BMW Factory ISTA System UPDATE

Greetings fellow Technicians, Car Commando Field Tip. Listen Up, BMW ISTA System has a NEW update.

This UPDATE is almost 3 hours long! So be patient when performing this UPDATE. Me, I did this update on my ISTA the night before, so I wouldn't stare at the screen.

A "watched pot" never boils!

For those who do not use ISTA yet, you will eventually.

"ISTA-Sys-000 2.22.17", "ISTA-VIN-000 10.09.20"
and "ISTA/P 2.39.2" will be/is the next version.

Package Content:

1) ISTA-Sys-000 2.22.17 corrects the following issues:

Test plan "B1214_NG6DMTL" ends abruptly while performing

Volkswagen Rear Parking Brake System Diagnostics

Here's the Car Commando's Tip From the Field: Straight from the EDR Technical Site.

A fellow Technician and friend of mine posted this to my site.

I think this may be a REAL helpful tip for those of you out there that have experienced these issues:

I see a lot of those harnesses break at the rear brake calipers, the way they are positioned when the weather pac fails / leaks water gets it and the harness just dissolves.

German Carmakers "Stuff" Auto Sales

Those wily Germans! Turns out the automakers are bolstering their sales figures by engaging in a practice know as "self registration". Essentially they're selling the cars to their dealers and to themselves, and creating bogus sales figures by doing it. And deceiving their shareholders in the process.

Here's the whole story courtesy of Automotive News Europe:


Happy July 4th to America & the Group

Car Commando on guard duty.
Just wished to take the time to say "Happy 4th of July" to all my friends, and the group on EATS!
Just don't blow yourself up. Been there. Make sure to have all fingers and toes when its all over. And a special OORAH! to our servicemen and servicewomen that sacrifice their time and sometime their last full measure of bravery, to defend what is NOT FREE: Freedom.

Porsche Cayenne Emmissions Malfunction

Car Commando Tip of the Day.
This is generally in regards to the Porsche Model:
2007 PORSCHE Cayenne Turbo

MIL light ON. Code P2404 EVAP emission system leak detection pump sensor circuit range performance.

If you get a Cayenne with an EVAP code make sure you check for oil in the leak detection pump (LDP as it's called).

As I have seen this for the third time this year in relationship to the turbo models, go and check the old vacuum pump once it is removed and search for oil in the assembly. It's just, like the BMW brake booster pumps.


Filmmakers from Wake Forest University are at work on a full length documentary celebrating the station wagon! It's about friggen time...this is exactly the kind of film that an old fart with no life like me wants to watch! Brings back memories of road trips through the White Mountains with my parents back in the '60's; black bears on top of 50 foot poles, cheesy plastic "Indian" artifacts and our brakes overheating on the Kancamagus Highway

Intelligent Battery System TIP for E60-E61

Car Commando Tip of the Day:
For vehicles produced before 12/2006:
If terminal 15 can no longer be switched using the START-STOP button, or the electrical steering interlock (ELV) cannot be unlocked, check IBS (Intelligent Battery System) cable (located on the negative post of the battery) for traces of dampness.
First, extract & examine DTC fault code memory entries regarding the IBS.
IBS can be defective due to moisture, and keep the wake-up line at high level. In this case, replace the IBS cable.

EIS (Electronic Ignition Switch) ML Models

Car Commando Tip of the Day:
Mercedes ML series: Engine cranks and runs for a few seconds and then codes are set.
Codes P1570 and B1703
First thing to do is go to terminal 15c at the EIS and see of there is B+ there.
If not, jumper B+ to 15c of the EIS and see if the engine starts. Problamatic EIS switches in the
early model (1997 thru 200 163 Chassis Mercedes ML).

Late model VW A/C Compressor Shut Off Codes

Applies to: 2004 > Touareg, Phaeton; 2006 > Passat, Jetta, GTI; 2007 Rabbit, EOS

If for any reason the A/C compressor is shut off by the control head, MVB code may be triggered. Check MVB 13 field 1 for Touareg and Phaeton systems and MVB 1 field 1 for all other vehicles listed (including 2006 and later Climatic systems). Explanations of the cut off codes are listed below.

A/C cut-off Codes

0 = Compressor on (no shut-off requirement of the A/C compressor detected)

1 = Compressor off (refrigerant pressure was or is too high)

A3 Temperature Gauge Diagnostic Tip!

It's been a long and tedious 10 days for Gary and I. Though a very successful seminar tour, I have the distinct feeling that "burnout" is right around the corner. Left, Right, Left, Right, Up and Down.........wings across the North American continent.
Looking forward to just sitting at my desk and working on the On-Demand Video for the group. and now I have all my ducks lined up in a nice straight row. Time to knock them down starting tomorrow, as long as the jet lag doesn't make me feel like "Godzilla" stepped on me.