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1998 Cadillac Catera 3.0L temp gauge VIN: W06VR52R4W
this ones got me stumped i just replaced the oil cooler and flushed out the system on one of these nightmares and after the fix the coolant temp gauge reads fully cold and will not move was wondering if anyone else has come across this or has any tips all help...
2000 Cadillac DeVille 4.6L Power Window VIN: 1G6KD54Y9Y
Window worked correctly after installing regulator. I tested the door locks, LR seat heater and lighter socket located on the LR door, everything worked fine. The customer picked up the car and returned 15 minutes later with smoke coming from the headliner, fr...
1995 Chevrolet K2500 Cheyenne 6.5L hard start VIN: 1GCGK24F8S
This truck is very hard to start first thing in morning or after sitting all day.It will crank great and act like it wants to start but will not until it is ready, then it will start and run like nothing is wrong. Everything that we have tested seems to be goo... Trouble codes: 29 (Glow plug relay fault), 34 (injection timing stepper motor), 65 (accell.pedal position circuit range)
2000 Chevrolet Astro 4.3L Hesitation, backfire
Truck will hesitate or bog down and backfire. This happens when the pedal is quickly pressed half way or more. It happens in gear or in park, engine warm or cold. I put a new catalytic converter and fuel filter on with no change. I replaced the cap, rotor, and...
2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 6.0L Mechanical VIN: 1GCHK24U14
Hi, I am working on my personal truck here and it is driving me crazy. I bought this truck dirt cheap with an engine with a cracked head. Old engine was low on compression on three cylinders and had water in oil. Engine ran badly and had 180,000 miles on it so...
1995 Chrysler New Yorker 3.5L long crank time VIN: 2C3HC46F8S
Welcome to my nightmare. This car has been in the shop 5 times so far to try to get all the gremlins out of it and I'm still out of luck. The first set of repairs was to replace the leaking lower intake manifold gasket. That went ok, but while we had the int...
1992 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.3L limp-in mode VIN: 1B4GM54R3N
I don't have much experience with Chrysler electronic transmissions and need a little assistance. Until about a week ago, the transmission in my wife's Caravan shifted fine. I was driving it and as I started to accelerate, it shuttered and would not up shift. ...
2003 Dodge Stratus SXT 2.7L fuel gauge VIN: 1B3EL76RX3
First of all please note: that if it matters Iím not sure if this car is a flex fuel one or not and Iím not sure if it is distributor less or not. The VIN is correct but the car is not here at the shop at the moment. IATN asked those two questions about the ca...
2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck 4.7L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1D7HU18N82
Hello every one been scratching my head for a week with this one..customer brought in thruck for no start. had a blown asd relay fuse. replaced fuse and swapped around a couple of relays and engine starts but after it idles for a minute it starts to miss fire.... Trouble codes: P0351, P0352, P0353, P0354, P0355, P0356
1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L cluster VIN: 1FTNX21F7X
the lights flash on and off it seems they do it more when u push on the brakes more then anything. i know they say that water gets on fuse box but i put water on the windshield and around it did not see any leaks . i would like any help i can get thanks everyo...
2004 Ford F-350 Super Duty XL 6.0L Cooling Systems VIN: 1FTWXZP64E
This is the second 6.0 I have worked on. This is an'04 with a '03 engine. Truck is blowing antifreeze out the exhaust pipe. Another shop told me to check for a leaking EGR cooler tube by removing the EGR valve, lift the rear of truck and put pressure on coolin...
2002 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7L hydraulic VIN: XMHWF35HX2
fading master cylinder under steady pressure, Brake pedel will drop three quarters of its travel in a panic stop and must be pumped up to stop.the pedel is always mushy to the feel. I have a feeling that the hyundai master cylinders are defective
1994 Isuzu Trooper LS 3.2L Mechanical
I could use some help on timing the cams on this engine. I recieved some info from the chat rooms this weekend but lost it while attempting to print it.I've got the mark on the crankshaft aligned ok with the mark on the oil pump but can't find any ref points o...
1997 Isuzu N NPR 5.7L blower VIN: 4KLB4B1R9V
had this one in the shop a few days, customer complaint:heater fan inop, also batt.,brake,vacuum warning lights stay on ,engine running,we know engine has to be running for heat,a/c controls to operate,wiring checks good from alt. to dash cluster,no power at h...
2000 Mercedes-Benz ML430 4.3L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 4JGAB72E3Y
This mercedes ML430 came in with bad idle,loping. Checked MAF sensor first off. Looked clean and at idle it showed 6-7g/s and would go up as high as 151g/s on wot snap. Cleaned throttle body and ran a motor-vac on it but still lopes at idle.Seems to run fine o...
2000 Nissan Pathfinder SE 3.3L low power VIN: JN8DR07Y41
always on hard accel. feels like vehicle is holding back. its not skipping or cutting out. all scan data showing normal. back pressure test is negative. no codes
1999 Saab 9-5 SE 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: YS3EF48Z5X
I have this 99/9-5 V-6 Auto. The misfiring code 0300 keeps coming up on my Tech 2. I have replaced new NGK plugs, 2 IDMs, checked for air leaks, Evaps leaks, fuel pressure, replaced MAF sensor, crank sensor,Timing was on the money, Engine Compression is good. ... Trouble codes: P0300 (mis firing code)
2001 Toyota Celica GT 1.8L Misfire VIN: JTDDR32T71
Hello My Fellow TOYOTA Tech, I have here are big headache and the engine is misfiring manly on cylinders 2 and 4 but sometimes on 3 and 1, customer brought car in with code P1349 and wanted all new parts pertanining to the VVT Code changed so I did, Now vehicl...
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWVA81H7V
Hi gang, I'M Looking for help w/this vw jetta GT, I do have a Vag-com laptop loaded w/6.? software, i just don't know which adress word/measuring block to go to to get a pass,or fail from the Leak detection pump. Actually what I'D REALLY LOVE TO HAVE IS MEASUR... Trouble codes: P0442

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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1999 BMW 540i 4.4L air bag VIN: WBADN5333X
thanks all for the replies. the customer decided not to spend any money on the problem. The ABS light remains on and the airbag presumable does not work.
1994 Chevrolet Beretta Z26 3.1L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1G1LW15M7R
Thank you for the help. The problem ended up being what I had suspected but was hesitant to pull the trigger on the repair. The restriction was in the sending unit itself. Both previous times, only the pump was replaced but not the whole sending unit. I te...
2001 Chevrolet Astro LS 4.3L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1GNEL19W21
Thanks so much to all who took the time to respond. I would like to summarize the help requests, and talk about what I learned. A few people told me to do things that I had already tried, and had mentioned in my help request. I think in a few ca... Trouble codes: P0172, P0175.
1999 Ford Contour SE 2.0L timing belt VIN: 1FAFP663TX
thanks to everyone who took there time to respond. it seems this is a fairly common problem. if you set the tension according to specs you end up with a shredded belt what you have to do is set it with the engine running to get the belt in the middle. so much ...
2003 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.4L eatc VIN: 1FTRW08L73
Customer is going to leave the EATC, Does not want to spend the $800.00 plus on a new one.
2000 Honda Accord EX 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Misfire VIN: 1HGCG1652Y
First of all I would like to thank all my responses. I had a hard time trying to get this vehicle to act up. Otherwise it ran exceptionally well. The key was to run vehicle for over an hour with the hood closed and A/C off keeping cooling fan activity at a min... Trouble codes: P0300 (P0301-P0305 misfire).
2002 Mazda MPV EX 3.0L heater VIN: JM3LW28J62
Flushed out heater core and all is good! Thanks. mike.
1998 Mercury Sable LS 3.0L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1MEFM53S8W
Ok I am not sure why it came through as a Villager as it was a dohc Sable but anyway it had an extra vacuum leak that I missed/didnt find. The oil seperator between the heads was leaking air as wasa evap vacuum feed on back of engine. The old O2s were so biase...
1991 Toyota SOARER 4.0L limp home mode VIN: UZZ31-6606
Hi to all that helped, we found that the left hand bank coil was faulty. funny enougnh it the coil that run's the tacho and is common with the low charge warning. thanks..
2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7L traction control VIN: A02S077583
We tried to do the 0 calibration and it wouldn't work. The data coming from the sensor [frozen at -2 ] indicated it was bad. One of you replied we could replace it by lowering the bottom portion of the steering shaft. The customer opted to hold off a while on ...
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