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1990 Acura Integra LS 1.8L No Start VIN: JH4DA9356L
.customer tells me car ran good while driving home with 2 5 gallon water cooler bottles in hatchback area.went around corner and .felt bottles slide to right rear of quit running ..Idont see any damage to rear panels.pulled panels to inspect,nothing ou...
2000 Cadillac Escalade 5.7L Braking VIN: 1GYEK13R7Y
Completed front brake job, test drive before and after repair, had soft pedal just like air in the system, doesnít pump up, or fade down. Aldata procedures kept referring to manual two person bleeding being the final and best procedure. We performed twice with...
1995 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 2.3L Cuts out, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G1JF12D4S
unpluged all moduals on the data line,pin 9 to pin 5 ground and check for resistance,infinate.plug ecm back up only,still no communication.Going to pull O2 and see if theres back pressure.Cooling fans are on all the time,tried used ecm same thing.Just banged o...
1999 Chevrolet K1500 Suburban 5.7L unknown VIN: 3GNFK16R0X
hope yall can help, customer came in for p/s binding with brake pedal depressed. if brake pedal is pushed the steering wheel will only turn approx. 1/4 turn, when you let off the pedal you can turn it the rest of the way. we have replaced the pump twice and s...
1983 Ford Bronco Custom 5.8L Hesitation, Cuts out VIN: 1FMEU15G7D
the timing chain had to be replaced on this plow truck and couldn't find any info on setting the base timing with california equip. now it has a hesitation and poor power does anyone have the procedure for setting the distributor?
1986 Ford F-250 XL 6.9L No Start, no start/hard start VIN: 1FTHX2512G
Ok this truck has been in for other repairs and the owner keeps it in tip top shape. Last year we replaces the glow plugs and the glow plug controller for a cold start issue and every thing has been fine. The customer came in about a week ago with a hot start ...
1995 Ford F-250 XL 7.3L No Start VIN: 2FTHF26F5S
Truck was towed in for no start. Cust. said that he had changed the oil in it and had backed it out of the shop, went around and locked up the shop etc. while truck was outside running. (about 5 minutes total) he went out and decided to double check the oil le... Trouble codes: P0476
1996 Ford F-250 Special 7.5L Cuts out
with engine at idle when truck moves engine runs rough even in neutral.
2002 Ford Explorer Postal 4.0L low pedal VIN: 1FMZU62E02
HI Y'ALL!!! Another FORD that has us scrathing and whinin. Customers original comments were he never has had brakes replaced and hears something scraping. The pads were pretty thin less than 1/16' on front and about 1/8' on rear. After replacing the pads we ...
1999 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3L Compressor VIN: 2GTEC19T4X
Customer came in with the complaint that a/c inop. Tech found a/c belt missing, replaced belt and still no a/c. Have voltage to compressor and ground, but Compressor will not kick on, cannot even hear field coil magnetize. Pulled vacuum and freon level was low...
1999 Mercury Villager (Van) Estate 3.3L Fuel and tach gauge VIN: 4M2XV11T1X
This is a friends van. They just bougth it and asked mee to check it over. They told me about the fuel gauge not going all the way to full. So I guess I jumped the gun and told them it needed a sending unit. After replacement same problem. Now the tachometer i...
2003 Oldsmobile Alero GL 2.2L Shuts off on its own VIN: 1G3NL52F33
Hi guys. This Olds has a small problem with the cruise control. When you are driving with the cruise set at any speed over 70 mph the cruise will just disengage when ever it wants, and can be reapplied. With the Tech II no codes and no abnormal data is viewed ...
1994 Saab 9000 CS 2.3L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Stall VIN: YS3CM68B6R
Well, let's see who reads these things on Sunday morning ! This car arrived with gross idle problems, surging and stalling (1800 - zero RPM), sometimes staying at 900 - 1000 RPM but never sounding stable. The IAC valve clicks like a castanet at key on before s...
1994 Volkswagen Corrado SLC 2.8L Stall VIN: WVWEF4507R

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2000 BMW 528i 2.8L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge VIN: WBADM6349Y
Thanks _very much_ to all for the responses. The intake sensor is in the car, and a lenghty road test produced no further code. Good input on the location and possible glitches in the exhaust sensor also. Long live i-atn! :) Kelly Trouble codes: P0340.
1995 Buick Riviera 3.8L Poor Idle Quality, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G4GD2212S
well there are 2 fixes. fix #1 was getting customer to leave the car and stop bringing in used parts. the other fix was a new maf sensor. also previously replaced the prom. thanks again to all who replied and goes to show when customers want to help the repair... Trouble codes: 171 (lean).
1992 Chevrolet C1500 Cheyenne 5.7L radio VIN: 1GCEC14K9N
thank you to all who replied, it was a ground problem and I corrected it by adding a separate ground from the case of the cassete player to ground. I tried grounding the case of the radio and the tuner amp both but the only thing that fixed my problem was grou...
1994 Chevrolet K1500 Suburban 5.7L Unknown VIN: 1GNFK163RJ
Sorry for the delay in closing this help request. I waited for feedback from the customer. After two weeks of driving no problems, so I call this one fixed. There were a lot of good ideas, checking the dist, checkballs in the valve body, od solenoid, 4lo shift...
1996 Chevrolet G30 Hi-Cube 5.7L Hesitation, Cuts out VIN: 1GBHG31K6T
Thank you guys for the replies. We checked removed the injectors and cleaned out the bowls with no change,the map sensor was sweping with chnge to engine loan. This vichle was a 1995 truck on a 1996 body it has tbi injection we put in a fuel pump that put the ... Trouble codes: 22 (tps low voltage).
1998 Dodge Neon High Line 2.0L Misfire VIN: 1P3ES47C4W
hello, to all.. Sorry for the late closing.. well its fixed. at last resort I droped the fuel tank and found excessive amount of water in the tank. replaced fuel pump(presure reg.failing 34psi) flushed the entire fuel sys and put in fresh gas.good road trip an... Trouble codes: P0304, P0300, P0302.
2000 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0L air suspension VIN: 1FMDU75E2Y
I recieved 4 replies, most thought the problem was the height sensor or the solonoid. I believe the problem is the height sensor. It is very slow to react. But because the part is expensive in addition to other issues, the customer declined further repair at t...
2002 Ford Taurus LX 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FAFP55U52
thanks to all who sent me help it was the dpfe sensor. all the replies referred to that sensor so all of you were absolutely correct. some also referred to carbon in the tubes and egr. this was not a factor in this repair. thanks again for the help. Trouble codes: P1401 (dpfe ckt high voltage).
1995 GMC Yukon 5.7L abs VIN: 1GKEK13K85
Hi guys Most all who respondet hit the nail on the head. I ditn't thougth, with the abs light on it's reliated to the common ignition switch problem from gm. But we learn everyday is'nit,i removed the steering wheel, and column covers to out the switch at th...
1990 Jeep Grand Wagoneer 5.9L Dimmer switch for instrument cluster VIN: 1J4GS5878L
First,I would like to thank Mike [...] for their references,neither had part available.Finally able to locate part through Junk Yard Dog.Thanks again for taking time to help. Ronnie
1994 Jeep Cherokee Country 4.0L extended crank time VIN: 1J4FJ27S9T
Crank sensor ended up fixing this one, after trying another fuel pump and regulator. Fuel pressure still bleeds down fairly quickly, but it must not be affecting it any
1997 Land Rover Defender 90 4.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: SALDV3243V
The airflow meter i had replaced was defective,so i was originally on the right track. i replaced it once again, reset adaptions and the problem was fixed.thanks for your help. ken Trouble codes: P1179.
1986 Nissan 200SX XE 2.0L Hesitation, Cuts out VIN: JN1PS24S7G
Thanks for all the time & effort you guys have spent in sending me help! I have faithfully tried all of your suggestions, but alas I have not been able to fix this beast yet. As my customer is very patient & understanding I will continue to try & fix this car....
2002 Subaru Forester S 2.5L head gasket VIN: JF1SF65642
Replies were mixed, 50/50, head gaskets vs. sealer. When I called the dealer, he asked for VIN and went to the Subaru websight only to find out my car was built just a little too late for the sealer campaign(thank goodness). I assume anyone can get this info f...
2001 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0L MIL Lamp on, poor acceleration VIN: 4T1BF28BX1
As it turns out the fix to this car was to replace the mass air flow sensor. Thanks for all your help. Trouble codes: P0174 (System too lean bank 2).
1996 Volkswagen Golf CL 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Stall, Misfire VIN: 3VWAK01H88
Thanks to all who replied. Our customer came back in and gave us some more info on this car (isn't that the way it's supposed to work?). It seems that this car was not running correctly for a very long time. Only in the last few days did it run bad enough that...
1999 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L shift lever area VIN: WVWNA63B2X
Hello VW Techs As per the 3 messages received all suggested to check motor mounts and transaxle mount , which tend to collapse and could rub on front cross member and after replacing right motor mount , we did not experienced any more noises. Thanks to the mem...
2003 Volkswagen Passat GL 2.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: WVWAC63B31
The Vw passat in question was cured w/ replacement of the charcoal canister, small pieces of the charcoal where getting into the purge control valve intermittently and upon initial diagnosis did not show up due to the fact there was no evidence left in the pur... Trouble codes: 0441 (evap regulator control valve problem).
1998 Volvo V70 X/C AWD 2.4L engine breat VIN: YV1LZ5649W
Hello All, Unfortunately owner does not want to repair and is trading it in on a new Toyota. Mike from minnesota suggested that I check the turbo for oil in the turbine.There was none but the intake hose inside was oily. Two replies said to check the eng...
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