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25 Feb
2010
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Downpipe and High-Flow Cat Causing Check Engine to Come On, Trick Your Oxygen Sensor

I have a 2006 Audi A3, and a couple years ago I decided to put on a high-flow downpipe and Cat. I believe it was a A.W.E Downpipe and Cat. Anyways, After installing it on my car, a day later the check engine light came on. The car was running fine, so i want sure what was wrong. After running a diagnostics check on it, we found out that the rear Oxygen Censor that is right behind the Cat was triggering the check engine light to come on. The new Cat that had been installed with this downpipe restricted the air coming through the exhaust a lot less, causing the oxygen sensor to set off the check engine light. So after clearing the check engine light, and having it come back on time after time I got sick of it, and just left it. I mean, there was no way i wa going to take off the new downpipe and reinstall my stock one. So I have been just driving with my check engine light on for over 2 years now. Resetting it with every standard maintenance check, but it would just come right back on a day or 2 later and stay on.

Finally I decided to search around to see if there were any solutions for this. A couple years ago I couldn’t come up with anything to fix this problem. People said there were ways to trick the sensor, but i wasn’t finding anything helpful on the internet. But now it seems like this is a pretty common issue. I searched Oxygen Sensor Spacers and found a ton of them on the internet. I ordered a $10 O2 Sensor off ebay, and installed it on my Audi A3. I had the check engine light reset, and haven’t seen that damn light come on since!

It is so nice not having to drive around with that annoying check engine light on anymore. The strange this is that I had bought my downpipe and cat from a friend who used it only for a couple months to write a review on it. He never had an issue with his check engine light coming on though. But when I installed it on mine, the check engine light never stayed off for more than a day. I guess every car can be slightly different, even though we had the exact same year and model car. Strange how that works.

I am just glad that they came up with a really cheap and easy way to trick the Oxygen Sensors on your car.

(Pictures to come)

28 Sep
2009
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Jiffy Lube Messed Up My Car, Jiffy Lube Workers Ruined My Body Kit

Today I took my car to Jiffy Lube for an oil change… What a mistake!

I drive an Audi A3, which sits at a fairly average height off the ground. It is not lowed or anything, but I do have an aftermarket body kit on it which sits a little close to the ground than the stock body kit. The side skirts on the car hang down and wrap underneath the frame of the car. The side skirts have cut outs where you can jack the car up so that you don’t break or scratch the kits in both the front and the back.

Like most mechanic and auto shops they have car lifts that you drive over and they go up along the whole under frame of your car to lift it.  In my case and other cars with unique body kits, you would just need to position blocks in the spots under the car where the lift could push up on the frame of the car and not the body kit. This is nothing new, I have never had a problem with this at any shop I have gone to.  But the inexperienced idiots at Jiffy Lube decided to just lift the car straight into the side skirts with out positioning blocks to lift the car by the frame only.

The Side skirts were buckling outward and starting to become detached from the car which also made some scuff marks in the paint on the underside of the side skirts from the lift. After yelling at them and telling them to lower the car down I went in to show the manager what had happened. He came out to look and tried to tell me that the car was being lifted up by the frame. I showed him how much of the side skirt came unglued from the pressure of the lift against it and that the car was clearly not being lifted by the frame alone.  After arguing about it with him for a while he realized that they were in the wrong and they messed up. He offered to put some silicone in there to try and fix it, but after seeing how incompetent they were with just lifting the car, I didn’t want some janky ass glue job all over my paint.  The paint was messed up too, which he couldn’t do anything about. I told them to just leave it alone and finish my oil change.

After they finished I go inside to pay, the total was $82 and some change. Synthetic oil changes are not cheap, I wasn’t happy about that to begin with. I was expecting some sort of discount, or something for them jacking up my body kit. After he told me the total which he did not discount anything at all from, I was furious! I let him know about it! So he adjusted the price for me…. all the way down to $72 and some change. A whole $10 dollars off for almost ripping off my side skirts and fucking up the paint on the underside of them. At this point I just wanted to get out of there, these idiots know nothing about customer satisfaction, and even more important they don’t know how to lift your vehicle which they have to do day in and day out!

I paid and left, pissed as hell! Then the kicker… When I got in the car, there is a $10 off coupon on the seat that they leave in there for you if you bring a second car back to have an oil change. That asshole gave me a standard $10 off coupon, nothing more for all the damage they had done to my body kit! Thanks Jiffy Lube!

Jiffy Lube had some of the worst customer service that I have ever seen! I will never take my car back there after that incompetent performance by some lazy as mechanics.