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1979 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce 2.0L solenoid VIN: AR11541006
first couple o cranking events of the day the starter engages normaly , but when the key is released or removed the starter continues to crank. after warmed up, normal operation resumes. current testing shows current flow from terminal 50 to ground via cold st...
1998 BMW 323i 2.5L blowing oil VIN: WBABJ7333W
Regular good customer brought in on the hook with top rad hose broken out of radiator. No problem, fixed. After road test, is blowing oil from somewhere under the intake. During repair I thought that residue was just coolant blown back. Can't see where its com...
1995 Chevrolet Blazer 4.3L Surge VIN: 1GNDT13W1S
Hello all, Vehicle presented with a complaint of erratic idle. The fuel trim numbers were only slightly low and fuel pressure met specifications (see below) We scoped the ignition system. The patterns were normal and the snap throttle KV test good as well. Th...
2005 Chevrolet Lumina 3.6L Eng oil in cooling system VIN: 6G1ZK52B65
I'd like to thank all who answer in advance. This Holden Lumina 3.6L eng has eng Oil going into the cooling system. I'll go right to the problem and give history of repairs below. WHEN WE PRESSURIZE THE ENGINE OIL PRESSURE CIRCUIT WE GET PRESSURE IN THE COOLIN...
2000 Chrysler Cirrus LX 2.4L Compressor VIN: 1C3EJ46XXY
The compressor on this Cirrus will not engauge. I was doing evac & recharge after an engine change in January. System held vac and I added some r134a but I can't fill it as the compressor wont kick in. I jumped the compressor at the relay so I know the clutch ...
2004 Dodge Pickup R2500 5.9L right side battery
When my other parts arrived i drove truck in and noticed acid smell again, figured that i had not neutralized all of the spillage from earlier, but opened hood and new battery was boiling over, truck only went out door to parking lot, then back in a few days l...
1999 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L steering rack VIN: 1FAFP53U8X
I need some feedback on this occurance please so I can help this customer. Steering pump was recently replaced by another shop. It arrived here with the complaint the power steering will not work. We found it low of fluid but there was no oil accumulation on t...
2003 GMC Envoy SLE 4.2L contols VIN: 1GHDT13S73
Hello i am working on a 03 envoy the complaint is the dash vents are inop. The vehicle has eatc/ auto temp control, I have limited resources for the diagnosis of this vehicle, but I found some similar complaints on the web and something about relearning the mo...
1991 Honda Civic 1.5L Engine VIN: EF61308407
Vehicle brought to us for rectification. Engine run to normal operating temperature, cooling fans operated. Some smoke from exhaust as engine idling and slight misfire. When throttle 'blipped' clouds of grey/white smoke from exhaust. Using general rule of thum...
2000 Honda Civic DX 1.6L compressor VIN: 2HGEJ6611Y
Hello, this car will cool normal for up to 1 hour or somtimes 1 1/2 hours then the compressor clutch starts to cycle for about fifteen minutes then shuts off completely no voltage to the compressor. Swapped relays with no change. Only thing I noticed is when t...
2002 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7L a/c system, blower VIN: KM8SC13D82
this vehicle came back for an intermittant a/c problem everything wigs out blower motor and a/c compressor will cut off and on without touching a thing can hear relay clicking everything is working at this time so it is hard to test something when it is so int...
2003 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: KM8SC73E73
Vehicle came in with check engine light on, scanned for codes and found 1 code p0183 fuel temperature sensor circuit a high, checked mitchell for information on code but mitchell does not even list it as a valid code, I was wondering if anyone else has seen th... Trouble codes: P0183 (fuel temperature circuit a high)
2003 Mitsubishi Montero Limited 3.8L transfer case VIN: JA4NW51S93
Good Morning all, We have the above mentioned Montero in for diagnosis due to the 4wd lights flashing and transfer case not switching between modes (2h to 4h, 4hlc or 4llc). Vehicle arrived with t-case stuck in 4hlc. When we shifted the selector lever to any o...
1997 Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0L No Start, hard start VIN: 1G3GR62CXV
after a cold soak, overnight mostly, car will start hard, give a lil shot of starting juice and it will pop right off, otherwise you have to crank for a long period of time before it will catch, and after it does is stumbles for 2-4 seconds. tested coolant t...
2003 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0L a/c controller VIN: 1T4BFHKAS2
hello good iatn people , i have this toyota 4runner with a/c acting up , everything works fine except that the two vents on the driver side are blowing warm air , but it does not have dual climete control , all the fuses chacked out good and i have very little...
2001 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L MIL Lamp on VIN: WVW2001TDI
This tdi was in last month with a code for the cold start injector we diagnosed it as a failing needle lift sensor as it only had 3.5 ohms and should have 180 to 200.We replaced #3 inj,this is the one with the needle lift sensor and all was well for a few week... Trouble codes: 14970 (fuel Quantity adjuster.)

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1998 Acura TL 3.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: JH4UA3647W
Hey guys thank you to all i pulled the intake off and the egr port was completely blocked we scrubbed and cleaned everything reassembled and this car runs like it was new thank you again and god bless you all
1998 Audi A4 1.8L Misfire VIN: WAUCB28D3W
thank you every body for the excellent tips, it was in fact the ignition control on the air filter. thank you thank you thankyou. everyone on here is truly a brother to each other because i have never gotten any bad advice or any bad anything. oh and fathers ... Trouble codes: P0302.
2004 BMW 525i 2.5L headlights, fog lights, flash to pass, 3rd brk. Lt VIN: WBANA535X4
The replies I received related to checking the fuses and a problem with the lighting module. We took the car to the BMW dealer and they reprogrammed the module. ($150.00) Not bad. Thanks for the replies.
2006 BMW 530xi 3.0L Unknown VIN: WBANN73596
Thanks for all the information & suggestions. I originally replaced battery with a 91 series Interstate battery as catalog suggested. The 2nd day I had customer bring vehicle back. I found out original battery crossed over to an H9 Interstate battery. (Slight ...
1997 Buick Skylark Custom 3.1L TCC, starts in second gear VIN: 1G4NJ52M9V
I got nine replies. some got close .others told me to check things I said I had already checked,but one reply from Les [...] telling me to check an article from Motor Magazine,Oct. 2002 hit it exactly on the head, it was the trapping diode on the air conditio...
1992 Chevrolet Corvette 5.7L No Start VIN: 1G1YY23P7N
This car is still hauting me.The customer okay me to replace distributor with oem part but didnt help. Rechecked grounds and power to both ecm and ccm and checks okay.Ohmed injectors when hot ohmed out okay.Replaced ignition switch no change.Tried new ecm no ...
1997 Chrysler Sebring JXi 2.5L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out VIN: 3C3EL55HXV
I want to thank those of you that sent a reply trying to help with this POS. I marked it closed with repair, but the customer has decided to take the car. They are going to try and decide what to do with it. Thanks again for your replies, sincerly, Andy.
2002 Chrysler Sebring LX 2.7L No Start
well ended up having a defective water pump it is chain driven. it was causing the timing chain to slop around,throwing the timing out of sync.
1997 Dodge Viper GTS 8.0L wipers VIN: 1B3ER69E7V
the viper is fixed. thanks for all the help. the wipers on a viper are a different animal compared to what would be a normal wiper system, the viper uses 2 wiper motors with a module in between, when you test these you need of course to check powers and ground...
1992 Ford Aerostar XL 3.0L No Start VIN: 1FMCA11U9N
Hi gang, thanks for all the replies. We chose to install the 92 engine harness and PCM. I'm not going to make that stupid mistake again. I should've known better from the beginning, I'll chalk it up as a "rookie" mistake. Lesson learned. Thanks again!
1996 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L Lighting VIN: 1FMDU34X2T
Thanks to Kyle [...] for your replies. Although there is no specific procedure in Alldata to diagnose this fault, The replies indicat...
1999 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L Steering Fluid VIN: 1FAFP53U5X
Thanks to all the replies, we finally got the air out by just turning the wheels a lot. It really helped doing it from stop to stop without engine running. Once again thanks alot.
1999 Ford Windstar SEL 3.8L l sliding door VIN: 2FMDA5348X
The fix was the optical sensor. It is a small sensor with a wire hanging from it that sits in the motor assembly. It cost about $30 and the dealer special ordered it for me. The dealer called it sliding door actuator sensor. The rear inside panel that covers t...
2003 Ford Crown Victoria 4.6L Stall, START/DIE VIN: 2FAFP71W43
5 of the 7 replies suggested replace the IAC. Could not see any thing else going on w/ vehilce so decided to replace the IAC as it was fairly inexpensive compared to additional diagnostic labor hours. Vehicle has been back in customers hands for 2 weeks & has...
2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0L anti theif VIN: 1FAFP56U86
2003 GMC Envoy SLT 4.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GKDT13SX3
Thanks to all the guys who replied to my request. But at this time, customer is not going to go ahead with fixing problem due to not having any other problems with the IPC. The rsplies were helpful in telling me that there could be other issues wrong with this... Trouble codes: P0128, U1000 (No state of health from module).
1991 Honda Accord EX 2.2L Surge VIN: JHMCB7662M
The customer needed the vehicle this weekend to take to there son out of town. Several of you suggested the CTS, which I wanted to change but after 3 parts suppliers and 6 CTS which none where correct I had to give up for now. I did clean off the sensor and r...
2004 Hyundai Tiburon 2.0L Hesitation, lacks power VIN: HYUNDAI123
Thanks to everyone for their help and insight.The front pipe/second converter assembly was restricted.The dealer replaced this under warranty.A coffee cup full of loose material came out of the pipe when tapped on the floor after removing it for a close inspec...
2002 Isuzu Rodeo LS 3.2L Unknown VIN: 4S2CK58WX2
Thank you Trace from Colorado! You had me in the right direction. I removed the MAF and pipe, as well as the airbox. I loosened the wiring off the valve cover and body. I started the vehicle and wiggled the heck out of the wiring and it shut off. I did it...
2000 Lincoln Continental 4.6L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1LNM97V4YY
well pulled engine, removed broken timing chain pieces, all other chains still tight. maybe left a cam gear bolt loose? i will pull cams & check valves. anyway i will eat the repair, & double check my work in the future. thanks to all that replied. Trouble codes: P0304, P0305.
2000 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8L timing VIN: WVWPD23B5Y
Ok thnax to everyone who helped me out. I must say it turns out there wasnt even a problem, but this is a big job money wise and I have never done a VW like this before. The Valves just didnt look right. I went ahead and set everything just like you guys said ...
2001 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 1.8L squeal VIN: 3VWCD21C41
This one is fixed. Sorta... The customer declined further repairs. The tranny shop had already hit him up for a few grand, and we had done a 90k service along with t-belt/w-pump/stat/coolant, etc. The problem wasn't severe, so I think they're gonna wait for an...
1998 Volvo S70 GLT 2.4L steering rack VIN: YV1LS5678W
John said he loosens both lower steering u-joint (companion) bolts and slides the joint up the column shaft, thereby disconnecting from rack pinion with no mis-alignment issue. Good suggestion. Perhaps I'll soak the next victim in a penetrant bath for a week...
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