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2004 Acura TSX 2.4L steering VIN: JH4CL95844
Intermittently, it feels like the steering wheel is ripped out of your hands at around 30 mph. The car is too dangerous to drive. There are no PS fluid leaks, the steering and suspension parts are not worn out or tight or seized and the steering wheel will tr...
1987 Buick Electra Park Avenue 3.8L No Start VIN: 1G4CW5137H
This car was towed in from another shop with a no start condition. The previous shop changed the timing chain, cam interruptor magnet, cam sensor, crank sensor, crank sensor pigtail, ignition module, coil pack assembly, and the Ecm. I've gone over the alldat...
1999 Buick Park Avenue 3.8L not sure VIN: 1G4CW52K7X
car originaly brought in early june/low on freon found no leaks.refilled and sent it on its way.came back early july blowing warm. 1/2 lb low but again found no leaks [ dye was installed at original service ]. seemed to cool ok but before it left our lot it be...
1989 Chevrolet S10 Blazer Sport 4.3L Hesitation, Cuts out, BACKFIRE VIN: 1GNCT18ZXK
This vehicle has a hesitation/cut out at tip in till about 1/4 throttle, after that no problem accels fine. very noticeable when you put our foot hard into the throttle. Hesitates and or almost cuts out and then will backfire about 50% of the time. If you ease...
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.2L starter VIN: 3GJC242TS8
what do you think? I baught a car with engine seised just for the sake of rebuilding my first engine. Note that this car was owned by a customer of mine. So i rebuilt engine with new everything exept block and head. When i put the engine in and everything seem...
1998 Chevrolet Blazer 4.3L EBCM and BPMV VIN: 1GNDT13W9W
This vehicle is leaking brake fluid out of the EBCM. I removed the EBCM and there was fluid in the EBCM and brake fluid poored out between the EBCM and BPMV. The question I have or what I understand researching the ABS system is that there is supposed to be NO...
2002 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3L engine VIN: 1GNDT132K2
Vheicle was brought in for dying during the hottest time of day but would restart right away. found that the coolant temp was running at 245 f. and the intake air was running around 197 f. replaced fan clutch and theremostat and battery. Test drove and everyth...
1995 Chrysler Cirrus LX 2.5L intermittent shift/speedo problem VIN: 1C3EJ56H2S
Hi guys, this is an intermittent problem and as usual difficult to duplicate and 'nail it', I'm trying to get some expert feedback from you all who might have come across this. Apparently, the customer's concern was that the speedometer and the tach woul...
2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2.4L heavy pinging noise VIN: 3C8FY4BBX1
any ideas would be appreciated,had vehicle in 3 weeks ago for routine waterpump & timing belt replacement.customer left on holidays & said during holidays vehicle began to make this noise.brought vehicle in last monday & find engine makes heavy pining noise on...
2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2.4L inner tie rod VIN: 3C8FY4BB61
car has bent inner tie rod.I don't see any way to remove inner tie says they don't service it.I have replaced many other inner tie rods on othher cars but this car hhas me stumped.if anyone has actually done this job or knows the solution please rep...
2005 Chrysler Town & Country (Van) LX 3.3L cluster and radio VIN: 2C4GP44R05
The cluster, radio and interior lights will intermittantly cut out for about half a second at a time then come back on. When this happens the heater and the overhead console work properly. I wish I could tell you more but I have only seen it happen once. Custo...
1978 Dodge Ramcharger AD100 5.9L Engine
This 360 engine was installed on a 1972 Dodge Challenger that originally had a 318. The 360 came from a 1978 Dodge pickup. The challenger has the original 904 automatic transmission. The problem is that the car now has a vibration when giving it some gas while...
1993 Dodge Dakota 3.9L No Power VIN: 1B7GG23X2P
Vehicle came in a couple of months ago with a no power under accel condition. Deptermind Cat was clogged and replaced. Symptom went away until a week ago. Vehicle now has same symptom when engine is warm. Replaced Cat again hoping we had gotten a bad one and c...
1961 Ford thunderbird 390CID convertable top VIN: 1Y73Z15686
Hello all, I have a rare request. I am looking for someone who knows anything about the operation of the convertable top on this t bird. It is a very nice car, but has a few issues. I believe I have a short in trunk for the brake/turn lights. The problem is th...
1987 Ford LTD Crown Victoria 5.0L pads VIN: 2FABP73F3F
pads have been replaced three times on this vehicle and they continue to make noise (screeching, squeeking,sometimes grinding) but there is no evidence of any grinding or uneven wear in the pads and rotors.
1993 Ford E-350 Econoline 7.3L no-crank in Park VIN: 1FTJE34M8P
Shop next door has already replaced the PRNDL switch (and from what I gather, the owner had also tried a new switch himself), but all along, the vehicle will only start when the gear-shifter is in Neutral. It won't crank in Park. I even removed the switch and...
1995 Ford F-150 Eddie Bauer 5.0L exterior/instrument cluster lighting VIN: 1FTEF14N6S
Hello techs: Vehicle blows fuse#4 (Taillights, PArking lights, instrument cluster lighting. All lights functioning properly. Disconnected trailer wiring and even taillight harnesses, no change. Found during testing, that slowly moving headlight switch from he...
1995 Ford F-150 Eddie Bauer 4.9L clutch wont disengage VIN: 1FTDF15Y4S
help Ford trans techs,have replaced transmission in this truck w/used trans,customer had used trans,its from a 1988 f150 its a 5 speed manual.due to bad sychronizers.according to customer.I r&r trans and customer agreeded to clutch & pressure plate.I also had ...
2002 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.4L some accessories stay on afeter key is out VIN: 1FTRW08LX2
The customer stated that after he turned off the ignition the eatc, compass and door pad stayed on after removing the key. After it sit for a while and these items went out the headlights and parklights came on until the battery was drained. I verified complia...
1996 GMC Yukon SLE 5.7L all shift ranges VIN: 1GKEK13R1T
help transmission techs, I just bought this 96 yukon and it went great for about a week then yesterday as I was driving it suddenly dropped out of gear while driving. All gears were gone. checked fluid is good and no burn smell. It doesnt feel like it is slipp...
2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7L aux fans VIN: 2HGES163X4
hi, first times customer came in hope as a group we can help him out. check operation of aux. fans found at times fans come on and work fine.jump fan realy fans work all the time.when car starts running hot found aux. fan will not come on,only at times. scan c...
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.4L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire VIN: KM8SB12B64
Hello everyone'Ihave a hyandai that is drive me crazy. It came in with a no start and when i scaned it it showed cam sensor code. The cam sensor is located behind the time belt so wen im replase the cam sensor i also replase the time belt. After I replase ever...
2000 Mercedes-Benz S500 5.0L Power Windows, Seats, Locks, Mirrors, Etc. VIN: WDBNG75J24
First problem. RF door control module operated intermittently.Finally became totally inoperative. Pulled fuses, checked for hots and ground at door control module. Assumed it needs a module. Waiting for friend to come back from vacation to confirm his scanner ...
2001 Mercedes-Benz ML320 3.2L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 4JGAB54E41
This ML320 has a rough idle and sometimes hesitation on acceleration from a stop . At cruise or WOT there are no problems and seems to have good power . Most times it has a notable miss / rough idle which varies in degree . The truck was supposedly sitting for... Trouble codes: P0300, P0303 (Cylinder 3 Misfire), P0306 (Cylinder 6 Misfire)
1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 2.0L No Start VIN: 4A3AK44Y4X
Hello fellow IATN members I need help !!! 99 mitsubishi came in for a noise turned out to be a rod knock motor started and ran fine except the noise . We got a used motor from a sebring and installed it... no start! after diagnostics we found no 8v signal to c...
2003 Other Chrysler Motorhome 8.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2CEXH0505C
This is problem with a Cummins diesel in a rear engine (pusher) type motorhome. Customer came in with a fuel leak at the transfer pump mounted on the engine above the starter motor. We repaired the fuel leak at the transfer pump, having to remove the starter m... Trouble codes: 242 (1st then multiple codes with no repeat)
1997 Toyota Camry CE 3.0L Door Locks VIN: 4T1BF22K5V
Well, I am getting buried in this one. With key on door will lock properly. Key can be in Acc or Running with engine of or Running with engine on. Turn key off and it unlocks. With key off there is no power of any kind at the master switch. I suspect that is n...
2001 Toyota Tacoma DLX 2.7L Stall VIN: STEGM92N31
Vehicle came in as a no-start. I replace the fuel filter. It was clog up. Vehicle started right up and i test drove it about a mile. Call the customer and told them it was ready. Advise them that the filter was very clog and may have damage the fuel pump. He s... Trouble codes: P1315
2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.4L auto door locks VIN: 4T1BE32K04
Complaint is that doors do not auto unlock after shifting car to park. When the driver opens her door to exit, (manual unlock engages so that driver door opens, just like a ford) then tries to re-enter using another door she finds the other doors still locked....
1992 Volkswagen Passat 1.8L electric windows
first off I HATE VOLKSWAGEN WIRING,the customer just bought the car and said it had been sitting for a few years,all four windows are inop, I know there's a window module somewhere but can't seem to find it, does anyone know where it is and if theres a way to ...
1995 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8L master cylinder VIN: WVWEE83A5S
Hello,I have this 1995 Passat VR6 with a bad master cylinder.It is a combination,master and abs hydraulic unit and it is a dealer item only.It lists out for 1400 clams and I am wondering if there are any sources for a reman or new unit for a reasonable price.T...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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2000 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8L Trunk Open Light VIN: 2G1WH55K3Y
Men-thanks for all the responses-a new BCM repaired all the electrical maladies this vehicle had. Thanks again. Mike
2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer LS 4.2L Starting VIN: 1GNDT13S22
Hello everyone. Thank you for the replies. After reading the replies and becoming stumped with my own conclusions i took the advice of several techs and put an ignition switch on this vehicle and that was it! I stated I had bypassed one of the ignition circ...
2004 Dodge Sprinter 2500 2.7L no power VIN: WD2PD64484
Vehicle has been out over a week so I will call it a fix, but with some frustration. I think it was the EGR valve, but not certain. I had the valve apart three times, never found a problem, but after third time problem was gone. I could never get a reading on... Trouble codes: 23550.
2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FAFP5826Y
You got it Nate. This car had been a problem on and off for a few days. Turns out the scan tool had been acting up. Back to the basics and a smoke test shows a leak around the EGR valve. Replaced that and all is well. Thanks to all that had participated. Brian Trouble codes: B1318 (battery voltage low), B2425 (remote keyless out of sync).
2003 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3L ac controls VIN: 2GTEC19T53
thanks to all who replied. I took vehical to chevy dealer and they said it was a bad fuse block not sure I understand they said that it was stopping voltage to acturator. I thought I checked voltage but it is fixed and gone so thats what matters
2003 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 4.3L temp at vents VIN: 2GTEC19X53
Thank's for all the help responses.It was a bad temp actuator motor on the bottom of dash in center.Thank's again for all the help you guys are the best. jim
2004 Jeep Wrangler X 4.0L No Start VIN: 1J4FA39S24
Thanks for all the replies, Tom got the right idea the flexplate is different from 04 to 05 we had the 05 plate trying to run a 04. a simple swap of the flex plate the vehicle started and runs excellent.
1979 Mazda RX-7 GS 1.1L backfire
Hey thanks guy's, I reallt appreciated the replies (10) and most of you pointed to the AIR system. It turned out to be some misrouted vac. hoses. It took a while to find some of my old books with a decent diagram and it is all good now. As much as I hated thos...
1995 Mazda B2300 2.3L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy, no mil lite ever VIN: 4F4CR12AXS
I found that this b2300 does not have a tfi module,mas air flow meter was bad,borrowed other scanner as my snapon would not help and flow meter hidden in air box showed o voltage going thru & was bad. Trouble codes: P0603, P1124.
1999 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L Compressor VIN: WDBJH65F6X
We replaced the ECT, Ambiant Temp and Evaporator Temp sensors with no effect. The cure was to replace the A/C control head. It looks like when the compressor burned up the clutch coil, it spiked the control head, causing the false temp readings.
2001 Mercury Cougar 2.5L brakes VIN: 1ZWFT61L4Y
Well folks, this one is not fixed yet due to the fact that the owners daughter drives to school and work in Toledo and the availability of the vehicle is very limited. As an update, I have checked the vacuum of the brake system as suggested by 4 of the 5 repli...
2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette GL 3.4L Surge VIN: 1GHDX13E8Y
Well, if I had read my own post, the answer was right there in front of me...the TCC is shuttling. I have seen this on a number of GM 440-4t60-etc units. The rest of the problem lies in the fact that the 1811 code demonstrates a pressure problem inside the tr... Trouble codes: P0449, P1811 (max adapts long shifts).
2001 Oldsmobile Alero GL 3.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G3NL52EX1
So there must be a flap or ball in the tank or filler neck. You need a gas cap adapter for certain GM products to properly pressure test system. Trouble codes: P0440.
1995 Saturn SL1 1.9L Stall VIN: 1G8ZG5286S
Vehicle seeems to be fixed. I replaced the EGR and no more codes. I also removed the IAC and cleaned it thoroughly. Idle seems to be able to stabalize now. Turns out the problem with the a/c was the fan had a bad ground and wasn't running all the time. When th... Trouble codes: 32 (53 -), 53.
1999 Saturn SC1 1.9L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G8ZP1283X
This vehicle is all fixed. Mark gave me the info I needed in about one hour. The problem ended up being a bad connector. The number 2 wire which is the PCM to DLC communication wire was bad inside the DLC. I was back probing it, and it read like MArk said ...
2000 Toyota Corolla VE 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: 1NXBR12E2Y
Thanks again to all who helped with their time and Ideas. After tring several of the ideas we went bact to basics. The problem was not there when the vehicle came in and only became a problem afer the repair. So working backwards and rechecking our work, we en...
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L no generic obd ii communication VIN: 3VWWL81H7V
Ok, thanks to all for the replies. After a whole week of back and forth negociation on used part or new part with the owner of the vw, he will take the car as is...Oh well. Sorry guys, I can't get what actually is the fix, as I talk to couple of the tech loca...
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