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1991 Buick Park Avenue 3.8L Excessive Emissions, No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire VIN: 1G4CW53LXM
Hello everyone,I have this Park Ave here and its doing wierd things.It came in as a no start and after leaving it overnight it fired right up.Figured it was the module because it would buck and surge when hot and stall and not startand start and run fine when ... Trouble codes: 41 (cam sensor)
1998 Cadillac Eldorado ETC 4.6L Poor Idle Quality, high idle VIN: 1G6ET129XW
the problem i am having is very randomly the idle will begin to climb to around 2500 rpm. when i say random it could be a month before it happens, or it could be the next day. there are no codes for high idle, or anything else for that matter. every pid looks ...
1984 Chevrolet El Camino 5.0L water pump VIN: 1GMDX1F72J
Hello all, sorry the vin is not correct, I forgot to bring it home this weekend, it is not necessary for this question. I am installing a new water pump on this el camino and ran into something I have never seen before. when I removed the water pump I found th...
1997 Chevrolet Venture LS 3.4L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: 1GNDX03EXV
Vehicle came in running bad with a coolant leak in the lwr intake. I replaced the intake gaskets rockers and pushrods. No more coolant leak, but it still runs rough at idle. I smoked the system and can't find any leaks. Under a load It runs good, but idles ver... Trouble codes: P0121
1998 Chevrolet K1500 Cheyenne 5.0L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GCEK19M6W
well this one has me stumped, what is happening here is the bank 2 sensor 1 o2 when warm will go lean right around 100 mv and stay in that area the the computer will try to compensate and st fuel trims will go to 50 percent and flood bank to causing 2 4 6 8 to...
2000 Chrysler Cirrus LX 2.4L Excessive Emissions, Stall VIN: 3C3D256SOY
car was towed to my shop from anothe shop other shop replace pcm any help will be apriciated
1996 Dodge Neon High Line 2.0L temp,fuel,speedo VIN: 1B3ES47CBT
fuel,temp and speedomiter all quit working at once.oil light,all illumination work ok.power and grounds tsb found.scanner shows temp ok,fuel level volt zero.check engine lamp works. has any one had trouble of this type? gauges are at bottom of the scale....
2007 Dodge Ram 2500 Truck ST 5.9L Excessive Emissions VIN: 3D3KU28C53
Dear Dodge Guru's, I have one that is out there aways. I have been working with diesels for almost 20 years, Customer had us tow to shop. Owner was driving to job a few miles from his place. Started bucking,rpm starting climbing, he turned off key, engine did...
2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FMZU73X2Y
AT IDLE bank2 long trim +10% bank1 LT -6 short trim 0% ST -2 AT 2500 RPM bank2 LT+11 BANK1 LT+11 SH 0 ST -8 Trouble codes: P0171 (Bank 1 system lean), P0174 (Bank2 system lean)
2005 Ford F-350 Super Duty King Ranch 6.0L Starting VIN: 1FTWW33P95
This is my friend's truck, he was on his way to a hunting trip in GA. he stopped to get fuel, without any previous problems & when he went to restart the truck a message on the dash appeared, "TCB" fault. I told him to do the 2 things listed above but still ...
1998 GMC K2500 Sierra SL 5.7L Poor Fuel Economy VIN: NONE VINR
shop says knock sensor is at fault after 2 weeks of testing . no codes, only drivability isssue is noisy(lazy) lifter since engine rebuild . has anyone else ever seen a knock sensor pass all tests and yet cause this problem shop says lifter is not causing this...
1999 GMC Jimmy SL 4.3L abs VIN: 1GKDT13W4X
Upon driving vehicle an coming to a stop the anti-lock brake system engages. When problem occurs, both the abs and brake light will illuminate for approx 1-2 seconds and scanner will reset as if it lost power or communication. The problem of both lights illumi...
2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7L torque converter housing VIN: 1HGEM22541
This transaxle leaked from the housing gasket located between the torque converter housing and the transmission. I tried to uninstall the torque converter housing and take apart a half inch from the transmission housing. However, it did not move anymore. How c...
2005 Infiniti FX45 4.5L keyless entry,smart key VIN: JNR8S08W85
Hi techs i got this fx45 from Body Shop after they replaced all Airbags dashboard, Air bag Module is waiting for new one still has not been replaced. The problem is keyless entry and the Smart key does not work i made sure receiver behind glove box was plugged...
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.2L low coolant sensor VIN: 1J4GZ78Y1T
This is my wifes shop service vehicle, and for the last 8 months the coolant level sensor failure message has occured on the info center. I have replaced the sensor with a dealer part and cleaned out the bottle. All with no luck. Alldata and Mitchell are foggy...
1997 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0L No Start, No MIL VIN: 1J4FJ68SXV
Vehicle has no MIL light or functioning fuel or gas gauge, no tach under crank. No start, no spark, no injector pulse, no communication w/ scanner. Found Identifix article describing possible shorted 5V reference. Unplugged MAP, TPS, CMP, CKP,VSS,both o2 senso...
2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1J4GW48S43
My welder's truck. Nice shape all orignal. Truck came in with thoughts of the transmission going bad. At times when driving on the highway the car bucks or at times it stalls. On test drive I did notice the trans whining. Also got a code for TPS being High. Se...
2002 Land Rover Discovery Series II SE 4.0L Mechanical VIN: SALTY12452
Hi group, this post is more for my customer's sake rather than an actual problem I'm having. A very good friend and regular customer of mine is looking at buying a used 02 discovery and I'm looking for input on the reliability of the truck, and common issues t...
1996 Mercedes-Benz S420 4.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: WDBGA43E3T
Hello guys, Here again I need some help.I've got this MB S420 came in for MIL on and P0410 Secondary air injection system . Air pump tube removed to inspect ,did not find no restrictions or leaks,cut off valve did not worked -replaced. Oxygen sensors were laz...
1991 Pontiac Sunbird LE 3.1L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1G2JB51T2M
Hi everyone.I have my brother in laws Sunbird for a few days to see if I can find the problem.It started a few months ago with a rather high but steady idle speed (1000-1200) when hot.Then it started getting higher each time it is started.Today it was idling a...
2002 Saturn SL2 1.9L No Start VIN: 1G8ZK52782
I have a serious problem that I have created with this Saturn and I am hoping there is a Saturn tech out there that can help me. I was trying to reprogram the pcm for an update for loss of power. There was an error and now I have no communication with the comp...
2007 Saturn Outlook XE 3.6L air bag light
had code boo52 deployment commanded and would not clear, had air bag problem message on instrument cluster and air bag red light on. replaced silver air bag computer under center consol and now the message on instrument cluster is gone, red air bag light is on...
2002 Subaru Outback 2.5L Engine VIN: 4S3BH66522
I had this car in the shop a few weeks ago for leaking head gaskets. Replaced both head gaskets, water pump, timing belt etc. Customer returned with the vehicle a few days later and said there is a vibration in the steering wheel at idle in gear. It idles at a...
2002 Toyota Camry SE 3.0L master cylinder VIN: 5TEGN92N83
customer complain of low brake pedal (mushy)we found rear brakes to be low so we replaced rear brakes and test drove car,we found that pedal felt as if their was air in the brake system so we proceeded to bleed brake system,and test drove and the same thing so...
1997 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8L no crank VIN: VWVEE83A9N
Hi Guys I need some is coming with ignition key very hard to turn,but crank nomal and start fine.After i replaced the ignition switch and the housing the car won't crank and the MFA1 on the cluster display.The battry was drain due to one of the door w...

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2003 Acura RSX Type-S 2.0L air bag light VIN: JH4DC53053
we took car to Honda. they told us the problem was in driver air bag or clock spring. Since the bag had already been changed we replaced the clockspring. That made light go off. We ran some continuity checks on clockspring and it did not tes...
1998 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 2.4L camshaft covers VIN: 4G1JF32T7W
Thanks to all that replied with help on estimating this job. I ended up doing the camshaft housing cover gaskets and water pump only (customer declined doing timing chain,tensioner,guides,etc...) Not a bad job, just time consuming as you all warned me. Next on...
1999 Dodge Ram 2500 Truck 5.9L no power VIN: 3B7KF2362X
the problem is intermitten now and the customer has decided not to fix it. the help that i received was very sure that there is probably a intermittent problem with the lift pump or there is something plugging up the fuel filter.thanks to all that he... Trouble codes: P0720.
2001 Dodge Neon 2.0L cv joint,transmission VIN: 1C3ES46C71
hello everyone especially those who responded to my request,half of those who responded check cv joints especially inner joints which i made sure its not a cvjoint problem and half of those who replied said check torque converter,i took it to a transmision sho...
1994 Ford F-250 XL 5.8L Excessive Emissions, No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 5LMEU27A4Y
Thanks to all who replied to this request. We still do not have a fix for this one. As soon as we figure this out, I will update everyone.
1998 Ford Escort ZX2 Cool Coupe 2.0L No Start, Cuts out VIN: 3FALP1137W
Thanks to all that responded. Unfortunately during testing, and while on the phone with a ford field engineer, the vehicle started and I was unable to duplicate the no start condition. After driving for several days the customer requested that they would be...
1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L engine VIN: 1FTNW20F8X
thanks to all who replied. 5 said replace the injector seals. couple said recheck the turbo charger. the problem was the turbo that I had replaced two months ago from ford had a bearing failure. hopefully the dual filter sistem caught the metal. truck is ...
1998 Honda Accord DX 2.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1HGCF8642W
Thanks all techs for help! Problem was in PCM O2 heater female teninal bad conection. Trouble codes: P0135 (B1S1 heater circuit).
2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: JHLRD78853
Thanks for all replies.I should of checked basics,itwas fuse 15. It was partially out and dirty and I cleaned Batt. connections. When i restarted all readings were there,I then replaced ox sensor and all is well again. Thanks Terry Trouble codes: P0117 (ECT low), P1166 (A/F Heat circuit).
2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7L temp gauge VIN: 1HGEM22973
thank you all, this vehicle is not yet fixed, upon speaking with honda, we exchnged the temp sensor, gauge reading is now normal. we replaced radiator cap again with honda part due to overflow bottle -overfilling during operation. we suggested to have honda ch...
1996 Lincoln Town Car Anniversary 4.6L Suspension Airbags VIN: 1LNLM82W3T
Well guys, first of all i want to thank everybody that responded for their help, especially ronald from nc, who stuck it out with me. The problem was an open vent solenoid in the pump. Had to replace entire pump. Finally retrieved a code and problem solved....
1997 Lincoln Town Car Signature 4.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1LNLM82W0V
I would like to thank all that replied. Looks like the fuel rail claenaing and a fuel filter took care of this problem. I appreciate all the help with this vehicle. Trouble codes: P0171 (system lean bank 1), P0174 (system lean bank 2).
1995 Mercury Grand Marquis GS 4.6L No Start, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2MELM74W6S
I replaced the PCM and the car has been out about three weeks now. Looks like a good repir. I caught it in a no-start again finally,this time i saw the injector that I was testing stop working. I believe that other injectors must not have been working to cau... Trouble codes: P0320 (IDM signal not seen).
2003 Nissan Pathfinder SE 3.5L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on, p0507 VIN: JN8DR09Y33
Thanks to all that replied with help on this one. I took the advice from Stephen, Thomas, and Robert and took the truck to our local Nissan dealer for the idle re-learn. It turns out that the tech couldn't get the procedure to work and he advised me that I had... Trouble codes: P0507.
1985 Porsche 944 2.5L climate control VIN: WPOAA949FN
I was really looking forward to going further with this and resolving it. There were several excellent suggestions. Ends up being "one of those" customers that owns a nice car but won't spend or authorize over $200 and wants a guarantee it will be fixed. I ...
1993 Saab 9000 Aero 2.3L Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: YS3CL65R2P
The two replies I recieved about the temp sensor were what I originally suspected, so I already replaced it. The actual problem turned out to be ignition, not fuel related. The crankshaft position sensor was replaced, and the vehicle ran fine after a fresh set... Trouble codes: 6 (flah code - O2 sensor).
1997 Volkswagen Golf CL 1.8L No Start, Cuts out VIN: 3VWEK01H2V
Thanks to all who answered my call for help. The exhaust was blocked,mainly the cat. Thanks Thom
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