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1997 Audi A8 3.7L Limp home VIN: WAUAF84D7V
This one came to us with brand-new TCU in luggege compartment.We installed it and coded according to coding table from ElsaWin for US model with 3.7L (AEW), 01V (CJZ)trans,Front-wheel drive: 00004.But TCU does NOT accept this code.TCU accepts only 00000 and 00...
1990 Buick Century Limited 3.3L Excessive Emissions VIN: 1G4AL51N6L
Hi guys, this baby won't pass emission test. It appears ok on scan tool. Block learn stays around 113-118 integrater will go as high as 140 under load. No codes. All readings appear normal, but co at cruise is 206, way out of range. I have looked for extra fue...
1997 Buick Century Limited 3.1L Rear Brake Lights VIN: 2G4WY52M9V
This vechicl has 3rd brake light only and no other brake lights. There is ABS Code C1273 VES Circuit Open or Shorted to Ground. If any suggestion to this problem it would be a great deal of help. Electrical is not my strongest point. Also do anyone know what a...
1991 Chevrolet Caprice Classic 5.0L Stero Amp VIN: 1G1BN53ESM
This is for one of the Techs at our shop. The stereo makes a loud high pitch buzzing sound thourgh the front speakers with stero on. We think is the Delco Bose Amp in the trunk. We can't seem to find a wiring schematic for the amp. Mitchel has only partial wir...
2000 Chevrolet Astro 4.3L Excessive Emissions, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GCDM19W8Y
Did a complete tune-up about 3 mths ago. The code was there at that time. Cust did not want to presue. Now they had a drive clean test with a fail and want to fix. We're thinking a worn timing chain but don't want to tear apart before your input. Thanks in a... Trouble codes: P1345 (Crank shaft correlation problem)
2003 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 6.6L Engine VIN: 1GCJK3318F
I am posting this for a buddy having problems at the dealer. He just bought this 03 1ton dually from a GM dealer with 54,000 KM, extended warranty, Allison AT the works. His complaint is when the truck is just warm, not hot, and he's accelerating it will sudde...
1999 Dodge Ram 2500 Truck 8.0L Transfer case VIN: 3B7KF23W8X
Great truck and has served owner for the past few years in its raised state with no odd sounds. This winter, when he engages the 4WD lever on the floor, all components do exactly as they should - light goes on in dash, actuator on front axle engages hubs, tran...
1994 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8L O/D, 3rd, 2nd VIN: 1FALP6248R
Scanned for codes, none present. This thing will intermittently downshift from O/D to 3rd. whenever it feels like it. Could drive for days before it acts up, sometimes minutes. When it downshifts it doesn't slow the car, it's like it drops into neutral. If you...
1994 Ford F-350 XL 7.3L strange noise VIN: 4F4DR17X9R
Customer had a remanufactured trans put in truck 1 year ago, after it was driven on interstate at 75mph in 4x4 and threw a front driveshaft- shattering original transfer case and back of original transmission. First shop could not find anything making the nois...
1995 Ford Mustang 3.8L Mechanical
Hi I am replacing a timing cover gasket on this 95 mustang 3.8 due to external coolant leaks.the cover doesn't seen to want to come off. All the bolts are out {even the hidden torx by the oil pump}. Alldata says the oil pan has to come off. is this so ? are th...
1997 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.6L heat VIN: 1FTDF17W1V
Hope someone might be able to shed some light on this one. Customer brought truck in Wed. with complaint that always had great heat until just recently. He stated that normally it can run for 5-7 minutes and it is so hot in the cab that you have to turn it off...
1997 Ford Taurus GL 3.0L No Start VIN: IFALP53S7V
i need the help of a ford tech or ford guru,every three 3 months i must to change the crank sensor of this car.if no, it does not start.other things the spark plugs in the front are finished and the rear spark plugs are good.they was platinum.they had only 200...
2000 Ford Ranger XL 3.0L will not shift VIN: 1FTYR14V4Y
Hi guys. We have just replaced the clutch in this Ranger and now the trans seems to be stuck in first gear. Before the trans was pulled my tech unbolted the shifter and pulled it out of the trans. When the trans was bolted back up and shifter bolted back to th...
1998 GMC Jimmy Envoy 4.3L gauges,door locks,wipers,radio,heater,4x4,high bea VIN: 1GKDT13W8W
replaced ignition switch again didnt cure problem,fuses and relays checked
1999 Honda Accord EX 2.3L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1HGCG6676X
Hi All I hope someone can tell me what I am missing. I did an engine swap because of oil in the anti.Everything went fine except the idle surges like it was low on coolant or someone screwed with the idle adjustment. swaped throttle body and idle motor over an... Trouble codes: P0505 (idle control)
1994 Land Rover Range Rover County LWB 4.2L No Start VIN: SALHC1349R
I have not looked at this Range Rover yet. It is broken down in front of my brother's-in-law house. It has spark according to him. I am not familar with Range Rover. What I would like to know is what are the common problems that would cause cranks with no star...
1998 Lincoln Continental 4.6L fuel tank VIN: 1LNFM97V9W
the fuel tank is very slow to fill kicks off pump right a way on auto fill. I replaced fuel tank valves didn't solve the problem the canter system isn't pluged,has anyone had this problem I hope samebody can help
1981 Nissan 280ZX 2.8L Hesitation, Cuts out VIN: JN1CZ04S2B
This car cuts out at 2000 rpm under load. Idles fine, revs fine in shop. Under load cuts out around 2000 rpm. I have checked air flow meter as per Alldata instructions. works fine . 30 psi fuel pressure. no misss, just cuts out at 2000. Not sure where to go ne...
1993 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE 3.3L No Start VIN: 1P4GH44R9P
Posting for a friend in another shop. He says that there are no codes present. He has the correct voltage to the PCM, coil pack and sensors. With the ASD energized, he has pos power to the injectors and coil pack but no ground from the PCM to them. The ASD pul...
2003 Subaru Impreza WRX 2.0L Clutch VIN: JF1GA29673
This is a very high mileage car and came to us with the clutch completely worn out and no vehicle history. The new clutch will chatter when cold on take-off and downshift. The chatter goes away when warm. As stated the new part numbers are the updated ones fro...
1988 Volkswagen Fox 1.8L No Start, Stall VIN: WVWPA01GXK
Hi guys, i got this 88 VW fox the problem only when its cold , car starts fine but it bugs when you step on the gas, till when gets warm, takes about 2 minuts runing at idle dont die or anything , after warms up you step on the gas it runs fine & no problem wi...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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1999 Chevrolet Tracker 2.0L acuator VIN: 2CNBJ18C9X
Well this one is all done. The problem wound up being the acuator inside the diff. The diaphgram was ripped a little. This caused the pump to run on and off as it was trying to build pressure. Removeing the diff from the vehicle was pretty straight forward. To...
2001 Chevrolet Astro 4.3L fuel gauge, VIN: 1G1DM19W71
The ignition switch was indeed causing the transmission codes as known to most of my replies, I really appreciate all the help. I did also check the power and grounds as suggested. The fuel gauge has not been a problem since the repairs. I will replace the fue...
2001 Chevrolet Prizm 1.8L engine VIN: 1Y1SK52831
Sorry it took so long to respond. We tried a few of the suggestions. First we changed oil and filter used mobile one. This did not help. Second pulled valve cover off to check baffle, it was ok. Customer drove car in town the first few days, no oil consumption...
2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L Hesitation, Cuts out VIN: 2GCEK19T82
Thanks to all those who responded to my cry for help. The fix was a new PCM. We had to send this one to the dealer and they put a PCM in it. There was an intermittent open circuit in the PCM. After trying to fix this for three days with no clear diagnosis we... Trouble codes: P172, P0175 (Fuel trim bank 2 rich), P706, C0237 (Rear Wheel speel signal erratic).
1999 Chrysler Sebring JXi 2.5L starter VIN: 3C3EL55H7X
Thanks for all that replied. Yes I checked for codes, Yes I tried locking and unlocking with key. That was working fine as red LED came on when locked. I did however miss the ASD relay. Dealer found power to or from ASD was missing. I was too quick to condemn ...
1998 Dodge Durango 5.2L Engine VIN: 1B4HS28Y4W
Thanks to all responders. With the frt. differential, radiator, condensor, radiator upper cross support and frt. engine/differential insulators removed, the engine and trans came out as an assy., then were separated, and torque convertor removed from flexplate...
2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.3L back up lights VIN: 2D4GP44373
well it got down to either let the cust have van back not fixed or go with the gut feeling bcm. it was a defective bcm it affected not but the back up lights there no codes in the bcm pcm or trans module [...] and white wire con #2cav nine carries voltage to b...
1997 Ford F-250 XL 7.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTHX26F5V
Finally tested icp sensor with mixed results, so I replaced it with a new one, and got a speeding ticket on test drive. Customer has had it a week now, and everything is fine. Thank you for all your replies, some were very informative! Trouble codes: P1211.
1998 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0L No Start VIN: 1FMYU22X2W
Tried both keys customer had & would not start vehicle. Ended up towing to dealer where they install a pats module, and then cut & programmed new keys. Works now. Must of been a fluke as intake obviously had nothing to do with security other then having the ba... Trouble codes: P1260.
1999 Ford F-150 XL 4.2L Flywheel VIN: 1FTZX1724X
Hi Folks, Thanks for the people who responded (see my update). We discovered an unusual wear pattern on the flywheel and pressure plate surfaces. It was as if the clutch disc was warped. It appeared to only contact about 2/3 of the pressure plate surface. One ...
2001 Isuzu Trooper Limited 3.5L Unknown VIN: JACDJ58X81
As of today this Trooper is still not fixed. Thats Why this post has taken so long. The couple of common issues with this transmission is like one help post said. A crack in the second clutch drum. Mine checked ok and air checked OK also. Replaced the drum any...
1993 Jaguar XJS 4.0L brake light
customer has not yet brought vehicle back in still waiting
2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7L Blend doors VIN: 1JGW58NC14
Well as most of you said the inner door was the problem. I am in the process of putting it back together and a few things I did learn. The hidden stud which I was warned about. Still was the last one to come loose since I have everthing else apart. Got to look...
1997 Lincoln Town Car Signature 4.6L No Start VIN: 1LNLM82W7V
Hellow group, That 97 Town Car has been picked up by customer. He is going to install a used PCM he purchased by application and part number thru local salvage yard. We came to this determination after considering and checking those suggestions everyone sent...
1995 Nissan 240SX 2.4L Daytime running lights VIN: 1GNDX03E6Y
The fix was just a simple high beam bulb. One side was blown causing more power to travel to the low beams on the oppsite side. Thanx to everyone who replied.
1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme S 3.1L Stall VIN: 1G3WH54T3N
this vehicle was one of the strangest cars i,ve ever worked on i rebuilt the circuit for spark timing finally came to the conclusion that the timing is off or the relucter ring has moved on the crank shaft the car does not advance but only [...] on timing t...
2003 Other Asian rexton 3.0L Unknown VIN: KTPGOB1DS3
First of all thank you every one, that took time to help me with this problem.With it being a SUV, that none of use are familiar with, wasn't easy. anyway calculating what was done in the past. I decided to swap the transmission, which was against the customer...
1998 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 3.8L headlights VIN: 1G2WP52K9W
Well this car is fixed! Paul & Carl hit the nail on the head, the ignition switch had a bad contact in it. This is aparently a common thing, but we couldn't find any posts on it. The way we figured it out was that after talking to the customer again they just ...
1997 Subaru Legacy Outback 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: 4S3BG6853V
We found a plugged vent for the map sensor. Cleaned that out and have not had a call from the customer yet. Thanks for all the help guys. Trouble codes: P0400 (EGR Insufficiant flow).
2002 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: WVWPD63B72
I would like to thank all who relplied. Unfortunately the customer has declined to have the repair done at this time due to cost. She wants to recover finacially from this round first. I don't blame her. Here's what I learned though: The valve timing is cont... Trouble codes: P0012 (Intake Camshaft Advance Adjustment - Spec not reached).
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