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1995 BMW 525i 2.5L No Start VIN: WBAHD6324S
We are working on a 1995 BMW 525I.We just finished replacing the engine wih a used engine due to the original engine knocking and having a blown head gasket. The original engine ran and we had the battery unhooked for a week during the repair.The relacement en...
1993 Cadillac Seville STS 4.6L abs VIN: 1G6KY5290P
hi guys customer came in and asked if i code check why his egine light and abs light is on . i got codes po0041 (loss of cam signal ) c0061 (pump motor or pump motor relay ) coo72(serial data linne malfunction ) coo73 (spark retard montoring ) i did check for ...
1987 Chevrolet 3500 /1 TON 6.2L glow plugs VIN: 1GCHD34J7H
Hello to all. The Hose Co. I belong to picked up this 1987 chevy Ex Army truck to use as our Brush Fire truck. Along with the long list of problems we have had is a hard starting problem. It began with the Control circut board being bad, I replaced that and ev...
2002 Chevrolet Impala 3.4L Brakes VIN: 2G1WF52EO2
Front and rear brakes replaced several times for brake pulsations. Used O.E.M parts. Vehicle still acquires brake pulsation after repairs have been done. Usually, 5000 to 10,000 miles. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
1999 Chrysler Cirrus LXi 2.5L Blower Motor
I had this car come to me with only the high blower speed working. Using my Fluke 88 I tested the blower speed resistor. One of the legs was open. I replaced the resistor It worked fine for 3 days coming back with the original symptom. I tested the resistor ag...
1999 Dodge Durango 5.9L abs module
Hi, a question for the dodge guys.This is my own vehicle so i am being cheap. I had codes for the abs which led to the module needing replacement. a friend had one that looks identical but it's off a full size pick up. Ater it was installed the system worked f...
2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.4L Fuel gauge,speedometer VIN: JHLRD78872
Thank you in advance for all help offered. Two items: fuel gauge dash unit test good according to diag tree in AD. (2ohm resistor in line at sender connector pins gauge reads full.)Replaced tank unit. Good for 2 days. Has anyone run into bad sender units? I ha...
1996 Mercedes-Benz S500 5.0L fan clutch VIN: WDBGA51E9T
This is the first water pump I have attempted to replace. It seems straight forward , if I can get the fan clutch off.HOW do you remove this without the tool? If I must have the tool where can I get one quick? Thanks for your help.Nasser
2001 Nissan Xterra XE 3.3L Hesitation, Surge VIN: 5N1ED28T6Y
i think im dealing with two problems here, my question is how do get the knock sensor out without reoving the intake manifold?? (the labor guide only gives about 2 hours) the second problem is fairly obvious i beleive the maf sensor is at fault, id appreciate ... Trouble codes: P0325
2002 Nissan Altima 2.5L Trip data & Radio Controls VIN: 1N4AL11D42
This car came from auction, It has steering wheel controls for radio and trip modes. I can't get information on alldata on the system so I am hoping a someone can help. The steering wheel controls for the radio and the trip data on dash don't work, when I push...
1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 2.8L No Start VIN: 1G3WR11W5J
This should be a simple fix but it,s giving me problems.Car starts good when cold,has no drivability problems but after a 15 to 20 min hot soak it is very hard to start.Will crank over fine but starts and stalls immeadiatly.Will do this about 4-5 times ,then w...
1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue 3.8L turning lights
vehicle came in with no hazards in front only! rears work fine. the turn signals will not work in front-but will work in rear-but real fast!the daytime running lamps work fine,the front turn lights in front will come on but will not blink.i replaced the daytim...
2000 Saturn LS2 3.0L Heater VIN: 1G8JW52R0Y
Customer scheduled car for low heat from heater. Scanned computer & engine temperature would range between 155F. & 173F.. Checked system operation & TSB'S., per "Shop Key". Tested water pump in heater hose and found pump inoperative. All other modes seem to op...
1992 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0L Cuts out, Misfire VIN: 4T1VK13E4N
We got this car from another shop.It idles good & when cold will run OK under light throttle but will miss as more throttle is applied gets much worse when warm.#3 & #5 cylinders seam to be the ones misfiring.Spark is good out of the wires & dosen't seem to br...
1995 Toyota Corolla 1.6L engine VIN: 1NXAE09806
Problem occurs a lot under full load, but sometimes during cruise--will hiccup/sputter randomly. Problem occurs harshly during starting--engine will act as if hydrolocking or ignition timing way advanced, but once started runs smooth. Also sometimes will start...
1998 Volvo V70 R 2.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: YV1LW5242W
Alldata is not too clear on this code or diagnostics for it. Car runs fine with no driveability concerns. Recently popped a t-belt and bent valves, but went together without a hitch. After about 500 miles mil came on. Any sugestions on which direction to take ... Trouble codes: P0232 (Long term fuel trim at idle)

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1998 Audi A4 2.8L Poor Idle Quality VIN: WAUED28D2W
Hi everyone i want to take you all for taking the time to respond to my request. Here is what i found when the motor came in used it was time with the motor not even in the car cam timing was lined and tdc was set. After putting the motor in it started right u...
1994 BMW 740iL 4.0L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: WBAGD832XR
hello to every body , tanks to all who replied , special thanks to IAN from ontario & Gerrod from california . sorry it tooks so long for me to close this reguest, I had to wait until recived my smoke machine from the repair facility.I can tell you this machin... Trouble codes: 203 (O2 Seneor Control 2), 201 (O2 Sensor Control 1), 12 (O2 Sensor 2 not all the time).
1998 BMW 750iL 5.4L Speakers VIN: WBAGK232XW
Thanks to all that responded. We found out that the battery was dead and they kept jumping it. I assume that they either jumped it backwards(like Mark suggested) or they spiked it by jacking the charger up. We bypassed the amp and rear speakers the noise went ...
1995 Cadillac Seville SLS 4.6L Misfire VIN: 1G6KS52Y1S
thanks for the help on this! the compression had already been checked & also motorvac had been done & all grounds had been checked. i tried a cam sensor & also sent the injectors out to be checked. the injectors had a flow problem & after replacing them the id...
1998 Cadillac DeVille 4.6L will not start VIN: 1G6KD54Y7W
bad starter thanks alot napa the starter had a defect with it and kept drawing more and more amp on the different tests. replaced starter and car has been good for a couple weeks now thanks for your help everyone
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.2L No Start VIN: 1G1JC5246T
Thanks for all the replies & help. Turns out terminal C power wire to crank sensor is 12 volts low amperage. It will only light the test light very dim after 2-3 seconds. Used another same year car & motor to check. Once did that flowed tree for test light ill...
1997 Chevrolet K2500 Suburban LS 7.4L Surge, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3GNGK26J2V
Fixed this truck with new crank sensor. Only got the pattern to act up after using a heat gun on the sensor. Changed the distributor cap as some suggested for comeback insurance. Thanks again for the help. Trouble codes: P0102 (Mass air sensor signal low).
2000 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LT 5.3L battery VIN: 3GNEC16T1Y
sorry for takeing so long this was the fix.from Brent in KS... Take the truck back to your friendly GM dealership and ask them to look at service bulletin #PIT3807, which will describe your problem exactly, It explains that the onstar module installed when the...
1999 Dodge Ram 3500 Van 5.2L service brakes VIN: 2B5WB35Z1X
hey Thanks again for everyones help. Turns out that the left side caliper had a problem and we had a bleeding problem. I finally broke down and bought a rfi system and it work like a charm the vehicle has been returned to the owner and my tech is happy. Thanks...
1991 Ford Explorer XL 4.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1FMDV34X9M
Hi, I got 17 replies on this concern. I want to thank Eric, Ralph, Jerry, Rick, Jerry #2, Danny, John,Stephen ( lots of advice),Fred, Cliff, Michael, Norman, Lynn,Steve, Jeffrey, Tony and Yves for taking time to write. The fuel pressure was running over 90 lbs...
1995 Ford Mustang 3.8L Mechanical
Thanks for all the input.As it turns out it was just really stuck on the silicone sealer at the bottomn of the cover as most of you suggested.The suggestion to cut the sealer with a razor blade did help. Also the warning about coolant sitting in the pan . the ...
1995 Ford Explorer XL 4.0L Surge VIN: 1FMCU24X75
we decided to go further with possibilty of vac leak as per terry, george, mark. used smoke machine this time and there seems to be an intake leak. customer does not want to pay for fix at this time. he says he will do it if it gets worse. thanks iatn
1997 Ford F-350 7.3L Misfire VIN: 1FTJW36XFV
thanks to all, good info. endded up bein bad conections at the valve covers, tighen the pin tenchen and amps up to snuff. thanks too all
1998 GMC Jimmy Envoy 4.3L gauges,door locks,wipers,radio,heater,4x4,high bea VIN: 1GKDT13W8W
sorry took so long to close out. found a power supply problem from underhood eletrical center. unbolted center from inner fender, found contamination at connecter, & terminal gone up in electrical center. installed new eletrical center and repaired wiring. all...
1995 Honda Accord EX 2.2L Poor Idle Quality VIN: JHMCD5554S
Thanks for the five replies that we did get. Most of the replies said they thought that it would have a vacuum leak somewhere.But the repair was to replace the ecm. When we had a dvom on the ecm we found that as soon as the vss started to generate a single t...
2000 Honda Accord EX 3.0L alt overcharging VIN: 1HGCG165XY
The voltage regulator is intregal to this Delphi alt. I replaced alt with a Honda reman. You must remove the radiator fan to get the alt out of the car. The new alt charges to 14.6 volts from idle to 4000 RPM's, no warning lights on. FYI, the Electrical(not el...
2001 Infiniti QX4 3.5L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: JT4RN45TYU
The unanamous suggestion was to replace all six coils we did that and all is well with that code.On the maf we inspected and found lots of hairs on sensor wire and edcided it was worth a try to clean and see what happens alpha readings went to normal and all s... Trouble codes: 1320 (misfire detected), 171 (bank one bank two lean).
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 5.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1J4G258Y5T
Thank you for all of your replies. After all of the testing I realised that the solution was going to be something I missed that was basic. It appears that the distributor was out of sync. This was a used vehicle and the condition must have been there before. Trouble codes: P1391 (Intermitant loss of cam or crank).
2001 Kia Rio 1.5L Stall VIN: KNADC12341
Thanks to Phillip, Mike, Brian and Tony. We brought this little Kia in and put an amp clamp on the fuel pump feed wire at the pump harness above the trap door. The scope pattern looked like a very good sawtooth pattern and pulled 5-6 amps. I wiggled the wires ...
1994 Oldsmobile 88 Royale LS 3.8L low power VIN: 1G3HY52LXR
Thanks for all the replies. It is nice to know that help is here when needed. We had a lot of replies that said coolant sender and bad grounds were common. After sending more than five hours cleaning all the grounds and checking the coolant sender and the ...
1993 Suzuki Swift GA 1.3L no spark VIN: JS2AH35S3P
Vehicle is now running. Chased grounds under dash and inside engine bay. Alldata info not correct. No grounds inside drivers side fender or fuel pump relay. just day time run lite resister. Remove coil and tested alone- good spark. there is two electric system...
1993 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.0L Poor Fuel Economy VIN: JT4RNW34RT
Tps was out of adjustment. Readjusted as others indicated and all is well.What i dont understand is why would I not get a code set when jumping te1 and e1 like the 4 bangers [...] if tps is out of adjustment and idle contacts not closing.Any ways I might add that...
1995 Toyota Corolla DX 1.8L Differential VIN: 1NXAE09BSZ
This one will need internal transaxle repair. With the vehicle in the air I could lock the left brake , then the right and generate a significantly different drive train noise and vibration with the rigth side sounding very normal and the left side sounding li...
1999 Volkswagen Beetle GL 1.8L Ignition/Fuel Injectors VIN: 3VWDD21C8X
Hi, many good tips were sent to us to check on this car. The easist fix if this car had one would have been the ignition control module. It appears that they have moved it from on top of the air intake box and put it inside the ECM. The other tips pointed us...
2004 Volkswagen Golf GL 2.0L ac compressor and engine fans VIN: WVWZZZIJ24
Thank you for all the replies, I double checked the wirring and I could not fault it. The car was still under warranty so the customer insisted on taking it back to the dealer. The dealer used the new fan relay that i supplied and said there was a blown hidden...
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