Molgrips car #4 – A New Hope
Footflaps’s story is exactly what I’m afraid of.
My advice would be find a local tuner who can do custom remaps and has a rolling road (as they will know a lot more about ECUs than VAG dealers). I used AMD in Bicester, but they’ve since gone out of business and been bought up by someone else.Posted 4 years ago
Yeah they’re on my list. Tempted to do the ‘give it back when it’s fixed’ thing too, but I’m convinced they’ll either spend hours finding out what I already know or change half the car and then say ‘dunno’.
Going to call http://the-ecu-doctor.co.uk/ today.
EDIT: I might offer to do them a new website in exchange for fixing my car 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Just to get this right. I haven’t read all so bear with me.Posted 4 years ago
You take the car to a garage who buggered it.
Instead of taking it back to them to fix you take it to everyone and his brother who are struggling to diagnose what the first garage did. Maybe instead of posting on here about what it could be (which seems to take most of your time) just bloody take it back to the first garage and get them to fix it.
Or have I missed something?mrmonkfingerMember
There’s at least two versions of the wiring on ELSA for slightly different variants of the car, and Pierburg make a 4 and 5 pin version of the flap. The pin numbers I have from ELSA are quite different.
I’ll say this again
it sounds like the ECU you have been given simply isn’t matched to your car’s wiring loom – wrong model or year or variant or something.
Until you have an ECU that matches your particular car’s model & variant, all bets are off.
And for that reason, I’m out.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve combed the internet, not one single reference to these problems. Very few people get the exact same error about the flap, and if they do it’s part of a longer list caused by wider electrical problems. Not one single reference to slow shifts.
At least, I couldn’t find any.Posted 4 years agosharkbaitMember
This probably is of no use whatsoever but – my car had the gearbox drained/removed during a flywheel replacement and when it came back it was slow to shift up (i.e. revved too high before shifting).
Took it back to the garage who said that it was probably gear oil level – they topped it up and it’s been fine since.
The moral of this story is – how sure are you it’s an electrical fault?Posted 4 years ago
Hmm. I did think about oil level. I had a look in the box and it seemed ok, but I wasn’t on flat ground.
Given you’ve said that though I might have another look. Or do a top-up based on the procedures online. But like I say, problem only happened when the ecu was changed, it’d done about 20k miles since the gearbox oil change without this problem.
It’s slow both up and down btw.Posted 4 years ago
Yeah but it’s not really going anywhere is it? You’ve got a couple of ideas (mostly based on using someone who knows what they’re doing – well duh!). You just need to either sell it, live with it or fix it.
You don’t want to sell it, fair enough.
You say you want to fix it.
So you’ve either mastered the skills etc via this journey of discovery or you need to use an ‘expert’. Choose one and crack on.
There’s not much more to it is there?Posted 4 years agob rMember
tbh Moly I do have some sympathy as I believe it is usually cheaper/better to repair something you know than to buy something new, but now and again it is better just to get rid.
I ran a m/c past 50k, bought it new and loved it. But when I look back the cost after 35k meant it would’ve been cheaper just to have bought a new one. In the last two years I’ve swapped out 2 cars due to the cost to fix (autobox on one and 2 pages of MOT failures/advisories on the other); but then I buy at the end of the market that lets me ‘walk’ when I need to. Plus always pay cash so no finance issues.
I’d get rid if I was you.Posted 4 years ago
There’s little point in this continuing as it’s currently just a vehicle for
your debating skills…a mob mentality to develop and just have a pop at someone because others have
Take the car to a PROPER expert and say
These Experts you refer to don’t work in garages, they work in VAG development in Germany and you can’t just take your car to them. Having been in the same situation, it’s very hard to find anyone who can properly diagnose ECU problems as the tools don’t exist outside of the manufacturer’s R&D teams.Posted 4 years ago
Don’t be silly Ben, we were just going round in circles. Moly likes to ask for feedback and then forensically examine it to the death. In this case the choices are limited. That’s all.
BTW, I don’t need you to fix my posts thanks, I’ll look after them myself.
<edit> and if it’s impossible to get to someone who knows about ECU’s (I don’t subscribe to this BTW) and Moly doesn’t want to put up with the issue, that just leaves one choice. No?Posted 4 years ago
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