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Why it’s not always a good idea to do a service reset

Posted by George Limnios on

This BMW just had scheduled service performed on it. Before performing a service reset, we saw that the rear brakes had an availability of 4%, which means they were almost completely worn out. If any item on the service list has less than 20% availability, the service light will stay on, so in this case, it's best to inform the customer before proceeding further.Resetting the rear brakes (obviously not recommended) would bring availability back to 100% and the service light will turn off, however, even a short drive will reduce the real availability of the brakes to 0% and then the brake light will...

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Testing, replacing and encoding a BMW footwell control module

Posted by Georgios Limnios on

This is a BMW X5 E70 (2014) that came into the workshop with the cabin lights not working, the indicator lights not working and the main tail lamp not working. Watch the video to see how we determined that the footwell module was faulty, and why after installing it on the vehicle it only needed to be coded but not programmed. Symptom: Several electrical systems in the vehicle are failing. Fix: Test vehicle for fault codes. Identify which fault codes are related to the symptoms and confirm they are permanent (i.e. can’t be cleared unless problem is fixed) Verify fault...

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Installing and coding the correct VW/Audi battery

Posted by Georgios Limnios on

This is an Audi Q7 which was towed back to the workshop with a flat battery. Not an unusual problem, if it were not for the fact that barely two months prior a brand new battery was installed on this vehicle. In this video I will explain why not any aftermarket battery will properly work with Audi vehicles and why they run out of power so fast. I will also show you how to recognize which batteries are 100% compatible and how to encode these batteries using the Autoland iScan-II wt. Symptom: - Car was towed back to the workshop...

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Programming and calibrating a brand new transmission control module on a 2012 Holden Captiva

Posted by Georgios Limnios on

In this video we’ve just replaced a Mechatronic control module on a Holden Captiva 2012 and as expected there’s a fault code logged in the transmission and the gears aren’t engaging smoothly. Watch the video to see how we programmed it (thus permanently erasing the fault code) and how we then calibrated it. Symptom: Gears won't engage smoothly DTC logged (P0602 - “Control module, not programmed”) Fix: Newly installed module needs to be programmed and calibrated Procedure: Program transmission module Raise transmission fluid temperature to above 70°C. Calibrate Transmission Test drive so that the remaining self learn functions are automatically...

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BMW 520 E60 airbag control module reflashing/reprogramming

Posted by Georgios Limnios on

A second-hand airbag was installed on a BMW 520 E60 (2005) and we needed to change the VIN stored in its memory to turn off the airbag indicator which was illuminated on the dashboard. As the VIN number couldn't simply be overwritten with a new one (belonging to this BMW), we had to reprogram the control module form the beginning. Symptom: - Airbag indicator light is onFix: - Correct VIN must be stored in the airbag control moduleProcedure: - Programming and Coding the airbag control moduleTool used: - iScan-II wt

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