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2003 Audi A6 Quattro 2.7L Poor Fuel Economy VIN: WAULD64B53
This 2003 Audi has developed a fuel leak when tank is full... It is just over miles for factory warranty..There is no damage to the bottom of the tank, but on when the tank is full the drivers side is slightly wet, causing gas smell in the interior. We have ch...
1999 BMW 540i 4.4L air bag VIN: WBADN5333X
Hello all. A good customer of mine has a 540i bmw. A while ago the SRS light came on . I bought the OTC genisys European kit up grade for my OTC scanner to diagnose it. I can access many of the cars modules now but I get no information from the Air bag module....
2000 Buick Century Custom 3.1L fans VIN: 2G4WSJOY11
to all the good people of iatn: i have this century that the cooling fans arent commanded to turn on till 230 degrees. i changed the temp. sensor just because it was only 15 dollars i flushed the system and the computer will still command fan on at 230.if i co...
2001 Chevrolet Impala 3.4L fuel guage and temp guage VIN: 2G1WF55EX1
thanks in advance for all help. this impala came in with the fuel guage eratic driving 3 miles down road it will jump the 3/4 tank then down to 1/4 and so on up to full.then temp guage works part time no codes customer stated when the temp guage is inop the co...
1998 Chrysler Town & Country LX 3.8L Stall VIN: 1B4GP54L7W
I HAVE a problem with the PCM resetting-no codes but drb indicates no problem for 1 restart- crank,cam,pcm all replaced. ground under battery and on head-[...] and cleaned . moniters pin 20 for switch power when stalling = 13.4 volts steady.wire harness ins...
1997 Dodge Ram 2500 8.0L Cooling Systems VIN: 3B7KF23W5V
Truck runs hot when towing lighter toy trailer uphill only. Cust. states it gets to 230F. We only got it to heat up once. Replaced fan clutch and unable to duplicate but cust says problem still exists. We have basicly rebuilt the cooling system and checked the...
1995 Ford Probe 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Surge VIN: 1ZVLT20A7S
THIS CAR WAS BROUGHT BY A FRIENDS SHOP. they installed a salvage yard motor. since then it has a good idle. The problem is "no matter how light you push the gas or try to stop in traffic, the idle goes to exactly 2500 rpm for 20-30 seconds then drops down to n...
1996 Ford F Super Duty XL 7.3L nostart VIN: 1FDLF47F5T
Okay to start out with the engine oil has metal in it and coolant ... a lot so the engine is probbably junk do to the metal...I'm looking at getting a long or short block...either way I'd like to diagnose the no start condition so when I repace all the other p...
1998 Ford Contour GL 2.0L timing VIN: 1FAFP6638W
Hey Ford guys.Hope you can help. Car came in no start.It jumped time cause of broken idler pulley. I brought crank to tdc clockwise, then had to adjust cams a few degrees each. installed new belt and timing pulley kit.cam slots lined up w/ tool.crank at 2nd ma...
1999 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L abs module VIN: 1FMPU18L4X
Here goes, this expedition came in for the abs light on, tried scanning for codes but couldn't get communication. After researching found out the vehicle has RABS. couldn't find the the connector (C208) on the passenger side dash or kick panel. I abandoned ret...
1999 Ford Explorer XL 4.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FMZU34XIX
Hi Ford guys, This is the explorer from hell. I did get the abs problem straightened out with new hub assys. But we have another problem. The motor seems to run fine but we keep tripping the mil light with a p1309 code. The spark plug wires were bad and were ... Trouble codes: 1309 (ignition /misfire code)
2000 Ford Focus Sony Limited Edition 2.0L Hesitation, Cuts out VIN: 1FAHP3439Y
This is fixed but I wanted to add it to the database in case it might help someone. Car idled fine, when accelerating it looses power smoothly - feels like a blocked cat or a weak fuel pump. Scan tool shows O2 goes lean, MAF not reading over 2.5v. Got simila...
2001 Lexus RX300 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: JTJGF10UX1
mod & alldata not much help on this one need some help. customer stated check engine light on some times, off sometimes. code p1351. check timing belt-in time & no slack in belt. activated both vvt oil control solenoids & both are working. lab scoped both vvt ... Trouble codes: P1351
1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SL 3.8L No Start, Misfire VIN: WDBBA45C8F
Vehicle was towed in for crank no start checked basic's found no spark. Removed dist cap found rotor tip completley burnt off and excessive carbon trac from rotor on cap. Clean inside of dist. and replaced cap and rotor. Engine started and ran good. Vehicle re...
2003 Nissan Sentra GXE 1.8L intake cam sproket VIN: 3N1CB51D23
I am replacing the head gasket and I am up to the step where I am about to remove the intake camshaft sproket. I am trying to get it to advanced position before removal and am wondering if there are any tips or short cuts for this procedure. And what happens i...
1996 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.4L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: 1G2NE12T6T
thanks for your time guys. car came in missing very bad. checked codes (no light) p0300 misfire.checked mis data all 4 cyl 0's (my scanner always shows ign misses sofar) check engine data lt fuel trim avg -100%,lt ft -11.7, short ft 0% st ft avr -100%, spark a... Trouble codes: P0300 (misfire)
1998 Volvo S70 2.4L Accessories VIN: 5FN2LN8670
hi tech ii need help to replace lock cylinder on this 98 volvo.took 1 week to get lock cylinder from volvo the problem i check mitchell and all data said to put the pin in the hole and press down to remove the lock cylinder but there is no hole .is right that ...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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2001 Audi A4 1.8L oil level thermal sensor VIN: WAUKC6D71A
The problem was the cluster as suspected. We were working with the repair facility, BBA Remanufacturing. I left the cluster on the bosses desk for a couple of weeks (so he would get sick of looking at it)and then paid a personal visit. When they rechecked th...
1999 Chevrolet Camaro 5.7L 3rd gear
It's done and out the door. I pulled it apart and found all of the material gone off of the 3-4 plates and burned steels. Thanks for the help.
2000 Chevrolet Express 3500 5.7L turn signals VIN: 1GCHG35R3Y
thanks guys for all your input on this one. i replaced all 4 bulb sockets for the front and rear turn signals and even added extra ground wires to them but i had the same problem. so off i went to some salvage yards looking for the turn signal resistor and it ...
2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L Blend door VIN: 1GCEK19T9Y
Thanks to all that replied, this one is fixed. Actuator motor was the problem. Note, do not run actuator motors unless installed, We ruined one not knowing this. Happy Holidays.
1996 Chrysler Town & Country LXi 3.8L wipers VIN: 1C4GP64L8T
I wish to thank the individuals that responded to my request for help. I checked as per mitchel on demand, everything checked out. In desperation I followed my wife's suggestion (her vehicle) & replaced the turn signal multi function switch. All is working a...
2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Dream 2.4L Blower Motor VIN: 3C8FY68B42
Hi Guys, Most of you nailed it. The Evap. was freezing up. The fix is strange though. It is two problems in one. I will start with the second half of the fix first to help clarify the solution. The customer has had this vehicle for six months and has always ...
1993 Dodge Grand Caravan LE 3.3L Backfires VIN: 1B4GH54R6P
I thank all of you for your inormation. I havn't worked on this van since the day I posted this help request because the customer dosn't want to spend a dime on this thing. It seems like the owner of the shop might inherit this van. I'm sure I'll be fixing ...
1996 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.8L factory alarm VIN: 1B4GP54L6T
this one had me pulling my hair out for a while before it was fixed. first of all i found out that this vehicle did not have an alarm system when sold new but was wired for keyless entry. this was a $1500 option on this vehicle that the owner could have purcha...
1999 Dodge Ram 2500 5.9L poor running VIN: 3B7KF2365X
Hello and thanks to those techs that offered assistance.All great ideas and I would have liked to try some of the ideas they had. Customer called back this morning and said he had been talking with his son and his son mentioned that he had the intake elbow off...
2004 Dodge Neon SXT 2.0L Misfire VIN: 1B3ES56C64
Amost everyone agreed that a used computer would not work because of the security system. I want to thank all of for bringing that to my attention and saving me from a costly mistake. Customer finally agreed to a reman. Auto Computer Exchange in Florida provid... Trouble codes: P0301.
1986 Ford F-250 XL 6.9L smoke VIN: 1FTHX2611G
Unfortunately this vehicle has been put on the back burner due to its limited need. We have another engine in the shop that has worn itself ugly but has recent injectors to swap in "when time allows". Most of the help offered points to the injectors leaking do...
1993 Ford F-150 XL 5.0L Intake VIN: 2FTEF14N1P
On the advise of K.P. I put four flat washers of the exact same thickness under the corners of the manifold and attempted to measure the gap between the manifold and head. Unfortunately I was doing this in the vehicle and it didn't work as well as I had hoped....
1995 Ford Bronco Eddie Bauer 5.8L oil pressure, coolant temp dash indicators VIN: 1FMEU15HXS
Thank You Everybody for your inputs. Found the connectors on the gauges melted. replaced the wire connectors, and gauges.
1996 Ford F-150 Special 5.0L Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1FTE14N7TL
Thank you everyone for responding.I cleaned the injectors and mas air flow sensor. I'm waiting for a report from the customer on his fuel mileage. When I know more I will update.
1996 Ford Probe GT 2.5L No Start, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1ZVLT22B8T
Well its fixed. Thanks to all who responded. What had happened was the top timing belt tensioner had come apart. Timing belt had jumped and equal amount on both cam gears. I assume This was the reason that I had good equal compression which I first checked. A... Trouble codes: 1345 (failure of camshaft position sensor).
1996 Ford Contour GL 2.0L No Start VIN: 1FALP653XT
Thanks to all whop replied to our problem.just about all said to check out the wiring harness at the power diatribution box.All of the red B+ wiring insulation was missing for almost an inch in length and was falling off on other places.Customer found a wiring...
1997 Ford Taurus GL 3.0L No Start VIN: 1FALP52U9V
A reman pcm fixed this one. Before I replaced it I substituted one out of my wife's car. I'm told that is risky on newer cars; that the VIN and mileage won't match and cause problems. But this worked out, and now everything works. I did get one from an aft...
2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT 6.0L Injector noise VIN: 1FTNW20P23
Thanks for all the help from everyone on this.The reflash that had been completed to make this function happen. I have made the customer aware of this, which he then checked with the his Ford dealer to confirm this.Thank you IATN and all the great support.
2003 Ford F-150 XL 4.2L Fuel Injection VIN: 2FTRF17293
Thanks for the responses. The customer had already been through the key replacement before coming to our shop and it did not resolve her issue. I really do not know if it is the same problem or not because the vehicle was never brought back to us. She has elec...
2004 Ford F-450 Super Duty XL 6.0L Cuts out VIN: 1FDXF46P45
Thanks for all your help guys, turned out to be the FICM...
2005 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4L 4x4 disengagement VIN: 1FTRW14W45
I am sorry fellow techs but I have not been able to get this truck back into my shop... The three replys I recieved I'm sure would be very helpful in diagnosing and repairing this condition but without the vehicle I would just be specualting... I will post an ...
1995 GMC Safari SLE 4.3L water pump gasket VIN: 1GKDM19W9S
Thank you for the quick replies. Most said to make sure the mounting surfaces on the block and water pump are smooth and flat which we had done every time. One said replace the bolts, and one mentioned a vibration from the fan clutch. We replaced the water ...
1995 GMC C7000 Topkick C7H042 6.0L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Stall, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1GDL7H1P6S
thank you for all of your help. In the long run it was the computer that was faulty. charles was right on.i figured this all along but a real oddball pcm # no local supliers could get one.had to rule out everything first,like big confusion on fuel presure it... Trouble codes: 45 (rich exhaust), 13 (oxygen sensor open shorted or bad).
2004 GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE 5.3L engine VIN: 3GKEC16T74
One other tech had the same problem. He found #1 lifters and cam lobes bad. I havent torn engine down far enough yet but I will post what i find.
2002 Saturn L200 2.2L heat & overheat VIN: 1G8JU54F82
We used the vacuum tool and the problem still existed. We then decided to replace with a factory pump. When we removed the aftermarket water pump we put in 2 weeks ago, we discovered that the fin assembly had broken. We decided to install the factory pump anyw...
2002 Subaru Impreza WRX 2.0L turbo VIN: JF1GD29642
thank you for your help. there was nothing wrong with frst turbo. oil feed line was plugged. took out turbo.install new line and another used turbo and was ok. passage on oil feed line is narrow. unfortunately i over looked it. not again though thanks again
1997 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.4L flex plate - clutch disc VIN: JT3HN86R8V
Thanks to all that replied "it's in the books". I tore back into the clutch on this puppy today and wala found failure of the rear main seal which was a previously installed after market part. found no installation issue's but when the seal was removed i notic...
2000 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L drive train vibration VIN: WVNA23B0YE
Well It's fixed thanks to all that replied almost every one got it right on. The LH inner cv joint worn or excessive play. replaced with reman axle. It went in easer than any ford that I ever worked on. Thanks again for all your help. Dan [...]
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