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1995 Chevrolet Astro CL 4.3L hard starting VIN: 1GNEL19W6S
Customer dropped off van told me to do the tune-up I had recommended a couple months ago. I tuned up the van and the next morning it started hard, he told me that's why he wanted it tuned up it's been starting hard in the AM. I tried to bring it in the next ev...
2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 6.0L NO Start/NO crank VIN: 1GCHK29U13
Hello techs I need a little input on this one ,has me stumped. Original proble was no overdrive at all so had trans overhauled at local trans shop. Everything great ran out just fine fluid level good no leaks also installed vac line to trans for modulator that...
2003 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LS 5.3L Poor Idle Quality, Stall, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3GNSK16Z73
Hey all you GM guys... wondering if someone can help me out, this burb belongs to my nephew, came in with the MIL on with a code P0101 MAF open circuit,and a very erotic idle so I replaced the MAF and cleared the code, test drove and the MIL returned, this tim... Trouble codes: P0101 (MAF Circuit open), P0171 (Lean Bank1)
1994 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.0L plenum door VIN: 184GH2437R
Greetings gang, In the archives I found that there was a TSB from Chrysler about drilling a hole or two in the plastic heater housing to inject some penetrating fluid to free up the stuck door and then the holes could be used to keep the hinge lubed so it doe...
1986 Ford Ranger STX 2.9L Hesitation, Surge VIN: 1FTCR11T9G
please help! under light acceleration the truck hesitates and starts to buck. almost seems like secondary ignition. already replaced cap, rotor,plugs, wires, pcv ect. no check engine light. did scan for codes none found. did adaptive stratagy but didn't seem t...
1993 Ford F-150 XL 4.9L Mechanical VIN: 1567868567
I am removing a Manual 4 speed transmission and although it is a very simple operation, i am abit confused over the removal of the gear stick. It is A Borg warner transmission. I have removed the 2 bolts up on the gearstick, but there is still enough sticking ...
1999 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L Starting VIN: 2FMZA5142X
vehicle was hauled in with a no start situation.no fuel pressure unless u jump the relay.no spark.theft light blinking on dash.i am assumming the theft deterrant is activated and causing the no spark and no fuel problem.problem is i have never worked on that s...
2002 Lexus RX300 3.0L all VIN: 4JTJHF10U1
batteery will go dead after sitting for a few days, intermitantly. the last time it did it i recharged the battery and did a draw test on the system, it started off at about 1.2 amps and after about 30 seconds it went down to less than .1 amp. there is no set ...
2002 Nissan Altima 2.5L engine VIN: 1N4AL11D42
nissan tech please help. i have a 2002 nissan altima 2.5s. the vehicle just blow not even close to warm air out. i did replace the thermostat in the lower hose next to the exhaust manifold, check the blend door and it's good, back flush heater core, mixture of...
1986 Volvo 244 GL 2.3L No Start, Cuts out VIN: YV1AX885XG
Need help from volvo techs..Never got alot of experince on volvo specially the older models. The car belongs to a relative of mine. The car won't start and noticed that its fouling up the spark plugs. Replaced the fuel pressure regulator and spark plugs. same ...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
Fix/Summary Answers
2002 Audi A4 1.8L low power VIN: WAULC68E82
thanks for all your answers, 5 psi of turbo boost is enough,the car runs well and has been returned to the customer,
1998 BMW 318i 1.9L No Start VIN: WBACC032XW
Unfortunately this car will not be fixed.The customer has absolutely no money.Most of the suggestions were for programma.com,that I cannot find.I did a google search and came up with nothing.Module master would not repair this unit,they would only sell an unp...
1995 Chevrolet C1500 Cheyenne 6.5L fuel guage VIN: 1GCEC19S7S
Hi again.As the most of the replies suggested,I have tried an other cluster from the salvage yard and the behave the same way.Checked power and ground at the cluster with a headlamp and all is great.Ihave talked to the local tank supplier about how is built th...
1995 Chevrolet G10 Beauville 4.3L Misfire VIN: 1GCDG15Z8S
thanks for all that replied.. I tried most of the suggestions that you guys sent me and revisited ones that I had already checked in case I missed something. Unfortunately, the problem has been very intermittent. I went on numerous road test, start flat cold ...
2005 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GNEK13T35
Thank you to all that have tried to help, the costumer took that car form me and never returned with it. But if any one else will come across this kind of a problem do a Cylinder leak down test. There is a very high possability that I had a valve problem ither... Trouble codes: P0301, N0, C00DE.
2003 Dodge Ram 2500 Van 5.2L charging VIN: 2D7JB21Y63
thanks everyone for your info its been two weeks now and no problems looks like it was that battery temp sensor vehicle is all good now just unplugged it and threw it away no need for a batt temp sensor in my opinion just causes problems check your fluid in ba...
2004 Dodge Ram 1500 ST 4.7L MIL Lamp on, PROGRAMING VIN: 1D7HA18N94
Sorry so long to close...the next night I logged on to Tech Authority and with my DRB connected ...well the site grabbed my tool and proceded with a "major software revision" that took close to a half hour. Up to this point I had been receiving DRB updates on ... Trouble codes: P1602 (pcm not programmed).
2002 Ford Ranger Edge 3.0L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTYR44U42
The head of bank 2 was the problem. Customer brough the truck to the dealership and they told him that the head of bank 2 had to be replaced. He came back to our shop with another family member vehicle and we had the chance to ask him about his truck. He says ...
2005 Ford Escape XLS 3.0L Door Locks, Windows, Head Lamps, Radio, etc
As Tom suggested I did a relearn, ( Key On, Headlamps On, Disconnect Batt. and hold brake pedal For 5 Mins) All " Ghosts" in the vehicle were gone, all systems operated normally with scan tool communication. It has been a couple weeks now and it has yet to re...
1999 GMC K1500 Sierra SLE 5.7L No Start VIN: 1GTEK19R3X
Sorry and THANKS TO ALL! It was a 5.7 And it was the coil! Replaced it, sprayed with water, And it starts everytime!!! Thanks again!!
2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7L Heat VIN: 1J4GW58N9Y
Thanks to ALL!!! It was a broken blend door! Replaced it and everthing works fine now!
1991 Mercury Sable GS 3.8L Air Bag VIN: 1MECM5041M
I would like to thank Bradley [...] for their responses and help. Bradley took the time to send me the troubleshooting tree for the code 4 on this airbag and that came with some very useful graphics for identifying the compon...
1995 Toyota Tacoma DLX 2.4L No Start VIN: 4TAUN41B75
the repies that i recived were mostly to check the timing chain for play or wear. there was no slack or play in the chain. i didnt think that the chain was the problem do to the fact that the problem did not happen all the time. we did find that the iac valve...
2002 Toyota Tacoma DLX 2.7L No Start, no spark VIN: 5TEWM72N32
with all the help I receved from everyone a lot of people said grounds to computer coils or ignighter. being that the ignighter is part of the coils and there are four of them I just couldnt belive it would be a coil so I pluged in one at a time and there was ... Trouble codes: P1300, P1305, P1310, P1315.
2003 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8L Mechanical VIN: 1NXBR32E23
Thanks for all the input guys. I decided to remove the transmission, begin disassembly and see how things looked. I didn't get to far into the teardown to realize the damage was pretty severe, a variety of broken gears and plenty of metal fragments all over...
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