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1996 Audi A4 2.8L door locks/alarm VIN: WAUDA88D1T
Good Day All, This A4 is a problem child. New customer who has been through the mill with this car. We repaired a transmission failure (trans ecu drowned under rh carpet and valve body gasket blown out) and noticed the door locks did not work. I only had the ...
1999 Audi A4 1.8L chime VIN: WAUCB28D8X
Hi Audi Techs & Fellows ! Again i'll need help on this Audi A4 .Car came in because when cust. sit in the car & turn ignition on chime pings all the time.when we turn on the light it turn to permanent ton as you forget to turn off light after turn off ignition...
1993 Chevrolet C3500 Cheyenne 6.5L Stall, Starts and dies VIN: 1GDKC34F3R
Got this one from the body shop. It will start and run for approx 2 min then die. Turn key to the lock position and it will restart then die agin. It has not doe it for me but the owner and the bodyshop say that if you mess with it long enough it will run long...
1994 Chevrolet Caprice Classic 5.7L engine VIN: 1G1BL52P7R
car came in for stumbling with 110000 miles never was tuned up. did tune up plugs, wires, cap, rotor. took car on test run ran good for 5 miles or os then started to ping. then did a fuel system flush which stopped the ping. but came back with the same stumbli...
1995 Chrysler Cirrus LX 2.5L shift quality VIN: 1C3EJ56N7S
this is my daughters car. before selling to her didn't have any issue from 2 trips from texas to minnesota. but of course now trouble. here is what she has been told pertaining to shift issue: had code related to trans. solenoid or pcm. of course they replace ...
1993 Ford Mustang LX 5.0L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Stall VIN: 1FACP41E3F
Hi freinds, I need help again. First off this stang has been hot rodded, Big throttle bore, big MAF, cold air intake, headers, high flow exhaust, Orig. cat. aftermarket fuel rail including presure regulator, under drive pullys, and posible injector swap. OK th... Trouble codes: 87 (primary fuel pump ckt), 96 (fuel pump ckt open - battery to eca), 33 (insufficient egr flow disconected), 44, 94 (thermactor fault disconetced)
1993 Ford Ranger XL 3.0L Kills engine with clutch released any gear VIN: 1FTER11U2P
This Ranger was pulled in off of the road today. While going down the highway at about 60 mph the vehicle bucked then locked up. Once the clutch was pushed it it rolled to a stop. If you start the vehicle it will sit and idle but if you release the clutch in a...
1997 Ford Mustang 3.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 90546212PG
vehicle come in with check eng lite on CODE vss od flashing speedo inop check with scanner show vss normal. check wire and connection ok please help me out.THANK
1999 Ford E-250 Econoline 5.4L Excessive Emissions, No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTNE24L6X
Hi freinds I need help bad! This 5.4l will run just fine most of the time but on ocasion it severly laks power & has spark knock. one day of driving the van started running very poorly, blowing black smoke bad, wouldnt pull its self in gear, and some times it ... Trouble codes: P0171 (system lean B 1), P0174 (system lean B 2)
1995 GMC C1500 Sierra SL 6.5L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GTEC1952S
This truck came in with "check engine" light on and a list of complaints. The complaints are lack of power, high idle, long crank times, poor fuel economy, excessive black smoke out the tailpipe, and a miss that feels like a bad spark plug. The code in memory ...
2005 GMC Yukon Denali XL 6.0L no downshift VIN: 1GKFK66U55
coasting down 2 twelve mph then apply throttle trans is in 3rd gear throttle harder bangs into 2nd but no power stomp on it drops int 1st. dealer states its normal.almost been in 2 accidents. gm says wait 4 a update 2 solve this prob.any dealer techs come acro...
1991 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 4.0L no start VIN: 1J4FJ58L2M
91 cherokee,vehicle starts and runs,after driving,and temp reaches half or more,and a simple pull over and stop(like a store trip)vehicle wont start.thier is fuel in the rail,but no takes a good hour before vehicle starts again.crank sensor,coolant se...
1978 Mercury Marquis 6.6L bumper brackets rear VIN: F8Z61H6388
Hi Techs. I have this beautiful Marquis that my customer is driving in the Dream cruise. The only rusted part on the whole car are these brackets that hold the rear bumper on. Can anyone tell me where I might find them ? They are ready to fall apart at anty ti...
1997 Mitsubishi Diamante ES 3.5L Mechanical VIN: 15486UI990
i have this mitsubishi v6 i am doing the timimg belt for my mother in law when i got to harmonic pully i can get it out is there special tool for this. can some help me out .thank you.
2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue GLS 3.5L evap case VIN: 1G3WX52H1Y
I am having difficulty obtaining information on an evap case removal. I have printed the procedure off alldata and it did not say to remove the dash. I was able to get the procedure from GM and that was a little more helpful but still vague. The dash trim pad ...
1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 6.6L engine VIN: 2W87Z8L130
I have this cherry Trans Am that vibrates most noticably from 2000 rpm thru 3200 rpm. This is either in or out of gear, driving or not. I notice what seems to be a new flywheel... the part # stamped on it is [...]. It appears not to have any balance weights...
1993 Saab 900 S 2.1L Hard Pedal VIN: YS3AK36E0P
Customer brought in car with hard brake pedal, no assist. Brake Fluid and ABS lights on. I've read the posts and most of them point to the accumulator. All three fuses test good, both relays test good. When I jump the terminals for the pump relay, the pump ope...
2000 Volkswagen Beetle GL 1.8L Pedal Height Low, "Mushy" VIN: 3VWCDZ1CZY
This lovely Buy has a random condition where the clutch pedal has a low mushy feeling and it does not disengage the clutch. It recovers with time. (The more you stroke the pedal) The story starts with... "I had it at the dealer, after that it happened." "It"...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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1996 Buick Century Custom 3.1L cooling fans VIN: 1G4AG55M5T
finding the fuses to the fan relay was the hard part of this job. But now that I have located the fuse way up under the dash behind the fuse box and not where the gm books say it should be. The rfuse is replace and both fans along with all of the sensors under...
1995 Cadillac Seville STS 4.6L Cuts out, Stall, Gauges go Haywire VIN: 1G6KY5293S
Thanks to everyone who helped. Each had the right idea. The problem was corrossion between the positive battery cables. The voltage supplying the fuse panel would drop when the engine area would get hot causing some things to reset (like the AC system) and som... Trouble codes: T085.
1990 Chevrolet Beretta 3.1L Unknown VIN: 1G1LVTXLY1
Thank you to everyone who responded. I inspected the intake as suggested by many of you, and found no signs of leaks. After re-testing the cooling system, found the radiator cap to be faulty. Replaced radiator cap and bled te system, all seems fine. Thank you ...
1995 Chrysler Cirrus LX 2.5L Shifting VIN: 1C3EJ56H85
Most replies said TCM, I have ordered a TCM. I am closing this now because it could be quite a while if I know for sure that it is fixed. Thanks!
1995 Dodge Ram 2500 Truck 8.0L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: 3B7KF23W3S
Thanks to all who replied & sorry it took so long but we wanted to be sure we had exhausted all possibilities before we took the drastic step of replacing the engine. We ran a intake vacuum wave form and it showed not all cylinders were even. That could only...
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck 5.2L torque converter VIN: AS38462190
My store mgr sent this truck to the tranny shop for a rebuild. I personaly believed the ' real ' problem lays with the vavle body. Apparently there is a spring retainer that breaks and can cause no tcc lock up. thanks everybody...
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck 4.7L Cooling Systems VIN: 1D7HA18N12
thanks to all who replied most said check water pump.test the gauge . we installed a manual gauge to make make sure the one in dash was accurate and it was. so my guy took the water pump out and lord and behold problem found . the pumps vanes are plastic.and r...
1989 Ford Mustang LX 2.3L cooling fan VIN: 1FABP40ADK
Recieved some help and part #s for the connector that I needed. Unfortunatly one is not available in my location so I had to rig it to get it so I can use my A/C. I am in the works on hopefully getting the right connector from james chaves from arrizona. A p...
1995 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FMDU32XXS
thank you all who helped with this exploder. you all were on th button. when sensor was removed from oil pump drive/ stator assembly, everything was gone, no sensor left nor the stator. everything was wrapped up as in totally destroyed. ordered new stator/ oil... Trouble codes: P0214 (cylinder id error).
2000 Ford E-150 Econoline 4.2L No Start VIN: 1FTRE1423Y
A big thank you for all the help. I went over to take a look at this vehicle and found that the fuel pump relay had gone bad. After replacing the relay, the vehicle has not skipped a beat. He had replaced the relay with the fuel pump, But, even new Factory par...
2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4.0L ac VIN: 1FMZU67EX1
Well on this one I took Joe's advice and sent it to the dealer to have the system reflashed. I asked the customer to let me know if that took care of the problem. And if it did not then I asked him to let me know what they did to fix the ac system. Thanks fo...
2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L No Start VIN: 1FTSX31F43
Sorry it took so long to close this posting, but I have been on vacation for the last 2 weeks. The technician who was working on the vehicle overlooked a blown fuse. It was replaced and is working fine. Thanks to all who replied, your help was greatly apprecia...
2000 GMC Sonoma SL 4.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GTCS19W2Y
Thanks for xcellent replies. Got truck back and gave estimate for air pump/check valves/etc as suggested and customer bailed out and headed for scrap yard. It would have taken awhile to find fuse under battery with out your help and thanks again. Trouble codes: P0410.
2001 Honda Accord EX 2.3L transmission VIN: IHGCG16541
1994 Jaguar XJ6 4.0L No Start VIN: SAJHX1742R
Only got 3 replies on this. We tried a new crank sensor again, and a new Dist cap and rotor. Still no spark, without the proper wiring diagrams etc I am lost on this one. I am suggesting that the cust take it to the nearest Jag dealer. Thanks for the replies...
2002 Lincoln LS 3.9L Fuel Data Display VIN: 1LNHM87AX2
Only had three replies to post and they delt with module configuration and tank sending unit. Jim was working on this car and seemed out of ideas when I decided to post hoping for some type of direction. Over the weekend I went ahead and looked into the proble...
1992 Oldsmobile 88 Royale 3.8L No Start VIN: 1GHN5317NH
I have found that the wiring harness that runs between the ingnition module had bare wires shorting out. I repaired the wires and car ran for several seconds and stopped I may have a damaged ignition module from the shorted wires. Trouble codes: 58 (vechile anti theft).
2001 Subaru Outback 2.5L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 4S3BE686D2
Hello all and this one is fixed. It was the A/F sensor. Apparentely it sayed on the negative side due to an internal malfunction. As soon as it was replaced, we monitored it's readings, and just as we were told, it went positive, into the low 20's. While drivi... Trouble codes: P0172 (System too rich Bk1 Computer detected fuel trim malfunction).
2001 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L Starter
This car has not returned yet...sorry. I feel that this customer would have called if the starter was malfunctioning. The starter interlock relay is located in position #3. Although this is not mentioned on the wiring diagram; it can be found in the relay ov...
1990 Volvo 740 2.3L no noid VIN: YV1FA8841L
relay on right strut tower, was the cause of my no noid. thank you gentalmen for your help.
1999 Volvo S70 AWD 2.4L key VIN: YV1LT56D5X
Christopher [...]. from WA and Jim from CA and Nigel from up north in BC pointed out the tumbler aka mechanical portion of the ignition switch is prone to failure, our customer elected to take the car with no repairs performed. Nigel did point out we were lucky th...
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