April Fools’ Tech Tips

Volkswagen Routan Engine Stalls When it Rains

Vehicle: 2010 Volkswagen Routan (7B1), V6-4.0L (CGVA), Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 162,232

Problem: Customer stated that the engine would intermittently stall when releasing the accelerator pedal mostly when it was wet or raining. It stalled on dry days too but not as often. The malfunction indicator light (MIL) was not ON.

Dodge Caravan fuel pump won’t run but fuse is good

Vehicle: 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan, V6-3.6L, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 113,661

Problem: The vehicle was towed in for a “crank/no start” problem. According to the owner, it started as an intermittent “hard start/extended crank” issue, which eventually turned into the “crank/no start” problem, and at that point, the malfunction indicator light (MIL) came on.

Acura RDX Radio Receives Air Traffic Control Communications

Vehicle: 2016 Acura RDX, AWD, V6-3.5L, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 61,663

Problem: The owner brought his Acura in because when he drives by the local airport, the car radio picks up the communication between the air traffic controller and the pilots. It all started after he had a roof rack installed.


Water Causes Kia Optima Power Trunk to Open

Vehicle: 2013 Kia Optima, L4-2.4L, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 99,231

Problem: This vehicle was brought to the shop because the trunk would intermittently open on its own. There were no warning lights on in the dash. The problem seemed to happen mostly after it rained or the owner took it through the car wash.


CX-7 Window Switch Causes Engine to Stay Running

Vehicle:  2011 Mazda CX-7, AWD, 2.3Turbo, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 132,446

Problem: The vehicle was dropped off at the shop because the driver’s side window would not operate.


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