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1987 Buick Century 2.8L forward gears
This vehicle goes into reverse right away, but it takes 1-2 minutes before it will engage in any forward gear. Once vehicle engages it can be driven around with no porblem. Engagement time is decreased as vehicle gets driven and transmission warms up. I am a d...
1996 Chevrolet K1500 5.7L Cuts out VIN: 1GCEK14R4T
HELP, PLEASE!! Vehicle feels like it hitting a rev limiter under accel, either hard or normal, while pulling away from a stop. Only code that has showed is a misfire code P0305. Have repaired misfire and code has not reset. Have looked and done wiggle test on ...
1996 Chevrolet C3500 Cheyenne 7.4L Limp in mode VIN: 1GBKC34J8T
This truck is stuck in second gear. I can drive it in 1st gear and it stays in 2nd. I dropped the trans pan and the fluid was black. Will a fluid and filter change help? Should I change the shift solenoids too? Other than the fluid being black, I saw no other ...
1997 Chevrolet K1500 5.7L steering VIN: 1G1CEKFJ87
This vehicle has no intermittant no power assist at idle when turning wheel in either direction. Bringing truck off idle corrects problems and steers great. We can not recreate this problem but I am thinking powersteering pump control valve may be going out. I...
1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1GCEC19T3X
Have been steadily loosing gas milage. Use to get 21mpg plus until about 2 yrs ago. Then checked one day and it was down to 19 at several checkings. This summer down to 17.5 to 18. Now down to 16.8 last two checkings, no air conditioning running. Have put a ha...
1994 Dodge Intrepid 3.3L limp mode VIN: 1C3HH56T5R
Good morning Dodge techs.This is a friends car and I normally don't work on Chrysler products,but this time I made an exception and now I am regretting it.This dodge shifts normally most of the time but occasionally it won't engage for about 5 seconds,when thi...
2001 Dodge Neon ES 2.0L wipers VIN: 1B3ES46CX1
My daughter just came home this evening with a "Dad, what's going on with my car?" deal. Whenever you turn on the headlights, the windshield wipers start all by themselves and won't turn off. I'm guessing I've got a loose/corroded ground wire somewhere at a p...
1990 Ford F-150 Custom 5.0L Hydraulic VIN: 1FTEX14N6L
have followed typical brake bleed procedures on this vehicle and other Ford F series, and remain with spongy pedal. Brakes operate and stop ok but pedal is soft where it was not before opening hyd system in this case to put a brake lock in. Any tricks?
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 ...
1991 GMC TopKick 8.0L A/C Controller Module VIN: 1GDM71HJ1M
I have a real winner here. The LED's on the A/C controller flash and the system doesn't work.I'm just trying to get some heat and a little defrost for the driver. When you turn the ign. swithch on, about 10 sacs later the LED's for the dash mode start to flash...
1999 Isuzu Rodeo LS 3.2L transmission VIN: 4S2CK58W9X
customer complained of a hard klunking noise when vehicle is cold and downward shifting. problem was intermittent; checked trans codes and mechanical codes .. no codes found or listed. finally was able to emulate the noise after three days of drive testing veh...
2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L Stall, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1J4GW48S52
Deer hunting season. My time off. So, my wife's car has the check eng light come on and then it starts flashing. Towed to shop (8 miles away) Test drive seems ok. erase codes. start up, codes don't reset. Replace plugs(original) with autolights gapped at 35 Al... Trouble codes: P0300, P0301, P0302, P0306
1997 Land Rover Discovery SD 4.0L lite on, abs inop VIN: SALJY124XV
ABS lite is on. I have limited info. Mitchell/shop-key lists nothing, it says to use Rover "test book" as only diagnosis means. I found in all-data at another garage a procedure to manually flash and clear codes. It says to jump #5 and #15 of the aldl (obd2 co...
2000 Lexus RX300 3.0L timing VIN: JT6HF10V9Y
Hello all... I have done lots of timing belts in my carear but this one is starting to haunt me. I have a code p1346. The code states that the rear cam is off timing. This code in mitchell states that there could be two problems either the rear cam timing is o...
1999 Lincoln Town Car Signature 4.6L rear window defrost VIN: 1LNHM82WXX
Car towed in with complete drained battery overnight.Recharged,started testing,found removing #10 40amp fuse (rear defrost) in power dist. box stopped battery drain with key off.With key off touched fuse back in hear relay activate and same drain on battery.Wh...
2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue GX 3.5L Heather/AC and Cruise Control VIN: 1G3WH52H51
Heater and a/c blower and cruise control not working. It has been suggested that BCM module could be inoperable. If this is the problem, where is it located.
1965 Porsche 356 1400CC wipers
this vehicle came in with wipers inop, found one arm was binding and loaded up motor. also, the switch itself was falling apart. had difficulty finding a motor and switch, so we sent the motor out. found a local porsche supplier had a good used switch.it was a...
1988 Saab 900 S 2.0L No Start VIN: YS3AK35D8J
car will flood almost instantly, I can eventually get it to start by holding pedal to the floor and crank away. Once it is started it will snap start the rest of the day even after hours of sitting, it also has to be colder than about 40 F. Customer says this ...
1991 Toyota Camry DLX 2.0L Vibration in Engine at Idle. VIN: 4T1SV21E7M
Hello All, this car belongs to a coworker. This problem has occured for over the duration of owning the car, about 2 years. he has done many repairs and the problem still is present. The car has vibration at idle only and goes away, off of Idle, It's not a eng...
1998 Toyota RAV4 2.0L Excessive Emissions VIN: JT3HP10USW
Vehicle came to shop with code P0171 system too lean bank one. someone replaced the o2 sensor and cleared the codes. I was asked to smog the vehicle. The vehicle failed from high HC and high CO. I checked everything and I couldn’t find anything wrong for I had...
2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7L abs VIN: 5TDBT44A62
this is the 2nd sequoia I saw in as many weeks with "VSC OFF" on dash. Button does not do any thing (on or off). Does anyone have any common information on these systems? Sorry I am at home now and don't have access to what the codes were.
2002 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L No Start VIN: 3VWSP69M52
good evening: this car was towed into the shop after we did the below glow plug mod.. the car will not start.. turns over good, but the glow plugs do not get any juice. you can use vag com and activate the glow plugs, and they work ok. the fuel pump is puttin...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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1999 Audi A8 4.2L cruise control
Thanks to all who replied to my help request! To begin with, a new Cruise Control ECU actually fixed this problem. In hindsight, that should have been tried early in the process, and in actuality, it was (with an allegedly known-good unit). One of my co-worker...
1994 BMW 740iL 4.0L Poor Idle Quality VIN: WBAGD8324R
For you who want the short answer, the rough idle is not a new problem to the customer and she wishes to go no further with diagnosis as it's 'done it for years'. To all of you who did reply to me, this is what I did. I checked the exhaust backpressure which w...
1986 Chevrolet S10 2.8L No Start VIN: 1GCCT14R1G
First I want to thank everyone for there help. As I have stated in my question I got this 1986 chevy S10, not running, dropped off at my door after the customer could not get it running. He had replaced the map sensor and regulator. The pickup had spark but no...
1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Z34 3.4L intake VIN: 2G1WX12X5S
most of the replies were to remove the pump drive.-i state again-you cannot remove this drive without removing head! but,even if i had a problem with the drive i should not see oil on the lower intake gasket when removed. thanks for all replies!
1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS 3.1L Cooling Systems VIN: 2G1WW12M4V
Thanks to all who gave us some input on this one this is one of the first times we seen oil in the coolant we allways see coolant in the oil so this is why I ask for some input Thank you all
2001 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1L ipc VIN: 1G1ND52J41
Thanks for allthe help I recived 3 replies to my request one of which told me that the signal for the temp gauge came from the serial data 2 link from the BCM. I look at the wiring diagram for a 2002 and it gave me 3 wires that go from the BCM to the IPC. One ...
1994 Dodge B350 5.2L Stall VIN: 2B5WB35Y9R
Well this one has me stumped, it belongs to a local school district and is going back into service for now, will probably see it again over the holidays. Anyways I would like to thank everyone who replied I think I tried everything that was suggested short of ...
1996 Dodge Neon High Line 2.0L Stall VIN: 3B3ES47C3T
Thanks for the help everyone. What I decided to do [after rechecking everything else] is move the throttle screw to bring the the throttle position sensor from .63v to .75v at closed throttle. It seems to of cured any stalling problem, as I phoned the owner th...
2001 GMC Sierra 1500 SL 5.3L Steering VIN: 2GTEK19T51
Sorry it took so long to reply with fix, but customer was draging feet about bringing new hose. One reply was about having a restricted pressure hose or perhaps an inner flap (torn liner).I was on vacation all last week and could not access my account.I change...
1996 Nissan Pickup SE 2.4L Misfire VIN: 1N6SD16S5T
Sorry for the late reply, Yes the problem was clogged EGR ports. Many wrote and give advise on how to check the passages via a plug (allen plug, frost or welch type plugs) near each cylinder. We just cleaned out each port (carb cleaner and coat hanger). If y... Trouble codes: P0304.
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