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1998 Lexus LS400 4.0L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: JTHBH28FXW
Need Toyota/Lexus gurus help. This one has stumped me. This vehicle came in previously with an alternator dead. The lady said the mil was on before we changed the alternator but the battery was dead and checked out with a dead cell. The next day she came back ... Trouble codes: P1351 (VVT Circuit range/Performance problem Bank2), P1354 (VVT System Malfunction), P0300 (random misfire), P0302 (misfire cyl2), P0304 (misfire cyl4), P0306 (misfire cyl6 and p0308 misfire cyl8)
1993 Nissan D21 2.4L battery light VIN: JN6SD11SXP
Thanks in advance guys. Came in with the battery light on and a 3 amp current draw when the key is in off position (and when removed and vehicle locked up), not suprisingly customer concern was flat battery. Strange thing is that the light goes off when the ke...
1985 Toyota Corolla LE 1.6L power steering pump VIN: FT2AE82E0F
Hi, if anyone can give me clues to be free from headache, I will appreciate it. This 85 toyota has a hard steering problem. I check any binding in suspension parts and steering parts, but those are looks O.K.. I checked fluid pressuer by finger touching. I fel...
1988 Toyota MR2 Super Charged 1.6L No Start VIN: JT2AW16J5J
I received this car with a no start concern. I have spark with no injector pulse. It will start with the cold start injector and run for a few seconds. I have checked all grounds into the ECU and all B+ into ECU. Also checked for proper voltage. I have back pr...
1993 Toyota Pickup SR5 3.0L overdrive VIN: JT4VN13G7P
When this vehicle is cold it has no overdrive - normal. BUT when it warms up the overdrive will not engauge unless you pull over and let the transmission shift down. Then overdrive will work fine. Any help would be appreciated.
1997 Toyota RAV4 2.0L oil pump VIN: JT3HP10V5V
Good morning- have this 97 rav 4 with 2.0, customer originally came in with an oil light on on cold start up for 8-10 seconds(no mention of noise)we replaced oil filter and she stated that part was fixed, brings car in 3 weeks later for maint (lof)and a noise ...
2004 Toyota Highlander 3.3L Transmission VIN: JTEEP21A54
When you approach a stop, you hear a "thunk" noise just prior to stopping. Sometimes, the vehicle actually lunges forward like you have been hit in the rear. No codes come up
2005 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.3L brake pedal VIN: 5TDZA22C55
Hello, I have this Sienna that came in where the customer complaint is that a ping type noise is coming from the brake pedal area when your foot is let off of the brake pedal, I did hear it a couple of times, it sounded like a spring noise, I checked the sprin...
2008 Toyota Camry 2.4L Electronic VIN: 4T1BE46K98
we have a camry with a code po793 counter shaft speed sensor problem, it ohms out at .690 as well as the turbine sensor which is working ok, we also lab scoped the counter sensor and it seems to have a good wave to it, by itself, however the turbine sensor has...

Fixes & Summaries for Asian
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2001 Acura MDX 3.5L awd VIN: 2HNYD18681
Thanks everyone for all your help. I did a valve adjustement, and the vehicle runs great with no more trouble codes, including the VTM-4 malfunction. Again, thanks for all the help.
2005 Honda Pilot EX 3.5L cannot remove key VIN: 2HKYF18186
Thanks for all the replies. The FIX was the Mechanism in the column for the key lock... Pain in the rear job - but truck has been fixed and hasnt returned. Thanks again
2002 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0L misfire VIN: KMHDN45D32
Thanks everyone who responded. I smoke tested the intake and sure enough, the intake gasket in between cylinders 3 and 4 was torn in half. Replaced with OEM gasket, car runs perfect. Again thanks everyone for your help, You guys saved me on this one. I haven't...
2007 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7L MIL Lamp on, fuel gauge only half VIN: 5NMSG73D37
This beast is fixed!! Thanks to all that replied. We were aware of Hyundai site and did consult. Thanks to Robert & Richard for mentioning so that all are aware of this resource. We did check for recalls...Chris..but none issued for this vehicle. On the Hyunda... Trouble codes: P0463, P2068.
1999 Infiniti QX4 3.3L 1-2 shift VIN: JNRAR05Y4X
Sorry for the delay in closing. I removed and cleaned accumulator pistons and bores, re-assembled valve body, installed new filter and filled with max life atf which is compatible with nissan matic 'd'. It now shifts great. Pressures are within spec except the...
2000 Mazda Millenia S 2.3L No Start VIN: JM1TA2222Y
Finally figured it out! So I sold the customer a few coils because I could feel a dead misfire when brake torquing the engine. After the misfire was taken care of, the car would still idle really rough after acceleration. If I was to load the engine at idle... Trouble codes: P1250 (PRC solenoid valve circuit malfunction).
2001 Mazda Tribute DX 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 4F2UU07B71
Customer decided to take the car to the dealer to see what they could come up with - have yet to hear the outcome but will keep you all posted - thanks for the help. -Steve Trouble codes: P0453.
2002 Mitsubishi Lancer OZ Rally 2.0L monitors not saved VIN: JA3AJ86EX2
Well one of you good guys sent me in the right direction by checking the KAM powers and grounds to the PCM after I ripped out the hack stereo job. I found TSB-02-13-008 that directly relates to this problem and it was only for this Y/M/M vehicle. It actuall... Trouble codes: P0501, P0421 (cat efficiency gone now).
2000 Nissan Pathfinder SE 3.3L Poor Idle Quality, Stall, Misfire VIN: JN8AR07S7Y
Thanks, everyone for the valuable information. Chris, Kenneth, Andrew, and Ross nailed it. The vehicle finally screwed up again. The reman distributor was junk, Went to the junkyard and found one that appeared original, and it is fixed. Sometimes it is hard to...
2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6L heater assembly VIN: 1N6AA07B04
First,thanks to the 3 who replied. It seems to be fixed. One reply was to basically check/recheck the doors themselves;one said to check for a ground left loose/disconnected;the other reply was to check sensor inputs & other electrical,some of which I was unab...
2006 Scion xB 1.5L Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: JTLK732476
It was hard to get to the bottom of this due to the fact that the problem was so intermittent. After we were able to spend a lot more time on it the vehicle started to run fine. The owner of the cab company opted to have us install an O2 sensor due to the co... Trouble codes: P0138 (Heated O2 Sensor B1S2 Circuit Malfunction), P0171 (System Lean Bank 1), P0441 (Evap Control Incorrect Purge Flow).
2003 Toyota Corolla S 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2T1BR32E13
I replaced the psi sensor on the fuel tank. That took care of the evap psi code. I cleaned the throtle plate and the idle was beter but still low. I cleaned the idle valve best as possible with it still on the vehicle, and now have a high idle. I suspect the... Trouble codes: P0450, P0451, P0300, P0301, P0302, P0303.
2008 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5L Rear HVAC VIN: 5TDZK23C18
Sorry guys but I could not figure out why I had very little coolant flow through the engine. My guess is this vehicle will overheat in the summer months. Although I couldn't prove it there could have been some restriction introduced into the engine when it w...
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