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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 5:44 pm    Post subject: Glossary of Troubleshooting Terms Reply with quote

Glossary of Troubleshooting Terms.
Help those who are trying to help you! Before you post what it Feels, Looks, Smells or Sounds Like. Look it up and see what it means.
Thanks to Autozone.
Troubleshooting
Feels Like
Looks Like
Smells Like
Sounds Like

VW Dictionary
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/dic/

Edmunds Alphabetical Glossary of Automotive Terms

Car and driver glossary of terms

Autotrader Glossary of Automotive Terms

Wyotech Auto Mechanic Slang

British automotive slang

http://www.car-trouble.com/symptoms.html
http://www.bruceandjacks.com/inspections/glossary-of-car-care-symptoms/
http://www.pearsonhighered.com/myasetestprep/PDFs/M01_MOTO0256_00_SE_L01.pdf
http://www.mycertifiedservice.com/Tips/DiagnosingTheProblem.jsp
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:08 pm    Post subject: GLOSSARY OF CARE CARE SYMPTOMS Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

------------------------DRIVABILITY DATA FORM--------------------------

1.Vehicle Information:
Year:_________________ Make:___________Model: _______________
VIN: ________________________________ Mileage:_______________
Engine Type:___________
Carb: Mnf. Mdl#:________________________FI: Mnf. Mdl#:_________
Distributor: Mnf. Mdl#:_______________________________________
[ ]Points [ ]Electronic [ ]SA [ ]SVSA [ ]SVDA [ ]DVDA

DRIVABILITY SYMPTOMS

Please check all symptoms that apply to your vehicle:

2.Vehicle Repair or Maintenance Recently Performed:
[ ]Yes [ ]No Please explain___________________________________
____________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
3."DASH LIGHTS":
[ ]Red (oil) [ ]Red(B) (brake) [ ]Green (gen/alt)
[ ]Glows steadily [ ]Glows intermittently [ ]Never comes on

4.Cranking:
[ ]Will not crank makes no noise [ ]Will not crank just clicks
[ ]Cranks slowly [ ]Cranks normally

5.When starting:
[ ]Will not start [ ]Will not start but tries
[ ]Starts and dies [ ]Starts normally

6.Operating temps when difficult to start:
[ ]Cold
[ ]Warm
[ ]Normal
[ ]Hot


7.When idling, my vehicle:
[ ]Will not idle [ ]Idles rough [ ]Idle hunt
[ ]Idle surges [ ]Idle too low [ ]Backfires
[ ]Idles too high [ ]Idles normally

8.When driving, my vehicle:
[ ]Backfires [ ]Hesitates
[ ]Stalls [ ]Has a fuel or gas odor
[ ]Stalls when slowing or stopping [ ]Runs too hot
[ ]Vibrates excessively [ ]Runs to cold
[ ]Lacks Power (sluggish) [ ]Misses
[ ]Pings (Spark knock, detonation) [ ]Cuts Out
[ ]Stumbles

9.Smokes excessively:
[ ]Black [ ]Blue [ ]White

Other Symptoms:
10.Transmission shifts: [ ]Hard [ ]Grinds [ ]Not at all
[ ]Pops out of gear [ ]Normally
[ ]Poor fuel mileage
[ ]Emissions test failure____________________________________

Conditions of Occurrence:
11.Time:[ ]Day [ ]Night

12.Speed:
[ ]Idle [ ]Low speed [ ]Stop and Go [ ]Highway (Cruise)
[ ]High Speed [ ]Acceleration [ ]Deceleration

13.Distance:
[ ]Less than 2 miles/3.2km [ ]From 2-10 miles/3.2km-16km [ ]More than 10 miles/16km

14.Conditions:
[ ]Uphill [ ]Downhill

15.Frequency of Conditions:
[ ]Always [ ]Intermittently [ ]Regular Frequency
[ ]After _______ miles/km

16.Weather Conditions:
[ ]Cold weather [ ]Hot weather [ ]Wet/Raining [ ]Snow
[ ]Fog [ ]Dirt/Dust

17.Driving Conditions:
[ ]When Shifting [ ]While Turning [ ]While Braking
[ ]With A/C ON [ ]Uphill [ ]Downhill

18.Driving Habits:
[ ]Start cold engine and drive immediately
[ ]Start cold engine and allow to warm up
[ ]Mostly highway driving
[ ]Mostly city driving
[ ]Park in garage

19.Average miles driven per day: _____________

20.Fuel Quality:
Type of fuel used ________________
Octane Rating [ ]87 [ ]89 [ ]91 [ ]Greater than 91
Brand of fuel ___________________
Last fill-up date ______________ Miles _______________


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drivability Data Form: data collected of a vehicles road worthiness, and
general operating state.

Year: model year of vehicle, found on, registration or title. Also 10th digit of the Vin is the year. 1-9 = 1971-79. In 1980 they went to letters. A=1980 B=81 and so on.

Make: the vehicles manufacturer. Volkswagen.

Model: found on, registration, tile or script on vehicle. Beetle/Bus/Vanagon/Eurovan/Type 3/411/412/Ghia/Thing/Type 181.

VIN: found on, registration or title. On the earliest models this is the chassis number stamped on the chassis somewhere. On early models this is the 9 digit number after the words “Fahrgest. Nr (chassis number), on the identification plate. On later models it can be found on drivers side of dash, visible looking through the windshield from the outside, and on the driver’s door post.

Mileage: odometer reading.

Engine Type:
Type I&II upright cooling system. Looks like this
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Type III is a Type I engine with pancake cooling system. Looks like this
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Type IV flat engine/spin on oil filter. Looks like this
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Wasserboxer (waterboxer) water cooled Vanagon motor. Looks like this
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Carb: carburetor.
Mnf. Manufacturers name will be on the body of the carburetor.
Mdl. Model number will be on the body of carburetor.
FI.: fuel injection.
Mnf. Unless injection system was changed the manufacturer will be Bosch, they like to put their name and insignia on components.
Mdl. Model, two examples D-Jetronic/L-Jetronic.

Dash Lights: located in your instrument panel. They will light up when you turn the key to the run/first, position without starting the vehicle, for an explanation refer to you owner’s manual. Manuals can be found here.
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/info/

Cranking: starter turning the crankshaft of (an internal combustion engine), typically to start the engine. Turning over the engine.

When Starting: turning the key to the start/second position to start the vehicle.
Will not start: cranks and cranks but does nothing, will not even try to start.
Will not start but tries: while cranking, engine tries to start but will not start.
Starts and dies: starts and runs for a short time but dies.
Starts normally: starts in the usual way.

Operating temps when difficult to start: takes longer than usual to start or cranks won’t start
Cold: first thing in the morning oil dipstick is cold to the touch.
Warm: after driving oil dipstick is warm to the touch.
Normal: after driving oil dipstick is hot to the touch but you can still hold it.
Hot: after driving oil dipstick is burning hot to the touch you cannot hold it without getting burnt.

When idling, my vehicle: a normal idle speed is between 600-900 rpm, refer to the owner’s manual for specifications.
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/info/
Will not idle: dies immediately will not idle.
Idles rough: engine runs unevenly at idle; car may vibrate.
Idle hunt: drops below normal idle speed then returns to normal idle speed but does not go above normal.
Idle Surges: is when idle speed rises above normal idle speed and then drop to or below normal idle speed.
Idles too low: idle speed below vehicle specification.
Backfires: an explosion of prematurely ignited fuel or of unburned exhaust gases in an internal-combustion engine.
Idles too high: idle speed above vehicle specification.
Idles normally: idles speed at vehicle specification.

When driving, my vehicle: motoring down the road in your vehicle.
Backfires: an explosion of prematurely ignited fuel or of unburned exhaust gases in an internal-combustion engine.
Hesitates: momentary lack of engine response as the throttle is opened gradually.
Stalls: engine stops running. Occurs most often at idle.
Has a fuel or gas odor: smells like gas/petro like when you are putting gas in your car.
Stalls when slowing or stopping: engine stops running. Occurs most often during deceleration.
Runs too hot: after driving oil dipstick is burning hot to the touch you cannot hold it without getting burnt.
Vibrates excessively: to move to and fro, especially rhythmically and rapidly.
Runs to cold: after driving oil dipstick is warm to the touch.
Lacks Power: more throttle is necessary than usual to arrive at or stay at a desired speed.
Misses: means that a car's engine skips over one of the processes of its combustion cycle.
Pings: a metallic rattle, imagine the ball bearing in a paint can being trapped in your cylinder.
Cuts Out: loses all power momentarily.
Stumbles: is felt as a sudden or momentary lack of power.

Smokes excessively: like a chimney smoking.
Black: smoke from the exhaust pipe that is thick and dark.
Blue: smoke from the exhaust pipe that is blue or bluish-gray and often oily looking.
White: smoke from the exhaust pipe that is white or looks like steam.

Other Symptoms:
Transmission shifts:
Hard: more than usual effort is required to shift into gears.
Grinds: grinding noise from transmission when you shift.
Not at all: cannot shift into gear.
Pops out of gear: transmission goes into neutral, usually occurs on deceleration.
Normally: shifts as usual.
Poor fuel mileage: more frequent refueling, less miles per gallon/litre.
Emissions test failure: failed emissions/smog test, enter test results.

Conditions of occurrence
Day: headlights off.
Night: headlights on.

Speed:
Idle:
Low speed: the RPM of the engine free from load.
Stop and Go: around town or in traffic.
Highway: freeway/interstate/byways.
High Speed: operating significantly faster than traditional traffic.
Acceleration: increasing speed.
Deceleration: decreasing speed.

Distance: miles traveled.
Less than 2 miles/3.2km From 2-10 miles/3.2-16km More than 10 miles/16km

Frequency of Conditions: frequency is the number of occurrences of a repeating event per unit time.
Always: At all times; on all occasions.
Intermittently: Occurring at irregular intervals; not steady.
Regular Frequency: constant or definite pattern, esp. with the same space between individual instances.
After _______ miles/km: distanced traveled.

Weather Conditions:
Cold weather: below 50f/10c
Warm weather: 50f/10c to 86f/30c
Hot weather: above 86f/30c
Wet/Raining: Water condensed from atmospheric vapor and falling in drops.
Snow: Snow is precipitation in the form of flakes of crystalline water ice that fall from clouds.
Fog: is a collection of liquid water droplets or ice crystals suspended in the air at or near the Earth's surface.
Dirt/Dust: consists of particles in the air that come from various sources, dirt roads, desert and farm regions.

Driving Conditions: when fault occurs.
When Shifting: while changing gears.
While Turning: going around a corner
While Braking: stopping the vehicle.
With A/C ON: air-conditioning on.
Uphill: going up an incline.
Downhill: going down an incline.

Driving Habits: how you normally drive your vehicle.
Start cold engine and drive immediately: in the morning start vehicle and leave immediately.
Start cold engine and allow to warm up: in the morning start vehicle and let it idle for some time.
Mostly highway driving; driving on the interstate/freeway/byways.
Mostly city driving: stop and go driving.
Park in garage: vehicle is under inside when not in use.

Average miles driven per day: how many miles do you drive a day usually.

Fuel Quality:
Type of fuel used: diesel, gas/petro, propane, cng.
Octane Rating: this is labeled on the fuel pump.
Brand of fuel: example, chevron, shell, exon, etc.
Last fill-up date: last time you added gas/petro.
Miles: odometer reading at last fill-up.
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