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1994 BMW 740iL 4.0L Poor Idle Quality VIN: WBAGD8324R
Car came in with rough idle. Smoked intake, found throttle housing gasket leaking. Pulled intake, replaced PCV plate, and completely resealed intake. All gaskets replaced. With intake off, I hooked up Motorvac machine to activate injectors. Some of them had a ...
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2000 BMW X5 4.4i 4.4L key w remote VIN: WBAFB3342Y
dear bmw friends, we ordered a new key with remote control from bmw. does anybody know how to code the remote control to the car. (key is working and car starts with that key, e.g. no problems with ews chip!) we just never had/did a coding of a bmw remote co...
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2000 BMW 328i 2.8L compressor VIN: WBABN334X1
A/c compressor will not function with out battery voltage being applied with a jumper. I am told all other functions are okay including the a/c fan but compressor will only come on when its jumpered and then it cools just fine. I did a diagnostic test using la...
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1984 Cadillac Eldorado 4.1L Thermostat housing
Hello all. I'm sure we are all familiar with the notion that "cars used to be easier to work on" NOT SO on this beast! I replaced the leaking water pump (had to pull the P/S pulley and crank pully for bolt access) Its back together and leaking at the lower...
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1990 Chrysler New Yorker Landau 3.3L Rocker arms VIN: 1C3XC66R5L
This car came in with some upper noise (tapping) not bad. The car is back now with a miss and loud tapping sound. We removed the front valve cover and everything is find oiling and clean. We removed the rear cover dry as a bone(Texas talk) no oil.Push rods ope...
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1997 Dodge Avenger ES 2.5L transmission VIN: 4B3AU52N9V
Hey guys and gals, hope everyone is fat from Thanksgiving dinner. I have this Dodge Avenger/ Mitsubishi That is stuck in Limp Mode. I can clear the codes but as soon as I start the car, they re-appear. This car was fine a few days ago then cut it off and the n...
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1991 Ford Explorer XL 4.0L Radio VIN: 1FMDU34X2M
Good morning all and Happy Thanksgiving. May it be a happy and healthy with loved ones and friends! Now, I have a particular interesting request. Its not serious, as I can live without the radio. But I would like to fix it as I am going on a trip to Connectic...
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1995 Ford F-350 XL 7.3L long cranking hot VIN: 1FTJW36F1S
Hi guys and gals, this truck came to us the morning it is from another shop and they have tried the following, truck starts great cold. Hot it cranks for approx 25 sec and then starts. If you shut it off hot and quick turn the key back to the run position, it ...
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2000 Ford F-550 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L No Start VIN: 1FDAF56F4Y
Hello AlL: This truck is being difficult. The problem only occurs after truck has sat for 2 days and not started. If you start the truck everyday no problems. To start the truck you must crank for a real long time and when it starts it has a fuel knock and it ...
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2001 Lexus LS430 4.3L cruise VIN: JTHBN30F81
to all you great techs and soon to be great techs, we have this lexus in from a body shop. had minor front end damage. cust. states cruise worked before damage. not sure if that's true??? when the cruise is engaged light indicates radar cruise ready, drive up...
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2003 Lexus IS300 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1WERT456WT
customer just had the PCM replaced at lexus with a reman unit (the only way available) this check engine light P0705 now is showing up, the code is for gear shift indicator switch showing more than on gear at one time. I have checked the switch outputs at the ... Trouble codes: P0705 (gear possition switch)
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1988 Mazda RX-7 Turbo 1.3L master cylinder??? VIN: JM1FC3329J
Customer's original complaint was loss of brakes due to fluid leak from master cyl. Shop #1 replaced with reman unit. Now customer complaint is that brake pedal is low and spongy, where before was touchy, engagement was high in pedal travel and hard. Customer ...
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1992 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3 2.3L starter VIN: WDBDA28D8N
I have mitchel and all data, and neither gives a wiring diagram that includes a clutch switch. There has to be a clutch interuptor switch in the wiring diagram, but I have found nothing. I have tried to jumper the clutch interuptor connection at the switch, bu...
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1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE 3.0L No Start, may start then die VIN: 2P4GP4436T
van came in on a hook timing belt broke replaced timing belt no start replaced plugs wires cap rotor have fuel pressure spark inj pulse cam and crank signals still no start at one point it would start but you could not keep it running ant it would not build rp...
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2003 Porsche Cayenne Turbo 4.5L Accessories VIN: WP1AB29P24
Hi, techs: After battery replacement the message "PORSCHE - PROTECTION" appears on CD23 radio screen. No fault code found in radio system. Should I input any code into radio? How can I get that code? thank you for help. ps. The radio is small size not a lar...
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1994 Subaru SVX L 3.3L ? VIN: JFICY3234R
Hello fellow techs, I have a very rare subaru that has a stalling problem. There is absolelutly no pattern, will do it hot or cold with no warning and will start right back up with no long cranking, no misfire, no lack of idle control, no surge and it's so fas...
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1993 Toyota Camry LE 2.2L Cuts out, Stall VIN: JT2SK12E6P
we have a 93 camry that stalls when sitting at idle- restarts fine. fuel pressure stays at 40 when car stalls. replaced distributor, igniter, iac valve, fuel filter and tune up parts, and cleaned throttle body and added fuel injector cleaner. car runs great ex...
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1999 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L water pump VIN: WVWMA63B7X
i am doing this post to see if any of you vw techs out there have any tricks to getting the vw into service mode and if any of you have any tricks to getting this water pump out of my shop a little quicker my customer wants it by monday any help would be apppe...
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2000 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WVWMA63B9Y
help? ithink that i covered all bases. i have swapped injectors, injector wiring, new coils & plugs & swapped holes with each,put new fuel in tank,and all listed before. this car has a miss on #1. what am i missing? any help would be appreciated, and if we mee... Trouble codes: P0300, P0301
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1995 Buick Regal Custom 3.1L internal VIN: 2G4WB52M3S
the h drive axle was damaged@ the inboard housing.thevehicle was inop.at the time. when it was more noticable.the housing was stresscracked.the pop noise was diffacult t find.
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1990 Cadillac DeVille 4.5L Climate Control VIN: 1G6CD5338L
Hello again, all! I believe I finally have this one fixed. Thanks to Dennis, Joe, Joe, and Glen for their replies. Dennis, I must have misled you into thinking the blower would continue to run after the key was shut off. In fact, the blower would not respond t...
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1999 Chevrolet Tahoe 5.7L fuel gauge VIN: 1CGK3R4RUY
hello everyone, I am happy to say that We have found the problem. It was the cluster as alot of you suggested. I normally do not just change parts but I had alot of replies that said the cluster and you guys are usually right. Thank you IATN is the best!!! B...
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1990 Dodge W150 S 5.2L Cuts out VIN: 1B7GE16Y8L
Well, still not fixed. I tried many of the suggestions supplied. I checked fuel pressure while driving. It held steady as the truck cut out. I tried another distributor. I was unable to see any crank sensor on this truck. I swapped the computer with a known go...
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1992 Ford F Super Duty Custom 7.5L front end VIN: 2FDLF47G9M
The fix was to install a steering stabilizer kit. This truck came from the factory w/out a stabilizer. All parts were tight or shall we say reasonablely tight, not loose enough to justify replacement! I believe parts were slightly loose and 'stacking' all this...
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1996 Ford Mustang GT 4.6L Mechanical VIN: 1FALP42XXT
The fix ended up being excessively carboned intake valves. How it even ran is amazeing, and why it idled good on cold start up is a mystery. We cleaned the valves and injectors runs good. Timeing was correct. bob...
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1999 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L 1-2 shift VIN: 1FAFP53U9X
i had a hard 1-2 shift all the time i replaced all soliniods that did not fix the problem i got the answer i was looking for on here i found the 1-2 accuator spring was broken i replaced the spring car shifts great thanks for the help
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1997 Geo Prizm LSi 1.6L Left Rear Brake VIN: 1Y1SK5261V
We finally have heard back from the customer. Most of the replies indicated correctly that the drums were machined with a pattern that drove the shoes away from the backing plate. We put a fine, slow cut on the drum and the noise has not returned. Thanks for...
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1997 Isuzu F FRR 7.1L Cooling system VIN: 4GTJ7C127V
We were unable to verify exactly where the oil was getting into the cooling system. The oil cooler seems the most likely place, but unfortunately we could see no hard evidence it was leaking and the radiator shop could not find a leak, though they are limited ...
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1999 Mercedes-Benz ML320 3.2L cluster VIN: XC79623434
problem was in the CAN system, the voltage on the low CAN wire was shorting to another wire just above the abs unit damage from a previous wreck. the problem was found by measureing the CAN voltage on both the high and low line the voltage shoud be around 2.5 ...
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1997 Mercury Sable GS 3.0L MIL Lamp on, No self test No comm VIN: 1MELM50U9V
Found out motor had been changed 3 years ago.Lite had been on since.Mike [...] probably hit it right.No further repairs because of many vehicle problems & overdue emmisions test.Customer will most likely trade it off.
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2002 Nissan Pathfinder SE 3.5L pnp switch VIN: JN8DR09Y82
thank you all for the replys, with your help, traced the correct wire to a chaff in harness, above right lower transmission cross member, repaired and all is well, thank you all for your time, louie
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2004 Porsche Cayenne S 4.5L Differential VIN: WP1AB29P24
Hi, as Mr. Greg instruction I took the car to near dealer. They seem having many experience on this case. Several days latter I heard the problem was resolved.
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1997 Toyota Camry CE 2.2L Engine oil leak VIN: 4T1BG22KXV
Many suggested the seal between the smaller pump body and the main housing, which we did reseal first on advice from local Toyota dealer. The leakage is coming from between the block and the main pump housing. I suspect a very small crack in the block or the m...
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1997 Volkswagen Jetta GT 2.0L No Start VIN: 3VWVB81H7V
Thanks to everyone. turns out, there is a problem with the new crank sensor. pulled it out, noticed the face was chewd off. Inspected the gear on the crank...looked normal, then I noticed how much end-play there was in the crank. then I remembered how wonderfu...
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1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 3VWWB81H8V
After Getting several replys of check for Bosch Platinum Plugs(almost always the first thing I do), Check the Cat.( Already checked), Check coolant temp sensor (checked), Check TPS (checked), and replace the MAF sensor, I decided to try some cheaper things fir...
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