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1998 Chevrolet K1500 Cheyenne 5.7L brake pedal VIN: 2GCEK19R2W
This truck has had two sets of american made rotors (napa's best) put on by another shop and two sets of wagner thermoquiet disc brake pads. Pedal still pulsates with no abs codes. Rear brake shoes have been replaced with best quality and drums turned. Has any...
1993 Dodge Dakota 3.9L Front Wheel hubs VIN: 1B7GG23XOP
Hello everyone: I looking for some info on the front wheel hub assemblies for a four wheel drive Dakota. After 204,000 miles the ball joints started showing signs of wear. Since I had the front end apart, I thought I would inspect the front hub bearings. Is t...
2001 Dodge Dakota 2.5L all gauges VIN: 937HLZAMH1
Dear Group, as stated, the car came from another shop with the No BUS showing at instrument cluster odometer. We checked all harness for short circuits and continuity , according our wiring diagrams (Mitchell Repair) and found that everything is in order, i....
1992 Ford Crown Victoria 4.6L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2FACD74W9N
Driver stated MIL came on once eng running rough . Drove car had slight miss at take off. Then it ran fine for 30 mile trip to shop. No MIL came on. Next day stated fine , idle rough pop in intake on take off. only dide this for abut 40 mins then ran fine, No ...
1994 Ford Taurus GL 3.8L compressor VIN: 1FALP5248R
The old compressor clutch head just about fell off the car. New compressor installed but no current to engage it. Apparently shorted out a/c control module. Power is at low pressure switch and goes to high pressure switch but not from there to the compressor. ...
1998 Ford Windstar GL 3.8L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 2FMZA5147W
this vehicle has a problem with idle. after start the engine and having a good temperature, it starts "shaking" like lack of air until turns off. i see no codes, replaced by-pass, checked wiring and everything seems to be ok. it starts ok again but if putting ...
1999 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4L Misfire, MIL Lamp on
Hello guys, Got this Ford here, driving me crazy. This is misfiring on #2,3,5,8 I have pulse at injectors & spark at coils, I installed 8 new plugs,(what a job) 2 new coils & 2 injectors & swapped them around, I have various lean codes, What i am wondering is ...
2000 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1F48U64E2Y
Hello fellow tradesmen, please help! and thank you to all in advance. I've got a tricky one that has gone through three other techs at our shop and I'm the last stop before we send it to the dealer. My company is renting the customer a car at our expense. Thi... Trouble codes: N0NE
2001 Ford Focus SE 2.0L timing belt VIN: 1FAFP34PX1
I need to get an accurate timing belt replacement recomendation,(miles). I call Ford, they say 60000, Our timing belt book says 90000, The latest Underhood magazine has a chart that says Ford recommends 120000. My wife has a SOHC 2.0 and my daughter has a DOHC...
1999 Honda Civic Value Package 1.6L A/C Compressor VIN: 2HGEJ661XX
Hi Group, This Civic is giving me a really hard time. Customer brought car in for A/C not working. Compressor was frozen with broken bearing and totally burnt up clutch solenoid. Flushed system, replaced reciever/drier, expansion valve and compressor. Upon ini...
2003 Lexus es300 3.0L windows VIN: JTHBF30G44
how to initialize rear left door power window limit switch
1995 Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0L MIL Lamp on, IDLE SPEED HIGH VIN: 1G3GR62C0S
car came in with a code 55 stored and owner complained of ratching accl. pedal. followed the flow chart to bad isc motor. tech two would retract part way and it would stick. replaced isc with oem motor. clean tbi completely(removed from car). the thing i'm con... Trouble codes: P0055 (closed throttle out of range), P0080 (idle relearn)
1995 Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0L alt VIN: 1G3GR62C7S
I have this Aurora that is full fielding itself at all times.This started after replacing the starter(under intake).I triple cheacked to make sure nothing wrong there,my thinking is some kind of spike when connecting battery.I have replaced the alternator,same...
1983 Other European Turbo R 6.75L waste gate VIN: SCBZSOT00D
I worked before on a few exotic cars including Rolls, old Silver Shadow with big SU carb , Silver Spur vintage 85 ,88 with good results except I could not get any decent price on OEM workshop manual : K jetronic on Rolls or BMW VW etc is about the same system ...
2000 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.4L Key/ thumbler VIN: 1G2NE12T3Y
Hello all Tech', I'm trying to R/R the ignition switch because the key won't turn. My problem are, I cannot disconnect the cable behind it and the wire connector above the switch( 3wires white black yellow which I beleive the security system).I able to disconn...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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1994 BMW 318i 1.8L instrument cluster VIN: WBACA6328R
Hello BMW Techs Customer declined the repairs at this time. I received 4 messages and all indicated that the instrument cluster was going bad, but before proceding to do that you must verify the grounds and power going into the instrument cluster. A rebuild in...
1998 Chevrolet Camaro 5.7L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2GH1FP32G3
Hello fellow techs Wanted to let everyone know the camaro is fixed. Replaced Mass Airflow sensor although found nothing wrong and knew immediately it was going to fix the O2 codes--vehicle had more power and performance than before even though nothing noted wr... Trouble codes: P0131 (heated oxygen sensor bank 1 circuit low), P0151, P0137 (Oxygen sensor 2 bank 1 circuit low), P0157.
1997 Dodge Stratus 2.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1B3EJ46X8V
This vehicle ended up needing a new crank sensor harness plug. Thanks Ray Trouble codes: 1391 (ign sys or misfire).
1992 Ford F-150 Custom 5.0L Fluid Leak VIN: 1FTDF15N2N
Most of the replies we received sugested overheating, and or seal quality as cause for this problem. in our initial help request we stated all looked fine, but upon colser inspection, as compairing old seal to new it became obvious that the seal was distorted....
1998 Ford F-150 4.6L abs VIN: 2FTRX08W8X
The customer did not return for further work. Two of the replies said change the sensor in the rear diff ie the ABS speed sensor. another said the sensor for the speedo is in the left rear of the transferr box. I still am not sure.
2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L Front&rear wipers,Dome light, Rear Def., Power lo VIN: 1FMZU73EXY
It was the ground to the left of the radiator. There are two grounds in front of the battery. I cleaned both of them and it now works perfectly. Thank alot you led me straght to the problem.
1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall VIN: WDBEA32E3R
Thanks to Mehran (California) and to Mikhail (Illinois) for their replies. Mehran was right on and the MASS AIR METER (Mercedes part name) was the problem and NO repair could be made. A replacement was found on Ebay (very cheap compared to OEM Part). The noise...
1989 Mitsubishi Montero LS 3.0L stereo VIN: JA4GJ5152K
Thanks to Frank, Aaron and especially Wayne from CA! It is possible to adapt the newer style radios to the older harness with a sub-harness assembly. Here is the info. from Wayne: [...] (OLD HARNESS(89-94) TO NEW RADIO UNITS) There's also a theft harnes...
1992 Mitsubishi Galant 2.0L No Start VIN: JA3CR46V8N
thanks to all who replied computer was baked, cust declined any further repairs, car went to the crusher, could not find a good comp in the bone yard, could not find a cost effective way to replace it, frankly i don`t blame him, thanks again to all who replied
1999 Mitsubishi Montero Sport LS 3.0L moving trans code VIN: JA4LS31H9K
Well as before, timing was on the money transmission was another thing though, took vehicle to dealer to have ecu flashed, and they stated that the transmission was bad internally, needed to be rebuilt,sent customers to trans shop for repairs
1995 Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1G3GR62C3S
Thanks for the replies...a new stepper motor fixed the problem...the old one would move , but when looking at the command became apparent it had worn out gears..thanks again for the replies
1991 Toyota Camry 2.0L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 4TISV21E5M
i found a poor ground connection at the firewall next to the ignighter.thanks for all the help Trouble codes: 14 (no ignition refrence).
1986 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8L lifters VIN: WVWGA0165G
Took a while to get the vehicle back - several replies thought the oil pressure was too high causing lifters to pump up, and several suggested problems with clogged passage at head gasket interface. Another common thought was intermidiate shaft bearings bad, b...
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