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Drivers Information Module (DIM) Messages for Aston Martins (1/11/2023) - Gaydon era Aston Martins like the Vantage, DBS, Rapide, Virage, Vanquish and my 2005 DB9 have a Drivers Information Module (DIM) located on the dash within the Tachometer face.   This provides all sorts of information from your “Driver Door Open” to  the more cryptic and ominous ‘Emission System Service Required’.   The issue is they have …

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Determine if your Aston Martin V12 has 2 pin or 3 pin Coil Packs (4/20/2022) - A common issue with the V12 Aston Martin engine is that the coil packs begin to fail causing a misfire. When ordering replacements you need to know if they are the early 2-pin or later 3-pin versions. The problem is that you can’t know for sure before you start. Aston Martin made the design change …

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Lubricating the Door Locks in an Aston Martin DB9 (4/19/2022) - A maintenance task most owners won’t think about is to periodically lubricate the lock mechanism in their Aston Martin. With electronic central locking and the remote key fobs almost no-one uses the key any more. Until of course you have a dead battery and need to open the car the old fashioned way. Let me …

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Acronyms used in Aston Martin Workshop Manuals (3/5/2022) - If someone asked you to check if the BCM is communicating to the CEM over the CAN, would you think to check it with the AMDS?  Uh – can you repeat that in English please!   The official Aston Martin Workshop manual is bristling with Acronyms, and knowing what they mean will make taking care of …

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