, will soon be successfully exporting to Europe;
  • The astonishing fall in the price of battery packs to around $150 per kilowatt hour, a level which makes EVs competitive with conventional vehicles. Also, it is possible to produce affordable EVs with ranges of over the psychologically important 300 kilometer range;
  • The success of the Paris climate talks is driving a progressive tightening of car CO2 emissions limits around the world, inevitably leading to a gradual phase out of fossil fuels. This has been hastened by the dieselgate scandal and the realization that the rest of the world will not be tricked into using diesel as a way to artificially reduce CO2 emissions as Europe did;
  • The remarkable pre-sales of the new Tesla Model 3 — a car for which 400,000 drivers put down $1,000 each without even sitting in it. Suddenly even German premium carmakers recognized that a true market exists that they needed to supply it.

The future of Electric Cars – Fears that electric cars will decimate the value of the important European automotive sector also appear to be unfounded. VW has outlined plans for a €10 billion battery factory; Samsung SDI is to invest €320 million to build an electric-vehicle battery plant in Hungary; meanwhile LG Chem is reported to be planning a factory in Wrocław, Poland. Independent studies estimate that the shift will create between 500,000 and 1 million jobs by 2030.

Electric cars are not a panacea but together with e-bikes, electric scooters, trains and trams, they will provide the opportunity for a cleaner, greener mobility future that assigns dirty diesel cars and trains, which choke cities and commuters, to the scrapyard of obsolescence. It is no longer a question of whether this happens — but how quickly.

Peugeot 207 roof trouble

The roof on this vehicle was inoperative.

A fault code for left boot lock switch open/short circuit

The switch is located within this roof hinge. We tested switch OK. So the loom was removed and examined and a break found. We reset roof, cleared fault codes and the roof was fully operational again.