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2001 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1L crank no start VIN: 1G1NE52J21
Happy Hollidays everyone. This morning when my wife tried to start the car is was -2 degrees outside. She says the car will crank but not start and she tried it two times. I went outside and verified strong crank and no start. Noticed the fuel gauge showing de...
2002 Chevrolet Impala 3.8L Diaognostic window
After .8 miles of drive time the "Check Traction Control System" warning light comes on then Antilock Brake Light and Traction control of light comes on. System wil reset itself after key is turned off
1999 Dodge Durango SLT 5.2L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1B4HS28Y6X
I've seen a few chrysler products in the last couple of days on IATN with the same symptoms but im not a sponsoring member so I can't look at the other replies. This Durango ran fine when it came in other than a knocking main bearing. Now after installing a sh...
2000 Dodge Intrepid 2.7L cam/cank sync VIN: 2B3HD46R8Y
Happy Holidays to All. This car came in on hook from a muffler shop that after repacing 2 motors in a row and not being able to make car run,decided to rebuild the original.How do you spell BUTCHERS!!! What i found is appauling to say the least but I am some...
1999 Ford F-150 4.6L Misfire VIN: B676791149
HI TECH : I GOT THIS PICK -UP IN THE SHOP ,CAME in with these two codes ,i change the egr sensor and the van work find now the van is back again and code p1000 is stored again .does any one have any info on this code or any diagrams or reading material .is th... Trouble codes: P0401 (p1000-), P1000
2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty Harley-Davidson Edition 6.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTNW21P64
Hello, this problem has been happening since about 6,000 miles on vehicle. Ford says code 299 does not exist. The only other symtom this truck has is that it makes a loud backfire type noise from under vehicle on occation. MIL comes on typically after 15 min d... Trouble codes: 299 (un documented)
1985 Honda Accord 1.8L oil filter VIN: JHMCA5622H
the oil leak only about evry therd startup cold 15f to 25f
1990 Honda Accord EX 2.2L no spark VIN: JHMEG10234
recieved this car drom another shop, they tried all the regular stuff. a/m dist, Honda dist. coil. igniter. I have tested all of the above. ok! Cleaned ground at thermostat housing. I have signal from dist to ecu, signal from ecu to module, but no signal from ...
1988 Jaguar XJ6 3.6L diffferential VIN: SAJHV164XJ
I understand that the output shaft bearings on this type of jaguar are the weak link in this differential unit. Diff is dry and does not exhibit any play in the usual places. We have serviced the unit with 80W 140W GL5 gear oil no significant change in noise l...
2000 Jeep Cherokee Classic 4.0L Misfire VIN: 1YXJ72Z089
this unit has an intermittant severe miss,ive never gotten it to act up.the word is that it runs like crap.i suspect either a coil pac or an injector,surely could use some help on this one. Trouble codes: P0303
1991 Lexus ES250 2.5L Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall VIN: JT8VV22T6M
vehicle starts and pressure goes to 42 lbs and immediately starts to drop and stalls-goes to 10 lbs.bad pump or possible check valve in pump? thanks,chuck
1990 Oldsmobile Toronado 3.8L turn signal indicator
this vehicle has analog gauges and digital odometer. the original complaint was that only the tachometer would work, all other gauges were inoperative at times. Sent the cluster in for repair and then reinstalled, all gauges worked correctly. When headlamps we...
1996 Oldsmobile 88 Royale 3.8L temperature VIN: 1G3HN52K8T
Hello all This one is a puzzler. This car has no heat at times through the vents. We have replaced t-stat and tried to backflush heater core. Was getting little flow through core(was told by customer that car had set for five years) so we replaced core. While ...
1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue GLS 3.8L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Misfire VIN: 1G3WX52K7X
Any GM guru help would be much appreciated. This customer complains of intermittent rough running/idle and wanting to hesitate & die. The times this occurs, no codes are stored in the computer, but numerous warning lights are illuminated. The "Service Vehicle ...
2001 Oldsmobile Alero GLS 3.4L No Start VIN: 1G3NF52E51
This car has been here before for a problem similar to this, the car will crank but won't start,the security light will flash. I performed relearn procedure and then the car will start. Last time I replaced the passlock sensor and I thought I had it fixed. The... Trouble codes: B2960 (security system sensor data incorrect but valid), U1000 (Class 2 Data Link malfunction), P1189 (Engine oil pres switch circuit)
1990 Plymouth Acclaim 2.5L Excessive Emissions, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1P3XA46K4L
Runs rich mainly when cold. Black smoke out tailpipe all the time but worse when cold. Coolant temp sensor and air temp sensor bad and have been replaced. Now within one degree of each other. MAP sensor replaced with know good one and no difference. Still runs...
1993 Pontiac Firebird 3.4L Ignition Fuse VIN: 2G2FS22SXP
Happy Holidays, I have this 93 Firebird which was towed into my shop. The #11 fuse in the underhood fuse box was blown .I replaced it ,and it blows again as soon as you turn the key to the on position. All data says this fuse feeds the ignition module, crank...
1989 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.0L Radiator VIN: JT3VN66W5K
Hi Toyota Pros, I've got a long-time customer in with two quarts of oil in his coolant, and we did his head gaskets just six months ago. At this point I have the timing belt covers off and the the lower intake manifold out, but I don't see any external compone...
1993 Volvo 240 2.3L No Start VIN: YV1AS880XP
Could get problem to happen only once. Was able to check fuel pressure-45lbs, ok acording to mitchell. While cranking engine with spark tester on plug wire, spark very intermitten. Cranking engine with spark tester on coil wire, spark was evenly timed but very...

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.2L Hesitation, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 3G1JC1243T
Thanks for all the help. Removed the timing chain cover and found the timing chain slipped a few links. Thanks to Charles got it right. Everybody have a Merry Christman and Happy New Year. Trouble codes: 172 (rich condition).
1997 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.2L oil pressure
tried factory switch,no change. dropped oil pan for inspection. mains looked like new. . custermer traded auto in. thank all of you!
1999 Dodge Dakota SLT 5.2L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1B7GG26Y9X
Thanks to all who replied. we had the pcm reprogrammed per tsb 18-017-02 and this cured the check engine lamp and code p0203. the flash did not help our idle problem, so we removed the valve covers to look at the valvetrain. BINGO! we had a broken valve spring... Trouble codes: P0203 (3 cyl. injector fault).
1997 Ford F-350 XL 7.5L No Start VIN: 1FTJW36G5V
Thanks for the help, customer declined any repairs and took vehicle back. Have not heard from them.
1999 GMC Savana 3500 5.7L Mechanical VIN: 1GDJG31ROX
Hi Folks Well this truck is kicking our butt!!! First, this truck does not have a weight prportioning valve on the rear and we disabled the ABS by pulling the relay. Do to a leaking axle seal recently we replaced the rear shoes with OEM shoes. Had to give th...
2000 Jaguar XKR 4.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: SAJAA42J5Y
I have a Winner! This was a good learning experience for me on this Vehicle.I connected a scanner to this car that had C.A.N capabilities and it verified that only 1 module was reporting. After some digging in the manuals I connected an ole bosch kts 16 pin-ou... Trouble codes: P1720, P0447, P0453, P1108, P1637.
2000 Jaguar S-Type 4.0L A/C system VIN: SAJDA01D8Y
Thanks extended to George [...] Michigan in helping me solve the Jaguar dilemna on heater valve repair. We tested the wiring to the heater valve...and indeed, found broken wire. We repaired the wire under the airbox as George indicated...and the problem was SOL...
1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7L front diff VIN: 1J4GW68N2X
sorry it took me so long to close but was waiting for customer to return.after all the stress,the yoke and a new set of gears were installed.noise now gone.i don't know if i damaged them from setting preload or something else was there from the beginning but a...
1993 Mazda 626 LX 2.0L no reverse or neutral VIN: 1YVGE22A9P
sorry for so long to close this help request, but it has been one thing after another. first he stoped work trying to get some kind of warranty money. then we got busy,and so on. eleven out of eleven said in all or in part that forward clutches were welded tog...
1996 Mercedes-Benz C220 2.2L Rear Defroster VIN: WDBHA22E5T
Well we ended up figuring this thing out ourselves. 6 months ago when the turnsignals had a problem, we replaced the combination relay to fix that problem. It turns out we were sold the wrong part which fits earlier C class through 1995. Turnsignals and wipers...
1993 Plymouth Voyager 3.0L No Start VIN: 2D4GP4536T
Many thanks to Brian in Wisconsin and all other replys. I recieved a response within 30 minutes of my posting. Brian hit the nail on the head with his reply ' varify rotor pointing at #1 cylinder '. Conventional wisdom told me that if the ignition rotor is poi...
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