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2001 BMW 325i 2.5L steering colum VIN: WBAAN37401
customer came in complaint of squeek from steering colum faint squeek is heard while driving sound like the upper end of the column thats why we replaced clock spring but no change was noted we also found a tsb for previous year for steering colum squeek so we...
1995 Buick Regal 3.8L launch from stop VIN: 2G4WB12L3S
Hey all you GM trans guys out there, I need a little help on my 95 Regal GS. It just developed a shudder on launch at about 1/2 to 3/4 throttle. Engine and trans operate normally other than the shudder. I keep the fluid changed regularly due to driving style a...
1996 Buick Riviera 3.8L Cuts out, Stall, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G4GD2216T
when this lump gets hot my maf hz goes to zero the mil light and traction control lite come on .i bypassed the A wire from the sensor to the pcm ok for 20 miles then same problem there is 0 backpressure and the car does not have the power it should.i also have... Trouble codes: 102 (maf low)
1994 Chevrolet S10 Blazer Tahoe 4.3L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: 1GNDT13W7R
This is one of my personal vehicals, and it is haveing a problem at idle, it runs very rough, shakes, and is intermittetly missing at idle. once you put it under a load, the miss goes away. it has plenty of power, only runs porrly at idle. No apparent vacume l...
1998 Chevrolet K1500 Cheyenne 5.7L abs VIN: 2GCEK19R8W
Hi and thanks to all . This is a 1998 1500 4x4 Chevy , the problem is the ABS will activate when it shouldn't. It is some what intermitted. You might drive it all day and can't get it to do it then it will start and do it almost every time you stop. It is NO...
2001 Chevrolet S10 2.2L engine VIN: 1GCCS19541
Hello everyone. I've got this 2001 2.2 S-10 that has an engine oil leak at rear main area. Slight leak at front of oil pan also. Customer states that he is using 2qts every 1000 miles. I've never had a rear main go out in one of these. There doesn't seem to be...
2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer LS 4.2L Cooling Fan under performing with A/C on VIN: 1GNDT13S82
Customer brought vehicle in after replacing the Electrocic fan clutch at another shop for noise. With no A/C the fan RPM date is fine untill you turn on the A/C. After A/C on and driving down the road the actual RPM is lower by 500rpm then the desired RPM and ...
1996 Chrysler Sebring JX 2.5L 3rd gear VIN: 3C3EL45H7T
I am working on a 1996 Chrysler Sebring Convertable, with a 2.5 engine, overdrive tranny 41TE. The tranny was used and installed by another shop. There was a problem with it being between reverse and nuetral, it would roll in netrual with engine off but not wh...
1999 Chrysler 300M 3.5L No Start, Cuts out VIN: 2C3HE66G4X
This 300M has to run for about 1/2 hour, to good and hot before it will quit. It then will not start until it cools off (seems like anyway)The car will start by the time it gets to me. When it starts it acts like it is loaded with gas the way it stumbles and s... Trouble codes: P0300 (Misfire code)
2001 Chrysler LHS 3.5L Battery VIN: 2C3AC56G01
Battery will go dead overnight for no apparent reason. No accessories are ever found to be on and no excessive draws have ever been measured despite playing with door lock cylinders, trunk latch and door switches. We have had car here for a week at a time with...
1991 Dodge Stealth 3.0L No Start, fuel hydro lock cyln VIN: JB3XD44S9M
hello i have a stelth that came in as a no start after getting gas 2 years ago checked fuel pressure it was 12 psi interminet other times it was 0 i replaced the fuel pump after the relay tested good . fuel pressure is now 48 psi while cranking. car started ti...
2000 Dodge Neon ES 2.0L No Start, Stall VIN: 1B3ES46C3Y
This one has an intermitant no start. I loose injector pulse and spark. Scope testing cam and crank sensors during no start and both patterns are good. Tested power and ground to ASD relay - good. OHMS tested injectors and coil - good. Removed & inspected wiri...
2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck 5.7L transfer case VIN: 1D7HU18D13
This truck has broken it's third t-case in a little over 12k. Customer first came in @ 116470 and said that he had a vibration during accel. Found that the t-case was cracked and leaking from right in front of tail shaft to rear axle. Customer admits that he w...
1996 Ford F-150 Eddie Bauer 5.0L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTEF15N0T
This truck came from the bus garage they could't fix it now I have inherit now Trouble codes: 141 (02 heater curcit bank 1 sensor 2), 155 (02 heater curcit bank 2 sensor 1), 174 (system to lean bank 2)
1997 Ford F-350 XL 5.8L ignition VIN: 1FTHF36H5V
Before I try a new ECM I hope someone can help me with this one.I have injector pulse but no spark.Primary side of coil has 12 volt but no pulse. I have a good pip and spout wave form. This system has the ICM on the fender and is not OBDII. No trouble codes. T...
1998 Ford E-350 Econoline Club Wagon Custom 7.3L No Start VIN: 1FDSS34FXW
Hello all, this one seems to have several shops stumped. This ambulance will always start cold, but intermittently quit 10 to 15 seconds after starting. It will crank, up to speed, but crank and crank with no start. Then sometimes 10 minutes to one hour later ... Trouble codes: P1218 (CID circuit short to power), P1107 (dual alt. lower ckt. fault), P1105 (duallalt. upper ckt fault), P1106 (dual alt. lower fault)
2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 6.8L No Start, Surge, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1FTNX21S31
This vehicle will start and run but intermittently the injector pulse will widen drastically multiple times and then the engine will die. it will not restart and has no injector pulse. the pcm will not actuate injectors and the pcm will not communicate with th...
2002 Ford Ranger XL 2.3L No start VIN: 1FTYR10D82
Hello Again Techs. I have another head spinner here. 2002 Ford ranger. Has no crank, It will not even click. Had good power at battery, I can jump start the starter and vehicle runs. But when you turn the key nothing happens, the dash lights don't even dim. We...
2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 6.0L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: 1FTNX20P34
This truck showed up missing very bad, at all times. I got the CAN adapter and upgrade for my red brick, and was able to get it to tell me that the # 2 injector was bad. Replaced that injector, and drove power...checked the exhaust pressure sensor, sin... Trouble codes: P2263 (turbo system)
1999 GMC K1500 Suburban SLE 5.7L No Start, Stall VIN: 3GKFK16R5X
customer states vehicle will start and stall intill it sits for severl hours, seems to happen more in damp conditions. Trouble codes: P1626 (antitheft problem)
2000 GMC K2500 Sierra SL 5.7L headlights VIN: R8YF439180
I have a customer who has a set of PIAA headlight bulbs he wants installed and the headlights wired so that both low beams and high beams are on when the high beams are used. His other truck was wired this way but I cannot find a wiring diagram that will help ...
1993 Honda Civic EX 1.6L speedometer VIN: IHGEJ115XP
performed diagnostics per mitchell on demand. checked continuity between black wire at vss connector & ground- ok. ignition on- check voltage at yellow/blue wire- ok(batt voltage) ignition on- check voltage at yellow/tan wire- ok (5volts) the next step is to ...
2001 Honda Accord EX 2.3L Surge VIN: JHMCG556X1
Howdy Everyone, This one belongs to our biggest fleet accounts owner. Need to hit a home run on this one! His complaint is a very slight surging stumble around 2000 rpm when accelerating, most noticible on a hill. He says it has done it since it was new, sever...
2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7L Hesitation, Cuts out VIN: 2HGES26741
on start up car has hesitation, after 1 or 2 mins. of drive time runs fine,only code stored is for eld high voltage, coolant & air charge temp sensors in range, no glitch in tps waveform Trouble codes: P1298
1994 Jaguar XJS 6.0L Accessories VIN: SAJNN234XR
hi there, client has flat battery-he mentioned that for the longest time if he left blower motor on slow(speed one) the fan kept running and he stopped it by leaving it on posision three(high). now fan stays running at all times-battery drains. hoping for some...
1998 Kia Credos 2.0L No Start VIN: KNAGC2223W
I am posting this request for my brother who, for his sins, is in the same trade as I am. This car appears to be a bit of an orphan, neither of us have been able to locate any information on it. It arrived as a no-start recently and was found to have good CAS ...
1998 Land Rover Discovery LE 4.0L abs codes VIN: SALJY1249W
Got a Dsicovery and I can't seem to clear all the codes. I don't have the testbook scanner, but I was able to jump out the pins at the DL connector 5 and 15 to retrieve blink codes. The ABS light will flash like the cycle is starting. It will blink once for 2....
2000 Mercedes-Benz E430 4.3L Mechanical VIN: 4JFAC72D1Y
hello i have a 2000 benz e430 w/p0170 po173 car is from difrend shop the shop installed 2 new o2 sensors oem after 2 drives the mil comes back on i looked at the o2 sensors and are working good.i donot see many of this cars so i need some help and direction.
2000 Mercedes-Benz E430 4Matic 4.3L light out warning VIN: WDBJF83J8Y
Hi everyone this MB came to from local dealer. Dealer stated they just sold vehicle and customer brought back with all warning lights on in IP. When car got to shop no warning light on but 1 malfuntion check lights. Checked for engine codes none found. Checked...
1999 Mercury Sable LS 3.0L steering gear VIN: 1MEFM53S2X
Informational post. Vehicle came into shop with leaking power steering rack. Replaced power rack and power steering pump. Vehicle returned 2 weeks later low on fluid and noise. Refilled purged air. Found fluid would burp from reservior when engine would be tur...
1993 Mitsubishi Diamante ES 3.0L runs good, wont idle VIN: JA3AP57JXR
hey guys, i've got to ask the Mitsubishi techs on this one. the complant is this car wont idle, customer replaced idle valve with used unit, and there are 3 other units in trunk. i reset adaptations as per alldata to no avail. bumped up the idle with the bypas... Trouble codes: 12 (preoblem with MAF sensor)
1999 Nissan Pathfinder SE 3.3L Cooling Systems VIN: JN8ARO7Y1X
I was hopeing a Nissan tech could help me with this truck. There is a small coolant leak. It is coming from a temp sensor (of sort). no one at the dealer parts counter knew what it was when I called to order a replacement. I think it has something to do with i...
1997 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE 3.3L Cuts out, Stall, Misfire VIN: 1P4GP44R6V
Hello Group, Please help I have this van from hell. It came from another shop that worked on it 4 times, they replaced coil pack, cam, and crankshaft sensors. What it's doing I'll try to explain: Starts fine, aprox 5-10 in the run cycle it will just die, most ... Trouble codes: 43 (ignition coil 3 ckt), 11 (loss of cam/crank signal), 43 (ignition coil 3 ckt), 0BD2
1999 Plymouth Grand Voyager 3.0L Hesitation VIN: 2P4GP2435X
this vehicle drives as if the exhaust is plugged, but I dropped the front pipe and it drives the same... the exhaust gets very hot in a hurry - running it for 5 minutes and you can't put your hand on the tailpipe... the previous shop put a used exhaust manifol...
1999 Plymouth Voyager 2.4L No Start VIN: 2P4FP25B3X
towed in, will not start, will sort of kick once in awhile, has fuel pressure, new cam and crank sensor, rpm signal shows, timing is on, only have spark on one bank for one bank on coils.
2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP 3.8L abs module VIN: 2G2WR52434
we have a 2004 grand prix gtp w/ws6 pckg with stability control,4 wheel abs, traction control customers complaint all lights went on while driving service trac,service brakes,service stability scanned it and had c0896 device voltage range and also a history co...
2001 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5L Fuse #18 VIN: 4S3BE68611
Hello All- Posting this before I take off for the weekend. Have a Subaru here, in for emissions failure (MIL illuminated) and power windows and shift lock inop. Scanned for codes, found P0480--cooling fan control circuit. Also found fuse #18 blown. Apparently ...
1990 Toyota 4Runner SR5 2.4L Pinging VIN: JT3RN37W9L
I'm still trying to eliminate a "pings under light to moderate accel." on this vehicle. Awhile back someone suggested removing the cover on the MAF and adjusting it, so I looked at the trace (on a Vantage PGM) while sweeping the door and it looks to be OK, how...
1993 Toyota Pickup 2.4L Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 4TARN81A7P
On start up, there is a miss, after warming up the miss is gone. on acceleration, I feel a miss, it is not there during cruz. entering the freeway or passing I feel a miss. I installed new cap, rotor, plugs, wires, air filter, fuel filter, oil and oil filter, ...
1993 Toyota Celica GT 2.2L No Start, Hesitation, Stall VIN: JT5ST87K0P
This car will not start, might start but stalls immediately with the coolant temp. sensor hooked up. If I unhook the sensor car will always start and run. I even drove car today with sensor unhooked ran very strong up over 80 mph. If I hook sensor back up it w...
1999 Toyota Camry CE 2.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: JT2BG33K4X
All testing in stall show system is OK. We have ordered a VSV for vehicle due to loss of vacuume and leaks air on filter end under water. Valve is opening fully at 3" vacuume. MAP test OK on the high end of test. My interprtaion of stratigy is MAP reads increa... Trouble codes: P0401
2001 Toyota 4Runner Limited 3.4L Hesitation, Surge, Misfire VIN: JT3HN87R7W
Idles great. Severe lack of power under load 3/4 to full throttle. No codes. No anomalies noted in data stream, O2 sensor still in closed loop while symptom evident. Vacuum guage quickly goes to a trembling zero when accelerating. Have driven it with cat remov...
2001 Toyota Camry CE 2.2L Incomplete Monitors/ VIN: 4T1BG22K11
Several other shops have had this vehicle and certified that it is OK to pass the state emission test. The Cat monitor and the Evap monitors will not run. The coolant temp and IAT are to specs and meet drive cycle perameters pre and during test so I say they ...
2002 Toyota Camry SE 2.4L Serpentine Belt
Has anyone put a serpentine belt on one of these Camrys yet? Do you need a special tool to move the tensione. It looks like a inverted torx socket but I can not get one onto the tensioner. Any help is greatly appreciated.
1994 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L clutch cable VIN: 3VWB123456
hello vw people can someone please explain how to re-set the clutch cable ? this is the self adjusting cable and i can't figure out what alldata is trying to tell me thanks , lewis
2000 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L high idle VIN: WVWHC63B41
i have inspected t.b.i. looks a little dirty & there is some oil in air intake going to try cleaning t.b.i. but not feeling confident this will fix problem is interment.customer did say when it idles fast she hits the gas peddle & idle comes down. i am...
1987 Volvo 740 GLE 2.3L No Start VIN: YV1FX8744H
This car belongs to the tech who is working on it, he bought it with a badly broken engine-oil return from turbo rotted off and was found in the pan along with two pistons, their rods, large amounts of bearing material and much of the turbo! Installed used eng...

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1997 Audi A8 Quattro 4.2L Steering gear VIN: WAUBG84D8V
Thanks to all who responded. Most indicated they thought the rack was bad. It was. Installed another unit and all is ok now. Some asked how the rack was before repair. The car had no power assist in either direction and was leaking fluid from both ends. The fi...
2000 BMW 328i 2.8L power mirrors VIN: WBAAM5104Y
Thanks Wendell and Eric [...] I know how system works. My grandfather would not believe it is necessary some computers, linked by digital bus, to comand a mirror! I just unplugged/plugged the drivers door mirror control module. After this mirrors started wor...
2001 BMW 740iL 4.4L Starting VIN: WBAGH83461
have not fixed this car as of yet, client is going to see if vehicle will eventually start, when he has his intermitant starter stays engaged, and see if car eventually starts. got some great input that confirms that the starter system may be working correct i...
1989 Chevrolet R2500 Suburban Scottsdale 7.4L Hesitation VIN: 1GNGR26N5K
A Big Thanks to all those who read my plea for help, And A special thanks to those who sent helpful ideas, All were good, and I would have liked to sent the TBI to A carb shop as several said but can`t do with out it for the time it would take. Peter [...] s...
1995 Chevrolet Astro CL 4.3L unknown VIN: 1GNEL19W8S
This one's a fixer. However, there's a bit of difference between myself and my boss as to what actually fixed the vehicle. My thinking is as such: After reviewing the responces I recieved and knowing what had been done to the vehicle, I opted to replace the AB...
2001 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.2L engine VIN: 1G1JC12461
Many replied a head gasket problem, some more said to use a dye trying to verify the source of the leak. The fix was 2 prong. First remove the cyl head the top of the head gasket against the cyl head was wet so the head gasket was replaced. While the head was ...
1995 Dodge Neon High Line 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1B3ES47C9S
Hey all, Thank you for replying bout my problem neon. I checked the harness for chafing, and removed a remote starter system, just incase it was the cause. Its on the road and Im hoping Ill never see it again!!! Trouble codes: 25 (iac motor circuit shorted).
1997 Dodge Intrepid ES 3.5L No Start VIN: 2B3HD56F6V
Most people advised to pull timing cover and visually verify timing, well upon that being done, I found that the left cam was off by about three teeth. Causing the cam and crank sensor to be out of synch. After checking the water pump, etc. Timing belt was res...
1998 Dodge Ram 3500 Truck 5.9L engine/radiator VIN: 1B7MF33D4W
sorry about the delay in getting back. the truck had just had a head gasket replaced before we bouht it and tunred out to be the problem with this truck it blew the day after i posted the request just now have had time to tear down.the gasket was also leaking ...
2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Truck 5.9L No Start VIN: 1G4WE673JO
I finally found out that the only thing that can cause it not to crank but up immediaty after you shut it off is the injector pump.(A leak teaks a little while- unless it is very bad).Replacing the injector pump fixed it. Just what blew my mind was, the only w...
2004 Dodge Ram 3500 Truck ST 5.9L No Start VIN: 3D7MU48C74
thanks for the help, a few good replies. The fix was the cummins engine module(engine mounted) Unless you have a DRB, you will be guessing. All I could do is check power and grounds at CEM. The CEM controlls almost everything, powertrain related, and the Instr... Trouble codes: J1850 (loss of j-tec comm).
2004 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4L No Start VIN: 1FTPX125X4
Well, the replies suggested a problem with the Ford program that manages the download and I highly suspect that was the problem. As stated before, the reprogramming event would achieve 80-90% completion before quitting. Thanks to all who replied. IATN sugges...
1998 Honda Civic EX 1.6L Starting VIN: 2HEGEJ667X
I had 2 e-mails on this car, one said to try unpluging the intergation relay on the underdash fuse block and another said try unplugging systems until it went away. What i found was a added wire under the dash that was crossing two systems, disconnected it a...
2001 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.5L no venting VIN: KMHWF35V51
Thanks to all that replied with help, customer did not want to spend anymore money to diagnose. I ended up pulling the charcoal canister out to check for plugging or not venting, so all hoses were off at that time. It still didn't take fuel which tells me its ...
2001 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.5L cruise control VIN: KMHWF35V31
I would like to Thank All that sent me info about no cruise control on the 2001 Hyndia Sonata. I believe it is in the control moduel. The customer is choosing to live with out cruise. Again thak you for all your help. Rob
1996 Isuzu Rodeo S 2.6L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 4S2CK58EXT
hey guys, heres the repair. I went back and installed a new map sensor and it would not even start, I checked voltage ref to the sensor and found my problem. 2.05 voltage ref. Spec is 5, I disconneted the g sensor above the right rear axel to make sure it wasn... Trouble codes: P0137 (o2 sensor low voltage), P1171 (manuf controlled fuel and air metering).
2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0L Cooling Systems VIN: 1J4FF48SX1
thanks for all the replies, we pulled the radiator and sent it to the radiator shop, they pulled it apart and it was about 40% clogged, after a good soak and rodding we reinstalled it, now it runs constantly at about 190. good job guys, thanks again.
2003 Land Rover Freelander SE 2.5L long crank VIN: SALNY222X3
Hi guys...thanks for the diag ideas on this Freelander, however...the customer was out of the country for more than a week and did not contact us during that time, only when he came to pick it up after hours. So I never did get to diagnose this one but I did r... Trouble codes: P1471, P1472.
1991 Lexus LS400 4.0L Cooling Systems VIN: JT8UF11E8M
well we fill the system like manufacture requierd and customer has not yet return and i did talk to him and no problems yet.thank you to every one that help out with this one.
1998 Mazda 626 DX 2.0L engine block VIN: 1YVG22C1W5
we found a freeze plug in the bell housing area, thanks for the replies, cust did not want to proseed without knowing if there was a freeze plug in the rear of the block, replaced the plug, no more leaks
1998 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L Lighting VIN: WDBJF65H8X
Thanks to all who replied, two of you hit on the head...blown fuse for brake lamps...always check the basics no matter what happens. Thanks, Steve
2001 Nissan Sentra SE 2.0L Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out VIN: 3N1B51DX1L
good call guys... it turned out to be the mass air flow sensor... just another tid bit from the nissan service manager - there is some foam around the pcm inside the cover under the passenger side cowl; he said to remove it to avoid future headachs with moistu...
2001 Nissan Sentra GXE 1.8L condenser VIN: 3N1CB51DX1
Condenser was replaced and system flushed out. New drier installed and all is well so far. We seldon use the sealer and only reluctantly. This was not our choice but the customer's. Thanks for the opinions and the opinionated.
1999 Other European Arnage 4.4L Service indicator VIN: SCBLB51E1X
Thanks to those taht replied. Service reset as follows. ignition on,immediately press and hold the trip and cancel switch,until the DOT matrix display will show the 'serial number'the actual serial number will be shown in the odometer section of the drivers in...
2000 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 3.8L abs VIN: 1G2WP52K4Y
we did determine the condition existed in the wiring harness - however customer did not want to spend the dollars to find out where. thanks for the replies
1999 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWSC29MXX
Well, it was the coil but i had to get 2 aftermarkets before I got one that worked. I wanted to get one from VW but we already replaced this coil less than a year ago! I coulda sworn I was never losing spark even when it was missing but obviously i was wrong. ... Trouble codes: P0302 (Cylinder 2 misfire.).
1972 Volvo 1800ES 1.8L Cuts out VIN: 1836353002
Many replies suggested checking, testing, and cleaning the harness connections. A couple mentioned obscure and ionteresting experiences involving RFI and such. Some indicated the currently available throttle switches are less-than-optimal. The car is in storag...
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