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1993 Chevrolet K1500 Cheyenne 4.3L Hesitation, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GCEK14Z2F
customer could not get dist in correctly, had spark knock, we reinstalled and set timing per factory specs, spark knock gone, code 43 still there, slight hesitation and minor miss under load only. (Customer is over weekend pulling plugs)Any suggestions as to e... Trouble codes: 43 (est problem), 42 (est error)
1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck 5.9L Poor Idle Quality, Stall VIN: 3B7HF13Z7W
Hello, I am looking at a friend's Ram 1500 4WD with 5.9. Butcher warning -- in the past he had someone replace the cat converter with straight pipe during an exaust replacement job. The vehicle *looks* like it has 300k miles on it and has been sitting in a ju...
2002 GMC Sierra 2500 6.0L Electronic VIN: 1GK46L7D8C
This truck came in on a hook as a precaution, is was in limp home mode (3rd gear only), had only the "P" and "R" on the indicator, Checked the position switch on the side of the trani, was faulty. replaced the switch, indicator works properly, but... clear the...
2002 Kia JOICE 2.0L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: KMXMTE1PP2
This vehicle came in with this DTC P0300,after clearing did test drive and under load the MIL came on with the same DTC.Checked the fuel pump pressure got 40 Psi also in the test drive - so,it's not part of the fuel system. On the FF data I could not see any r... Trouble codes: P0300 (Random Misfire Detected)
1996 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L Mechanical VIN: WDBJF55F1T
PLEASE HELP! I have replaced the head gasket due to oil leak. Complete valve job with new guides and resurface. (head thickness within spec.) Timing is set with pin holes line up at upper edge, on #1 TDC,and adjuster fully clockwise. Engine run great at idle. ...
1999 Mercury Grand Marquis GS 4.6L alt
Hello Techs, This is my brothers car, isn't it always family or friends cars that make you look like your new at this stuff? The charge gauge has read low since the car was new (1999) but he has never had a no start until the last 6 months. The first time t...
1978 Pontiac Firebird 5.7L engine VIN: 1G2FW218XH
Good evening fellow techs, I have a problem here with my wife's TA, We replaced the engine about 2500 miles ago, 1500 miles later the thrust bearing had failed. The reman folks said bad torque converter not their problem, Got reman crack from local vendor and ...
1987 Porsche 944 2.5L No Start, Stall
Checked ALLDATA and there is a relay with a green LED in the PDC under the hood drivers side against the firewall. Followed ALLDATA's method to pull codes, installed fuse into relay and LED on relay stays on, thus indicating a fault code? Got it to run and ran...
2001 Saturn L300 3.0L Misfire VIN: 1G8JW54R11
hello techs,car came in with intermittent no start/hard start prob.scanned& had [...] snsr.code,replaced crk.snsr.-that prob. ok now.discovered #2 cyl.had constant misfire,idle & off idle.checked compression,spark plug(swapped w/ another cyl.),spark plug bo...
2003 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 1.9L Lighting VIN: 3VWCP21C73
Hi. VW techs. This car came to my shop with customer complaining for the left directional lights staying on from time to time on his car. He mentionned the problem happens with the engine running as well as with the engine and ignition off too, which causes b...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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2001 Audi A4 Quattro 2.8L Timing belt VIN: WAUDH68D01
Responses were split almost 50-50 between those who advocate using special tools for this job and those who do not. Being a convservative, (paranoid) type, I elected to purchase the Crankshaft Locking Pin (part# 3242) and the Twin Camshaft Holder (part# 3391) ...
2002 Audi Allroad Quattro 2.7L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WA1YD54B22
Hi, We have repaired most of the issues with this car,and as soon as We affect a repair for all codes and the CEL has been off for a while ,I will post more info.I received 5 responses and appreciate the help and hope to reciprocate someday. Brian from WI,St... Trouble codes: 16826, 17704, 16515, (P013, 16684, 16685, 16686.
2001 BMW X5 4.4i 4.4L MIL Lamp on,Limp home mode VIN: WBAFB3353L
Thank you for all replies.The customer has picked up the car and will bring it back next week to leave it with us.I did replace the correct pressure regulator,and did not receive any addt'l info regarding BMW code 02-Pressure actuator 2-EDS. I will post more o...
1993 Buick LeSabre Custom 3.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G4HP53116
well it is fixed we hope...the wires and cooling system were checked and all was ok..this time went with a OEM part. and that has fixed it for now anyway. want to thank all that sent possible fixes... Trouble codes: 21 (tps high voltage in history), 22 (tps low voltage current).
2000 Chrysler 300M 3.5L temp guage,Tach,Speedo VIN: X2C3HE66G2
First off thanks for all the replies. I rechecked all the wires for a short and all were fine. I rechecked all the grounds and everything was good. I also checked resistance.I had communication through my scanner for all functions and all the data was correct....
2002 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1B4GP24312
Rechecked compression myself, and found it to be 90 psi. Removed valve cover, loosened rocker shaft and put air into cylinder. Air escaping from intake valve. Customer can't foot the repair bill at this time. Hard to believe an engine with 60 k on it needs thi... Trouble codes: P0301 (cylinder 1 misfire).
1998 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L 1-2 Shift VIN: 1FMZU34E6W
Thanks to everyone who responded. A new separator plate with gaskets and a new EPC selonoid was the fix. There is also an update kit from Ford that replaces the blow off valve. Thanks again this is one of the best tools out there. Doug
2001 Ford Escape XLS 3.0L Right front door VIN: 1FMYU02181
Right front door stuck shut. Disconnected battery, removed right front seat, B pillar trim, and pulled door panel back enough to access latch. Ford TSB instructions did not work like they said. Had to break white plastic piece off latch inside door and pry up ...
2000 GMC Jimmy Diamond Edition 4.3L Surge, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GKDT13W7Y
hello techs,thanks to all who replied.sorry it has taken so long for summary-this is my vehicle & have been working on it when time permits.tried swapping crank snsr./shimming crank snsr.-no diff.observed knock snsr. when misfiring occurs & it is not active.on... Trouble codes: P0300.
1989 Honda Civic 1.5L Surge
well most suggested i go with a factory honda distributor but the customer couldnt afford it so i took my chances with a new unit through worldpac and it fixed the problem. this one was a good example of how wrecking yard parts can come back to bite you. thank...
1997 Lexus ES300 3.0L No Start VIN: JT8BF22G0V
The crankshaft pulley got damaged when the engine was installed. The crank sensor was not getting the proper tooth spacing from the pulley teeth, because some were missing.
1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3 2.3L No Start VIN: WDBDA24D9G
First let me say I truly appreciate all the help. Problem was a bad fuel pump. The original pump would build 80psi during koeo for the first 2 seconds then drop to about 45psi. It only had 45psi during cranking. It did have the correct volume and would build 1...
1992 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 2.6L ignition lock cylinder VIN: WDBDA29D9N
The car has now been fixed, but not by me. I explained the situation to the owner, that I had been unable to get the cylinder to come out and the next, more expensive step would be to remove the whole lock assembly. I also told him I had never done one of thes...
2000 Mercedes-Benz S430 4.3L electric window VIN: WDBNG70J5Y
2003 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0L compressor VIN: JTEBU14R53
wow. that turned out to be very simple. i replaced the a/c relay with the updated one and that solved the problem entirely. thanx soooo very much to all who replied!
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