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Help Request Answers
1998 Buick Regal GS 3.8L Stall VIN: 2G4WB52K7W
thanks for all the help, this is more of an inquiry than anything else, 98 regal 3.8 liter motor. everytime you turn on the turn signals, any direction the vehicle loses power and stalls out. tried hitting the hazards they operate correctly, no change to the s...
1991 Chevrolet Astro 4.3L fadeing pedal new master VIN: 1GNDM15ZXM
fading pedal new master cyl installed
2003 Chevrolet Astro 4.3L Battery VIN: 1GNDM19X83
This van came to me with erratic volt gauge readings and a battery that had to be jumped off to start. Battery failed load test so we replaced. With good battery in place we checked charging system and saw only 8 amps. we replaced alternator with new a\c delco...
2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L temp controls VIN: 2GCEK13T95
codes b0414 b0424 b3770 b0418. This truck came in with blower problems and no controls. the blower problem is a melted connector on the blower motor resistor. TSB is on that. the other problems are the controls, none of them work. Since there is no real inform...
2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck ST 4.7L Excessive Emissions, Cuts out, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1D7HA18N96
hey guys, got this dodge pick up that a friend of mine has in his shop. customer was having problems with it and decided to fix it himself. he was having misfire and hesitation issues with it and decided to throw new plugs and all new coils at it. my friends s... Trouble codes: P0307, P0131, P0132, P0300
2004 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L Front driveline VIN: 1FMZU73K04
Shutter in front driveline when engaged 4x4. Tsb said to mesure tires that is withen spec.Replaced the transfer case and front shaft. Please HELP Thanks in advance Steve
1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST 2.0L white smoke VIN: 4A3AX5514W
this vehicle has been a total nightmare!!! it has been at my shop for over a month. anyways, i really need some help here... initial COMPLAINT: failed visible smoke test for smog, not sure if it passed emissions. vehicle runs good. all tests listed above has b...
2002 Toyota Tacoma DLX 3.4L engine starting VIN: 5TEWN72N22
Here's a good one for Toyota technicians. 4 weeks ago the vehicle began cranking for extended periods of time, (usually 10 seconds or more), but would not fire. After a couple times cranking over it would eventually start and the engine check light came on wit...
2004 Toyota Prius 1.5L park
O.K. I'm doing what I generally criticize others for doing-posting a problem I have not experienced-but this owner is quite specific,a skilled communicator and the complaint is safety related.The car has stopped engaging park when the park button is pushed.The...
2000 Volkswagen Beetle GL 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWDD21CXY
hey VW guys I need your came in about a month ago, in limp mode with cel on and would not respond to accelerator at all had code p1557 and code for air flow meter (i do not remember number). I replaced air flow meter, replaced throttle body reset id... Trouble codes: P1559
2001 Volvo C70 2.4L Electronic VIN: YV1NC5D41J
Transmission speed sensor code TCM-0023 and ECM-530d code stored in TCM module,check engine lamp and trans go's into limp home,very intermitten issue. Clean and tighten related pins,pull both speed sensors and inspected. Replaced ABS controller. Install lastes...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
Fix/Summary Answers
2002 Audi TT Quattro 1.8L AWD/Haldex VIN: TRUWT28N12
Tried changing fluid and running in tight circles as recommended...already had checked tire circumference (OK) ... recommended a Haldex control unit as pressure Bleed-off valve appears to be part of the control unit. Cusatomer declined additional repairs at th...
1993 Chevrolet Caprice Classic 5.0L Excessive Emissions VIN: 1G1BL53EXP
Ignition timing and carbon build up were the root cause of the high HC in this engine. To review; The car failed smog inspection as a gross polluter and the EGR failed functional test. I replaced the EGR valve and it functioned properly. I replaced the O2 du...
1996 Chevrolet Camaro 3.8L dome lights also VIN: 2G1FP22K2T
Sorry, guys, I did not fix this vehicle. The customer would not pay for a new Body Control Module. Some suggested I could use a used unit if I could get the key from the junk vehicle and have keys made with the current mechanical key code and the new resistanc...
1998 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3L 4wd VIN: 1GNDT13W2W
Thanks to all that responded. We didnt realize how precise the tire circumference had to be. We installed 4 new tires of same size and problem solved. Once again thank you. Jerry [...]
1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L Transfer Case VIN: 2GCEK19T7X
First of all I would like to Thank everyone who took the time to read my help request!! This one is Fixed. As far as the responses go, the tires were brand new-all 4. The gear ratios appear to be correct. I ran it on the hoist, no binding. The front diff...
2005 Chevrolet Colorado Sport 3.5L Starting VIN: 1GCCS14895
replaced ignition switch time will tell so far so good
1998 Chrysler Town & Country (Van) LXi 3.8L cluster VIN: 1C4GP64L4W
Well guy's, in my frist steps, I found no cluster operation, I had 2sec key on power to inj's, the cam an ckp sensors had their 9v's, Had start signal to relay from key. With key in the on position and jumping the start relay vehicle still did not start. I jus...
2002 Dodge Stratus SE 2.4L no gear engagement VIN: 1B3EL36X12
It seems most were right on about the pump and lack of pressure. I tested pressure at all ports and found little to none indicating failed pump. I tried convincing owner to go with rebuilt unit at this point but service was refused. Thanks to everyone who resp...
2002 Ford Windstar SE 3.8L Warning lights VIN: 2FM3TH9042
Well another example of a customer being all gung-ho to get a vehicle fixed while its at the shop, but not willing to return to get it looked at again. Customer said he would return in few days, but didn't. Sorry I couln't share more info, will keep you post...
2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty King Ranch 6.0L No Start VIN: 1FTNW21P94
Thanks for all of the replies. I was involved with an initial fleet purchase of 134 of the 2003 6.0L Super Duty so I didn't want to be whipped by this one. It turned out that the CMPO pin had pulled back from a connector on the FICM when we replaced it. From ... Trouble codes: P1379 (hficm supply voltage high), P0381 (glow plug indicator), P0284 (cyl 8 contribution/balance), P0231.
2002 Honda Accord EX 2.3L engine VIN: 1HGCG55632
I received 22(wow) replies. Some suggested BG type stuff. Others said stay away from BG additives, use ATF, Sea foam or Rislone. A few suggested checking pcv system, look for smoke on start up for possible valve guides or seals. Some asked about oil quality an...
2002 Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor 2.3L timing chain VIN: WDBRN47J52
Thank you to everyone that responded. After the post from Kelvin i decided to assemble the thing and start it. The car started right up idles smooth and has plenty of power. also thanks to edgar, and roger about the tensioner. its frustrating trying to fix car...
1997 Mercury Grand Marquis GS 4.6L interior lights VIN: 2MELM74W4V
I was unable to locate exact issue. Driverd door ajar circuit was shrted to ground. Replaced switch and same thing. Ran seperate ground wire for circuit at lcm and things are working properly. Thank you for all your replies.
2004 Subaru Impreza WRX 2.0L No Start, No Communication VIN: JF1GD29694
Thank you to all that responded. I waited to respond so that I could make sure that the customer was happy. This one did turn out to be a bad ECU. Thanks again.
2004 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0L T-belt / valve VIN: 4T1BF28B34
Well I just finished the Toyota Avalon. As I put it back together I tested and checked everything I could. It went together very well. I would like to thank everyone that gave me good, thought out advice. There was never any problem with that cylinder that I p...
2008 Volkswagen R32 3.2L Lighting VIN: WVWKC71K88
THANKS PETER [...]! Just as you said, operation is just a flash to pass feature. Thanks for your help!
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