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Help Request Answers
1995 Dodge Dakota 3.9L No Start VIN: 1B7FL26X9S
Hello, this Dakota has made the rounds for an intermittent no start problem. The problem will only occur after a hot soak, and starts and runs fine otherwise. When the no-start occurs, using a spark tester, there is spark, a nice, bright flashing noid light...
1997 Dodge Intrepid 3.5L Mechanical VIN: 2B3HD46F6V
Engine had a rod bearing failure due to lack of oil maintenance. Question is in regards to installing camshaft sprockets onto the cams. The camshafts are (essentially) not keyed, and special tool 6642-A is required to hold them in proper position while the sp...
2003 Ford Mustang 3.8L control arms
Scrunching noise on take off and med to heavy braking. Put it up on the ramp lift and did some starts and stops up there, it seems to be coming from the control arm bushings [lower] Sounds like noisy sway bar bushing sound when they need lube but louder. Does ...
1999 GMC Safari SL 4.3L Hesitation, Surge, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GKDM19WXX
This van came into the shop with MIL on and complaint of stalling at idle and a lack of power. Tried to hook up scanner but NO COMMUNICATION. I have a modis and a 2500, both showed the same results. I have power and ground at connector and at the ECM. I also t...
1987 Lincoln Continental 5.0L dash illuminatio VIN: 1LNBM97FXH
Thank you in advance. I have this lincoln that has no dash illumination-digital. It blows fuse # 16-4a. This fuse first goes to the cluster, then to a/c control head, to the message center and finaly to the radio. With out the cluster pluged in, all is good,pl...
1993 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall VIN: JN1HJ01C7P
Nissan Techs, "HELP" This vehicle is very nice and clean and one fine day the owner decided to shampoo the Engine and he regrets the day cause the vehicle never ran right after that. I checked every thing, there was moist here and there and I did as much as I ...
1990 Pontiac Grand Prix Mclaren 3.1L steering control VIN: 1G5WP14V9L
This car handles terrible. If you're on a curve or hit the slightest bump, it feels like the rear end 'shifts' to the side. Feels real loose. I've inspected all the bushings, everything looks normal. Had an alignment shop check it out, they said everything loo...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
Fix/Summary Answers
1996 Acura RL 3.5L heater core VIN: JH4KA9644V
First I Want to thank all Who took the time and offered Good suggestion in to what to look for this Acura. After talking to the customer, He decided to live with the problum untill it's time to replace the timming belt. Then we will check in to it more. Agai...
2000 Audi A6 Quattro 2.7L MIL Lamp on VIN: WAUED54B1Y
Thanks to everyone who helped out, the temp exhaust sensor is the ones are located at exhaust bank1 & bank2 Trouble codes: P1453.
2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L fuel gauge VIN: 2GCEK19T41
first let me thank everyone for their time and great replies. even after double checks and no returning code for fuel sender we replaced the newly installed sender with another . vehicle is now working correctly and no negative replies from customer after a we...
2003 Chevrolet Impala 3.8L Starting VIN: 2G1WF52E63
ended up being the bcm, i tried to relearn with the old bcm but didnt work, i got a used bcm( customer didnt have the cash for a new one) left the switch on with a 2 amp battery charger onit for a hour and a half and the security light quite flashing finaly ca...
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie 5.9L Cuts out, Misfire VIN: 3B7HF13Z01
Most replies leaned towards a fuel issue. We also are inclined to believe it is fuel related. Customer has been driving vehicle intermittently without incident. We installed a fuel pressure gauge so that when it acts up he can record a pressure reading(s) for ...
2002 Dodge Stratus 2.4L Unknown
Hi guys,I recived 9 replies from very helpfull members . I would like to thank evreybody .It turn out to be cam notches that were not in horizantal position of the engine tilt .when i reset the timming marks on the crank and the cams ,I took a straight edge an...
1989 Ford F-350 Custom 7.3L Transmission VIN: 24TJW35MXK
Howdy! This one was fixed by replacing the fipple switch, just as many of you said it might be. Shits, I mean shifts, fine now. Thanks everyone! Tina
1989 Ford Ranger Custom 2.9L No Start
sorry for not posting this fix sooner but i was gone for a week hunting.the problem was the pip sensor i replaced it and the truck now runs fine thanks to all that wrote me Trouble codes: 14 (erattic pip signal).
1995 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0L hydraulics VIN: 1FMCU22X2S
This one is fixed. Many great replies were received. I did the following to fix this one: 1. I jacked left front of vehicle up a couple of feet. 2. I released master cylinder from firewall, turned it 90* and bled system. 3. I pulled plunger out of master cyl. ...
1997 Ford Ranger XL 3.0L Misfire VIN: 1FTCR10U1V
Howdy!! This is done. After testing everything else I took a chance and bought a new coil. Even though the old coil tested fine, like everything else on this truck, I figured that the only way that would cause a random miss, other than the computer or vacuum... Trouble codes: P0303 (3 cyl misfire), P0305 (5 cyl misfire), P1000 (OBDII Monitor test / Drive cycle not complete).
1998 Ford Explorer XL 4.0L Right timing chain guide VIN: 1FMZU21E9W
Well I have been asked to close this help requist as it has been open for too long. Again I appreciate all of helpfull feedback and wanted to close with any helpfull info I could offer upon compleetion. We did pull the engine, front cover, valve covers and int...
1999 Ford Explorer XL 4.0L Lights VIN: IFMZU34EXW
Thanks to all that helped the fix for this car was a pair of high power bulbs. Thanks again Trev
2001 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3FAFP31311
Customer finally brought vehicle back in to have checked out again.Thanks for the replies.Tom mentioned that there is a recall on the fuel pump module.We had already installed the redesigned fuel pump module then called our local Ford dealer for further advice... Trouble codes: P0460.
2004 Ford E-350 Club Wagon XL 5.4L O2s drop out VIN: 1FBSS31L64
Well at this point I can say the van is repaired. I watched the scanner once again to see if the primary O2`s were going to act up. At a point one had gone flatlined so while the van was still running in this state I hooked up a different scanner with the same...
2002 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0L Lighting VIN: KMHDN45D92
Thank you for your help. This is indeed an internal regulator system and a new alternator did bring the voltage back down. I know it did seem like a silly question to some, but I wanted to be sure as I know there are still some systems that use the pcm for reg...
1998 Lexus GS300 3.0L Int. hard start VIN: JT8BD68S0W
customer has taken vehicle and I have run out of time with this request. i intend to get them to bring vehicle back to see if I can find a way to check fuel pressure. this seems the only thing it can be. thinks to Wooi [...] Lim the carboned T/B was overlooked ...
1997 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0L cv joint VIN: JN1CA21D9T
Sorry Guys that it has taken me so long to reply.This is the first time I have used the help request. I would like to thank everyone that sent me a reply,espelly Andy [...] Ajoebrady I talked to the customer about replacing all motor and...
2000 Pontiac Firebird 3.8L anti-theft system VIN: 2G2FS22K8Y
The firebird was a quick fix thanks to you guys that knew the color codes. Where the yellow wire to the starter relay was spliced to the remote start module, the butt connector was almost pulled apart. After soldering and shrink wrapping the splice, the car st...
1996 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L motor VIN: 3VWRA81HXT
Thanks for the feed back fuel pressure perfect compression perfect change cpu flash old and new cpu timing perfect, new and old fuel pump work the same. I am going to drive my bronco over the top of this car and video tape it. Have a nice work week.
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