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2001 Audi A6 2.8L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WAUEH64BO1
Audi techs please help...I have a 2.8 A6 that ran bad and had codes 17927/p1519 A cam pos sens bank 1 malf., 16684/p0300, 16686/p0302 2cl miss, 16687/p0303 3cyl. miss. I pulled valve covers and front covers and aligned timing marks, right side bank 1 tenioner ... Trouble codes: 16684 (p0300 randon missfire), 16688 (p0304 4 cyl missfire), 16689 (p0305 5 cyl missfire)
2001 Audi A4 1.8L upper end VIN: WAUDC68DXI
my question is with shavings in the oil and some lifter noise ,is this engine worth saving? iv'e never had one apart could the shavings be from the turbo? just trying to feel out what my options are before i tell this guy we can fix it or not. of course replac...
1998 BMW 740iL 4.4L pcv VIN: WBAGJ8325W
Car came in blowing oil smoke with hissing noise in rear of engine. We replaced the pcv plate on the rear of the intake. There is still a noise in the back of the intake. The car runs OK now but this noise can't be right. Is it possible the tube inside the int...
1996 Chevrolet S10 LS 4.3L No Start, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1GCCS19XXT
This vehicle was towed to our shop. Owner reported the engine stall at a stop light. Vehicle cranked but did not start. We found 0 psi fuel pressure. Spark Ok. Modis showed 200-300RPM cranking. Fuel Pump relay On. We Applied B+ to fuel pump prime connector-no ...
2002 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3L limp mode VIN: 1B4GP24352
hey all,here i go again i have this o2 caravan that is stuck in 2nd gear(limp mode).i can communicate with the tcm but i have no bidirectional control as far as i know,i have tried with the modis to apply the solenoid i.e 2-4 over drive,under drive and low rev...
2004 Dodge Intrepid SE 2.7L Rear Struts VIN: 2B3HD46R84
Customer wants to have the rear lower isolators (lower spring pads) replaced. The pinch bolt is frozen in the housing on both sides. I used PB Blaster on the bolts, hit the head with a air hammer, and used a little heat. They will not move & I am afraid of sna...
2001 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L Unknown VIN: 2FMZA514X1
After 5 min. of warm up this van has top end tap, worse with revs. It sounds like its all over but with stethescope sounds like either chain or back valve cover area. Local ford tech. scratched his head and told me happy hunting he never heard a 3.8 with this ...
2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT 6.0L Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1FTNW21P43
Owner is sales manager for our company and has asked me to look at vehicle for poor fuel mileage. I don't normally work on diesels, but with the growing number hitting the roads, I need to start learning. Mileage has fallen off over last year and a half from a...
2004 Ford Crown Victoria LX 4.6L SRS system VIN: 2FAFP74W84
Any input would be a help, at this time I have not used a scan tool to diagnois this proplem just the LFC or the air bag light flashing code 33. I have replaced the drivers side seat belt assembly and this code is still coming on, I know its a hard fault, will...
2001 Jaguar XK8 4.0L oil pump VIN: SAJJA42C3Y
I have yet to find out why this car has no oil pressure while cranking. Vehicles gauge shows no oil pressure and when the sending unit is removed while cranking, no oil is pressent. I have replaced the oil pump with the old engines which ran, same outcome. I h...
1996 Jeep Cherokee SE 4.0L slow crank VIN: 1J4FJ28S1T
car came in on the hook. starter clicks .power and good. rlace starter. same symptoms.verify all wireing and ground are good.
2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1J4GW48S8Y
hello and T.G.I.F. this vehicle intermittently dies at idle and cuts out under acceleration with no codes at that time.repaced crank sensor and vehicle was hard to start,and/or no srart at times,and ran very rough,with codes now setting [po320 no crank ref. si... Trouble codes: 320 (no crank ref. sig. at pcm), 1391 (intermittent loss of cmp or ckp)
1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SE 2.5L poor supply to pump VIN: W108014027
Good afternoon, My problem with this old beast is that I am getting only a trickle of fuel from the tank to the electric pump. Pump output is good when a remote tank is in use (~16psi to injection pump). What I need to know is what liquid I can use to clear...
2004 Mercury Mountaineer 4.0L Struts VIN: 4M2ZU86K14
I have to change the rear struts on this vehicle and my problem is this...There is a rubber bumper on top of the strut mount that is held in by one of the three nuts. There is no room to get a wrench, socket or even a finger on this nut. If I cut the rubber bu...
2002 Nissan Altima 2.5L No Start VIN: 1N4AL11D82
nissan gurus please help this nissan came in on hook.cranks but wouldnt start,it was flooded.we got it running and hasnt missed a lick so far.iat temp accurate,cts temp codes please give me a direction to look in.thanks in advance.
2003 Nissan Altima S 2.5L Poor Idle Quality, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1N4AL11E23
hello guys,i know there is a tsb for this code and i have tried to follow the instructions but i do not have dealer diagnosis tool to reprogram the ecm, is there any other method to tackle this?or do i have to change the whole throttle body and pay the dealer ... Trouble codes: P0507
1997 Pontiac Sunfire SE 2.2L engine VIN: 1G2JB1244V
The customer complaint was that the temp gage would indicate overheating on the highway. When the car first came into shop the coolant level was correct and the fan operation checked. It came on at 225 deg asper spec. The ect sensor was checked for calibration...
1999 Porsche Boxster 2.5L Windows VIN: WPOCA2987X
Hi Porsche Techs I have limited experience on boxster tops, and currently no access to factory scanner; wonder if someone can help with this problem. I have not found a test plan as of yet. Customer put top down after sitting through winter and then back up. ...
1992 Volvo 960 2.9L relay VIN: YV1KW9509N
I am trying to locate the ABS surge relay to check the fuse. It should be under the dash to the left of the steering column. I have always found the relay there before on other Volvo models, but this one is not there. Thanks in advance.

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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1993 Acura Vigor GS 2.5L No Start VIN: JH4CC2669P
Thank you all for your input. Extra thanks to Pete [...] from California. You hit it on the head. Apparently my installer left the battery connected for 2 days with key on while the trans was being repaired (Big No-No). This probably burned out the PMI-FI r...
1998 BMW 528i 2.8L Starting VIN: WBADD6327W
Thanks to everyone that sent information on this one. Customer had to pick up vehicle so it is still not fixed. He will return it later. The information we received was helpful. we were directed to check the ignition switch, dme relay, fuel pump relay, and...
2002 Buick Rendezvous CX 3.4L gauges VIN: 3GSDA03EXZ
Thanks everyone for your replies it was a bad BCM. Thanks again Mark
1997 Chevrolet Tahoe 5.7L Surge VIN: 1GNEC1327Z
I would like to thank everyone for the help. I looked at each reply and got some great advise, the problem was the fuel pump as most had suggested however I was unaware that the regulator could be viewed with a mirror through the throttle body and it was leaki...
2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L compresor belt VIN: 2GCEC19T1X
we replaced the tentioner since many of you beleaved that was a posibillity,and that did make since.the probility of a update i belive would be a fix,but not being ably to do this in shop,we sent our custamer to gm,and have not heard back as of let.
2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L transfer case VIN: 2GCEK19T41
In attepmting to repair this vehicle, I tried to switch the system while in neutral and that did not work, after submitting the request on iATN I removed the motor off the transfer case and could still not manually shift so I replaced that motor with a new one...
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport 2.4L engine VIN: 1G1JH12T72
thanks to all that responded. we found that the machine shop that did the head work on the head did not do the valves right they ground them but did not clean them and when they put the head back togeather they did not put the valves back in the same place,thi...
2005 Chevrolet Impala 3.8L Stall, Starts and Dies VIN: GIWF52E859
A new idle air motor fixed this start and die intermitantly problem. Must have been sitcking as alot of you said that they have a habit of doing that. Thank you all for you help !! George at Brewers Garage Trouble codes: P1811 (Max adapt long shift), P1819 (Internal Mode Switch - No Start / Wrong Range).
1998 Chrysler Sebring JXi 2.5L expansion valve VIN: 3C3EL55H2W
Good morning to all,we have now fixed this Sebring.After cutting open one of these many expansion valves that failed on us as suggested by one tech response,we found traces of metal debris in it.Since we replace 4 expansion valves 2 dryers,2 compressors,and a ...
2002 Dodge Intrepid SE 2.7L park lights dash lights VIN: 2B3HD46R82
Hello everyone sorry it took so long to get back with you all.The problem with the battery drain was shorted bcm. paul from Michigan said the bcm have been known to short inside and to unplug to see if drain goes away When i unpluged the drain went away. Tony ...
1987 Ford Ranger Custom 2.9L Fuel gauge VIN: 1FTCR11T2H
Thanks all for your responses. As stated in my request I had a bimetal gauge not a magnetic. Steve helped out with the ability to adjust this gauge, I never new that you could do that even though I have seen the notches in the back. I had to adjust the empty s...
1988 Ford Mustang GT 5.0L heater core VIN: 1FABP42E3J
I would like to thank all who replied to my help request.I was able to pull dash back far enough & let rest on passenger seat to access heater box for removal.It would have a lot easier if the main harness had a bulkhead connector on so you could lay the dash ...
1996 Ford E-350 Econoline Club Wagon XLT 5.8L Reverse VIN: 1FBJS31H3T
Ha ha, simple check ball problem. Put my check balls in, used a dab of trans jell to hold them in since the trans was still in the vehicle and channel plate was upside down. One checkball I missed the hole and didnt notice, ended up in a passage right next...
2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 5.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTSX21505
We could not find any vac leaks. BARO/MAF(v)@Wot/Load%/Fuel press under load all showed normal. I settled on sending this one to the dealer for reprogramming after finding out there is a software update for lean codes. I drove it after the reprogram and the ... Trouble codes: P0174 (Bank 2 lean).
1993 Honda Accord LX 2.2L ingntion VIN: 1HGCB7656P
Thank you for all your help. Mostly every one was right EGR ports were cog up we open them up as you suggested and clean them out as you suggested and the miss went away. Again Thank you very much. Hope I can help some of you in the future.
1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.0L Convertor VIN: 1J4GZ7856R
Thanks for the help. I probably would have overhauled the transmission and only accidently found the problem. I always flush the cooler on a rebuild, and usually remove the check valve on Chrylser products. It was the check valve stuck. This vehicle has an ex...
1997 Land Rover Range Rover HSE 4.6L No Start VIN: SALPV1448V
Thank you everyone for the reply. As most of you suggested, i replaced the Crank position sensor located on the bell housing. The old one did have oil on it. I guess these cars have problem with valve cover gasket leak. I tested the car for a week and made ... Trouble codes: P1179, P1177, P0305, P1314, P1313.
1999 Mercury Mystique GS 2.0L No Start VIN: 1MEFM6533X
2000 Mercury Sable LS 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1MEFM53U4Y
all the ayes have it .everyone said the oem dpfe sensors were bad.Also everyone recommended to cleaning or replacing the silicone hoses and orfices in the egr transfer tube. I did not fix it because customer did not return. Trouble codes: P1400.
2004 Suzuki Swift+ 1.6L No Start, Misfire, Backfires VIN: 4563782901
thanks for help me. Actually fault is in crank main pully pin. on crankshaft sensor signal tooth gear was not proper sitted of its place. when i re-open the timing according to your guide line i have found timing pully not sitted to its place because carnkshaf...
1995 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0L radio VIN: 4T1GK13E1S
well this one is gone and the customer is happy. the vehicle did not have to go to the dealer to be unlocked. the customer was not the first owner of the vehicle and did not have knowledge of the code. but, i did find the first owners info in the owners manual...
1993 Volvo 850 GLT 2.4L No Start VIN: YV1LS5509P
thank you to all for their help triple ck harness and found small split at connector repaired all ok Trouble codes: 212 (o2 sensor), 113 (02 sensor).
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