[V6-12v] Service andCheck Engine Lights
thorp at spacia.org
Sat Oct 28 16:41:50 EDT 2006
On Oct 28, 2006, at 1:28 PM, Casimiro Izquierdo wrote:
> Thanks all of you for your replies. I left the car at the dealer
> to be serviced on Monday, I still have the two year extended
> warranty. I agree that it is unlikely that an oil problem could be
> causing the sound as one could put various grades of oil without
> this happening. In other words the car should not be and probably
> is not supersensitive to an oil grade variation of 5-30 to 10-40..
> Yes the higher grades are not recommended in the winter, but the
> car should not complain with grinding noises because of their use.
> Your assessment of the alternator or the starter not disengaging is
> a strong possibility, I am also guessing a belt being the cause.
> As for the oil filters - I have learned my lesson and will not buy
> the K&N, but will go with the Audi extended service one next time.
> When I said factory approved filters I incorrectly expressed myself
> - the Audi filters list a number of aftermarket filters on the
> outside of the can that should be compatible with these
> cars. No, they are not factory approved, but the Audi filters do
> list them. Perhaps semantics. The dealer discouraged me, as most
> of you here have, from using them. For that I also thank you.
> I will pursue next week the suggestion about buying the VAG or the
> Shade Tree diagnostic tool. The VAG people seem to have more
> information on the web than the Shade Tree and the Shade Tree seems
> to be Palm Pilot based, which may not be as powerful as a computer
> based system.. I would have to run a pretty long USB cable from my
> computer since I do not have a laptop.
> Which seems to be the preferred tool in this group?
As far as I have seen, the Ross-Tech tool is preferred by most.
There is a 5 meter limit on USB cables without active extenders, so
that is a consideration. I believe that the max length, with active
extenders, is about 20-25 meters. On the other hand, the VAG-COM
software will run on some junky $200 eBay laptops. It doesn't take
much power. The newest revisions of the VAG-COM software include
text descriptions of many of the fields with would otherwise require
looking up in a service manual (eg, what does measuring block 04,
measurement 1, mean? VAG-COM will often tell you in plain english,
including typical acceptable values, etc.). I can't say whether
ProDiag does or does not have this, maybe someone else can comment?
Oh, if you do get the VAG-COM I'd suggest getting the newest CAN
interface if you're planning on sticking with the brand (or with VW).
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