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1997 Audi A4 1.8L No Start VIN: WAUBB88D5V
Car came in for leaking water pump, installed new timing belt & updated tensioner. Read archives & it mentioned new tensioner & belt end up being 1/2 tooth off & should set it up advanced on cam sprocket. This being a clockwise running engine I am assuming tha...
1991 Chevrolet Lumina Euro 3.1L Injector electrical circuit VIN: 2G1WN54TXM
This vehicle came to me in a non-running condition. I did manage to get it started once and it ran perfect with only a slight misfire at idle, possible a lean-idle mix. Anyway, then it just quits. While running the engine had good vacuum (18"), ran and idled s...
1991 Chevrolet Lumina Z34 3.4L Camshaft Carrier/Housing VIN: 2G1WP14X4M
This car was brought in with the cylider heads already taken off and "all the parts" in the trunk. The only information I can find about torque specs for the camshaft carriers says that they are to be torqued at 18 ft lbs. Yet when I torque them down, I can co...
1999 Chevrolet K1500 Suburban 5.7L Outside Ambient Temp Reading VIN: 1GNFK16R9X
Vehicle came in with the temp readout on the rearview mirror indicating "OC". This is new to me and I'm not sure what that might mean (open connection?). The vehicle had a new windshield installed recently. Checked the outside temp sensor resistance per Alldat...
2000 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3L Hesitation, Surge, Misfire VIN: 1GNEK13T5Y
Good day everyone. I have this 2000 Tahoe that has been passed to me from another tech at the shop.The vehice first came in for a rough running complaint.codes were checked-history codes had a po300 random misfire.Fuel pressure was not holding like it should.S...
1986 Chrysler New Yorker 2.2L axle seal VIN: 1C3BT56E9G
I have this New Yorker that has a substantial leak at the left axle to trans seal. There is a lot of play at the end of the axle so I am going to have to replace the bearing. What I need to know is can I get this diff retainer off and the bearing changed witho...
1993 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: 1FMDU34X9P
Head gaskets were replaced 2 years ago with ford parts, heads sent out checked for cracks and machined. Coil pack has been replace (with ford part). Wires replaced from ford also, spark plugs replaced with bosch 4's. Fuel filter has been replaced. Maf cleaned,...
1995 Ford F-350 Special 7.5L Cuts out VIN: 1FTJW35G35
help! this thing misses under light accelleration and is very difficult to get on the road with out flooring the throttle. it idles and revs fine in park/nuetral. I have replaced the ecm with ford reman, tps o2 sensor and put a known good coil on and map senso...
1996 Honda Accord Value Package 2.2L rt. frt. strut area VIN: 1HGCD5693T
Squeak noise from right front suspension area when bounced. Can be heard when wheel straight or turned to the right. Noise QUITS when turned to LEFT. Possible upper strut bearing??? Is this common for year, make, model? Any other items with simiilar complaints...
1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera SL 3.3L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Stall VIN: 2G3AM51N7K
Car came in previously with maf code, with a cracked case on the maf, and stalling condition, installed a new maf. Problem solved. 3 months later car is back with same problem but without the maf code. We tried a different new mass air flow with no luck, and a...
1995 Pontiac Sunfire SE 2.2L Poor Idle Quality, Stall, Misfire VIN: 1G2JB1241S
This car came in with a stalling problem. Plugged my scan tool in to find DTC72 loss of serial data,further investigating, came up with an air bag code as well code DTC 61 SIR indicator circuit failure. After I pulled the high school kid pictures off the instu... Trouble codes: 72 (Loss of serial data), 61 (SIR indicator circuit failure)
1998 Subaru Forester L 2.5L cooling VIN: JF1SF6357W
Vehicle complaint overheats rapidly. changed radiator had oil leak so we did timing belt and oil pump seal to repair oil leak. Once vehicle was finished customer picked up car and had no complaints for a week. Customer brought vehicle back said car overheated ...
2003 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7L engine VIN: 1234566777
motor has tappet noise when cold
1995 Volkswagen Golf GL 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: WVWZZZ1HZS
this car has a very poor power . the owner said that a new camshaft sensor and a new fuel pump were replaced in other workshop. I scanned the problem and found 00515 hall sensor, I checked the wires to the ECM and were good, and I checked the Crankshaft sensor... Trouble codes: 00515 (Hall sensor -G40....No signal)
1992 Volvo 940 T 2.3L Stall VIN: YV1JS8713N
hello i have this volvo that dies as soon as you take it for a test drive and turn left, i went to our test track a large empty church parking lot and started to drive the car sraight ahead then turned right ok as soon as you turn left at 5 to 20 mph the engin...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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1987 Chevrolet R10 Scottsdale 5.0L turn signal flasher VIN: 1GCDK14H4J
OK folks, here we go...,the underlying problem was me, NOT wiring the PROPER/CORRECT trailer harness (truck side) to the OEM harness. The OEM flasher ALWAYS worked properly, IF, the trailer plug was not attached. The turn signal/4 way switch has ALWAYS functio...
1993 Chevrolet S10 Blazer 4.3L No Start
First of all i want to thank all that responded. Those of you that said pressure regulator were right tapped on the regulator a few times and the truck runs now. Advised customer that the pressure regulator needs to be replaced customer doesnt have the money t...
2000 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GG1ND52J0
This one is 'Down the Road'. Turns out that the signal wire was nearly out of it's connector at the EGR Valve. We erroneously thought that since the scantool would show the valve being commanded open in 10% increments, that the circuit was fine (we even had pr... Trouble codes: P0403 (EGR Pintle Position Error).
1998 Chrysler Concorde LX 2.7L Stall VIN: 2C3M046R4W
Hi Techs, I received some useful tips about this 2.7L Concorde but the customer called and said the car was running fine and it passed E-check. Then he called again a few days later and said it was stalling again when cold and was supposed to bring it in sever...
2003 Dodge Durango SLT 4.7L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1D4HS48N33
Hey guys thanks for all the help. I put a tps on it and it has been fine. You guys always help thanks once again. Trouble codes: P0456, P0440.
1999 Ford F-150 5.4L blend doors VIN: IFTRX18L7X
thanks fellas all your help is much appreciated i knew the problem was related too the blend doors now i know for sure that replacing with a updated version of the blend doors from ford thanks for the help.
1999 Ford Taurus LX 3.0L Hesitation, Stall VIN: 1FAFP52UX1
Hi techs; I guess we will call this one fixed, but the fix was as wierd as the symptons! I recieved 6 replies on this one. Several said to check grounds and powers, which I did by putting a 5 amp load on each one at the computer connector, all were less than .... Trouble codes: P0102 (MAF high), P0103 (fuel level sensor fault), P0340 (cam signal error), P0460 (fuel level sensor fault), P1100 (MAF intermittent), P1309 (misfire montor fault).
2000 Ford Windstar SEL 3.8L Theft System VIN: 2FMZA5340Y
Thanks For The Help. Extra Thanks To Raymond Bruns Of Indy. He Emails Details Of Test To Check. I Found Out That The Pats System And The Gem System Do Not Work Together. My Problem Was The Pats Transceiver(The Wire Loop At The Key Cylinder). Installed New Tran...
1997 Jaguar XK8 4.0L air distribution VIN: SAJGX2747V
Well I had to resort to logic and reason on this one.Looks like no one would touch this.Anyhow I came in saturday with a tall cup of coffee,printed and taped wiring schematics(they're in sections on ALLDATA),laid them out and pondered 'What if...' After readin...
1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL 2.3L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1130421001
Wish I could pay back for every body's kindness and camaraderie some how, but for now I would say your support is greatly appreciated. I had 9 replies and 2 personal phone calls (Thanx Dave from Dallas & Mary from KY)Majority directed me toward a Co. In PACIFI...
1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SL 5.6L heater VIN: WDBBA48D4H
Many thanks to you all. Once again you were correct. I am still waiting on parts, but I did check it and it was ripped. I am sure that it will correct the problem. Thanks again to all that replied.
2001 Mercedes-Benz C320 3.2L battery VIN: WDB12F64J9
Ray from New Jersey had a useful tip about not just pulling the fuses one by one. Indeed all the fuses had to be pulled for the draw to go away. I spoke with a friend at Mercedes who suggested unplugging the connector with the purple wire from the front sam ...
1997 Mercury Mystique GS 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1MELM6536V
Vehicle was fixed by replacing maf and connector. Discovered that maf was from a wrecker and was wrong one. The oem one has a square connector, this one had an oval connector and wiring connector was soldered in harness to fit this maf. Posts were iac provblem... Trouble codes: P1506, P0171.
2001 Mercury Grand Marquis GS 4.6L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2MFFM75W41
Well everyone; This one is FIXED. Special thanks to Nick [...] and a few others who sent me in the right direction. The fix is to stop filling your tank up when the gas pump clicks off. This customer was in the habit of filling his tank to the brim. I still ... Trouble codes: P0308 (Misfire Cylinder 8).
1996 Pontiac Sunfire SE 2.2L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3G2JB5241T
I replaced the gasket at the back of the cyl head that is between the cyl head and the EGR support plate, the plate that you bolt the EGR valve to. That plate lets the EGR gases pass through to the EGR valve and then to the intake manifold. Also I replaced the... Trouble codes: P0171, P1171 (Fuel system lean during accel).
2000 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0L abs control unit VIN: 3VWCC21C5Y
Replaced the incorrect controller delivered to us by the dealer ('Oops, we're sorry. Yes, we know you ordered by VIN. No, we won't pay for your time'). New unit coded per the Bentley manual, light still on. Using the closest thing we could come up with for a w...
2000 Volvo V70 2.3L Mechanical VIN: YVIKSV70T9
After extensive reserch and few answers,we decided to purchase Vadis subscription and Tech notes.Vadis costs will apply towards Vida, but we hear that system is behind release date due to problems with system.Also we don't recommend bootleg system out there fo...
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