Diagnostic Manuals?! Same as Service Manual or Not?

DaneNobby

New member
Hello all,

I have a buddy here in Guyana and his Sprinter 2005 T1N is giving him serious grief
(I'll post on that later and hope like hell someone can help us out there too) :bow:

However, first we have a running dispute about the existence of a "Diagnostic" or "Professional Workshop" manual. :bash: My years of experience as a mechanic tell me there WILL be such a manual for the Sprinter.

He tells me his extensive searching on the internet has produced only the owner's manual and the "Service" manual 2006-VA-Powertrain etc. He insists that manual must be the same thing as the diagnostic manual. :crazy:

So which of us is right?

More importantly, if I am right and there is a third type of manual: Owner, Service & DIAGNOSTIC - then where online can we find it? :idunno:


Really appreciate any quick-fire help
anyone can offer:

We are entering the rainy season down here :dripsarcasm:
and he needs to get moving and off the Caribbean coast, down towards Brazil before he's stuck here for the next 3 months!


Dane.
 

autostaretx

Erratic Member
What content do you expect to *find* in the diagnostic manual?

You mentioned the "2006-VA-Powertrain etc." files.... those *are* diagnostic sequence-structured, keyed by error code.
the Service Manual is a single roughly-40-megabyte PDF file ... 2006-VA-SM.pdf
the Service Manual CD *also* includes the around-a-megabyte-each Powertrain, Chassis, Transmission and Body diagnostic manuals, of which "2006-VA-Powertrain.pdf" is one.

There are also "Training" manuals (Aqua Puttana/Vic posts pages from them to answer questions), but those are explaining how the systems *function*, not step-by-step diagnostic procedures. (you might call them "theory")

--dick
 

DaneNobby

New member
I have all those sections PTrain, Chassis, Transmission, Body etc : He found those online.
The complete Service manual (1200+ pages)

BUT, I am after DIAGNOSTIC / Troubleshooting step by step testing guidelines.

In all the 1200+ pages of this Service manual, and certainly not in the standard Owners's manual, I cannot find such a diagnostic table/process.

I am used to finding that in the Diagnostic/Workshop manuals for vehicles I fix.

For example the Toyota Land Cruiser or the HiLux SR5 both have three manuals owner, service and 'Automotive Repair Manual'
:The third one and it's step by step diagnostics is what I need for the Sprinter.

That way I can systematically work through all the possible causes and solutions for his loss of power and 0404 + 0087 error codes.

So, ever seen such a thing as the MB/Freightliner/Dodge T1N Sprinter Repair/Workshop manual?

Thanks for getting back to us so fast. Appreciate it.

Dane.
 

autostaretx

Erratic Member
You're not going to like the answer:
The first problem is that you're using a ScanGauge instead of a true Sprinter-compatibe diagnostic scanner
(either an MB Star system, a DRB-III with MB/Sprinter parametric module (which provides diagnostic tree info) or a DAD (Dr A Diagnostic device))
Secondly, you're using a 2006 manual for a 2005. Due to MB/Chrysler's poor creation of the US manuals, there are probably some discrepancies in the diagnostic nitty-gritty bits (but yours may be not-so-deep as to fall into that swamp).

The P0404 and P0087 may be either "generic" codes or mis-translated messages.
Here are the "generic" translations:
P0087 Fuel Rail/System Pressure - Too Low
P0401 Exhaust Gas Recirculation Flow Insufficient Detected
P0404 Exhaust Gas Recirculation Control Circuit Range/Performance

If we assume they're correct messages, then (for example) the Fuel Rail message may really be a P2017 (or P2019) code in the Powertrain manual.
The "P0401" EGR message may really be a P2355 in the same book.
Using *those* numbers, you've got diagnostic trees (P2017: page 117 ; P2355: page 150)

good luck
--dick (this post will be replicated in the other thread)
 

autostaretx

Erratic Member
Added: slightly more Sprinter-specific translations:
P0087 Fuel Rail/Sys Press-Too Low
P0401 EGR Sys Failure
P0404 EGR Pos Sensor Rationality

Also: verify that it's a "P" in front of the 0401 and 0404.
If it was a "U", then they'd mean:
U0401 Invalid Data Received From ECM/PCM
U0404 Invalid Data Received From Gear Shift Control Mod(ule)

--dick (who is now moving to the https://sprinter-source.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20868 thread)
 
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talkinghorse43

Active member
Don't know if what you want is there, but there is a MB site you can access for a fee called WIS (workshop information system?). Search here for "wis" + poster "jdcaples" to get there.
 

jdcaples

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Don't know if what you want is there, but there is a MB site you can access for a fee called WIS (workshop information system?). Search here for "wis" + poster "jdcaples" to get there.
Even worse, America appears to be the only country on the planet that offers that WIS access to non-dealership employees. They police this by checking the credit card info. If the original poster is in The Co-operative Republic of Guyana, and has no America-billed credit card, the registration for www.sprintertekinfo.com will fail.... much like my attempts to register for Daimler CBT courses offered to European business-persons.

-Jon
 

DaneNobby

New member
Sprinter Parts suppliers, dealerships and/or freelance experts in the Caribbean (North West of South America): any one got any info?

Is there a decent servicing option and/or parts suppliers in Venezuela, Guyana, Northmost Brazil, Suriname of French Guiana?
 

Altered Sprinter

Happy Little Vegemite
Sprinter Parts suppliers, dealerships and/or freelance experts in the Caribbean (North West of South America): any one got any info?

Is there a decent servicing option and/or parts suppliers in Venezuela, Guyana, Northmost Brazil, Suriname of French Guiana?
Your on the wrong end of the Atlantic pond. EPC WIS Data Mercedes-Benz book of referencing as to your model is not NAFTA generic coding:
The most super expensive system I have seen on a Global basis of inequity is Canada? Africa is the most affordable but it's the same as European sector, you have to be sponsored into virtual online data with Mercedes got ten grand $U.S Or $AU?
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Richard
 
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DaneNobby

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Your on the wrong end of the Atlantic pond
Richard
REALLY?! There is NOBODY from Venezuela across the Guyanas & Suriname through into Northern Brazil than can service a Mercedes Benz or supply parts?! No Freightliner or Dodge dealerships or specialists either?!

If so, I am really shafted.

Thinking about replacing 3 sensors: Air Intake, MAF and Oxygen - sound like it might help?
 

Aqua Puttana

Poly - Thread Finder
REALLY?! There is NOBODY...
If so, I am really shafted.

Thinking about replacing 3 sensors: Air Intake, MAF and Oxygen - sound like it might help?
Maybe check with these people? The front page indicates they travel South America.


http://www.sprinter-rv.com/2012/02/11/sprinter-overlanding-a-way-to-change-your-life/

I found it with a Google search.


Blind parts replacement is generally not very effective, but you seem to have no real source of computer code access. vic
 

jdcaples

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If so, I am really shafted.
Vic has lots of T1N information in print that he converts to digital format and posts regularly.
www.alldatadiy.com has all the Dodge service information and they don't care where your credit card is billed.

Yeah, if you're dead set on Mercedes-Benz/Daimler info, you're up a creek. You can get parts shipped anywhere; but like Vic says, that's an inefficient way to go about solving a problem.

Post a VIN. We'll harvest its data card if we can (haven't met a VIN that can't be "carded," but you never know) and if it's a "Dodge" engine, www.alldatadiy.com will have enough service info to help out.

-Jon
 

DaneNobby

New member
Thanks Jon but it's a Freightliner badged van not a Dodge.
VIN: #WDYPD7441X55778695

PS. Can Anyone help me get out of mobile view in the forum?!
I can't get to any 'escape hatch' or option; tried clearing cookies, access in two different browsers and 1 phone. Still stuck
 

jdcaples

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Thanks Jon but it's a Freightliner badged van not a Dodge.
VIN: #WDYPD7441X55778695

PS. Can Anyone help me get out of mobile view in the forum?!
I can't get to any 'escape hatch' or option; tried clearing cookies, access in two different browsers and 1 phone. Still stuck
Freightliner Sprinters were part of DaimlerChrysler Vans of North America, LLC.

Freightliner dealerships after 2003 used the same computers to order parts and for service info as did Dodge dealerships.

For all intents and purposes, a 2003-2009 Freightliner Sprinter is a Dodge Sprinter with different logos.

Please double check the VIN. I think something's amiss with the string "WDYPD7441X55778695" - like it's a character long or something.

-Jon
 
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jmoller99

Own a DAD ODB2 Unit.
The 2002 Freightliner Sprinters also use Dodge part numbers (mostly because they are 99.995% the same as the 2003 Dodge Sprinters). There was some agreement on standardizing parts between them by Mercedes. In 2010, when Dodge moved out of the Sprinter picture, things changed, as far as 2010 and later Sprinter parts are concerned, but 2002 thru 2009 Sprinters can use Dodge (Mopar) for ordering parts in the USA (ie. NAFTA Sprinters), no matter what the Sprinter is badged as (some early 2003 Dodge Sprinters were badged as Mercedes Sprinters - If you watch the Cable Show 'American Pickers' - that is one of those).
 

DaneNobby

New member
Great. Thanks fro the correction/informatio0n jmoller

JDcaples, here is the VIN again VIN: #WDYPD7441X55778695

Seems like it might help after all
 

jdcaples

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Both Dodge and MB reject WDYPD7441X55778695 as a valid VIN.
There is no "Freightliner" VIN checker.

Where was this built?
Is the date of manufacture on the vehicle anywhere? On NCV3s, the date of manufacture's on the drivers' side, on a plate, along with the VIN and some other info.

Can you photograph the VIN plate and post a picture?



-Jon
 

Aqua Puttana

Poly - Thread Finder
Wasn't there a Russian site which was pretty complete for looking up VIN numbers? It's not convenient for me to a search right now. vic
 

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