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1987 Chevrolet S10 2.5L Oil pan leaks VIN: 1GCBS14E0H
Guys, I hate to do this, but sometimes this is needed due to the situation I am in... so I come to the right place. To make a very long story... SHORT, I changed the engine in this truck with a long block engine I bought. The engine runs fairly well after conv...
1997 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 5.7L No Start VIN: 2G1FP22P3V
this car came in about a month ago with a leaking waterpump, replaced it and the entire optispark assmembly/ ignition wire set.About 2 weeks later the customer brought it back to us with an interm. long cold crank. We found the fuel pressure would not hold, it...
2004 Chrysler Sebring Touring 2.7L Monitors won't run VIN: 1C3EL56R24
Hello, this Sebring failed a scan-based State inspection because none of the 4 (cat, evap, 02, 02 heater) non-continuous readiness monitors have completed. I issued a 10 day extension, and told the customer to drive it and explained in detail about clearing ...
1996 Dodge Caravan ES 3.3L rotors VIN: 1B4GP55ROT
Attention brake specialists: 1996 caravan was sitting for a while and came to the shop for transmission problem.I ended up buying the car from the customer.Did the complete brake job on it.after 30 minutes rotors were over heated and had a poor braking.the ped...
2003 Honda jazz 1.3L Surge VIN: JHMGD38503
Hi, I have this Honda Jazz, with an interesting problem. The customer had a new battery fitted and ever since then the transmission does not change correctly. Can the launch scanner rectify this problem or does the car have to go to the dealer. There are no co...
1995 Nissan 200SX 1.6L tensioner VIN: 1N4AB42D0S
I am working on a good friend of mines car and having trouble with it. It had a timeing chain rattleing So I put in a new chain and gears. Well the noise is gone but there is a oil leak at the lower timeing tensioner I have tried new gasket and new tensioner s...
1998 Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G3GR62C0W
Intake Manifold "spring loaded trap door"? First time I've seen this. Owners complaint is CE lite, runs fine. Codes P0171 and P0174. I can spray carb cleaner at loud "whistling" trap door at front of intake manifold and bring LTFT from + 37% down to normal, or... Trouble codes: P0171 (Lean Bank 1), P0174 (Lean Bank 2)
1997 Subaru Legacy Outback 2.5L abs VIN: 4S3BG6857V
Hi- I need help on this one. The ABS light came on after exiting off a ramp. After retrieving information from Mitchell, there is a Data Link Connector (color: white or yellow) for the ABS system located under right side of the steering column. Mitchell says t...
1999 Subaru Forester 2.5L No Start, Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: JF15F635XX
Hi everyone and Happy Holidays I am the second tech to work on this car. The car runs at times ok for a short while and then it dies and can mot be restarted. Cranks over ok but doesn’t seem to have the fuel to run. The fuel presser and supply ok. Ignition sy... Trouble codes: P0108 (map sensor circuit high), P1143 (control fuel/air metering)
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 ...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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1998 BMW 323is 2.5L monitors VIN: WDBE6WEH62
The car hasn't come back in a few weeks, so I don't know if they took it to the emmision site or not. We called the emmision site to see if we could just get a tailpipe test and as far as I know it was undecided. Thank you all for the information.
1999 Chevrolet Tahoe 5.7L Distributor timming VIN: 1GNEC13ROX
Thanks too all who responded.23 in all. Finally I replaced the distributer and fix that problem.didn't see any thing wrong with it.Maybe shaft was twisted.Secatary sent core tn before I could take it apart. then I diagnosed the tranny problem.The pan was full ...
2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8L door panel VIN: 1GCEKI9V13
Good morning everyone I would like to thank everyone for the quick responses.Keith [...] explained exactly what to do.I didnt know that there was a screw behind the lock slider,I took that out and had the panel off in 5 minutes.I put a new sp...
1999 Chrysler Concorde LX 2.7L ignition switch VIN: 2C3HD46RXX
Sooorrry for the long delay. Thanks all for useful information that gives me all kinds of thoughts. I think I may have to check voltage drops at various points that you guys've mentioned and take look at computer output to the starter relay. However the custom...
1995 Dodge Dakota 3.9L No Start VIN: 1B7FL26X9S
This is going to be a disappointment -- the fix was to remove the (unknown to me) additional aftermarket fuel check valve the customer had placed in the fuel line below the driver's seat. I believe his frustration led to skewed test results (tests that I ask...
1994 Ford F-350 XL 7.3L clutch VIN: 2FDK38K6RC
I replaced the flywheel w/ a solid unit & conventional clutch set.It works great.Thank You all.
1998 Honda Accord EX 3.0L Gas odor VIN: 1HGCG2257W
Well it was the (Evap control canister vent shut valve) that had raw gas in it. We installed another valve and it has been good since then. They were over filling the tank , it turns out. We couln't find any charcoal from the canister in any of the hoses. Than...
2001 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7L Poor Fuel Economy VIN: KM8SC83D61
I posted to iatn because of my frustration with this vehicle and the lack of information on it. I realise the lack of Quality communication when I don't know the answers and was hoping to initiate a dialogue with someone who had a similar problem. I appreciate... Trouble codes: P0430.
1984 Jaguar XJS 5.3L cooling fan VIN: SAJNV5847J
Pretty much all the replies mentioned blue diode box being problem. The problem turns out to be power all the time from ac on/off switch to the diode box whenever key is in run.I have not repaired this due to more serious engine problems due to overheating.Tha...
1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0L noise VIN: 1J4FF68SXX
Was finally able to get the Jeep back into my shop over the weekend. It seems the problem went away for a while and only made noise one other time since I posted the request. I ordered a factory distributor ($255.00 my cost) and installed it in the vehicle. I ...
1997 Mazda 626 DX 2.0L Cuts out VIN: 1YVGE22C5V
Sorry about the late post, I thought I closed this. We couldn't get the car to act up again after the first time. Thank you all for the useful information. I tried banging on the ign. switch and wiggling all of my grounds, but no go.
1998 Mercedes-Benz S500 5.0L transmission VIN: WDBGA51G5W
Thanks! to all that replied.special thanks to Frank .After replacing BAS diaphram travel sensor we're able to keep the lights to stay away for about 3 days,and after complete scan and cleaning all the codes -the problem with shifting and enginelight/bas/temp g...
1999 Mercedes-Benz CLK320 3.2L No Start, Cuts out VIN: WDB2084652
Thank you for all the advice the problem was repaired. The fault was the crank sensor as the car has not played up since. The car still needs an airmass meter but the customer is hesitant in departing with the money.
2003 Subaru Forester XS 2.5L Surge VIN: JF1SG65633
at this point we will call this vehicle fixed.we cleaned the throttle body & iac valve.we then disconnected battery power restarted vehicle and still had the same idle problem.restarted vehicle next morning and idle was back to normal,road tested and ran vehic...
2003 Subaru Forester X 2.5L No Start VIN: JFISG63663
Hello All Thank you for all the great reply on this one, I have check the timing belt 2 time to be sure that it was on time, and its was, yes, the low compression was the reason was the reason for not starting, the plug was pulls and could smell gas in it, I...
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