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2001 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3L ABS module VIN: 1GNDT13W51
This is me first time using this site, So please bear with me. This vehicle came in the shop for a Brake check. Because the customer has seen the ABS light & the brake light stay on, all the time. We started first by pulling the code from the computer. Which t...
1987 Chrysler LeBaron 2.2L Poor Idle Quality, Stall VIN: 1C3BC56EOH
I couldn't describe the extent that this car has frustrated me. When it first came in 1 year ago it was bucking, backfiring, surging and stalling. I rerouted the vacuum hoses and replaced the plugs at that time and that fixed alot of the problem. The customer ...
1980 Fiat 124 Spider 2.0L Cuts out VIN: ZFA124CS00
i crank the engine it runs for 3 seconds than it dies.
1988 Ford E-350 Econoline Custom 7.5L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FDKE30G6J
Motorhome came in with a "no start". Customer replaced TFI module and still no start. Found a scotchbrite connector connected into the ignition to ecc relay and it shorted out and took out the relay. Disconnected it and repaired wire, replaced relay and it now... Trouble codes: 18 (IDM circuit.)
1993 Ford Aerostar Eddie Bauer 4.0L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1FMDA41X9P
Have an Aerostar here with high idle problem. Has idle surge of about 1800 rpm when shifting into R or D, then settles around 1100rpm in P and D. Replaced IAC solenoid and did't help. Checked TPS found no glitches, no vacuum leaks, has new MAF on it, all value...
1995 Ford Windstar GL 3.8L engine
This van has an issue that is puzzling me a little bit. while idling it doesn't overheat at all. all fans are working properly and at correct temperatures. but it pegs in the red going down the road. if you stop the temperature runs back down to about 195- 200...
1995 Ford E-250 Econoline 4.9L koer code 213 VIN: 1FTHE24Y7S
Hello all. This van is a fleet vehicle that came in running on 3 and 1/2 cylinders. Had low compression on some cyls. Leakdown test showed leaking valves. Company supplied long block for us to install. Got engine swapped out and CEL was on (a good number of th... Trouble codes: 213 (koer spout circuit open)
1998 Ford Windstar GL 3.8L Hesitation, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2FMDA5147W
van is dropping a code for cam sensor. vehicle was brought to me in a basket. engine was out and tore down for low oil pressure. after finishing repair i~m getting a cam sensor fault. i used the alignment tool for 3.0-4.0 engine because the only other cam alig...
1999 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0L gem module VIN: 1FMYU22EXX
I sure hope someone can help me. I got this 99 Ford that was hit by lighting, when it first came into the shop a whole bunch of fuses were blowen I changed them and smoke did come out from behind the dash but they didn't blow again. The Auto lamp system didn't...
1999 Ford Mustang 3.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FAFP4046X
vehicle came in with mil on,code po460 stored in history.ran koeo test for codes-none present.scanned pcm &checked fuel level,seems ok.test drove-no codes,problem seems intermitant.?? has anyone seen this problem before? Trouble codes: P0460
1999 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L pump bushing, pump, internal noise in low and reve VIN: 1FMRU17L1X
I'm not a Ford transmission mechanic, just GM. This one came in on the hook and the customer said it was pouring fluid out the front. I've seen that before due to over heating. This one tries to move immediately on shifting into forward or reverse and makes a ...
1996 Geo Prizm LSi 1.6L battery VIN: 1Y1SK5263T
i have disconected all fuse all relays and still have a 12 volt draw on system not sure where to go from here
1998 GMC Safari SLE 4.3L dash VIN: 1GKDM19W4W
i have a dash problem. when you turn the key to the on position everyting on dash works, turn the key to crank and start the engine and release the key to run position and only the temp guage functions.i also have no leds on the radio,but radio l.e...
1990 Honda Civic DX 1.5L Radio Antenna VIN: 1HGED3543L
Anyone know of a trick to replace a radio antenna on a '90 Honda Civic DX, 4DSD? I have had EXTREME difficulty snaking the new antenna lead inside the DS windshield pillar. I removed the old (broken) radio antenna with no problems. I had tied a string to the ...
2002 Mitsubishi Galant ES 2.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: 4A3AA46G42
Need your help guys!! This Mitsu came in about 3 months ago to have the engine replaced (seems his roommate installed the wrong oil filter and killed the engine). The check engine light was on before the engine was replaced and the same 2 codes were stored (Co... Trouble codes: 821 (832 -), 832
2001 Toyota Tacoma DLX 2.4L hydraulic system VIN: JLE545T6F1
Hi folks, I haven't done a lot of diagnosis on this one, just the basics. Frankly, I am leaning towards a booster and master cylinder replacement, but I remember a couple of Fords that had this trouble,and at that time they were using a metering valve that so...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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1997 BMW 528i 2.8L engine will not crank VIN: WDB5250000
Thanks to everybody for their feedback. I fitted the electrical portion of the igntion switch and all has been well for 2 weeks now .That is good to post a fix. I stripped the old switch and the terminal 50 contacts were burnt. Hope the fix will help others
1998 BMW 318ti 1.9L BMW radio codes needed VIN: WBACG8326W
All replies with unlock codes 'write-on'... thanks! For those of you possibly wondering what it takes to 'unlock' a locked Euro radio, the radio must be pulled from the dash in order to get the unit serial number, which then must be given in order to procure t...
1996 Cadillac DeVille 4.6L head bolts VIN: 1G6KD52Y6T
the only way to do this repair is to get your hands on the kit made for installing the timeserts. i bought one ,cost about 500.00$ kit includes plate and guide so everything comes out straight. many suggested that cordless drill would not work i would need to ...
1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1L front suspension VIN: 1G1NE52MXW
First let me thank ALL who responded. I recieved numerous replies telling me to R&R the lower control arms. Also several made mention to the sway bar bushings and links. It appears that this was a multiple problem fix. I disconnected the sway bar links and d...
1998 Chevrolet S10 LS 2.2L Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GCCS1948W
Thanks for the help, we replaced coolant Temp sensor and Map Sensor and problem is repaired.Thanks again and sory for late close.
1996 Chrysler Cirrus LX 2.5L No Start VIN: 1C3EJ56H8T
Well it appears that remanufactured does not always mean good. All of my tests kept leading back to the distributor. We tried three 'new' units from our local su[pplier before i finally asked my boss to try a factory unit. $700 for new unreturnable part was ou...
1947 Ford truck .0L starting
thanks to everybody it turns out to be one of the deul points was grounding out inside the of the metal bands that attach was just touching the plate. now it runs fine except now i fine out it has no brakes and the clutch disk must be fused to the fly...
1986 Ford F-150 XL 5.0L Hesitation, Surge, Stall VIN: 2FTCF15N4G
Thanks to every one who replied. The Ford is fixed. There was no real concensus on what the problem may be but it turned out to be the ditributor pick-up. I forgot to mention in the original help request that the converter had been removed so I got two people ... Trouble codes: 31 (EGR valve position sensor).
1990 Geo Storm 1.6L No Start VIN: J8IRT2352L
early sunday i went down to the shop and started down the diagnostic tree one more time after rechecking fuel,spark, and wiring one more time i became suspicious of the ignition module but ihtougt that i had covered it earlier.on the last test it asked me to c...
1999 Mazda Millenia S 2.3L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Cuts out, Stall VIN: JM1TA2221X
Sorry we did not reply yet, but found problem with Supercharger and this is a very expensive unit, so we installed a used Engine complete assembly . Customer is satisfied
1994 Mercury Sable GS 3.0L #3 shift solonoid VIN: 1MELMM50U2
Cracked forward piston was confirmed. I had a suspicion, based on a Bulletin on that problem. Thanks Guys Rob
2001 Pontiac Montana 3.4L heat/air system
thank you for all your help. a can of deoderizer for this problem fixed more smell bought at local parts store
1998 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0L Timing belt VIN: 3VWSA61H2W
Thanx group. I thanked all by e mail. Consensus was change belt at 60 to 70k.Watch out for slipped harmonic balancer,mark old belt before removing.Hydraulic tensioner is excellent and adds longevity to timing belt.Replacement is straight forward and it's a val...
1999 Volkswagen Passat GLS 2.8L data blocks VIN: 3VWMA63B8X
hello gents thanks for your help on this info i have ordered more manuals from bently which are suposed to help with this matter? well we shall see thanks again mark
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