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2001 BMW 325Ci 2.5L low beam xenon lights VIN: WBABS33481
Hi all, this car has been a pain in my butt and i hope you can help. First off, the car has been wrecked in the front and repaired prior to the current owner having the car. When he got it, he was not satisfied with the quality of repairs so he had the work re...
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1996 Chevrolet Lumina APV 3.4L spark plug removal VIN: 1GNDU06E7T
Hey iATN family, I hate to bother you with what might (to some of you) seem to be a petty post from one of your peers. But, I have this Lumina APV here in my garage with the spark plugs needing to be changed by request of the customer for maintenance purposes ...
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2000 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3L cluster VIN: 1GNDT13W9Y
I have been thru this to many times.The same vehicle with the same problem.For no reason that I can find,the dash lights come on from time to time.Some times they come and stay on for a couple days,then the'll turn off and be fine for weeks.Then it starts all ...
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2005 Chrysler Town & Country (Van) LX 3.3L Lifters VIN: 2A4GP54L26
This van belongs to a regular customer. It gets serviced regularly. He has had it since 31,000 miles. The van developed a lifter noise about 2 months ago. Last week we replaced the lifters. Engine very clean inside. Noise was gone for 2 days. Noise came back v...
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1987 Dodge Ramcharger Royal SE 5.2L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Stall, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 3B4GW12T9H
Truck came in with a no start condition. It has been sitting for a number of years. Could not get fuel through carburetor. Took top off carb and found it was choked full of crud. Determined it needed more than a soak in cleaner and kit so we sent it to United ...
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1995 Dodge Stratus 2.4L goes into limp mode & code 21 VIN: 1B3EJ46X0S
Customer complaint was that the car would seem to jump into neutral under normal driving conditions then shift itself down into 2nd gear(limp mode). They would then shut the car off, restart it and then it would sometimes shift ok. We checked it for codes & fo...
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2005 Dodge Ram 3500 Truck SLT 5.9L throttle VIN: 3D7MS48C05
Unit came in for reving up to 2000 at times and almost dying at times, completely random when it happens, sitting still, going up highway. So I plug in my MT2500 (updated til 06) and immediatly I get a no bus error on dash, dash dies and ac cuts off, tried sev...
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2004 Ford Taurus LX 3.0L unknown VIN: 1F1FP55S64
Good afternoon I have this 2004 Taurus we just purchased at auction which now has a Air Bag light on code B1884 PAD warning lamp inop.My question is what is a PAD warning lamp?What are the usual suspects with this code as I have absolutly no diag. info for thi...
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2002 GMC Envoy SLE 4.2L battery VIN: 1GKTD13S82
Time to replace battery, seven years old. Typical problem with GM side terminal batteries: positive terminal bolt removal destroyed terminals (three cables attached to positive terminal). Nothing left of positive terminals to reattach to battery. Surely some m...
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2000 Infiniti I30 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, MIL Lamp on VIN: JNKCA3AXYT
Idle surges between 900-1700 rpm in park. When in gear idle holds at 1000-1100 rpm. Checked for vaccum leaks with smoke machine and noticed leak from plenuim gasket area but didn't seem to be great enough to cause problem. However the intake plenuim gasket was... Trouble codes: P0505 (Idle Control System Malfunction)
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2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7L Passenger side VIN: 1J8GX58J64
Vehicle came in for passenger side vents blowing anything but cold. Pulled the HVAC assemnly and installed new blend door motor and blend door sub-assembly. It still does the same thing. Manually activated motor thru the harness, and still won't go cold. Could...
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1994 Mercedes-Benz C280 2.8L No Start, Cuts out VIN: WDBHA28E9R
no codes present. This vehicle has classic ovp relay symptoms right now vehicle will not start no injector signal,or spark when vehicle does run it will intermitently shut down as if shut the key off no hesitation stumble just shuts down. seems like it getting...
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1992 Mercury Grand Marquis LS 4.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2MELM75W5N
8/28/08 Vehicle runs great. Intermittently sets a check engine light. It seems to always set lean codes. I have seen codes, 172,176,157. Customer says check engine light comes on and goes off at cruise. No sags or stumbles, pings sometimes. I have not duplica... Trouble codes: 176 (ego not switching lean exhaust)
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2004 Pontiac Aztek 3.4L Loss of power VIN: 3G7DB03E74
Hi All: I have an Aztek that has a seemingly common driveability problem/. It acts like it's starving for fuel at around 3000 RPM and over. The customer recently bought the vehicle used @ auction, so there's no repair history. DIS module, MAP, and MAF may hav...
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2002 Toyota Tacoma DLX 3.4L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 5TEWN72N72
Hi there I have this Tacoma that is being quite difficult. It has had this concern with setting cylinder #1 misfire codes for about 2 years now. The local Toyota dealer had it first and they sold him a full tune-up with plugs wires and injector cleaning. Pro... Trouble codes: P0300, P0301
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2001 Volkswagen Passat GLX 4 Motion 2.8L enine vibration VIN: WVWTH63BX1
we did cam seals and tensioner gaskets.after repairs customer brought car back with a vibration you could feel through the body and the steering wheel at idle if you raise rpms to 1000 you dont feel it.the vibration is there in park and drive and reverse and n...
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2003 Volkswagen Golf GTI VR6 2.8L epc light on VIN: 9BWDH61J43
hi, all the volkswagen technician, i have a question about the electronic power control (epc) warning lamp. i dont know much about this warning lamp and does any technician know how to work with this lamp because this engine was driving good and had no problem...
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1998 Audi A4 2.8L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WAUDD68D7W
I JUST REPLACE ABS CONTROL UNIT.AND TAKE CAR TO DEALER TO REPROGRAM.AND REPLACE IGNITION COIL PACK.#2 CYLINDER INJECTOR.SPARK PLUG,SPARK PLUG WIRE,AIRFLOW METER. Trouble codes: P0302, P1141, P1129, P1127, P0306.
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2000 Cadillac DeVille 4.6L blend door VIN: 1G6KD57Y7Y
I thank you all for your generous replies. The doors, if not in their proper positions will interfere with each other causing one or more to be inoperative. After pulling the dash, I reinstalled the actuator with the levers for the doors positioned as stated...
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2004 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3L gauges, p/windows, p/seat, a/c, radio, battery dra VIN: 1GNEC13ZX4
Well, after a couple of weeks of trying to decipher all the pages of complicated diag procedures, I had determined that the problem was in the communication(class 2 data)circuits. The vehicle never acted exactly the same when the problem ocurred and Shop Key(M...
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2001 Chrysler Town & Country (Van) LX 3.3L acessory relay VIN: 2C4GP44381
Dear TEchs customer has not returned .I did inspect wire to IPM(fuse box)and replaced IPM with no change. THere were no body codes stored and every thing worked with KOEO.I believePCM is bad.I will update if cuctomer returns.
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1997 Dodge Intrepid 3.5L Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 2B3HD46FXV
Thank you for all of the information. I finally found the problem with this one. Even though both the camshaft and crankshaft sensor patterns were normal, the status for both were normal and the sync was good i found the camshaft sensor was faulty. I instal...
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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Van 5.9L No Start VIN: 2B7HB11X92
SORRY I DID NOT RESPOND SOONER I DID FIX THIS VAN. INSTALLED ANOTHER REMAN PCM AND NEW IGNITION COIL NOW RUNS GREAT. PROBLEM WAS THE COIL WOULD SHORT OUT WHEN I WOULD KEY UP THE VAN AND THEN IT WOULD SHORT THE PCMS. OUCH! EXPENSIVE LESSON. THANK YOU TO AL [...] THA... Trouble codes: P0351.
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2003 Dodge Dakota 3.9L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1D7FL16X13
Hey guys, thank you all for your help and advice. I ended up replacing both O2 sensors on bank 2, and resetting the fuel mapping. It runs smooth, idles great, and the MIL turned off. I guess I should have gone with my gut and replaced the 02 sensors when I ... Trouble codes: P0174.
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1995 Ford F Super Duty XL 7.5L Excessive Emissions VIN: 3FCMF53G1S
I knew that GM trucks didn't stay in closed loop at idle but didn't know that Fords did the same. Your info stopped me from going down the wrong road any farther than I already had. I noticed that after driving the motorhome it took about 10 to 12 minutes befo...
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2004 Ford Explorer NBX 4.0L trans. fluid escaping from vent hose VIN: 1FMZU73K84
Hello iatn members and staff, thank you for all your timely responses, all tips where of good help. I installed a new trans. cooler, and as an advise from a trans. re builder we also replaced the valve body. test drove vehicle, took it to the mountains, no pro...
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2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6L Unknown VIN: 1FMEU65816
Thank you very much to all who replied, the information I recieved was helpful. My customer is trying to get ford to buy it back. When I road tested it the vehicle was fine. He says it is intermittend. I wish I had more info concerning this but the vehicle is ...
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1992 GMC Safari 4.3L No Start, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall
Sorry for the delay. I recheck my fuel pressure with a new digital tester had 54.9 psi running. Van has not come back yet. Ended up flushing the Injectors as per a GM bulletin for restricted injectors. Also replaced the Ignition module as per my shop forman. ...
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1998 Honda Civic LX 1.6L Cooling Systems VIN: 1HGEJ6677W
I have concluded that a worn/failed head gasket seems to be cause of the concern. Everything else concerning the cooling system passes. Water pump- removed/installed- looks like new; radiator is not restricted; fans operate properly; was convinced thermostat...
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2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7L Radio VIN: 2HGES257X4
Thank you everyone. The response was overwhelming that there should be a code for the radio in the car. Thank you guys, best tool in our shop.
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1990 Isuzu Trooper LS 2.8L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Stall VIN: JACCH58R4L
first i want to thank the people who took the time to help me out. this one had a few issues. i want to first say that yes i did check timing and it had to be advanced 20btdc instead of 10btdc. the reasons for this were as follows #1-the pcm was shorted causi... Trouble codes: 44 (map sensor circuit high).
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1996 Jaguar XJ6 4.0L timing chain VIN: SAJHX1747T
Well, it's time to close this one. Unfortunately customer declined further repairs at least for now. I guess it's the economy. Apparently the lower chains sometimes loosen. Darryl suggested a close look at the bushings in the lower sprockets. Daniel informed ...
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1992 Mercury Grand Marquis LS 4.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2MELM75W5N
Sorry guys I'm timing out, so I need to repost. My coustomer has not been able to return the car. I did try a pcv valve. No luck. I'll have some more info on the new post. Thanks for your help. Trouble codes: 157 (mass air signal too low), 176 (ego not switching lean exhaust bank 2).
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2005 Porsche Cayenne S 4.5L Unknown VIN: WP1AB29P75
The problem was the pwis software, it needed to be uploaded to version 20 from version 16, once did that no problem communicating with dme. I looked at the actual values in the tiptronic module and found that output shaft speed was way faster speed reading...
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2003 Saab 9-3 Linear 2.0L ECU no programmed VIN: YS3FB45S03
It turns out that it was the ICM module that needed to be programmed. My daughter brought the car back, I programmed it and the error message went away. I don't know why it wouldn't work when I tried to program it the first time. It was probably operator error...
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2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2T1KR32E46
Thanks to everyone for their time and help,I'm really grateful to Brent from Utah and John from North Carolina, you guys pointed me in the right direction. It was the PCM ( covered under warranty ) but not after the Toyota dealer gave the customer the run arou... Trouble codes: P0353 (ignition coil c primary and secondary circuits).
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2000 Volkswagen Golf GLS 1.9L Mechanical VIN: WVWGF21J3Y
thanks to all who replied. I passed along all the responses and he is convinced that the damage is time/age related and not due to our workmanship. Seems like the other shops technician as a young 20's type who thinks he knows everything and hasn't learned to...
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2001 Volkswagen Beetle GLX 1.8L brake booster VIN: 3VWDC21C21
Cudtomer finally brought vehicle in and has had it back for 3 days and all is well. Ordered and new vacuum line from the 'y' to the brake booster. When I received the line, found it had a vacuum check valve in it that the original line did not have. Obviousl...
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2004 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0L top position warning VIN: 3VWCM31Y14
Well I found the problem. The right side roof latch was worn and had play in it. It would not reach the micro switch to shut off the light. I replaced the switch and everything works fine. Thank you to Albin [...] for his email and for his offer of help. Thank...
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