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1999 Acura TL 3.2L left low beam VIN: 19UUA5646X
the customer was driving to our shop at night to have some other repairs made when his l.f low beam headlight went out. we pulled the buld and was dark and discolored. we installed a new (expensive) bulb but it still does not work. both fuses for the headlight...
2004 Audi A8 Quattro L 4.2L No Start VIN: WAUML44EX4
car supposoly quit while moving to clean snow.we replaced the timing belt and pulleys and sparkplugs. car cranks over normally but does not start checked engine fuses ok can only get global obd2 on modis only 2codes p2401 and p0498 i hear the fuel pump working... Trouble codes: P2401, P0498
2001 Chevrolet Camaro 3.8L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 2GIFP22K7Y
Car came in with stalling complain. Checked codes had a faulty MAP sensor.Replaced Map sensor everything was fine. Customer came back with same problem. Starts and runs fine and wfter about 10-30 minutes it cuts off. No codes present at this time. No misfires....
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport 2.4L engine VIN: 1G1JH12T72
hi all hope you can help we are bald from pulling our hair out. this car came in with a leaking head gasket it was running fine. we removed the head and sent it out for repairs it was presser checked and the valve were reground. the head was resurfaced. we too...
2004 Chevrolet Impala SS 3.8L engine VIN: 2G1WP52174
Hello fellow techs. I have the Impala SS 3.8l vin #1 w/ a supercharger. It has an engine noise (ticking)in the lifter galley. You can hear it at the bottom of intake and also in the block along (close to knock sensor) the oil pan rails. Pulled valve covers and...
1997 Chrysler Sebring JXi 2.5L tach , odometer VIN: 3C3EL55H7V
Hi everyone, well the Sebring is back. This is part two of the 6 month project(bodyshop).This is not a no start like last time, that part is o.k but now I have an intermittent loss of tach , odometer and PRNDL display and I did have a P1698 "no TCM CCD messsag...
2002 Chrysler Town & Country (Van) LXi 3.8L engine replacement VIN: 2C4GP54L12
Hi guy's, I have a 2002 chrysler t&c that I'm going to be replaceing the motor with a used one on monday, according to mitchell your suppose to take it out the bottom, looking at it I'm wondering if I could remove the wiper assembly and take it through the top...
2001 Dodge Durango SLT 4.7L headlights VIN: 1B4HS28N11
This vehicle was involved in a minor accident on the right front. The main damage was a bent upper control arm. That was repaired but now the customer is having a problem with all the exterior lights. After a couple of hours of driving the lights start to blin...
1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 6.8L engine VIN: 1FTNW21S2X
When I bought this truck a week ago i knew that it had problems. I suspected a coil or two was bad by the apparrent misfire after spark testing all the coils two were bad and replaced, it ran better but still misses so i cleaned the maf checked for cracks on v...
1995 GMC K1500 Sierra SL 5.7L Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 2GTEK19K0S
This truck is driving me crazy. Customer reports that once the engine is up to normal operating temp, the engine pings on acceleration or light throttle increase at cruising speeds. Changed to different fuel, then different octane. Checked Knock Sensor - ok. D...
2006 GMC Canyon SLT 3.5L XM radio VIN: 1GTDT19646
Hope you GM techs can help me hear. This is my personal vehicle. Doing a oil life reset with the tech 2 when I pluged in all of the gauges droped and the radio turned off. Tured scan tool off everything came back to life. I reset the oil life and checed for co...
1999 Honda Accord LX 3.0L Reverse lock/bind VIN: 1HGCG1647X
Hi all, Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. This 3.0L Accord had a slipping 2nd and some noises before repairs. I know these Hondas are tricky, but love a challenge, and have had success before with another one and also an Acura. Maybe should stick ...
1997 Land Rover Range Rover HSE 4.6L No Start VIN: SALPV1448V
Hi everyone, We have really been having problems with this rover. The customer came in complaining that the car does not start after being turned off. The engine turns but there is no combustion. The car does it more after being driven for a while. Initially, ... Trouble codes: P1179, P1177, P0305, P1314, P1313
2000 Mazda B2500 SE 2.5L No Start VIN: 4F4YR12C9Y
Hi, Mazda b2500 (FORD RANGER) Truck cranks fine,Fuel pump not running,no spark. Scan tool will not read data. Checked all fuses relays, Exchanged horn relay for power relay-Ect. 12volts present at data port. Checked all grounds. I suspect bad ecu,but wondered ...
2001 Mercedes-Benz C320 3.2L MIL Lamp on, ESP/ABS/BAS fail VIN: WDBRF64J61
Greetings. Vehicle brought in because of state emissions test failure for emissions. OBDII codes P0170 & P0173 on failure sheet from inspection station, but battery was dead and Freeze frames & codes were not available. I replaced a badly sulfated battery & t... Trouble codes: P0170 (Mixture adapt. at limit at Idle Bank 1), P0173 (Mixture adapt. at limit at Idle Bank 2)
2000 Mercury Sable LS 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1MEFM53U4Y
I need your help.I know that these Fords are terrible about DPFE sensors failing in trucks.Are they the same in vehicles. This has the original sensor (metal)and I was wondering if there were any other things that I should look for other than replacing the sen... Trouble codes: P1400
2000 Nissan Altima GLE 2.4L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1N4DL01A0Y
Vehicle has poor idle quality and a very noticable miss. Scaned has only p0300. Manually moved egr and noticed idle droped so egr passeges seem clear and good. All timing chain paint marks are off by one tooth. Cap rotor plugs and wires appear in good order an... Trouble codes: P0300
1991 Pontiac Sunbird LE 2.0L No Start VIN: 1G2JB14K1M
hello everyone-happy easter. it seems to me that my brain has blocked the joy of remembering auto repair. this car is in the shop for a no start problem when damp. we drove it in in the rain friday, let it idle in the bay and then it stalled! great- now we sho...
1998 Pontiac Grand Prix SE 3.8L rear struts
car came in with noise in rear while going over bumps, a clunking sound. so i replaced rear struts and mounts with monroe sensatracs and same noise is still there. everything seems tight in the rear suspension. Ive heard of a tsb for this problem ,but im not s...
2005 Pontiac Sunfire 2.2L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3G2JB52F35
car comes in with intermit. miss, mostly under a load miss 1 and 4, sometimes cleans itself up and runs good, suddenly 1 and 4 go nuts like a coil gone bad. tested injectors, control mod, plugs, also put a coil assembly from wrecker and got same symtoms, start... Trouble codes: P0300 (random miss)
1996 Saab 9000 CS 2.3L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: YS3CD68U8T
good morning everyone this request is directed to you saab guys . car came in with po300 , and was missing at the time . the miss comes usually upon start up ( but not always ) and seems to clear up upon throttle up ( but not always ) scope of the crank senso... Trouble codes: P0300
2005 Saturn Vue 2.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: 5GZCZ33D76
I have a 2005 saturn vue , the concern is the check engine light stays on. I have checked for codes with a solus scanner none in pcm or bcm. I tried disconnecting the battery but the light is still on. The customer stated the dash lights were dim once. Any ide...
2005 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L No Start VIN: WVWAD63B45
After replacing head ,turbo,oil pump,and screen,Car has good compression,fuel,but no spark. Double checked timing marks 15 times. Appears that timing marks or off 1/8" on crank mark. Tryed next tooth,5/8" off. The scan tool has a cam position sensor code. 5 vo...

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1989 BMW 325i 2.5L Tach and Fuel Mileage Gauge VIN: WBABB1300K
Customer finally showed up with the cluster. It fixed the tach issue but now it has an issue with the overhead cluster where the brake warning light wont go out. He's getting another cluster then I can call this one done. Thanks to all for your advice in confi...
2001 Chevrolet Impala 3.4L Hesitation, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 2GIWF52E21
Hello I was checking alldata specific values for the pre-cat back press (2psi)the max and I have between 0-.09 at idle and at 2,500rev the press goes up more than (3psi). The downstream specific values the max(2psi)and my readings are at 0 if i increase the re... Trouble codes: P0404 (egr open position performance).
2005 Chevrolet Colorado Z85 2.8L Mechanical VIN: 1GCCS14815
Thanks to all who replied. Most of you were on the right track. It ended up being the adjusters. But it was not from wrong instalation, it seems that there is a defect in some of the adjusters where the teeth were actually worn down to the point where it would...
1994 Chrysler LeBaron GTC 3.0L transmission goes into limp mode VIN: 1C3EU4533R
Thanks to all that replay. After a week of driving I'm confident the car is fixed. The EATX Relay and Solenoid pack fix the car.
2002 Chrysler Town & Country (Van) Limited 3.8L Tire Pressure Monitoring System VIN: 2C8GP64L62
The fix was a loose connection in the overhead display. Thanks for the help.
1986 Dodge 600 2.2L No Start, Cuts out VIN: 1B3BV55E8G
OK, I put this car on the back burner till I could put full effort into checking it. I bought everything I could to rebuild a vacume harness. I made sure the orfice for the turbo was installed properly and every hose is by the book. I bought a used DRB II o...
1994 Ford F450 Super D 7.3L Excessive Emissions VIN: 1FDLF47F7R
Thanks to all who replied, I rechecked all the basics oil viscosity and level, fuel screens, fuel pressure regulator housing screen, and spring. I was concerned about the fuel pressure dropping to 45PSI (specs state it should be 50-60PSI) so I changed th... Trouble codes: P1211 (ICP too high or too low).
1998 Ford Windstar GL 3.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2FMDA5145W
Thanks to all who replied! The majority of the answers were that the intake runner controls on this van should hold vacuum. I found a cheap source for these parts made by dorman. Available thru Rock
1998 Mazda MPV ES 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: JM3LV5239W
Hey guys, I appreciate the replies. However,the customer has not returned for repairs. All replies indicated fuel gauge sender,as did my own search/diagnosis. Unfortunately we lose one now and then. Thanks again. Trouble codes: P1455 (mfr cont aux emissions).
1994 Mercury Grand Marquis LS 4.6L egr VIN: 2MELM75W4R
Thanks to all the replies that I recieved. It's hard when you come across a new type of vehicle that one is not familiar with and try to figure out the different ways that things are put together. I removed the throttle body elbow and found the 3 slots caroned...
1994 Mercury Villager (Van) GS 3.0L Excessive Emissions VIN: 4M2DV11W5R
Sorry for the delay in closing this mystery. The culprit remains at large. The customer decided to hold off on further diagnosis and repairs. Thankyou all for your abundance of knowlege and willingness to help. Unfortunately,we can't win them all.
2002 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: JN1DA31A52
Thanks to all that took their time to respond, iatn is great!! Everyone agrees with me that Alldata has it wrong, #1 is in the rear, not in the front as they say. Long story short, by going by them, we have replaced the wrong convertor. Customer has elected...
1998 Plymouth Neon High Line 2.0L speedodometer VIN: 1P3S47COWD
Thanks to everyone, this must be very common. I took the cluster out, and took it apart. I didnt see any thing wrong with the board, but so many of you said cluster. I replaced it, and now it works. And now I know about this problem, Thanks again to all who...
2004 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWSR69M14
I want to thank Don & Peter for their help. We shorted the battery cables to discharge anything unwanted in the computer,did basic setting with the VAG-COM, drove the car 50 or so miles to so to try and make the vehicle pass readiness, but it did not happen. I... Trouble codes: P0321 (engine speed rpm sensor-g28).
2001 Volvo V70 X/C 2.4L Fuel Guage VIN: YV1SZ58D01
As suggested by the replies, the rear window wiper & rear door locks were also inop, indicating a problem with the R.E.M. module. Removing the #1 fuse in the rear cargo fuse compartment temporarily "woke up" the module, and the fuel guage function was restore...
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