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2000 Audi A8 Quattro 4.2L cruise contr VIN: WAUFL54D3Y
vehicle came in with cruise inop. I went into read measuring block 066 and had an erratic signal in the 4th segment xxxx was glitching between 0000 and 0011 I replaced the switch assy and get a solid 0011 when I turn the cruise on and wiggle the turn signal st...
1989 Chevrolet S10 2.5L No Start
i got this s10 in the shop it would not start when we got it had no fuel pressure we replaced fuel pump,we now have fuel to the injector and i have power on the injector,still will not will fire on starting fluid so spark is no issuie,we changed press...
2001 Chrysler Town & Country (Van) LXi 3.8L Pwr Wndws, Wipers VIN: 2C86P54L81
With KOER wipers, power windows, radio etc do nt work. They do work with KOEO. Not getting voltage to relay that powers these devices. Remove connector to Trans Control Module and all accessories work even with KOER. Not getting voltage from Violet/Orange Wire...
1998 Dodge Ram 2500 Truck 5.9L steering assist VIN: 3B7KF2662W
Truck was towed in to shop after sliding off interstate with big camper attached,cummins, 5 speed 4x4 srw, went thru several ditches & across on ramp, right upper & lower trailing arms bent, track bar broke, steering stabilizer bent, p/s steering fluid running...
1999 Dodge Intrepid 2.7L No Start, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2B3HD46R1X
see related repair history. Trouble codes: P1391
2000 Dodge Grand Caravan ES 3.8L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1B4GP74L2Y
Vehicle will start and idle. Has new cam and crank sensor. When holding at 2000 rpm. Vehicle will cut. Watching on scanner you dont loose rpm. Eninge makes banging noise as it cuts out. Not sure if I should go for bad ring for cam sensor or bad ring or broken ... Trouble codes: 1391 (Loss of Cam or Crank signal)
2002 Dodge Neon ES 2.0L horn VIN: 1B3ES26C72
I need a wiring schematic of the horn circuit. My Aldata does not have wiring in it. No local sources have one and the library is closed. They usually have what I need and I get copies made when needed such as this problem. ( Hope this is the correct forumn}
1998 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FAFP52U7W
vehical came into shop with 3 codes only one that i am having an issue with is p0443 I have installed a new valve (from ford) and checked for a 12 volt reference signal (there is 12 volts)but have not been able to find the issue that is sending the code.also t... Trouble codes: P0443 (evap system purge control valve fault)
2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L Safety VIN: 1FAFP532X3
thanks for checking this one out! customers complaint is that seat belt light does not go out with belt buckled. it does go out after the 60 second time-out. then while driving, even with seatbelt on, the seatbelt light flashes and dings. we have confirmed sea...
2006 Ford E-350 Super Duty 6.0L oil pressure gauge VIN: 1FDWE35P66
ok ford 6.0 guys this is a ambulance which is still under warrenty we have two units siting at the local dealer after engine gets fully warm oil pressure drops to 0 but engine sounds fine one unit its just that problem other one also has no power dealer still ...
2008 GMC Sierra 3500 HD WT 6.6L Hesitation VIN: 1GTHK39638
***Note not correct VIN this one off his pickup*** Problem first started at 1100 miles due to bad fuel large amount of water customer stopped at fuel stop he dose not usealy use . The fuel station insurance company paid for repairs at Dealer .All injectors rep...
1989 Honda Civic DX 1.5L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2HGED6456K
Car has o2 code (#1), and runs way rich, right about one volt unless I gass it, goes down to normal but comes right back up to one volt, introduce oxygen and o2v comes back down again. Car came to me for state smog failure, readings off the charts. Checked all... Trouble codes: 1 (o2 sensor fault), 19 (lock up sol fault not related I assume)
1990 Honda Accord EX 2.2L automatic trans control module VIN: IHGCB7667L
Car keeps blowing trans modules
1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7L oil pressure guage VIN: 1J4GW68N6X
this jeep had no oil press at idle on guage,but higher rpms it did. check oil pressure with mechanical guage. oil pressure is good. changed sensor with aftermarket part, then it was opposite. at idle had good pressure, at higher rpms it drops to zero. but stil...
2005 Jeep Wrangler SE 2.4L starter VIN: 1J4FA29165
towed into shop no crank. jump out starter relay engine will crank but not start. try 2 scan 4 codes will not scan. customer said it died when it was raining also had water on right side floor.
1996 Land Rover Discovery SE 4.0L Hesitation, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on
Greetings gents. I have a couple, three hours tied up on this Discovery. Originally...cust. complaint was converters turn 'red'! Muffler shop condemned muffler and cust had coil pack assembly replaced(used). Assessment then was 'better'...which is to say-no se... Trouble codes: P1191 (Manufacturer Controlled Fuel/Air Metering), P1372 (Manfctr. Contrlld. Ignition Syst/Misfire), P1374 (Manfctr Contrlld Ign Syst/Misfire)
2001 Lincoln LS 3.0L Excessive Emissions, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1LNHM86S31
After dealing with an ignition coil debacle, the subject car now threw a Check Engine light with a P0420 code (Bank 1 catalyst efficiency below threshold). Vehicle was driven between 100 and 200 miles in a misfire condition (running on 4 or 5 cylinders). Was... Trouble codes: P0420 (Catalyst System Effcieincy Below Threshold Bank 1)
2002 Saturn SL1 1.9L transmission VIN: 1GBZK54712
Came into the shop with check engine light on. Scanned vehicle with modis scantool and it had an output speed sensor code. Took vehicle on test drive and noticed hard and abrupt shifts. Also output sensor reads 0 going down the road. Input sensor reads normal....
1991 Toyota MR2 2.2L Poor Idle Quality VIN: JT2SW21M1M
The customer came in with a high idle and surging from 1000rpm to 2000rpm up and down. I checked for a vacuum leak and no leak was found. I also changed the engine coolant temperature sensor, oxygen sensor, egr valve, map sensor, idle air control valve, and I ...
2002 Toyota Camry SE 2.4L timing VIN: 4TIBE32K12
timing marks on exhust cam gear. the gear has three marks one has int with dot. ext with dot.and one single dot.using single dot and seven links from each cam gear gold tooth on chain. not sure about marks on ext gear.hope one of you toyota guys can help.thank...
1994 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L Excessive Emissions, Cuts out, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 3VW5RA21H6
jetta guys ineed your help, i just got this car four my wife, and have no history. car feels like it has a typical ignition missfire, problem seems worse when warm, and under load. horrible gas mileage only about 14mpg. compression is over 145 on all cylinders...
1999 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L Injection Pump VIN: 3VWSF29M34
Car came in for a routine timing belt. Used cam locking tool, popped cam sprocket, lined up flywheel mark, everything fine. Problem apears to be that the injection pump is 180 degrees off. When it came in the hold for the locking pin was at about 7 o'clock whe...
2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0L transmission VIN: WVWSK61JX2
Jetta comes to the shop with a request to fix the CEL. We scanned using the generic mode. Found P0700 and then using european software (65535) transmission ECU failure. I have power and ground checked the unit and its plug. All seems ok . I want to cover all t...

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2001 BMW 325i 2.5L heater core VIN: WBAAN37476
Thanks to everybody for the time and the help. I blew the return hose to the radiator and finaly got coolant flowing to the water valve. Then I unplugged ( electrical conector ) the valve and got FULL HEAT at the vents. The car was not fixed yet, with valve pl...
1999 Cadillac DeVille 4.6L alternator VIN: 1G6KD54Y7X
most replies had to do with relearning but this vehicle would not let this happen. took car to dealer, they found correct key and car cranked but alternator still would not work. they tried new computer to no avail. I got car back, replaced alternator again( t...
1999 Dodge Neon High Line 2.0L Temp Gauge VIN: 3B3ES42YXX
I checked for loss of ground to the dash and the body by adding an additional ground to the point where the dash grounds with no success. I removed the dash to look for cracked solder joints but none were found. I suspect a defective temp. gauge or cluster. ...
2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Truck Laramie 5.9L frt. diff. VIN: 3D7KS28C65
Thanks to all the tech's who responded to my diff. specification question. I may not have been real clear about the info. I was looking for or why. I had a bent axle housing so we used a known good unit. Original gears only had 17000 mi. on them so are good qu...
1995 Ford F-350 Special 7.3L Excessive Emissions, Misfire VIN: IFTJW36F4S
teem finialy got a fix with this one, every one who replied was right on target i would like to thank mike from calif. for his extended help on this fix. the problem with this was first was the customer threw a lot of parts at it, causing me to (chase my tail ...
2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty XLT 6.0L No Start, Stall, Misfire VIN: 1FTSX31P43
Thanks to all who replied,all good information,especially Greg and David. When the engine would start and run I was able to watch oil pressures at different temps and cranking and ruled out the HPOP. After sometime and testing I was able to have the engine d... Trouble codes: P0263, P0266, P0281, P0500, P1378.
1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L door hinge VIN: 1J4GX58S5P
Thanks for all the info on how the hinge parts are serviced.I haven't got around to actually replacing them but I feel like you guys helped get me prepared.
2003 Kia Sedona EX 3.5L temp guage VIN: KNDUP131X3
Ok, here we go with the fix. i purchased one of those spill free funnels and used that to top off the cooling system. it took about another 3/4 of a gallon and it worked great for about a week. then i noticed that the temp guage was starting to go towards the ...
1993 Lexus LS400 4.0L timing belt VIN: JT8UF11E4P
The budget was very tight for the customer and I didn't want to tell him every thing would be OK unless I had a good idea that it would be. The timing belt shredded and did lots of damage, crank sensor and wheel, idler, and 1 cam sprocket were destroyed and he...
1999 Lexus GS300 3.0L No Start VIN: JT8BD68S9X
thanks charlie from new york i took the timing belt off and checked the pulley it had 1 missing tooth so i got a new pulley which the dealer had in stock and the car starts and runs fine thanks a lot hope i can be of help to u some time Trouble codes: P1300.
2003 Lincoln Town Car Cartier 4.6L power deck lid/ trunk release VIN: 1LNHM83W63
after more research and info. from other members, i wanted to let those members know what i found. this power deck lid problem is intermittant and like i said before, only operates occasionally. however, when it operates, the battery goes dead overnite, if it ...
1999 Oldsmobile Bravada 4.3L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GHDT13W4X
ok, it's gone with no problem with the engine, had a burnt valve on both heads at center cylinders-intake valves.appeared that the valves had carbon build up and valves did not rotate,which allowed hot spots-leading to burnt valve.thanks to Kent [...].,G... Trouble codes: P0300 (p0440-), P0440.
2001 Oldsmobile Alero GL 2.4L ABS Light Flashes On Intermittently VIN: 1G3NL52T71
When we rechecked this vehicle and could not find a problem, we had gone over the wiring, connectors, etc., and had assumed we were missing the problem. Just about everyone said to recheck the connections and the wiring harness. The lady that owns the vehicl...
1999 Saturn SL2 1.9L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G8ZK5272X
this was the first time i'v had to post a question in the two years i'v been on here and i was impressed. Most of the responses confirmed that I had taken the logical steps to fix the problem which led me to beleve something else was goin on beyond my control.... Trouble codes: P0401.
1999 Subaru Legacy L 2.5L speedometer VIN: 4S3BG685X7
Thankyou for all the replies. I replaced the speedo circuit board & all is well.
1995 Volkswagen Golf GL 2.0L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Stall VIN: 3VWDD21C61
Thanks for all the replies, and suggestions. I have fix the problem yesterday. The problem was...the MAP sensor. Changed a new one, and problem solved !! Thanks for your helpS!!
2001 Volkswagen Beetle GLX 1.8L 1-2 Shift etc. VIN: 3VWDD21C41
Many thanks to all who replied. The "fix" was a re-manufactured transmission from VW. A special thanks to Brian for all his help and the time he spent with a couple of related off line questions regarding the computer reset procedure. After checking the pan...
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