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1996 BMW 328i 2.8L MIL Lamp on, long cranking times VIN: WBACD4323T
It was a dark and stormy night nearly a year ago when this little Beemer first darkened my doorstep. We should've sent it straight to the orphanage (dealer), but the boys fell for it's pretty Arctic Silver smile. "Can we fix it, Tom? Can we fix it? PLEEEZE!" A... Trouble codes: 141 (oxygen sensor), 455 (gross evap leak), P1250
1991 Chevrolet Cavalier RS 3.1L No Power VIN: 1G1JFI4TXM
This car is going to be the death of me!!! This is a 91 Z-24. It came into the shop running, but poorly. When the car is in drive with your foot on the brakes, and the gas pedal to the floor, it won't reach 2,000 rpm. It ran like the exhaust was plugged, or it...
1998 Dodge Ram 2500 Truck 5.9L Unknown VIN: 3B7KC26D4W
I work at european shop and have no information on this vehicle,but it belongs to a friend and you know how that goes.It will take off in second gear after stopping.All other shifts are good.Manually shift the vehicle and all gears are there with no slipping a...
1986 Ford E-350 Econoline XL 5.8L Hesitation, Cuts out VIN: 1FDKE30H7G
A buddy of mine's camper that he purchased from an RV dealer. Unit has a bad hesitation to the point of almost cutting out on light tip-in acceleration only when the engine is cold. Tune up with new plugs and wires, timing is to spec's with completely rebuilt ...
1994 Lexus ES300 3.0L Stall VIN: JT8GK13T5R
This is my wife’s car, and the shop I work at does not work on Toyotas / Lexus. So not a lot of experience with this make. Plus the vehicle will not fail or stall while I’m driving it. The only code stored after a stall is. P1300. Thanks for any help.. Trouble codes: P1300
1993 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 3.0L Poor Idle Quality VIN: WDBFA61E0P
Starting cold is ok. Idle speed will be "fast" and will decrease with the engine getting hotter. Problem is when engine is hot idle will be high about 900rpm. If engine is started again, after starting there is that normal accelaration to about 1300rpm and af...
1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse 2.0L head VIN: 4A3AL54F8V
I had a customer come in with this car he bought on ebay. Oil is getting into the radiator and then overheats. theres no sign of antifreeze in the oil . Im guessing its around the headgasket but just need some reasurance here. The car has low milage,but i know...
1996 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.4L gauges VIN: 1G2NE12TXT
This vehicle has a strange mix of electrical problems related to the instruments. First of all, the Tach, Speedo, Gas gauge, and Temp gauge are all pegged over. That is to say the Speedo reads 140mph, Tach redlined, etc. When you turn the key on, the Temp and ...
1996 Saab 9000 CS 2.3L No Start VIN: YS3CD68U0T
This 9000CS was towed in as a no start. There were 2 codes in the computer when checking this out. P0300 and P0340. I have searched the fix database and have installed NGK-BCPR7ES-11 spark plugs as per many of the replies, but did not see anything on code P034... Trouble codes: P0300 (Random/Multiple cylinder misfire detected), P0340 (Cam position sensor A-Bank 1 circuit malfunction)
1991 Toyota Pickup DLX 2.4L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: JT4RN01P3M
Help Toyota techs! I have a 22re that has been modified w/ lc engineering cyl head and cam. All adjustments are in range. Vehicle will not pass emissions due to what I believe to be a lean condition at cruise. Engine idles ok and emissions are fine, power and ...
1996 Volvo 960 2.9L Gas smell on startup VIN: YV1KS9608T
Well maintained car in excellent condition. Occasionally, after the car sits for a few days, upon startup, there is a gas smell in the passenger compartment. It goes away after 3-5 minutes of driving. There are no drivability issues, and visual inspection of a...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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1999 Cadillac Eldorado ESC 4.6L door locks, VIN: 1G6EL12Y6X
Thank you for all the replys. This one is fixed. After stepping back and looking at what I had. I started with the most common areas on the vehicle. I removed the wires from pins a4 and b4 on the bcm. These wires are light green and care 12 volts to the unlock...
1998 Dodge Neon R/T 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1B3ES47C7W
Out of desperation I tryed a new PCM and that was the fix. I dont understand why the new O2 would not switch even disconnected from old PCM. I did learn the PCM generates a .5 volt ref. sig to the o2s. I looked at the pulse width of the injectors and they resp... Trouble codes: P0134.
1998 Dodge Intrepid 3.2L engine VIN: 2B3HDY6R5W
this 2.7l beat the you know what , out of me... first of all , any one setting up 2.7 l engine timing chain,or waterpump , replacement...make sure your on exhaust stoke !!! 2nd ,yes even oem parts fail.(new out of box...bad crank sensor,no code set ,and ohm ou...
1978 Ford F-150 5.0L alternator VIN: F15HK8E685
Well, testing procedures led me astray, but we finally fixed her. First off, each time I checked the green/red wire (ignition curcuit thru resistor) I had been unplugging the reg as it sits in a downward position & is hard to backprobe. Testing the system with...
1993 Ford Tempo GL 3.0L No Start VIN: 1FAPP36U9P
I would like to thank everyone that respnded! a lot said ccrm feeds fuel pump & they were right. this car had shorted fuel pump & melted harness so I figured R&R relay too. the ford dealer lists a normal relay. well it doesn't have one. it get's all pwr from c...
1996 Ford Windstar GL 3.8L tcc VIN: 2FMDA5148T
Thanks for the replys. First thing the next morning, it acted up even when cold and with the transmission electrical connector unplugged. I believe the replys about the transmission having internal problems is correct. thanks for all the help.
2003 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L Engine oil VIN: 1FMZU73K83
Thanks to all who responded to my question. Special thanks to Rick, Alan, Pete & Denny. Lots of good information shared. We changed the vehicle back to 5W20. Thanks to all, for all the information. John
2002 GMC Envoy SLE 4.2L No Start VIN: 1GKDS13S22
Firstly I would like to thank everyone that took the time to offer their help. The vehicle is finally completed and the customer is happy. Here's what was happening, Before the customer purchased this vehicle it was in an accident where the chasis had to be ...
2003 GMC C5500 Topkick C5C042 6.6L fuel gauge inop VIN: 1GDE5E1173
I replaced the transfer pump and customer reports that the fuel gauge is working fine. Thanks to all who replied and especially to Jarrod who hit the nail on the head. This was my first help request but I use the Fix Database almost every day. Trouble codes: 463 (1093 -), 1093 (1172 -), 1172.
1998 Nissan Altima GLE 2.4L No Start VIN: 1N4DL01DXW
First let me thank everybody who sent help, it is very much appreciated. Now, I will always trust that when another mechanic has told me they checked an item, they did, but being new to the owner/operator thing, I also understand that as the owner you are resp... Trouble codes: P0340, P1320 (Ignition Signal), P0105 (AP Sensor), P1105 (MAP Sensor).
1994 Saturn SL1 1.9L No Start, Stall VIN: 1G8ZH559XR
thanks for replies & a extra thanks to jim for going out of his way to help. the problem was the map sensor.on one of my test drive while watching map on data stream it went to zero volts about 20 sec later the car died.while watching monitor I tapped the map ...
1997 Volkswagen Golf CL 1.8L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 3VWAK01H6V
Thanks for the replies, but I'm at a loss on this car. Some parts are hard to come by for us so the car would get some work and come back later. I checked the vacuum hose to the booster, it is in good shape. A few phone calls to shops in Canada gave things to ...
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