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1998 Honda Accord EX 2.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1HGCG6675W
This is the second honda that has stumped me in a week. All the info I have is in the repair history. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Trouble codes: P1165
1998 Honda Civic LX 1.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2HGEJ6670W
Hello all, I have this Honda that we replaced the manifold/converter assy. due to cracks and noise. We replaced it with a Dorman aftermarket unit due to price. Ever since then we have a re-occuring p0171 lean code. We have replaced the upstream 0xygen sensor,... Trouble codes: P0171
1992 Lexus SC400 4.0L Fluid condition VIN: JTHUD30C2N
After we replaced the parts as told in repair history we filled the system and the fluid continues to be foamy and whines and gurgles out of the resovoir with the vehicle running. when you shut it off fluid pukes from the resovoir. Could we possibly have a bad...
2001 Lexus RX300 3.0L front cover VIN: JTJHF10UX1
Hello to all. Just putting out a preemptive request on this rx300. The vehicle is coming in a few weeks for a leak from the front differential front cover. What advice would anyone have to reseal that? Shop Key has no operation for it. Is this part of the tran...
2004 Mazda MPV LX 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: JM3LW28A14
car surges at idle. mil on after 2 days. seems like fan control module is going out (causes fan to fluctuate erratically) using a Solis the o2 sensors are doing nothing. Autozone sold customer new o2 sensors. I am a VW Audi tech and it has been a long time sin... Trouble codes: P0131, P0151, P0171
2006 Mazda Tribute S 3.0L Alternator VIN: 4F2CZ94186
Hey fellas! Got one here that intermittently stops charging. The battery light comes on and battery goes dead. When they get back to the shop for us to check, everything tests good and the light is off. Seems to take a 100 mile trip for it to act-up. I believe...
1995 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: JN1CA21DXS
Hey guys and gals. I have this Nissian that keeps turning on the check engine light. The customer has no drivability complaints and the car runs flawlessly when I drive it. The problem is that it keeps turning on the check engine light. The only code that it s... Trouble codes: A5 (manufacture code)
1997 Nissan Pathfinder SE 3.3L No Start VIN: JN8ARDY5VW
This truck has an intermitant no start that seems to be mostly when it sits for a long period of time. Having checked many things, the one I keep coming up against is when it won't start the fuel injector pulse width goes to 38ms or higher. I have checked volt...
2002 Nissan Altima S 2.5L timing chain VIN: 1N4AL11E32
car came in today with a rattle around timing chain vvt solenoid area pulled upper cover at vvt and chain looks good valve was not dirty and cover was clean around 1000 rpm you can feather the throttle and it gets loud sounds like the upper chain is loose and ...
2004 Nissan Murano SL 3.5L MIL Lamp on, Lean Bank 1 VIN: JN8AZ08W84
04 murano 3.5 came to shop for a check engine light on. pulled codes found a p1273(af sensor 1 b1 indicates lean). freeze frame told me engine warm moving around 10mph. tryed to recreate problem with no luck. smoked intake found a manifold runner controler sea... Trouble codes: P1273
1996 Toyota Tacoma DLX 2.7L monitor readiness VIN: 4TAPM62N7T
Hello fellow techs. I've got one that has me stumped. Vehicle will not pass emissions testing due to "not enough monitors". I have no codes,no drivability issues. The vehicle will set egr monitor but will not set O2, Heated O2, evap system or catalytic convert...
1999 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.4L brakes/steering VIN: 1764RD5477
Truck came in for vibration or shimmy at 40 mph when brakes applied.Has slight shimmy at 70 mph.Truck needed front brakes so I changed pads and rotors,owner did rears but said he did not surface drums, but I don't think that is a problem.I know there is some h...
2001 Toyota RAV4 2.0L secutity system VIN: JTEEH20VX1
alarm goes off at various times. no pattern such as weather or temp. no other problems. factory system. does it in owners garage or outside. any common problem on this seen. hard to dia a problem like this
2001 Toyota Celica GT 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: JTDDR32T91
Customer just recently purchased this car via E-bay. The original complaint was no idle when cold. Customer had the car at another shop for one week, A new Maf was installed with very little improvement. They told the customer that the car needed a new t-belt ... Trouble codes: P0301, P0302, P0304
2008 Toyota PRIUS 1.5L a/c oil specs. VIN: JTDKB20U58
Car came to us from a local body shop, (condensor replaced due to accident). Spec calls for a ND-11 oil. My question is if this is copatable with a PAG oil. If it is, what viscosity ? We do not have a toyota dealer in town & have tried to cross the ND-11 numbe...

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2001 Daewoo Nubira SE 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: KLAJC52Z31
1st sorry for putting vehicle down as a Diahutsu instead of a Daewoo , both fall into the class of no dealers around anymore. Responses mostly consisted of cleaning the port into the cylinder head. We have special ordered the gasket required for this operation... Trouble codes: P1404.
2000 Honda Insight 1.0L Charging VIN: JHMZE1358Y
The 2000 Honda Insight uses a standard lead acid battery not a glass mat like the some/all toyotas. also the insight does not have a belt driven conventional alternator. Contacted Craig Van Battenberg of AC/DC hybrid training institute. He said the battery c...
2004 Honda Element EX 2.4L suspension VIN: 5J6YH28674
Thank for all the help. I changed the fluid in the rear diff. and problem went away. Bob
1995 Kia Sportage EX 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Stall, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy, dumps fuel VIN: KNDJA7239S
Thanx for the help Found wire harness coroded and shorted had to pull it out of the fire wall from the inside pull it to the out side to access it in the engine compartment side of the harness. not fun but got it done. thanx.
2002 Kia Optima SE 2.4L Poor Idle Quality, Surge VIN: KNAGD12622
We have this one fixed. 1st Thanks to all the guys that replied to my cry for help.( you know who you are).The Idle surging was caused by a broken wire that closes the IAC in the harness about 10 inches before the IAC. The harness looked perfectly fine.Hope th...
2005 Kia Spectra5 2.0L Rear Pads VIN: KNAFE161X5
Gentlemen, The Spectra is fixed and with the help of all of you who responded, has made a good lesson for my brakes class. Replies included reminders to not overlook the basics: binding park cables, E brake levers on calipers fully retracted, pressurized by ...
1993 Lexus LS400 4.0L Cuts out, MIL Lamp on VIN: JTBUF11E0P
thanks to all that responded. a special thanks to Gregg at stellar auto who took the time to help me over the phone. With his help we determined that the ecm was not responding to the scanner or the shorting of the diagnostic terminals. Therefore we needed ...
1991 Mazda MPV Passenger 3.0L power steering VIN: JM3LV522OM
Well, once again IATN saved the day.Some replies were to check spindles for being bent , they weren't. One said to check the alignment which I already knew the caster was off on the pass. side but I didn't feel like that was my problem since the wheel wouldn't...
1977 Nissan 280Z 2.8L Mode Doors VIN: HLS3040379
Thank you for all of the replies. I checked all of the items mentioned and found no vacuum leaks and a good vacuum source to the control head. What I did find was that the defrost actuator(located on the left side of the plenum box) would not press up manually...
1997 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: JN1CA21DSV
Thank you to all who helped with this repair. The green Egr control solenoid was the culprit and replacing it solved the problem. The solenoid was out of spec and was not allowing the proper amount of vacuum to operate the system. There are three such solenoid... Trouble codes: P1400.
2002 Nissan Altima 2.5L Surge, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1N4AL11D32
Thanks to all that replied.Hank for NJ suggested that the Launch x-431 scanner would perform the relearn.I had purchsed the X-431 about 3 weeks ago for euro imports which it works on very well.I downloaded the Nissan software from the launch website to the sca... Trouble codes: P0507 (ISC idle higher than expected).
2002 Nissan Altima 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1N4AL11D82
First,a thank you to all that replied and a special thanks to Richard [...] for his information about Bosh and ND o2 sensors. Richard thought it may be the new cat causing the problem and in a way it was. after the new cat was installed by the dealer there was... Trouble codes: P0133.
2004 Nissan Quest SL 3.5L Misfire VIN: 5N1BV28U54
Thanks to all who responded. The dealer did not even know what the last 4 digits mean. I installed an ECM with the last 4 digits different and van would not start as key code was different. A reflash from the dealer took car of that problem. So all said and do...
2007 Nissan Altima 2.5L po845 VIN: 1N4AL21E47
Thanks to the technicians that replied to my help request. I do not have a fix at this time. The customer has decided to save the money to purchase a used transmission.At that time we will remove the valve body to test the harness to see if that could be the p...
1997 Subaru Impreza Outback 2.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: JF1GF4856V
Finally The fix. The pressure solenoid valve i took apart and diaprhram had a larger then normal hole. so it was bleeding .. it is clearly marked for flow direction with an arrow. so when testing , blow though it the right way. Also the new one seals one ... Trouble codes: P0440.
1990 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.0L no restart warm VIN: JT3VN39W9L
The main jist of ideas concerning this runner is that it probably needs a distributor. Unfortunately the customer is dragging her feet. She was presented with the idea and basically said" Uh I am not sure of what to do,Ill check with you next week." Then we ha... Trouble codes: 43 (no start signal to ecm code went away during last short while).
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