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I'm taking my car to the stealers this afternoon to investigate the following fault which I found when scanning the car with vag-com:

1 Faults Found:

18261 - Powertrain Data Bus: Implausible Message from ABS Controller

P1853 - 35-00 - -

Readiness: N/A

What's the best way of approaching them:

1) Tell them I have vag-com'd the car and found this fault

2) Act dumb and say I keep seeing the ABS light flicker when driving normally

I'm just worried they will tell me i've invalidated my warranty by scanning the car myself, we all know what VW stealers are like!

Any other suggestions welcome.
 

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My stealer prefer me plugging in VAG-COM and taking them a printout because it saves them plugging in their vag-tool for anything else other than actually curing the problem! they can order any parts needed without actually seeing the car.

eg: when I had my DV problems on my 1.8T I told them the problem they ordered the new DV fitted it and cleared the code. easy!
 

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Im getting my MK4 VAG 'COM'd' next week from a specialist garage. Theres no noticible problems, however just a small 'blip' in acceleration sometimes.

Sorry to butt into the thread.
 

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I have told my dealer that I use VAG-COM, in some respects it shows them that you are not a mug and that you know your stuff. If I was going in with an airbag controller fault I would not be telling them.
 

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I nomally do a scan before I go to the dealer and as royster says print out the faults.

It lets them know that you want the problem fixed.
 

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Exactly right Martyn! instead of saying to you:

"Oh yeah you've got a problem!"

"Ok when are you going to fix it?"

"Oh you want it fixed as well?"
 

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My dealer was a bit shocked that I had the equipment to look at the fault codes...

Especially when his the size of a 32" tv...
 

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If you're a bit worried about telling them, say your mate works for SEAT/Skoda or something and has scanned it for you on their dealer diagnostics!
 

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I think it should not cause a problem. It does show you know a bit of whats going on, plus, if they plug it in, and say, we couldnt find anything wrong, (as how often do they actually check the car without looking at the diags first?) then the fact you can wave a sheet with fault codes should make them sort it.

The one thing I wish the system would do though, is put a datestamp on the faults. I jsut think that would help make things easier to track.
 

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I've never had problem with scanning airbags although my buthole is going through the routine of 50p/5p/50p/5p - you get my drift?
 

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I had this fault just before xmas and cleared it. I checked last Saturday and it's not come back. If yours is a hard fault let us know what the problem is as mine might be on the way out.

By the way I would tell the dealer. If he gets funny about the warrantee find another dealer. Ones like that aren't interested in the customer or their cars.
 

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Quote: posted by Royster on 07/01/2005 11:10:55

I've never had problem with scanning airbags although my buthole is going through the routine of 50p/5p/50p/5p - you get my drift?

er...Royster you are minging! I never dared to scan the airbags on mine! [/scardy_cat]
 

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Cable can be obtained from a groupbuy running at the moment, I got my software activation code through Cister Automotive and you can download the software from the Rosstech site.
 
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