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1994 Buick LeSabre Limited 3.8L radio and temp selector VIN: 1G4HR52L8R
The radio will switch stations at will and also when changing heater temp settings. The heat temp settings will change on their own and blower fan will turn on when set to off. this car does NOT have any controls on the steering wheel only on dash and radio. T...
1996 Buick LeSabre Limited 3.8L Cuts out, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G4HR52K9T
Thanks to all that respond in advance. This site is a life saver. Customer complains vehicle will cut out, miss or buck on acceleration. Primarily when climbing hills or accellerating to get on freeway. I test drove it and at 30mph I demand speed and you can f... Trouble codes: P0107, P1107 (Map sensor intermittent low voltage)
2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L 2-3 shift VIN: 2GCEK19T0Y
this truck has been a nightmeer. my customer is afraid with the 2-3 shift flare it will end up burning this new trans up also i hope someone has had this before. all this has happened in about 8,000 miles
2001 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3L No Start, obd monitors VIN: 1GNDT13W51
vehicle came in for its second air pump. the first time was a year ago. changed it with a updated version.this vehicle has a intermittent no start the customer has be dealing with it .he cycles the key afew times and gets it started.the security light is on a ...
2007 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LTZ 5.3L traction control VIN: 1GNFK16307
i have a code c0561 for a invalid serial data recieved at the ebcm. the complaint is that the stabilitrak light comes on and service traction control light comes on. it is a hard fault code when i clear it, it comes back on right away. i have checked on mitche...
1993 Ford Ranger STX 4.0L valves VIN: 1FTCR15X9P
this engine has had an elusive missfire. it seemed to run better warm and also, new plugs would make it run ok for a few weeks. i finally pulled it down when it began to run terribly, and found 2 intake valves stuck open. they won't move even when hit with a h...
1994 Ford Ranger XL 2.3L No Start, Cuts out VIN: 4F4CR12A6R
This is the strangest problem I have seen in years. When cold the truck starts fine, and will have normal performance for the first 2 minutes of driving. Then the first thing you notice is a hesitation when slightly applying the gas peddle. If you step further... Trouble codes: 335 (pfe sensor voltage high)
1998 Ford E-350 Econoline 6.8L heater blend door VIN: 1FDLE40S2V
can't find blend door and need wiring diagram. have cold or cool air no matter where control is turned form hot to cold. have ac but no heat. hot water at heater core,no change in air noise or temp when turn from hot to cold. looked in forums for this and foun...
1999 GMC Sierra 2500 SL 6.0L No Start VIN: 1GTGK29U3X
Thanks in advance any help would be greatly appreciated!!! This is my own personal truck what happened is this truck got flooded (water to the top of the seats). Brought it to the shop drained all fluids and dried everything out. I can make it run if I sprayed... Trouble codes: P626
1999 Honda Civic Value Package 1.6L rear defogger VIN: 2HGEJ6616X
2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0L internal engine VIN: 1HGCM66543
Hey guys I need a little help from you Honda techs, My wife's 03 accord has developed a tapping coming from the engine while it's warming up. The tap will start about 30 seconds after cold start-up and continue for about 10 minutes. The noise sounds like a lo...
1993 Infiniti G20 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: JNCKP01D3T
Any Infinity, Techs. that can help me with this EGR System? My question is the EGR Control Valve, how does it work. I applied vacuum to the port which supplies vacuum from the engine, & the vacuum port from the egr passage temp sensor & plugged the other two p... Trouble codes: 401 (Low flow on egr)
1995 Mercedes-Benz C220 2.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: WDBHA22E7S
Got this c220 with a reoccuring code p0411, found a broken vaccum line to the solenoid, fixed that still reoccurs however, any mercedes techs have the inside scoop on troubleshooting this? Trouble codes: P0411 (secondary air incorrect flow)
1995 Mercury Grand Marquis GS 4.6L no turn signals or hazards VIN: 1FXU23FX03
hi all i have my wifes car and there is no turnsignals/hazards! the lite module makes sounds like they are on but are not lighting up even the cluster doesn't show the arrows i even run a flasher can to the wires coming out of the lite module comfirming my tho...
1997 Mercury Tracer LS 2.0L No Start VIN: 1MELM13P7V
hello techs, i have a problem car here that i'm ready to give up on , unless someone has ideas. the car came in with #4 valve seat out of the head, so another used 1999 head was purchased, resurfaced and put on on the car along with a new timing belt. it has n...
2003 Mercury Mountaineer 4.6L Unknown VIN: 4M2ZU86W93
Hey guys thanks in advance for your help i am just searching for ideas on this one. i have a 2003 4.6l mercury moutaneer in for a noise that sounds like a grinding/growling on its first cold start of the day. it only lasts about 20 seconds and then goes away, ...
2001 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Limited 3.5L No Start, Stall VIN: JA4MT41R21
This is the customers complaint. They say it has happened twice in the last couple of weeks. "Stalls within 5 min of cold start and will not restart for 30 minutes and then it will be ok." So far I have not experienced the problem. No codes runs good. I was ...
2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor XLS 3.8L delayed engasgement VIN: 4A4MM31S44
the shifter handle is spongy into drive cold, but is ok after warmup. it delays engagement both forward and reverse cold but fluid level is ok engages ok warm!!! thanx in advance for any ideas!!!
1993 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.3L steering VIN: 1G2NE5432P
Good evening all Take this car for a drive and it drifts from left to right,just like someone grabbing the steering wheel from you and pulling into next lane.This car has new struts and right lower control arm was changed about a year ago.I rotated tires becau...
2005 Pontiac Vibe 1.8L ebtcm VIN: 5Y2SL63895
traction control comes on at 9 mph all the time.(dry street under normal accell)amber traction control light (yellow car symbol with tire tracks)comes on and flashes. no codes stored. fix is to replace ebtcm assembly,a $3300.00 part.
2001 Saturn L200 2.2L fuel gage inop VIN: 1G8JU52F61
Hello and thank you for your time. Im working this car for a friend he had another shop put a sender in all ready. I used my scan tool to look at the fuel level %.I drained the fuel & added while while watching data and it it's working. Ok from what I gather f...
1991 Toyota Previa LE 2.4L power steering VIN: JT3AC12R3M
Costumer complains about power steering tight in cold weather only. once engine warms up no problem. Fluid is full and looks clean. Belt in good shape. Hoses don`t seam to have any problems. Pump is circulating also. Thanks for your help to all. And happy holi...
2004 Toyota Highlander 2.4L abs VIN: JTEGD21A64
Truck came to our shop for this problem...Truck has been to 2 other shops who could not find the problem..ABS will enguage and Slip lite on dash will flash when speed hits 10 mph...below 10 mph drives fine.When ABS enguages , no data will change on scan tool ,...
2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7L right rear pads VIN: 5TDBT48A04
75000 miles, exact same problem, right rear is metal to metal. front pads 8/32 left rear 12/32. open rear bleeders and you can retract "both" pistons with a 'POCKET" screwdriver and "two" fingers. i don,t think caliper is the problem. were it a master cylinder...
2005 Toyota Echo 1.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: JTDBT12375
Customer came in with a check engine light on. No other concerns. Started vehicle and noticed check engine light on along with a blue low coolant temp light on. Vehicle had been sitting for a while and outside temp was in the 60s f. . Plugged scan tool in to p...
1997 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8L Hesitation, MIL Lamp on VIN: WVWFE83AXV
Customer complaint is intermittant erratic tachometer which is accompanied by a lack of power. Only lasts for a few seconds. Scan reveals no codes for cam or crank sensor or misfires either. Quick exam only possible on this vehicle as customer is shift worker ... Trouble codes: 16795 (Secondary air injection system-incorrect flow detected.)
2000 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L Cuts out, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWRC29MXY
Ok I have a 2000 Jetta with a 2.0 AEG motor and a 5 speed. Cust complaint is of a mil light on and sometimes flashing. Codes revealed misfire on all cylinders. Further investigation shows new plugs,wires, coil, maf and all are OE VW parts. Test drive the car a... Trouble codes: P0301, P0302, P0303, P0304
2001 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 1.8L no ignition (spark) VIN: 3VWPD69M81
Subject vehicle was brought in on wrecker as a crank no start. After sitting over the weekend got into it and started on the first start attempt. Looked vehile over and recommended some service items and recommended battery replacement due to poor battery test...
2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0L Cooling Systems VIN: 3VWSK69M32
got a p1296 (17704) that keeps coming back i replace the coolant temp sensor with a vw part (green sensor) car warms ups normaly doesnt overheat i DIDNT pull the water pump yet to check the impellor does any one have a suggestion where i should look other then...

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2002 Chevrolet Astro LS 4.3L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GNEL19X82
I am sick that I had to give up on this one!!! I tried everything that was suggested in the responses including timing chain and gears, new crank position sensor, motor vac. w/BG (2 cans), compression test (no running test only static), and crank relearn. I ... Trouble codes: P0300.
2004 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8L gauges VIN: 2G1WH52K24
thanks to all who responded i replaced dash cluster and problem was fixed. once again thank you
2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5L heater VIN: 1GTSM3697A
thanks for the help almost every replie was system was not full and it wasnt i removed upper radiator hose at the engine blocked engine off and filled through the hose until it came out the radiator cap and then removed outlet heater core hose and filled the c...
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck 3.9L No Start VIN: 1B74C16X61
Thanks for all the replies. Looks to be a problem with the injector drive circuit in the ecm. The customer declined our replacement and is getting his own part. Trouble codes: P1389.
2003 Ford Windstar SE 3.8L Electronic VIN: 2FMDA52413
Thank you Ford technicians for taking their time to help me. Special thanks to Robert [...] for giving me more ideas on fixing this car. I replaced the A/C control panel and the front electronic module. I repaired one of the wires on the instrument panel clus...
1996 GMC K1500 Suburban 5.7L compressor clutch VIN: 1GKFK16RXT
Friends, Thanks to all who responded. Several people were on the right track. Ultimately, with the help of your responses I was able to determine that the diagram in Mitchell was labeled incorrectly. The auxiliary cooling fan switch is labeled 7.4L, though ...
1999 GMC Yukon Denali SLE 5.7L Hesitation, No Power on take off VIN: 1GKEK13R9X
I performed all the checks that everyone had told pryer to emailing you. The truck had no codes and all data stream readings were good for all sensors. Found this by reading your e-mails and refreshing my memory. I unplugged the MAF and had lots of power. S...
2000 Isuzu Rodeo LS 3.2L fuse VIN: 4S2DM58W0Y
Well, I got this one fixed finally. Figured out the problem yesterday. Lucky me:) So, this one blew fuse when the truck is on ground. So, I checked the current draw at 4WD module on power side to the Transfer case motor and it was drawing super high. and ...
1997 Jaguar XJ6 4.0L wipers
Ok guys, I feel like I did not go for on trying to fix this car! It was the (body control module!) Darn! YEP!anyways thanks so much guys and girls for your help you people are so rad! wow like cool!THANK YOU SO MUCH.I've got to go now. so ,if I don't see you i...
1998 Lincoln Continental 4.6L traction control VIN: 1LNFM97VXW
Thanks for the replies. This turned out to be a fairly easy fix. When I discovered that the traction system couldn't be turned off, I decided to clear the fault code. It appears that once the disable message appears there is a limp-in mode that disables the cr...
1998 Nissan Altima SE 2.4L No Start VIN: 1NDL01D5WC
This one was a lesson! At the sugestion of you Guys I rechecked all powers and grounds,CTS and ATS,smoked it,resistance checked the harness,start fuse good to and from ECM,replaced the reman dist.and rechecked for possable security problem,fuel pres. and volum...
1997 Plymouth Voyager 3.0L Mechanical VIN: 2P4FP2532V
1998 Pontiac Sunfire SE 2.2L passenger compartment VIN: 1G2JB124XW
Thank You all that replied with suggestions and ideas regarding this vehicle. I have not as of yet fixed this vehicle or came up with an exact reason for the problem. This vehicle has a very basic hvac system without a seperate control for recirculation or fre...
1996 Subaru Legacy L 2.2L brake fluid loss VIN: 4S3BD4351T
I cleaned everywhere and discovered the abs was leaking, as always the wet spot gives it away. Im waiting for a salvage yard to supply another one. Thank you all for your help.
1994 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.0L very low power VIN: JT3VN39W3R
Most replies were in the right direction, however both Brian and Tim from Florida were right on the money. After tear down found passenger side cam gear would just spin, dowel/alignment pin had sheared off... replace gear, pin, and belt tensioner for good meas...
2009 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: 5TDZK29C38
thank you everyone for the great responses, i read them all and have tried all your suggestions. i did the WOT test to check the maf and got an 85% engine load, so form all the suggestions maf is running very well. speacial thanks to lloyd from ohio who sugge... Trouble codes: P0171 (bank 1 lean), P0174 (bank 2 lean).
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