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1961 Chevrolet IMPALA 348CID cooling VIN: 11837S1699
Hi techs:This is my personal pride and joy My problem is i can't seem to keep it from overheating.Especialy when ambient temp is above 80 degs.If i run it at highway speeds it is not real bad but if i come to a stop it wants to climb on the gauge to almost peg...
1988 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation VIN: 1G1JC5113J
I'm looking for some help with diagnosing this 88 Cavalier's lack of power and poor idle quality conditions. When depressing the accel pedal it feels as is there is an exaust restriction. Backpressure was checked and was above 2.5 psi. Cat converter was replac...
1993 Chevrolet Astro CL 4.3L Torsion Bar VIN: 1GNEL19W8P
Hi Group,This Astro got towed in for something broken in front end. The right side Torsion bar is broken. The salavage yard asked for the length of the bar. Either 41" or 36". It is 41" The customer opted for a new bar. The dealer did not ask for length but to...
1993 Dodge Intrepid 3.3L dash light / parking lamps fuse #9 VIN: 2B3ED46T3P
Hi All, I have an intermittent short on circuit F33 which is powered by fuse #9 in the interior fuse panel. This fuse feeds the instrument panel illumination circuit (ckt. "F33" 18ga. PK/RD) which goes to the mechanical instrument cluster, the BCM and the he...
1996 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.3L trans range sensor VIN: 1B4GP54R2T
This is my uncle's van. He buys and sells vehicles at the auction.Most of the time he does well with our help. Once in a while he gets burned.He bought this caravan with a bad tranny. We had a good tranny from a 1999. His van is a 1995.The trans bolted up fine...
2000 Dodge Durango 4.7L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1B4H528N2Y
Hello fello techs. This vehicle came in with two problems. They may or may not be linked. The check engine light is on always, and there are no codes stored. Even after attempting to clear codes and scanner showing no codes the light is still on. There are no ...
1994 Ford Aerostar Eddie Bauer 4.0L steering pump VIN: 1FMDA41X3R
This aerostar is a 4x4 and the rack and pinion assembly was replaced because of a small leak. The system was flushed and bled but the problem is that on a test drive, the flow control valve in the pump will completely bottom out, with the result being no power...
1999 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L antitheft VIN: 2FMZA5143X
I have this windstar that sometimes wont start, if you have a flashing antitheft light it will not start, turn the key a few times and get the the antitheft light to turn out. it will start then. while looking at scanner, i noticed that if the pcm is verified ...
2001 Ford Ranger Edge 4.0L timing chains VIN: 1FTZR15E71
Has any tried changing the timing chains in front without the cam hold down tools.If so how can i line up the cams. This is a sohc engine. Where can i locate the tools for this job. Thanks George
2004 Ford Excursion Limited 6.0L Rockers VIN: 1FMSU43P94
We have had this vehicle in the shop for a couple of months performing some modifications. While the truck was outside idling one day, it all of a sudden started making a poping sound through the intake. We immediately shut down and pulled the rockers finding ...
1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.0L abs VIN: 1J4GZB853V
this vehicle has come in as a check & repair. vehicle had new pads & rotors fitted by jeep dealer,since the repair has been carried out the abs light comes on. he took it back to the dealer and was told that it was the abs unit & would cost $2000 to repair. i ...
1991 Mazda RX-7 1.3L abs light flashes
Hi All Thanks for looking at this post in advance. I wrote down the vin but miss placed it. Now in home and no vin. Anyway battery died, replaced battery and now abs light flashes. I dont think it is a code, but I have no info on this vechicle other than th...
1991 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3 2.3L No Start VIN: WDBDA28D6M
It has been too long since I worked at a Mercedes Dealer. The engine must crank and crank. ... And after a spell, the engine will start and sputter. And after a time, the engine will run. I do not know why the ABS relay failed ... As I remember this relay do...
1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 2.6L Head lamp(s) VIN: WDBDA29D6P
Magic head lamp...On, even with #4/#5/#17/#18 fuses pulled. According to the Electrical Schematic, these 4 fuses protect the bulb wiring in the engine bay, from the lamp assembly back to the fuse block. However, the right head lamp stays on with all these fus...
1994 Mercedes-Benz C280 2.8L Cuts out VIN: WDBHA28EXR
can anyone tell me how fuel goes from left fuel tank to right tank all data nor mitchell have this information. the car runs out of gas. fuel guage reads about half tank and both sending units check out ok. after this happens it only takes about 9 gallons to f...
1988 Nissan D21 2.4L No Start, Floods VIN: JN6ND11SXJ
Truck floods under "cold" start or at least cool start, unplug fuel pump relay and it will start after some cranking(there by clearing it?) we inspected the temperature sensor, it seems to be ok and with in specs, the o ring was missing on what we think is the... Trouble codes: 12 (air flow meter malfunction)
2001 Pontiac Sunfire SE 2.2L Hesitation, Cuts out, Misfire VIN: 3G2JB12461
Hey guys and gals, I am in need of some serious help here. I have a Pontiac here that I am very close to lighting a match in the gas tank. This car came to me from one of my best friends moms and I am doing this from home, something that I never do but I owe t... Trouble codes: P0300
1990 Toyota Camry 2.5L misfire at idle VIN: JT2VV22F9L
when started, the engine runs very poorly - misfire and hc & co readings very high at idle. scope check pointing to cyl # 1 3 & 5 (all on right bank) not working well. opened up timing cover - all marks line up and so does the distributor rotor. the injectors ...
1995 Toyota Corolla 1.6L No Start VIN: 2T1AE04B3S
Won't start!! Have spark, have fuel and fuel pressure. Injectors firing, pulse and power ok. Distributor, coil and igniter test ok. Timing belt and marks ok. Compression test ok. All igntion worn slightly but ok. Crank & cam sensor both test ok. W...

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1991 Buick Regal 3.8L battery VIN: 2G4WB11L9M
Hello Thanks for all the responses all very helpfull in the end I used the battery charger on the battery started feeling for hot parts and found that the power antenna was causing the battery drain and after further testing I found that my amp meter was out t...
1983 Cadillac Seville 5.7L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1G6AS698XE
Hello everyone, the customer needed the car for few days when he brought it had more codes were in it 22,26,27,52 so everything was pointing to shorted tps and open throttle switch adjustments were ok.I changed tps and isc I had to get this car fixed that day ... Trouble codes: 52 (Power to ecm interupted).
2000 Cadillac DeVille 4.6L tcc VIN: 1G6KD54Y8Y
Thanks to Dan [...]. You guys provided lots of great info which I used to reccomend a repair stategy to the customer. This on...
1995 Chevrolet Lumina APV 3.8L Convertor VIN: 1GNDU06L2S
Thank's guy's! Upon review & your input, I decided against trying to defeat the TCC. I would have bet good money Fri. that I was going to fix it with a fuel pump As the pump pressure was only 18 PSI., BUT NO, I still have the light acceleration miss. Going bac...
1997 Chevrolet Express 1500 5.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GBFG15M2V
Wasted a post, tim and chris were right, wrong cal. Rick and gary tips were great in confirming the aftermarket cat was good. Customer said it was the oem ecm and never was changed Bull%^@#!@ so the 350 r 4/4 two cat system 1st program did not take the vin of ... Trouble codes: P0430.
1997 Chevrolet Blazer 4.3L Fuel Leak VIN: 1GNDT13W9V
Hello to all , After 6 removal and installations , I can replace this fuel pump/sending unit module in my sleep. 4 I did on my back with jack stands, so the horizontal part will be easy. I did learn many things about this type of repair. My first installion ...
1995 Dodge Avenger ES 2.5L fuel trims VIN: 4B3AU52N5S
Thanks for all the help on this car.I found the problem by unhooking the ox and the reading went to almost normal reading 5.9 on both sides then I hook it back up it goes to -25 other side +25.I think because the wiring in these Cry.cars are wound so tight and...
1994 Ford Taurus SHO 3.2L No Start, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FALP54P1R
hi, the fix on this car was 2 fold. i kept thinking it might be an egr problem, so i drove it to work with the vacuum line plugged off and low and behold i only got a code for bank 2 lean and of course egr code. so i rechecked my work and found one of the 2 eg... Trouble codes: 172 (lean bank 1), 176 (lean bank 2).
1998 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4L Transfer Case VIN: 1FMPU18L9W
I finally got customer to bring the truck back and finish it. I called this Saturday and she said all is well. The 'Fix' was to replace the transfer case motor. With the old one out, I could not get the motor to turn powering it up with a battery and jumper wi...
1998 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L No Start VIN: 1FMZU34E8W
I don't know if this vehicle is fixed or not. I switch the pcm main relay with the blower relay. The customer has not contacted me since, but this was an intermitant issue. Thank you to everybody with all your great help. I received a lot of responses with rea...
2000 Ford Ranger XL 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTYR14V5Y
customer was quoted repair for flex fuel sensor replacement and did not approve. information received appeared very accurate and was helpful. thanks to both of you who responded. Trouble codes: P0176, P1132, P1152.
2000 Ford Expedition XLT 4.6L parking lights VIN: 1FMRU1666Y
I would like to thank everyone that offered help on this Expedition. Most of the replies recommend checking the trailer wiring connector because they can corrode & cause this or a hot wire for the trailer wiring in this harness can short to the brown wire & ca...
2000 GMC Savana 2500 5.7L valvetrian VIN: 1GTGG29R3Y
Hello --sorry for the late reply. I wanted to make sure enough time had passed on my repair to verify a fix. I dropped a 'new' set of rebuilt heads on this unit and sent the old heads back for a core. I asked for a written explanation of what they found wrong ...
2001 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0L steering VIN: 1GKEK63U21
Sorry, this vehicle has not been fixed. Customer will bring it back when I have some idea of what to do. Am leaning towards replaceing the gear box as one reply said that there is an updated gear box w-pressure switch. Anyway, a Big 'THANKS' to all that replie...
1998 Honda Civic EX 1.6L MIL Lamp on, No Symptoms VIN: 1HGEJ65F9W
Thank You All ;)} The short answer is a BAD GAS CAP... Who knew ;)? Not ME ;){ Saved me a Lot of useless testing !! I Love this network !!$$$/time saved ;)} ;)} ;)} & All the great techs that take the time to read the posts... I count 14 replies, some we... Trouble codes: P1456 (EVAP system leak in fuel tank area).
1995 Land Rover Range Rover County LWB 4.2L batt runs do VIN: SALHC1346S
I found there is a plastic ring around the ignition switch which holds the illumination liht for it. This ring had turned enough so that the contacts for the key in ignition were staying closed even though the key was out. This in turn was keeping the relay po...
2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Surge VIN: JN1CA31A2Y
Thanks to all who replied some replies suggested mass air flow problems and the rest mostly suggested valve timing. Timing was correct. A known good mass air flow meter was tried but the problem remained. After reviewing the help replies I sent my friend back ...
1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera 3.1L Cuts out VIN: 1J3AJ85MXS
well, we hope we got it. thanks to all that replied. crank sensor ohmed out different from new, and fuel pump sounded a little loud, so we replaced it and the pump relay, just to be somewhat sure. has been 5 days now and, so far so good thanks again don
1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue GX 3.5L Unknown VIN: 1G3WH52H8X
Hello everyone, Well,we had to push the car in the shop.It would not move at all.Got the car in the shop,rechecked the fluid level (o.k.).The trans mission was still making a lot of noise,(buzzing sound).As several of the replies recommended checking my line p...
1986 Other European 280I 2.8L Tune-up specs VIN: SA9DM28P8G
Hello everyone thanks for your help. Sorry for the delay the vehilce had the Ford 2.8 engine not the Rover engine. The customer in the end had the service information I needed to setup the engine up.Brian thanks for your help the information you gave started m...
1997 Toyota Camry CE 2.2L Surge VIN: 6TIS53SK20
Thanks everyone for your help. My repair ended by changing the throttle position sw after reading some advice, but unfortunately the car still did the same thing. I still thought the original throttle sw was still faulty though becanuse on the second day I gra...
1994 Volkswagen Transporter 2.4L No Start VIN: WV2ZZZ70ZS
hi thanks to all that responded, especially detlev who held my hand on this one removed sheathing from loom and inspected each individual wire found two wires cracked with age and heat (gone brittle)slightly burnt where they had touched. trouble was - they w...
1998 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L cruise control VIN: WVWMA63B0W
Five replies, and I thank all of you, but Dollard ended up right in the fact that it was a faulty cruise module causing my problem. Power does not run thru the brake switches to the module except when we want to interupt cruise operation. On the atomatic tra...
2000 Volvo S80 T6 2.8L Mechanical VIN: YV1TS90D2Y
The noise is coming from the trans so we found a good used one with low miles.We will install it this coming week. Thanks for all the help !
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