Jerry G Truglia

  • Our New York shop caters to a lot of customers who own European models and they often present some challenging repairs. Here’s a collection of a few we’ve faced and overcome.
  • Our first vehicle is a 1999 Toyota Rav 4 2.0L with an automatic transmission that came in with the customer concerns of running rough, stalling and an illuminated Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL). 
  • We had a 2006 Volvo XC 90, 2.5 L 5 cylinder with 128,852 miles on the odometer come in with a complaint of low power, stalling and excessive oil consumption.
  • If you are working on European vehicles you know that one of the most common procedures that you will need to perform after replacing a component is Coding. 
  • A 2008 Porsche Boxster with 18,900 miles came in with a TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) problem.
  • As you are working on today’s vehicles you won’t be able to fix many different vehicle problems unless you are able to reprogram the vehicle. Our case in point is a 2006 Ford Explorer with a 4.6L V8 (Figure 1) that came in the shop with an EVAP circuit and O2 heater circuit problem. 
  • This article contains a mixed bag of some common Asian diagnostic tips and techniques on a variety of vehicles. As you read through the different vehicle problems, you will learn what diagnostic route I rode to diagnosis and fix the concerns.
  • The TST/ATTS training center is also a full-time shop located north of New York City and its keeps me current on the problems my students and readers are facing. Here are a few of the recent challenges we faced.