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2002 Audi A4 1.8L 1,2,3,4 gear
car is B6 A4 Quattro. Has no engagement in 1-4 gears. as if in nuetral. 5 & Rev. in order clutch OK, shifter OK and can be seen to engage normally at transmission. We removed torsen Diff. to inspect. No problem found. fluid nice and clean. Customer ststes ever...
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2003 BMW 325i 2.5L fuel guage
car came in fuel guage reads empty. Both fuel sending units were replaced. removed instrument cluster to check resistance of fuel senders at connector. Both checked good so the senders and wiring from senders to cluster should be good. I am assuming the instru...
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1988 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Brougham 5.0L Excessive Emissions VIN: 1G1BU51HXJ
We have monitored the mixture control solenoid at idle, about 30 degrees and varying when in closed loop. O2 voltage varying between 125mv and 950 mv. The feedback system is in control of the mixture, also air management system has air in normal and air down t... Trouble codes: 23 (mixture control solenoid one time), 44 (lean one time)
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2001 Chevrolet Impala 3.4L No Start, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 2GIWF52E12
car came in for cutting out and hard to start back. customer stated that the security light will come on and the car will stall. replace ignition switch including the sensor and remanufactured pcm and reprogram both and what happens is that when you turn on th...
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2000 Chrysler Sebring LX 2.5L No Start VIN: 3C3ELSSHOY
This car lost power again and will not start. Came on a hook. Found timing belt loose and tensioner not working. Freed up tensioner and checked belt timing all marks are correct. Car has red spark at plugs (battery is weak and we are using a jumper pack) and ...
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1999 Ford Taurus SHO 3.4L No Start VIN: 1FAFP54NOX
I bought this car for myself, it had spun cams and bent valves. Bought the car not running and no real knowledge of past history. I replaced the engine with a known good running engine. It cranks, has spark and no fuel pressure. There is no power at the fuel p...
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1992 Honda Accord LX 2.2L Poor Idle Quality, Surge VIN: 1HGCB7659N
This car "hunts" during idle Hunting gets worse as car warms up All Data and Mitchell say to check MAP, EGR, idle control and injectors. Car does not have a map that I can find. When I unplug idle control it will stop hunting. No codes. Engine warms up norm...
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2001 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7L door locks VIN: KM8SC83D31
i wish i could stick to chevy's that i understand but i don't know or have the diagrams for this so i need help. the driver door sw.unlocks and locks all doors but front pass. the front pass.door sw.unlocks and locks all doors including it self. any ideas as i...
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2004 Jaguar XJ8 4.2L heater/defrost VIN: SAJEA71C04
This Jag has been plagued with coolant leaks at least half of its life.Pressure checking time and time again only revealed small leaks which explains the water pump,expansion tank and t-stat housing replacements. Also stop leak HAS been used on several occasio...
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1995 Mazda 626 DX 2.0L No Start VIN: 1YVGE22CXS
HELP!!! Vehicle was towed in and no start. Tested spark thinking it was the typical distributor problem--ok. Has 41 psi when cranking. Checked compression and found it to be 175 on the lowest and 180 on the highest. Only problem I can think of is that my Solus...
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2002 Mini Cooper 1.6L Cooling Systems VIN: WMWRC33452
Hello Mini Techs: We have got a mystery on our hands. We replaced the Thermostat twice and both times the one we replaced leaked a short time later. This will be the third time replacing the thermostat assembly...the housing is plastic and it starts leaking fr...
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2004 Nissan Sentra 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, High Idle VIN: 3N1CB51D14
Unfortunately I believe this is a self inflicted wound. In the process of performing routine maintenance on this car, I decided to take a look at the throttle body. In removing the snorkel, I disconnected everything attached to it which included a plastic wire... Trouble codes: P0507 (ETC idle rpm too high)
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2000 Saturn SL2 1.9L slipping VIN: 1G8ZK5275Y
hi guys, i am replacing the transmission in this car with a used unit (used car lot car) i know there is a difference betwwen single and dual overhead cam engines i dont think i have the right trans for this car the numbers on the bellhousing dont match here i...
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1998 Subaru Forester S 2.5L cam seal caps VIN: JF1SF6557W
My problem is not specific to this car, but to this engine. I have done several head gasket replacements on these, and for some reason I am having trouble sealing the cam seal caps. First I tried 'right stuff'. that didn't work.A subaru friend of mine said he ...
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1999 Toyota Camry CE 2.2L turn signals
Customer complaint is at times turn signals do not operate, or one side flashes faster than the other, or both sides will flash fast. I have verified all bulbs are correct, the hazzards work fine. The power and grounds are fine. I removed the turn signal swit...
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2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L No Start VIN: 3VWDT81K56
Hi group, We got a 2006 VW Jetta TDI. towed inn, crank no start problem, When I tried, it start ok, turned the car off tried again, crank no start. checked for OBDII no codes, I sprayed WD40 it start. I am going to order LIFT PUMP, We don't see too many of thi...
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2003 Acura RSX Type-S 2.0L ignition sys. VIN: JH4DC53083
Thank you you to every one that replied, After checking for spark, and fuel pressure was 48 psi. We sent the car to an acura dealer,and the timing belt had jumped. This happend when they were driving and shut the car off, and went to restart. 1300 dollars t...
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2000 BMW 328i 2.8L 1-2,2-3,3-4 shift VIN: WBAAN92010
Removed sump and fitted new EPC solenoid...no change.After replacing airflow meter and upgrading engine and trans software at the BMW dealer ($$$) finally bit the bullet and pulled the trans out.Replaced transmission with reman unit. Later found the regulato...
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1999 Cadillac Eldorado ESC 4.6L no start VIN: 1G6EL12Y3X
Hello, Thanks to Juan [...], Found the engine will not start because it is a 2000 Instead ot a '96 To '99. The crank won't allow the computer to read properly. I am changing the engine again with a '99 and will let you know if that helps. Thanks for all the r...
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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck 4.7L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3D7HU18N22
Well I never got a chance to loo at this truck again, but I am friends with the used car guy at our local Chrysler dealer and he and I talked about it. The cust traded it in on a new truck. My friend called me and I told him what you guys had said. He found tw... Trouble codes: P0303.
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1996 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6L Hesitation VIN: 1FALP62W5T
Thank you for the many replies. Most referred to Mass Airflow Sensor problems. I drove the vehicle for a week with a fuel pressure guage hooked up held in place by the wiper blade in the windshield and a scanner hooked up in the car. Of course, never a problem...
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2001 Ford Focus Street 2.0L Steering VIN: 1FAFP34311
Andre from michigan nailed it. After closely looking at strut springs, they were both broken. The heavy plastic had concealed the break. Replaced both as assemblies.Other replies suggested maybe cv joints. Saw this in the archieves. But I felt no vibration in ...
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2000 GMC K2500 Sierra SL 5.7L Will Not start VIN: 1GTGK24R9Y
It is still unknown why this truck started, I will be putting a new starter on this. I believe that the crank sensor that was crimped together was the main problem. No more backfire. I still have work to do on this truck, it runs, drives and I have yet to do a...
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1993 Isuzu Pickup S 2.3L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Stall
thanks for all these fellas that sent me their replies, so far i ck vacuum ,idle adjustments and all other hints , unfortunately the truck its not fix yet, as soon i get some update ill gonna let know,thanks to everybody and to iatn.
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2003 Lincoln Town Car 4.6L flashing overdrive light. VIN: 1L1FM81W63
thanks for the info guys,it really helped. after three weeks and 3 transmission and some extra grey hair. i finally hit the jackpot.i did a stress test on all eight ignition coils and found out i had 2 bad coils ( # 1 and 6).i replaced them and my problem was ...
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1998 Mazda 626 DX 2.0L No Compression VIN: 1YVGF22C2W
Thanks again for all the help. We have came to the conclusion that the rings are bad. And the customer wants to put another engine in the car.
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2003 Mazda Protege ES 2.0L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: JM1BJ22583
General consensus is that it was the catalitic convertor and 02 sensor failure . suggested and priced it out to the customer nut he didnt want to spend that much on an oldedr car !! thanks to all that had replied Trouble codes: P300, P0421.
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1996 Mercury Villager (Van) GS 3.0L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 4M2DV11W4T
Thanks to all who took the time to read this post. I do not think is for the money that we are in this business. We work on cars because we love it, we enjoy it, we have a passion for it. This job is not from 8 to 5, This is a 24 hr job, sometimes even when w... Trouble codes: P1320 (primary ignition signal fault), P0325 (knock sensor ckt problem b1), P0136 (o2 sensor b1s2 problem).
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1993 Saab 9000 Aero 2.3L tcs control VIN: YS3CL65R0P
THANK YOU EVERYBODY AND ANDERS, ANDERS GAVE ME THE FIX BY USING THE TECH 2 AND IN ENGINE SECTION GO TO TCS AND CLEARING THAT WAY. THANKS AGAIN,BOB
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1999 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.8L No Start, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWSE29M4X
The fix was the ignition switch. Thank you for the replies the big problem was the codes the same as a faulty fuel pump relay. After the fact I did find out this ignition switch has a high failure rate. I love Iatn use it all the time best tool in my tool box. Trouble codes: P1225 (fuel injector cyl 1 short to ground), P1229 (fuel injector cyl 5 short to ground), P1227 (fuel injector cyl3 short to ground), P1230 (fuel injector cyl 6 short to ground), P1425 (evap puege valve valve short to ground).
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2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8L Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out VIN: 3VWSE69M62
Thanks again to IATN !!! Byron & Sean hit it on the head. I NEVER thought a dirty throttle body would have caused this, but it did. Thanks to all who replied. All were great suggestions :-) Trouble codes: P0300.
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2003 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8L oil light VIN: WVWPD61B22
thank you for your replies after read over the advise. Jack up the transmission loose the bolt sub frame , transmission motor mount and remove the engine motor mount bolt raise up remove oil pan read over tsb oil light. for work not come back i clean the pick...
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