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2001 Audi S4 2.7L turn signals VIN: WAURD68D82
vehicle was brought in with an intermitant left turn signal. customer said it may work for a month and then go out. we took column apart and inspected for a short but found no wear. we replced the combo switch and it worked fine...until we put it back together...
1995 BMW 840Ci 4.0L all dash except speedo and odometer VIN: WBAEF6320S
When you first start the car the dash is out. Altho odometer is on and speedo works. Once the revs hit about 2000 the dash comes to life ans then works normal. The dash will go out again when you put the car in reverse. then come back on when in any gear but r...
1995 Buick Regal Custom 3.1L I/P guage indicator lights VIN: 2G4WB52M5S
The vehicle battery drains down overnight as the instrument panel indicatot lights (oil, airbag,seat belt,security, batt ses light )remain on with the key off oor out of the car. The alternator does charge and the battery tests good. Fuse #39 for the I/P elect...
2001 Chevrolet S10 4.3L No Start VIN: 1GCCT19W31
Talk about flooded! This customer "accidentally" drove his truck into a slow moving river. Water up to headlights(which, yes, would include the computer on the passenger side fenderwell). He had the truck pulled out 6 hours later and hasn't got it to start sin... Trouble codes: P0102 (Mass or Volume Air Flow Circuit low input), P1626 (Theft Dterrent Start enable signal), P1637 (Generator L-Treminal Circuit)
1990 Dodge B250 5.2L Overdrive VIN: 2B6HB21YXL
Hi Chrysler Guys, Here is the issue. This 518 transmission does not go into overdrive. Here is the list of checks) Trans was sent to transmission shop for no overdrive, diagnosed as internal, rebuilt and problem persist. Computer was installed by someone else,...
1997 Geo Metro LSi 1.3L condenser fan VIN: 2C1MR229XV
Hello Techs:I need and extra help with this vehicle. I t came with poor cooling A/C, I found that the high pressure itīs very high, so I recoverded all the charge and change the drier and re-charge the system, but when I was testing the A/C performance I looke...
1993 Honda Civic EX 1.6L oil pressure VIN: 1HGED3553M
this is a single cam vtec. Came in for lf axel replaced axel and drove no problem sat 3 days. customer picked up and drove 20 min when the engine light came on and the oil light. He checked the oil and it was full. I did not add any when I had it. Next day he ...
2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7L No warning buzzers.(headlight on,key,seat belt) VIN: 1HGES25721
The headlight warning chime does not work. It doesn't chime with the key in the ignition. We have tested all the fuses. When looking in Mitchell wiring diagrams, everything indicates that the "Multiplex control unit" controls the chimes. I talked to my Honda p...
1992 Lexus LS400 4.0L Door panel VIN: JT8UF11E1N
This should be an easy one but I can't figure out how to get the inside door handle and trim loose. Got all the other hardware loose but am hanging on this one part. Looks like it unclips from the passenger compartment side but it's not working for some reason...
2000 Other European Arnage 6.0L WarningLight VIN: SCBLC31E9Y
I do not have any manuals for this car, not even the owner's manual. "Auto Ride Control" seems to be a similar system as in 90s BMW '7series electronic shockabsorbers (...there are similar plugs/wirings connected to each shockabsorber). As soon as the car star...
1995 Pontiac Grand Prix SE 3.1L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: 1G2WJ12MOS
This vehice was brought by a new customer who claims to have purchased the car from " A little ole Lady". Odometer shows 31,000 and condition of the vehicle indicates that the mileage is probably correct. Engine has a missfire at all speeds, more noticable at ...
1995 Saab 900 SE Turbo 2.0L intermittent buck
I have this 900 turbo ragtop that appears to buck when it feels like it, could happen once a week or once a month. It never stalls the car and happens more when hot after 20 or so minutes of driving. I have driven car for a week 25 miles each way and not had t...
2002 Subaru Forester S 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: JF1SF65622
I need some help with this Subaru. Cleared code several times and always came back. As per mitchell on demand we checked for exhaust leaks, lowered and checked, visually , both converters, looked fine, check for damage on rear o2 shield wire, disconnected harn... Trouble codes: P0420 (cat effic. below treshhold)
1990 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.0L Excessive Emissions, Hesitation, Stall VIN: JT3VN39W3L
HELLO TOYOTA PEOPLE- I have this truck in the shop for a condition that causes a stall and hard restart when cold. Truck initially starts ok, then when trying to move, the engine speed cannot get below about 1,000 rpm during the launch or it will stall. It is ... Trouble codes: 14
1988 Volvo 244 2.3L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall
hi to everyone. this Volvo came in with low battery. so i recharged it. it crank and start , but stalled everytime. then i removed the maf sensor. it start and run, but it rough. soon it connected the maf sensor back. it run fine for second and dies. so i put ...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
Fix/Summary Answers
1991 Buick Park Avenue 3.8L No Start VIN: 1G4CW53LXM
Didn't do much else to car. Car ran good during other test drives with no problems. Customer needed car back so he took it. Thank you to everyone who helped.
1998 Cadillac DeVille 4.6L no-charge VIN: 1G6KD54Y9W
First let me thank all of you that replied to my request. As you read I was dealing with a voltage drop in my signal to the alt. I learned through the years that the first thing you check are all the grounds. Well after checking and rechecking they were all fi...
1997 Chevrolet Venture 3.4L heater core VIN: 1GNDV06F4V
Thanks to everyone who replied, especially Kent from Florida that has some very helpfull information. It seems that all replies to this post narrow this problem down to one thing, electrolisis. The information that I recieved from Kent is really interesting. A...
1998 Chevrolet Malibu 2.4L Misfire VIN: 1G1ND52T9W
Thanks to everyone for your help, I installed a used pcm, I put the battery charger on 3 amps low charge, turned key on, theft light stayed on. After 35 minutes theft light was still on. I did'nt think this was going to work, I went to lunch for about an hour,...
2002 Dodge Durango SLT 4.7L No Start, LONG CRANK VIN: 1B4HR48N82
Thanks for the help guys. This vehicle is now fixed. Tech was able to duplicate long crank time pattern. When vehicle would run up to operating temperature then shut down vehicle for two hours then trying to start vehicle long cranking problem was present. Tec...
1990 Ford F-250 Custom 7.3L No Start VIN: 1FTHX25M8L
Well guys, it seems to be the injector pump at fault. Customer had new one installed at diesel shop, has been running for over a week now with no problem. Thanks to all that have posted help on this request. I guess the pump was heat soaking inside causing no ...
2000 Ford Expedition XLT 4.6L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on, Rich exhaust VIN: 1FMRU1562Y
Thanks for your input. Most of the responses dealt with the MAF sensor and/or that the PCM calculates BARO at WOT. Other suggestions were fuel injector flow, O2 sensors, clean MAF, etc. All of these things had already been checked. After reading the responses,... Trouble codes: 1132 (Rich exhaust), 1135 (Rich exhaust).
1990 Jeep Wrangler 2.5L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 2J4FY19E5L
Hi everyone. sorry for not closing this sooner but I wanted to be sure it was fixed. the temp. in this area has been above normal for most of the time i have been trying to fix this jeep.(50f). what finally fixed it seems to be the fuel injector. although the ...
1990 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4.0L master cylinder VIN: 1J4FJ78L1L
Thanks to everyone who respond my mail. Since most of you stated to take it in to the Dealer as the ABS system recall, I relay the message to customer and he was so pleased and appreciated for this information. He already set up for appointment at the dealer. ...
1992 Lexus LS400 4.0L auto tilt VIN: JT8UF11E4N
Greetings all, and thanks to all who offered advice. The vehicle owner finally returned for us to test the auto tilt wheel feature that had stopped working following the tune-up and power steering pump replacement that we had performed. We removed the lower da...
1991 Mazda 929 3.0L No Start VIN: JM1HC2241M
After a lot of tail chasing and such we have a fix. Got a few hits on the HELP request , One good tip, but no Silver bullit. Kenny sent me a reading off a car he owned--Thanks. It proved that out. Dave [...] using a soldering iron-KOEO next to the Ignitor ... Trouble codes: 01.
2001 Nissan Xterra SE 3.3L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Misfire VIN: 5N1ED28Y91
Hey everybody thanks for all the input. This vehicle does not have egr valve on it. We did ask the customer about warrenty. He said it was out of warrenty so we did not proceed any further with that. We also were suspecting a mass air flow playing games becaus...
1997 Suzuki Sidekick JX 1.6L shift interlock VIN: 2S3TD03V7V
Thanks to all who replied. I really appreciate the help. Three of the four replies refered me to a tsb. Unfortunately, our shop key doesn't have the tsb. We called a Suzuki dealer and they either couldn't our wouldn't help us. The fourth reply described the ci...
1999 Volvo V70 2.3L Slow Fuel Fill VIN: YV1LZTYD7X
Hello Volvo Techs, 1. We installed a new vent valve, Volvo part # 9125305. 2. The tech used compressed air to clean out an obstruction in one of the hoses 3. We cleared the code for a faulty fuel lever sensor and it did not return during several test drives....
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