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2002 BMW X5 3.0i 3.0L Accessories VIN: 5UXFA53572
Hi Guys, I need help on this one please, I got this 2002 MBW X5 customer tried to start it one morning & it was completey dead , so he did jump it & start right a away but he noticed since then none of the gages on the instrument panel works. He brought it in ...
1988 Chevrolet C3500 Cheyenne 7.4L 4L80E Conversion VIN: 2GCHC39N1J
Hi guys, I'm doing a 4L80E conversion on this 1 ton dually 2wd truck. It had a manual trans. I am looking for a stand alone control system with wiring for this. I would like to talk to somebody who has experience with a similar swap. Some of the challenges tha...
1999 Chevrolet C1500 Suburban 5.7L No Start VIN: 3NGEC16R1Y
replaced pcm, crank sensor, distributor. no change. any help or suggestions appreciated, thanks Al
1999 Chevrolet S10 4.3L water pump gasket failure VIN: 1GCCT14W6X
Cannot get waterpump gaskets to seal after replacing intake gaskets and waterpump. Tried orange sealant, gasket appears to split and squeeze out. Then tried yellow weatherstrip adhesive(with blue teflon type gasket). Tried locktite on bolts. Gasket always appe...
2005 Chevrolet Colorado Sport 2.8L Misfire, MIL Lamp on
Truck came in with po300,checked misfire counters #3 was misfiring the most.So I changed the #3 coil and did a tune-up.It seems to miss when you first start it up and when you rev it up.Customer said gas milage improved after tune-up.There is a TSB for bad val... Trouble codes: P0300
2004 Chrysler Pacifica 3.5L Instrument Cluster VIN: 2C8GF68474
A shop in Baltimore had this exact same problem. They posted a helprequest with no luck. They ended up taking car to Dealer that said it was power feed to the BCM from the power distribution center. The problem is the Dash stays active after the key is turned ...
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Van 5.9L transfer case VIN: 1B7HU18ZX2
this vehicle came in with the [...] light illuminated. the 4wd selector switch also was not working. diagnosed it as a faulty transfer case control module. the 4wd drives operates perfect now and the selector also is operating like it should. the one probl...
1995 Ford Mustang 3.8L excess fuel VIN: 1FALP4441S
The car was towed to us, the car runs but very lazy the injectors have a very bright and fast pulse( noid light)much too bright,the headders will glow cherry red after a few minutes.replaced with all parts from a running car need some help on this one.Thanks
2000 Ford F-450 Super Duty XL 6.8L No Start, Cuts out VIN: 1FDXW46Z9Y
vehicle towed from other shop. was told vehicle died while driving. started immediately and ran for 1 hour then died. tried scanning with out cycling key off. could not communicate. turned off key as was called away. 12 hours later scanner communicates and eng...
2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L Dash lights, PCM Communication VIN: 1FAFP56UX3
Hi iATN & thanks in advance for the help. This is my own personal vehicle. No start, no crank, no power KOEO (no dash panel lights illuminate) no PCM communication. Before this happened vehicle was running in bay and then just stalled and conditions became pre...
1998 GMC Jimmy Envoy 4.3L security system VIN: 1GKDT13W6W
thanks for the help in advance, after replacing the passlock sensor and the ign tumbler I ran through the relearn procedure and the jimmy starts and runs fine but the security lamp says on all the time, I checked with customer and the lamp had been on for a wh...
2003 GMC Sierra 2500 HD SLE 6.6L No Start VIN: 1GTHK29103
This truck has a hard time starting cold, I did get it to start the other day but it took 5-6 times before it would start. The truck sat outside for 2 days in about - 8 degress celcius and now I can't get it to start at all. First off I know very little about ... Trouble codes: P1094
2005 GMC Sierra 3500 SLE 6.0L speedometer reads too high sometimes VIN: 1GTHK33U25
customer says dash lights shut off and speedometer goes crazy he thinks truck lacks power when it happens but it only happens once in a while never when truck is here. customer wanted fuel filter replaced but cannot find fuel filter does anyone know if this tr...
2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0L Transfer case VIN: 1J4FF48SX1
My jeep is 2 wheel drive normally, but can be shifted to either 4 wheel low or 4 wheel high. With the cherokee sport you are able to shift to 4 wheel low(part time) up to speeds of 55 mph. When I shift into 4 there is a high pitch winey sound and jeep feels mu...
2002 Lexus RX300 3.0L door lock VIN: JTJGF10U72
Hi everyone , SUV has weird symptom : driver's door does not unlock or lock when using keyless transmitter but all the other door locks work just fine . Only after driver's door has been unlocked using key manually the keyless system starts to work normally lo...
2004 Mercedes-Benz Smart car .0L oil change VIN: WMEAK00F05
Anybody with Smart Car experience please help.I am trying to change the oil in this little Jewel .The manual I have seems to be written by an enthuiast and bears only a passing resembelnce to an actual service manual.Whut de sez is stick something down the dip...
1998 Mitsubishi Galant ES 2.4L shift control VIN: 4A3AJ56GXW
does anyone know where the shift control solenoids are? are they easy to access,or does the trans have to be removed?this is my personal vehicle.
1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 3.1L Poor Heating VIN: 1G3WH14T3P
This 93 Cutlass Supreme heats poorly. It has automatic climate control. Another shop replaced the heater core because it was leaking inside the vehicle. Customer states he can deal with the heating if the outside temp is greater than 20 degrees. 1st thing foun...
1999 Oldsmobile Bravada 4.3L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GHDT13W4X
OK,I think i should have left this one alone but i did had been looked at by someone else and the customer told it had a burnt valve,i was asked if i wanted to fix it-without seeing it i suggested just get a head and i'll install it and then it'll go qu... Trouble codes: P0300 (p0440-), P0440
2002 Oldsmobile Silhouette Premiere 3.4L Misfire VIN: 1GHDX03E72
Van was running fine for the customer on wednesday. Then all at once it started to run bad, and the check engine light came on. I scaned it, and it came up with a #3 misfire. I put an inline park tester and found spark from the coil. Replaced that plug and wir... Trouble codes: P0300, P0203, P0440
1989 Pontiac Grand Am LE 2.3L Excessive Emissions VIN: 1G2NE54D4K
this is a ca cap vehicle and seems to have had alot of work done before getting to me. new cat, o2 sensor, valve job, ignition module, computor and i had to change coils(lost spark to 1 and 4 cyl.during diagnoses. found computor subtracting fuel (low integrato...
2001 Subaru Forester L 2.5L trans VIN: JF1SF63591
code po778. pressure control sol. b . starts out in second gear. no manual kick down.all shifts ok after that. looking for wiring for trans or trans manual. no real info from my modis. thanks for all your help.
2006 Subaru Forester X 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: JFISG63686
Vehicle came in with cruise control light flashing and mil light on. has code po 502 vss sensor.test with vantage had voltage in ,none out, ordered vss from dealer. looked like a no brainer fix new part did'nt fix it. We checked the speedo drive and it appears... Trouble codes: P0502
2006 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: LFMAC22C36
the car is china vesion corolla whith 1zz-fe engine MT ,I almost change everything.igniter,injector,ECTS,ect,afm,spark plug.check timing chain is ok.use IT2 add air or reduction fuel,seeIT2 datalist the no.4 misfire count is reduction or zero ,otherwise the no... Trouble codes: P0304
1999 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8L failsafe mode VIN: WVWPD63B6X
1999 Volkswagen Passat v6 2.8l spd automatic trans. Car came in trans in fail safe. Scanned for codes had 00268 00266,00270,00264,00526. Cleared codes and retested. Only the 00268 came back. Pulled pan and tested resistance. 1 has 30.4 2 is 27.0 3 is 5.5 4 is ...
2006 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T 2.0L Mechanical VIN: WVWEK73C56
this vehicle has electronic emergency brake and needs rear brake pads. there is a motor that is attached to the rear caliper. is there a special tool or procedure for replacing these rear brake pads? tia.

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2004 Acura TSX 2.4L MIL Lamp on, VTC VIN: IC4CL96804
Thanks to all that replied.Replaced the timming chain ,guides and tensioner.cleared dtc's performend idle and crank learn.seems to have fixed it. The timming chain was streached about a half inch compaired to the new one. This seems to be a common failure... Trouble codes: P0341 (cmp ckp incrooect phase).
1990 BMW 525i 2.5L engine VIN: 0XLBC90347
thanks to all for the speedy replies, i decided to change the tstat again and drain the block and rad. filled as i did the first time...front end about 3 feet off the ground,bleeder screws open,slow fill until full and lots of high rpm and bleeding. the ts...
1997 Buick LeSabre Custom 3.8L pcm/ vats VIN: 1G4HPS2K5V
Eureka, I've found it! We were all wrong. I was able to fix this car mainly because I was able to finally get the vehicle here while it was acting up. Remember, the security lamp never lit when the PCM was disabling the fuel and setting the "Incorrct fuel enab...
1995 Chevrolet Blazer 4.3L No Start VIN: 1GNDT13W1S
we replaced the module with an ac delco module and vehicle is still going good so i am calling it fixed thanks to all Trouble codes: 1351 (Electronic Spark Timing EST Output High Or Pulses Detected When Open).
2000 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G1ND52J1Y
I should have remembered this, but my old mind wasn't working. Alex [...] had the fix nailed when he suggested disconnecting the cam sensor and see if the 12v reference came back, which it did. After pulling the power steering pump I found the insulation o... Trouble codes: P0336.
2002 Chevrolet Tracker ZR2 2.5L pump VIN: 2CNBJ73472
1996 Chrysler Sebring JX 2.5L Hesitation, Misfire VIN: 3C3EL45H6T
well after finding so many things wrong vacumn leaks at the injectors egr open slightly the cure was a factory distributor thanks for the help Trouble codes: P0300.
1999 Chrysler 300M 3.5L engine VIN: 2C3HE66G6X
Hi everyone . Thanks to all who answered my post . I am interested in Andrew's coolant flow tester , who makes one and where can I get it from ? . Did we bleed the system ? : we have bled the system many times opening the bleeder and refilling . Thermostat bac...
2001 Chrysler Sebring 2.7L oil pressure VIN: 1C3EL46V41
Hello again to all, I am sorry to say that the customer has finally chosen not to repair the vehicle. My recomendations to her were to replace with jasper reman engine, or to tear down to find root cause of oil pressure loss, which could mean a much cheaper r...
1999 Dodge Ram 2500 Truck 5.9L No Start VIN: 3B7KF2361X
Thank you that all replied, could not have fixed this one without your help. We obtained a Chrysler remanufactured pump #[...] at the cost of $1650.00 and a lift pump from Napa auto Parts #P47213 for the amount of $209.00. The dealer offered a lift pump f... Trouble codes: P0253.
2000 GMC Safari SL 4.3L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1GKDM19W8Y
Thanks to Mike, Brian, and Rocky for replying. Brian gave me the piece of info I was missing on this one. I knew the iac had a full time power supply and the ecm used the ground side to control inward and outward movement. What I didn't know was it was an inj...
1998 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, Surge VIN: KMHJW34M3W
2003 Hyundai XG350 3.5L Cuts out VIN: KMHFU45E13
I would like to thank the 7 techs who offered info and repair suggestions for this problem. One tech recommended the problem could be the air flow sensor which we did replace due to it being out of calibration compared to the specs. Three others gave us web si... Trouble codes: P0174, P0171, P1151.
2003 Oldsmobile Alero GX 2.2L no start VIN: 1G3NK52F33
SUCCESS!! The problem with this car was in the left fusebox. Thanks to Jim who got me thinking, when this car was towed in, I noticed the left fusebox has serious moisture in and around it with signs of rust on the mounting bracket. The serial data line, and o...
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