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1996 BMW 328is 2.8L MIL Lamp on, VIN: WBWBG1324T
Two days after we replaced the head, the customer called saying that the car had a hard time starting in the morning. He brought it back into the shop and we tested it the next day. We found that the for the first two times we tried to start it, it would crank... Trouble codes: P1519
2000 Cadillac Catera 3.0L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: W06VR548YR
Cadillac Catera experts please help!First time customer brought vehicle in with CEL light on complaint.When I pulled vehicle in the service bay CEL light was flashing-retrieved codes P0300-P0301-P0303-P0305.Engine felt like had a misfire although not like all ... Trouble codes: P0300 (random cyl misfire), P0301 (cyl 1 misfire), P0303 (cyl 3 misfire), P0305 (cyl 5 misfire)
2000 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3L Door locks, Power Seats, Interior Lights VIN: 1GNDT13WXY
Hi Techs, I'm having a problem with my own personnal vehicle. The other night the OEM car alarm starting going off in my driveway. I walked out to find that the power door locks were operating randomly. The first thing I thought of was the electric start that...
2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L gas and battery VIN: 2GCEC19T93
Good morning all- Have one here giving some strange problems.This one was handed to me from another tech in the shop.Originally the truck came in for the battery guage was reading too high.The other tech checked and replaced alternator-test indicated 15.5 vol...
2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 6.0L inst. cluster VIN: 1GCHC24U14
truck came into shop with speedometer inop replaced instrument cluster sent old cluster to techni-car for replacement just got the replacement today i installed it now it displays needs programing customer need this truck monday at 11:oo am monday morning i am...
2004 Chevrolet Impala 3.8L dash panel direction control switch not working VIN: 2G1WF52E14
owner complains that blower for ac & heater only goes out defrost. checked actuator under dash , had no voltage coming from control switch . checked all fuses . removed actuator, moved part in dash with screwdriver ,everthing works ok. need information on cont...
2002 Chrysler Sebring LX 2.7L prnd3 VIN: 1C3EL46R52
car wont lock up in any gear unless codes are cleared, there is no comm between floor shift and dash indicator. this is my first post and not that great with transmissions. i thank you all in advance. the trans when wont go in to gear makes a whinig sound like...
1999 Ford E-350 Econoline Club Wagon XLT 5.4L Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1FBSS31L3X
Hello ford techs, We are a GM only dealer and have a used van deal going bad. We need some help fixing this one. When driving vehcle from a stop, just pushing the accel pedal a small amout it will hesitate, cut-out, even stall. If you jump on the accel pedal h...
2000 Ford Ranger XL 4.0L Intake or timing cover gasket VIN: 1FTZR15X4Y
Hello to all. last week this ranger came in for over heat problem. Noticed that the engine oil was very clean-cutomer just drove in from a quick-lube. We topped off their cooling system,tightened some bolts with no other problem found.A day goes by & the coola...
2001 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0L Transmission Temperture VIN: 3FAFP31341
Good morning, Thanks for looking at this post. Customer had stated they had started the car up and the speedometer went up to 100 mph then came back down and the car shut off. Customer then restarted the car then both the check engine light and transmission wa...
1994 GMC K1500 Suburban SLE 5.7L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1GKFK16K9R
Hello all Techs! I've been scratching my head on this one for awhile. Good client brought this Suburban in after having it in several shops in the area. It has had a ton of parts thrown at it from various shops, with no improvement. From cold start, it will ru...
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.2L electricwindow VIN: 1J4E278Y3T
need help with can not operate windows door locks or power mirror on pass side of jeep only
2000 Mazda Millenia Millennium Edition 2.3L camshaft VIN: JM1TA2226Y
Did you ever have one of those where you knew not to but did anyway?Head gaskets fixed the original running hot problem but approximatly 100 miles later shes back with a knocking noise.Removal of back valve cover shows exaust cam broken next to last journal , ...
1998 Mercury Mystique GS 2.0L slippage in 1st /rough downshift into 1st VIN: 1MEFM6538W
Hi car came in with slippage in 1st and harsh downshift from 2nd to 1st. codes 755 and 743 present. erased codes and started vehicle and read codes without moving vehicle. codes 755 and 743 appeared again. also "o/d off" light stays on-button on gearshift doe...
1999 Mercury Sable GS 3.0L Airbag system VIN: 1MEFM50U3X
Customer bought this car at an auction. It had been previously wrecked lightly on the passesger side. The front door was replaced, and fender repaired. It was not damaged in the front, so the bags are intact. The Snap-on MT-2500 scanner came up with the messag...
2000 Nissan Xterra SE 3.3L MIL Lamp on
This suv is allready fixed and post is for the archives. customer complaint of "fuel mileage went down" only thing I could find wrong was a code P0325 knock sensor problem. This code will not turn on the mil light, but it will fail emissions testing and since ... Trouble codes: P0325 (knock sensor problem)

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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1993 Acura Legend L 3.2L radio VIN: JH4KA7658P
thanks to all that replied. now i see why a manufacturer would put a anti-theft system like this on a vehicle. the bose system is a very very good sound system, and in the acura the system can be removed in a matter of minutes making it a easy targets for thei...
1996 Cadillac DeVille 4.6L No Start
Special thanks to Dave,George,and Juan on this one.Evidently the ipc has the vin programmed in and using a boneyard ipc even if it is programmed sps style for the anti-theft system will not work because of the mismatching vin's between the ipc,pcm,and bcm.When... Trouble codes: 1632 (Theft Deterrent Fuel Disable).
1997 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.2L Hesitation, Cuts out, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G1JC1248V
So thanx for all the help! I ende up finding out that the car had been in an accident a couple of years before. It was a front end collition. The ecm is located in the RF bumper/fender area, so i tore it all out and foun some wires that had been damaged and we... Trouble codes: P0502, P0335, P0341.
1998 Chevrolet S10 LS 2.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GCCS1941W
Thanks For The Replies. I Did Check Fuel Pressure,Map,O2,Power & Grounds. I Really Believe It Has A Bad ECM.Customers Request Not To Repair. Will Be Trading It In. Thanks Again. Trouble codes: P0172.
1999 Chevrolet K1500 Suburban 5.7L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3GNFK16RXX
Well id like to thank you all for the replys. We checked and double checked the grounds to all the o2 sensors. All checked good. I also checked the main ground that is at the right front of the block. Nothing found all grounds checked good. We replaced the ups... Trouble codes: P0141, P0430.
2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2GCEK19TX1
Sorry every one I do not have a for sure fix I looked at it for 3 hr more and came to the conclusion that the low compression in 4 and 5 have to be the ansure 25 psi I have checked every thing I could come up with I did forget to say that I did check the press... Trouble codes: P0300.
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport 2.2L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G1JH52F72
Thank you guys for all the advice.I checked fuel pressure regulator and cleaned throttle body.My fuel trim numbers indicated that the fuel mixture was ok.I went ahead and added propane and car still ran the same.Vacuum gauge revealed that the vacuum was a litt... Trouble codes: P0300.
1996 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.3L No Start, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1B4GP54R9T
The van is fixed,had a bad pcm.I would like to thank everyone for their help.Thanks again IATN. Trouble codes: P0340.
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck 4.7L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1D7HA18N12
Thanks to many replys .pulled apart engine and found that the crank gear key sheared causing the gear to change timing.damage to crank at edge, looks like poor designe as of keyway. Note this engine did have a aftermarket harmonic balancer and pully and the cr... Trouble codes: P1391.
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck 4.7L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1D7HA18N12
Thanks to many replys .pulled apart engine and found that the crank gear key sheared causing the gear to change timing.damage to crank at edge, looks like poor designe as of keyway. Note this engine did have a aftermarket harmonic balancer and pully and the cr... Trouble codes: P1391.
2000 Ford Focus ZTS 2.0L smell VIN: 1FAHP3830Y
I have not had a change to update this yet since the customer has no yet returned for service - I will update this post when she comes in for the next service -many responses suggest an oil leak and not rubber -there was no signs of any external oil leaks but ...
2000 Ford Mustang 3.8L Engine VIN: 1FAFP444XY
Vehicle fixed after we found a short to ground along the MAF circuit. Although we had painstakingly looked for a short previous, the multiple suggestions of MAF being bad prompted us to look one more time at the MAF and circuits. A gound had become corroded an...
2002 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L Misfire VIN: 1FAFP53UX2
Thanks for all the replies I changed the cmp sensor and syncornizer and light came back on so I sent to dealer. Trouble codes: 1336 (misfire).
1999 Honda Civic EX 1.6L radio interior light key alarm VIN: 2HGEJ8542X
Unable to close to my satisfaction.My garage has worker/owner setup w/4 owners.Another co-owner brought this in as his neighbors car.He has been out of work w/some health problems as far as I know the car remains unfixed.I would personaly like to get it back i...
2000 Jaguar S-Type 4.0L engine VIN: SAJDAO1D3Y
Thank You to everyone who responded to this problem.I was given ideas about the vvt drums sticking, what codes to expect if the timing was off and possibly that the intake cams were not fully retarded when they were set up.I decided to pull the vavle covers an...
1996 Lincoln Mark VIII Anniversary 4.6L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Cuts out, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1LNLM91V1T
After running tests recommended by fellow mechanics: leak down. compression, and oil pressure test all of which the car passed I went back to what I knew to be true. The primary waveform was messy old coils and new coils. I replaced the computer, car ran perfe... Trouble codes: P0352 (Ignition coil B circuit malfunction), P0354 (Ignition coil D circuit malfunction), P0300 (Random misfire).
1992 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3 2.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: WDBDA28D3N
We were able to get the vehicle to communicate after a few more try's by holding down the button on the box in the engine compartment on the passengers side. It flashed a coolant temp sensor code which wasn't surprising since we did some cooling system repairs...
1997 Nissan Pickup SE 2.4L timing chain VIN: 1N6SD16S5V
thank you for the replies. everyones advice was appreciated. especially james from texas. nissan oil filter made a big difference. upon inspection i found the guides to be intact and with no visible wear, but decided that because of the miles on this one, to g...
2004 Pontiac Grand Am SE1 3.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G2NF52E94
i appreciate everyones response to my help request. the customer cancelled their appointment to return for further diagnosis.they needed their vehicle back the same day i submitted my help request and said they would reschedule.they said they would try to get ... Trouble codes: P0401.
1992 Toyota Camry LE 3.0L timming VIN: 4T1VK12E7N
Hi All Sorry that it has taken so long, only been able to work on it on weekends. but any way, recieved 29 replies THANKS have not fixed this thing yet. all marks are right on. nothinhg is off all pulleys correct, exhaust not plugged, starting to think that ...
2000 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 1.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWCD21C5Y
Yoooo-hoooo this puppy is finally fixed. Thanks to Darrel for pin pointing a hard to see leak in the hose between the dump valve and intake. After that leak was fixed we had too much boost. Turned out to be the boost control solenoid. The only test we found fo... Trouble codes: P1557 (turbo pressure control limit exceede), P1750 (ecu blocked inter).
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