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1989 Acura Integra LS 1.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: JH4DA3356K
Hi, This problem has been a pain in my rear end for a while. The full problem is, the check engine light comes on intermitently, almost every time the car is driven. The light comes on usualy after reaching about 50 mph then decellerating. The code states that... Trouble codes: 17 (Vehicle Speed Sensor)
1990 Audi 100 2.3L ignition switch VIN: WAUBC5447L
I am in the process of changing the electrical portion of the ignition switch and of coure my trusty assistant tried to pry out the old one breaking it. There appear to be two set screws intended to hold the switch in place, looks like half the dash has to com...
1996 BMW 735i 3.5L heater fan VIN: WBAGB62080
This vehicle is fitted with automatic climate control. With ignition switched on, and heater fan switched off, fan running constantly. Found whilst varrying switch control, no change in fan speed, except for high fan speed. Vehicle also suffers from a intermit...
1989 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 2.8L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Misfire VIN: 1G1JF11W6K
Hi. Hope someone can help me with this car. This car came in running very poor, customer couldn't drive in. they ended up pulling it in. Pulled vehicle in shop, found battery completely dead, charged battery. Ran poor so I did a compression test, results above... Trouble codes: 42 (est)
1993 Chevrolet P30 7.4L Fuel gage VIN: 1GBJP37N1P
This motorhome has an erratic fuel gage. Came in 2 months ago with same problem. Dropped tank and found one of the lines on the sending unit was rusted and broke off its weld. Replaced sender which came with new pump. I did not notice any fluctuation, all seem...
2000 Chevrolet Express 3500 5.7L No Start, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1GBJG31R54
no service engine soon light on when turning key on, code p1361, towed in stalled on highway no start, started and running fine, fuel pressure 60 psi, has new ac delco fuel pump and filter, added ground to fuel pump previously for no start, is there problems w... Trouble codes: P1361
2001 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1L No Start VIN: 1G1NE52J71
Hello all, Thanks in advance for any input on our problem. This car came in with a little oil in the coolant. We replaced the intake gaskets to cure this problem. Battery was disconnected for repairs. After reassembly, the engine would not start. We assumed th...
2002 Chevrolet Impala 3.4L low coolant light on VIN: 2G1WFSSE82
Hey guys I have a 2002 chevy impala that i need your help with. The low coolant light comes on intermittently. I checked the coolant level sensor several different times can not find a problem with it. Customer states that the low coolant light comes on after ...
1991 Chrysler New Yorker Fifth Avenue 3.3L blower fuse VIN: 1C3XY66R6L
We tried all we can check under the dashboard there is a wire that comes out of the a/c module that I don't know were it goes Alldata does not help at all because it does not show anything about this system. The Amp withdraw increases as the speed of the blowe...
1992 Ford F-150 Custom 5.0L shudder VIN: 1FTEX14N3N
this truck has a "shudder" at steady cruise and light accel. been thru the basics and all look ok. no codes in memory, fuel pressure ok, map readings ok, routed #8 wire away from #7 wire. We thought we were onto the problem when we found the torque converter c...
1994 Ford Aerostar Eddie Bauer 4.0L maybe transmission VIN: 1FMDA21X1R
This van came in with a peculiar problem that may have something to do with the transmission. We are not a trans repair shop but we do adjustments. This van if you drive it normal it will shift properly and all is good. If you are going about 30 to 50 mph ( 50...
1994 Ford F-150 XL 5.0L Hesitation, Surge, Stall VIN: 1FTEF14N7R
This Ford F150 will intermittently,(on restart after a hot soak run and short shut-down sitting time) go to fast idle, then hitch and buck when shifted into Reverse or Drive and sometimes it will then stall thereafter. This occurs only after it has been shut d... Trouble codes: 565 (KOEO Canister Purge Failure), 542 (KOEO Fuel Pump Secondary), 556 (KOEO Fuel Pump Primary), N0NE
1995 Ford Escort LX 1.9L upper steering column VIN: 1FASP14J9S
Replaced lock cylinderand now steering wheel telescopes in and out aprox. 1 to 2 inches. Anybody seen this before and what did I do wrong??? TIA Dave
1998 Ford Contour GL 2.0L tcc VIN: 1FAFP6532W
Hey guys, This Contour delays engaging a second or two when cold. When warm the 1 -2 shifts are a bit hard. At cruise the engine rpm is about 500 rpm or so more than the turbine speed. I assume the TCC is not engaging. Through the scanner, the VSS reports a...
1998 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4.6L driveline VIN: 1FMRU18W9W
original complaint was vibration between 37 and 61 mph.we serviced and inspected rear differential.vibration goes away when driven with rear driveshaft pulled out.replaced rear drive shaft with new ford updated shaft per service bulletin.pulled trans pan.no me...
1998 Ford Crown Victoria 4.6L No Start, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2FAFP71W6W
this crown vic was towed in for crank no start.will start on starting fluid then will idle on it's own.if you touch throttle it will stall and will only start again on starting fluid. m.i.l. is on when it runs,but i can't get my snap on scanner or shop's ng s...
2000 Ford F-350 Super Duty XL 7.3L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Misfire VIN: 1FTWW33F51
I need some help with this one guys. I have this truck that idles normally when you first start the engine until your press the accelerator the first time. Then it will idle at about 1200 rpm and rough at that. Fuel pressure is normal and sufficient volume. Oi... Trouble codes: P0603
2001 Ford TOWN CAR 4.6L blower VIN: 1L1FM81WX1
please fax information wire a/c diagram to [...] thanks in advance
1995 GMC Pickup K3500 6.5L speedo
thanks in advance for any help. local trans rebuilder got this one w/burnt fluid, hunting,erratic shifting, and no 4th speed. rebuilt transmission, all symptoms the same except burnt fluid. i got the truck to try to bail them out. i noticed that the speedo did...
1996 GMC K3500 Sierra SL 7.4L Ignition VIN: 1GDJK34JX1
Chnaged crank sensor and cam sensor with new just to be sure. I even had a coil I tried still no start. I am thinking ECM but can not be sure. If Ecm is this strictly a dealer fix? Thanks in advance for your help.
1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: IJ4GZ58S2W
jeep came in with s.e.s. lite on and no drivability problems. code # p1494. checked with jeep to see if under 8/80. they said evap controls are 3/36. shop owns drb iii, attempted to do evap test and could not. found t.s.b on refalsh to allow this test. sent to... Trouble codes: P1494 (leak detect pump), P1455 (big evap leak)
2001 Kia Sportage 2.0L Fuse Box ??? VIN: KNDJA72371
Vehicle blows 2 (two) fuses, The 30 amp Inj. fuse and the 15 amp Main Relay Fuse. The fuses blow when it hits a bump in the road or on a left turn. Have watched this on our Vantage, when circuit is normal it pulls under 3 amps. Have unplugged everything on thi...
1990 Lincoln Town Car 5.0L abs VIN: ILNLM82F6L
we have a problem with pulling to the left. we have swapped rotors and pads. this problem is intermittant and usually happens after an antilock stop. this problem seems to come and go. please help.
1997 Lincoln Town Car Signature 4.6L fuel pump VIN: 1LNLM82WXV
i changed the relay with a new ford relay and everything was ok for 1 day. then the pump now runs all the time, even with the relay out of the box. alldata doesn't seem to be of help at all. has anyone seen this before? thanks... joe
1988 Mazda 626 DX 2.2L Excessive Emissions VIN: JM1GD2221J
Mazda techs- High emissions. Replaced fuel pressure regulator and o2 sensor. Fuel pressure was 15lbs. too high and the o2 sensor was biased lean. After replacement pressure came into specs. (30lbs. idle) and o2 showed the appropriate response by going straigh...
1999 Mercedes-Benz ML320 3.2L Misfire VIN: 4JGAB54E5X
After looking at same issues found with other members on this truck, I checked the very known problems with it. Before anything the #2 inj sounded very weak -vs- all others and #2 hole had the code. We changed the injector and it's sound was much better and sn... Trouble codes: P0302, P0202
1992 Mercury Topaz GS 2.3L Poor Idle Quality
I am trying to lend a hand to another shop fixing this vehicle. When first started, it runs rough and missfires, sometimes stalling. The condition lasts for about 30 seconds and clears up. If you shut it off for a few minutes, it will re-start and run rough. ...
1995 Oldsmobile 88 Royale 3.8L battery VIN: 1G3HN52K1S
First battery was replaced due to broken terminal on positive side. 1 week later new battery died, was recharged, alternator tested good, and .005 amps draw from battery after everything powers down. 1 week later again battery died, pulled fuses from circuits ...
1984 Other European Silver Spur 8.0L oxygen sensor light VIN: SCAZN42A9E
Hello Techs, I have this rolls with an oxygen sensor light on whenever running. Is there a way to reset this light after replacing sensor? The customer said that the light has been on for years. Thank You. Joe
1998 Plymouth Voyager 3.3L a/c button VIN: 2P4FP25B6W
Fellow Techs, This is a strange one. All lights in buttons for A/C system and rear wiper, located in center of dash board, are blinking. Scan data for engine is fluctuating radically every few seconds. A/C, rear wiper, and driveability all normal, no codes....
1999 Plymouth Voyager 3.0L Daytime Running Lamps VIN: 2P4FP2532X
Greetings, I have a 1999 Plymouth Voyager that did NOT come with Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) as part of the original equipment package. However, the owner would like to install DRL. It is my understanding that DRL is standard equipment on ALL Canadian-built v...
1992 Pontiac Sunbird LE Value Leader 2.0L alternator VIN: 1G2JC14H8N
hi folks! well we've been scratching our heads on this one. we've seen this car a number of times now and 3/4 of the time its in for a charging system diagnosis. the vehicle comes in with the alt not charging, it usually lasts about 2 months or so before its b...
1993 Pontiac Bonneville SE 3.8L No Start VIN: 1G24252L4P
This problem seems simple but is proving hard to pinpoint. The car runs great at all times, never stalls, no running symptoms at all. But sometimes when it sits for awhile it will not run. It cranks great has good fuel pressure and spark, all sensors are readi...
1997 Pontiac Bonneville SE 3.8L Surge VIN: G2HX52K8VH
Ive been studing this car for a couple weeks mainly because its hard to duplicate the problem. what it will do is get a steady surge right around 50- miles per hour on the getting on the freeway .I hooked my master tech up to to watch the torque converter clut...
1997 Porsche Boxster 2.5L roof VIN: WPOZZZ98ZV
I have the above vehicle with power convertible top stuck in the raised position and really need to know if I can lower this manually or gain access to the stowage compartment. I know it is easy enough to raise the top but need to know the lowering procedure t...
1996 Saab 9000 CSE Turbo 2.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: YS3CF68M9T
Hello Saab techs This 96 9000 CSE sets a P0441 and P0300 causing the check engine light to come on. I'm not getting any misfire counts on the Tech 2, the cassette and plugs are new. Have checked all the hoses and connections involved with the evap system. Thi... Trouble codes: P0441 (Evap low flow), P0300 (random misfire)
1991 Suzuki Sidekick JX 1.6L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, MIL Lamp on VIN: JS3TD01VXM
2 months ago I replaced the head gasket and did maint. tune up & timing belt on this Truck. It was overheating and really running badly to not at all. After those repairs it was better but idled at 1500 to 2000RPM. The chack engine light had been on for as l...
1991 Toyota MR2 2.2L rear susp. VIN: JT2SW21N4M
hi guys, this vehichle came in with a thump in the rear. with further diagnos, i found a bad strut in the right rear and a worn strut mount on the other side. the customer agreed to have both struts and mounts replaced and he also wanted us to change the sway...
1995 Toyota Camry LE 2.2L evap. VIN: 4T1SK12E5S
Hello to all This car car in with a bad evaporator. we replaced the evap., dryer and switch, charged and let the customer go. Several days later customer tell us the system freezes up after long drives. We could not get it to happen to us. We replaced the e...
2001 Toyota Camry CE 2.2L Poor Idle Quality, Stall VIN: 4T1BG22K81
Always cold car struggles to run & dies occasionally. Once running or warm car runs fine. Generically pulled up P0128 code, can anyone help me with the fault? Suspect Fuel pressure bleed down or Crank sensor. Don't have adapter for fuel pressure test while run... Trouble codes: P0128 (Undocumented Code on Snap On Scanner)
1996 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L Speedo/Tach VIN: 3VWRA81H2T
We do not normally work on Volkswagons so, this is new territory for us. We have this Jetta that has an inoperative speedo cluster. On initial start up the tach , speedo, and gauges all work. About ten seconds later, everything drops to zero. No speedo, tach, ...
2000 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 1.9L MIL Lamp on, poor power VIN: 3VWCF21COY
greetings have a tdi with reoccuring code of p1556 or 17964.After driving car it has poor power,acts like turbo not working,sometimes a little whine but not often.This code not in alldata for this car but we went after the wastegate actuator thinking there was... Trouble codes: P1556
2000 Volkswagen Passat GLS 2.8L anti-theft starter interlock system VIN: WVWND23B5Y
Hi VW techs. Having a problem with this 2000 passat SW keeps blowing fuse #14 that goes to the Comfort system central control module. When this happens starter will not work (nor power windows). Installed new module from VW - fuse still blows. (note: sometimes...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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1994 Acura Legend L 3.2L Cooling System
Tech Members- The coustomer, I guess, is not bringing the vehicle back in to us for any further work. I'm a tech in the shop so I don't know why this person is not coming back for repairs. I know that I'm not happy with posting for help on these cars and not g...
1989 Buick Skyhawk Custom 2.0L Hesitation, Cuts out, Misfire VIN: 1G4JS5111K
well i believe the vehicle is fixed, have not heard anything from the customer in about a week. anyhow after much diagnosis and elimination what i finally had done was run the car out of gas and put new fuel in the tank with some additive then i drove the vehi...
1990 Chevrolet Corsica LT 2.2L Hesitation, Cuts out VIN: 1G1LT54G1L
Well I would like to thank Dell [...] for taking the time to respond. What we came up with was a failed ignition module. After looking through the archives again I found one vehicle with similar symptoms and he...
1991 Chevrolet Lumina 3.1L No Start VIN: 2G1W154T9M
Well, this one is finally out the door. First off may I say 'Thank You' to all those who responded. The advice ranged from oil soaked wiring, bad grounds, faulty ECM's and shorted injectors. The ECM seemed the most logical, already replaced the crank semsor an...
1994 Chevrolet Camaro 3.4L Misfire, backfire VIN: 2G1FP22S2R
Thanks to those that took the time to read my long post and offered suggestions. I sent a letter back to BBB explaing the situation and requested the vehicle be returned to me so that I can remove valve cover and confirm internal problem. I closed my letter by... Trouble codes: 46 (pass key II error), 82 (ignition control 3x signal error).
1994 Chevrolet K2500 Cheyenne 5.7L ign switch elec VIN: 1GCGK29K4R
Wow, Thanks for the input! George from texas had it right. After doing some 'wiggling' I got to the brake switch harness, I could get it to mess up. The brake switch had broken connectors inside. Fixed. Thaks Jim
1995 Chevrolet P30 CHASSIS 7.4L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge VIN: 1GBLP37N7S
Thanks to all that replied, the fuel pump was at fault even thogh was recently replaced while the customer was on the road traveling. Not enough volume and knowing it was recently replaced clouded my thinking--should have known better!? Thanks for all of the h...
1996 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 5.7L Surge VIN: 2G1FP32P9T
thank`s everyone for your help the fix for this car was cap rotor ofcorse it was a nasty one behind the water pump what a great place to put it
1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS 3.1L No Start VIN: 2G1WW12M4V
Well I recieved no responses on this vehicle but I'm going to call it a fix. We remove the intake and checked all wiring, it appeared to be good. I tightened all the injector connections and connection for the fuse itself and reinstalled the intake. We monitor...
1998 Chevrolet Express 3500 5.7L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Misfire VIN: 1GBHG31C4W
Van is fixed! Vincent from IL came thru with the suggestion of checking the condition of the computer. We pulled the computer out to get a real good look at it, we couldn't really see much with it still in the truck with where it is mounted. Wow, this is the w...
1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L Misfire VIN: 1GCEK19T4X
Sorry about the late reply but i was waiting to hear back from the customer. It was indeed a bad upstream o2 sensor. After much testing and driving it also set an o2 code. Thanks again to all who replied.
2001 Chevrolet Tracker 2.0L No Start VIN: 2CNBJ13C21
The replies I received varied from bad ECM to theft deterrent system problem. T his vehicle does not have a theft deterrent system but I went through the steps anyway and decided I had missed something and was just about to start over with the basics. However,...
1991 Chrysler New Yorker Fifth Avenue 3.3L starter and ignition VIN: 1C3XY66R3M
the neutral safty switch wires shorted to ground repairedthe wires the problom went away
2001 Chrysler Concorde LX 2.7L tcm ? VIN: 2C3HD46R61
A big thakk-you to Tom Showers who corresponded with me via e-mail. The P0605 code is caused by an internal TCM fault. Tom's opinion was that no external faults would set this code and he indicated that programming the 'pinion factor' and doing a 'quick learn'...
1996 Dodge Dakota 5.2L erratic idle VIN: 1BG7GL23YO
I would like to apologize for the late post. Weve gotten very busy and they put this one on the back burner. I would like to thank everyone who replied.. As most of you suggested it was the plenium gasket on the underside. The test that I did was a whole l...
1998 Dodge Durango 5.2L Park, Neutral VIN: 1B4HS28Y1W
Thanks to all that replied, everyone pretty much nailed it. I replaced the lower torque converter cover, it was a hassle to get out but the new one went in easier. I grabbed the cover by the starter hole to help ease installation. The old cover didn't not look...
1999 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie 5.2L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 3B7HC16YOX
Gentlemen, thank you for help to eight tech. take time to answer me. I try to find some vaccum from pan intake, no vaccum. By advise from Craig [...], Henri California (Northern) i change pan intake gasquet. Now the truck is fix and run l...
2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Van 5.2L No Start, Stall VIN: 2B4JB25Y91
I had believed the PCm to be the problem, it was turning the fuel pump relay off/on when it should be 'on'. I was a little afraid that there might be something that could have cause the pcm to fail and did not want to create a 'defect' that would would later c...
1987 Ford Escort GL 1.9L No Start VIN: 1FABP2198H
Well here's the scoop- The Motorcraft/Ford interchange is wrong. One of the Ford dealers I called even had a note in his parts setup that indicated that the part # called for by Ford was wrong. But gave no more information. We had to get an injector from Stand...
1999 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4L Misfire VIN: 1FTRX17L1X
I have not got this fehicle back in to repair, but I'm sure it show up soon. I recieved 4 replies each one replied about cyl's #4 and #7 and sometimes #8 were the most common failures, and one reply stated that his first three problem trucks had bad #2 cyl coi... Trouble codes: P1300, C2269.
1986 GMC P3500 Value Van 6.2L flexplate VIN: 1GTHP32J0G
Many thanks to all who helped. Number one suggestion was to double check transmission alignment. Number two and three (tie) was a ballooning torque converter (a new idea to me) and that the big diesels will sometimes just eat standard flexplates. I learned...
1997 Honda CR-V LX 2.0L rear axle VIN: JHLRD1849V
The Honda is fixed! Almost everyone hit it right on. We changed the differential fluid using Honda Dual Pump fluid,and after an extended testdrive, the noise dissapeared.Thanks to this fantastic group, we have another believer from the motoring public.There we...
1996 Lincoln Mark VIII Anniversary 4.6L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire
After all of the valuable help and information, I'm embarrased to report that the plug wire which i originally mentioned as not being changed and not lighting the timing light was the problem. Upon closer inspection, it looks like it was grounding to the head ... Trouble codes: P0308 (Misfire cylinder 8).
1999 Mercedes-Benz ML320 3.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: 4JGAB54E3X
Hi agian to all. Well I guess this must be a vary common problem with 23 replies and all having the same fix (MAF). So we replaced it and all is well. Is it just me or does it seem like all makes are starting to show problems here? Thank You !! to all that rel... Trouble codes: P0170, P0173.
1994 Mercury Cougar XR-7 4.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1MCLM62W7R
The code has not returned after 1500 miles or so. The OEM Motorcraft PCV did the trick. After 37 years this is not the first time I've seen PCV issues so it all makes sense. Thanks to all of you who took the time to help me out. Trouble codes: P1505 (IAC has exceeded adaptive clip limits).
1972 Porsche 911E 2.4L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation VIN: 9112101846
Sorry for the long delay in closing this post. The problem was the injection pump and the injectors. The injection pump on these cars lasts about 24,000 to 30,000 miles. Usually a groove starts to ware on the cam were the plunger rides, this is due to long per...
1991 Saab 9000 Turbo 2.3L No Start, Cuts out, Stall VIN: YS3CL58M7M
So we installed the Ignition cassette and new plugs. The dealer sends you the up dated unit with a new harness. All is good and this Slaab is on its way.
1999 Saturn SW1 1.9L noise VIN: 1G8ZM8280X
thanks to the 5 that responded. one said check to see if the valvebody was a rebuilt or new, i did and they say it was new. i decided to do as most said and with the consent of the customer we are not going to do anything until it acts up more often. i did lik...
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