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2001 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8L Hesitation, Surge VIN: 2G1WH55K31
this came to us driven by the customer. there is a problem with the vehicle when trying to accelerate. it hesitates badly and does not go over 25 m.p.h. tried to retrieve codes and found none for engine or transmission. checked the catalytic converter and foun...
2002 Chevrolet Suburban 2500 LS 8.1L blower motor VIN: 3GNGK26G62
Hello Iatn members, I have this suburban with a/c blower motor intermittently stay running with ignition turn off. Customer said that he noticed blower motor is running and also killed battery many times. I could never duplicate the problem. This truck equipe...
2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer LT 4.2L Stall, MIL Lamp on, Throttle dont open VIN: 1GNES16SX3
HI Y'ALL !!! We have this Chevy Tahoe the Reduced power light and check engine come on immediatelty. THe THrottle plate dont open when running. With the engine off the throttle will open. The code that sets first is p1514 the TPP 1 & 2 are normal withn the eng... Trouble codes: P1514
2004 Chevrolet Colorado LS 3.5L brakes VIN: 1GCCS19604
Hi guys, hope you can help. The first thing in the morning the brakes are very touchy, to the point they skid on application, after driving alittle they improve but always seem to be ready to grab. The abs seems to be working ok with no lite on and it seems th...
2005 Dodge Magnum R/T 5.7L rattle noise front end VIN: 2D4GV58255
This one has us puzzled. Rattle in front end over small bumps, sounds just like sway bar links. Checked front end 4 times and all bushings, ball joints, struts, strut mounts, sway bar links etc appeared to be ok. Even small bumps at low speed (not enough suspe...
1993 Ford F Super Duty XL 7.3L No Start VIN: 2FDLF47MXP
hello iatn friends the problem with our tow truck is after it sits outside it will not start until you give it a shot of carb cleaner in it's mouth. the original problem was it would'nt start when it sat overnight.we found fuel seeping from the bottom of fuel ...
2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty XL 6.0L No Start, VIN: 1FTCR10RX2
hydro locked! truck was unning fine after repairs,customer states i started to loose power, pulled over and it stalled. attempted to restart but it just clicked, 10 minutes later it started but didn't sound good. towed in to our shop as i was leaving. oil over...
2004 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4L abs module VIN: 1FTPX14554
i replaced the front engine timing cover gaskets for an oil leak. the battery went dead during repair. charged battery up and started truck. when i was done on the test drive the abs light was on. the customer says it was not on before. check codes b1342 ecu f...
1993 Honda Accord LX 2.2L Compressor VIN: JHMCB7553P
Hi all Did a condenser replacement on vehicle.rechecked for leaks and found none.The condenser was rusted out and the system had been previously converted to r134a years ago and had been working well until over the winter. Now have concern of compressor cyling...
1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.2L floor VIN: 1J4GZ78Y7V
The problem is that the floor on passenger front has water coming from somewhere. The drain for the a.c. system drains into lower frame rail and it is clean. It happens after it rains. I cannot find where the leak is.
2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.0L Tansmission VIN: 2J8G2E8AX4
I am having problems getting info on this car as i can only seem to get info on the 4.0l and 4.7l petrol version. I have full workshop manuals of these with every nut bolt on them. But this is a 2.7 CRD (common rail Diesel) the Engine ECU is a bosch unit ECM p...
2000 Kia Sportage 2.0L lack of acceleration VIN: KNDJB6235Y
Vehicle had p1115 water temp and p1624 code in TCM. Also had a bank 1 sensor 2 o2 code. Unable to retrive code from tcm but is probably a water temp code. Vehicle has a lack of power on take off but accels good on a forced downshift. Vehicle also intermittentl... Trouble codes: P1115, P1624
1997 Mazda MPV ES 3.0L Ignition timing VIN: JM3LV5225V
The vehicle ignition timing is about 30 degrees BTDC. We try to adjust the timing moving the distributor with out any results .We also try jumping the distributor one tooth forward , and after that one tooth backward , trying to see if we can have the timing o...
1999 Mazda Miata 10th Anniversary 1.8L Steering VIN: JM1NB3533X
First time customer to us. The car has torque steer to the right when accelerating. He said he had it aligned but we checked it ourselves and the readings are correct. We found no loose or worn out parts in the front or rear suspension. The struts are OE but n...
2000 Nissan Sentra GXE 1.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3N1CB51D5Y
Any help would be appreciated. This car came originaly with PO335 sent to the dealer for recal. They replace sensor and sent away after first trip the light came back on. Back to the dealer they had car for 3 days and could not find a problem they keep telling... Trouble codes: P0335 (crank sensor A circuit)
1982 Other European SILVER SPUR 412CID Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: SCAZN42A6C
vehicle came in misfire on cyl 2 no spark coming out of distributor cap (b1) as vehicle gets hotter we lose spark on cyl 3 (a4) and cyl 7 (a2) any information i have on this car is very little rolls royce isnt very helpful at all i have no info in all data on ...
1982 Porsche 911 3.0L Excessive Emissions VIN: WP0ZZZ937C
This car is a federalized gray market 3.3L 911 Turbo. There is no vacuum to the distributor. I have no access to vacuum diagrams for an unmodified car, much less one that has been federalized. Besides no vacuum diagrams, I don't know whether to time it with th...
1989 Saab 9000 2.0L Battery VIN: YS3GT58L6K
This vehicle is now a summer/fall vehicle only - stored each winter. For a number of years now, it's had a starting problem - the starter seems to require approx 12.6 V to operate. The charging system is fine, but the battery is often not up to the task of eng...
1998 Saturn SL2 1.9L Will Not run monitors VIN: 1G8ZJ5270X
Customer brought vehicle in because it failed emissions. Computer had not run it's monitors yet. Customer stated that no one has done anything to the computer for a while. I monitored data found engine temp staying around 130 degrees. We Changed thermostat fou...
2006 Saturn Ion-2 2.2L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G8AN15F66
help!!! this should've been an easy one but it's kicking me in the head. this saturn has a p0300 that just won't quit. it came in with a noticable misfire at idle and under load. so far we've replaced the plugs, coil boots, coil pack assembly, reflashed the ... Trouble codes: P0300 (random cylinder misfire)
2000 Subaru Outback 2.5L Poor Idle Quality, Surge VIN: 4S3BH685Y7
vehicle randomly idles high (1400 rpm) with no accessories on. Throttle body and iac motor have been cleaned, no change. usually happens after it has reached operating temp. Lt fuel trims were at -24 before a/f sensor replacement. fuel trims are now -10 after ...
2001 Toyota Echo 1.5L Poor Idle Quality, Stall, Misfire VIN: JTDBT12381
Found tsb on code and followed instructions. We did actuator test and engine stalled, checked actuator and connections ect. Bulletin said if everything tested okay replace cam gear with updated cam gear which we did. Followed instructions of tsb and timing cha... Trouble codes: P1349

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2001 Audi TT Quattro 1.8L Timing Belt VIN: TRUUT28N11
Many thanks to the 12 members who replied to my help request! Robert [...] was the first to reply with the proper way to get this belt on and Jake Jacobson replied with a thorough explaination for mounting the belt. This belt is extremely tight and by th...
2000 BMW 323i 2.5L airbag system VIN: WBAAM3339Y
Recoding the MRS module fixed the airbag light. There were no physical shorts in the wiring. The buckle seatbelt sign was restored with correct variant coding of the instrument panel. And sorry for not explaining the "Buckle" coding correctly. There is an opti...
1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 4.3L oil guage readings VIN: 1G1GZ37Z0F
this is my ride,well the oil pressure is within specs,like most you know,i put in the the new sender says o.the guage it self might gone wacky, but installed a autometer 2 1/16 size oil mechanical guage for $52.95 at sk speed shop here in lindenhurst longislan...
1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.3L Timing Chain + Transmission VIN: 1GCEC14W2X
Thanks to all who responded; as most said the smaller gear is for the balance shaft. Secondly, once the starter is removed the shield can be removed and access to the converter bolts is gained throught the starter opening. The truck is in the road again. Thank...
2000 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3L Cuts out VIN: 1GNDT13W4Y
Sorry I took so long to sumarize. All 8 replies had good wisdom to share. Unfortunatly this blazer never did act up for me, so the customer drove it away a few days later. Thanks again for your time guys. Cory. Trouble codes: P0753 (1-2 Shift Solenoid A circuit fault).
2001 Chevrolet Corvette 5.7L Reverse VIN: 1G1YY32G91
The problem was internal as many of you had suggested. The reverse shift fork has nylon pads that engage the syncro. These pads were badly worn...and not available without buying the fork. I decided to also replace the reverse syncro. brass blocker, and rev...
2008 Dodge Charger R/T 5.7L cluster? VIN: 2B3KA43H68
To start i woul'd first like to thank all of the Technicians i got replies from for their time to assist with the problem that i have had and now have fixed! For those who didn't notice in the post I am a Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep tech of the past eleven year...
1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 5.4L steering VIN: 1FTNF21L1X
Sorry for the delay in posting the fix. We had a lot of helpful responses. What it came out to be was two different problems. We had slop in the steering wheel due to the steering gear box. Then we had the steering wander due to axle shaft u-joints. The u...
2001 Ford Excursion XLT 6.8L Hydroboost booster VIN: 1FMNU41S21
Ford could not find the fitting even after showing it to them on a truck the had in stock. I had the hose end custom made at my local hydraulic shop. Thanks for the help.
2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty XL 6.0L noise VIN: 1FTSF20P55
Thank you for all who responded. I did find out that this noise was anormal noise. However I still can not find it in writing. Again thank you for all who resonded. Jerry
1994 Honda Civic DX 1.5L ACG fuse VIN: 2HGEJ2228R
hey everyone sorry it took me so long to close this one out but i wanted to close it with a fix. the car was put to the side for a fill in when we had some spare time cause the kid who had it had no money. anyways i kept looking under the hood thinking it was ...
2001 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4.0L Blower VIN: 1J4FA59S81
Well, it took a while to get the customer back in. We asked him to bring it in so we could check the ground circuit while running the blower as one person suggested and to see if the wiring got hot again. The used pigtail we previously installed still lo...
1995 Land Rover Discovery 3.9L Mechanical VIN: SALJY1241S
This Land Rover is down the road. Because of the low compression readings, we pulled the timing cover and found alot of slop in the timing chain. the timing chain cannot slip on the gear as i suspected. upon reassembly the vehicle started but bucked and kicked...
2000 Lexus GS300 3.0L Hesitation VIN: JT8D68S5Y0
Thanks for the replies. Several suggested fuel pressure or flow problems, we checked that and it appears to be normal. Customer is taking the car to a Lexus dealer.
1990 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 3.0L Mechanical VIN: WDBCA25D9L
replaced several vacumm pods and heater valve diaphram, seems to have taken care of it. Thanks for all the suggestions, really helped
1990 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 3.0L Electronic VIN: WDBCA25D9L
unplugged MAS unit for a few hours, it has been working for a week or so now, I hope that is the end of it. Thanks for the help, much appreciated
2001 Pontiac Montana 3.4L Stall VIN: 1GMDU23E21
good day to you all boy this was a diffcult problem after my request for help i recieved 5 replies all very good and i looked into every one the van quit stalling i drove this van home every day drove it on the weekend and it did not stall. when it did stall a...
1986 Toyota Pickup 2.4L Excessive Emissions, Misfire VIN: JT4RN55E6G
Thanks for al the great help. Unfortunately I do not have a fix at this time. I have tried all the suggestions that applied with the exception of any injector work. Because of the vintage and lack of data regarding injectors(very diffiuclt to tie into and look... Trouble codes: 5 (O2 Sensor).
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