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2001 BMW X5 4.4i 4.4L Mechanical VIN: WBAFB31071
i do not work on bmw but this is a friend cars and he asked to help onthis car. this cars smokes like hell but it does not misses, it has power. engine oil is new, all oil and fluids are ok. it does not overheat. if someone knows about his problem on this car ...
1996 Buick Century Custom 3.1L cooling fans VIN: 1G4AG55M5T
1992 Chevrolet C1500 Cheyenne 4.3L Hesitation, Stall VIN: 2GCEC1925N
hello all, i am trying to find an intermittent surge/dying out cond. on a 92 pickup. sometimes it will die out completely but mostly just loss of power and hes. has acted up in shop a couple of times. when it did there was no fuel at right side injector. fuel ...
1995 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.2L Starting VIN: 1G3JK52T8S
This car cranks but wont start I check spart it is Good i checked injector pulse it is good the fuel pump is running. i hoopd up my snap on scannor while cranking i have no RPM referance. I thought if the crank sensor was bad i would have no spark. i dont know...
1996 Chevrolet K3500 Silverado 5.7L Fuel gauge VIN: 1GBJK34R1T
Thanks to all that replied. Customer had to take vehicle for a couple weeks but brought it back and we found after a VERY close wire inspection that the purple/white wire coming from the Balance module was worn almost thru in the harness under the brake booste...
1997 Chevrolet K1500 Suburban 5.7L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3GNFK16RXV
hi to all you chevy guys what i have is a bank 2 sencer 1 that goes doa after a hot soak my readings -code says no activity if i let it cool down some it runs and drives fine and the o2 reads fine it comes and goes. this is my own truck could i have a bad inje...
1999 Chevrolet Blazer 4.3L No Start VIN: 1GNDT13W2X
This S10 blazer is kicking my butt--Engine stalled on decel, would crank but no start-sounded like timing was to far advanced,towed to shop, tested and replaced the crank position sensor,no change-tested and replaced dist assy.-no change,tested fuel system for...
2000 Dodge Neon High Line 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Surge VIN: 1B3ES46COY
This is my daughter's car and it has a problem at idle and cruise speeds. I hooked up my OTC monitor and everything seems to be within range except the spark advance. The spark advance will jump around from 3.50% to 12.00% at idle and never steady. At 2000 rpm...
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L performance VIN: 1D7HU18N02
Customer's actual concern is at cruise speed, at the slightest incline the transmission will downshift. Verifed concern, no codes are stored, unable to communicate with Snap-on scanner(newly updated). Used Mastertech using generic mode, available scan data see...
1998 Ford Windstar 3.0L 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out VIN: 2FMZA51U8W
Customer states that Fuel pump fuse will intermitently blow. They replace fuse within 1 minute and vehicle will run fine for any period of time. Ohmed out pink/black trace wire feeding fuel pump to ground, OL...open circuit. Checked all visible wiring, and tug...
2000 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L instrument cluster & other systems VIN: 2FMZA5145Y
We are starting hit a wall on this one and are looking for ideas. The most obvious thing is the instrument cluster that is working intermittently, but the abs light is coming and going and the turn signals are affected. Turn signals work with key on but quit w...
1987 GMC Safari 4.3L Timing marks VIN: 1GTDM15Z4H
Hello, Customer has two almost identical vans. '86 Safari and '87 Safari. We are working on the 87. Some time ago the 86 was involved in a rear end accident and was totaled. More recently, the 87 spun a main bearing. Customer decided to have me install the ...
2001 Honda Accord EX 2.3L transmission VIN: IHGCG16541
This is more a help request for recommended proceedure for R & R Transmission to gain access to rear main seal. Mitchell does not give any information and it appears as though have to drop cradle and engine to remove transmission. any help appreciated.
1999 Isuzu Rodeo LS 3.2L high idle VIN: 4S2CM58W0X
Hey guys, I've got a rodeo that came in idling at 2500 rpm's. I've seen the TSB on this and it DOES has and intake leak, but still am concerned about something. The MIL light comes on intermittently with no codes and the computer does not seem to work the IAC ...
1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L Unknown VIN: 1J4GZ58S3P
this transmission sometimes does not shift from 2-3 and 3 to 4. sometimes it does fine hot or cold. i have new sensor, clean valve body, new disc, new torque converter. this is an intermitten problem. any help is very welcome.
1987 Mercedes-Benz 420SEL 4.2L Compressor Reading VIN: WDBCA35D4H
This is my dads car. Condensor was punctured by horn bracket. replaced condensor. ac was working fine before condensor got punctured. replaced condensor charged ac with r134 (already converted) 80% charge of r12. compressor was not engaging. replaced k-relay. ...
1992 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL 5.0L Vent control VIN: WDBGAEXNA0
We have a 1992 MBZ 500sel that after driving for a short period that outer vent would be cold and the center vents get hot. We look at alldata for diagnostic trouble code retrieval, but on the test preparation #5, it does not make any sense. Please, can someon...
1998 Mercedes-Benz ML320 3.2L Unknown VIN: WEF45GBHY6
greetings once again to all benz techs, i have this ml320 kicking my butt. vehicle comes in with no ac, hook the guages up and see that the system is full of freon. of course i check the fuses and relays that are in the engine compartment fuse/relay box. i the...
1994 Mitsubishi Galant ES 2.4L o.d. VIN: 4A3AJ56G3R
The customer says that overdrive will drop out after about 1.5 hours of driving at about 55-65. Then he says all of a sudden when driving at 55 the tach will jump to about 4,000 rpms, and if he cycles the O.D. switch nothing happens. We drove the car and found...
2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 3.8L No acceleration at W VIN: 1G2WP52K52
We only got a brief look at this car yesterday but it will be comming back in today and I think I need a heads up as this has the "feel" of a complicated issue. Customer complaint was that the car was sluggish under acceleration. Well, it is not sluggish...it...
2002 Saab 9-3 SE 2.0L air conditioning VIN: YS3DF55K22
ac inop compliant, initial checks found low static pressure and system would not engage ac compressor or radiator/condensor cooling fan. recovered system and only got 5 oz of r134 and no oil during recovery, evacuated system and found both service ports leakin...
1991 Saturn SC 1.9L No Start VIN: 1G8ZG1470M
What am I missing? Engine cranks but won't start. I have no spark, a very weak injector pulse, and no tach movement. Scope tested CKP signal, 6X signal, 2X signal, and tach signal and they all look good according to Mitchell and iATN waveform library. Power an...
2000 Saturn LS2 3.0L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G8JW52RXY
car runs fine and at once it will start missing. can see the mis on modus. cleared these codes and did come back. ses light will flash. Trouble codes: P0300, P0302, P0304, P0306
1989 Toyota Camry LE 2.5L radiator VIN: JT2VV22W4K
hello. this car no rhyme or reason that we can find just pops the radiator. we have put three rads in last 2 years fans work therm has been replaced. water pump has been been replaced.we did a head test no problem found.figured had to be building accesive pr...
1994 Toyota Camry LE 3.0L SRS Light VIN: JT2GK12E8R
Affected Item: Supplemental Restraint System (SRS)Light on. After replacing a shift indicator bulb in the combined instrument assembly, the SRS light ceased to turn off after 6 seconds. A DTC was thrown by testing at the DLC 1, indicating a problem in the SR...
1999 Toyota Camry CE 2.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: 4T1BG22KXX
hello techs, 99camry 2.2 l comes in with code p0441 and p0446. i replaced the vapor pressure vsv per tsb. clear the codes and after 6 miles of driving code p0441 came back. scan data read 153 psi vapor pressure .i hook up vacuum pump at service port under the ... Trouble codes: P0441 (evap system incorrect purge flow), P0446 (evap vent control malfunction)
1998 Volvo S90 2.9L Hesitation, Cuts out, Misfire VIN: YV1KS9609W
Alright guru's I need some help with this one. What I have is a 98 S90 Volvo, Motronic 4.4, COP Ignition, I have exhuasted everything I can think about. The problem is has a misfire or hesitation/stumble, may last 3 seconds or maybe 30 seconds. It ONLY happen...

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1988 BMW 735i 3.5L IC Language VIN: WBAGB3314J
Thanks to all that replied. The correct procedure is to switch the ignition to position 1 and then hold down the right side button on the face of the instrument cluster. After 10 seconds or so it will change language. Hold the button down until it reads the la...
1999 BMW 740iL 4.4L wheels VIN: WBAGH8336X
Most of you were right on the money. I have found the power steering fluids mixed with brake fluids and has two layers in the master cylinder. I relpaced the master cylinder and flushed the brake fluids completely. Lucky enough that the rest of the components ...
1996 Chevrolet Blazer 4.3L No Start
Customer towed blazer to another shop for a lower flat rate. Talking to the customer he said the problem was the plastic timing cover was misaligned, they replaced it and all is well. A few of the replies said that. THANKS AGAIN!
1999 Dodge Ram 1500 Van 5.9L 1-2 Shift VIN: 1B7HF16Z9X
This one is fixed. On the first check with the snappy I thought I saw numbers on the output shaft sensor. Double checking after getting back to it there were none.This explains no one-two shift. With no desired governer pressure and no governer pressure there ...
1995 Ford Taurus GL 3.8L steering/vibration
customer brought car for a alignment and was pleased with result.thats fine with me and maybe i was just a bit fussy.Thank you all for help.
1998 Ford Contour GL 2.0L starts and dies VIN: 1FALP653GW
Thanks for all the suggestions, the fix was contaiminated fuel. Took the vehicle to the local Ford dealer to reflash the computer, they became intrested, rechecked all we did, all ok. after a few days on a hunch they did a fuel analysis and found 50% diesel fu...
1994 Isuzu Rodeo LS 3.2L Safety VIN: 4S2CY58V6S
Thank you to Stephen from Tennessee that told me to unlock the passenger door 2 times. It worked just right on.
1977 Lincoln Town Coupe 7.5L Doors VIN: 7Y81A97280
I used an air compressor check valve from NAPA with a brass branch tee and three 1\4' barbed hose adapters. Thanks for all the help!
1994 Lincoln Town Car 4.6L a/c VIN: 1LNLM810W0
good evening everyone. i want to thank for all the replys. after check everyone idea out . it turn ou tot be a a/c relay heating up and shuting off.which is located under hood on left side wheel well. next to fuel pump relay . thanks again everyone
1996 Mercedes-Benz S320 SWB 3.2L 2nd engine braking VIN: WDBGA33E3T
Found missing retainer in valve body cleaner R&R valve body installed missing retainer all is working well
1999 Nissan Altima SE 2.4L Mechanical VIN: 1N4DLO1DXX
Thanks to all who replies. The customer decided to take it back to the shop who installed the used tranny before, as he is hoping he has still under warranty. Thanks anyway/Charles.
2001 Nissan Altima SE 2.4L overheating VIN: 1N4D101D31
well sorry that this has taken so long to close.the customer has had the car on the family vacation and i was waiting to hear from him. sb2733 was correct the tab on the coolant temp sensor was loose this was causing the gauge to read incorrectly after follo...
2000 Oldsmobile Alero GX 2.4L securety VIN: 1G3NK52T8Y
I replaced the passkey chip in the mechanical part of the ingition switch, Thanks for all your ideas.
2001 Oldsmobile Alero GL 3.4L turn signal flasher VIN: 1G3NL52EX1
Replaced multifunction switch problem is now fixed . Thanks to all who replied
2002 Toyota RAV4 2.0L Hunting for gears on take off, binding, harsh 2-3 VIN: JTEHH20V92
Thanks for all the replies, 6 in all. Most were focused on electrical problems such as signaling from ecm to trans, range selector, vss, etc. This thing was complicated by the fact that it would act fine at times. After my trans. shop went through the unit and...
2001 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L Excessive Emissions, Hesitation, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWSP69M41
Well, this one is out the door. The injection pump was creating all that noise. It was relatively easy to replace. The hardest part for me was adjusting the timing belt and bleeding the pump. I used a hand held vacuum pump to suck diesel fuel from the tank the... Trouble codes: 17656 (Cold Start Injector Control Difference).
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