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1997 Acura TL 3.2L ABS Light On VIN: JH4UA3641V
ABS dash light is illuminated. ABS does not work. We have changed the ABS motor relay located underneath the hood. When changed - ABS works as is supposed to without the light on the dash illuminated. This is only temporary though. After driving arroud for a d...
1994 Chevrolet K1500 Cheyenne 5.7L Hesitation VIN: 1GCEK19K4R
Vehicle came in with a very bad hesitation and slowing down the faster you tried to go. I tested the computer with no codes showing up.Tested fuel pressure to find it @ 13.0 lbs. koer. When you test it @ koeo it immediately fell to 0 psi. after peaking @ 13.0....
1999 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.2L pulleys VIN: 1G1JC5244X
Hello Team: A 99 Cavalier comes to me with an intermittent squeling pulley coming from either the water pump, a/c clutch, or an idler pulley. This is an intermittent problem and it's tough to tell exactly which pulley its coming from. i took the serpentine be...
2000 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1L overheating VIN: 1G1MD52J5Y
I have replaced intake manifold gasket and right now the car is losing antifreeze coolant from reservoir, and the vehicle is beginning to overheat. If anyone can, please help. Thank you, Robert
1997 Dodge Intrepid 3.3L No Start, MIL Lamp on
no-start condition. i have replaced cam sensor twice (after-market sensors) and also replaced crank sensor. vehicle seems to work for a few months then comes back with the same code and a no-start. used lab scope to test cam sensor. sensor wires test good. if ... Trouble codes: P0340
1996 Ford Contour GL 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Stall, Misfire
Hello all,recently replaced this engine for a friend because of a cracked block,now Im having some troubles with this used one.The car has a very rough idle and a random misfire that I cannot pinpoint.The car will stall when cold but runs rough in the lower rp...
1996 Ford F-250 XL 7.3L Column VIN: 1FTHX26F1T
Hi Everyone, I haven't taken a steering column like this one apart before. The complaint was a loose steering wheel and it felt like something in the column was dragging. I have it far enough apart to see that the small upper bearing is bad. I don't know yet i...
2000 Ford Mustang 3.8L Engine VIN: 1FAFP444XY
Just minutes after starting engine developed what sounded like a "rod knock" or loud "pinging" when revving engine, but after running a few minutes goes away, and is almost neglible at idle, but the engine runs poorly at idle and when driving. Any load on vehi...
2003 Ford Ranger XL 2.3L Unknown VIN: 1FTYR10D73
Hey Ford techs, I've got a 2.3L dual overhead cam engine eating my lunch. I was going to replace the timming cover for the bearring. I found out that you can't use the starter to break the crank pulley the hard way. Anyway, I bent some valves. I removed the he...
1998 GMC Jimmy Envoy 4.3L No Start VIN: 1GKDT13W3W
The problem with this vehicle is that after I replace the intake gaskets and changed the spark plug wire, spark plugs, cap and rotor the vehicle will not start. When I first cranked it over it was hard to crank and the starter was jump in and out. I took the d...
2000 Honda Accord SE 2.3L reverse binding VIN: 1HGCG669XY
Happy New Year, I am having problems with this 2000 Honda Accord. When you are backing up after about 10 feet it feels as if something is applying the brakes, until it ultimately stops. You put it back in park/neutral you can back up again until it stops. The ...
2001 Honda Prelude 2.2L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: JH1234SDF1
Car came in with check engine lite on. Pulled codes using Modis and Master Test (needed both to get all codes).Tested compression to verify compression. OK. Did needed tune service to attempt to correct problem (PLUGS, WIRES, CAP& ROTOR). Problem still there. ... Trouble codes: P0131, 711
2003 Jeep Liberty Sport 3.7L Starting VIN: 1J4GL48K43
Hey all you Jeep guys. This Liberty doesn't start for us. There is no power to the starter. It also doesn't start in neutral. The only way we can start it is to jump the relay. Jeep (chrysler) seems to be real proud of their information. We can't find the ex...
2004 Nissan Sentra 1.8L Hesitation, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3N1CB51DX4
This P2135 is a TPS code. The dealer says the entire throttle body has to be replaced at $650.00. Does anybody have a fix for this or know what in the throttlebody can be fixed. What inside this unit actually goes bad. We service a fleet of this type of car. I... Trouble codes: P2135 (t p s)
1998 Pontiac Sunfire SE 2.2L battery lamp VIN: 1G2JB5248W
Had to many electrical problems last week and this one is driving me nuts,some one help please!Car came in with bat. lamp on,D-tac tested alt.-passed.shut car off and restart lamp stays off for about 2 minutes then back on.scan test alt. output,lamp stays off ...
1995 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: JT3VN39W45
Hello there, i have a toyota 4-runner here that was bought by a customer with a no-spark condition, the vehicle was purchased with a no-start condition, the vehicle has no spark condition, have verified that the crank pos signal and cam pos signal is good comi...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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2002 BMW 745i 4.4L instrument cluster VIN: WBAE65735D
Hi, all members: Finally we sent the car to the dealer, they used the latest SSS version to upgrade all related CUs software and solved that problem. Thank you!
1995 Chevrolet Caprice Classic 5.7L No Start VIN: 1G1BL52P6S
Never did figure this one out. Several memebers suggested ignition switch but we did have strong spark while cranking so eliminated that. Still suspect of the goofy readings we got off the scan tool-no MAF reading, timing advance not changing. Still don't thin...
1996 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck 5.2L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire VIN: 3B7HF13Y6T
Hi, thanks for all of the awesome help. Problem was strickly a fully plugged exhaust. One awesome member suggested I remove o2 and run vehicle. Did this with no change, but after I had removed o2 and ran vehicle I was checking crank sensor and noticed a piece ... Trouble codes: 108 (map sensor).
2001 Ford Windstar 3.8L MIL Lamp on
changed fuel filter, cleaned maf,fuel filter was nasty,customer said was never changed,performed tsb and cleared hasnt come back on.thanks for all support Trouble codes: P0171, P0174.
2002 Ford Taurus LX 3.0L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FAFP55S32
thanks for all the help problem was burnt valves on front head,we have sent heads to head shop.thanks again Trouble codes: P0304, P0305, P0306.
1995 GMC Sonoma SLE 2.2L Misfire, runs on #1 only VIN: 1GTCS1940S
Thanks to all that replied ! As we all know the same symptom can have multiple causes and sometimes it takes elimination one at atime . This one already had a boatload of things done to it so there wasn't a lot left . Several of you indicated fuel injectors an...
2002 Isuzu Trooper Limited 3.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: JACDJ58X82
Well this appears to be fixed. Of ten replies, most recommended replacing the Bosch platinum plugs with OE to get rid of misfire codes. I didn't realize the Japanese cars were that sensitive but it seems to have worked. I put in NGKs and no more MIL. As for my... Trouble codes: P1312 (Mfr ctrl. ign malfunction), P0300 (random misfire).
2002 Jaguar X-Type 3.0L Floor of car VIN: SAJGA51C22
After 1 week to find the best source for the front struts, as most of you had so conclusively suggested, we concluded their replacement. Much to my surprise the noise was gone. I hope Frank gets this answer as he will have supper prepared for him for the next ...
2003 Lincoln Navigator 5.4L Liftgate and air susp VIN: 5LMFU28R53
Techs, I hope I see some more of these so I can get paid back for the education I bought. With some help from Identafix I was able to wade through diagnosis. Before I had asked for help I had isolated a bad compressor relay behind the right front bumper that h...
1988 Mazda B2600 2.6L No Start, Cuts out, Stall VIN: JM2UF612XJ
Hi,guys.Thank you for all replies, everybody were right I had an electrical problem.Special thanks for Eduardo from California, he made me perform voltage drop test on fuel pump power wire - 0.9v, I found it little too much and started to trace that wire insid...
2004 Mazda 6 i 2.3L very hard start VIN: 1YVFP80C34
thanks for all the great help from so many people cam timing had slipped probley because of the low oil thanks mark Trouble codes: P0340.
1997 Mercury Mystique GS 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1MELM6536W
A lot of thanks for those who have extended their help and advise to this problem. Tried almost all of them, tried what Mitchell on Demand said, followed what the TSB 03-15-13 stated, drain the oil, flushed it, changed oil to 5W30 and changed the filter, engin... Trouble codes: P1381 (VCT Ovradvanced Bank 1).
1992 Mitsubishi Mighty Max 2.4L ign coil VIN: JW6MAL45RP
Well I had 10 hits on this problem and almost everybody hit it on the nose. I pulled the ECM out and pulled it apart to find the circuit board burnt up in about 4 different places. From what I hear, this is a common problem but is the quality of the ECM or is ...
2002 Nissan Altima 2.5L engine timing VIN: 1N4AL11D62
thank you very much for the replies received.i was unable to relearn the idle, so the customer decided to take the car back to the dealer for the timing the customer decided to use the car as is,mainly because he needed the car,thank you very much f...
2002 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean 3.0L Sun Roof VIN: 4S3BH80642
This issue did not seem to fetch a lot of replies but I believe this is now fixed. Gorden [...] hit the nail on the head by ...
2006 Suzuki G/VITARA 2.0L 4WD Control System VIN: JSAJTD54V0
First of all thanks to those memebers who replied me. We return the vehicle to customer without fixing the problem. But i would like to add the information what i learned during servicing. 4WD computerised control system of SUZUKI: 1. TRANSFER SELECTION SWITCH...
1990 Toyota Cressida Luxury 3.0L Suction Hose VIN: JT2MX83E3L
A whole lotta thanks to Glenn, John, Peter, Jim. Duane, Lloyd, and Willie for your time and consideration. All sent good information and theory On this Cressida A/C system: The compresser is designed to run continuously on this system except when high side rea...
1994 Volvo 940 T 2.3L Hesitation, Cuts out, MIL Lamp on VIN: YV1JW8616R
Thanks to everyone that responded to my problem with the volvo, as i have not seen many of these cars. As most of you recomended replacing the fuel pump relay i took it out and could see that the soldier connections were cracked. I replaced the fuel pump relay... Trouble codes: 144.
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