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    1. +1 on cleaning the area thoroughly. I'd suggest...

      +1 on cleaning the area thoroughly. I'd suggest that you get some flourescent dye (the type that's meant for use in oil) and a UV LED flashlight. Add the dye to the oil and run the engine or just...
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      An implausible signal is one that is ambiguous,...

      An implausible signal is one that is ambiguous, out of range, or otherwise faulty that the ECU or other controller can't make out an actual value from.

      The ECU expects a signal from the angle...
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      Is the combi valve still available? Thanks.

      Is the combi valve still available? Thanks.
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      Get a fluorescent dye for oil and add it to your...

      Get a fluorescent dye for oil and add it to your crankcase. Clean up around the filter and cooler. Run the engine for a while, or just drive normally.

      Shine a UV flashlight on there. You'll se a...
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      I don't think you necessarily have a bad...

      I don't think you necessarily have a bad alternator.

      To make sure, run the engine. Turn off A/C and other accessories.

      Most voltmeters have pointed probes. Take the positive probe and stick it...
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      Audi "Starman" ad

      Nicely done. I was afraid it would be stupid or tacky.

      http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/videos/a41796/david-bowie-super-bowl-ad/?mag=esq&list=nl_enl_news&src=nl&date=020416
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      That was my experience when I worked at the US...

      That was my experience when I worked at the US importing partner of a German microphone company. ;)
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      I usually run the larger Mobil 1 M1-301 filter,...

      I usually run the larger Mobil 1 M1-301 filter, which also increases the system capacity to a little over 5 quarts.

      I figure boosting the oil capacity by maybe 15% can only help.
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      Try www.ross-tech.com

      Try www.ross-tech.com
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      I think the key thing is the intermittent fuel...

      I think the key thing is the intermittent fuel pump relay. Take care of that, and I believe the others will probably clear up as well.

      It could be a bad relay, but it could also be a bad dirty or...
    11. I concur with this recommendation. Pull the...

      I concur with this recommendation.

      Pull the fuel pump relay and clean its contact tabs well, along with the slots in the socket.

      If the problem persists, try swapping the relay.
    12. That's no surprise! ;)

      That's no surprise! ;)
    13. The fuel pump relay is a plausible failure point...

      The fuel pump relay is a plausible failure point that could cut power to all those items. In addition to the relay itself, the problem could lie in the socket or its wiring.
    14. Those codes don't indicate a ground issue (though...

      Those codes don't indicate a ground issue (though there might be one in addition to the problems indicated). You have a V+ problem. "Short to ground" could mean something's actually shorted to...
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      Exactly. Overexcursion. If you use a lot of...

      Exactly. Overexcursion.

      If you use a lot of bass boost, or the driver's in a ported enclosure that's incorrectly designed, the cone could swing way too far and bottom out against tha magnet...
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      OK. Did you buy a new battery for any particular...

      OK. Did you buy a new battery for any particular reason?

      Anyway, measure the system voltage while the car cranks. To keep things easy, you can measure it at the accessory socket.

      If you have...
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      How's your voltage when it's cranking?

      How's your voltage when it's cranking?
    18. Great photos, BTW.

      Great photos, BTW.
    19. It'll only make a difference if the engine starts...

      It'll only make a difference if the engine starts knocking, and the ECU will respond by retarding timing (and reducing boost, I believe), which degrades performance.

      The engine is at greatest risk...
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      What does the catalyst temperature field read?

      What does the catalyst temperature field read?
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