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1999 BMW 328i 2.8L 5th gear VIN: WBAAM5331X
Hello guys, This bmw goes into limp mode (not always) in 5th gear. Code 55 comes up (5th ratio) and code 149 (can wheel speed)has comes up, but not always with 55. There is a TSB for updated valve body, but only if code 50-55 come up alone. The customer and I ...
2000 BMW 740iL 4.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: WBAGH8342Y
I have performed smoke test on intake system, first time engine was at ambient temp; second time engine at operating temp. No leaks were found. Code cleared vehicle returned to customer and after driving 200 miles the code set again. No complaints with perform... Trouble codes: 026 (Mixture adaption limit reached bank 1 system lean)
1992 Cadillac Seville 4.9L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Stall VIN: 1G6KS53B8N
well we got a good challenge with this cadillac seville. multiple problems but costumers complaint was hard start and running rough.dont know any background on when all these problems started, anyways car is hunting for idle abs light is on, service ride contr... Trouble codes: 16 (system voltage hi/low), 52 (memory reset)
1996 Cadillac DeVille 4.6L Low side temp senser VIN: 1G6KD52Y1T
Hi out ther my probom is the line that holds orfis tube is bad and cust dont whant to spend the mony to replace the acumlator and the orfise tube slides back and tears up the temp senser seting a code and turning off the compreser I have tryed taking a noter s...
1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS 3.1L abs module VIN: 2G1WW12M2W
car sets code at random p1236 low voltage supply to module.dosent matter whether your braking turning or whatever.flow chart indicates a lack of battery power to module.i tapped into all power supplies and grounds at module during problem and all look ok.usein...
1970 Ford Torino Conve 429CID Engine oiling VIN: OH37J20798
Greetings Ford Affectaonados: When I went to replace one of the valve cover gaskets I discovered that the inside valve cover area was painted with paint and primer.Dark Ford blue was comming off in large chunks. So far I have removed all the paint from the R....
1992 Ford F-150 Custom 5.0L Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1FTDF15N8N
After replacing the engine, he came in a month later claiming to only get 11.1 mpg. He claims he got 18 to 19 mpg prior to engine change. I have checked all ecm controlled devices and all are in the range given in Snap- on Vantage tester. I sent out all 8 inje...
1996 Ford E-250 Econoline XL 4.9L No Start VIN: 1FTHE24Y3T
Vehicle shut off while driving 70 mph.Cranks strong with good fuel pressure.Injector pulse and spark are missing.There is power at the coil and the injectors and the remote mounted ICM.When checking the PIP at the ICM I get a steady battery voltage.I'm using a...
1998 Ford Escort ZX2 Cool Coupe 2.0L codes VIN: 3FALP1136W
thanks in advance. this car belongs to my neighbor, she had a shop do a timing belt, afterwards car towed back for alternator, then towed for third time two weeks for belt tensioner. she was told car still didnt check out , showed p1381 code. i offered to take... Trouble codes: P0141, P1381 (cam pos timing overadvanced)
2001 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.4L Speedometer VIN: 1FTRW08L71
I am wanting to change the tire size of my truck. I call our local for dealer, but they were no help. I am trying to find out if and how to recalibrate the speedometer. I know that on GM and Mopar it can be done with a ECM reflash. Is Ford the same, or do you ...
2003 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L Engine oil VIN: 1FMZU73K83
Manufacture recommends 5W20 oil. My questions is... does anyone see a long term problem with using 10W30 in this vehicle ? With 100K miles should we switch him back to 5W20 oil ??? Vehicle owner has had no problems with engine. Thanks for any advise.
1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.2L No Start, Stall VIN: 1J4GZ78Y2R
This jeep keeps eating ignition coils after just a few miles. When the engine dies there is power to the coil and a pulsating ground to the computer. When the jeep was towed in I found the above conditions and just replaced the coil. The customer picked up the...
2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L Compressor VIN: 1J4GW48S7Y
Hello this first time customer came in with a coolant leak which is the water pump and the AC does not cool when on vent. The odd thing is the AC blows cold when on defrost. But when the ac is on vent or anything other than defrost the compressor does not come...
1986 Mercedes-Benz 300E 3.0L temerature at idle VIN: WDBEA30D3G
Group, This E300 temp creeps up to 120 celcius if in traffic (with ac off), or at idle and AC is off. Aux fan fuse was blown, and now it does not run hot when AC is on (aux now working). The aux fan will work if the AC is on, and works, but not with the torna...
2001 Mercedes-Benz ML320 3.2L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 4JGAB54EX1
Vehicle came in with misfire code for cylinder #4. Customer stated she could feel the car "cut out". Only did it one time. We could not duplicate on road tests. Customer opted for us to replace spark plugs and let her drive it again. ran ok for two weeks then ...
2000 Mitsubishi Diamante LS 3.5L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge VIN: 6MMAP67P4Y
The customer brought the car to the shop, he described the problem for me as follows: my car runs very good, it got power, good pick up, engine runs smooth and trans shifts great. except in the morning, on a cold start up, the idle reaches 1500 rpm, which is n...
1996 Pontiac Bonneville SE 3.8L Stall VIN: 1G2HX52K1T
Thankyou in advanced for any help on this brainteaser. This vehicle has an intermittent stalling condition. When it happens it will restart after some difficulty. The only abnormal reading on the scanner is MAP voltage of -.55v It should be 1 to 5v. We have g... Trouble codes: 107 (MAP sensor voltage too low)
2001 Subaru Impreza L 2.2L Timing Belt VIN: JF1GF43561
The timing belt runs forward and comes in contact with the front pulley Witch causes the belt to heat and burn up.
2000 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L starter VIN: 3VWRF29M8Y
After shutting the car off customer said car would not restart ,said it acted like a bad starter he tapped starter with a hammer but still no start, he kept trying to crank it to the point that the starter began smoking, so he had it towed to our shop. We repl...
1998 Volvo S90 2.9L engine VIN: YV1KS9608W
this vehicle came in with a complaint of a vibration at about 20 mph.customer thought they had a tire problem because it feels like it has severly chopped up tires, but only at 18 to 22 mph.after that speed it is smooth. a test drive confirmed that complaint ,...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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2000 Acura TL 3.2L burned clutches VIN: 19UUA5666Y
From the responses we received it appears that Honda has some design issues with this transmission. The best info regarding these problems can be found on the NHTSA site where Honda engineering reports from the recall are available. After a lot of research we ...
2000 Buick Century Limited 3.1L pump motor ckt. VIN: 2G4WY55J7Y
Thanks to the 5 guys who replied to my request. Next time I get a vehicle in with this code I will certainly try out these hints. To David in Ohio, the code never did reset. To David in Ontario, the moduale is inside the engine compartment, the connector and t...
1994 Cadillac Seville STS 4.6L Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G6KY529XR
First of all, if you have a engine light on with no codes and traction control disabled and a code T073 serial link error you have the classic symptoms for a faulty PCM. The answers to the other questions I had, 1) the number in the the Display with just the k... Trouble codes: 1034, 1052, T073 (current pulse width modulation fault), T072 (serial link fault).
1989 Chevrolet Beretta GT 2.8L No Start VIN: 1G1LW14W9K
All injectors were changed with injectors I pulled out of a 3.8 buick. Car now runns beautiful still doing idle relearn at the present time. Thanks for all of your help. You guys are great.All help is very much appreciated!!!
1993 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 3.1L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1G1JF14TPP
Well after tring about everything, we went back to where we had started the EGR valve.When I got car it had blue silcone ozing out from the EGR so I cleaned it up and put gaskets on it.We took it back off and didn't see anything wrong cleaned it up put new gas...
1995 Chevrolet Blazer 4.3L Cuts out VIN: 1GNDT13W4S
Hi guys, Ryan from N. Mexico got me started in the right direction. First, my Snap-on fuel gauge was reading 11# lower than the truth. The real readings are 61# (KOEO), and 54# running. All of you are right about the correct fuel pressures. I relied on specs f...
1998 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1L alternator VIN: 1G1NE52MOW
As I said in my update, I found 5 volts at the (L) terminal with the engine running. Check alternator on test bench and found the alternator was bad. Got another rebuilt alternator under the customers warranty and all is good. Would have rathered repaired it m...
2003 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8L Battery VIN: 2G1WH52K93
Well this one is fixed. A faulty BCM was the culprit (it wouldn't send a sleep command for the radio and IPC. I guess the BCM is these cars tend to cause lots of grief. Unfortunatley I had to send this one to the dealer to have the BCM programmed for the car. ...
2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3C4FY48B52
Thanks for the replies! All I did was clean the PCM grounds and cleared the code, it's been about a week now and I have not seen the car back. Thanks again! Trouble codes: P0505.
1993 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1FAPP6242P
Thanks Guys! This one is fixed! Nick from Ohio and George from Texas reminded me that it did moan through the air filter! I had taken the IAC off and it did seem to have a large opening? and I did unplug the MAF and it did stall. So I ordered an IAC Motorcraft...
1994 Ford Probe 2.5L No Start
i did recieve alot of good information,but what it ended up being is the crank sensor i replace was bad. its in a hard spot to get to , so i might have damaged it getting it in . i replace with another crank sensor and everything has been fine.. tim
2001 Ford Focus SE 2.0L Stall VIN: 1FAFP34P01
The focus needed a fuel pump. It was repaired by the local Ford dealer at no cost to the customer. Thamks to all who responded.
1999 Honda Accord LX 2.3L oil VIN: 1HGCG6657X
thanks for all your help. the customer has not followed up with the repair, so maybe thats afix
2002 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5L L sliding door lock VIN: 2HKRL18622
turns out the door lock controller mounted to left sliding door only controls that door and that is where the problem was replaced controller and no more issues thanks for help Jim
1996 Oldsmobile 88 Royale 3.8L windows, locks fuel pump VIN: 1G3HN52KXT
most of the replies were right on the button, almost as if you were right there looking at it. the problem was the ground located on the kick pannel. a simple cleaning and heatshrinking settled the mess and solved all the problems.. thank you again iatn
1998 Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0L exterior lights VIN: 1G3GR62C3W
Thanks for all the quick replys. It seems to be unanimous, headlight switch/multi-function switch. Problem was very intermittent...once or twice a month...I guess it's ok for now. I will definitely change the headlight switch when and if the customer returns. ...
1993 Subaru Legacy L 2.2L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: 4S3BJ633XP
thanks guys for the replies, i had a crack knock sensors, went ahead and replaced the purge solenoid, & rechecked o2 circuit, rectify all 3 codes. well anyway believe or not my rough idle was set of cheap ignition wires, replaced it with oem wires. thank y... Trouble codes: 22 (knock sensor), 32 (oxygen sensor), 35 (purge control solenoid valve).
1996 Subaru Legacy L 2.2L Poor Idle Quality, Stall VIN: 4S3BD4359T
Many thanks for the replies. Andy from Washington hit it. I put my scope on the signal wire on the PNP switch and it was dropping out. Thanks for all the help
1996 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: 453BD67S8V
This one is fixxed. I had seen a post on the same condition but it did not sink in which connectors he was talking about. Apparently when my tech went under the dash to unplug the aftermarket keyless entry box, he saw 2 green connectors unplugged and plugged t... Trouble codes: P0130 (hego), P0136 (hego), P0500 (vss), P1100 (starter circuit), P1101 (neutral switch circuit).
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