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1998 Audi A4 2.8L all gears \ VIN: WAUGD68D8W
transmission was replaced ( oe audi reman) 200 mi ago because of same complaint -- worked god for 200 mi then the big THEN customer says he was driving at 60 mph , there was a clunk + then it went into limp home ??? car has no reverse at all + has 4th only in ...
1992 BMW 325i 2.5L door locks VIN: WBACB4317N
The door locks on this 325 when locked with drivers door lock and unlock right after they are locked if the lock is moved very slowly this will not happen . the drivers lock acuator is new and all fuse and wiring appear ok , Any onw of you techs seen this prob...
1989 Buick Skylark Custom 2.5L No Start VIN: 1G4NC54UHK
hi, i have this buick died on highway. i have no injector pulse, tried different computer, same problem. tried to ohm injector, is 1.3 ohms but shop keys does not give spec that i can find, so i dont knoe if that is good or bad.
1978 Chevrolet Malibu 5.7L crankcase pressure
We have a perpetual oil leak. We fix one and the customer comes back a week later with another one. It started with oil coming out of the dipstick tube. We added a vent to the valve cover in addition to the PCV on the other one and took care of it. We have sin...
1998 Chevrolet Tahoe 5.7L transfer case VIN: R5WJ313684
customer orginal complaint was it was getting hard to get out of 4wd. checked out truck and found service 4wd light on. well my mac mentor wont scan the trnfer case codes unsure why. so test drove and found 4wd hi light would come on but front diff wasn't engu...
1992 Ford Ranger STX 4.0L No Start VIN: 1FTCR15X5N
Hello all. The truck will turn over about 10 revolutions while cold,then kick back against the starter,or back fire through the intake. It then starts and runs fine. It will then restart perfectly until its allowed to cool off.We have tested all wires to and f...
1994 Ford Ranger XL 3.0L Transmission / drivetrain
Upon initial acceleration there is one (1) thump, have checked u-joints, engine mounts; all good. No maintenacne repairs performed on any related system, customer noted condition since buying truck (2years), Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
1997 Ford E-250 Econoline XL 4.2L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTFE2428V
Customer bought vehicle state side and brought it to island in January, within a month engine light came on replaced the o2 sensor then, the customer informed us that it came back on but needed the vehicle. two months ago he complained of a slight miss but kep... Trouble codes: 1512 (imrc), 1513 (imrc)
1997 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Cuts out, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1FMDU34E5V
help! I have got a really wierd one here. when you first start the engine it will idle fine till a few seconds and then it will start idling rough and surging. when it goes in closed loop the lftrim 2 goes to -25 and the sftrim 2 goes to -23. the lftrim 1 goes...
2002 Ford Crown Victoria LX 4.6L starter VIN: 2FAFP74W72
Hi gang,this crown vic has come-back 3rd time for intermittent no-crank under certain conditions,After started cold in a.m.{or sitting 4-5 hours},and driven 5 miles/shut-off,go in a convenience store,come back to car,Will not crank,sometimes as long as an hour...
1995 Honda Civic EX 1.6L Interchangibility VIN: 1HGEJ1125S
New customer brought me his "fast and furious" civic. Evidently it was a little too furious, final drive spider exploded through the side of the case. He has another vehicle that he wants to use as a donor vehicle for a used transmission. The other vehicle i...
1998 Lincoln Town Car Signature 4.6L engine VIN: 1LNFM82WXW
perform winterize, which included lube oil and filter. tech ran vehicle, perform avr test, shut vehicle off. tech put equipment away, went to bring vehicle out of shop vehicle would not crank. oil level was ok, removed serpintine belt vehicle still would not c...
1992 Mercedes-Benz 600SEL 6.0L Surge VIN: WDB1400572
hi guys, this one requires urgent help.The S 600 was running just fine until the customer mentioned that the ASR light came on the cluster and later,the throttle respone just wasn't there.The ASR light went off,but the car just didn't behave like a V12. At t... Trouble codes: 015 (N4/1 EFP Control module)
1999 Mercury Sable LS 3.0L steering system VIN: 1MEFM53S4X
Good Afternoon We have the above listed Sable. The rack and pinion was replaced at another shop. We got it with the steering very hard to turn. We checked out pump and hoses and then changed the rack again. Same problem. Only then do we realize that the valve...
1992 Oldsmobile 88 Royale 3.8L no spark VIN: 1G3HY5316N
Fellow Techs, This vehicle came in on the hook with crank/no start condition. Customer stated service engine soon light was flashing and engine was running poorly for several days, then it would not start at all. I jumped pins A&B on data link connector. The ...
2000 Oldsmobile Bravada 4.3L 4x4 VIN: 1GHDT13W4Y
Group- Customer came in complaining of binding on tight turns. I drove the vehicle around our yard, and it seems as though it's in 4x4. Brought it in the shop, and up on the lift it went. Sure enough it was in 4x4. No lights on dash indicating problems. Got th...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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1993 Buick Roadmaster 5.7L timing chain/damper area VIN: 1G4BR873PW
Thanks to everybody who replied. The majority felt that the problem was related to the timing chain, damper, or camshaft/crankshaft end play. Some suggested a bad distributor bearing or the water pump. Water pump seems unlikely since the noise is worse with th...
1995 Chevrolet Caprice Classic 5.7L inop temp gauge VIN: 1G1BL52P3S
Thanks everyone for the input. I'm going to send out the cluster. I will post my results. More than a few have seen gauge/cluster issues. The sender I installed is correct. (I posted the sender as 'sensor') Also of discussion, the 160 'stat was questioned. Thi...
1999 Chevrolet K1500 Suburban 5.7L Outside Ambient Temp Reading VIN: 1GNFK16R9X
Thanks for all your replies, they're greatly appreciated. The summary of replies goes like this. 8 talked about some type of open connection, which could be anywhere from the mirror to the sensor and 2 of those said the connector right at the mirror. 1 sent an...
1990 Chrysler New Yorker Fifth Avenue 3.3L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Stall, Misfire VIN: 1C3XY66R9C
Thanks to: Stuart-NY,Adam-IL,Michael-NC,Christian-VA,Michael-MI,Tye-TX ,Bill-B.C.Canada,Billy-MD,Tony-OH,Jeffery-WI,Duane-AK,Bill- SC,Steve-IN,and Ed-NY.I'm calling this a partial fix. The speedometer problem was resolved after replacing the damaged cam sensor...
2005 Chrysler Town & Country LX 3.3L Electronic VIN: 2C4GP44R35
Hello : sorry for the delay .The fix is i replaced the blower motor. Thanks to all that had an input.
1992 Ford Aerostar XL 3.0L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1FMDA11U8N
hi group,this one is fixed.it seems that the water got into the injectors. the fix was to clean the injectors with the 3m system by pluging the return line and starting the van till it ran on the fuel injection cleaner.thanks for all the replys and happy holid...
2000 Ford Excursion Limited 7.3L door locks VIN: 1FMSU43F4Y
Replaced all five lock actuators to fix the problem. Thanks to all who replied hard to believe they were all bad at the same time Thanks again
2001 GMC Savana 2500 5.7L daytime running lights VIN: 1GTFG25M51
The fix for this vehicle was a shorted red wire with a yellow trace comming of the number 15 fuse. I shorted about six inches below the fuse panel between the panel & support. It only shorted when the headlights were on for some reason. I burnt out a new dayti...
1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 2.6L 3rd gear VIN: WDBDA29D9L
This vehicle is fixed. After speaking to David Poole of Dallas, Texas. I learned how to test the K1 clutches in the front drum, so I did that and the K1 was good. Inspected the valve body and I found two valves that were stuck, I cleaned out the valves and rea...
1996 Mercedes-Benz S600 6.0L Fuel Guage VIN: WDBGA76E2T
Customer chose not to diagnose problem. Thank you to those who replied.
1995 Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0L Oil Pressure VIN: 1G3GR62CXS
After not sleeping much due to thinking of this 'beast', I went in early and smoke tested the oil pump. By applying smoke to the output, it was coming out the input side- which I did not think it would since there was still oil in the pump and the gear was not...
2003 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: WVWMD63B93
I am sure this vehicle is fixed. Thanks to Gary from Indiana, Scott from New York, Steven from Delaware, Angelo from Florida and a special thanks to David from California who took time out of his busy schedule to tell me what to check with this code. I beleive... Trouble codes: 16683 (boost pressure regulation control range not reached.).
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