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1995 Acura Integra RS 1.8L Fuel gauge VIN: JH4DB7548S
hello i gto this integra here. the kid had one of the white faced gauges installed in his car. and he had problems with them so he removed them.. now the problem is the fuel gauge reads in accurate. when filled right up it needle reads past the fuell mark and ...
1999 Audi A4 2.8L 3-4 4-5 shift VIN: WAVDD28D8W
This car came in with atf in the cooling system. Replaced radiator and flushed system. Added atf until ran out of filler hole at 45 degrees C. Drove car and it flares up between 3 and 4 and 4 and 5 shifts. Removed pan and did not see any thing abnormal. Are th...
1995 BMW 740i 4.0L front of engine VIN: WBAGF6326S
The car just came back in agian with the same noise. She says it seems to happen when she is on decel. She also comlained of losing water, and ck engine light on. The codes were 13- o2 sensor 1, 12- o2 sensor 2, 203- o2 sensor control 2, 201- o2 sensor control...
1989 Cadillac DeVille 4.5L no comms VIN: 1G6CD5157K
Long one - bear with me. Vehicle arrived for A/C check, "Service A/C" lamp illuminated on dashboard. Being a caddy owner myself, I immediately tried using the onboard diagnostics to gain access to the system, expecting to pull an "F" series code. Using the OFF...
1985 Chevrolet Camaro Berlinetta 5.0L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1G1FP87E9F
hello andd thanks for any help in advance im the third person to work on this car i have found the system that the problems on...and im thinking a ground problem..this car will run as long as the altinator is sooon as you plug the alternator...
1987 Chevrolet Caprice 5.0L Alternator VIN: 1G1BN81Y9H
Hello Everyone, This one has got me stumped. Original complaint was belt squeel and battery runs down. Checked charging and Amp output was 0 Amps, voltage was battery voltage(12.6) Found regulator connector was gone and someone had replaced with spade terminal...
1997 Chevrolet K1500 Cheyenne 5.7L rear brakes VIN: 2GCEK19R2V
Hello all This truck is like the many of the GM's that come to us. They go through 5 sets of front brakes before the rears start to show wear, this particular one the customer pulls a big boat with it, and is warping rotors and going through pads like crazy. ...
1997 Chevrolet C1500 4.3L Misfire VIN: 1GTDM19W3V
This vehicle came in with an SES light coming on going up a hill. I road tested the vehicle and found the vehicle has a dead misfire on cyl 1 as soon as you reach 100km As soon as you slow down below 100 km the miss stops. I monitored fuel pressure during the ... Trouble codes: P0301
2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer LS 4.2L No Start VIN: 1GMDT13S72
Suv came in on a rollback was stuck in owners garage. When the driver tried to get it off the wrecker the shift interlock wouldn't work. Disconnected the shifter on the trans to get it off. checked the interlock solenoid and no power was getting to it. After f...
1989 Chrysler LeBaron 2.5L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1C3BH48K8J
Hey all: This car came in running very poorly, with black smoke from tailpipe. We scanned it and found a MAP sensor code. We did the diag. for the Map sensor and replaced it but the problem remained. On checking further a low voltage code was also present. We ... Trouble codes: 16 (Battery Volts Not Senced), 47 (Voltage Too Low)
1996 Dodge Stratus 2.0L 20 amp fuse #5 VIN: 1B3EJ46C1T
This car came to us from anouther dealers shop. It was a good runner, but suddenly blew the 20 amp fuse for the ASD/PCM. The owner installed a new fuse and it ran for a couple of days. It was fine untill it was shut off. Upon re-start, it blew the ASD/PCM fuse...
1992 Ford Taurus GL 3.8L engine VIN: 1FAQCP5545
Ever since replacing head gaskets,the engine has a miss. After ruling out the ignition system, the # 3 cylinder spark plug is wet.Did compression test on cylinder #3,showing ZERO compression. Would over tightneing the rocker arms cause no compression ?
1993 Ford Tempo GL 3.0L No Start VIN: 1FAPP36U9P
I have no B+ to fuel pump ground O.K. fuses O.K. fuse links O.K. can,t find fuel pump relay. ford sold me a black 4 pin relay DY884 & it doesnt match anything on here. My buddies All Data say its incorporated in module next to master cyl. I tryed used one stil...
1996 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L rack and pinon VIN: 1FMDU34X7T
would like to know the proper way to get the air out of these lines as someone is going to brake a hand bone.
1999 Ford Escort ZX2 Hot Coupe 2.0L Long crank / hard st VIN: 3FAKP1132X
This vehicle will intermittantly crank hard(buck), crank excessivly or start right up. I have check all the archives for issues on these concerns. Cam / crank timing is dead on . Oil and filter are correct. There are no driveability concerns while driving and ...
2000 Ford E-350 Econoline Club Wagon Custom 7.3L loss of power VIN: 1FTSS34FXY
need some help with this desiel. when it acts up it will blow heavy smoke, and have no power. also you can here the injectors firing at a louder volume. when this happens if you return to idle she miss fires for about ten seconds and the smooths out. very inte...
2000 Ford Ranger XL 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: 1FTZR15V7Y
this ranger came in with a miss we did a tune up since plugs, wires were original. miss still present ran on computer datastream and showed injector six fault but no codes present. ohmed injector at computer and it was open ohm injector # 5 and it was 15 ohms....
2002 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6L 4x4 VIN: 1FMDU74W72
Come in with no 4x4 operation. Hooked up both Gensyis and Solis scanners -- no comunication with 4x4 module (early build 9/01) all other modules comunicate normally. Check powers at 4x4 module -- all are good but the circuit from fuse 15 in the Central Junctio...
1994 GMC Jimmy SLE 4.3L drive VIN: 1GKDT13W5R
this truck came in with an intermitant slip, it will be driving and shifting excelent, then after it gets hot, it will go into neutral, usually after i slow down then accelerate again, if i cycle the ignition key it will go in gear again. at first i thought it...
2000 Honda Accord LX 2.3L No Start, Stall VIN: 1HGCG6655Y
customer said he would drive acouple of blocks and car would die wait a while and it would restart had it towed in it started for us got across the street just made it in the shop and died would never have got it to restart at first we had no spark fuel pressu...
1996 Infiniti I30 3.0L readiness monitors VIN: JNKC121D5T
Hi, thanks for reading my post. I have this 1996 infinity I30 that will not pass obd11 state inspection. It has three rediness monitors that will not complete. O2 , EGR, and evap. The customer has already gone to the dealer for this problem. The dealer sold th...
2001 Kia Rio 1.5L No Start VIN: KNADC12321
hi guys กก i apreciate somebody help' me to find the wiring diagram for this rio, we dont have any info in my country. please let me know as soon as possible
1993 Lexus LS400 4.0L No Start, Cuts out, Stall VIN: JT8UF11EXP
i have had the car for two weeks for this problem. finally i was going to town & it shut down.after a few minutes it started up but wouldn't stay running. i had to press the gas to keep it running. to take my foot off the gas,i had to put it in gear. then you ...
1997 Mitsubishi Galant ES 2.4L MIL Lamp on, VIN: 4A3AJ56G4V
light came back on 2 weeks later same code, so cleared light , put som techron in it ,and beat the snot out of it, extended high speed , w/full throttle load shifts, car runs like wild deer, this is a low miles vehic driven by old lady, cats are coo coo money,... Trouble codes: P0421
1997 Nissan Quest GXE 3.0L detonation badly VIN: 4N2DN1110V
intermittant detonation resulting in no power knock sensor retarding timing checked & troubleshot code as per mitchell everthing checks out has anyone else had this problem? Trouble codes: P0325 (knock sensor)
1998 Nissan Pathfinder LE 3.3L No Start VIN: JN8AR07Y6X
hi techs this pathfinder will not start has spark and injector pulse for one second and then computer turns injectors off. the security light does not come on with key on or off or cranking tested wiring at the smart entrance control unit and all test good 3 f...
1998 Nissan Sentra 1.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: IN4AB41D9W
the gas tank will not take gas.i found no restriction from the vent valve and canister to the atmosphere.but,from what i have read from past iatn posts,when gas goes in,the gas tank vents the fumes through the canister and vent valve.i can take the half inch i... Trouble codes: P1446 (evap presure sensor problem)
1999 Oldsmobile Silhouette Premiere 3.4L Running lights and dash lights VIN: 1GHDX03E8X
I've searched the internet, and I've found a few people who have had this problem but no solutions have been posted. This van has no running lights, dash lights, or automatic headlights. When you open the door the vehicle chimes quickly as if the headlights ar...
1999 Pontiac Grand Am GT 3.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G2NW12E0X
car runs great. tightened gas cap. need help with the 172 code. thanks in advance for the help Trouble codes: 172 (rich exhaust), 440 (emission evap leak)
2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STI 2.5L Gauge VIN: JF1GD706X5
Hey Subaru guys I need some help with this one. I recently removed the engine and transmission from this wrx for a body shop to repair the frame. After repairs completed and motor re-installed customer states that one of the gauges doesn't work. In the center ...
1996 Toyota 4Runner Limited 3.4L Excessive Emissions VIN: JT3HN87R8T
Note: This truck does not have EGR or Air Injection. Truck came in for a California Smog inspection, passed HC and CO with flyings colors, but failed NOX at 15/50 only. We replaced catalytic converter and plugs and wires, pcv valve, fuel filter. Cleaned MAF s...
2000 Toyota Celica GT 1.8L passenger electric window VIN: JTDDR32T1Y
Car came in with passenger window inop. The drivers side works fine.Pulled wiring diagram from ALLDATA, check power to switch at terminals 2,11,12 Good. Test wiring to window, by unplugging switch and applying power and ground to window wires. Window operates ...
1995 Volkswagen Jetta GLX 2.8L Alternator VIN: 3VWTE81H3S
Hello everybody, we need a little help on this one. Vehicle came to us with a dead battery, we replaced and checked charging system. Found NOT charging, checked wires to alt (only 2) 12+ batt and D+ to light. We found a break in the D+ wire at connector near b...
2000 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWCC21C8Y
VW Techs please help! I cant find any info on this code 17978 ecu locked? I understand what to look for with a po171 lean code but dont want to start diagnosing this car until I have an understanding of the codes setting the mil wich is the customers complaint... Trouble codes: 17978 (p1570- engine ECU locked), 16555 (p0171- B1S1 fuel trim too lean)
2002 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L No Start VIN: 3VWSP69MX2
Customer had Jetta towed up to us and brought in his own instrument cluster to install. the cluster went bad and immobilizer would not allow car to start. We are a new dealership that has just opened up and do not have all the special service tools available t...

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2001 Audi TT Quattro 1.8L Mechanical VIN: TRUWT28N91
hello, well alot of guys said matco has this tool on their truck, but i dont have any matco dealers in the area, and my snap on guy didnt have one. the next two most common ideas were baum tools and assenmacher specialty tools, since i already own some ast stu...
1992 BMW 325i 2.5L No Start VIN: WBACB3317N
Thanks to all who replied. I checked everything that was mentioned. We found that the pcm had been wet inside. We replaced pcm and problem is solved. Thanks Bruce from Oregon! Mike [...]
2001 BMW X5 3.0i 3.0L ac blower VIN: WBAFA535X1
Thanks for all the help I have recieved for the blower motor resister. We had a hunch that was the problem but the customer wanted us to place the problem on here before he would spend any money. Thanks, Glenn
1996 Cadillac DeVille 4.6L Low side temp senser VIN: 1G6KD52Y1T
Well I have fix this car I called the caddy dealer and they had no idia about a criping tool but i foud a speeo cabale criping tool fit around the line and I recripted it and drove and all is well now thanks for all the help you all are great thanks
2000 Cadillac Seville SLS 4.6L starter VIN: 1G6KS54Y8Y
Thanks for all the replies. Every reply confirmed what I had been suspecting. I replaced the Ignition switch and the vehicle starts everytime. I had thought about that but could not find anything on how to test the ignition. But after all the post and help I r...
1985 Chevrolet Corvette 5.7L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1G1770786F
Sorry but I need to close this for now. Waiting on a injector tested so I con flow test them as alot of you suggested. My friend also own a body shop and wnated to start replacing all the body bushings. As soon as I get the car back I will reupdate this with w...
1987 Chevrolet V10 Custom Deluxe 5.7L Poor Idle Quality, Surge VIN: 1GCEV14K7H
Well, first of all thank you to all who responded. All of the replys were good but Rolfe, Robert, and David were the closest to the solution to the problem. While, my specs on fuel pressure say 9-13 psi, I decided to try to increase the pressure by altering th... Trouble codes: 44 (Lean exhaust).
1992 Chevrolet C3500 Cheyenne 5.7L Force Motor VIN: 1GBJC34KXN
Thanks for all the help, but the solution is way too easy. I went ahead and dropped the pan to check the wires in the trans and I found the wires for the force motor were frayed.
1993 Chevrolet K1500 Cheyenne 5.7L Poor Idle Quality, Stall VIN: 1GCEK14K9P
First of all, thank you to all that replied. The fix ended up being a distributor shaft and pick-up coil. One of the replies suggested checking to see if timing advanced 5-10 degrees at about 2000 r.p.m. with e.s.t. wire disconnected. This is a test that I h...
1994 Chevrolet Cavalier RS 2.2L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G1JC5442R
After checking everything under the sun, customer decided to take vehicle and bring it back later. I didn't get Ron's reply until after the car had been picked up but that is where we were going to go next. We tried borg warner injector first and then a set of... Trouble codes: 45 (Rich Exhaust).
1995 Chevrolet Blazer 4.3L ABS module VIN: 1GNDT15W1S
The customer took this vehicle and I haven't seen it since I posted. I wanted to switch pins going to the ebcm, as Nick from NH (thanx, Nick)suggested, to see if I could make the problem 'move,' so to speak. That was a great idea. As i said before, I was getti...
2000 Chevrolet S10 4.3L Hesitation, Hard Start VIN: 1GCCT19W5Y
I installed a new fuel pump which fixed the hard start problem. I also installed a new mass airflow sensor which took care of the hesitation. Thanks for all who helped
1993 Dodge Caravan LE 3.3L fuel gage VIN: 1B4H54R6PX
Thank you Kevin [...] (nmanek@sbcglobal....
1990 Eagle Talon TSi 2.0L Excessive Emissions, Cuts out VIN: 4E3CS54U8L
The Eagle has landed! The ECM was bad, as most all replies said. Overnighted it to Automotive Computer Supply in Houston, Texas on Wednesday, they called thursday at closing time telling me it was repaired, and Fed-ex dropped it off this morning. A big thanks ...
1994 Ford F-250 XL 5.8L Hesitation, Surge VIN: 1FTHF25H5R
Well it's fixed but I can't give any direction on what exactly the problem was(testing). I had worked on it for so long that today (Friday) I was trying to make money on other vehicles. Manager asked what we were going to do with this truck and I told him to o...
1999 Ford Escort ZX2 Hot Coupe 2.0L timming belt VIN: 3FAKP113XX
we put the car together with all the ford new part and and gave him a fist full of money back and told him to go back to the dealer and please tell us what was the problem he called us back and said that the tensionor was bad i find that very hard to believe t...
2000 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4L 1--2 shift VIN: 1FTRX17L8Y
thru information that other members sent me(forgot to mention that I work at a euro shop with no domestic info).went thru diagnostics,mlp switch would act up after driving for about 15-20 minutes.replaced and adjusted,road test,all good. Thanks for all the hel...
2001 Ford Focus ZTS 2.0L Engine VIN: 1FAFP38381
First of all I'd like to thank all the people who took the time from their busy days to help me out. I cant really post a fix for this vehicle. The owner of the car (who I talked to yesterday) said that the car had been at a Ford dealer, with no results. App...
2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L no move cold rev fwd VIN: 1FMZU63EX2
fix 01 5r55w no move cold 1 wrong conc was sold a late 5r55e tc no good drain back prob in valve body atcooler by pass valve thermovalve assy seems to be ok
2001 Honda CR-V SE 2.0L Cylinder Head VIN: JHLRD18781
Of course, the problem wasn't what was wrong with this CR-V's engine, but rather what (if anything) was Honda going to do about it. Several replies indicated that there WAS warranty coverage for this problem, but that was never confirmed: BECAUSE as it turned ...
2000 Jaguar S-Type 4.0L timing chains VIN: SAJDA01D4Y
First of all,Thanks for the help on my request.I didnt know if vvt should be spring loaded or not.The gear is not spring loaded and right bank vvt should be rotated full clockwise position before chain installation.Car runs great after spending 1 week waiting ...
1995 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0L timing VIN: 1J4FJ68SXS
Thanks For all your response after a close look at the timing marks I belive that the chain is jumped the customer has no money so he picked it up and is going to park it. Thanks for all your help!
1999 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.0L Excessive Emissions, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1J4FY19S7X
Well I didn't really get many replies on this one but it is fixed and down the road. A PCM did fix this truck. It appears that the customer installed a wrong style alternator on this truck which damaged the pcm. I replaced the alternator and sent the truck to ... Trouble codes: 172 (Fuel System Rich).
1979 Lincoln Mark V 6.6L STV valve VIN: 9Y89S65428
Consensus was low refrigerant charge- I guess I don't remember much about these systems because the low side fitting is on the STV and read 30 psi with the low charge. matter of fact the low side reading was the same before and after recharge. High side was a ...
1997 Lincoln Continental Spinmaker Edition 4.6L rear air ride VIN: 1LNLM97V3V
replaced control module ,did same thing checked wiring at fender wells and at radiator. customer decided not to pursue problem thanks for all the help & time to read this. will let you know if i find any thing else thanks for the help bill
1996 Mazda B4000 SE 4.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 4F4DR17X9T
test drove vehicle for an extended time and all systems run and passed. returned vehicle to customer and all is well. thanks to all who replied. sorry for the delay,wanted to make sure this vehicle was correct. Trouble codes: P0402, P1116, P1000.
1993 Mercedes-Benz 300D 2.5 2.5L Mechanical VIN: WDBEB28D1C
well, we decided to pass on this job due to a number of reasons. thanks for all your replies, but were passin on this one.
1999 Mercedes-Benz ML320 3.2L No Start VIN: 4JGAB54E2X
John in Illinois, Did a volt from batt. to fuse 26 while cranking, had a .5 volt drop.Put power from batt. to fuse 26 bypassing Ing. switch.Engine started ran good. Looks like a bad Ing. switch.Will let everyone know when I get the switch installed.
2000 Mercedes-Benz S500 Guard 5.0L airmatic suspension VIN: WDBNG75J1Y
i have replaced the pump/ valve body/ fuse/ relay /filter- i let the car sit for a few days and it is still up- tried finding leaks using soap and water- (not a good way)- no ome had any better ideas though!! will give car back to customer and see what happens...
1994 Mitsubishi Galant ES 2.4L o.d. VIN: 4A3AJ56G3R
We did some other checks, made sure trans cooler was OK as some mentioned, and it flowed good, told owner the unit needs to come back out, he has not given us a answer yet. We will update with what we find if the owner wants to do work. Thanks for your help.
1987 Nissan D21 2.4L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out VIN: JN6ND11SXH
Wow, what a butt kicker this was. Hopefully I learned a few things from it. After checking the injectors per one suggestion, I felt for sure it was the ecm. I ordered one, put it in and had the same symptoms. So I decided to go a little deeper into the injec...
1992 Oldsmobile 88 Royale 3.8L Excessive Emissions, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1G3HN53L3N
I'm happy, car is happy, customer is happy. Thanks for all the great replies. This is the type of fix you read about in tech mags and hope you never see one in your shop. I will start with the fix and go on from there. The o2 was bad(stuck lean), the ECM was s...
2002 Pontiac Grand Am GT 3.4L Pads/rotors VIN: 1G2NW12E22
The noise has been gone for a couple of weeks now. The upgraded pads did the trick. The customers husband actually called and said that his wife is a 'chronic complainer' (NO KIDDING!) and that everything was fine with the repair.
1996 Saab 900 S 2.3L Hesitation, Cuts out VIN: YS3DD55B7T
This is one of my other techs where I work problems but we did get the vehicle in running condition. The fuel pump on this works on a venturi system to draw fuel into the fuel pump canister. It was not working for some reason. The replies I got were about the ...
2002 Subaru Impreza WRX 2.0L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: JF1GD29622
well, i really, REALLY hate to close this one without a concrete answer, but the customer has decided that he's trading the vehicle in as is. coils are apparently a common problem on these - i tested the coils per Subaru's procedures and found no problem. no c... Trouble codes: P0420 (catalyst efficiency bank one), P0301 (misfire cylinder 1), P0303 (misfire cylinder 3), P0304 (misfire cylinder 4).
1993 Suzuki Sidekick JLX 1.6L No Start VIN: JS3TD02VXP
First, Thank You to those who replied. I first removed the ECM and opened it up to see if the ground problem at pin A10 could be found. I found that the circuit board strip was rusted or burnt, couldn't realy tell, at the pin A10 area. New/reman unit was over ...
2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0L aux fan VIN: 3VWSE69M32
well thanks to dave [...] from california i was able to progress on this problem, he took the time to call me too, so it seems that the fan mod was also bad because ac fan were not comming on on ac request, but main underlying problem was , no flow water pump...
2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L No Start VIN: 3VWRP69M63
First off thank you to everyone that responded to this help request. What we found was a major amount of carbon in the intake system. We removed the EGR valve to expose the top intake manifold, which is approximately 2.5' in diameter, but with the carbon build...
1995 Volvo 850 T-5R 2.3L odometer VIN: YV1LS571XS
thanks for all the replies ! I would like to especially thank : david [...], you guys were right on the money the small gear was broke that drives the odometer ! removed cluster and changed out gears, not a real tuff job! thanks...
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