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1996 Acura Integra RS 1.8L DLC Connector VIN: JH4DC4344T
This car was manufactured in 5/1996. We cannot find the OBD II DLC anywhere in the car. Mitchell says that it is behind the glove box, on the right side of the dash. I have seen it there on others, but not this one. There is a DLC behind the box, it is two sma...
1999 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1L Misfire
cylinder 3 misfire that wont go away. has also been to the dealer for same problem dealer said maybe injector thats why it was replaced but did not help Trouble codes: P0303
2001 Chevrolet Camaro 5.7L Mechanical VIN: 2R1FP22G01
I inspected this SS camaro ,my customer wants to buy, 5.7L straight pipe exhaust)NO CATS & zero BACK pressure). On tip in the engine sounds like marbles on the right bank. Could be valve train or piston slap. Customer says its louder during warm up. Seller of ...
2000 Chrysler 300M 3.5L temp guage,Tach,Speedo VIN: X2C3HE66G2
When the car is first started all guages work.Within 20 seconds the check engine light illuminates and then the Tach,Speedo and Temp guage stop working.I scanned the car and there were no codes even though the check engine light was illuminated.I removed the B...
1995 Dodge Neon 2.0L Head Gasket VIN: 1P3ES62Y0S
Car came in with head gasket leaking oil at back of head (driver side, Like Most) Engine ran great with no problems other than the oil leak at back of head. I removed the head and checked engine deck and cylinder head. Both are straight as an arrow. So I repla...
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck 5.9L Possible front pump VIN: 3B7HF13Z81
Trans techs I need a little help, I have this Dodge truck that when you put it in rev. it will make a noise that I will describe as a lot like a P/S pump that is low on fluid, kind of a whine/buzzing type noise. It only happens in rev., hot or cold. I have pul...
1988 Ford Aerostar 3.0L No Move VIN: N0TAVALBUL
Hi Real Tranny Techs ;)}} 1988 Aerostar... A4LD tranny... Please help an Amature out ;)?? I built this thing about 30K miles ago.. I did use the black plastic selective washers & the nickel plated sealing rings on the center support... Recently, it started ...
2004 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTPW14524
Vehicle came in for mil, misfire occurs in cylinder 7, changed all plugs, have spent many hours, two Ford Dealers looked at it, they could not find problem, one dealer said #7 rod bent (makes no sense) we checked that, pulled valve cover, checked lifters, cam,... Trouble codes: P0307, P0316 (misfire occurs first 1000 rpm)
1999 Subaru Legacy Limited 30th Anniversary 2.5L Solenoids VIN: 4S3BG6858X
A special thanks to anyone who reads and responds to this mess!!! Im literally drained from this one. Vehicle came into shop with major bearing and differential noises, transmission seemed to shift ok, and no service lights had come on in the dash. Gave cust...
1992 Toyota Paseo 1.5L starter VIN: JT2EL45F6N
I'm trying to finish what someone else started. 1.5 JDM crate engine. It was already in the car but not finished. The problem is the starter runs on the flywheel teeth all the time. I pulled starter off and see nothing unusual. If the starter is moved about an...

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1999 Cadillac Catera 3.0L Misfire VIN: W06VR52RSX
Here are a few of the images that lead me to believe that my problem is not ignition first is [[...] | Primary waveform ] this is during misfire counters adding up. This appears lean as the spark burns out @ arount .75 ms. Here is the [[...] | the in... Trouble codes: P0303 (only set the code once misfire cylinder 3).
1999 Chrysler LHS 3.5L Steering Rack VIN: 2C3HC56G6X
I received three suggestions. Two suggested cleaning the screen in the resevoir and flushing P/S system. One suggested replacing the rack and pinion. The fluid and screen were serviced with no change. The customer declined any further repairs or diagnosis when...
1999 Dodge Caravan 3.0L no start VIN: 2B4FP253XW
once the used bcm was installed, it sent info to the pcm that the car had a security system. dealer advised that they could not flash the pcm because once the pcm had the security data, it could not be removed. the fix was to replace both the bcm and the pcm. ...
1999 Dodge Ram 2500 Truck 8.0L braking VIN: 1B7KF23W9X
thanks for all the help, i forgot to include that yes i did replace hoses previously. one suggestion was to check caliper pressure with gauge which we did, both sides had same pressure within 10 psi. we installed dealer pads and calipers on truck, problem ha...
1997 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.6L engine VIN: 1FTDX1769V
I changed out the lifters and had 13 bad ones, i have ran the vehicle for 2 weeks and there is a small rattle in the mornings, I think i am going to try some sort of engine oil system cleaner in it and see if that will help. Thanks for the input Judd
2006 Ford E-350 Super Duty 5.4L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTSE34L56
I'm going to call this vehicle fixed, although I had it fixed once before. I guess time will tell. The fix was another coil. I ran the flow chart for P0356 and on the third step it had me test the coil with a spark tester. Guess what? No spark. So I pulled out... Trouble codes: P0356 (Ignition coil pri/sec circuit failure).
1993 Isuzu N NPR 3.9L shifting VIN: JALB4B1K8R
Thanks for all the good suggestions. I went over each possibility and inspected for corrosion or broken wires, but everything seemed to be in good working order. What I finally did was follow the instructions of the local Isuzu truck dealer's guru. He suggeste...
2001 Lincoln LS 3.0L 3-4 shift VIN: 1LNHM86S31
Thanks to all who replied. One particular IATN member had the exact car with the exact symptom at the same time I had mine. He called me at the shop and we compared notes. He fixed his by replacing a broken 4-3 prestroke spring which requires removal of valveb...
1989 Mercedes-Benz 300E 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: WDBEA30D4K
Hello everyone and thanks for the help with this one. You can in fact get flash codes via the small LED on under the hood by pressing the button with the key on. This vehicle had a code stored for an oxygen sensor failure(as many stated would be the case). We ...
2001 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0L shifter VIN: JN1CA31D81
Most of the replies told me to check the shift interlock solenoid for being too weak and they are correct. There is a shift interlock release mechanism in the LF corner of the shifter cover. Pry out the little plug, then push a srewdriver in the hole and it ...
1995 Toyota Tacoma DLX 3.4L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 4TAVN53F9S
Well, I am calling this one fixed although it is still somewhat up in the air. Let me explain: I did as one of you guy suggested... went back to the basics. After a compression test, I found #1 and #3 (the front two on the right bank) to be low. A wet test did... Trouble codes: P0300 (Multiple Cylinder Misfire), P0301 (Cylinder 1 Misfire), P0302 (Cylinder 2 Misfire), P0303 (Cylinder 3 Misfire), P0401 (Insufficient EGR Flow Detected), P1300 (Ignitor Circuit Malfunction).
1996 Toyota RAV4 2.0L transfer case VIN: J13HP10V2T
Thanks everyone for the suggestions. Due to a few transfer case to transmission bolts located on the top side near the engine being impossible to get at, I dropped the whole engine/trans on the ground. It was not bad at all. Once I got it on the ground I moved...
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