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1999 BMW 328i 2.8L No Start VIN: WBAAM5331X
Customer said vehicle had been sitting for a while. Decided to bring the vehicle in for repairs. Cluster shows that the gear is in "S1" When i change the gears, it still shows "S1" on all the gears levels (P,R,N..) I tried unhooking the Cable from the transmis...
2000 BMW 328Ci 2.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: WBABM3345Y
car came in w/this codes and some gas cap codes,when start big clouds of smoke came out of exaust ,the car don't seem to missfire but the light is on , Trouble codes: 104 (control vanos exaust), 106 (control vanos exaust), 238 (misfire cyl1), 242 (misfire cyl5), 241 (misfire cyl4)
2001 Chevrolet Impala 3.8L No Start
This is one of those cars that has me unable to stop thinking about it. Many hours w/ myself and my tech. spent to no avail. Though i have many test results, at the moment, the one that has me most perplexed is the absence of the 3x signal from the ICM to the ...
2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.3L wont set evapmonitor VIN: 1GCEC14X65
Weve replaced these parts on it to begin with and now when we do the drive cycle it wont set the evap monitor ready it sets all the other monitors but the evap is the only one that doesnt set. We have done the drive cycle many times and we still cant get it re...
1993 Dodge Intrepid 3.5L Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out VIN: 2B3ED56F9P
We have this 93 Dodge Intrepid that after it warms up, and you're driving along, there will be a sudden momentary loss of power then low power for about 20 to 25 seconds. The speedometer will drop out, a DTC 12 will set and the MIL will light. If you turn off ... Trouble codes: 12 (Battery disconnect)
2006 Dodge Motorhome .0L Fuel delivery VIN: 1RS4246474
The engine does not appear to have any codes stored. There is no fuel at the fuel rail when cranking. Upon removing the top fitting at the Gear driven fuel pump on the front of the engine (a squeeze and pull off fitting) and cranking the engine there is no fue...
1995 Ford F-150 XLT 5.8L drivetrain VIN: 1FTEF14H5S
i have a 1995 ford f 150 4x4, auto, that has a bad vibration at 42 to 50 mph, as stated i have replaced the tires, rebalanced them several times, tryed another set of tires an wheels, had both drive lines balanced, i have gone so far as to get the truck up to ...
1997 Ford F-350 XLT 7.3L No Start VIN: 1FDKF38F7V
This is a 1997 f-350 7.3 diesel. Truck is hard starting first start in the a.m. Checked all 8 glow plugs they ranged from 0.5 ohms- 1.5ohms. Ckecked glow plug relay its working less then 1 volt voltage drop. Icp is 600psi within 1 second of cranking. checked f...
2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L p0340 VIN: 1FAFP53U1Y
During housing replacement engine was moved.How do I set TDC with no timing marks that I can find???My stupidity for moving engine now I must make it right.Any sugestions?
2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7L Surge, Cuts out VIN: 1HGES26781
after 20 + miles of driving the vehicles tach drops then resumes to normal. the green pass key illuminates when this happens. customer states vehicle actually dies completely then re-starts with no problem. i have done alot of ign. switches on hondas with simu...
2003 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7L ABS light VIN: 1J4GL58K03
Hi Everyone and thanks for reading. Customer complaint ABS light on. NOTE this vehicle is not equipped with ABS. I realized this later on. ABS light does a bulb check and goes out at start up. Approximately 6 seconds later comes back on steady. Check for co...
2004 Mazda 3 S 2.3L RF suspension VIN: JM1BK34374
Car seems to bottom out under ripple type bumps in road. Ball joint, links/bushings tight. Engine/trans mounts tight not collasped. Control arm bushings appear to be good. Sub frame bolts/bushings tight. Please help. Any ideas?? Spring is not broken either.
2005 Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor 1.8L Cylinder head VIN: WDBRF40J55
There is what looks like a cover on the back of the head for the cam. Is this something to do with the variable valve timing? Have you guys seen these leak before? Can it be resealed easily without any special tools? What are your guys' thoughts. Thanks.
1991 Mercury Tracer 1.9L overdrive VIN: 3MAPM15JXM
The car shifts down out of overdrive intermittently. When this happens 99% of the time you cannot get it back into overdrive without shutting the car down, tho this is no guarentee. It is worse in colder weather, being in New England this is an issue. Nothing ...
2001 Nissan Sentra GXE 1.8L Cuts out, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3N1CB51D01
Hello, everyone. I have 4 cylinder 1.8L with a P0155 bank 2 sensor 1 code. This car has been worked by many other shops and messed around with the oxygen sensor connector. As far as the history to this vehicle all 4 oxygen sensor have been replaced I know that... Trouble codes: P0155
2003 Nissan Pathfinder SE 3.5L Hesitation, MIL Lamp on VIN: JN8DR09X23
Car was towed in would not start , Customer states every few thousand miles car would be hard to start sometimes only Idle and would not accelerate . Disconnected battery an reconect , Then would run fine . This issue got more and more frequent , so this time ... Trouble codes: P1122
2006 Nissan Armada LE 5.6L abs,master cyl VIN: 5N1AA08B26
drive along and sometimes brake pedal is hard to press down like bas brake booaster,some times pedal goes to floor and chatters on stopping.
1994 Pontiac Bonneville SE 3.8L Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out VIN: 1G2HX52L1R
the vech will buck under hard accel 2500 rpm and up but will not rev up over 4000.feels like ign is cutting off and on, almost like fuel related but recovers instantly plus pressure and volume tests fine, will recover instantly after letting off pedal. mild ac... Trouble codes: 42 (cam sensor fault), 43 (crank sensor fault)
2006 Pontiac G6 3.5L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G2ZG55876
Hello techs, I’m looking for some help in confirming a diagnosis. Customer stops for fuel and car will not restart. Customer states no previous problems but they “knew they needed a battery". Gets a jump start, car starts but has no power, display reads “vehic... Trouble codes: U0107 (Loss of comunication between TAC and ECU)
2002 Saturn LW200 2.2L insrument panel VIN: 1G8JU84F62
customer came in and stated insrument panel did not iluminate. dimmer switch was missing. customer stated bulbs worked even with the absense of the dimmer switch and all bulbs went out at one time. the ilumination of the ipc is controlled by the bcm and is pwm...
2003 Saturn Vue 3.0L engine VIN: 56ZCZ63B93
Tested oil psi and found running at 60 to 70 top end of engine noise no oil. Pulled oil cap of and head is bone dry. No lower end noise. As far as I know head gaskets were not changed. Engine runs good other then oil problem.
1998 Subaru Forester L 2.5L rear wheel
Good morning all IATN.I have a problem with this Subaru which we could not figure out what the cause yet.Customer brought car in for a clicking type noise can be heard when applied brake.After a few test drive with a Tech seating in the back.We determine the n...
1998 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L No Start VIN: 3VWRF81HOW
This car came running just fine, We recommended a timing belt and Ignition switch and glow plugs. I have changed the ign switch on this one(ain't easy) first, and it started right up and drove to the next bay where I began changing the glow plugs. I changed th... Trouble codes: P0380, P0605, P1550
2005 Volvo S40 T5 2.5L Head Gasket VIN: YV1MS68284
I am trying to figure out how to adjust the valve lash and what the lash should be. I have checked Mitchell and all my other resources and have come up empty. I called the Volvo dealer and they are less than helpful. Can someone let me know what I need to do.

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1998 Acura CL 3.0L Mechanical VIN: 19UYA2257W
Hey Guys Thanks for all the help. I knew all that about setting it back up leak testing. I just hope one of you had seen it before. The hydraulic tensioner blew a seal. Yes it is an interference motor. Yes it bent valves I'm sure. Waiting on new tensioner be h...
2003 BMW X5 3.0i 3.0L a/c compressor VIN: 5UXFA53593
I would like to thank all who have responded to my help request. All who responded suggested that the compressor was pretty much history. I was able to determine through the help of Carter [...] that turning the clutch hub reveiled very little if at all "no" ...
1954 Buick Super 322CID converter VIN: A401765200
ok,i pulled the "valve body"and checked it,found restricter is just a smaller hole in the"servo body",took the pressure regulator apart and rechecked it,no problem found,put it back together and refilled,worked like it was supposed to,let it sit over the weeke...
2002 Buick LeSabre Limited 3.8L TCC lockup VIN: 1G4HP54K12
2002 Buick Rendezvous CX 3.4L Alarm Activation VIN: 3G5DB03E22
I reprogrammed the customers key fob. He did have another key fob but said he lost it somewhere in the house. (I picture a book sitting on top of it compressing the panic button sometimes). the customer lives next door to me and I ddn't hear the alarm go off s...
2004 Buick Regal GS 3.8L Starting VIN: 2G4WB52K84
Just again want to thank you for all the replies. This just got uglier as time went on. Agreed with all of you this was an ignition switch gone bad, after accessing the switch found the wire to tumbler assembly not hooked up. Seems that someone had soldered a ...
1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L 1-2 shift solenoids VIN: 1GCEK19T6X
Yes this vehicle is fixed. Sorry it took so long to get back. I first put a Ignition switch in it and then a PRND321 switch and let my customer have it. He drove it for couple of weeks and told me other day all is good. Thanks to all who replied.
1999 Chevrolet S10 LS 4.3L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1GCCS19X6X
Thanks for all the replies. I checked the computer connections and the ign switch and didn't see anything amiss so I drove it for about 75 miles and got the p0339 crank signal intermittant code. I replaced the crank sensor and drove it 45 miles and released th...
2001 Chevrolet Venture LS 3.4L cyl#1 VIN: 1GNDX13E01
Well the bad news is, Kennith [...] was right! Thanks Ken,and all who replied. Many posts thought it was valve timing in cyl.# 1 due to cam lobe movement/offset. Come to figure out that my #2 tech must have placed a long pushrod on the #1 intake valve and trie...
2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer LT 4.2L 2-1 downshift VIN: 1GNDT13S26
hi guys, thanks for your input. my gut feeling was to replace e.p.c., but i tested it with tran x 2000 and vantage and it showed to be normal. i removed pressure manifold switch, cleaned the screens with brake cleaner and gently air dried. reset all adaptives...
2001 Dodge Ram 3500 Truck 5.9L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Stall VIN: 2B5WB35Z21
Thanks for all the suggestions, we followed up on all of them. Had another donor vehicle to compare readings and to swap known good sensors even though scanner data showed them to be functioning correctly.No sensor swaps helped. The crankcase vacuum test s...
2003 Ford Escape XLT 3.0L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1FMYU03193
This was a real shot in the dark. I received a few replies, ECM relay was one suggestion, however after a few days of driving, with no symptoms, we simply returned the car to the owner and she will contact us if problem persists.
2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty XL 6.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTEW25SJ4
I finally got this veh. back in it had no drivability symptoms just the P0171. I re-replaced the B1S1 aftermarket(bosch)O2 sensor that the other shop prev. replaced, re-set the KAM and went on an extensive test drive with the customer. The B1 & B2 fuel trims n... Trouble codes: P0171 (FUEL SYSTEM Lean bank 1), P0720 (output speed sensor circuit fault), P0722 (output speed sensor no signal).
2000 Lincoln LS 3.9L Cooling fan operation VIN: 1LNHM87A0Y
Sorry for the late response. We checked the water pump as suggested and was in good shape, bled system a few times, to no avail. We suggested the hydraulic module and sensor to the customer that operates the fans, they decided not to fix and sell the car. W...
1992 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0L transmission VIN: JN1EJ01FXN
Thank you to those of you who replied. Besides the transmission problem, there was another problem we deemed unrelated to the transmission. The brake warning light and the charging warning light on the dash were on. There was one fuse in the underdash fuse pan...
1982 Porsche 911 SC 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation VIN: WP0EA0915D
First of all, Thank you guys for fast replay and good info. With fuel system cleaner in the tank, ran engine for 10 hours. Now it run great. But still has a little bit of hesitation on cold start for 10 second. recommend accumulator replacement to customer but...
2002 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: JTDBF30K32
got sugestions thap p0156 was a heater code. lots of sugestions to ck fusews + cking wiring also to ck if we were on correct bank.=1 to ck grounds near engine lift hook -- all wewe clean + tight== code 0156 is a sensor code (voltage stays above .7volts o... Trouble codes: P0156.
2006 Toyota Sienna Limited 3.3L Shift VIN: 5TDZA22C06
Thanks for all the replies. I took off the cooler lines which go from the transmission, to check if the pump was working. Comes out to be that the pump was not working properly. Replaced the pump and seems to be working fine. -RAC-
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