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1992 Acura Legend 3.2L lubrication VIN: JH4A7661NC
Hello to all that helps and thank you in advance. I have this 3.2 liter Acura that smokes after extended idle. Definitely engine oil. Tried new crank case vent valve. PCV system seems to have oil in it, but not that much.(?) Have read about the carboned oil ri...
1985 Audi 5000 S Turbo 2.2L Poor Idle Quality, Fast idle VIN: WAUHCO445F
This vehicle has a very fast idle that we just can't figure out. We have replaced the above with used. We did try to get a new air flow meter from Audi but the part has been discontinued. We have checked the basics and everything seems to be okay and there is'...
1994 Buick LeSabre Limited 3.8L Surge VIN: 1G4HR52L3R
Hello to the Tech Team: I'm fighting an intermittent drivability problem that I can't seem to locate. This vehicle runs perfect and drives great except for an intermittent, and what feels like, either a lean fuel misfire or ignition misfire. This happens inte... Trouble codes: P0321
1999 Chevrolet K3500 6.5L Driveline VIN: 1GCHK33F4X
This truck came to me after the local dealer blew it off stating the condition is normal. Customer complaint sever binding on turns when in 4WD. He stated recently running over a large rock by accident. inspected truck found some minor damage to LF axle shaft ...
1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L cooling/engine VIN: 2GCEK19T7X
Brought truck in complaining of a coolant leak and check engine light on. Pressure checked the system, and found no external leaks. One thing I noticed, if you shut the truck off for a few minutes, and fire it back up, the misfiring monitor starts showing all ...
2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 6.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GCHK292X4
Diesel and GM techs ... We've had this truck in here a few times with an intermittent MIL .The first time we got P0652/p2228/p2563 .The second time it was p0652/p2138/p2140 and p0228 .All checks out fine when we scan the datastream , but codes seem to ... Trouble codes: P0652, P2138, P2140, P2228, P2563
1998 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.3L Cuts out, Stall, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1B4GP54LXW
This vehicle came in with a complaint of the cel on and a hesitation. When I test drove the vehicle the cel was not on and the vehicle ran ok until I accelerated up a hill. Then there was a pop in the engine and the cel came on. After that almost every time I ... Trouble codes: P1391 (intermittent loss of CMP or CKP)
1999 Dodge Ram 2500 Truck 5.9L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3B7KF2669X
first off we have noticed no charging system and check gauges light on when cold, about 15-30 seconds. We have scoped cam and crank signals and see no problems.Vehicle will intermittantly cut out at idle yet not stall.Havent been able to connect crank sensor w... Trouble codes: P0336, P0219, P1682 (chg system), P1690 (inj pump ckp/crk sensor disagree)
2000 Dodge Dakota 3.9L 2-3, 3-4 shift VIN: 1B7GL22X6Y
Hey there Chrysler experts! This truck started to show no symptoms until the weather turned cold recently. If the vehicle is cold from sitting overnight, it will not shift into 4th, sometimes even 3rd gear, there is no engine braking when it is supposed to shi...
1997 Ford Contour GL 2.5L No Start, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1FALP65L6V
Hello all, I have a contour here driving me nuts. Seems like they all do. Something about contours. Anyway. Came in running like crud, surging, hesitating, stalling, MIL illuminated. Customer thought replacement of spark plugs would help. After some customer...
1999 Ford Ranger XL 3.0L engine VIN: 1FTZR15V6X
Hello everyone, vehicle came in with oil and coolant mixing together badly. Removed heads and had them pressure checked and resurfaced and cleaned up.Put back together with new bolts. Came back within one week with customer having to add at least one gallon of...
2001 Ford Escort ZX2 2.0L engine
Hi all, Have to swap motors in this car .Can anyone one tell me ifmotor and trans comes out the top or the bottom. One repair program says the top other says bottom.Any help appreciated before i get this thing wedged halfway. dohc 4 cyl. at Thanks Dave
1994 GMC C1500 Suburban 5.7L Cuts out, Misfire VIN: 1GKEC16K3R
thanks to all in advance, spark cuts out!! vehicle brought in running rough. customer replaced timing chain & gears and ignition coil. wanted full tune up and diagnosed if the tune up did not fix running problem. installed a/c delco tune up parts. found distri...
1994 Honda Civic EX 1.6L Poor Idle Quality VIN: EK31016467
Hello fellow techs, this civic came from another shop with an idle problem. only when it is hot. I replaced the intake manifold gasket with no change in the performance. the PCV valve and grommet is good. thanks in advance for your help.
1963 Mercedes-Benz 230SL 2.3L Poor Idle Quality, Stall VIN: 1130241000
Need some help with this one. Although I am familiar with mechanical fuel injection systems (Alfa mostly), this one is proving to be a bit of a challenge. Car will usually start when cold, run from 10 to 60 seconds or so, and then stall. If you try to keep it...
2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0L Surge VIN: JN1CA31A6Y
symptom: surging idle 1200-1600rpm in or out of drive during first 2-3 minutes after cold start. (approx 60f or below. once warmed up subsequent restarts normal. will take throttle and pull even during event,just has surging idle. ectand other values appear no...
2002 Nissan Xterra SE 3.3L No Start VIN: SN1ED28Y82
Hello Everyone, I have a Nissan Exterra that is a no start. The owner drove it home with no problems then it would not start the next day. It Cranks, has spark, I hear the fuel pump run when you turn the key, I didn't see a scharder valve to check the pressure... Trouble codes: P0328 (Knock sensor high)
1988 Porsche 928 S4 5.0L ignition switch VIN: WP0JB0929J
hello techs, have problem getting the ignition switch (key portion) out of the housing. read what i had on alldata and was pretty vague on the procedure. was wondering if anyone can fax me something better. also have talked to alldata too and they could not co...
2003 Subaru Forester XS 2.5L Fuel Smell VIN: JF1SG65683
Hey you subaru guys I need help on this one. Customer complains of fuel smell inside car after sitting overnight. This car is not garaged and the outside temps have been down in the teens. After questioning she said it has probably been more smelly after fill ...
1996 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.4L camshaft timng VIN: JT3GN86R4T
vehicle would not start cold. found timing belt teeth torn off at crank pulley. it was the original belt. replaced timing belt, tensioner, idler and water pump. test drove vehicle ok. customer picked it up and went to work. after his shift, it would not start ...
2000 Toyota Camry CE 2.2L Engine VIN: 4TB1G22K5Y
Allo Everone, Thanks for taking the time to read this and any assistance you can provide. In Jan. of 2006 we replaced the valve stems seals for oil consumption and blue smoke out the tail pipe. The Repair was completed and the vehilce was picked up. In Nov. t...
2001 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8L engine vibration VIN: 1NXBBR12E8
well i have a toyota corolla that has me going crazy car has a vibration when in gear and will hear rattling noise while inside of car we thought that the drive belt tensioner was the problem but to are luck the problem seems to of gotten worse.we also replace...
1975 Volkswagen Beetle 1.6L Cuts out, Stall
Hola, replaced engine due to 2 cylinders having no compression. Starts fine, but occasionaly stalls or hesitates idle or cruise. Fuel pump stays running til it dies & fuel pressure good. Injector signal is lost when problem occurs. Used 2 diff. pcm's, 3 diff. ...
1999 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0L door lock VIN: 3VWSA29M8X
I have a problem child VW here. The car came in with the window motor and regulator gears stripped. replaced the window motor and regulator ( used ). client called and stated the drivers door lock does not work with remote. When the car got here we found that ...
1999 Volkswagen Golf Wolfsburg Edition 2.0L Starting VIN: 3VWJA81H4X
This golf was towed in with a no start condition. After charging the battery I have found that the car has no spark. I think that I have tested everything properly and that this car should start but it won't. I have a good pattern on the engine speed sensor, t...
2000 Volkswagen Beetle GL 2.0L No Start VIN: 3VWCC21C11
Hello this is a weird car, there was a noise in the rear which we fixed, by replacing the shocks and their mounts. Now the car wont run,so figure. The problem is that fuse 28 isnt getting any voltage, the alldat has a poor diagram that is hard to read, Could a...
2002 Volkswagen Passat GLX 4 Motion 2.8L heater doors, or core VIN: WVWTH63B72
good morning; been working on this heater for a week now and have not accomplished anything. there is no heate comming from the vents inside the car, the heater core is getting hot, and has been bleed and flushed out and flows fine. when we read the computer...
2000 Volvo S80 2.9 2.9L No Start VIN: YV1TS94DGY
Check engine light came on next day with a cam code. Reset timing to correct marks no start, then found out that the marks were off by three teeth on cam and crank. Reset it dead on this time and still no start. Sounded like vehicle had no compression. Now Veh...

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2000 BMW 540i 4.4L Cooling Systems VIN: WBADN6343Y
Thanks to all that replied. The problem was a bad fan module.I had a 2002 525i in the shop the next day and it has the same set up.I check the signal wire,the fan is pulse width modulated by dme.The fan on the car that had no operation was getting a signal fro...
1995 Buick Park Avenue 3.8L No Start, Stall
thanx for the ideas, It had several problems that had to be fixed and they all were related. We had a horible ground for the pcm, coroded to hell so i cleaned all of them, but it was too late for the cam sensor and pcm, because it back feed into both, the ca...
1989 Chevrolet C1500 Cheyenne 5.0L 1-2 shift VIN: 1GCDC14H2K
Greetings everyone, Sorry I waited so long to post a fix on this but I wanted to be sure we had no problems crop back up before I closed my post. Thanks to all the great replies I recieved but the fix ended up being the governor feed tubes on the valve body we...
1992 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 3.1L No Start, Stall VIN: 1G1JF14T1N
thanks for all that replied. the fix ended up being a crank sensor. found oil coming through old one. the most interesting part about this repair is the customer failed to understand the difference between no crank-no start, and crank-no start. so the ignition...
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck 4.7L heater VIN: 1D7HU18N32
the fix was a new heater core, david from california nailed it. this truck uses the same heater box as is used in the dual zone hvac systems so it has seperated ducts to each side but when the heater core plugs partailly on one side it effects the temperature ...
1998 Isuzu Trooper S 3.5L Unexplained loss of coolant VIN: JACDJ58X6W
Hello all, I ended up finding an external leak. It was difficult to find. I modified my cylinder leakage tester and radiator pressure tester together to create a tool to keep constant pressure on the radiator for an extended period of time. I rechecked 24 ho...
2001 Mazda Protege ES 2.0L Stall, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: JM1BJ22581
thanks to all that replied , after car had fuel pump & coils replaced, the checked engine light came on again . butt the problem was the cat convertor! we had it replaced & so far so good! i did take all of the advise that the orignal problem has to do with th... Trouble codes: P0300.
2001 Oldsmobile Alero GL 2.4L No Start VIN: 1G3NL52TX1
Thanks first off to all who replied. The problem was found in the passkey system. Sent vehicle to dealer and they replaced the module and reprogrammed it. All is fine now. Thanks for all the help.
2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue GLS 3.5L headlights VIN: 1G3WX52H61
i received many tips about the ignition switch. we replaced it with a new unit and no change. i checked for loose/poor connections at the ip fuse panel and worked my way back to the battery as directed with still no change. after talking to our local dealer an...
1994 Toyota T100 2.7L fuel gauge VIN: JT4UD10D9R
with some help from a fellow member we were led to the correct area and found a burned harness from the under seat connector back up to the dash harness. we were lucky to be able to expose and rewire all burned wires and find the culprit wires that caused the ...
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