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1996 Acura TL 2.5L left high beam VIN: JH4UA2646T
This veh has Day Time Running lights. The left high beam headlight doesn't work or sometimes is very dim, when the light is working at a very dim almost not on at all, there is a silver relay inside veh at the right front that starts buzzing. when the relay no...
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2001 BMW X5 4.4i 4.4L Rear air ride VIN: WBAFB33591
Hello All. Its Friday PM and the guys left me with a whopper here. They have spent since Thursday diagnosing this X5, using BMW tech line etc. Anyhow, hoping someone may have been there done that, as I have to take over this one, and it already has crazy hours...
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1994 Buick Skylark Custom 2.3L No Start, flickering MIL/PRNDL VIN: 1G4NV553XR
I am going blind trying to decipher Alldata pictograms about this system. The car ran fine up the expressway; coming to a stop OK. On accel, the car went 50 yds up the road, sputtered, and coasted dead into a convenient parking spot. When I first saw the car, ... Trouble codes: XXX (data stream inaccessable), XXX (data stream inaccessable)
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1988 Chevrolet Astro 4.3L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out VIN: 1GNDM1527J
Hey Thank You in advance for any insight. Van came in with a rough idle. I Scoped the secondary Pattern, Fring lines were good 12-14kvs. The spark kv is 1.5kv, The burn line is not pretty, It was showing Turblance in the cyclinder, on all cyclinders. So when i...
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2000 Chevrolet S10 4.3L Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GCDT19WXY
Came in with po101 and po1870 in computer and service engine light on . Also complaint of poor milage and intermittent lack of power. Checked air filter - was so dirty couldnt see any light through it. Replaced filter and checked a couple of spark plugs - in g... Trouble codes: P0101, P1870
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2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 6.0L No Start, Stall VIN: 1GCHC29U11
Looking For A Little GM Help. I Have A 2001 Silverado That Quits At Times Driving Down The Road. Has Not Quit On Us. Owner Said When It Quits Engine Shuts Off And Fuel Gauge Goes To Empty.(All Other Gauges Work OK On the Cluster When Truck Stalls). Will Crank ...
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2001 Chevrolet Corvette 5.7L all gauges, tac and speedometer VIN: 1G1YY22G91
hi gm performance car tecs. this corvette has never had a bad day, old man driven and never abused. problem is car does set for several weeks at time. never a no start. problem is when car is started, digital read out in dash says, "corvette by chevrolet". tha...
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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 8.1L Crank Sensor VIN: 1GCHK23G02
Truck came into our shop with a bad crank sensor. Upon attempting to replace it, the sensor broke free but also broke off flush with top of mounting pad. It appears that the sensor runs inside of a tube that is not accessiable by removing the transmission. Any...
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2004 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8L speedometer\tach VIN: 2G1WH55K64
HI again folks-we have an Impala in which the speedometer gets stuck at certain spots-ie 110mph.tach also erratic and sometimes inop.scanner shows good speed signal.can sometimes get speed to zero mph by cycling key 5 times or so.then works ok for a time-then ...
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1990 Dodge Ramcharger 5.2L Broken Odometer VIN: 3B4GM17Y9L
This post may be a long shot, but I'm sure some other techs have run into this problem. This RamCharger has a broken odometer. Previous owner pushed reset button for the trip odometer, heard a snap, and "that's all she wrote." I removed the cluster and pulled ...
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1999 Dodge Intrepid 2.7L Excessive Emissions, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2B4HD56R1X
Car came in for mil on. Codes p0 172,175.)both banks reading rich. Performed tuneup, Replaced pcv and hose[plugged solid]. Replaced both upstream 02 sensors,air filter etc. checked for vacuum leaks and none were found. engine runs nice and smooth. Readings on ... Trouble codes: P0172, P0175
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2000 Dodge Intrepid 2.7L oil light
I am curios to know if these 2.7 motors are prone to anything that would make the oil light flicker at idle after car is driven at highway speeds for a awhile.The problem occurs after you slow down and car is idling in drive.The only thing i have done is reset...
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2000 Dodge Durango R/T 5.2L iac VIN: 1B4HS28Z6Y
Iac steps go crazy. After replacement of IAC, Steps drop to zero
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1990 Ford E-150 Econoline Custom 5.0L Cuts out VIN: 1FMEEIINXL
Duel fuel tank nightmare. This van came in on the hook, reason being-no fuel pressure. The rear tank fuel pump had not been working for about a year, the side tank fuel pump stopped working and now the customer had to face the music. I replaced the rear and si...
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1991 Ford F-350 Custom 7.5L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1FDKF38J9M
hi group. the concren is engine not rais on accel and too match backfire on accel the backfire some times come frome exhust and some times come from intake manifold. checked fuel pressure found good but not hold on koeo. so replaced fuel regulator and now its ...
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1991 Ford F-150 Custom 5.8L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTEF14H5M
Truck came in with a low mileage, no power compliant. We started a tune up and found plugs black and fuel fouled, ck'd compression 110-120 all clyds. replaces plugs, cap, rotor and fuel filter. ran truck and still had no power. ck'd vacum and found to be real ... Trouble codes: 334 (egr voltage above closed limits)
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1996 Ford Contour GL 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FALP51L3T
Hi all, This car is a headache, the IMRC (intake manifold runner control) is not working. This ia a cable driven system, not vaccuum operated like most other Fords. So far my testing has gone from pysical...the cable is attached and not siezed or broken, the i... Trouble codes: P1519 (Intake manifold runner control malf. stuck closed)
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1996 Ford Windstar GL 3.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2FMDA5148T
hey ford techs out there. got this windstar van that came in for some suspension work and the customer was just curious as to why his check engine lamp was on. he doesn't have any driveability complaints. i scanned and came up with codes 1538 and 1000. i've do... Trouble codes: 1538 (imrc bank one stuck open), 1000 (systems checks incomplete)
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1998 Ford Escort ZX2 Cool Coupe 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3FALP1133W
Hello, evryone this Escort ZX2 is one of our used cars, has a hard failure of a P1381 VCT over advanced,the vehicle has no drivability issues I did find some TSB's on this problem, but they list a bunch of possible causes, i did check base valve timing,checked... Trouble codes: P1381 (VCT over advanced)
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1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L No Start VIN: 1FTNX20F4X
This truck will not start in cold weather unless it is plugged in. Then it will fire right up. It sure sounds like the glow plugs are'nt working to us but, we checked it last month when cold and the controller had voltage to heat up the glow plugs. Both the cu... Trouble codes: P1280
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1999 Ford F-150 XL 4.2L Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTZF1720X
vehicle will start and IDLE perfectly, but once put into gear...UNDER LOAD ONLY,it acts as though it has a massive MISS or vacuum leak...it wants to die, or as they say FALLING ON IT'S FACE. The EGR was tested holds vacuum, the cop was changed, the cam sensor ... Trouble codes: P1747, P0750, P0755, P0743, P1760, P0141
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2004 Ford Freestar 3.9L horn VIN: 2FMZA50654
This van came in because the horn would not work. If you hit the horn pad nothing will happen, but if you hit the lock button on the remote twice the horn will sound. There aren't any body codes stored either. We suspect something in the steering wheel, air ba...
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2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L internal? VIN: 1FAFP53295
First of all I am not a transmission tech but need help. This vehicle was severely damaged after falling off a tow truck and was purchased by our customer after it was repaired by a body shop so it has no warranty. The customer has owned it for about 6 months ...
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2000 Isuzu NPR 3.9L Rear Main VIN: JALB4140Y7
Hello Isuzu techs I have an NPR with an oil leak from the rear main seal. The seal was replaced before coming to me. I am not sure how the new one is supposed to go on. It has a two piece seal. One piece is a metal ring and the other is a seal. When I got the...
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1994 Pontiac Bonneville SE 3.8L Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G2HX52L9R
this '94 bonneville came in with a complaint of intermittent mil and intermittent surge. it belongs to a friend of mine and he has no money, just like everyone else. i could not duplicate the symptom, so after finding codes p0321 and p0361, i put a used igniti... Trouble codes: P0321, P0361, P0610
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2000 Suzuki Esteem GL 1.8L No Start VIN: JS2GB41S3Y
This vehicle was towed in for a cranks, but will not start condition. When cranking the engine without stepping on the throttle, the engine will just crank normally. If you step on the throttle half way, the engine seems to want to start like it's flooded. St...
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1996 Toyota Tacoma DLX 3.4L Excessive Emissions, Surge, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 4TAPN62NOT
First after listening to this story we checked compression all cylinders were 155-175 psi.Next we scaned ecm and came up with about 15 codes some made no sense at all.Fuel pressure and volume were good. We cleared the codes and most reset immediately.We replac... Trouble codes: P0340
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1994 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L oil lite flashes and beeps VIN: 3VWRA81HRM
Hi vw jetta techs, this car has a flashing oil lite over 2000 rpm. At idle the lite remain off and there is no beeping. Over 2000 rpm the car beep and the lite flash. I replace both oil pressure switches from vw dealer and also installed a used instrument clus...
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1984 BMW 733i 3.2L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out VIN: WBAFF8904E
Thanks to all that replied.The car runs great after the first 2-3 minutes now and the customer is content with letting it idle for 2 minutes before driving. (The car starts and and idles fine) The fix was replaceing the canister vent relay and the shorted diod...
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1993 BMW 318is 1.8L No Start VIN: WBABE631XP
Well...here's the FIX. Someone ( Customer tells me, 4 shops had tried to get the engine running.) had been dismantling this car's electrical system to get it started and they thought the immobilizer was the problem, so they removed all the door panels and swit...
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1995 BMW 740i 4.0L Radio VIN: WBAGF6325S
Well, the car has been gone for a week now and I spoke to the customer yesterday. It is fixed, I left the rebuilt radio in, replaced the ignition switch, which wasn't the problem. The cure was a new slip ring which also cured an airbag light and flakey cruise ...
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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.2L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1G1JC1246T
Well I tried all your suggestions, checked the wire harness across the radiator support,pulled the ECM out and found it clean but sealed up from the outside with silicone. As I said before it only stalled once in the shop and crank signal was good and fuel pum...
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2002 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3L No Start, Stall VIN: 1GEC13292R
Thanks to all who sent help I swaped fuel pumps changed crank and cam pickups flushed and cleaned fuel system (had injectors professionaly cleaned) this stopped the stalling but not the no start customer wanted to take to GM dealer ship i did and talked to the...
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2001 Dodge Durango SLT 4.7L rotors VIN: 1B4HS28N31
thanks to everyone that replied. since this was for another shop, i forgot to close before. sorry. anyway, he said he found some cracks in the caliper pistons, and put loaded calipers and new rotors on the dodge, but we won't really know for sure till the owne...
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2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Truck 8.0L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire VIN: 1B7KF23W91
Ok this is a real hard one to believe. There is a baffle in the oil pan that has broken loose slid to the front of the pan, it got hung in the timing chain. The timing chain was two teeth out of time. This explains why the ACT sensor would sho to be hotter tha... Trouble codes: P0500, P1281.
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1994 Ford F-150 XL 5.0L transfer case VIN: 1FTEF14N5R
Good morning everyone Sorry for taking so long to post this. The problem ended up being that the selector shaft wher it goes through the side of the transmission had so much play in it that when you shifted it it actually move enough to pull the selector insid...
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1994 Ford F-150 XL 5.0L no start VIN: 1FTEF15N9R
I answered yes to the fix, because I found the problem , but will not fix it. I failed to mention about checking for plugged exhaust as a few had replied.Dennis from Iowa was in question about the oil pressure.That had jogged my memory.No oil pressure.The valv...
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1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L Hesitation VIN: 1FTNX21F5X
I did not fix the truck, but the customer was having someone who specializes in diesels replace the HP oil pump. If the ICP PID is running about 9 to 11% at idle, there likely is no oil leak. For 1 reason or another the pump is unable to maintain the pressure ... Trouble codes: P1211.
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1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0L No Start
Im very sorry to everyone waiting for me to answer. I should have posted something before I went to Puerto Vallarta to get married. Well this Jeep is still in the parking lot, I have a feeling we will be owning this thing. I would love to close this with a fix...
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1979 Mercedes-Benz 300CD 3.0L automatic ac
This is fixed and only with the help from you guys. This was a vacuum problem and was the switch. Also had a bunch of plugged vacuum lines and other stuff like broken actuators. Special thanks to Bill [...] for sending me the test info, without it I never would...
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2002 Nissan Sentra CA 1.8L Starting VIN: 3N1CB51D62
Hi everybody, thanks for all the help, almost all the replies suggested replacing the engine control modules, we replaced it and all is well. Thanks again.
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2002 Toyota Camry SE 2.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: JT2BG22K61
Thank you for the many replies, some within minutes of the posting. I installed a VSV and a modulator at the same time, cleared code and time will tell. Thanks again, Mike Trouble codes: P0401 (egr flow insufficient).
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1995 Volkswagen Golf GL 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire VIN: WVWZZZ1EZS
finally solved this onme, has been done for a few weeks, but wanted to make sure it wasnt gonna come back to bite me before i closed. I ended up sending the ecu of to a repairer for testing. He sais it had a problem in the main processor & this was consistant ...
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