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1999 Audi A4 1.8L abs clicks VIN: WAUCB28D5X
hi folks this car if i drive down the road, lite braking the abs module clicks like a cracked rotor once every revolution of the wheels. this is not the springy feeling u get on normal abs brakeing. there are no codes and the abs works fine in any other situat...
1998 BMW 323i 2.5L abs VIN: WBABJ8323W
1998 bmw 323ic. Abs light on. Scanned with launch x431 and I get codes 3,41,0,d4. Does any one know what these mean. If I scan the abs with the modis I get a 212. Which is a tps or throttle actuator code. I replaced the tps and actuator with a known good one. ...
2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 6.6L starter VIN: 1GCHK23162
gm duramax tech's we need some help with this truck. came in for water pump and starter we replaced the starter with rebuilt from local rebuilder twice and still made noise we then looked at the flywheel which had some bad teeth but not the worst we have ever ...
2003 Chevrolet Tracker 2.0L rotors VIN: 2CNBJ13C13
bad brake pulsation
2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 6.0L abs module VIN: 1GCHC24U14
Hello. Got a good one here, ABS/& Red brake light staying on full time on Insturment Cluster (along with anoying buzzer). Plugged Tech II scanner in and "No Comm" comes up. I can get data from other modules, had code U1041 and other modules had "U" codes, did ...
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2D4GP44L95
Should be noted, this is a 3.8 not a 3.3 (as it says above) Customer arrived with a stored code (P0016). Test drive revealed the driveability complaint. The vhicle refuses to make power at higher RPM's as if its running on a rev limiter, or has a plugged fuel... Trouble codes: P0016 (Crank/Cam misalignment - Out of Synch)
1992 Ford Taurus GL 3.8L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Stall, long crank VIN: 1M4ZV53X9Z
Greetings: Have this taurus giving fits. Intermittant crank no start. Intermittant die at idle (in shop). Fine on test drive. Problem occurs cold or hot. When problem exists no spark nor injector pulse exists. Tried ignition module but still no start. Have not...
1997 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.6L Oil Pressure Problem VIN: 1FTDX1867V
Truck came into the shop with a belt noise problem, it looked like the outer ring on the balancer had moved back wards into the cover. The front cover has a wear mark, and possibly a crack extending from the seal hole towards the passenger side of the motor ab...
1996 GMC K2500 Suburban 6.5L No Start, Stall VIN: 1GKGF26F6T
This is my dads truck. While driving he told me truck dies and then restarts.Every time he drops truck off i can't duplicate problem.The truck runs fine untill tonight.I had a mac mentor on it tonight and it died out on me.As soon as it died the engine light w...
1999 Isuzu Trooper S 3.5L Lighting VIN: JACDJ58X8X
customer states that heads light will intermediately come after vehicle is shut off,happened first time when customer we skiing in cold climate,battery was drained.customer stated they recharge battery and it happended several more time,slaming left front door...
1996 Jaguar XJ6 4.0L Cuts out, Stall VIN: SAJHX1747T
2-3 months in our shop! After extended drive (10+ miles) typically at speeds maintained above 40, car quits. Few times has just shut off, other times dies slowly like out of fuel but will die totally. Intermittent! I bought a CRecorder (24 hour OBD II Monitor)...
1998 Jaguar XJ8 4.0L openning trunk VIN: SAJKX6245W
the customer lock her only keys in the trunk. alldata does not give a location of the locking/security module. my thoughts are to power up the trunk lock actuatorto open the trunk. any help on openning the trunk. no extra key
2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L Fuel Pump/Leak Dection Pump VIN: 1J4GW48SX4
Help!! This vehicle was a trade-in from our dealership. New customer purchased it and complained of a loud buzzing noise in the rear of the vehicle intermittently. Our used car tech verified the noise and felt that the noise was comming from the fuel pump mod...
1995 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC 4.6L Suspension VIN: 1LNLM91V4S
Hey guys i have a 95 lincoln mark 8 check air suspension light on abs light on trac light on i did a oil pan and now all lights on any reset procedure help please
1996 Mazda Millenia S 2.3L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: JM1TA2224T
This is my first time posting for help. Thanks in advance. This vehicle's history starts out with the customer purchasing it with known head gasket problems. They payed a "shade tree" mechanic to repair it. After the "repair" the vehicle has had the following ...
1999 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L no shifting VIN: WDBJF65H7X
vehicle tow in. no shifting on the any gears when vehicle warms up. replaced the transmission filter & fluid and tested drive on the dyno. up to 60mph for ten minuites. gave back to customer. 2day later towed in again. check w/ scanner no code. check on the TS...
1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE 3.4L Fuel Gauge,Odometer VIN: 1G2NE52E6X
I have a inoperative Fuel Gauge(Stuck On Empty,(new sender) & odometer does not change(speedometer works correctly)I have 5V at the purple wire at the sender & a good ground.I added a 150 resistor between the two & still no change in the gauge..Checked all PCM...
2005 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5L Hub Bearing VIN: 4S3BP67645
Hello everyone: This Subaru S/W has a noticeable growl in the rear at 60mph and above. On the rack with all 4 wheels spinning, the right rear hub bearing has a significant "rumble". My question is: is this bearing a bolt-in or is it pressed to the hub like ol...
2003 Toyota Sienna LE 3.0L brake pedal VIN: 5TDZA22C24
Hey guys this is my wifes car and I don't have a lot of time to diag properly do to shop restrictions . awhat i've got is that the brake pedal travels to floor , if you pump up pedal baraking is fine . when you frist step on the brakes pedal travels to floor y...
1998 Volvo V70 GLT 2.4L turbocharger VIN: YV1LW5648W
Engine using oil, very wet from intercooler bleed hole. New turbo is 8601227. I'm looking for a source other than the dealer for a good rebuild. Anyone? Thanks, Steve

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2000 BMW 528i 2.8L wipers VIN: WBADM5340Y
Thanks for the help, the customer is going to take the car back to where they had the windshield replaced. Buy the numbers it is not a factory part. So it looks like it is their problem now. Thanks again
2002 Chrysler Town & Country (Van) LX 3.8L all gauges/warning lights VIN: 2C8GP46L12
looks like thise one is fixed! I waited a while just to make sure.WE TESTED CHARGING SYSTEM AND WAS FINE.voltage drop showed everything ok.removed battery box and found 2 wires in harness damaged by battery acid,repaired wires and all is well. thanks.
2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring 2.4L Misfire VIN: 3C8FY8G93T
Thanks to everyone who took time to respond. The lower intake gasket took care of the problem. I couldn't see any noticable breaks in the gasket but this took care of the problem thanks again.
2003 Dodge Intrepid SE 2.7L Speedometer VIN: 2B3HD46RX3
A little dissapointed in my help results 3of 5 members all asked if we replaced the VSS not sure why someone would post on a help topic without reading the topic VSS tested good has output also has been replaced!!
1992 Ford F-250 Custom 5.8L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Stall, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTHX25H1N
WOW im calling this one a fix... the culprit was a timing chain that had so much slack that the timing was off as much as at least 2 teeth... rempaced chain and gears and whala truck is running better... noticed a lot of sludge in the timing area of the motor....
1995 Ford Taurus GL 3.0L engine vacuum VIN: 1FALP52U6S
Sorry, but this one has been put on the back burner for a while. Most replies confirmed what I suspected. The intake gaskets are probably sucked in. I appreciate the replies. I have been very busy and since I am a one man shop things can get very hectic at tim...
1997 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4.6L Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Misfire, MIL Lamp on, stumbles VIN: 1FMEU18W9V
I'm sorry I can't post this as a fix, but the customer works for a parts house and wants to try to get his own parts. the most likely thing, and the general consensus for the cause of the problem, is cat restriction. when I tested the other side, i found tha... Trouble codes: P****.
1997 Ford Probe GT 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1ZVLT22B1V
we were unable to repair this vehicle,all testing indicated engine was running to lean,we rechecked for vacuum leaks with smoke machine,found none,we did find a slight vacuum in crankcase.we found if we removed the pcv valve and blocked it off you could feel a... Trouble codes: P1170, P1173, P0134, P0154.
1998 Ford Ranger Splash 3.0L speedo VIN: 1FTYR11U0W
we ended up sending the truck back to the dealer and they reprogrammed it again for free. problem solved!
1999 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L Power Train Control Modlule VIN: 2FMZA5148X
The issue has been found, the VRef line was infact shorted. The short was traced and found to the a/c dual pressure switch. After disconnection that sensor the PCM came online and appears to be fine. The now runs.. Thank You to everyone for the help.
2003 GMC Envoy SLT 4.2L alternator VIN: 1GKDT13S23
wow!!! darn idler pulley did not fix it. i started to get serious and put my chassis ears everywhere to try to narrow exact location. a/c hub bearing!!! i went with a shorter belt to eliminate it and now it sounds great. could of sworn it was an alternato...
2003 GMC Sierra 2500 HD SLE 6.6L all shifts VIN: 1GTHK23173
I sent it to GM to clear the codes and do tcm update. (my scanner would not clear codes, still unsure why) They cleared the codes and said the tcm already had the latest update. The customer took it and a couple days later it was back with same symtoms, I scan...
2000 Lexus GS300 3.0L abs VIN: JT8BD68SOY
the problem was the left front abs speed sensor was faulty,we tested all sensors with ohm meter and left sensor was open circuit.the flow chart in alldata stated road test vehicle and monitor all sensor to mph all should match,all sensors indicated good on roa...
2005 Lincoln Navigator 5.4L Engine VIN: 5LMFU28575
Thanks to all who replied with helpful advice on replacing an engine in a 05 Navigator. I was able to do it with body on frame. I had to take the intake off like someone mentioned in order to get enough clearance to clear the firewall and to thread my bolts in...
1987 Mercedes-Benz 300TD 3.0L injection pump timing VIN: 1241931F01
Hello MB Techs I would like to report that car is up and running, everything started wrong due to the pump locking tool that was poorly manufactured, because the slot that locks the pump was cut too narrow and not locking the pump in the installation positi...
2007 Nissan Altima SE 3.5L power window VIN: 1234EDS789
Thanks to all that replied. John from NJ hit it right on the money. i removed the door panel and found the linkage from the key cylinder disconnected. Installed the linkage and reset the window.
1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser 3.1L Dash lights, alternator VIN: 1G3AJ85M5R
Thank you everyone on this car. The fix was to repair fusible link off of the starter. The wire had corroded two inch. from the link connection. Mike
1998 Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0L block heater VIN: 1G3GR62C5W
Hello all, The block heater on this is a "dry" block heater, it does not extend into the coolant passages. New crossover gaskets and quick-connect fixed the leak problem.
1985 Other European MONDIAL CABR 178.6CID timing belt VIN: ZFFUC15AXF
Chuck Jeckell sent a very good link.. that walks through the job. Also Tom [...] and others offered advice. The estimate is being consider...
2000 Pontiac Montana 3.4L abs VIN: 1GMDX13E4Y
van has not returned yet , ro is still open , with the abs functioning properly i believe it is a calibration error with the ebcm since its a traction control only problem
2002 Porsche 911 GT2 3.6L back up lights VIN: WP0AA29952
Here is the fix: First this car is a 08-2001 c2 and on every book that I chcked with they said the back up light switch is on the side of the trans, happens that this one is on the shifter, power was going into the switch ( black/orange) none coming out of (bl...
1996 Toyota Camry DX 2.2L abs system VIN: 4T1BG22K5T
Thanks for all the input. The front speed sensors had a tiny bit of rust build up I overlooked the first time I took the sensors out. It only took about a mm of rust to throw the whole system off but not throw a code. Thanks again
2003 Volvo XC90 2.5L Steering wheel pad VIN: YV1CZ59H13
Success! Received 2 replies in just a few minutes. Thanks to John from Tennessee, and Neal from Texas . The procedure is to turn the steering wheel 90 degrees, and then access the release spring through the hole in the back of the wheel with a flat screw...
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