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1986 Buick Riviera T-Type 3.8L Cluster VIN: 1G4EZ13CXL
Quick question? Cust brought car in with cluster that reads error on it. Digital cluster. Checked voltage and grounds at cluster at have replaced pigtail. Cluster is used unit. When you turn or push on connector dash will work also if you put a slight pressure...
1994 Cadillac DeVille 4.9L Hesitation, Misfire VIN: 1G6KD52B3R
costumer complain of hesitation when vehicle cold, i recomemded a major tune-up since vehicle is 10 years old (63000 miles) and never had one, vehicle worked fine for 2 weeks and the hesitation returned, the problem is intermidiante some times it does it and s...
1991 Chevrolet Camaro RS 5.0L No Start, Cuts out VIN: 1G1FP23E5M
HELP! Weve got this Camaro from hell. Car came in a no crank no start.Upon opening hood we saw a mess of wiring at the battery terminals, due to radio amp install. Started here by removing un-needed wiring and cleaning terminals. Still had no crank. Got under ... Trouble codes: 53 (vehicle anti theft system circuit)
1998 Dodge Ram 2500 5.9L rocker arm/lifter VIN: 3B7KE22Z0W
vehicle came in with a misfire, cylinder 6, attemped to pull plugs and found plugs and tubes rusted into cyl heads. after soaking in penetrating oil i am still unable to pull plugs. upon start up i have a severe lifter\rocker arm tap/knock... is this common fo...
2001 Dodge Ram 2500 5.9L All Gauges VIN: 3B7KF23Z91
Hi everyone Hope someone can help me out with this truck. It is a work truck that spends a lot of time at job sites, so it is covered in mud inside and out. Did my best to make sure all connections were good before posting because of this. Problem with this tr...
2003 Dodge Ram 2500 5.9L dome light VIN: 1D7KU28603
Vehicle came to have running boards installed with lights. this truck has a different kind of dome light system. With my led test light,the dome light wire (brn) coming from the instrument cluster, with the door closed will be positive. With the door open the ...
1999 Ford Contour LX 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FAFP6534X
I think that the timing is on the money have recheck it many times. Crank on TDC up against bolt both cams with plate locked in slots both lobes on both gears facing towards each other. My snap-on scanner shows RCAM @ 39.1 to 47.9 trying to keep engine idling ... Trouble codes: P1383
1999 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2FMDAS24XX
This Windstar was dropped off for check engine light and complaint of jerking while driving and stalling once. Codes pulled were p0172 and p0175, rich both banks. Van never stalled for me, but did once experience jerking at about 60 MPH pulling a small hill wh...
2000 Ford E-250 Econoline 5.4L Hesitation, Surge, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTNE24L1Y
Hi everyone..We just started fixing a fleet on these vehicles. This vehicle came in with a complaint of bucking and hesitation and the service engine soon light was on. Test drove vehicle and vehicle appeared to run o.k. Pulled codes listed and based on those ... Trouble codes: P1299, P1285, P1479
2000 Ford Windstar SEL 3.8L no start,head lamps VIN: 2FMZA53424
car towed in thanksgiving eve. this morning we pushed car in and found disconnected battery. attached cable and headlights and parking lights came on. car had no crank and no dash warning lamps.call repair shop that had the car wensday and he told use about hi...
1997 GMC C3500 Sierra SL 5.7L No Start VIN: 1GDJC34R6V
We have been working on this vehicle for 4 days. This vehicle came in about a month ago with a very bad misfire. We determined cylinders #5 and #8 were misfiring. Replaced these injectors on the truck, ran like a million dollars. It came back on a tow 4 days a...
1996 Kia Sephia GS 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: KNAFA1251T
This car is our parts chaser. The idle is rough after run down the highway for 20-30 minutes. Acts like it will die and idle drops to 525rpm. Noticed post cat HO2 not staying in closed loop. Will check heater and update. Also since the recent cold spell here t...
1995 Mazda Protege DX 1.5L Stall VIN: JM1BA1414S
Car came in for a leaking water pump, replaced the pump, put everything back together. The car ran fine, took it for a test run and it was running good. On the way back stopped at a stop sign and it died, then cranked back up and started the stalling sympton a...
1998 Mercedes-Benz E430 4.3L spring perch VIN: WDBJF70F8W
We have this 1998 MB E430 with a failed RF upper spring perch. We have seen this problem before on several different MB models with the same weak spring perch design. I know that I have seen and responded to other posts on this topic but was unable to easily ...
1999 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0L No Start VIN: JN1CA21D8X
This car was towed in, cranks but will not run. It has good fuel pressure, spark and power to the injectors. It isn't getting a signal to the injectors. The signal isn't going to any injector right at the pcm/ or at injector(all six). Power / grounds check goo...
1993 Plymouth Grand Voyager LE 3.3L Surge VIN: 1P4GH54R9P
This van came in for cutting out on the freeway. Pulled code 21 O2 shorted to voltage. Intermittently the O2 reading will fluctuatre between 1.2 and 3 volts. With the O2 and ECM unplugged I get 5 volts key on or off at the O2 signal wire. If I jumper to ground...
1999 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 3.8L rpm flucuation VIN: 1G2WP52K9X
hellow guys, this is my first time asking for any help . this customer came in with a extrime problem at with his acceloration at approxiametley 50 mph and 2000 rpm. we preformed road tests with our modis. the problem seems to be that the engine would flutter ...
1996 Subaru Legacy L 2.2L Safety VIN: 4S3BD4353T
Hello again. I've got this Subaru. It came from the dealer. the cust said that the air bag control unit is bad. The car's horn would not work and the air bg light on. Tested and found and open in the clockspring for the horn and air bag module. Replaced the cl...
1985 Toyota Cressida Luxury 2.8L No Start VIN: JT2MX73E6F
Car starts hard cold. Loosing fuel pres. over night. Cold start inj is working. What is not happening is a 3-sec run of the pump when key is in the on pos. Is this the way it is supposed to be? Should fuel pressure hold at 40 over night? Watching fuel gauge ...
1991 Toyota Tercel DLX 1.5L No Start, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall
Hello, . I've got a 1991 Tercel with a 1.5L in the shop. It stalls when accelerating from idle and is hard to start once stalled. When it does run it runs well, 20 in hg. Fuel pressure at idle is 34 psi with 20 in hg at the pressure regulator, with 0 in hg at ...
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GT 2.0L Clutch Cable VIN: 3VWVA81HXV
I have just completed a clutch job in this vehicle and I am trying to adjust the clutch cable. This has an automatic adjustable style cable which ratchets excess freeplay out as the clutch is used. It has a collar that is supposed to be twisted to release the ...
2000 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWSA9M8YM
Hey all!The information bug strikes again!This Jetta came in with MIL on and NO driveability concerns.The following codes were pulled.P01255 and P1296.The only description from the scanner is Mfr. controlled fuel sys.Our shopkey database doesn't list these cod... Trouble codes: P1255 (Mfr. controlled fuel), P1296 (Mfr. controlled fuel)
2000 Volkswagen Golf GL 2.0L No Start VIN: WVWGC31J5X
the car came in for hard start only after initial fill up of gas.it will start every time after. checked for code found the one listed checked fuel pressure and for vacuume leaks replaced vac hose to fuel pressure regulator and retested system all was good or ... Trouble codes: P0117, P0171, P0300, P0301, P0307
2000 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWSA29M1Y
This car drove though deep water and damaged the engine. Another shop "rebuilt" the engine and then it came to me. Had multiple codes the first time and ran poor. I replaced the O2 sensor, ignition coil assembly because it only ran on 2 cylinders, replaced plu... Trouble codes: P1128 (Lean exhaust)
2000 Volvo S40 1.9L mil VIN: YV1VS29501
mil & code set within 15 of clearing, smoked for vacuum leaks, fuel pressue in spec. o2 sensor swings fine and rapidly ( below .2v above .8v and very quicly). is there anything else to look at? thanx jamie Trouble codes: P0133

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1984 Audi 4000 S 1.8L No Start VIN: WAUFA0817E
the fuse was missing out of the fuse box, customer said she never touch it and we towed it in from a shopping mall were she drove it.its a mystery. thanks for the help chuck
1999 Audi A6 2.8L power mirrors VIN: WAUZZZ4BZW
I received three hints: -Could be a bad memory module (under driver's seat). What is interesting to me is that even with this module disconnected the down movement of the right mirror will continue working -Could be broken wires at the door pillars. Consid...
1991 Chevrolet Lumina Z34 3.4L Camshaft Carrier/Housing VIN: 2G1WP14X4M
It turns out that 18 ft lbs was the correct torque. There was no oil in the bolt holes on the heads as almost everyone mentioned. (just rebuilt) The camshaft carrier housing bolts finally stopped needing retorquing on the third time. I believe the problem was ...
1992 Chevrolet C1500 Cheyenne 5.7L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GCEC14K6N
thank you to everyone that offered help the distributor was bad & the truck now runs like a champ thanks again & happy holidays to all Trouble codes: 42 (esc problem).
1994 Chevrolet Caprice Classic 5.7L No Start VIN: 1G1BL52P5R
I was unaware of the vent hoses or the importance of them. The vehicle didn't have them. Installed new hoses & gave the car back to the customer. Only time will tell if the problem is cured. Trouble codes: 16 (crank res low).
1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34 3.4L lifters VIN: 2G1WX12X65
got some helpful advice. One replay was for a pushrod engine The car left without fixing
1987 Dodge D100 Custom 5.2L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Stall VIN: 187FD04TXH
I have put this one on the back burner, but what I have learned is that these floats sometimes get saturated (although mine wasnt) and also it is possible for the AIR system to malfunction in such a way that it blows air into the carb bowl vent hose, causing a...
1991 Ford Explorer XL 4.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: IFMDV34X9M
Hello! I rec'd about 20 replies of advice on my problem. Most of them were very good and a few were very sarcastic for my not giving more diagnostic info. I felt these few were uncalled for and unnecessarly rude for a guy needing help. As I own a muffler and a...
1995 Ford Taurus GL 3.8L dashboard
First i would like to thank everyone for there time and efforts on assisting me. you may not think your answers were much help, but i inspected each and every area suggested. again nthank you for the help. most pointed to cv shafts. several pointed to severe r...
1998 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1FMPU18LXW
Hello everyone. Sorry for the delay. Turned out to be 2 coil boots leaking through. Replaced all boots and the problem went away.Bads boots were causing a weak spark. Now runs stong. Thanks for all the replies from valve springs to bad coils. All witch made al...
2004 Hyundai santro plus 1000CC No Start VIN: 2356485213
i have recieve only 3 replies but no good responce but i have own solve the problems thanks all the members
2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue GX 3.5L No Start VIN: 1G3WH52H61
Good Morning, I had 11 replies to this post and am very gratefull for the time and advice of these gentlemen. I replaced the crankshaft position sensor at the advice of Wcflsbd ( no name given) and tried to duplice the symptom and it was a lot better. I re...
2002 Pontiac Grand Prix SE 3.8L Excessive Emissions, Surge, ACCELARATION VIN: 1GWP52K62F
thanks everyone on the idle and running flair up of rpm's I disconnected the cruise cable and having the customer try it for a while to see if that eliminates the problem .
1980 Porsche 911 SC 3.0L Surge VIN: 91A0130856
Finely after sending the fuel distributor back 2 times they changed the plunger so it wouldn't hang up. Thanks to all for your advice. If only all rebuilters did things right it sure would make are job easier.
2000 Saturn LS1 2.2L cooling fans
Let customer take the car until a more convient time for them to leave it with us. After they drive the car for 2 days a code po128 thermostat code was present in the system. Found that the rubber portion in the thermostat was ripped causing the thermostat to ...
2004 Suzuki BALENO -JXL 1300CC No Start, after some running VIN: 2546859135
i have recieve replies and work on vehicle and they are correct i am very thankfull to all iATN member
1991 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.0L no overdrive VIN: JT711VND00
Responses. 1. Hi David-- Check the toyota spec. some overdrives are locked out based on engine temp.. You may need to use a 92C or 95C thermostat to achive the desired result.. Is 85c the rated thermostat for this engine?? Good Luck Ronald [...]...
1992 Toyota Camry 2.2L no start VIN: 4T1S12E0NU
well even thought my equipment was telling me that it had spark it was poor quality spark. Replaceing the coil as recomended by a few people was the cure . One guy mentioned that these cars dont generaly have fuel problems but most important he mentioned that ...
1999 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1236548970
i have receive the replies and apply on vehicles they are correct thanks to all iATN member
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