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1992 Honda Civic EX 1.6L oil leak VIN: JHMEH9699N
I have a mystery, Its an oil leak at the back of the engine on this 1992 honda civic. looks like rear main or head gasket, but i cant see back there no matter how hard i try. some oil coming from vtec valve,but not consistant with acumulation at the base of th...
1993 Honda Civic DX 1.5L ingition switch VIN: JHMEG868PS
Hello, i have this 93 honda civic with a key problem, when you shut off the car and try to remove the key it wont come out. when you shut it off and press in on the key to turn it back to the lock position it wont go beond that and the key will not come out o...
1993 Honda Accord SE 2.2L brake lamp warning VIN: 1HGCB7283P
We got this vehicle in for a brake lamp warning light on the dash. All bulbs are new and the correct numbers and wattages. We replaced both rear lamp sensors and harnesses due to corrosion at bulb sockets. We have tried a new LED unit, but it did not help and ...
1999 Infiniti I30 3.0L IGN fuseable link keeps blowing
This Infiniti is driving me up a wall. Customer towed it over. No power to ignition switch, with IGN fuseable 30 amp link blown in fuse box under hood. Replaced link and drove car an hour and a half. When parked at an angle at grocery store, link blew again. T...
2002 Infiniti I35 3.5L cluster illumination VIN: JNKDA31A62
this infiniti came in with customer complaint of "numerous dash lights out"' upon inspection found that only the r/s area (tachometer area), when turned on, illuminates briefly 100%, then immediately dies out completely, also noticed that the rheostat swipes c...
2005 Kia Optima LX 2.7L oil leak VIN: KNAGD12895
Concern- oil leak; unable to determine if oil leak is from front crankshaft seal and it's slinging it or if the leak is from top down behind all the covers and hardware; looking for any known issues that this engine may have with oil leak concerns to look for
1993 Lexus LS400 4.0L harsh engagement VIN: JT8UF11E1P
Hello everyone,and thanks for reading this post.We have this here Lexus that engages harshly in all gears,including from park and neutral.Now it's not bad,but for a Lexus it is.We removed the transmission to replace the dreaded egr tube.There were 5 connectors...
2003 Mazda Protege5 2.0L Poor Fuel Economy, No Power VIN: JMIBJ22743
Mazda guys, some help would be great. this turbo car used to be scary fast, i mean for a FWD car, geez. now it has no balls. customer had engine replaced at the dealer under warranty and said it was fine untill he sucked up a little water through the cold air ...
2005 Mazda 3 i 2.0L power steering pump VIN: JM1BK32F25
Hi guys, I just had a quick question regarding this car. The customer was in an accident and damaged the power steering pump, I changed the pump and of course I have no power steering assist. I have read in past articles that when you change the pump and contr...
1993 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Surge VIN: 4A3CF44E9P
going nuts!!! vehicle came in because of surging while in park or neutral at all temperatures. replaced iac which had a bad coil. still surging but only when cold, so we replaced the pcm with one from mitsubishi. cold surge still there. i've reset the idle wwi...
1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS 2.0L No Start, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 4A3AK34YOS
Engine won't start or it will stall intermmitently. Problem seems to happen when "Check Engine" light does not come on when ignition is turned on and engine is cranked over, causing no spark and no fuel condition, or if it does start, then it will stall after ...
2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS 2.0L tire pressure monitoring system VIN: JA3AU86U28
After installing snow tires and rims,the TPMS light on the dash comes on and we don't know how to calibrate it,or what ever has to be done to shut the light off.We have the OTC TPMS tool and it doesn't seem to have any helpfull info.We also have the GENESYS an...
1988 Nissan 300ZX 3.0L vacuum VIN: JN1HZ16S5H
This nissan 300ZX came in the shop with an ac problem.It had no air conditioning,also when the car was being driven all the heat from the engine compartment was coming into the inside of the the inside of the car was always hot.I checked it and foun...
2003 Subaru Outback 2.5L valve train VIN: 4S3BH67573
To all Suburu gurus - I'm jumping in the middle of this one to help one of my techs so bear with me. I will try to be brief. One month ago customer concern is coolant leak - coming from water pump - no problem, change water pump thermostat and timing belt (did...
1995 Suzuki Swift 1.3L Surge VIN: 2S2AB21H35
Hi thanx in advance for any help on this one This Swift has a throttle body injected type carb. on it there is an actuator on the back of the carb with a diaphram that makes the idle go up for like 4 seconds then off for 15 seconds then up again I unplugged th...
1998 Toyota Camry CE 2.2L Misfire VIN: JT2BG22K0W
This is a fun one...we did a basic timing belt job on this Camry. After we returned the vehicle to the customer, they returned and said it looses power at 4000 rpm, but runs fine other than that. Sure enough, we test drive and verify the complaint. At 4100 rpm...
2006 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7L abs vsc VIN: 5TDBT48A26
Vehicle came in with abs/vsc light on and codes c1223 ABS Control Malfunction and c1247 Sroke Sensor Failure set in ecu. Used Techstream to verify stroke sensor readings and found no problems. Found TSB BR006-06. This TSB does not transfer to this vehicle alth...

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1999 Honda CR-V LX 2.0L No Start VIN: JHLRD1842X
I forgot to mention in my original post that there was good spark and that the MAP signal voltage is 2.87 dcv w/KOEO, and the spec is 2.9 dcv. The fix, I dropped the exhaust pipe right at the exhaust manifold and the CRV started right up. So, I have a plugge...
1992 Mitsubishi Diamante LS 3.0L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: JA3XC57B7N
Thanks for your responses, I checked everything again I even checked the timing belt for slack(there was none and all the marks aligned. The computer never stopped sending signal to the transister even when the transister was failing signal to the #1 coil. But... Trouble codes: 44 (ign coil 1 and or power transister failure).
2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor XLS 3.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 4A4MN31S14
I have a DRB III but that won't work on Chry/Mitsu CAN vehicles so my chances of completing a repair without stumbling around in the dark for hours seemed slim. So I sent it to the dealer. I was hoping for a silver bullet but apparently this is a rare problem ... Trouble codes: P0300 (random misfire).
1979 Nissan 280ZX 2.8L No Start VIN: HS130-1218
Hi guys, sorry it took so long for me to close this request. I have checked the car and it seems that the distributor is the problem, however, the customer declined to have the car fixed, so I'm not 100 % sure of the fix. Thanks to all that replied and sent me...
1994 Nissan Quest GXE 3.0L Hesitation, Surge, MIL Lamp on VIN: 4N2DN11W6R
Thanks to everyone who responded. As of Monday - My boss gave the vehicle back to the owner because they had to drive it. We think they might take it to the dealer.. Thanks again to everyone. Trouble codes: 51 (Injector signal circuit open).
1998 Nissan Frontier XE 2.4L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1N6DD21Y9W
hello there the fix was to remove the iac housing and clean out the small pieces of plastic. it looks like the customer lost the grommets on the air filter lid allowing the loose top to chip off pieces of plastic from the edge of the filter! the iac ate one of...
1993 Other Asian 1800 423CID Hesitation, MIL Lamp on VIN: JNAME08J3P
well the customer finaly did the right thing and took it to a dealer for such a rig but thanks for the information the two gentmen that took the time. o well it was a shot in the dark... Trouble codes: 13 (21 -), 21.
1980 Toyota Pickup 2.2L battery VIN: RN37-03145
after i changed voltage regulator i got charge lite back on,still did not charge,replaced alternator w/ one w/stamp on back at plug in w/ FEN which means that alternator is energized by stator[I`m Assuming] anyway it is charging and lite went off like suppose ...
1999 Toyota Tacoma Pre Runner 3.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: 4TASN92N8X
Steve from California hit the nail on the head. The fuel pressure regulator hose was hooked up to manifold vacuum causing fuel pressure to lower during idle. It should be vented to the resonator box on the front of the intake tube. The lower fuel pressure a... Trouble codes: P0171 (System lean).
2006 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7L booster VIN: 5TDBT48A36
Thank you to those who responded. 3 out of 4 said replace brake booster. I did not mention that I pulled the check valve out to test it. It tested good. The problem did not recur for almost two weeks. The customer said no to the over $700 booster. If this ...
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