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1990 Buick Century Custom 3.3L Stall VIN: 1G4AH84N5L
A friend called me today to come look at this car.He has replaced a bunch of stuff on it without needing to I think. The car will sit and idle perfectly for about 15 minutes...then dies.After about 5 will start back up.I crossed the diagnostic conn... Trouble codes: 42 (Electronic Spark Timing EST Circuit)
1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS 3.1L No Start, Cuts out VIN: 2G1WW12MXV
This car was started warm in a parking lot, idled for about 30 seconds and then died. Would not restart, seemed to have no fuel pressure. Finally started and was driven here. Has not died on me so far. I checked the fuel pressure, which intermittently reads as...
1999 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.7L transfercase VIN: 1GNEK13R9X
we installed rebuilt transfercase 30 days ago. customer returned and says sometimes when he starts vehicle service 4wd light comes on and stays on and no lights in 4x4 switches and 4wd inoperative. sometimes when he starts no service 4wd light and lights on in...
2002 Chevrolet Astro LS 4.3L steering box VIN: 1GNDM19XX2
Ok I have a 02 chevy astro van that came in a few months ago with a leaking steering gear box. We replaced it with an aftermarket gear box from NAPA. Thats when the swooshing noise started. The noise travels up the steering shaft into the cabin area, and only ...
1990 Dodge W150 5.9L Hesitation VIN: 3B7HM13Z7L
This fellow bought this very clean truck with a bad transmission.Never drove it until the transmission was replaced with a Jasper reman.At the same time he had a lift kit installed and large tires(35")installed.It still has its original 3.5 gears in it.He has ...
1995 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck 5.9L Surge, Misfire, Timing Fluctuates VIN: 3B7HC13Z8S
Hello. I was refered to iATN to seek assistance with automotive diagnosis and repair help. I've been a semi-(TRUCK)trailer mechanic now for nearly 13 years doing various repairs such as major structure damage/repair,suspension,brakes/air systems,tires and so ...
1999 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.8L Parking paw VIN: 2B4GP44R3X
Hello all I have this van in the shop and when they dropped it off it was fine and now there is no park? all that was done is the truck was moved from one side of the drive to the other. waiting to get in and service the brakes. Now the van has no park. I chec...
1999 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck 3.9L Stall VIN: 1B7HC16XXX
1999 Dodge pickup 3.9 A/T - I have not been able to duplicate the problem, but this is what the customer tells me is happening - Engine dies like you shut the key off very intermittently - May happen 2 0r 3 times a day, then be ok for several days before it ha...
2002 Dodge Dakota Sport 4.7L Security system VIN: 1B7HG38NX2
Hello everyone, again. Wow, what a difficult week. I have here an '02 Dakota that has a security system problem. Before, the customer complained that while driving, the security system would intermittently go off. I did get the vehicle to duplicate it. DRB sho...
1985 Ford E-150 Econoline 4.9L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire VIN: 1FTDE14Y1F
really need help,it is a 1985 ford e-150 with feedback carb.hard to start,once it starts,idle is very rough,replced everything ignition related.cylinder 2,4,6 seem to be not getting a strong spark. not sure if timing is computer controlled.back firing through ...
1998 Ford Explorer XL 4.0L poor/idle VIN: IFMZU34E34
hi guys fist time i have a ripo that idle rough replace intake gasket and fuel pump tunup parts egr respon good no change
2000 Ford Ranger XL 3.0L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1FTYR14V9Y
Hello there all you brothers in the trenches, I have this ranger that has a high idle problem, if you press on the accelarator pedal just a little it will stay at high idle for a little while (only in gear and moving) and only with the ac on. we have replaced ...
1997 GMC Jimmy SL 4.3L Cuts out VIN: 1GKDT13W5V
hi guys. got this jimmy which the customer complains of engine cutting out. while checking this baby i smelled a gasoline. sure enough , gas leak coming out from the charcoal canister. could this be canister problem or from the line check valve to the gas tank...
2000 Jaguar S-Type 3.0L Misfire VIN: SAJDA01C8Y
This is a action car that we sold and it developed a miss on #1 cyl. (had code) I replaced the spark plugs (with oe parts) . #1 cyl is under the intake so I swaped #4 and #1 coils so that I could get to that coil if i still had a problem. Cleared codes and dro... Trouble codes: P0301 (misfire 1 cyl)
1999 Land Rover Range Rover HSE 4.6L compressor VIN: SALPV1446X
This is a used vehicle purchased thru an auction.We only fixed what is broke.Now the compressor won't come on and this fine auto has wiring issues. I have a wiring diagram (actually two because I don't know if it's a GEM or BOSCH management system). It has a V...
1998 Mitsubishi LANCER 1600CC Misfire VIN: JMYSNCK4AX
Dear Fellow IATN members, after diagnosing a 1998 Mitsubishi Lancer, i have found that upon starting the vehicle the car works fine and when driving it starts to lose power/ misfire, upon checking number one and number four cylinder misfires, but when car is s... Trouble codes: 24 (14 cyl missfire)
1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera 2.5L No Start, Stall
Please help! This Olds is driving me nuts! Customer said he drove car to visit someone, and when he was ready to leave the car wouldn't start. I went to get the car, it started right up and I drove it back to the shop and let it run for 20 to 30 minutes then s...
1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera 3.1L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FMCA11U4G
this 96 ciera came in with a p1406: egr pintle position fault. i found that, with the egr valve commanded open by the scanner, the egr valve would open and close when wiggling the electrical plug going into it. after replacing the plug, everything was great, s... Trouble codes: P1406
2003 Peugeot 206cc 1600CC Rear axle VIN: VF32DNFUR4
To all peugeot specialist this vehicle had an accident and the rear axle was bent we need to replace it completly but we couldnt find a used one, specially its equipped with brake discs (not drums)whitch is fitted in all 206 5 doors Is it possible to fix an...
1996 Pontiac Grand Am SE 3.1L Stall, Misfire VIN: 1G2NE52M5T
hello eveyone this one has me boggled vehicle was brought in with hesitation problem i drove vehicle temp gauge went up to about 240 when that happend vehicle lost all power rpm's woulden't go past 3000 now let car cool all the way down now car runs perfect th...
1993 Saab 9000 CDE Turbo 2.3L Hesitation VIN: YS3CL48M8P
This one is bugging me. Customer brought it in and complained of a "hesitation." I drove it a couple of miles and it didn't act up. The customer came to the shop and we went for a ride together, and every once in a while when taking off from a stop, it will ac...
1990 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8L high pressure VIN: WVWRA21G3L
Hi all VW techs. this is one of my personal car. it had 1.8 sohc engine which i switch to DOHC 2.0 engine. anyway. everything on a/c system is from this jetter other than the compressor. i never notice any with the a/c system until i convert to R134a. system p...

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1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L abs VIN: 2GCEK19T5X
I knew that I didn't have a speed sensor fault. After testing both front signals on the lab scope with the EBCM connector unplugged and wiggling the harness while running in 4 WD on the lift, as suggested by many of the help replies. I found perfect signals at...
1991 Chrysler Dynasty 3.3L steering rack/pump VIN: 1C3BN46R8M
Thanks for all the help and advice. Replaced pressure hose with no change, checked everywhere for restrictions, none found. Unhooked tie rod ends and tried, steering was easy but did not solve problem. Replaced upper strut mounts and bearing plates, no change....
1992 Dodge Dakota 5.2L No Start, Cuts out
*** All the replies I got were helpful. I tracked down the wiring along the left fender under the washer bottle. Cut open the harnesses and found a little green on the splices of the red and white wires. Also found green on black and white wires going to the s...
1990 Eagle Talon 2.0L starter VIN: 4ESCS44R2L
we found out the car had a engine replaced out of a different year so we replaced the engine and trans assembly toghter out of a different car thanks to all who helped
1996 Ford Contour GL 2.0L Hesitation VIN: 1FALP6536T
I would like to thank all members who took the time respond and try to help with this problem. I also want to give a big thank you to Brandon Sanders who nailed this one, 'you da man!' The problem was just as I thought it was, a cracked/broken flexplate. If an...
1999 Ford Econoline Super Duty Custom 5.4L pressures VIN: 1FBSS31L0Y
The customer has taken this truck to the dealer and in talking with the tech now working on it found out that he came to the same conclusion that most of the replies came up with. The compressor needs to be replaced as I thought. I talked to the NAPA rep about...
1988 Honda Accord LXi 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Poor Fuel Economy, pings when hot VIN: JHMCA5482J
I have fix most of the problems that I can a this time. Heres some of the problems that I found and tried to correct. After reading some of the replies I check the compressiong cold and hot found all cyls. 165-175psi but #1 cyl had 130 psi hot. So I recheck th...
1999 Lincoln Town Car Executive 4.6L lighting VIN: 1LNHM81W2X
I got four replies, all appreciated and helpful. One had problems with the vanity mirror, I thought this might be it since the customer had it full of papers, but no. One mentioned the usual trunk and glove box, we already eliminated them. One said the door ke...
2001 Lincoln Town Car 4.6L No Start VIN: 1LNHM81W91
well all said the iac motor was the problem and it was. what I could not understand is why it would not even attempt to fire even when opening the throttle plates a little. Thanks to all that answered.
1986 Nissan D21 2.4L No Start VIN: JN6ND12Y5G
customer had decided due to age of truck and the body shape not to pursue time (called money) to pursue problem much further. owners dad has stated that the new battery was installed reversed and many fusible links were replaced. he had no crank, no lights, et... Trouble codes: 43 (Fuel Injector circuit).
2001 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, Extended cranking VIN: 3VWPD69MX1
Not quite finished with this one but I'll be gone on vacation after next week and didn't want this to be left open. Got plenty of helpful info a lot of which referred to cam timing. We double and triple checked that and we were in time. What we did was a leakd... Trouble codes: P0172, P0011 (undocumented), P0012 (undocumented).
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