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1990 Buick LeSabre Custom 3.8L No Start VIN: 1G4HP54C3L
This car has been brought to us by another shop that has done all that work. They got it from the owner who had tried to replace the balancer himself and had damaged the crank sensor. I don't know what other work or attempted work has been done. This car is in...
1991 Cadillac Allante 4.5L ABS hydraulic unit VIN: 1G6VS3380M
This Caddi is equipped w/Bosch ABS. It is leaking brake fluid into the car. GM has a reman exchange unit for approx $4,000. Does anyone know of a less expensive reliable place to buy or R&R. Thanks in advance.
1998 Chevrolet Malibu 2.4L Steering VIN: 1G1ND52T6W
iv'e got this 98 malibu that has no power assist in both direction's ,replaced power steering pump ,twice ,acdelco reman, same problem, tested pressure hose to rack ,hose seem's to whistle when you blow thru it so i replaced it ,same problem , replaced return ...
2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS 3.4L left suspension VIN: 2G1WW2E2Y9
Hello Fellow Techs, I have a 2000 Monte Carlo that came in with the complaint of a popping noise while making right hand turns. Was able to duplicate this, would only do this at speeds above 15 MPH. Inspected front suspension and found left ball joint worn o...
2005 Chrysler Crossfire 3.2L convertible VIN: 1C3AN65L05
trunk will not open ,found a broken latch, also convertible top will not work ,i tryed all the TSB's on the fixes. Anyone have a problem like this one?
1993 Dodge Intrepid 3.3L Excessive Emissions VIN: 2B3ED4GTIP
hey everyone, got a tough one here. i'm at home right now and can't remember the code number. Cust brought in car for check engine light. lean code for bank one 02. Hooked up snap on scanner and the 02 was stuck on .37 v. Replaced 02 and nothing changed. check... Trouble codes: 21 (02 sensor lean)
1998 Dodge Caravan 3.3L No Start VIN: 1P4GP4567W
This is from another shop, customer came in after car died at a stop light, acts like crank sensor, no spark, no injector pulse, no rpm sig...rpm will rise intermittenly up to 160rpm and when it does the engine will almost start but then it will loose rpm sig....
2002 Ford Mustang 3.8L o/d light VIN: 1FAFP40472
hey group, my son is home from college. on his trip home (180 miles) he had the o/d light flashing intermittently. the transmission also shifted a bit harshly. i scanned the computer and found nothing on obd 11, but found code po712 on the ford side. transmis...
2001 GMC Safari SLE 4.3L daytime running lights VIN: 1GKDM19W51
vehicle has automatic headlights which work fine as do the manual headlights,day time running lights do not work,have spent several hours tracing circuit,good info hard to find,
2004 Hyundai Accent 1.6L 1-2 shift VIN: KMHCG45C13
This vehicle was a rebuilt wreck. Customer drove for about a month and trans went out. Convertor was burnt but no other problems evident. Overhauled with complete kit filter and convertor. Customer states that at times, trans hangs in 1st gear, then bangs into...
1993 Lincoln Town Car Jack Nicklaus 4.6L No Start VIN: 1LNLM82W7P
I am pulling my hair out on this one. Car came in on a 45 degree angle... No start. The car turns over. I have spark, and fuel pressure. but no injector pulse. The power is there but no ground from the computer. I have also checked the TPS and O2 sensors. I tr...
1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK230 Kompressor 2.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: WDBKK47F2W
i have a code p0455 evap major leak detected. it has been recurring even after checking the gas cap. i have smoke tested the line from the shut off valve to the canister in the rear of the car. also the shut off valve appears to be working properly. when i smo... Trouble codes: P0455, P0133
1999 Mercury Sable GS 3.0L Power Steering pump VIN: 1MEFM50U2X
This was brought in late yesterday would like some input for it. The customer replaced the power steering pump 2 time the last being OEM from Ford. Asked why it was replaced was told that the old one was squealing. Checked the cold level and was little low. To...
2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0L charging system VIN: JN1CA31D5Y
charge light and brake light stays on. alt not charging. air bag flashes. WE ARE AT A LOST WITH THIS ONE.
1991 Toyota Camry LE 2.5L radiator fan VIN: JT2VV22F2M
Fan always on
2000 Toyota Corolla VE 1.8L high beam indicator, park lights VIN: 1NXBR12E5Y
Greetings: Vehicle towed in. Customer states that the vehicle died while at stop in gear. Customer also wanted aftermarket alarm removed. Removed aftermarket alarm. Couldn't verify no start but noticed that the high beam indicator blinked rythmically and dim...

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2002 Buick Rendezvous CX 3.4L Electrical VIN: 3G5DA03E72
Thanks to everyone for your help. I rechecked and cleaned all the grounds I could find. Sent it on it's way. Customer called and told it was still doing it at times, I told her what I had learned on here, she checked and found she still had an aftermarket warr...
1996 Chevrolet K1500 5.7L Cuts out VIN: 1GCEK14R4T
Well this one took a bit of time but is done and gone. Turned out to be the fuel pump 'sock' had come off. This is the first time I have seen this as most of the time these have to be pulled off with a bit of force. Thanks to all that replied and to all the gr...
1992 Dodge Dakota 3.9L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: 1B7GL26X6N
thanks to all who replied. Most of you were right. The oil pump drive gear was worn like a 2 dollar whore, causing the distributor to be as sloppy as a 1 dollar whore. Changed out the drive and the dist and she purred like a kitten on catnip. Thanks for all yo...
1998 Dodge Neon High Line 2.0L Cuts out VIN: 1B3ES47Y2W
Got some good feedback on this one, mostly about the wiring going around the back of the motor to the crank pos. sen. Well upon inspecting it I found the wiring going to that sensor to be very brittle and chaffed, and as we all know chaffage is a BAD thing. Th... Trouble codes: P0340 (No cam position signal at PCM).
1998 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3L shifting into drive from a stop VIN: 2B4GP44R8W
Rebuilder had servo springs on top of pistons instead of below, so piston was actually hitting valve body. We removed valve body and properly reassembled, also left new solenoid with no spacer plate as reported you are supposed to do with new design solenoid p...
2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.3L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, runs rich on idle VIN: 1B4GP45351
Hello thanks for the replys. I found that the both 02s are damaged and the Cat is breaking up is pieces. I changed the cat and both 02s and the caravan is fixed... Thanks Marc J.
1996 Ford F-150 Eddie Bauer 5.0L 4wd light VIN: 2FTEF14N8T
A switch fixed this one.Funny how it would go into 4wd but the lights on the dash or switch would light. Thanx for all your help.
2001 Ford F-550 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L glow plug relay VIN: 1FDAF56F31
Hello! I wish I could post a more definitive fix for this truck, however, I never got another chance to look at it. What happened is: I ordered a new, updated glow plug relay from Ford, part # F7TZ-12B533-CA so that we would have it on hand when I did get back...
1998 Honda Passport EX 3.2L Transfer Case VIN: 4S6CM58W9W
New set of tires fixed it. Go here for the details.
2000 Kia Sportage 2.0L Misfire VIN: KNDJA7231Y
Thanks everybody this vehicle is fixed. The problem with the miss ended up being the ignition wires and we also found a small crack in one coil. There was a pin hole burnt through # 3 plug boot simular to the ones we used to find on the Ford 4.6 ignition wires... Trouble codes: P0303 (missfire 3 cylinder).
1993 Mazda B2200 2.2L No Start VIN: 1YVGF22D2M
I just want to thank everyone for your replies. There was alot of excellent replies but the crank gear slipping on the crank because a sheared off keyway stood out as the most likely cause. Unfortunately the customer has decided this vehicle was not worth anym...
2005 Mercedes-Benz SMART CAR .8L Service light VIN: WMEAK00F55
Veh. finnaly came back. Dana sent this procedure that worked without any problems. Thanks for the reply. This network is just amazing. Can't believe I left for a few years... Thanks again.. Eric.
1996 Mercury Grand Marquis LS 4.6L abs VIN: 2MELM7567T
As I stated in my original post,all tone rings are in good shape and all sensors check out to be fine.I'm of the same opinion as most who replied that it is a sensor slightly out of spec but as of right now I can't tell who is causing my problem so my customer...
1996 Nissan Quest GXE 3.0L MIL Lamp on, HARD SHIFTING VIN: 4N2DN11W9T
thanks to all who replied on this quest,problem was a transmission control module. one suggestion was broken wire within inches of tps. we open looms and could not id a broken wire. customer went to recyling yard and picked up used controller, we installed it ... Trouble codes: P0500, P0325 (knock sensor 1 circuit malfunction), P1705 (tranmission code), P0120 (tps code).
1990 Pontiac Bonneville SE 3.8L MIL Lamp on, long crank times VIN: 12HX54C9L1
Volt tested the wires going to quad driver 4 while test driving, found that voltage would drop then go back to 12 vdc, then light came on, ECM not hold curciut to ground, replaced ECM Trouble codes: 26 (Quad driver failure).
1999 Subaru Forester L 2.5L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: JF1SF6352X
First of all thanks to everyone who responded with advice. I appreciate the help and hope I can return the favor someday. This car turned out to be a victim of a defective dealer part. One of the wires (Subaru OEM wireset, mind you) was open. The crimp on th... Trouble codes: P0303 (Misfire 3 Cylinder), P0304 (Misfire 4 Cylinder).
1998 Volkswagen Passat GLS 2.8L Shifting VIN: WVWNA63B8W
Thanks to everyone who replied with help. After removing the shifter cover, the strip with the magnets was replaced and also the circuit board. Reset computer and all is good now.
2003 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0L Shifter VIN: 3VWCK21CX3
Guys this one is gone...we missed an fact on this one. We knew that the stoplight switch was good because we could hear the solonoid click in the shifter assm. What we didnt do was see that the solonoid was gummy the ole pop in the shifter trick. Cleaned the a...
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