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2000 BMW 528i 2.8L center vents VIN: WBADP6347Y
The center vents of this BMW wagon close at approximately 45mph. They reopen when vehicle speed goes below 30 mph. Fan is definantly running during this time, so I think the final stage unit is ok. This happens only after car has been driven about an hour. At ...
1997 Chevrolet K2500 Cheyenne 6.5L Pressure Control Solenoid VIN: 1GCGK29FOV
We have tried everything in the mitchell diagnosis for code P0748 but still the code keeps coming back.
2000 Chevrolet Astro 4.3L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation VIN: 1GBDM19W1Y
I have this astro van that was dumped on me from another tech! Problem is on cold start or if sitting a few hours the first thing I did was check fuel pressure cold key on engine off went too 65lbs then started to bleed down to about 52lbs also noticed raw fue...
1992 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1B4GH44R2N
i hope somebody can help me, vehicle came into the shop with customer coplaint of stalling at idle or at cruise at that time we replace the asd relay,cam sensor and crank sensor, van drove fine for one month, customer went to dealer for the same complaint, dea...
1986 Ford F-150 XL 5.0L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1FTEX15N6G
Customer brought truck in complaining of an erratic idle (that surged) and stall at idle/low rpm. First thing we did was scanned codes, found an PIP code, ECT and EGR Code (the valve position sensor). Cleared codes after installing a new ECT and EGR Valve posi...
1993 Ford E-350 Econoline 5.8L E 08 06 on odometer VIN: 1FBJ931H5P
We've done several normal maintance things to this van. Customer has always complained about the digital odometer not working at times. I did not address that problem at first. Came in on a hook with faulty transmission one day. R&R tranny and all is good. Com... Trouble codes: 08 (error message on odometer), 06 (error message on odometer)
1998 Ford Contour GL 2.0L 1-2 shift VIN: 1FALP6535W
Hello,I was wondering if I could get a heads up on this repair.98 contour,code p 1746,open pcm driver.Alldata only gives very ford diagnosis on this code,that use a special ford breakout box etc.Alldata does say the shifting will be erratic when this code appe...
1999 Ford Windstar 3.0L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2SFMZA5147
Beautiful sunny day open the garage door start this van and no problem, select a gear, dies-EGR?. Restart, hold throttle to quarter, runs but just like an engine in -47 till the cylinders equal out only lots of carbon (on the shop floor). Will not idle after 1... Trouble codes: P1152, 1131 (no definition), 1121 (no definition), 175 (right bank system to rich)
1989 Honda Civic 1.5L No Start
Hi techs this Civic starts good when cold every time.After a short run it will not re-start untill a short 5 -10 min cool down.air and coolant sensors are good.fuel presure is good all the time @ 40 psi.when not starting I have good spark but no injector pulse... Trouble codes: 16 (injector)
1995 Honda Accord EX 2.2L shifting VIN: 1HGCD7263S
Hello Techs, I have just installed a used automatic trans in this Accord (using Honda z1 fluid) and the shift points seem good but the upshifting seems just a tad harsh for me. Also the downshift to low only when you are just about stopped is harsh as well. I ...
1994 Jaguar XJ6 4.0L Starter,Shift Lock
Door locks inop,key fob only turns headlights on,does'nt lock doors,Jaag. said dissconnect batt. for 1 hr.hook batt up and press key fob 5 times.Didn't work
1992 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0L Cooling Systems
The jeep came in with an idle temp of 210 - 220 and off idle of 205-215 and a lifter noise that would come and go when warmed up. Customer just bought truck one week ago. It had a new water pump and stat recently installed. We flushed the cooling system and th...
1998 Lincoln Navigator 5.4L Hesitation, Misfire VIN: 5LMPU28L6W
HELLO ford techs, i need your help. vehicle came with misfire @ idle. customer said it all started when husband washed engine. and the "check engine" light came on.. drove vehicle . it hesitates at take off. and runs rough at idle. Vehicle runs good at normal ... Trouble codes: P0302 (cylinder2 misfire)
2001 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0L rack VIN: JN1CA31071
Hello All, I hope someone can help with this beast. It orginally came in for noises in front end. Test drove had two differnt concerns, 1st, a popping noise when acclerating and turning, 2nd, a constant bumb that you feel in the floor board and steering wheel....
1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue GL 3.8L electic windows VIN: 1G3WS52K2W
both rear windows will not roll down or roll up. the motors work when u wire them directly. There is power to the switches. the switches are been swapped with a know good one. does this sound like a master switch. has there been issues of shorts on these elect...
1998 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP 3.8L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1G2WP5219W
this car will cut out instantly while driving along and not restart for several hours(according to customer)also the car will start for approximately 2 seconds and then die repeatedly.almost seem like there is an anti theft problem.we believe that that the com...
1996 Subaru Legacy Postal 2.2L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on, shift problem VIN: 4S3BK4957T
Fellow techs,I have this vehicle in the shop from the trans shop.When it was sent there,it would not shift and had wiring problems.The engine harness and trans harness were replaced.(the latter with the trans repair)Prior to the trans repair,the speedometer wa... Trouble codes: P0500 (speed sensor problem), P0136 (secondary O2 sensor problem), P1101 (trans range position sensor)
2000 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7L Hesitation VIN: 5TBBT4412Y
customer issue with vehicle. after stopping at stop light the truck stayed at idle as he stepped down on gas pedal. truck towed to shop and is working normally at this time. truck at shop , could use help on this one. codes set p0120 and p0121 thanks in advanc... Trouble codes: P0120 (tps/pedal position sensor a circuit malfunction), P0121 (tps/pedal position sensor a ckt range/perf)
2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0L keyless entry VIN: JT12456789
I bought the truck and it does not come with a remote. Does anyone know how to program a Toyota keyless remote?
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L cmp sensor VIN: 3VWXA81H5V
after perfoming timing belt replacement. check engine light came on, however car is running fine so feel that alignment/timing must be ok. scanned with modis & determinator scanners & received code: p0341/vag code 16725. code=g 40 cmp sensor not a plausible si...
1999 Volkswagen Passat GLS 2.8L Unknown VIN: WVWAD63BOX
hello. put o2 sensor in the vw. bank 2 sensor 2. cut the wrong o2 wire repaired. the wire and then installed the correct o2. car ran fine scanner reconized all o2 sensors seem to be going into closed loop quickly and flipping well. car runs poorly and is givin...
2000 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L lacks power VIN: 3VWRF29M0Y
The cleaning of the intake and exhaust cooler have generally done the trick on these. With the torbo showing full function we are a little stumped. No codes. Thanks in advance for any tips. It was very loaded with carbon before the clean. Keith & Rick

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1997 Cadillac Seville SLS 4.6L Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1G6KS52YXV
Well, belive it or not the A/C compressor went out on this car and after replacing the compressor the fuel milage returned to normal. As to why the fuel trims on bank 2 were affected more than bank 1 I have no answer (maybe the applied tourque to the crank?). ...
1999 Chevrolet K1500 Suburban 5.7L steering wheel VIN: 1GDFK16R0X
Thank you for all the help. Put idler and pitman arm in truck, reset toe, problem much better but not solved, discussed with customer that we needed to do a camber set and replace tires. Customer took truck and agreed to stop in route on trip to get alignmenta...
1998 Dodge Grand Caravan LE 3.3L powertrain module
A special thanks to Jack [...] for sending me the troubleshooting chart for my problem. It turned out that it was the Powertrain Module that was causing the van not to crank. The module was not applying a ground to the starter relay. I grounded pin 31 from th...
1997 Ford Ranger Splash 2.3L No Start VIN: 1FTCR10A0V
thank for the input every one. customer came and picked up the vehicle yesterday, and said ill sue you later. i have check all sensors manually and with scanner could not find anything wrong. pulled the entire harness out hoping ther was a grnd wire i missed. ...
1997 Ford F-250 XL 7.3L rear brakes VIN: 1FTHX26F6V
I am sorry for being slow in response with a fix. The reason being, I have been waiting for a call back from the customer as to the results of what we done. I recieved a number of excellent suggestions, some of what we had already checked out. We replaced the ...
2002 GMC Envoy SLE 4.2L Engine VIN: 1GKDT13572
As far as I know the vehicle is fixed. Replaced the crank sensor. So far it has not been back. THANK YOU ALL for your help...
2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.0L axels VIN: 1GJHRUBFNY
hello have replaced both rear axels to have nothing but success. no more noise and the customer is happy thanks for the input.
2000 Mazda 626 ES 2.5L engine VIN: 1YVGF22D3Y
Thanks to the 7 technicians who responded. The replies varied from suspecting a faulty water pump impeller, to improper fan operation, to plugged radiator. John from Michigan seemed to hit it on the head. We found excessive debris & a dead bird between the con...
1985 Nissan Sentra 1.6L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Stall VIN: JNIPB12S7F
The whole problem was at the fuse box, the connectios inside the fuse box were ruined to the point that a fuse would not even stay in the fusebox. I want to thank Reid [...] you were right it is powered from the alternator. As far as the color of the relay I s...
1988 Nissan 300ZX 2+2 3.0L timing belt VIN: JN1HZ14SXJ
yes all replys confirmed that engine likely had bent valves. which it did,#1 cylinder the very first one I checked had air through the exhaust and throttle body.have advised cust.about replacing the engine due to high mileage,but I'll let him think about tha...
1997 Pontiac Sunfire SE 2.4L daytime running lights and headlights
found the dk blue wire off drl relay,about 5inch away from relay corroded in half.Repaired wire,fixed drl's and headlight problem.Thanks for all rhe help. Jim
1996 Volkswagen Cabrio 2.0L Surge, MIL Lamp on, LACK OF POWER VIN: WVWBB81E2T
COPY OF UPDATE: either i'm stupid, or just don't do enough vw's, i had a different vw, one year older, same engine in today for a maintence timing belt, when i set up the marks for belt removal it was different from what i had used on the problem vehicle, rech... Trouble codes: P0341 (cmp out of range).
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