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1998 BMW 318ti 1.9L transmission VIN: WBACG8328W
Good evening BMW techs.I have a 318ti automatic with a transmission that is acting weird.cold I start the car ,put it in reverse,then drive and drive away,all is well.when I get to a stop and go to accelerate it won't move,forward or reverse.Stop the engine an...
1987 Chevrolet V10 Scottsdale 5.7L No Start, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GTEV14K4H
This truck was acquired by a friend through a trade. Story is truck was running and just quit. Later started and ran for 5mins, and stalled again. Would run for 1min when fuel dumped in TBI. Then truck was traded to friend. Now it's my nightmare. I found blac...
1992 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 3.1L Cuts out VIN: 1G1JF34T3N
i sure hope someone can help with this's driving me crazy.when starting off cold the car runs fine for the first 2-3 minutes of driving but after 2-3 minutes of driving the engine will just fall on its face(cutout,stumble badly)at around 3800 rpm and up...
2001 Chevrolet S10 LS 4.3L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GCDT13W21
Came in with misfire code in computer Cleared codes drove 1 light came back on found hole 4 plug wire.We replaced all plug wires. Took for drive light didn,t come back on right away. but still showing random misfire on 1 and 4 pulled all plugs ... Trouble codes: P0300
1987 Chrysler Conquest 2.6L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Surge
Hello! Sorry I don't have the VIN, forgot to get the info at work. This (thing) has a rough idle, seems like it is loading up with fuel. Spark plugs are black. Runs OK once you are out on the road. Fuel pressure checks OK, injectors look brand new, but I don...
1998 Chrysler Cirrus LXi 2.5L No Start VIN: 1C3EJ56H2W
hello mopar techs,this is my neighbor's car.he thought the t belt broken so he asked me to check it out,i'm no mopar guy by no means (honda only), but i figured the t belt would be do able.the belt is fine so then it becomes a no start,so checked the fix post ...
2005 Chrysler 300 (Car) Limited 3.5L alignment VIN: 2C3JA53G55
I was hoping that someone else had run into this problem on these cars and might know a fix for them,The camber bolts were meant to have taken care of it but even with quite a bit of difference from side to side the car still pulls to the right.
1991 Ford F-150 Custom 5.0L idling VIN: 1FTEX15NOM
it just started after i put a new motor in my does not do it all the time. it idles up and down an the the engine dies. but the truck starts back up and then it runs like it haves water in the gas but the motor start to run fine after 15 min. and the...
1996 Ford Windstar GL 3.8L Excessive Emissions, Hesitation VIN: 2FMDA5146T
Bank 1 o2 sensor reads full rich Bank 2 o2 sensor reads full lean at idle warm engine. When you raise idle above 1500rpm the o2 sensors reverse Bank1 goes full lean Bank2 goes full rich. the o2 sensors do not fluctuate above and below 450 they stay straight li... Trouble codes: 1131 (H02s11lack of switching), 1151 (HO2s21lack of switching)
1997 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FALP62W1V
Hey guys. I have a T-Bird with MIL on with O2 heater codes. Running KOEO test shows all 4 codes. If I clear the codes, and run the engine while watching the heater circuits for faults, only the Left bank will set codes. The red wires (heater power) on all sens... Trouble codes: P0135 (RF O2 sensor heater circuit), P0155 (LF O2 sensor heater circuit), P0141 (RR O2 sensor heater circuit), P0161 (LR O2 sensor heater circuit)
2004 Ford Freestar SES 3.9L vavle train VIN: 2FMZA57654
This van experience some apparent valve rattling noise on light accelaration. I am interested if anyone else has had a similar problem. I would also like suggestions on repair. A decarbonization, PCM update and octane adjustment has been performed. Also I hav...
1998 GMC K2500 Suburban 6.5L ebcm VIN: 1GK2K45LM5
complete loss of brakes, suspect dump valves are releasing pressure but unable to verify complaint. All mechanical parts good and the master cyl. would not bypass, I can usually trick a weak one into bypassing with vehicle off. codes retrieved were as follows;...
2000 GMC Sierra 1500 SL 4.8L engine VIN: 2GTEC19V3Y
Hi Guys I got a call from a freind he bought a 2000 pickup and he notice when he starts it up in the morning there is an engine style knock but goes away within a few seconds. the oil pressure is good oil level is up and fresh oil change. he was told that its ...
2002 Lexus SC430 4.3L tire pressure monitor VIN: JTHFN48Y52
car came in for all four tires to be replaced, found one of the sensors broken from driving on flat tire to long. Got new sensor from dealer and installed with four tires. problem is we cant get car to turn off tire monitor light. checked alldata anf found pro...
1983 Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL 5.0L Timing Chain
Hi Group. I need some info on sprocket alignment for this 5.0 engine (117.963). I'm replacing the timing chain and guides and can't seem to find any markings on the cam and crank sprockets or the block. Mitchell is useless on this one. Any info, help or pics w...
1995 Mercedes-Benz S320 SWB 3.2L timing VIN: WDBGA32EAS
hi, hope some mb expert can help me. i own an independent repair shop in ashland kentucky. i have owned this shop for one year. i have a lot of mercedes experience myself (i am not a technician - i only talk about it.) my technicians however do not have a lot ...
1997 Mitsubishi Diamante LS 3.5L under intake manilfold VIN: 6MMAP47P4V
Upon opening hood of customer's car I quickly picked up the distinct odor of hot anti-freeze coming from somewhere on the engine or radiator. At first glance I noticed anti-freeze pooling on top of the transaxle, as I traced the leak I found that it disappeare...
2005 Mitsubishi Lancer ES 2.0L lifters
i just installed a set of performance aftermarket cams and cam gears on this vehicle. my problem is the lifters wont pump up they just continue to tap like there is no oil in at least one lifter. after talking to some people they said i needed to bleed the las...
1999 Nissan Altima GLE 2.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1N4DL01DXX
Keep getting reoccurring codes, light resets after short time (within testing on same visit). cant seem to find related cause for both codes. any suggetsions ? your help appreciated Trouble codes: P0160, P0446
1999 Saturn SL1 1.9L Service Light VIN: 1G8ZH5282X
My own car! I have no access to Saturn info. The "Service" light (with a wrench icon) comes ON after 1 minute of starting the car if the AC is OFF. When the AC is turned ON, the Serice light will turn OFF after 1 minute. I can duplicate this pattern, and all f...
1999 Saturn SC2 1.9L Surge, Stall
This Saturn will surge and die if you hold the throttle at about 4% on the scanner and will run good at any other position. If you lift on the highway and step back in to the throttle it will buck when going by this position. This sounds like a tps concern but...
1996 Subaru Legacy Outback 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: 4S3BG6854T
plugs and wires have been replaced. cam and crank sensor have been replaced. drove vehicle 130 miles over 2 day period. customer had light flash and stay on after less than 2 miles on 3rd day. Trouble codes: P0304
1999 Subaru Legacy Limited 30th Anniversary 2.5L Valves VIN: 4S3BG6857X
Hi Subaru pros, just did head gaskets on this beast. It started right up afterward but has a tremendous amount of valve clatter. Rechecked timing marks (they're fine. I've done these several times and know how the marks work) and pulled valve covers. With star...
1996 Toyota Tacoma DLX 2.4L oil pressure VIN: 4TAVL52N6T
Has anyone had problems with these oil pumps before? Could the oil pressure relief valve be the problem? Any way to tell without removing the timing cover? The owner of this truck doesnt have much money, so I am trying to keep his cost down to a minimum! Any h...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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1997 BMW 740iL 4.4L self leveling suspension VIN: WBAGJ8320V
Good evening technicians,6 of you responded,6of you were right on the pin.the 2 rear pressure accumulators were defective.As one member stated check to see how much oil is in each accumulator,there should be only a spoonfull.Well there must of been a half litr...
1998 Chevrolet Blazer 4.3L ABS Trans
We removed trans and checked all wiring. Then I suggested to replace speed sensor at trans. It fixed all the problems occurring.Thanks to all for information.Deano.Replaced withGM sensor.
1994 Chrysler LHS 3.5L No Start VIN: 2G3HD56F7R
Finally had a chance to start at square one again on this nightmare. First found an intermmittant open in the red/white wire to pcm terminal 3. This is battery to pcm. That brought scan tool info back to life. Then had erratic signal from crank sensor. I had r...
1998 Chrysler Town & Country (Van) LX 3.8L trans VIN: 1C4GT54L8W
A big thinks to all the IATN trans techs who came to my rescue,Had 18 members willing to help and we are thankful, for IATN because with out it many times we would be up the creek with out A paddle, The van is back on the road with A Jasper trans,some ask if...
1996 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3L timing chain ? VIN: 1B4GP44R4T
Hi guys thanks for all 17 replies,all good ideas.from cylinder wash down to ect & map problems to procedures to checking timing chain alignment & slop.most said to pull frt.valve cover which i did and there it is the last 3 rocker arms do not move at all,the c...
2001 Dodge Ram 3500 Van 5.9L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: 2BWB35Z41K
We had seven replies, some of which had been covered in the original post, or things we had aleady done. The problem turned out to be a defective O2 sensor on the left bank (CA van). Apparently there was a crack in the ceramic that opened up when the van was d... Trouble codes: P0171, P0244.
1994 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L Hesitation VIN: 1FMDU34XXR
We have changed the maf sensor, Seems to have fixed it, will give to the customer and see what happens.
1995 Ford F Super Duty XL 7.5L no data lines. VIN: 1FDLF47F6S
It is time to close this. I've still got the truck, but it is ready as soon as I tidy up all the wires I had to cut and splice. I did what I had written about. I installed the '95 PCM and installed wires for the data lines from the PCM to the self-test connect...
1996 Ford F-150 Eddie Bauer 4.9L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTEF15Y9T
THanks for the replies on this one. After putting the smoke machine back on the motor for the fourth time, I finally found the unmetered air. There was a crack on the bottom side of the air intake tube between the MAF and TB. The only thing different this time... Trouble codes: P0171 (lean bank 1).
2000 Isuzu Trooper Limited 3.5L engine VIN: JACDJ58X7Y
thanks to all that replied, got old engine out getting ready to install used engine wasn't to bad was time cosuming had to lower front differential and remove front driveshaft left p/s pump and a/c compressor and alternator attached to engine. thanks again
1995 Mazda Millenia 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: JM1TA2212S
Hi All Thanks for all the replies, All were good A SPECIAL THANKS to Tim [...] Who took the time to fax me a flow chart and to tell me where the cpu was. Also great ideas about wrongly routed vac hoses from several other techs. Problem was corroded connecto... Trouble codes: 1402 (manafacture specific egr).
1996 Mazda 626 DX 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1YVGE22C7T
Thanks to Layne [...]. For some reason Mazda is short on information on this code. Layne and Mike suggested monitoring the sensor with a lab scope or DVOM. Richard relied as follows: For some reason Mazda is very cozy with this ... Trouble codes: P0320 (engine speed input signal).
2004 Nissan Titan XE 5.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1N6AA07A94
Dear Sir, See the dealer for an ecm reprogram on the 1279 code for a/f sensor (new style o2 type sensor) bulletin ntb04-056. Drive the vehicle at least 2 miles or more to see if the low pressure indicator will go out. Have had a few bad sensors which were dete... Trouble codes: 1279 (undocumented code).
2000 Peugeot 406 2.0L instruments
The fix for this vehicle was a pair of cooling fan resistors located behind the radiator grill.The wiring/relays/resistors are vulnerable to water ingress.The resistors values when new should be black(0.8 ohms)/grey(0.54 ohms).The fault codes cleared apart fro...
1993 Pontiac Trans Sport 3.8L Misfire VIN: 1GMDU06L9P
Hello and thanks to all that sent me suggestion's on what to look at.I started by checking powers and grounds at the computer.everthing seemed normal,I then checked wiring to injector's and found nothing out of the ordinary.I am supposing that the injector i r... Trouble codes: 51 (prom error), 56 (qd driver).
1996 Pontiac Sunfire SE 2.2L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3G2JB1243T
well as usual theres always more to the story so I rechecked compression today and what do you know #2 & #3 fall short of compression compared to #1 & #4 by about 40 psi so thats why you feel the miss at idle and not going down the anyhow she has no fu... Trouble codes: P0300.
1995 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L security system VIN: 3VWRC81H5S
Hello; Thanks to all. The security modual is located behind the light switch on the left of dash. You access it from behind the dash. It has 2 connectors and is bolted in place whith a single 6mm bolt. You have to take the dash apart a little to get to this th...
1996 Volkswagen EuroVan 2.4L fuel system VIN: WV1EG0705T
The compressions are a bit low, but the costumer was more concerned with the hard start and the black smoke. The injection pump need an overhaul. After getting the van back the hard start and black smoke was gone. Thanks for all the quick responses
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