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1997 Buick LeSabre Custom 3.8L Passenegr Side Control VIN: 1GHR52K9VH
Greetings Fellow Techs, Got one I need to run by the AC experts out there. 1997 Buick LeSabre with dual control AC system. Both AC and heat work fine with just the driver controls but the passenger controls do not change the settings on the passenger side. Bot...
1999 Cadillac Seville STS 4.6L Power Steering VIN: 1G6KY5490X
Help! You can feel pulsing in the steering wheel when making turns. I have replaced the high pressure hose, after asking two Cadillac service writers opinions. No luck, replacing it did not help. It is not speed sensitive. Low speed turning as well as high spe...
1997 Chevrolet K1500 4.3L d3/d4 VIN: 1GCEK14WXV
hello this truck came in with a shifting problem, it would not shift into 3rd gear. first and second were fine. the trans fluid was completley burnt. we found the 3-4 clutches completley burnt up. after an overhaul( complete banner kit) on then lift the tr...
1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L abs VIN: 2GCEK19T5X
This truck came into the shop with an ABS light on. After scanning with Tech2 has code C0227 (left front sensor erratic) Replaced Left front hub-speed sensor, cleared codes and took out for a test drive. The truck now has an ABS stop at slow speeds. Replaced r...
1999 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1L fuel gauge VIN: 1G1NE52M5X
Fuel gauge drops to empty and low fuel light comes on. I have 12 volts on purple wire to tank. Voltage on black wire from tank was at 2.45 volts and stayed steady when gauge went to empty. Scanner showed fuel level steady at 64%. Replaced BCM and had it progra...
1999 Chevrolet Blazer 4.3L Hesitation, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GE4R5T6TX
Greetings all GM techs, I have a strange one here. This blazer has a P0147 and P1810. I have replaced the rear oxygen sensor and the code returned within a day. The sensor seems to be swinging properly. The other code for the trans is worrying me. The vehicle ...
1999 Chevrolet Blazer 4.3L flasher VIN: 1GNDT13WXX
Haven't seen this yet ( he was referred and called on phone ). He says turn signal flasher clickes all the time while driving down the road. No lights are on at this time. Turn signal lights work like they are supposed to. If he pushes on the brake pedal the c...
1991 Dodge Stealth R/T 3.0L Misfire VIN: JB3XD64B0M
This vehicle came in for a noise near the front timing cover with no other complaints. We diagnosed as a timing belt slap (the hydraulic tensioner was collapsing)and sold the job; New belt and hydraulic tensioner (1st timing belt was done @ 73000 miles with W/...
2000 Dodge Intrepid ES 3.2L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on, long crank VIN: 2B3HD56J3Y
hi have a 00 dodge intrepid has fd undocumented code? dealer has had car and suggested to owner to have heads removed and resurfaced owner brought to me for second opinion besides code i have no data in ecm car is running computer shows no rpm,tps,cam,crank si... Trouble codes: FD
1996 Ford F-250 XL 7.3L start out shift VIN: 2FTHF26FXT
Hi guys, been awhile wince i banged my head on the wall. been surviving the woes and goes. I have a trouble maker here. this is my fatherinlaws truck. when you put vehicle in drive it acts like it is starting out between 2 gears. if you put it into manual low ...
1998 Ford E-150 Econoline 4.6L coolant in #5 sparkplug hole VIN: 1FTRE1467W
van came in with check engine light on and miss at idle. pulled codes found #2 misfire. pulled original plugs and wires and found coolant in number 5 spark plug hole. pressuer tested cooling system and is holding pressure. have read about coolant in #4 and #8 ...
1999 Ford Escort ZX2 Hot Coupe 2.0L 3-4 shift VIN: 3FAKP1131X
This car came in for repair & the complaint was that it was not shifting correctly. Road tested the vehicle and I was not getting any 3-4 shift or lock-up. Road tested with the scanner connected and pcm never commands a shift. There were no trouble codes in me...
1999 Ford Ranger XL 2.5L fuel gauge VIN: 1FTYR10C4X
need help with procedure of reprograming fuel gauge
2000 Ford Mustang 3.8L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1FAFP4445Y
This came in cust. complaint was hesitation. Test drive showed vehicle was down on power very noticible. Did all basic checks no problems found. Has had cats,fuel pump,filter,MAF,plugs, Wires and PCM all were repaired or replaced. The timing cover appears to h...
1997 GMC Jimmy SL 4.3L Unknown VIN: 1GKDT13W5V
We have this little jimmy with a funny noise coming from in the bellhousing area.I was so sure it was a busted flywheel that we slid tranny back and changed it.Still have a noise like something is hitting in that area.doesnt sound anything like a rod knocking....
1988 Honda Accord LXi 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Poor Fuel Economy, pings when hot VIN: JHMCA5482J
Customer is complaining of rough Idle and is rougher the hotter the eng. gets. The motor mounts are weak and causing some of the vibrations. It also has a pinginng more as the eng heat up. No pinging when the eng is cold, can mostly be heard if accel. can do i...
1997 Honda Civic EX 1.6L No Start VIN: 1HGEJ814XV
this vehicle came to us a few days ago with a no start condition. customer had installed a MSD blaster coil and removed stock coil in distributor. customer stated that the car ran good for a couple months with MSD coil installed then just quit. MSD coil was ha...
1998 Kia Sephia 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Stall, MIL Lamp on, VIN: KNAFB1213X
Car will run fine for a couple of days.Then will start by engine bucking & revving up.(like puting in neutral).Will turn CEL on and set codes.123 & 101. Have used a vantage and checked TPS & mass sensors and cant find any problems.Have went to computer and che... Trouble codes: P0123, P0101
2000 Lincoln Town Car Signature 4.6L ABS module VIN: 1LNHM82W0Y
There is a false cycling of the anti-lock brake or traction control systems. This may occur at any speed. There are no indicators from trouble lamps or codes set. The sound of cycling is heard mostly in the right rear and from the anti-lock actuator under the ...
1989 Mercedes-Benz 300SE 3.0L control VIN: WDBCA24DXK
Hi everyone This vehicle intermittently will go to full hot air out of vents and the rec/fresh switch light will flash. I looked for info on alldata none found on flashing light or full hot. I suspect circulation pump drawing to mutch amps. Has does anyone kno...
1990 Oldsmobile Toronado Trofeo 3.8L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1G3EV13C1L
Need help on this Trofeo, AKA "the electrical nightmare" Cust came in claiming Dealer had told her EGR was bad, car had rough idle and indeed one EGR pintle was stuck open. we replaced EGR and car ran fine. checked codes, found a VATS code,EST code and EGR cod...
2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue GX 3.5L Suspention VIN: 1G3WH52H51
Hi everyone, We need help tracking down a severe noise comming from the right front suspention area. It happens mainley when the steering wheel is turned either left or right and the car goes slowly over a bump or the brakes are applied and released.The noise...
1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.4L No Start VIN: 1G23NE52T9
car was brought to us 2 weeks ago first thought it was fuel pump, only had 10 psi replaced fuel pump,car would start and die instantly and then would try to start but it would backfire through the throttle body. We then went to the timing chain and it was worn... Trouble codes: B2965

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1996 BMW Z3 Roadster 1.9L no power to compressor VIN: 4USCH7329T
thanks to all who sent replies. i had to wire in a relay commanded by the a/c switch to send the ground for the computer to the a/c relay. customer just wanted a/c to work.
2000 BMW 323i 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: WBAAR3346Y
Hello All, Sorry for the late fix posting.I received two replys both agreed the thermostat wae the problem.I found a bulletin in alldata about a recall of this model to replace the thermostat if it was manufactured by Behr which this was.Unfortunately this car... Trouble codes: P1622.
1997 Cadillac DeVille 4.6L Hesitation, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G6KD54Y3V
One said ck ground and most said replace MAF with Delco unit, so I did both and it is fixed. Drove for two days, no problem. After a while fuel trim also straightened out. Trouble codes: P0101 (Mass airflow problem).
1992 Chevrolet Cavalier RS 3.1L running lights,horn,cigarette lighter VIN: 3G1JC11T1N
I appreciate all the feedback I received from all of you the fusible link @ the starter was right. special thanks to the guy that said it was the black one bang on, thanks alot everyone
1997 Chevrolet C2500 Cheyenne 5.7L MIL Lamp on, Long Crank In AM VIN: 1GCGC29R8V
I check the flow chart for the code P1351 didn't come up with a conclusion on the problem. I did find the Dist. timing was off 11 deg. reset it. It still starts hard in am or sometime after a long soak time. Whose it started never has a problem starting until ... Trouble codes: P1351 (Igntion Control Circuit High Voltage).
2000 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8L evaporator VIN: 2G1WH55K9Y
Well got a few replies but only martin [...] nailed it on the head. The entire dash board must be removed,screw by screw, nut by nut. Nothing will be left. The brake booster must be removed to access the 6 nuts holding the brace to the firewall. Booster afte...
2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L Gauges, Batt light. VIN: 1GCEK14T8Y
Got 6 replys on this one, most talked about ground problmes or maybe a flash. Customer has a Pool business and has not been able to leave truck again, if truck returns and i whip this thing i will post a fix. Customer has stated problem makes him nervous but d...
2002 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LS 5.3L A/C Drive Belt VIN: 3GNFK16ZX2
Sorry for the long time till close, wife was in hospital. Problem was broken reed valve in compressor caused by rear Thermal valve returning liquid to compressor, Had thoughts of trying just the TXV, but after checking compressor as Kevin from Penn. suggested ...
2001 Daewoo Leganza CDX 2.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: KLAVA69281
Hey everyone, the DAEWOO is fixed. We would not have taken on this job were it not for IATN & it's helpful members. Here's the fix - faulty cam sensor. Seems pretty straight forward, but not necessarily. Thanks to Gary [...] who replied within 2 hrs. of my pos... Trouble codes: P0342 (CMP Cam Position Sensor no signal).
1991 Eagle Talon TSi 2.0L everything VIN: 4E3CT64U6M
this vehicle had multiple aftermarket gauges wierd radio amp set up and to top it off, wired by a teenage hack!! the 30 amp ingnition fuse was blown...didnt see the third fuse block in front of my face looking for it. just for reference it says IGN on the co...
1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L No Start VIN: 1J4GW58SXX
after pulling transmission a second time to check flywheel position,I now know the flywheel only fits 1 way.with that in mind we contacted the customer who said that they have had a intermittent crank no start previously which made me relieved. I then cranked ...
2000 Land Rover Discovery Series II 4.0L lock up clutch VIN: SALTY1248Y
Sorry for the late close but the customer has cancelled 2 appointments to have this problem rectified. I did receive 2 helpful replies suggesting I check the pertinent solenoid and monitor pressures while driving.Also to reset adaptions. When and if this v...
1998 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: WDBJF65FXW
Thanks to all who responded. It turned out the tube from the EGR valve to the intake was partially restricted. replaced the tube and cleared codes. Trouble codes: P0400.
1992 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 1.8L No Start VIN: 4A3CS44T8N
Thanks for all the replies. Waiting for computor too come. Should know this week. Thanks again
2001 Saturn L300 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G8JW54R51
had 6 responses and 5 indicated the MAF as the problem and they were right. thanks to all of you who responded. the most noticable difference with the new MAF was that the gps readings at idle went from 5gps with the old one to 3.5 gps with the new one. we rep... Trouble codes: P0172 (bank 1 rich), P0175 (bank 2 rich).
1987 Toyota 4Runner SR5 2.4L AC amplifier VIN: JT4RN62S4H
Thanks to everyone who looked through the cobwebs and helped me on this. I was able to get everything working properly and now completely understand how the system works. Just a heads up the 87 type trucks did not have a speed sensor on the compressor. I just ...
1997 Toyota Tercel CE 1.5L compressor VIN: JT2AC52L8V
The only useful information that I can give is to never believe what you hear.Customer never returned for further diagnoses,sorry this one got away.
1995 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L Oil Pressure VIN: 3VWRC81H6S
I changed the oil pump:027-115-105-B,044-103-609-D OIL PAN GASKET,06A-115-561-B OIL FILTER, and the timing belt because it was due. Now when warm the oil pressure measured at the head is 18 psi at 850, and 45 at 2000. Mucho betta. Thanks to everyone for the ad...
1996 Volkswagen Golf CL 1.8L MIL Off VIN: 3VWEK01H8T
Special thanks to Jose in Mexico who sent me the complete mono-motronic 1.8l diagrams, Byron in Ontario who has a 96 Canadian spec. Golf that doesn't have a MIL, and to Alex in New York who informed me that the Mexican spec. Golf is not OBD2 compliant. I was... Trouble codes: 518 (tps).
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