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1992 BMW 318i 1.8L Hesitation, Misfire VIN: WBACA5312N
Car runs fine except for a miss about 2500 rpm in 2nd and 3rd gear.And some it feels like computer is going into limp mode when you start out but only for a few seconds.I need some good information on what to look for on this code. Trouble codes: 1286 (Knock control test pulse)
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1995 Buick Park Avenue 3.8L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out VIN: 1G4CW52KXS
This car was brought in on a hook last Thursday. The customer called and said he attempted to start it and it made a noise he likened to a cat caught in the fan belt, (I have not been able to recreate this noise)and then would crank but no start. When it arriv...
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2000 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3L trans VIN: 1GNDT13W8Y
hi, this is my blazer. a 4x4 non auto transfer case. when in reverse 2wd, something binds up and chatters in drive line. won't roll good backwards in nuetral. in drive it has late shifts, and slips if you accel hard in high gear. pulled rear drive shaft out of...
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2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L cruise/tow haul switch VIN: 2GCEK19T61
customer connected a trailer to vehicle(it had electric brakes) the truck did not have the electric brake control intalled yet (still does not) trailer brakes locked up, turn signals stopped working.After trailer was disconnected,turn signals work but, now we ...
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2001 Chevrolet Express 3500 5.7L electric window VIN: 1GCHG39R41
i have a van in which the passenger window motor will operate down from either front switch but will not go up. i removed door panel and there is power in and out of switch. also there is power to each leg at the power window motor when you go up or down, ( bl...
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1991 Dodge W150 S 5.2L transmission case VIN: 1B7HMO6Y6M
This truck is my personal vehicle. I am a chevrolet tech. I was told the case was probably broken before I took it apart. I am buying a new or used case what ever I can get. The truck had a harsh down shift into low at times,I suspect this caused the failure. ...
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1990 Ford E-150 Econoline Custom 4.9L Excessive Emissions, Hesitation, Stall VIN: 1FTEE14Y4L
Good evening techs Here we go with another nightmare from another shop.When I try to time this van I unplug the spout connector and it doesnt affect timing The idle should change with this unpluuged and should idle up when plugged back in there is no change.Ip... Trouble codes: 18 (no tach signal), 33 (egr flow), 42 (hego not switching rich)
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1997 Ford E-350 Econoline 5.4L Serpentine Belt VIN: IFBHE31L5V
Hey Guys heres one for ya, the owner has purchased this van used about 25,000 miles ago the first time he had me do the belt we just chaulked it to a worn belt , then about 6000- 8000 miles later , the belt went again ,checked alignment of pulleys, this time I...
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1999 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2FMZA5143X
van driven in with throttle response problem.previously been into ford dealer for intermittent stalling.they changed fuel pump. owner tuned up motor& replaced maf.owner stated "problem started after wally world changed oil& air filter". only scanner reading se... Trouble codes: P0717 (turbinespeed sensor no signal), P0722 (output speed sensor no signal), P0720 (output speed sensor circuit fault), P0715 (turbine speed sensor circuit fault), P0340 (cam position sensor circuit fault)
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1995 GMC Jimmy 4.3L fuel gauges VIN: 1GHS4T923S
after we installed an original fuel tank and sender unit from the locall gm dealer,the fuel gauge started to get erratick...if you stop the gauge reads from full to empty as the fuel sloshed.with the truck stoped if you jump on the bumper and move the truck up...
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1974 Jaguar XKE 5.3L Steering VIN: UE15256781
This car has normal steering feel. Of course it has a Delco PS pump, which was slightly leaking around the reservoir. It most likely was not an original pump, of course. When the car is sitting totally still, the pump will begin groaning quite badly when turni...
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1993 Mitsubishi Diamante ES 3.0L No Start
thanks for help in advance,received this car from another tech he said computer(pcm)was bad went to check for 12 volts on 5volt supply wires.turned ignition on and computer let out its smoke.opened pcm and the large processor chip burnt up.caps looked fine no ...
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1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE 3.3L No Start VIN: 1P4GP44RTO
We had this no start problem vehicle in the shop a couple of weeks ago with the same problem.All indications are that the PCM has failed again. We have a crank signal, injector pulse, fuel pressure, but no spark. A new coil did not resolve the problem. Powers ...
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1992 Volvo 960 2.9L No Start VIN: YW1KW95O1N
We need a volvo tech. this car came in for an intermintant no start condition. The volvo dealer spent 40 man hours on vehicle and could not properly diagnose problem.computer has been replaced with known good one and now the vehicles at my shop.now the vehicle... Trouble codes: 141
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Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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1993 Acura Integra GS 1.8L hood release cable VIN: JH4DA9465P
I wasn't able to access the latch without bending things so the customer opted to take the car to an Accura dealer.Thanks for all the suggestions. Tim [...]
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1991 Cadillac DeVille 4.9L blower motor VIN: 1G6CD53BXM
Thanks everyone, we replaced the power modual and the blower motor as advised,we has some experience with these before. we learned two things: 1. always address the real cause of the problem which we usually do, but we all get caught once in a while ...
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1991 Cadillac Eldorado 4.9L very high idle speed VIN: 1G6EL13B9M
This is a little long so the fix is in the first paragraph - keep reading if you want relearn or service writer advice. Well the fix is in. It was the ECM. It appears that the only way to diagnose this problem is by process of elimination. We could not find ...
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1999 Cadillac Seville STS 4.6L dash VIN: 1G6KY5498X
Hello the fix for this vehicle was the small fan for the inside air temp sensor. I received several replies pointing to this also to hvac motor and to pull fuses till noise quit to isolate the problem and also the instrument cluster which was my original thoug...
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1999 Cadillac Catera 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: W25466RWEW
i thank every one for there suggestions. i replaced the fuel cap cleared the code. the light came back on then went off came back on . now it is off for the time being so i don't know if it is fixed or not but for now the light is off. so thank you to everyo... Trouble codes: P0442.
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1992 Chevrolet S10 4.3L dash and brake lights VIN: 1GCCS14Z5N
Thanks to all those who replied. I actually found the problem shortly after I posted the help request. It turned out to be the trailer wiring. The brown and green wire terminals had corroded together.
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1998 Chevrolet Blazer 4.3L Cuts out, MIL Lamp on
i would like to thank everyone for your help. you all had very good ideas to check. but what it turned out to be was worn main bearings in the engine which would throw the crank shaft sensor off. so i replace with a low mile used engine and everything is fine ... Trouble codes: P0339.
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1996 Chrysler Town & Country (Van) 3.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1C4GP54L6T
Thanks for all your help. I've learned a lot about how to properley post a help request. The problem I had was a malfunction with the scope. An Interro PDA(Personal Diagnostic Assistant)is a great 4 channel DSO with a small screen. My error must have occured... Trouble codes: 43 (P0300 with a note cylinder 3 missfire).
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1999 Dodge Caravan 3.0L oil pump? VIN: 2B4FP253XX
First of all thank you for your replies and your patience. I lost my hard drive so it's taken this long to get up and running again. A recap of what I did and what the problem was. The van came in for a growl in front. It was hot when brought in. Noise was a...
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1995 Ford F-350 XL 7.3L No Start VIN: 1FTJW36F1S
Thank you all for the replies and time with all of your expertise on this matter, cold start fault 7.3 DIT - will start with block heater plugged in. Unfortunantly the customer has not apted to allow me to perform any other pinpoint tests maybe because of the ...
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1999 Ford focus 1.8L No Start VIN: WFONXXGCDN
Sorry for the delay in posting this fix,I found the problem to be the main harness plug tha fit`s in the pump module,the pin socket`s open up when disturbed I found a 2mm drill shank should be nice 'snug fit'in the terminal`s I tightend these up and it started... Trouble codes: P0216, P1664, P1344, P1665, P1564.
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1994 Honda Accord EX 2.2L valve train VIN: JHMCD5656R
Thanks Honda Tech's we checked the TSB, Finally located the defective rocker, and replaced it as a set. Ticking noise is gone, piston slap is still there thanks again! John
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1997 Honda Civic DX 1.6L SRS Light VIN: 2HGEJ6348V
Thanks to all that replied. Most felt that the best way to begin was to clear the codes and see if they returned. In this case the light has stayed off - evidently this is not uncommon. It seems that these codes are set due to high or low system voltage. Had i...
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2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7L Hesitation, Surge, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1J4G258N1Y
First off, I would likt to thank everyone for their time and help. As with most things in our business, the problem has not occured since I first asked for some help. It should have occured last weekend when I drove the vehicle about 450 mile roundtrip. Attach...
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1995 Mercury Tracer 1.9L piston, rings VIN: 3MASM10J7S
i recieved alot of help on this one , but never got any information and the mexican and american version of this engine and if the parts are inerchangeable. so i just put a used engine in it , and everything is fine now .. thanks to everyone who helped.. tim
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1998 Mercury Sable GS 3.0L rear calipers VIN: 1MEFM50U9W
I received 2 dozen replies on this one, and just about every single person said to replace the rear brake hoses. One or two of you really understood that since we could release pressure by cracking the connection at the bottom of the brake hose and also by cra...
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2000 Mitsubishi Diamante LS 3.5L Battery VIN: 6MMAP67P4Y
Thanks for replies all were helpful problem ending up being trunk lite switch the real problem was that it wasnt acting up all the time but we nailed it and car is fixed! IATN is the best tool in my tool box thanx guys Mike!
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1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE 3.3L Hesitation VIN: 1P4GP54R6T
Thanks for the help I recieved on this Caravan. I checked the TPS and it swept just fine. I replaced the injectors which helped quite a bit but there is now a 'cold only' stumble on accel. Customer is happy the way it is.
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1997 Pontiac Grand Am GT 3.1L heater VIN: 1G2NW52MXV
hello fellow techs I USED the airlift tool on this vehicle and also unhooked one of the heater hoses underneath the car.So far the heat is good maybe heater core is partly plugged.I will give back to customer and let him try it.Thanks to all of you for the goo...
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1997 Subaru Legacy Outback 2.5L coolant VIN: 4S3BG6857V
i want to thank everyone for their help this is my first time and was surprised at how many helpful responses i recieved everyone basically said the same thing either headgaskets or a crack somewhere i removed the plugs and found nothing compression was ok rec...
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1990 Toyota Supra 3.0L Unknown VIN: JT2MA71J5L
The majority of replies indicated that indeed the TV cable on this Supra can be done without major work. The trans dipstick tube bolt is removed and then the pan dropped. Disconnect the cable from the linkage on the throttle. The routing of the cable is tricky...
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1990 Toyota Supra 3.0L Surge, Stall VIN: JT2MA71J5L
Well well well... Sorry, no 'silver bullets' for the database on this one. Halfway through my inspection I thought it might be nice the check codes. Strangely enough, the MIL didn't light at any time--including KOEO. Interesting. I then checked the fuse which ...
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