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1996 Audi Cabriolet 2.8L door latch VIN: WAUAA88GTA
The passenger door of this vehicle will not open. We have discovered the the rods and linkage that are supposed to be connected to the door latch assembly are disconnected. The cable that runs from the inner door handle to the latch is still attached. The inne...
1999 BMW 540i 4.4L Hesitation, Surge, MIL Lamp on VIN: WBADN5333X
What is BMW DTC 141 code is not in All DATA for this year. All codes have cleared but 141 and 164. Have not resealed intake manifold yet. Fuel trim numbers are good with a hot engine. Will check cold in AM. Adapted throttle actuator and code 134 is gone. H... Trouble codes: 164 (Ambient pressure sensor in DME), 141 (unknown), 026 (Adaption limit lean B1), 027 (Adaption limit lean B2), 210 (knock sensor 1), 134 (Learning function lower stop throttle actuator)
2000 BMW 528i 2.8L radio VIN: WBADP6348Y
Hello everyone. This BMW wagon came in with the radio inop. Found corroded pins in the harness connectors at the radio amp in the left rear luggage compt. Cleaned terminals and still not working. Got used amp and installed. Radio will now work but cuts out aft...
2003 Buick Century Custom 3.1L instrument cluster VIN: 2G4WS52J23
Car towed in for no start. Turn key on and off several times. Sometimes turns over, sometimes nothing. Scanned for codes got tps out of specs. Can hold down gas pedal a little and car sometimes starts. When it does'nt start you get nothing at all. Even when it...
2004 Buick Rendezvous CX 3.4L 4th gear Flair/Slip VIN: 3G5DA03E04
I'm not sure if this vehicle had a 4th gear flair/slip prior to working on it, of course the customer will say no. The vehicle had come in because the vehicle would not start in park @ times, and continued to get worse with time. Complaint of door locks not op...
1991 Cadillac DeVille 4.9L water leak VIN: 1G6CD5384M
Help caddy techs,have a deville in the shop we replaced a water pump on for bearing failure.After repairs we have a new leak between waterpump backin plate and hose piece that goes to lower radiator.Ordered a new timing chain cover gasket set but dont see anyt...
1996 Cadillac Eldorado 4.6L engine VIN: 1G6EL12YY0
ok heres a headache. car came in with oil leaks at case halfs. removed and reinstalled. everything working normal all day . ran to temp. charged a/c. test drove 10 miles. brought back in the verify all leaks corrected. found minor residue of oil by oil filter ...
1988 Chevrolet llv mail 2.5L No Start VIN: 1GBBS10E9J
the first start of the day it just cranks with poor injector spray pattern.if you spray a shot of carb cleaner into its mouth it starts and runs great.on restart the same thing-very long crank poor spray the pump and filter were changed-has 10-14 psi.complete ...
1998 Chevrolet C3500 Cheyenne 6.5L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GCHC33FXW
Hello guys! First time user, so be gentle. I have a chevy diesel with high idle, and seems like a miss. came in with check engine light on. cleared codes and p1214 comes back on right away. went through procedures and thought i have a bad crank sensor so i rep... Trouble codes: P1214, P1218
2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 6.0L Starting VIN: 1GCHK29U04
This truck was towed in as a no start the customer said he turned it off went to start and hour later and it wouldn't start he tryed to jump it it didn't help. First thing I noticed it had real bad draw on the battery and if you jumper wire the starter relay i...
2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer LS 4.2L No Start VIN: 1GNDT13S15
no start got 52 to 57 lbs fuel pressure good spark from coil to plug will run if you spray carb cleaner into throttle bore. no codes i did change cam sensor anti theft light not flashing good cranking voltage nearly new batt. Trouble codes: N0NE
2001 Daewoo Lanos S 1.6L MIL Lamp on, NO Communication VIN: KLATA22611
Well don't know who even works on these rolling humps of metal waste. But we have a '01 Daewoo Lanos 1.6 DOHC L4. Customer took vehicle to emission test center and was rejected to to "no communication" with ECM. Further diagnosis is showing everything where it...
1992 Ford F-150 Custom 4.9L starter VIN: 1FTEX15YON
this truck is killing me . the starter gear will not disengage from the flywheel when the engine is started . does not have voltage on the little wire at starter . has new starter & good used flywheel that matched the old one right down to the casting #s . the...
1994 Ford Thunderbird LX 4.6L check engine light VIN: 1FALP62W0R
My problems is mainly the check engine light staying on. I bought this car about 2 years ago and it never really would just stay on. It would come and go. But i did have the mufflers cut off and just put tips on it. After that it seem like it wouldnt never go ...
1996 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L Misfire VIN: 1FMDU34X8T
thanks for help for i have a explorer that has a light miss going on all the time. after vehicle has been sitting for awhile with no start. finally towed in for fuel pump n filter. truck started up but had a bad miss. found to #4 injector plugged, so it was re... Trouble codes: P0300, P0306
2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L Stall VIN: 1FAFP5326Y
Hello this ford tauras stalls when coming to a stop.it stumbles on decel to stop sign and dies .I have replaced air flow sensor with a known good one off another tauras on our lot along with idle motor, replaced tps. with a new one.disconnected egr .fuel press...
2002 Ford Escape XLT 3.0L Stall VIN: 1FMYU04112
Thanks in advance, car came in stalled at road speeds but will start up emmediatly. Cold or hot will start right up and run for 10 sec. then die as if the key is shut off. Will start right up and same thing 10 sec. Will not stay running if starting fluid is us...
2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty King Ranch 6.0L Oil pressure gauge VIN: 1FTNW20P04
I hope that you won't get tired of reading this post but I want to try and give as much info as possible. Truck came from a dealership as a trade in that stoped running after they got it. We checked it out and found it had no high oil pressure. After removing ...
2005 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L No Start VIN: 1FMPU17585
This expedition died while driving and will not restart. No starter engagement. Two messages appear on instrument cluster"Eng Temp Data Error" And Charge System data error". Connect scanner no communication with PCM but I can communicate with INstrument cluste...
2005 Ford E-350 Club Wagon XL 6.8L shifts VIN: 1FBSS31S65
no codes, when driving trans shifts 1-3 3-5 . turn on tow haul botton on shifter and trans works fine. stumpped on this any help would be great. thanks lenny
2007 Ford E-350 Super Duty 5.4L a b s module no communicasion VIN: 1FBSSB1L47
no commincasion with abs module tracksion and abs lite on checked fusses ground and cancircuits found no problem replaced abs module but no help
2000 GMC Jimmy Diamond Edition 4.3L sdm module VIN: 1GKDT13W8Y
air bag light flashes 7 times and stays on.codes were b1001,b1000.replaced sdm and reprogramed bcm and vtd.all was good.after a few days light came back with B1000 internal fault?this sdm was new.ohm tested ckts from sdm connector,have power and ground and com...
2003 GMC Yukon XL 1500 Denali 6.0L Electronic VIN: 1GKFK66U13
has code B0414 temp control feedback range problem. blows warm air. if you press the a/c button then the compressor goes off and blows warmer air, rear ac system works fine. I have a tech 2 but don't understand the data. Which one is blend door motor and what ...
1998 Honda Accord EX 3.0L pressure solenoid a VIN: 52WAOO7294
shit light D stars to blink a second after turnig key on & code p1768 also sets I erase code &it comes back a second later without even starting car , I don't know if it has something to do ABS light is also on I use vantage to test solenoids both a&b has same...
1999 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2HKRL1854X
MIL comes on after about 3 days poor idle quality. Not specific to any cyl. O2, Plugs changed. All coils working. Good compression, valves have been adjusted. EACV seems to be working, better cold (may be because of high idle) Runs great apart from idle. Fuel ...
2004 Honda CR-V LX 2.4L a/c Condernsor fan VIN: JHLRD68414
Hello all your techs. Customer stated a/c not blowing cold. I found blown a/c fuse (fuse box under hood) after diagnosing we found bad a/c condenser fan motor. We replaced fan and still fuse is blowing. Inspected the wiring to fan motor and found wires melted....
1999 Isuzu Trooper S 3.5L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: JACDJ58X6X
hello all. we have this trooper that was brought to us after engine swap. looking to see where i might be able to get a vacuum diagram for this vehicle. we use alldata and not much info there. ask other shop that uses mitchell with no luck there either. want t...
1998 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.0L No Start VIN: 1J4FY19S0W
Customer gets in jeep to go home and all it does is click. tries battery charger and jumper cables and still cannot get to turn over. Suggested that battery could have internal short. Replace battery and cranks over fine, but will not start. Get in shop, no mi...
1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L Pads, Rotors VIN: 1J4GZ58S5W
Cust complains of high pitched squeal when coming to a stop. Gone through brakes twice, premium pads, shims, lube on contact points, caliper slides, etc. The problem is that the noise is so high pitched I cant hear it (50 year old ears). Younger tech could hea...
2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0L Low Pressure Port VIN: 1J4FF48SXY
Loss of REFRIGERANT when left off; I suspect with the ac left on the ON position. Second time I added freon this year and it only lasted a couple of weeks the first time I topped it off and the same the second but I was keeping an eye on turning the knob to th...
2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7L low coolant warning VIN: 1J4GW58N7Y
This Jeep has a low coolant message on the dash at times. We tested the level sensor and it checks okay. The sensor is open when the coolant is full, so we drove it with the sensor unplugged and we still get the warning. Anyone seen this before? We are thinkin...
2001 Kia Spectra GS 1.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1KJA123507
got this spectra replaced the maf with new still comes up with p0101 range performence, tested for vacuum leaks found none, only thing i can figure is maybe there's a pcm flash update or something i've overlooked, hoping one of you guys had run into one of the... Trouble codes: P0101
1991 Mercedes-Benz 300E 3.0L No Start VIN: WDBEA30DOM
hello mercedes tech hope you cant help i have a 1991 mercedes 300 E 2.6 cis e and no start i check for spark and it was low so i replace dist + rotor and coil now I have good spark I put carb clende and start for 5 second and dies i replace over voltage relay ...
2001 Mercedes-Benz C240 2.6L ABS module VIN: WDBRF61J21
This Benz came in with the ABS and Stability warning messages on. It also had a symptom of the trans being in a fail safe mode as it would only stay in 2nd gear. We could not access the ABS with our Scan tool (Carmen Scan lite with Euro. software) but were abl...
1999 Mercury Villager Estate 3.3L Surge VIN: 4M2XV11T8X
vehicle has a surge (trailer hitches) under very light acceleration at slow speeds at around 20 mph. no codes in memory. replaced tps but did not help. checked for vacumme leaks none found. inspected distributor for play in the shaft - ok. any input would be g...
2002 Mercury Sable GS 3.0L Windows, interior lighting VIN: 1MEFM50U02
Hello IATN members, thanks in advance for any help you can offer. I have an unusual problem I have not seen before. This car came in with no power windows or interior lighting. I replaced the 10amp fuse (F226)in the central fuse center. When you turn OFF the i...
1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse 2.0L timing belt
hi i have neighbor shop that replaced bent valves due to timing belt broke. he asked me to line up timing belt since he said was a tooth off when he tried. i checked and was 1/2 tooth off at cam gears. he ordered a new "right timing belt and same condition. it...
1999 Oldsmobile 88 Royale 3.8L No Start VIN: 1G3HN52K9X
Hi all, been a while since Iíve written, but I have a tough one in the shop This Olds cranks but no start. Fuel pressure is OK, spark was questionable so I switched the ign. module and now looks good. Injectors are triggering and the plugs are getting gas fou...
1994 Pontiac Bonneville SE 3.8L cooling fans VIN: 1G2HX52L1R
Hi Everyone Issue both cooling fans constantly running Car was in for maintenance. Notice the cooling fans seemed to be running more than they should. (all ways on as it turns out) No MIL but hooked the scanner just to see what it tells me. A code for IAT P0...
2006 Scion xB 1.5L ecm VIN: JTLKT32416
Hello all. I received this gem from a fellow tech who was fired. This XB was struck by lightning, but not directly. It struck the ground 5 feet away, on the RH side while the customer was driving it. It just died on the spot. Cust is ok. We had no communicatio...
2007 Suzuki Forenza 2.0L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: KL5JD56Z57
Replaced engine Test drove vehicle ,check engine light flashes and sets code P0302 p0303 p0300. Can not feel misfire while driving.Checked compression 175psi.
1999 Toyota Camry CE 2.2L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 4T1BG22K9X
vehicle will stall on decel and surge at part throttle let the car idle on its own and will stall this occurs only when hot[15-20 MINS DRIVE TIME} dealer diagnosed it as an egr valve disconnected vacuum line to valve problem still there disconnected purge vsv ...
2006 Toyota Solara SE 2.4L lf wheel VIN: 4T1CE38P94
This car came in with the left front wheel locked up so we ran codes no abs or other codes present . So I released psi at the caliper an wheel turned I then removed caliper an the piston was stuck would not compress and i also removed the rubber flex line an s...
1986 Volkswagen Vanagon L 2.1L temp and fuel VIN: WV2YB0253G
The temp guage will malfunction and led light will flash. Gas gauge will function, however, not properly. This will only occur when left set in sunshine and ambient temps are high. ( 90+F ). Cooler temps all gauges function fine. Do not see any problems wi...
1996 Volkswagen Jetta 1.9L radio VIN: 3VWFL81H9T
Hello everyone, I have my brothers car that we had to change his factory radio to one from a wrecking yard. Unfortunatly it is now stuck in safe mode. I called the wrecker they gave me the VIN out of the car that the radio came from, [...], the ser...
2005 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 3VWSF71KX5
I replaced to Mass air flow senosr with a factory unit. I have smoke tested and propane tested for a vacuum leak to no avail. In park with the A?C off the idle will fluctuate between 700 and 1800. Also the code which is for intake system leak will set on two t... Trouble codes: P2279

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2002 Acura EL 1.7L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2HHES36682
Thanks for all who reply, I took the intake manifold off, sure the injector plate was fill with carbon, after cleaning and reinstall the gasket and retest with energize EGR valve, engine trying to stall, so I call it fix. Thank and have a good week end.
1998 BMW 750iL 5.4L radio VIN: WBAGK2325W
The problem with this car was the radio unit. The hard part was finding the actual radio. Both alldata and bmw show it in the left rear fender area with no picture. It was located behind the amplifier the a second trim panel needs to be removed. As usual it wa...
2001 BMW 325i 2.5L Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: WBAAV33411
Aftermarket cam sensor inop. Replaced with factory sensor. Trouble codes: 65 (Cam Sensor Inlet).
2006 BMW 325i 3.0L Service Reminde VIN: WBAVB17586
Thanks Patrick. It worked like a charm. The MAC Tools book showed a procedure but they had you turning the ignition on with the odometer switch depressed and then didn't talk about switching to the t/s staff to complete the reset. Here is what Patrick sent ...
2006 BMW 525i 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: WBANE53526
vehicle is finally fixed.after putting on new maf sensor car came back again in a week with same codes.looked at freeze frame and it happens when cold.fuel trims-25.so i smoke checked it cold and found intake boot leaking like crazy where it connects at thrott... Trouble codes: 2A2F (mixture control 2), 2D06 (air-mass system), 2A2E (mixture control).
2006 BMW 325i 3.0L wipers VIN: 3NNJ2K3J26
sent back to dealer to take out of transport mode and all is well,thanks for the help.
1980 Cadillac DeVille 6.0L Starting VIN: 6D476A9133
1989 Chevrolet Corvette 5.7L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1G1YY2180K
Thanks for all the reply. Found out that 3 injectors were bad. Install all 8 news Delco Injectors. It runs great. Thanks for all the help..
1994 Chevrolet Cavalier RS 3.1L top VIN: 1GFJF34T0R
thanks for all the help, I used jack oil and it works fine thanks again
1996 Chevrolet C1500 Cheyenne 5.7L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2GCEC19R4T
1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS 3.1L starter VIN: 2G1WW12M6W
We could not find the direct cause for this problem. We installed a 10 amp fuse which in return seems to have solved the blowing fuse issue.
2002 Chevrolet Impala 3.4L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2G1WF55E62
The lower intake had a cracked intake runner. We replaced the lower intake manifold and now the car runs fine. No more misfires. Thanks for all the help Trouble codes: P0300 (misfire), P0303 (misfire).
2006 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 5.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GNEC13Z16
checked solenoid with noid light,found not switching.supplied my own ground and it would switch.followed everyones advice,replaced and programmed pcm and fixed problem. thanks guys for all the help Trouble codes: 449 (evap control solenoid), 443 (evap control).
2001 Dodge Dakota 3.9L monitor status VIN: 1B7GL22X01
thanks to all that answered/ It seems that some aftermarket flashing is not complete. I took it to the local dodge dealer and they flashed it again . by the time I got back to my shop, almost all the monitors had run. within 2 drive cycles all had run. tha...
1996 Ford F-250 Special 7.5L lack of power
I was diagnosing this truck for another shop. I asked them twice about the backpressure and they assured me it has 1 lb. after comparing the other good running truck I came to the conclusion that the distributor is indexed wrong or not advancing (like some sai...
1997 Ford Ranger Splash 3.0L A/C cycling switch VIN: 1FTCR10U7V
Hey gang, With a little research I did find that in 1998 they started using a relay to carry the load and allowed the cycling switch to control the relay. That makes only 18 ma go across the cycling switch instead of 3 amps. In 1994-1996 they used the s...
1998 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L heater core VIN: 1FMPU18LXW
Put a restrictor in line on the pressurue side of the heater hose to restrict pressure
1999 Ford Taurus LX 3.0L Starting VIN: 5T678HJGV6
I remembered reading a bunch of ssm's about reversed polarity crank sensors.Here is the rest of the story.At first when I had no start I had no ac voltage at pcm but I did at the crk sensor so I checked wiring and they checked ok but the crk.connector was dama...
2000 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L starter VIN: 2FM2A5146Y
Thanks to all for the help, we had programed the keys but for some reason it did not take, followed the tip to disconnect module and try again and it worked, once again thanks to all for the great help!!!
2002 Ford Taurus LX 3.0L Lock up VIN: 1FAFP55202
Hey Mechs, Thanks for your replies. Well the fix was in the flush. I tried the cam sensor test the TPS test the salt water coil test, all negative. I then changed the Trans filter and flushed and refilled using Mercon V, no more shudder. I appreciate this reso...
2003 Honda Element EX 2.4L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: 5J6YH18573
well we found that the so called technician that did the repair did not adj the valves. wich caused the the low vac reading and the rough idle. thank you for your help. dan franklin Trouble codes: P2279.
2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L engine VIN: 1J4GW48S9Y
Hi everyone thank you to everyone who put some input in on this. It has been hell. I put coolant dye in this vehicle let a pressure tester sit on it overnight came in and could see some dye around the heater hose line that goes into the thermosat housing so ...
2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0L Compressor/fan VIN: 1J4FF48S11
The problem stemmed from the fact I assumed the new high pressure switch was good.After pinning out the whole system I came back around to a faulty new high pressure switch.Im guessing our parts quality issues will continue to increase :-(
2002 Lincoln LS 3.9L No Start VIN: 1LNHNM86S1
This one's fixed The fuel pump on pass side was getting hot and pulling hi amps
1993 Mazda RX-7 1.3L Low power VIN: JM1FD3316P
I am still working on this vehicle, the customer is willing to wait. but the guidelines for time force me to close this request now. The OE MAzda Diag info is WEAK at best. I figured out how most of it is intended to work but it would be nice to find more det...
2002 Mazda MPV EX 3.0L power door locks VIN: JM3LW28J52
Well we put the van back together so the customer could drive it over the weekend while we were waiting on the antitheft mod. after we got all the trim and door pnl back together the door locks started working no sure why the coustomer said she would let me kn...
2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5L Mechanical VIN: 1N4AL11D55
I just want to thank everybody who helped me i replaced the expansion valve and all good thanks again and god bless u all
2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8L No Start, no pedle responce VIN: 3N1CB51D95
this one is fixed!!i missed a power at the ecm it was the wire at pin 121 white with a blue tracer...there was no power to that circuit but the fuse was not blown...i found the break under the air box it chafed on the air box and rotted through spliced a ned ...
2004 Subaru Forester XS 2.5L Unknown VIN: JF1SG65685
I found that the left front brake pads were siezed in the caliper bracket, and it couldnt release. I guess, after a long test drive, it heated up and began to hit the rotor, causing the vibration. The odd part, is that when cold, you could not detect a probl...
2004 Subaru Forester XT 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: JF1SG69665
he took it to the dealer the convertor was leaking a little so i said take it there it should be under warrantee thank for your coments when he comes back i will post a fix thake care Trouble codes: 2096 (bank 1 lean).
1999 Toyota Solara SE 3.0L Electronic VIN: 2T1CF22P3X
we tried a used ecm frist, but had the same problem so we went back and rechecked wiring from computer to trans and had found that when we put the valve body back the wire for the sl solenoid had gotten pinched..(( thanks for all the help..)) the next question...
2000 Toyota Camry CE 2.2L connecting rod VIN: 4T1BG22K1Y
Well we want to than you all for the overwhellming responses we received. The customer was actually very understanding to the situation and printing your responses helped him see this was a issue with some other people. I thank God for that because it could ha...
1996 Volkswagen Passat GLS 2.0L monitors not ready VIN: WVWGC83A0T
Finally I got it fixed by replacing the air pump relay, air injection solenoid valve, and an OEM O2 sensor. The solenoid valve was leaking and caused the combi valve open, then it sucks in the air and fooled the O2 sensor. The monitors are a little harder to...
1999 Volvo V70 X/C AWD 2.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: YV1LZ56D2X
Thanks for the quick responses. I figured the fault was in the module and the customer was glad to hear that it "might" be warranty, it's over the 10 year limit by 2 months but the dealer said Volvo "may" help them. I guess it depends on what kind of mood they... Trouble codes: 9150/.
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