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Infinity Idle Problems, Check engine light


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We had an Infinity the other day with a high idle problem and a logged error for idle control. We diagnosed it as a bad idle control motor which took out the computer. The problem is that the computer needed to be re-programmed. So we had to send the car to the dealer for the reprogramming. We are seeing more and more of this.

 

What are your plans to compete in the future? Should we concede and just send these cars back to the dealer?

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My plans are to own the laptop test equipment to do the programming myself. The factory systems are becoming more and more cost efficient. Honda, Toyota and Nissan systems are less than $1500 for each system and then you have access to the same diagnostic equipment the dealers have.

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Isn't that programmable via J2534? The tools aren't that cost prohibitive, but if they are only used once or twice then cost becomes a factor. It could become a profit center for you if you are the only independent in town with re-flash capabilities.

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Infinity is one car we will not invest in equipment for. The closest dealer to us is 130 miles away and we see very few Infinities here. We will work on them to the extent that we are able.

 

The only car maker we flash is Toyota. The question is how often do we need to do this and are we able to get a return on our investment? Also, what vehicle makes do we buy the programs for?

 

I think we as business people will need to make some hard choices in the future. I had a Volvo last summer with a bad window motor, only to find out that after I installed the motor, it had to be re-programmed. This is a deliberate act to get that car back to the dealer.

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