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Calling All Mechanics.......(my Car Broke)  
User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5093 posts, RR: 35
Posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2048 times:

It appears I have a few problems with my car......

Yesterday while down in Preston I turned the engine on, and the airbag warning light came on, and has remained on ever since. No major deal, I dont plan on crashing anyway so the airbag is not required Big grin

However today things have got slightly worse. I turned the engine on and again the airbag warning light was on. Same as yesterday. However as soon as I exceeded 18mph all the dials on the dashboard died..... Speed, temperature, fuel and RPM all dropped to zero. I continued to drive to work, and every time I hit the breaks and slowed below 18mph they all came back on again.... only to die once I accelerated above 18mph......

So...... any A.net mechanics know whats wrong?

Daz, you fancy coming up to Scotland to tinker with it? Big grin


That'll teach you
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User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3067 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2048 times:

What kind of car is it? What year? How many miles? From what you say, it sounds like it could be an electrical problem.


Chris



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User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5093 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2037 times:

Voltswagen Polo, P reg with 105,088 miles on the clock.


That'll teach you
User currently offlineEWS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2028 times:

Typical Scottish Machinery!  stirthepot 

Futher down you will find advice...



































Buy a better car, south of hadrians wall!  Embarrassment A focus too  bigthumbsup 

Lew Big grin


User currently offlineEWS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2023 times:

Oh and Gavin..



Lew Big grin


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2314 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2018 times:

Quoting Nighthawk (Thread starter):
(my Car Broke)

sucks to be you  Wink


User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2004 times:

Quoting Nighthawk (Thread starter):
So...... any A.net mechanics know whats wrong?

You were going over 18mph.



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8434 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 1999 times:

I thought Gkirk gave you a BMW after you got on your knees for him.

User currently offlineGordonsmall From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2001, 2003 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 1999 times:

Quoting Nighthawk (Thread starter):
Yesterday while down in Preston I turned the engine on, and the airbag warning light came on, and has remained on ever since. No major deal, I dont plan on crashing anyway so the airbag is not required

Don't worry too much about the airbag warning light. The light comes on to tell you the system has been de-activated due to a fault, so it won't go off in your face.

Quoting Nighthawk (Thread starter):
However today things have got slightly worse. I turned the engine on and again the airbag warning light was on. Same as yesterday. However as soon as I exceeded 18mph all the dials on the dashboard died..... Speed, temperature, fuel and RPM all dropped to zero. I continued to drive to work, and every time I hit the breaks and slowed below 18mph they all came back on again.... only to die once I accelerated above 18mph......

Chances are you have a knackered relay - don't worry about it!  Wink



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User currently offlineIlikeyyc From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1373 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 1989 times:

Do other electrics (such as your radio) work when you go above 18 mph? If they do not work, then, without any more information, my tired mind is going to guess that the voltage regulator on your alternator is kaput.

But a shop tech can diagnose your problem better than a.netters several thousand miles away.



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User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 1985 times:

Quoting Nighthawk (Thread starter):

Typical VW build quality........


User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5093 posts, RR: 35
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 1976 times:

All other electronics work fine, even the clock on the dashboard. Only thing that doesnt work is the speed/rpm/fuel etc instruments...


That'll teach you
User currently offlineLH526 From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 2327 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 1959 times:
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Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 11):
All other electronics work fine, even the clock on the dashboard. Only thing that doesnt work is the speed/rpm/fuel etc instruments...

Check the fuses and relais connected to the dashboard and the gauges.

Mario
LH526



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 1941 times:

Nighthawk:
Now that is weird. Ordinarily I'd suggest having the alternator checked out but since speed has something to do with this, I don't know what to tell you.
Thanks to those Germans for there 'sophisticated' engineering. Had you bought a more reliable Ford, I'd be able to tell you what the problem was here in the forums.



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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 1936 times:

To add to his list of problems, I've noticed his car makes a large clunking noise when he changes gears.


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User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5093 posts, RR: 35
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 1936 times:

A small update:

This morning on the way to work it was being very consistant, dying/resuming at 17-18mph without exception.

However i took the car for a spin at lunchtime, on the way into town it was sometimes dying instantly, sometimes at 35mph. On the way back it died once, then recovered and worked fine for the remainer of the trip back to work.

So it may not be speed related...



That'll teach you
User currently offlineBHXFAOTIPYYC From Portugal, joined Jun 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 1908 times:

Umm, a friend with a VW Golf used to have hers cut out going around islands and sharp bends, then pick up again. Can't remember what the problem was, but fuel pump relay comes to mind, and other comments do point to an electrical fault. She did eventually resolve the problem after numerous trips back to VW - she sold it and bought a Rav4 instead.


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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 1899 times:

Well I'll add my issue too.

I have a 1998 Peugeot, piece of French crap, 206, 1.4 LX. Just had a Peugeot engineer out to address a safety recall with the brakes, alas now I just found out one of the brake lights doesn't work! Retard.

Secondly, coming down the M61 the other day some gear linkage seperated and whilst the piece of shit car will stay in gear, the gear stick flops around like, well, use your imagination. How much does that cost to get fixed, I'm waiting for Peugeot man to give me a quote still....

Oh and as it goes, I'm sitting in the car at the moment. It smells funny.

[Edited 2006-08-14 17:25:49]


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User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 1891 times:

Hey Nighthawk,
From the symptoms you described, I would venture to guess that you probably have a sensor that has gone bad. my guess would be one of the deceleration sensors for the airbag. That would explain the airbag warning. since all these sensors are integrated into the EMC, then I could see where these weird things could happen.

I could possibly be more than one thing. Might be in the wheel sensor for the anti-lock brakes (if so equipped).

Just take your car to a mechanic, and they will plug it in an get any error codes.

Good Luck.

Russ



My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31568 posts, RR: 57
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 1891 times:

Quoting 777DadandJr (Reply 18):
Just take your car to a mechanic, and they will plug it in an get any error codes.

Get it computerised checked.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 1883 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 17):
Secondly, coming down the M61 the other day some gear linkage seperated and whilst the piece of shit car will stay in gear, the gear stick flops around like, well, use your imagination. How much does that cost to get fixed, I'm waiting for Peugeot man to give me a quote still....

If you had automatic, you wouldnt have this problem!  Silly

Quoting 777DadandJr (Reply 18):
I could possibly be more than one thing. Might be in the wheel sensor for the anti-lock brakes (if so equipped).

Doubt its ABS. ABS with this could be due to a speed sensor. However there is more than one (around the brake assembly) so unless both of them are broken...


User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5093 posts, RR: 35
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1878 times:

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 20):
Doubt its ABS. ABS with this could be due to a speed sensor. However there is more than one (around the brake assembly) so unless both of them are broken...

This car doesnt have ABS.... at times I wonder if it even has breaks....



That'll teach you
User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1874 times:

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 20):
If you had automatic, you wouldnt have this problem!

Well our BMW is an Auto!

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 21):
at times I wonder if it even has breaks

Apparently it has lots of 'breaks' which probably do include the brakes!  Wink



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User currently offlineCFCUQ From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 712 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1857 times:

Could you hold the car a little closer to the screen ? I can't quite see the problem clearly enough ..........

User currently offlineDuff44 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 1848 times:

To quote NASCAR:

"It done blowed up"  Big grin

Definitely electrical/computer, especially if when the dash cuts out there are no other problems.

Shouldn't be anything a visit to the dealer can't fix.... with electrical I wouldn't leave it though, because you don't want to take any chance of a short or bad connection leading to a fire (which has happened to cars I was riding in on two separate occasions, one of which I had to actually extinguish said fire!  flamed  )



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25 Post contains images GOCAPS16 : Three of my buddies drives Volkwagen here in the U.S. and all three has similar problems. Maybe it's a VW thing. If it's the sensors, is your check e
26 Falstaff : I have never heard of such a VW product, but from what I know about modern VWs in the US market they are problematic with electrical concerns. You may
27 BA787 : AI love that advert
28 Post contains images Cadet57 : Bit redundant if you ask me
29 LOT767-300ER : Have you ever even seen a 1998 Peugeot Cadet57?
30 Falstaff : I can't say that I have. I saw a new Peugeot a few weeks ago in Dearborn, Michigan. It was black. The model was 909 or something like that. It had ma
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