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2001 Acura Integra LS 1.8L Cuts out, MIL Lamp on VIN: JH4DC23841
This car started out as having a interm. p1259 with no driveabilty issues,and after inspection I thought it had a problem with the Vtec solonoid.It progrssivly has goten worst.I replaced the vtec solonoid and pressure switch.The problem has not been corrected.... Trouble codes: P1259 (vtec malfunction)
2003 Acura MDX Touring 3.5L Stall VIN: 2HNYD18633
Greetings fellow techs. This MDX has an odd symptom,along with some codes. First thing in the morning during the first 5 minutes of warm up the MDX will stall wile in gear when coming to a stop. I checked for vacuum leaks, and found none, except I noted that t... Trouble codes: P0172 (rich condition bank 1), P0175 (rich condition bank 2), P2279 (intake air system leak)
1997 Cadillac Seville STS 4.6L Cooling Systems VIN: 1G6KY5298V
Hello I have this caddy here that likes to overheat after driving a little while and realy starts while going up hill. I have replaced the thermostat and radiator cap. It will boil over out of the resivour. It seems ok until you work it a little hard or go up ...
1988 Chevrolet C2500 Cheyenne 5.7L transmission shifting VIN: 2GCFC29KOJ
This truck came in about a month ago and had a shifting problem. All of a sudden one morning customer went out and started truck and went to drive away and trans would not shift and only would go into 2nd and then just reved up and stayed in 2nd gear. We check...
1991 Chevrolet Camaro RS 5.0L Excessive Emissions VIN: 8THDIGITSF
Hello fellas. I have a weird one that has me stumped. As mentioned above vehicle has been changed to a 5.0 TPI engine, from what i understand it has never passed smog since engine change due to EGR not working. I tested solenoid and its fine,everything is rout...
1997 Chevrolet Astro 4.3L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: 1GNEL19W6V
Vehicle came in running very poorly. Very rough idle with considerable power loss. Cust had tune-up and fuel sys flush done at another garage which did not help problem. Found slightly leaking EGR and replaced valve. Also found fuel pressure leak down and repl... Trouble codes: P0300 (Random Misfire Detected), P0306 (Cyl 6 Detected)
2001 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1L No Start, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1G1ND2D116
no Trouble codes: U1000, P189, P626
2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer LS 4.2L ABS System VIN: 2GTEK19V81
This Trailblazer has an un-wanted ABS activation every time it slows to a stop. I first ckecked for codes and found no current codes, but 3 history codes, C0226 lf signal missing, C0269 extended dump time, and C0281 stop lamp switch circut. The left rear stop ...
2001 Dodge Dakota Sport 4.7L cylinder heads VIN: 1B7GG2AN31
i recently bought some heads and i want o know if they are frist or second generation heads and what are the ciffenecnes between the two.
2001 Ford Crown Victoria 4.6L Excessive Emissions, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 2FAFP73W21
Ok guys . This crown vic starts right up has no codes, but runs sluggish but not as bad as a clogged cat. I checked fuel pressure,30 psi running unpluggged regulator goes to 39,No fuel in hose. Induced various codes to see if computer would respond. it does. m...
1995 GMC Jimmy SL 4.3L No Start VIN: 1GKCT18W8S
Hello this Jimmy has been towed in as a no start it has spark & fuel compression is 130. I cranked engine to #1 tdc & the distributor lines up with cyl. #2. The distributor looks ok & engine cranks over ok. My next step is to check the timimg chain . The probl...
1998 Infiniti Q45 4.1L No Start VIN: JNKBY31A1W
Vehicle engine with a intermitent lack of power. Pulled several codes PO325 and PO330 Replaced the fuel filter. It duplicated the same problem. Removed the fuel line to install a fuel pressure gauge. Engine cranks but does not run. Checked and there is no fu... Trouble codes: P0325
2002 Lincoln LS 3.0L Engine Oil Pan Gasket VIN: 1LNHM86S62
Bottom end of engine has significant oil leaks. It appears this engine has a two piece bottom end. The top(upper) part of the bottom pan is sealed with silcone sealer to the engine block?? The bottom part of the bottom pan is sealed to the "upper" part of the ...
2004 Mini Cooper 1.6L no shift up VIN: WMWRC33494
Hi Fellow ! First time customer came in with EML & CEL light on. Scan DME found the above codes. Replace just crankshaft sensor and reset lights.Test drive & see no change. CVT will get command to change gear ratio depend on speed. It seized in first speed. Tr...
1996 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: JN1CA21D4T
Hello Nissan Techs: I have a 96 maxima with no idle intermittently. Also will not accelerate under load or in park. Sometimes it starts and idles OK but when I throttle it it looks like it has a rev limiter at 1500 rpm. Does not accelerate on drive/no power. I... Trouble codes: P1400
2005 Nissan X-Trail LE 2.5L abs VIN: JN8BTO8V55
ABS code sets while applying brakes. Vehicle does not need to be moving, usually lots of pedal effort will illuminate light. Scanned vehicle using OTC Genysis ---no such vehicle. Entered vehicle as an XTerra to determine code. Verified by disconnecting pressur...
1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue 3.8L Electronic VIN: 1G3W552K9W
Hey guys, thanks in advance. My problem is with the automatic temp control\ dual climate zone. The drivers side blows opposite of what is selected on control.Of course I checked for codes, in pcm or bcm.I could not get any data out of the bcm.I'm not totally s...
1993 Plymouth Voyager SE 3.3L Hydraulics VIN: 2P4GH45R3P
Hi there. The customer complaints are: 1)The Brake Warning and ABS lights come on for a few seconds when pedal is depressed and 2)Intermittently the brake pedal will get hard and stopping distance is severley compromised. He has taken it to the dealer. They c...
2001 Volkswagen Cabrio GLX 2.0L all gauges VIN: 3VWDC21V81
Hello and thank u for reading. This cabrio has an intermittant dash problem, at times the gauges go crazy and then they just stick. the tach , speedo, gas and temp. I have had it sent to bba reman and they said they fixed it? but problem still occures. no code...

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1994 Acura Integra RS 1.8L engine VIN: JH4DC4349R
thank you everybody for your advice. i did end up tearing up the engine and found that the cylinders were egg shaped causing excessive oil in the cylinders and causing oil to shoot up the intake during valve overlap. thanks again everybody for your help.
1997 Chrysler Sebring LX 2.5L Stall
Thanks to Troy, Craig, and Mike for replying to my request. A used pcm was tried and the vehicle would start and shut off after a couple of seconds. I put a new pcm in and the car did the exact same thing. I eventually discovered somehow the iac motor had got... Trouble codes: P0340.
1998 Chrysler Sebring JXi 2.5L Hesitation, Cuts out, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3C3EL55H0W
Customer declined any more work/repairs. Has decided to purchase distributor and install themselves. Everyone seemed to think that was the fix, and I agree. Thanks for all your help. Will.
2002 Dodge Intrepid ES 3.5L Cooling Systems VIN: 2B3AD56GX2
I got three great replies that helped me fix this vehicle, thanks to Arnold from Pennsylvania, Robert from Indiana, and Greg from Texas. I had two problems in my approach, one was I was not doing the work myself only diagnosing, so I didn't know if the work ...
1996 Ford Mustang 4.6L Mechanical
We decided to go with a rebuilt engine,the price of doing just the top end with 90k didn't make sense.Thanks for all the input.
2006 Ford E-150 4.6L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTRE14WX6
Thanks to all who replied. This happened to be one of those instances where the customer did no come back for a follow up. Here are some of the suggestions I thought were noteworthy. James, do you have the abilit to check mode 6 data and also perform a power ... Trouble codes: P0300, P0305, P0303, P0307, P0307.
2000 Honda Accord EX 3.0L Instrument lights VIN: 1HGCG1651Y
Hello all - when I called the customer to get his car back for the Big Grudge Rematch, he told me the lights had been working normally for the last few weeks. Did the new multiplex box fix the problem ?? Or is this an intermittent open-circuit that is going ...
2003 Kia Sorento EX 3.5L Stall, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: KNDJD733X3
Sorry for the delay (wanted to make sure this one kept running). thanks to Robert, Joseph, and David for their replies ...all were heading me in the right direction...the crank sensor. While waiting for divine guidance on this problem, the engine eventually re... Trouble codes: P0700 (trans contl), P0335 (crank pos sens a), P0306 (cyl 6 misfire), P0727 (engine speed input no signal).
1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SL 4.5L Excessive Emissions VIN: WDB1070441
Thanks for the fast replies everyone. I have found the problems and it will be fixed as soon as I get the OVP relay I found that the OVP relay was open and also found the output pin on the lambda control unit was broken at the connector. I repaired the c...
2003 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L engine VIN: WDBUF65J63
Most repies pointed to the mounts. So we pulled the mounts out and inspected them. In the vehicle it was tough to see the engine mounts and saw no leaking fluid and they seemed ok. Once the mounts were out and we compared them to the new ones it was obvious...
1991 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 2.0L Timing Belt VIN: 4A3CS44R6M
After pulling the head, repairing the valves, reinstalling the head and t-belt..I ran the motor with the timing covers off to see if I could figure out what the problem was. You could see the belt walking back and forth on the pulleys...So I took the belt back...
2003 Nissan Sentra GXE 1.8L engine VIN: 3N1CB51D73
Hi. Thanks to Chad, Rick, Robert, Hans, Vincent, Mark, Wayne and Joseph. Well we raised the front of the car about two feet and removed a heater hose and filled the rad till water came out of the hose and then re-installed the hose and ran the engine va...
2003 Saturn Vue 2.2L No Start VIN: 5GZCZ23D43
well the vue is fixed a new pcm cured the no-start.Dealer stocks these so i gotta assume they sell them on a regular basis. Thanks all
2000 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0L Cooling Systems VIN: 3VWSC29M2Y
Hello there. I just fixed this one and found just like all of you had said it was the water pump impeller had fallen off. the new one did have a metel impeller on it. Thanks for all your help.
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8L Engine VIN: 3VWSE69M33
Thanks to all who replied on the oil consumption issue. You guys and gals are great! It was definitely the turbo, which we verified by running the engine with the intercooler lower hose disconnected and got a steady stream of oil as long as the engine was runn...
2001 Volvo S60 2.4L radio VIN: YVIRS53D51
Thanks to all that replied. The connection at the antenna amplifier to antenna was poor. I installed a brass strip per the above mentioned volvo tech bulletin and stopped the problem.
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