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1990 Honda Civic DX 1.5L Valve stem seals VIN: 1HGED3543L
This engine is still consuming too much oil (about 1 qt. every 1000 miles) and there is black soot getting all over everything. I am afraid the cat converter is going to get clogged. The engine runs GREAT, has plenty of power, is very reliable and gets GREAT g...
1999 Honda CR-V EX 2.0L noise VIN: JHLRD1863X
customer brought car in with a suspect exhaust sheild rattle. checked exhaust and found no rattles but heard a grinding noise in the engine compartment. listened to engine with a stethascope and heard a grinding bearing noise in the distributor. replaced dist....
2000 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2HKRL1869Y
Hello Techs, need some help on this one, this 2000 Odyssey came in with code 1456, fuel evap leak tank side, performed all the pressure and vacuum tests while watching pressure sensor, all seem ok, performed click test on all solonoids, gas cap failed, I repla... Trouble codes: 1456 (fuel evap leak fuel tank side)
1990 Isuzu Pickup LS 2.6L No Start VIN: JAACL11E4L
HELP! This truck won't cause the problem for me in the shop, or on test drive. But the customer can, I've seen it. She will go out to run erands and at the second stop it cranks no start. When it happens I have spark. Tried a coil anyway. It was on the shelf. ...
1992 Mazda 929 3.0L Lock-up
I have this Mazda here that is stalling once I pop it in gear when warm up. When is cold, the engine does not stall. I could re-start with no problem.The way it stall the engine is like driving a manual trans without depressing the clutch at a light. It would ...
1997 Mitsubishi Galant ES 2.4L alternator VIN: 4A3AJ56G1V
thanks in advance for any help. we checked the charging system when vehicle first came in and it was 11.56 volts. replaced alt. had 14.25 volts and shipped car. car came back battery dead. checked charging voltage it was 12.35 volts. check voltage drop from ba...
1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS 2.4L Stall VIN: 4A3AX35GXX
car came in from another shop,after cust. info about replacing pump and pressure regulator,i hook up a fuel pressure gauge,pressure was ok for a minute o so.then it droped to 5 psi,then i check fuel pump voltage (+)was 13.5,(-)was 3.5 voltsfollow diagram to fu...
2000 Nissan Pathfinder LE 3.3L No Start, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: JN8AR07Y0Y
Hey All, We are a Toyota & Lexus shop but dabble in Nissans @ times. I have a tech who worked for Nissan a while back, but is stumped on this one. A Lexus customer wanted us to work on their Pathfinder and said it is hard to start most of the time and is gett...
1995 Subaru Legacy L 2.2L matercylinde VIN: 4S3BD6352S
This car came in with the brake light on. Tested to a bad mastercylinder. easy so far. This car is 2 wheel drive with abs. I cannot find a mastercylinder in the U.S.A. for this car. The part number is [...]. Subaru does agree this is a valid part #. This ...
1990 Toyota Corolla DLX 1.6L Cuts out, MIL Lamp on VIN: JT2AE94K8L
Greetings to all,I have this toyota which when revved up it starts to break up and the check engine light starts to flash.I looked for codes and none were found I also noticed that when problem starts to occur i hear a relay clicking under dash further checkin...
1991 Toyota Pickup 2.4L Hesitation, Surge, Misfire VIN: JT4RN81A8M
Dear Members, This 91 Toyota pickup 22RE engine is giving me some trouble. It runs smooth at idle rpm, drives OK when cold engine for first 2 to 5 minutes. Drive off from stop, engine bogged down and vehicle loose all its power and just barely moves, but depre...
1995 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.0L brake pedal VIN: JT3VN39WXS
hello all, strange one here! we inherited this toyota 4-runner from four other shops who could not figure it out. i could not get any history on what was checked other than the master cyl. heres whats going on... when warmed after being driven several miles, w...

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1993 Honda Civic EX 1.6L No Start VIN: 1HGEJ1267P
GREAT NEWS! I would like to thank everybody that told me OVER and OVER to replace the ignition coil. This morning I got one from the parts house here and put it in and the honda fired right up. I was weary of replacing it because I could make it spark by jumpi...
1996 Honda Accord LX 2.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1HGCD563XT
Thanks guys for the quick and reliable information. Once i ordered the recommended part, Vehicle Speed Sensor, I let the customer take delivery awaiting the parts arrival. In the two days that passed the check engine light returned and an erratic shift conditi... Trouble codes: 715 (Speed sensor).
1990 Nissan 300ZX Turbo 3.0L batt lite , brake warning lite. VIN: JN1CZ24A6L
wow this one was truly a head scratcher!! it turn ed out to be a shorted valve timing control solenoid. i suspect the person who put the engine in may have damaged it dueing the installation of the used motor. anyway thanks for all the replies.
1998 Subaru Legacy Postal 2.2L Cuts out VIN: 4S3BK4958W
The information I found in the archives was correct about the nylon gear in the transmission being worn out. I didn't believe it as those 2 cars were 97's and this one is a 98, Mitchell only showed one speed sensor in the wiring diagram, and the worst piece of... Trouble codes: P0403, P1443, P1507.
1995 Toyota Celica GT 2.2L upshifts VIN: JT5ST07K52
OK, another one fixed. Turns out it was the Park-Neutral switch. From the wiring diagram no signal should be sent to ECM with shift selector in Drive. In all other gears it sends signal to ECM. Internal short to power in Drive caused ECM to think the car was i...
1998 Toyota Camry CE 2.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: 4T1BG28K3W
Thanks to all. The problem was the VSV valve it was located right where Alexu said. Light is off for more than a week. Customer is happy almost as happy as me. Trouble codes: 401 (insufficent egr flow).
2000 Toyota Camry LE 3.0L vss VIN: 6T153XK200
Hi! IATN Members. This vehicle is now fixed; it has been back with the customer for a number of weeks and is now running normally. Thank you to the people who that offered help, 5 replies were received, so thank you to Scott from Texas, Sherman from Texas,...
2000 Toyota Solara SE 3.0L Cuts out VIN: 2T1CF22PXY
Thanks to all who replied, esp Mike O'Conner who stayed with me with several e-mails. After checking PCM inputs and outputs and verifying all was normal I noticed that the only time the engine would run was when the injector PW was 27ms or higher; as soon as t...
2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0L Automatic HVAC controls VIN: 4T1BF28B81
Sometimes we overlook the obvious. The system was completely empty due to what looked like a rock hitting the condensor. Replaced condensor and recharged system and all is working fine at this time. I still like to know how the HVAC controller is suposed to co...
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