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1992 Audi 100 S 2.8L No Start VIN: WAUBJ54A3N
my "ace" mechanic removed the transmission from this car and did not remove the engine rpm sensor wire and ignition timing sensor wire from the upper left bracket. upon lowering the transmission the wires ripped apart. can you repair the wires or do the sensor...
2001 Chevrolet Express 1500 4.3L Not Sure VIN: 1GCFG15W31
This van came in with the trans slipping. I pulled it and rebuilt the complete trand with clutches and steels, band, and converter. It ran great for two months with no problems. It came back the coustmers complant it that it quit pulling. i checked the line pr...
2003 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8L no crank, theft light on sometimes VIN: 2G1WH55K33
Hello, I have an impala that refuses to act up for us the complaint is that it will not crank somtimes and when customer attempts start after 10 minutes vehicle starts normally also customer states the theft lamp sometimes comes on while driving. I have checke...
2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, 4 cylinders dead VIN: 1GCEC19V04
Hi Guys, Here's a good one. 75% of the time, Truck starts up (hot or cold), idles 5 to 10 minutes and will over a course of 15 to 20 seconds slowly lose all 4 cylinders on right hand bank (2,4,6,8). All Ign coils are firing all spark plugs, All Injectors are s... Trouble codes: P0300 (random misfire)
2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.3L guages VIN: 1GCEK14X74
Hey guys, Im a Ford guy mostly but one of our fleet customers has this one Chevy truck that none of the guages work. The tachometer and speedometer both work and the digital mileage/information center works, but none of the 4 guages on the right, volt meter, o...
1994 Dodge Caravan 3.3L Fluid leak VIN: 1P4GH54ROR
I cannot get the LH axle seal to stop leaking on this 4-speed Chrysler Reman trans. The easy solution would be to send it to a dealer and let them worry about it, as it is under warranty. I do not believe that the leak started right away, as I was alerted to ...
2000 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3L Outer CV joint VIN: 1B4GP44L2Y
I've got the right side CV shaft in the bench vise. Just one problem. How do I get the outer joint off? There's no clip to remove. What is the trick to separating the joint from the shaft so I can do a simple boot replacement?
2004 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3L radiator fans VIN: 1D4GP24R64
vehicle overheats with a/c on when in traffic. Sets code 480 immediately after clearing. never any other codes Fans fail to run with or w/o air on. Replaced coolant temp switch and radiator relay. Fans will run when jumpered. Traced continuity back to computer...
2000 Ford Ranger XL 4.0L Fuse 6 CJB VIN: 2FDZ123440
Hey gang I'm Just wondering if anyone may have seen a common concern with wire chafing of a shorted TR sensor or similar on this one. I believe its circuit 298 Violet/orange The Fuse # 6 in the Central Junction Box ( pass comp fuse box) blows very intermittent...
2002 Ford Ranger XL 2.3L hard starting VIN: 1FTYR10D82
There is a long crank time more when starting cold. If gas pedal is held down it starts better. It sometimes is better to shut truck off it doesnt start right and then starting it again. I am near sea level and MAF was at 158hz, temp sensors ECT & IAT were wit...
1990 Honda Prelude Si 2.1L hesd gasket
Hi this prelude has had the head gasket replaced twice in two years.the last time the head was machined[so the customer was told] and is still flat.i now have the car. when i was removing the head bolts [by hand] they seemed quite loose.the torque spec in alld...
2006 Lexus GS430 4.3L air bleeding VIN: JTHBN96S26
This car came to my shop for a front and rear brake service. The mechanic opened the front and rear caliper bleeder to release the piston. He was just doing the regular service. After he finished the brakes, he bleeded the hydralic system with the ignition key...
2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT 3.0L No movement any gear VIN: 4A3AC54H01
The owner was driving vehicle in 'D' and the vehicle quit moving. The check engine lamp came on and the 'N' indicator on the instrument cluster started to flash. Customer disconnected battery before I arrived so there are no trouble codes stored. The vehicles ...
1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass 3.1L MIL Lamp on, Tach intermittent VIN: 1G3NB52M3W
Hope someone has seen this before and can give me some ideas. Car came in with SES light on and codes P0336 and P0327. Also noticed tachometer will read at idle, but when you accelerate, tach drops to 0. Suspected bad 24x crank sensor and replaced it. Also hav... Trouble codes: P0336 (24X Reference Signal Circuit), P0327 (Knock Sensor Signal Error)
1999 Pontiac Grand Am GT 3.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G2NW52E8X
hello everyone...customer came in today for a check engine light..found code po341 camshaft circuit performance..follow chart in mitchell od5 which turned up nothing...its a history code and its reading fine now...i've seen this before on gm 3.1's and 3.4's bu... Trouble codes: P0341
1995 Toyota Camry 3.0L No Start, BLOWS MAIN EFI FUSE VIN: 4TIGK1ZW9S
this vehicle was towed in. the tow truck driver had tried to replace the underhood efi fuse multiple times. the vehicle was driven into a parking lot and when the owner returned it would not start. anytime the key is turned on the fuse blows. the vehicle had a...
1998 Toyota RAV4 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1JPDONOTHA
This rav 4come to us whit ses light on p0401 follow the chart and replaced egr but still the same also check the valve selenoid but nothing changed .I cleaned the exhaust tube and the intake hole and after a couple of days light come on again ,could someonehel... Trouble codes: P0401

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1990 Acura Integra LS 1.8L drive axle seal VIN: JH4DA9453L
1992 Acura Integra GS 1.8L No Start VIN: JH4DA9365N
Thanks for the replies. We had tried almost all of the things suggested and concluded that the problem had to be the computer by process of elimination. The customer located a similar car and switched the computer. That solved the problem (even though Honda...
1999 Acura RL Premium 3.5L Airbag VIN: JH4KA9650X
Got a lot of responses on this one ranging from the fact that these seatbelt switches have a lifetime warranty to our right side is Japan's left side, but here is the fix: the customer would SOMETIMES leave his laptop on the passenger seat! I guess the occup...
1995 Chevrolet C1500 5.7L condensor VIN: 1GCG1367A1
first ,thank you for all replies . all of you gave me a lot infor to look for.fixed is condensor is up side down there is no orfice tube and customer stated vehicle never had any repair front you think that is a true story.
1994 Dodge B350 5.9L No Start VIN: 2B5WB35Z1R
OK, folks...the new IAC did not fix the problem. So we started our diagnosing over again...decided to open the case on the computer to have a look and it has a big black spot right in the middle of the board. The customer chose to buy a used computer and we ha...
1997 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.6L monitors VIN: 2FTDX1861V
customer has not returned to let me check or diagnose problem myself. several good replies, especially about the engine getting to operating temp. like i said the egr monitor did run but somehow erased. i beleive the car has a keep alive power or internal pcm ...
2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L Trans VIN: 1FTNX21F41
The fix was for the dealer to flash the computer. Ford has an update that increases the pressure to 1st and reverse. THANKS for the replies.
2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FAFP53233
Thanks to everyone for their help. The key to the fix was Sean's advise to clear Keep Alive Memory (disconnecting the battery) and the other advise to reset the Baro PID and clean the MAF sensor. After performing those procedures the vehicle during subsequent... Trouble codes: P0171 (System too lean - Bank 1), P0174 (System too lean - Bank 2).
1991 Honda Accord LX 2.2L No Start VIN: 1HGCB765XM
thank you all for the responses. Only 1 man suggested something unique and i might have to say that he was right on and this saviour's name is hondabob. said to check the ground at thermostat housing. it was in fact corroded. cleaned and let the car go. its be...
1999 Isuzu Rodeo LS 3.2L suspension VIN: 4S2CM58W4X
I removed the rear drive shaft,it was not siezed.So i went ahead and adj the front ride heigth with the torsion bar adj.Prob fixed,thank you for the help.
1995 Mazda Millenia 2.5L Cuts out VIN: JM1TA2219S
I had 2 replies for this one and I replaced the map sensor and the car has been doing fine. i had already put 2 distributers and a fuel pump on it. thanks for all the help with this one, I had already spent way to much time on this one.Lee Trouble codes: P0725, P1195.
1997 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.4L Hesitation VIN: JT3HN86R6V
thankyou for all your help after drawing all the information out of the customer and the shop that refferd him to me found out that about 2 months ago the timing belt was replaced not only did they reuse a sized tnsioner but admitted they couldnt identify the ...
1998 Toyota Tacoma DLX 3.4L overheating
it was the radiator, after bugging the customer for awhile she said she had it flushed because it was really dirty. so i hit it with a temp gun and saw hot spotsso i replaced radiator problem solved also talked her into a toyota t stat thank you!
1999 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.8L MIL Lamp on
Thanks to all who helped me with this Euro,the customer took there car and is going to bring it back at a later date. Again,thanks for the help and hopefully I can do the same in return,because of people like you the Technicians have another resource for help!
2000 Volkswagen Beetle GL 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: WVWZZZ9CZY
Thanks Group, 6 out of 7 replies said to fit new genuine MAF, One reply said - revisit the vac pipes - couldnt fault them. The MIL lamp has now stayed off. Trouble codes: 16556 (P0172 System too rich).
1988 Volvo 240 2.3L No Start
well it turned out to be a combination of a leaking pressure reg and fouled plufs. thanks to all who replied.
2005 Volvo S80 2.5T AWD 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: YV1TH59215
Note: for this vehicle as well as most 2005 and newer Volvo automobiles, OBDII uses the ISO 15765 protocol (CAN). There is no pin #7 for protocol ISO 9141 (K line). Many OBDII testers are not capable of the CAN protocol. For the MA state inspection equipment...
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