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Monday, November 11, 2019

BMW X1: Whistling noise from door mirror area between 40-50 mph (60-80 kph)


  • We have a 2011 BMW X1 in for service and the customer has complained of a whistling noise from the door mirror area when driving at a constant speed between 40-50 mph (60-80 kph). 
  • We have heard the noise on road test but we are having difficulty finding the source of the whistling noise in the workshop. Have any other X1 owners reported a whistling noise before?

  • Yes, this whistling noise has been reported before on several BMW models produced up to 23/11/13. 
  • The noise is due to excessive clearance between the door mirror housing and the door mirror upper cover. Remove the door mirror upper cover. 
  • Cut a length of felt tape, available from BMW parts department, to a width of 9 mm. Apply felt tape to the indicator repeater lamp Fig.1.1
  • Refit the door mirror upper cover. Carry out road test to ensure whistling noise has been eliminated. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019



We are having problems diagnosing an electrical fault on a 2010 Volkswagen Polo 1,2. The vehicle cranks but won't start and the alternator warning lamp is illuminated. Our scanner has read several faults codes that relate to low battery voltage. We have charged the main vehicle battery and the vehicle will still not start. Can you help?


  • The symptoms you describe are common on all Polo (6R1) models and the cause is a poor connection between the engine earth lead and chassis earth point due to corrosion. 
  • Check for corrosion between the engine earth lead and chassis earth point. Replace component(s) as necessary. 
  • Fit a new earth lead stud on the engine mounting and tighten the stud to the correct torque setting. Check the vehicle starts and erase all fault codes.

Monday, September 16, 2019



We are having problems diagnosing an electrical fault on a 2005 1,6 Mini One. The ABS, ASR and handbrake warning lamps come on intermittently and the speedometer and rev counter needles flicker. We have checked the fuses but my scanner won’t communicate with the ABS system. Has anyone reported this problem before?


  • Yes, this problem is common on this model and is a result of the wiring harness chafing on the ABS hydraulic modulator mounting bracket. 
  • Inspect the ABS control module wiring harness Fig1 and either repair the damaged wires if appropriate or replace the wiring harness. This should cure the problem. 
  • To prevent a repeat of this problem, cut open a length of rubber tube and fix it to the ABS hydraulic modulator mounting bracket Fig2. After repair, check for ABS trouble codes and carry out repairs as necessary. 

Monday, June 3, 2019

Simos PCR 2.1 high-pressure pump engine management system


In diesel engines of the VAG group, in the 1.6 CAYC version , this electronic management system for injection of fuel is carried out using a Simos PCR 2.1 Continental Common Rail System. The high pressure pump is driven by the timing chain and the injectors are the piezoelectric type. The engine control unit controls and regulates the fuel pressure and dose. In this chapter we will discuss the high-pressure pump. 

High pressure fuel pump

This is fixed on the front right hand side of the engine and is driven by the timing belt. It is a two piston pump that works with maximum pressures of 1600 bar.

It incorporates a mechanical pump attached and driven by the same shaft; this pump increases the pressure coming from the fuel electric pump at an internal pressure of 5 bar, thereby supplying the high pressure pistons for the different loading and operating conditions of the system.

Fuel flow regulator solenoid valve

It is fastened to the high pressure pump and regulates the flow of fuel in the high pressure pistons, compressing only the fuel required according to the calculations of the management unit. It works together with the injection rail fuel pressure regulating valve in order to maintain the ideal flow and pressure at each engine load condition.

The solenoid control valve is supplied with 12 V from the battery and a PWM signal manages the control unit. With the engine idling, the duty cycle is lower.

As the engine load is accelerated or increased, the Duty Cycle is greater, increasing the flow of compressed fuel through the pump. It should be taken into account that on increasing the rpm the quantity of fuel compressed also increases.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Technical features and verification of the particulate filter and its additive system (PSA group)


Particulate filter
In this post, we are going to talk about how the particulate filter (FAP) and the additive system function and are verified in PSA (Peugeot and Citroën) group vehicles with BOSCH EDC 16C34 engine management.

For this, we are going to have the assistance of the documentation provided by the platform and take the Peugeot 308 1.6 HDI as an example.

The particulate filter is a component that reduces pollution in vehicles equipped with a diesel engine by filtering the solid particulates from the exhaust gas.

Over time, the filter becomes blocked due to the accumulation of these particulates, ash from the engine oil and other residues. By means of a process called regeneration, the anti-particulate filter burns these residues and thus increases its efficiency.

The regeneration of the particulate filter is controlled by the engine injection unit.

This unit's software:
• Controls the post-injections required for the forced regeneration of the particulate filter so as not to excessively increase consumption or impregnate it with oil.
• Ensures the regeneration process is carried out at the optimum moment.

The engine control unit calculates the saturation of the particulate filter depending on the use of the vehicle, for this it compares the vehicle speed with the engine torque.

The back pressure sensor is a safety element that activates filter regeneration if the calculations are wrong and the filter becomes saturated earlier than predicted.

The accumulated particulates can burn naturally when the optimal temperature (approximately 500° C) is reached due to a heavy engine load for three minutes.

If the above conditions are not met, the engine management system is capable of assisting regeneration by acting on the following points:

- Increase of the electrical consumption of the vehicle: this is intended to increase the resistant torque of the alternator, and thus increase the torque and temperature of the engine.

- The heated rear window, the electric fan at the lowest speed, electric fan at medium speed and the glow plugs are the electrical loads that are activated (in that order).

- Overriding of the intercooler by means of the double throttle air doser: the reduction of the aspirated air density reduces the performance of the engine and consequently increases the temperature of the exhaust gas.

Red: Movement of air with regeneration / Blue: Without regeneration

- The engine management system carries out post-injections in order to increase the temperature at the particulate filter inlet.

In order to facilitate the regeneration process and to save fuel in post-injections, Eolys is added to the fuel (compound based on cerine). This additive lowers the temperature at which the regeneration of the particulate filter starts: from 550°C down to 450°C.

The additive system consists of an electric pump controlled by the engine management unit which injects the cerine from its tank to the fuel tank by means of an injector. The cerine is injected during each refuelling and the injected quantity depends on the number of litres added during refuelling. It is calculated each time the fuel cap is opened and closed (the cap has a built-in presence sensor).

While the engine is running, the Common rail injectors inject the fuel and cerine mixture. The fuel is burnt inside the engine while the cerine passes through to the exhaust system and is deposited on the particulate filter to facilitate its regeneration.

NOTE: To ensure optimal operation of the particulate filter and to prevent its premature deterioration, engine oils must the used with a low phosphated ash, phosphorus and sulphur content.

Fault symptom

- The MIL comes on and the message "Anti-pollution system defective" appears on the central screen.
- Anomalies during driving: Engine noise, jerking, lack of power, engine stalling, etc.
- The vehicle is difficult to start.

First steps:

- Verify the user's complaint.
- The diagnostics machine may indicate the following fault codes:

P0470: Exhaust system back pressure sensor signal:
Back pressure out of range on starting.
P0472 / P0473: Exhaust back pressure sensor signal: Short-circuit to ground/short-circuit to battery positive.
P1447: Exhaust system back pressure sensor signal: Particulate filter clogged.

P1457: Particulate filter defect Particulate filter holed or missing.

P1490: Regeneration not completed: Regeneration demand too frequent.  

P2031: Temperature signal from the rear of the catalytic converter: Temperature implausible before starting the engine.

P2032 / P2033: Temperature signal at the rear of the catalytic converter: Voltage too low / Voltage too high.
Possible causes
- Fault in the exhaust gas recirculation (E.G.R) system.
- Obstruction of the particulate filter.
- Fault in the particulate filter back pressure sensor.
- Electrical connection problem.
- Particulate filter temperature sensor in poor condition.
- Fault in the additive system

Clear all the faults and turn off the ignition for more than 20 seconds.

Start the engine again and drive the vehicle for about 20 minutes at a constant speed of 80 – 120 km/h in order to carry out a complete regeneration of the particulate filter. Try to reproduce the symptom so that the previously stored fault reappears to validate it.

Check that the joining hoses between the back pressure sensor and the particulate filter are not damaged or obstructed.

Check the back pressure sensor is operating correctly, to do this proceed as follows:
Electrical diagram of the Peugeot 308 1.6 HDI injection system
• Check the 5 V power supply between pins 2 and 3 of the sensor with the ignition on.
• Check that there is a voltage of 0.5 V at pin 1 with the engine stopped (this indicates a back pressure of 0 bar) (if this is not the value given, replace the back pressure sensor).
• Start the engine and diagnose the condition of the particulate filter with the voltage reading:
• From 0.4 V to 1.0 V means that the particulate filter is in good condition.
• 4.1 volts corresponds to 0.9 bar of back pressure, i.e. the particulate filter is fully blocked. (Carry out the tests at different engine speeds, and if necessary replace the particulate filter and encode it with an appropriate diagnostic unit).

Check that the particulate filter temperature sensor is operating correctly.
Particulate filter temperature sensor
The resistance of the NTC (Negative Temperature Coefficient) sensor reduces as the temperature increases. There are two different ways of checking that it is operating correctly:

• By observing a reduction in voltage as the temperature increases (measure between pins 1 and 2 of the sensor, without disconnecting it).
• By measuring its resistance (measure between pins 1 and 2, with the sensor disconnected).

Check the particulate filter additive level and check the additive system.

To check the additive level, remove the container located under the car, (normally at the height of the left rear wheel).

If refilling is required, the type of additive can be identified by the colour marked on the filler tube connector:

•Green -> EOLYS 176 or INFINIEUM F7995

It is important not to mix them,
if they are, the particulate filter will age prematurely.

Reset the fuel additive calculator after each filling.

Check the additive pump. For this, activate it with an appropriate diagnostic unit. Then listen for its operation and control its flow rate (50 sec
à 20±5ml) (decouple the additive pipe from the tank and couple a suitable container).

Check the additive injector operates correctly: disconnect the pipe that comes from the additive tank and couple a manual pressure pump. The injector must open at a pressure of 200 ± 40 millibar and withstand a vacuum of 800 millibars.

If these values are not complied with, replace the injector.