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1996 Buick Regal Custom 3.8L Serpentine Belt VIN: 2G4WB52KXT
Customer says after making 2 turns in a row,serpentine belt fell off. Put belt back on,does not fall off. Checked with someone turning steering wheel. Checked in drive.Do not see any movement from any pulley like when there is a housing crack. All pulleys look...
1997 Cadillac Seville SLS 4.6L squeeky belt after alternator replacement VIN: 1G6KS52Y3V
Hello fellow Cadillac techs. We have a situation in our shop were the serpentine/alternator belts come back squeeking in a couple of days after the alternator has been replaced. The alternators in question are AC/DELCO #'s 334-2411 (first design) & 334-2470 (2...
1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.3L Hesitation, Surge, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GCEC14W8X
Just wondering if a P0122 Pedal position sensor A low voltage is strictly a code for drive by wire system or if it can be related to the TPS also. I am under the impression that this code is for drive by wire systems. I checked TPS with Fluke meter and it chec... Trouble codes: P0300 (random misfire), P0122 (TPS/Pedal position sensor A low voltage)
2005 Chevrolet Impala 3.4L Drive-axles VIN: 2G1WF52E35
as dumb as this may sound i can not find the torque for front wheel bearings.and of course 4 parts suppliers are worthless.and another thing,why are these bearings junk?i have seen many gm cars and dodge dakotas eat these up every 25000 miles .and yes we do to...
1995 Ford Escort LX 1.9L revese gear VIN: 3FASP11J7S
all forward gears are ok just can not get revese to engage.
2003 Ford Crown Victoria 4.6L Misfire VIN: 2FAFP71W33
Hello, Here we go again. Thought this would be an easy fix but it's proven not to be. This 03' Crown Vic came in with an intermittant miss at idle. Checking with scanner gave me two codes: P0355 ign coil "E" ckt malfunction and P0356 ign coil "F" ckt malfunc... Trouble codes: P0355 (ign coil E ckt malfunction), P0356 (ign coil F ckt malfunction)
1997 Mercedes-Benz E420 4.2L Hesitation, MIL Lamp on, lack of power VIN: WDBJF72F5V
This driver information on dashboard displays CHECK ENGIN ELECTRONIC, also MIL light stays on. However I cannot retrive any trouble codes using Generic OBD2 scanner. The operating data shows that the After Cat converter Oxygen sensor bank 1,2 with no reading. ...
2001 Mercury Mountaineer 4.0L heat VIN: 1FM89037LM
This vehicle came in with no heat on driver side.The passanger side has great heat.I check all the fuses but the plug to the temp/actuator has no power to it.I was hoping someone ran into this problem.Any help would be appeciated!
1994 Nissan D21 2.4L up shifts VIN: 1N6SD11Y2R
This vehicle came in with hard to shift thur gears. We replaced fluid in transmission shifted fine for about 3 months. Customer came in saturday hard to shift again. Sometimes it will grind but will go in. Clutch was replaced about 1 year ago. After it sits ov...
1998 Nissan Pathfinder SE 3.3L forward/reverse
Hey guys!! Not much of a tranny guy but I have a problem child. Original complaint was customer was driving and vehicle started jerking then quit pulling. It was towed in and as soon as it was dropped I started it and it drove. After it heated up, when you co...
1994 Plymouth Grand Voyager 3.0L trans shifting VIN: 1P4GH243XR
Ok this van is older, well worn but runs good but had codes and after first startup it will do a 1-2 shift then enter limp in mode. I just havent got into diagnosing electronic trans much on Dodges and unfortunately I have been off work for 3 days sick, and th...

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1997 BMW 528i 2.8L engine VIN: WBADD6321V
we replace lifters, everything is fine now Thanks for the help Regards Rick
2001 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 5.3L Poor Idle Quality, Stall, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3GNEC16T81
Well,it took me a while to get the vehicle back, but I got it figured out. Thanks to all your suggestions, I pulled the intake manifold with the intent on checking the gaskets and intake straightness, along with checking injectors at the same time. I found t... Trouble codes: P0300 (random missfire).
1998 Dodge Stratus 2.4L pedal VIN: 1B3EJ46X3W
This issue has not returned in the last month for the customer so the customer has not elected to try any repair. Most replies suggested replacing either the one way check valve or the booster. Some mentioned that moisture can build up and freeze in either one...
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck 5.9L Cuts out VIN: 3D7HU18Z22
Well Guys, The Fix is in. Dodge dealer unplugged O2 sensors one at a time and checked cold start. When Upstream O2 sensor was left unplugged, it ran fine when problem usually occured. So we installed a new Factory upstream O2 sensor (O2 would not come out eas...
2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck 4.7L heater output VIN: 1D7HA18NX3
I had posted this one strictly to help anyone with the same issue. Seems vw is using palsteic impelers to. I believe the vehicle was not over heating because of the outside temp, if it were summer would of been a over heating problem. The one thing I will be w...
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3L cooling fans VIN: 2D4GP24R35
still no word about what the fix was.sorry guys.havent heard back from the customer.this was definetly an odd one.will try to let everyone know how it turned out
1997 Ford Escort LX 2.0L No Start VIN: 1FALP13P3V
2001 Ford E-250 Econoline 5.4L transmission VIN: 1FTNS24L51
Well---another strange occurence in the damage apprasial business is concluded. The trans techs pretty much were correct with planatery and sun / drum gears and the only thing I can surmise is that possibly my Insured had the vehhile either in the neutral or ...
1995 Geo Metro 1.0L Mechanical VIN: 2C1MR2261S
Thanks for time in helping with my problum. We will try to swap the motors over but will take ECM ,trans , front spring and wireing along with it. Thanks again, Ron
1997 GMC Yukon SLE 5.7L Mechanical VIN: 1GKEK13R1V
Customer decided to sell the vehicle. Thanks to all the dedicated professional individuals in the forum that replied
1991 Honda Accord LX 2.2L headliner area VIN: 1HGCB9851M
i have a situation that is stopping me from workin on this problem, i did learn that the strips on the roof conceal the fasteners for the headliner and this is probably where the leak is, i intend to seal this area with body filler and will post the results at...
2002 Honda Accord EX 3.0L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FGCG16532
Thanks to IATN, this horrible Honda is fixed. First of all let me tell you the process I went to. Two days I battled a misfire on multiple cylinders on both banks. Although after clearing codes it would reset within two minutes, they were not dead misfires.... Trouble codes: P0301, P0302, P0303, P0304, P0305, P0300.
1996 Lexus ES300 3.0L Excessive Emissions VIN: JT8GK13T9S
To all: My apologies for not responding to your input sooner. The vehicle has been driven several times and NO new codes were ever set. The smog has still not been completeted as I have have been busy with other sources of profit. It is my strong feeling t...
2003 Mazda 6 i 2.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1YVFP80C73
Many thanks for all the prompt responses. It seems that most evap problems on mazda sixes are due to the well known concern with the purge valve sticking. Unfortunately this was not the case with this car. It had a very small leak downstream of the purge valve... Trouble codes: P0456.
2002 Nissan Frontier SE 3.3L no drivability probl VIN: 1N6ED27T82
One of my replies was to replace the cut valve I did so and the light returned in about 200 miles of clearing code. Got another reply that said I could have blockage in the vent line for the evap system. I blew out every line and tested all solonoids involved ... Trouble codes: P1491 (vc cut valve fault).
1991 Plymouth Voyager SE 3.3L spark and idle VIN: 2P4GH45R6M
Hello all,Sorry about the long wait for my fix.The customer decided not to fix the van as he said it was time to get a new one so I bought it myself for a minimal cost.I did not have much time until this weekend to get back to it and I got it running finally.A...
1999 Volkswagen Passat GLS 2.8L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out VIN: WVWMD63B3X
thanks guys, it took a while to figure this one out, sorry for the turned out to be a defective throttle valve module, replaced, reprogrammed and bingo...thanks for the few replies... Trouble codes: P1738 (Camshaft sensor/circuit fault), P0301, P0303.
2001 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: WVWAC63BX1
Hello and thanks for all the replies, we went ahead and put a MAF sensor on this car and all the readings look correct now. I guess checking the sensor readings doesn't do much good because it was in specs. But we have seen this before with other bosch sensor... Trouble codes: 17536 (Long term fuel trim lean).
2002 Volkswagen EuroVan MV 2.8L No reverse VIN: WV2NB47062
Hello All Thank you for all the Great reply, i replaced the Tranmission with a rebuilt OME from VW, The rebuilt came with a converter also fill with oil, after installation, i checked for engine and transmission code with Vag-Com None were found, as most of ...
1988 Volvo 740 GLE 2.3L turbo oil chang VIN: YV1FX8845J
I was hoping for something definitive like a metallurgical report from a car mfg or a study from API (the American Petroleum Industry--the folks who evaluate and rate oil)--something that I could print out and have as an authoritative answer to the question of...
2002 Volvo V70 2.4L ABS Light Traction control light VIN: YV1SW61RX2
Sorry for the delay, I fixed the car by putting a left front wheel speed sensor in. I could not get live data with my otc. I purchased a bosch kts200 and this thing is great. I can get data and codes And much more from this tool that I could not get with my o...
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