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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)
1988 BMW 325is 2.5L Mechanical VIN: WBAAA1308J
Hey guys,First off this is my own car.It has a built M20 engine .It has developed a crack in the cylinder head running under the cam between #4 & 5 cam journal.I know that these things do this.My question is is if I can weld this thing up or do I need a new he...
1990 Chevrolet G20 Chevy Van 5.0L Fuel VIN: 2GCEG25H7L
1990 chevy G20 305 van. I go to start it when it is cold and it starts for a few seconds then dies if i keep trying for like 20 min it stays started and runs fine when its hot. Things i checked. Spark ok fuel filter new tryed a new emc F/pressure, fuel trim n...
1998 Chevrolet Camaro 3.8L Hesitation VIN: 2G1FP22K4W
I am hoping that somebody out there has seen this before. I have a 1998 Chevy Camaro with a 3.8L vin K that has a pretty bad tip-in hesitation that goes away when the engine reaches operating temp. It also doesnt seem to be apparent when the engine is cold and...
2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 SS 6.0L No Start VIN: 2GCEK19N83
we recently installed a supercharger on this truck. the supercharger kit come with a new fuel regulator system, new air induction system and a programmer. when we tried to install the programmer into the pcm, it never would complete it's upload. display screen...
1996 Dodge Dakota 3.9L missing orfice tube VIN: 1B7FL26X5T
Hello techs, thanks for taking time to read this message. I cannot find a orifice tube in this truck. The Chrysler service manual says it is in the condensor It's not there, and the condensor line is not deep enough to install one. Parts department etc said it...
1997 Ford F-150 4.2L Crankshaft and crankshaft thrust bearing
Wondering if any other techs have ran into a problem like this. Done many of these engines but never had nothing more than the common hydro lock problem. Thanks in advance for any input.
1998 Ford F-150 XL 4.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTZF1722W
This vehicle will turn on the check engine lite after you run the truck for 15 min or so and then turn off the engine for 10 min or so and then restart the engine and drive just a few feet. It always is the same 2 codes for system lean on one or both banks. Bu... Trouble codes: P0174, P0179
2000 Ford Mustang 4.6L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on
Hey everyone ! sorry I dont have alot more info on this one (like vin#) . This car came in for us to install a set of rear gears , headers and a performance clutch (nothing was done yet). we noticed that the car has a terrible idle quality and a C.E.L. for cyl...
1995 Honda Accord LX 2.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: JHMCD5532S
Car came in with MIL lamp on. Pulled codes: DTC #7. Two books and online charts all said TPS. TPS is part of throttle body, and is not serviceable separately. I replaced the entire throttle body with a new Honda unit ($$$)and cleared ECM memory. MIL is still o... Trouble codes: 7 (Throttle Position Sensor)
1994 Jeep Wrangler SE 4.0L no start VIN: K2BPCV8116
This 94 jeep w/4.0l efi has erratic spark\no start after other shop did engine swap. crank rpm, map , relays all pass modis. ALL obvious things check out, we have good fuel press, no blocked exhaust, noid ok on all 6, consistant spark at coil secondary, errati...
1992 Lexus SC300 3.0L traction control VIN: JT8JZ31C3N
Dear Sirs: This vehicle came in with complaint only of "Traction light" malfunction indicator light on(no other symptoms). After documenting code #54(traction control pump motor operation frequency excessive), and removing code from computer, the light & code ...
1988 Mercury Grand Marquis 5.0L Hesitation, Surge, Misfire
Need some help with this Mercury 5.0 vehicle was towed in due to running bad. Test drove vehicle and started to break down as if it had a bad TPS. looses power at certain parts of Throttle position and then it's ok past half past throttle position. Checked TPS... Trouble codes: 41 (lean exhaust), 91 (lean exhaust)
1993 Mitsubishi Montero 3.0L Engine
Any Idea if a dodge caravan 3.0 motor can work in this beast? Would it bolt up properly? Thanks in advance.
2004 Nissan Exterra 3.3L Air Bags
This vehicle's air bags were deployed during a collision. I went to replace them and found unusual bolts holding them in. Not the normal safety T-50. Resembles a wheel lock round on the outside, whith an flower looking imprint. Dealer advised SPX tools, who i ...
1999 Pontiac Grand Prix SE 3.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G2WJ52K4X
This car has a P0300 code. No problems are felt from the seat or looking at the motor. The ignition module has been replaced. With the Tech 2 and using the Misfire graphic cyl 3 & 6 are causing the problem. I did a power balance and all 6 dropped roughly the s... Trouble codes: P0300 (Random Misfire)
1992 Saturn SL1 1.9L Idles too high VIN: 1G8ZH5497N
We've got a SL1 that consistently idles about 2000 rpm. Code 74 (CTS problem) was stored in PCM. Scanner showed fully warm engine temp of 103 degrees. Unplugging the CTS results in scanner reading of -58. Replacement CTS reads same as original-ohm readings on ...
1998 Subaru Legacy Outback 2.5L Unknown VIN: 4S3BG6857W
4WD techs listen up ! I used to work at a Jeep dealer approx 7yrs ago . we had a bunch of problems with full time 4wd Grand Cherokees that would bind up when making sharp parking lot manuevers . The cause was a worn viscous-coupler . Well , this Subaru is doin...
1990 Toyota Corolla 1.6L Stall VIN: 1NXAE97AXM
Greetings fellow techs, This Toyota has an intemintent stalling problem in stop and go traffic, after being drivin for at least an hour and half. It will sometimes stall on the customer when slowing down to a crawl in traffic jam situations. The customer will ...
1994 Toyota Camry LE 2.2L No Start, Hesitation, Stall, Misfire VIN: JT2SK12E5R
Hello fellow tech, I,m sorry to put this on the week end of 4th of July, when we shouldn't be thinking about cars.But I left at work with a spoiler. 94 toyota camry 2.2L that come in on the hook died on the highway no start.I found out that there is no spark d...
1997 Toyota Tercel CE 1.5L Hydraulic System VIN: JT2AC52L6V
After extended driving (after 6 hours) and/or during wet condition, brake would fail intermittently without warning. The symptoms include pedal goes down fast, no braking power at initially (1-2 seconds), then suddenly ABS activates and bring the car to a stop...
1993 Volvo 850 GLT 2.4L Strange starting problem. VIN: YV1LW5502R
Appologies at the start for the length of this post, but I am not used to getting beat and try not to discount anything. Another garage called me in to look at the above vehicle for a non start situation. When I checked it out, I found that you could crank i...

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1994 Chevrolet Lumina 3.1L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2G1WL54T4R
thanks for all the helpful suggestions. i am waiting for the customer to bring the car back so i can complete the repairs. Trouble codes: 32 (egr flow).
2003 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4.8L Front end, steering column VIN: 1GNEK13V53
Thank You to everyone who responded! Some of you gave the part number of the 'lube kit' required for the repair (part #[...], $14.00) it consists of instructions, lubricant in a dispenser and an expandable plug to allow you to force the lubricant into the s...
1997 Chrysler Town & Country (Van) SX 3.8L Hydrolic pump VIN: 1C4GP55L4V
hello, thank to all. I did not fix.the vehicles did not come back. I got 3 help. 1.said the battery must have been disconnected and did not reprogram the computer. the other 2 said to see the dealer for recall. thank again.
1988 Dodge B250 5.2L No Start VIN: 2B4HB21Y4J
Thanks to all who replyed! Well wouldn't you know it I got burned by a aftermarket replacement part. It turned out that the distibutor hall affect pick up module that I installed was no good. I was able to verifie this by employing the following test. After th... Trouble codes: 42 (ASD relay).
1995 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6L Drive or reverse VIN: 1FALP62W3S
This T-bird is fixed ! Thanks to David, Paul, Charlie and Shawn for taking the time to read and reply to my post. Shawn really got me going in the right direction. This trans is set up hydraullicaly so that it is virtually impossible for it to apply the tcc in...
1987 Mercedes-Benz 300sl 3.0L relay VIN: WDB1070411
Gentlemen: I must express my gratitude. The replies included specific knowledge that made everything clear. When attempting diagnosis, after the first four or five hours, your thought tends to cloud. The process of writing the help request brings order to your...
1992 Nissan Maxima GXE 3.0L speedometer VIN: JN1HJ01P0N
Thanks for the help. The speed sensor was bad. I retested with my vantage and had as much as 1.2vac(at an estimated 80mph), had what appeared to be a normal pattern, but when testing frequency found it to be very erratic. When a signal starts and stops it show...
1998 Plymouth Voyager 3.3L a/c button VIN: 2P4FP25B6W
Thanks for the quick replies. I will do A/C recalibration based on information received. This will yield A/C fault codes and reset system.
1999 Toyota 4Runner Limited 3.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: JT3HN87R3X
Thank you to all who replied with help. I was promoted to shop foreman June 8th, my wife who was 39 weeks pregnant gave birth June 26th and this vehicle belongs to my parts manager who is very understanding. There is my excuse for not closing this post sooner ... Trouble codes: P0171.
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