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Help Request Answers
1986 Buick Regal 3.8L performance
have engine out of car for minor rebuild, spun two rods, customer would like to do some performance upgrades. I searched the net and found tons of places that sell different parts. I would like to know if any member knows of site of knows personally that can g...
1998 Chevrolet K2500 Cheyenne 5.7L Excessive Emissions, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1GCGK24R2W
Hi Guys! Got one that I've read about but thought I would check here to get any different ideas. This truck has strong gas vapors from the tail pipe almost like raw gas steam, that burned your eyes. Scanner showed #7 cylinder missing bad while the others onl...
1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.3L Hesitation, Surge, Low on Power VIN: 1GCEK14W3X
Hello. this 4.3 runs like timing is late big time, dist. is not adjustable, has index tab, verify dist. rotor pointing at cy. one with piston on tdc, cam reading on tech 2 shows -13 degrees at 2000 rpm, baro, coolant, map, knock readings all ok on tech 2 scan ...
1999 Dodge Durango 5.2L 2-3 shift VIN: 1B4HSZ8Y8X
The customer complaint on this vehicle was that when it is cold the trans slips. Once it is warm it is OK. I road tested the truck and on first cold take off the 1-2 shift was firm & on time, when trans shifted 2-3 it was like going into neutral. When you let ...
1991 Ford F-150 Custom 5.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2FTDF15N8M
Code 33. Please no PFE responses. This is an EEGR system. Went thru AD flow chart. I can see a good signal out of pintel with DSO. .54v at rest, 4.51v with vacuum applied direct(KOEO). Watching vacuum and signal voltage at EVP sensor during KOER test shows app...
2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty XL 7.3L Surge, Cuts out, MIL Lamp on, revs up and down VIN: IFTNW21F92
This truck came to us after being at at another shop. They put two new throttle pedals and a computer (purchased from the ford dealer ). The problem is still there. The problem is intermittened some times when you go to take off the engine will rev up and take... Trouble codes: P0122 (tps), P0123 (tps), P0221 (throttle switch b circuit.)
2004 GMC Savana Camper Special G3500 6.0L No Start VIN: U641135031
Hello everyone this van was towed to the shop next to use for no start. will start with ether pretty sure security proble van was stolen another shop installed ignition lock cylinder. my questions are how did they get it started when it was stolen? is there a ... Trouble codes: P1631
1997 Mercury Mystique GS 2.0L Cylinder Head VIN: 1MELM6530V
Hi Guys, This one is a puzzle. It came in with a blown head gasket. It ran fine but steamed out the tail pipe. After my tech removed the head he discovered a small area where coolant seeped into a cylinder. We sent the head off to be checked out as we always...
1997 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Stall, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: JN1CA21D7V
hey guys, i hope a few of you have run accross this p.o.s of a car... the car came in a week ago from another shop with a new maf sensor ,to address the long hard start cold, worse when warm. but, i keep getting a po 300 after a hour of idleing. driving the ca... Trouble codes: P0300
2001 Pontiac Grand Am GT 3.4L No Start VIN: 1G2NW12E91
car towed in no start. have good fuel pressure, have spark and we have rpm signal with scanner. injectors not accessable so used a stethascope to listen for clicking. had none so in stalled a cam sensor and still no start but now do have injector clicking. HEL...
1997 Subaru Legacy Outback 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: 4S3BG6853V
Please help us on this one. We use mitchll for our repair information and There is almost no information on how this system operates. We have been thru the diagnostic proceedure several times. The Check engine light keeps coming on with the p0400 dtc in it. We... Trouble codes: P0400 (EGR Insufficiant flow)
1986 Toyota Corolla Sport GTS 1.6L RR caliper, rotor VIN: JT2AE88S7G
Right rear brake had intermittent howl at low speed and low pedal pressure, didnt feel it in pedal. I installed new pads and hdwe from Toyota. Did exactly same thing.Installed new rotor because old rotor was warped .015 and at min. thickness.I thought I had it...
1998 Volkswagen Jetta GLX 2.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWTD81H7W
Client fails smog, checked all basic functions of air pump and seemingly operating normally,are there any known problems with these systems? any help would be greatly appreciated. Will keep you guys updated. thanks Bill Trouble codes: P0411
2000 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L p1612 VIN: 3VWSF29M1Y
This 00 TDI came in for difficult cold starting. Carried out basics for glow plug operation and found no power to the glow plugs. Traced this to no ground signal from the ecm to the glow plug relay, Checked continuity at the lilac/white wire ecm to relay , ok.... Trouble codes: P1612
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: WVWVD63B03
The car came in with and cust. said mil had come on. We scanned and found no codes stored.We did the service work and the car performed great. The car came back in 400 miles with the mil on. Scanned and found the 2 codes.Checked for other vacuum leaks with smo...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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1988 BMW 325i 2.5L driveshaft VIN: WBABB2300J
Excellent advise from all who replied, thanks so much. I decided to heed everyone and took the driveshaft to a local drive shaft professional. It works fine, no vibration or noise, and was done for a reasonable [...]. He installed the joints I provided and reb...
1997 Chevrolet Express 1500 5.7L Misfire VIN: 1GBFG15R7V
Hi to all and thanks for the overwhelming support. The solution to the problem was replacing the bank 1 number 1 O2 sensor. I had a lot of time during a week off to read all of the responses and think about the problem. When I first drove the van after my time...
1997 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.2L hydraulic system VIN: 1G1JC5249V
Didn't get much response on this one, but we ended up replacing everything: again. Master, hose, and slave. Seems to be holding now. Never could find where the fluid was leaking, just mysteriously disappeared.
2001 Chevrolet S10 4.3L Cluster, Radio VIN: 1GCCT19W61
All of you that reinforced the ground issue, Thank you. You kept me on the right track. With the help of a friend (iatn member also) we found a ground wire severed. This ground was common to the BCM, cluster, and the relay center under the dash. I replaced the...
2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD LS 6.0L brake pedal VIN: IGCGK13V92
Thank you for all the replies. The fix turned out to be getting new software for the scan tool to automatically bleed the ABS. We were able to bet the pedal travel close to the spec of 3.6 inches travel with 100 pounds of force. Hydroboost accummulator bled do...
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie 5.9L no 3-4 shift, no lock-up VIN: 1B7HF13241
The majority of replies had to deal with a common failure on these trans. which involves replacing the convertor, pump, & input shaft. I deal with a dodge dealer so I had them look at the truck and after initial teardown the problem was deeper. We ended up doi...
1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 5.4L Hard start VIN: 1FTNX21L4X
well this one is fixed. i should have stated in my post that i did clean the MAF and did an at rest fuel pressure test to see if it would bleed down for the whole day and it would not, also removed the injector rail from the vehicle to physically see if any of...
1991 GMC syclone 4.3L ignition VIN: 1GDCT14Z7M
we are going to order the oem intake gasket set we have found that felpro offers a gasket that seals the ports however as of this moment this truck will sit til funds and time are at hand thank you for all who responded
2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.4L Inverter 110V AC system VIN: JHLRD78843
Was finaly able to talk with customer - he was towing this vehicle behind a motorhome. They ran over something in the road which bounced up and tore the towing harness; that shorted the 'Brake Buddy' inside the car. Changed fuses which looked good but tested b...
1992 Mercury Grand Marquis GS 4.6L Mechanical VIN: 2MELM75W5P
thanx to all the techs who took the time to reply to my post. sorry it took so long to close but my customer couldn't decide if she wanted to fix this vehicle or not. this past week we decided to replace her trans with a used unit and of course that solved the...
1999 Mercury Mystique GS 2.0L Hesitation, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1MEFM6536X
Thanks for all the help, we retimed by moving cam variable gear all the way retarded, and it immediately ran sweet and no codes! Still dont know if code 340 was there before belt broke as customeer stated the check engine light had been on a while. Mixed repli... Trouble codes: 340 (cmp sensor circuit).
1994 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 2.0L 5th gear VIN: 4A3CF44E4R
thanks so much you guys, you were right on! This repair was a piece of cake! Yes the mainshaft nut had backed off causing the problem, it had backed off so far that it cracked the end cover! We tightened the mainshaft nut to specs, locktighted it and staked it...
2001 Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0L slight knocking VIN: 1G3GS64C01
thanks for opinion from six members. the knocking noise that was intermittent: we performed the upper engine decarbon procedure according to bullitin, we used the gm top engine cleaner #1050002. it did not seam to help. I also called JASPER for an opinion. t...
1992 Pontiac Firebird 3.1L No Start, Flooding VIN: 1G2FS23T0N
Hi guys! Sorry its taken so long to get back to ya. Finally convinced the customer to get a computer from the dealer. I got the approval this past Tuesday and the car is gone. I don't understand why sometimes only a factory ECM will work and an aftermarket...
1995 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0L Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: JT2GK13E3S
First I want to thank all who had replied to the help request. The info that was provided was very informative. A lot of the replies went toward the timing being out of sycn. Those were right on the money. I allready had access to the computer so I back probed... Trouble codes: P0340 (Cam position sensor), P1300 (Ignitor bank 1 circuit problem).
2001 Toyota RAV4 2.0L Starting VIN: JTEGH20V81
Had to sub out his car as we did not have the time to get to it. I was told this turned out to be #1 cyl. ignitor, this was sapping all the voltage to the others and causing the engine to flood and stall. New ignitor fixed this car, also needs a seal at trans,...
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