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1997 BMW 528i 2.8L left front suspension VIN: WBADD5321V
Have replaced alot of worn out parts on this vehicle. I have a very low speed rattle that presents itself in a forward direction predominatly. Speed at or under 10 km's per hour. With or without brakes appied. Reverse is hard to get a rattle. I would swear it ...
1995 Chevrolet P30 7.4L Stall VIN: 1GPLB37N25
I am working on this Winnebago because the ECM/BAT fuse blows intermittently,usually after 15-30 minutes of driving. Have checked the harness for rubbing at points under the hood and chassis, but no luck. I am a Volvo tech, so any help would be appreciated. Th...
2002 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1L No Start VIN: 1G1ND52J22
This vehicle will have a no-start condition usually after 30 min. drives but it will do it any time it chooses. There is a GM TSB for this symptom (and codes) that has a repair or checking the ground at the transmission to engine case bolt. I installed shake... Trouble codes: U1040, U1000
2006 Chevrolet Express 3500 4.8L accumulator VIN: 1GCHG35V56
Tcc slipping on hills, Set code P0894. Removed trans for insp. and overhaul. Not too much wrong other than 3rd clutch accumulator melted badly, 4th accum piston slightly melted. Do not want to have to redo this trans so any input as to a cause would be appreci...
2001 Chrysler Town & Country (Van) LX 3.3L Mechanical VIN: ZC8GP44G21
This vehical came in with a spongy brake pedal. The first time we blead the brakes. had air in left ft caliper. Came back we replaced the left ft caliper. came back again we replaced the master cylinder. All these times we never found and kind of brake fluid l...
1993 Ford Taurus LX 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Stall VIN: 1FACP57U8P
The idle on this car will be fine when started up but will deteriorate over the period of about 3 minutes till it stalls. The O2 sensors seem to be alive and working, I replaced the maf sensor, it has a new engine temp and is operating well. I cleaned and repl... Trouble codes: 212 (loss of idm to pcm), 332 (insufficient egr flow), 116 (ect range), 189 (rich limit part throttle)
2003 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0L c.v joint VIN: KMHDN45D93
customer came in with a broken axle boot,we replaced the rf cv.axle and ps belt and alt. belt.after we did the repair vehicle started making a noise when turn the steering wheel to the left mainly full lock.and only does it if you give it gas weather you going...
1978 Mercedes-Benz 240D 2.4L Hesitation, NO POWER VIN: 1231231208
Had customer bring in this 1978 Mercedes 240D Diesel with a complaint of "NO POWER". Customer stated that he had started using Bio-Diesel and problem started shortly after that. I am not to sure if the Bio-Diesel would have created any type of driveabilty prob...
2001 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L display defetive lamp warning on VIN: WDBJF65J51
Car came in with left DRL(fog) not working and a complaint of smoke from left side of dash/instrument panel. Upon inspection found lighting module/headlamp switch had shorted due to overheating. Replaced module, 2 connector bodies, and all terminals for both c...
2003 Pontiac Grand Prix SE 3.1L radiator/water jacket VIN: 1G2WK52JX3
Hello Guys! I need an advice in my cituation here. Customer brought in 03 Pontiac Grand Prix with overheating problem. He had stated that he accidently filled radiator with trans fluid (??!) and since then he had water pump replaced and coolant system flushed ...
2008 Pontiac Solstice 2.4L ABS &ecs turned off VIN: 1G2MC35B68
When codes returned after wiring repair, I checked codes tsb's and inspected car areas of interest. No more wiring problems found. Codes are B0081 Passenger presence sys 1 internal electronic malf. B0083 Front end sence 1 shorted to battery(repaired ar hoodhin...
1996 Saturn SW1 1.9L five speed standard transmission VIN: 1G82G8286T
Hello Friends, This 1996 Saturn SW1 1.9 Lt. with a five speed standard transmission. The lady on a rainy day went through a puddle of water, right after that she couldn't shift into second gear.She drove the car to my shop, shifting from first to third gear.W...
2004 Saturn Vue 2.2L cluster VIN: 5GZCZ23D74
Hi, Iatn brothers and sisters. 2004 saturn vue with no lights in speedo or tach needles, dim but visible odometer, no rheostat control of dash illumination. dash lights work, all fuses good. I am visiting a friend, have access to a voltmeter and limited hand t...
2007 Saturn Aura XR 3.6L power loss VIN: 1G8ZV57727
This vehicle belongs to a friend of mine. He had another vehicle at my shop Thursday and was telling me about this problem with his Saturn. He said he was on his way to the airport, in the middle lane of a 3 lane highway, in heavy traffic, the car lost power, ...
1990 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 16-Valve 2.0L Hesitation VIN: WVWTJ21G8L
i haven't work on one of these in years. so old vw guys this ones for you. 90 jetta with 2.0 16v and mechanical fuel injection. under load at low rpms it has no power, like its miss firing. as soon as it hits about [...] it kicks in and has lots of power, u...

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1998 BMW 323is 2.5L No Start VIN: WBABF8321W
thank you all for the help, but unfortunately the customer cannot leave the car long enough for us to diagnose it properly. I found a broken insulation on the cam sensor, so i replaced it with oem, but still had the same problem. When the customer comes back w...
1998 Buick LeSabre Limited 3.8L Unknown VIN: 1G4HP52K8W
well thanks for all the help. I told the customer that it was internal and they decided to replace the trans. Again thanks for all the help. Mike
1998 Cadillac Eldorado ESC 4.6L idle high VIN: 1G6ET1294W
the throttle body gasket was installed backwards wand had an intrnal vacuum leaks Trouble codes: P0507.
2004 Chevrolet Aveo 1.6L Starter VIN: 1J2R345667
Sorry all, this ended up being the timing belt, not the starter. I could not see the crank moving since I was in the car hitting the ignition. Got a helper and was under the car and seen what was happening.
2002 Ford Escape XLT 3.0L Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1FMYU04122
I would like to first thanks all of you who offered help. I believe I fixed this one by replacing the pcm. I hated to replace it without feeling real confident it was the problem. I got many great replies about fuel injectors, pressure regulators, maf senso...
2001 Infiniti QX4 3.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: JNRDR07Y11
Thanks to everyone for the quick replies.I followed Seth's advice and installed a dealer coil on #2, no more engine light, I was glad the iridium plugs were not an issue. Sure is nice to have this site to eliminate guesses . Trouble codes: P1320.
1997 Kia Sportage 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: KNDJA7232V
So the problem here ended up being a bad pcm. Your advice helped confirm that. I wasn't getting consistent 5 volts to my injectors, and they would randomly stop getting a pulse signal altogether. My fuel trims were in the negatives all the time, and would go ... Trouble codes: P0300 (Random/Multiple Misfire), P0301, P0302, P0303 (Cylinder 2 Misfire).
1995 Mazda 626 LX 2.5L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1YVGE22D6S
thanks for all the help. ended up taking to a trans shop had internal falure
1999 Mercedes-Benz ML320 3.2L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 4JGAB54EXX
mass airflow was changed before bringing it to me. turns out the customer got a bad mass airflow. i got one from napa and car will eat the mail now. thanks
2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0L slave cylinder VIN: JN1CA31D6Y
I wrapped the clutch rubber hoses with a fiberglass heat shield. Also, I removed the slave cylinder, took a flat sheet of fiberglass heat shield and totally wrapped the slave cylinder to shield the heat from the head and coolant hose. This actually worked. ...
1991 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Brougham 3.8L No Start VIN: 1GC3W53C6M
The decision has been made to "ship" this car even tho it is not fixed ,ultimately i have:relaced the spark plugs,ohm and flow tested injecters,compression tested all 6 cyls [bet 15-180 on all] swapped in a module from a running car,new ecm,taken t-cover off a...
1992 Pontiac Bonneville SSE 3.8L Control Panel VIN: 1G2HZ52L6N
I followed the advice from the three replies, but none solved the problem. I started over from scratch, followed the Alldata tests for the control module and programmer, which both tested good from the start. Did the component identification test with my Tech ...
1999 Pontiac Grand Am GT 2.4L Excessive Emissions VIN: 1G2NE12T1Y
2004 Saturn Ion-3 2.2L transmission VIN: 1G8AW12F24
Thanks for the help. Unfortunately after talking with the customer and explaining diagnostic charges to look for an electrical problem and/or transmission internal problem, he opted to not go any further with this problem. Sorry I am unable to add any furthe...
2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3L steering VIN: JTEDW21A57
thanks for all responses iwas not able to reset current values with scanner due to vehicle needing a relay for converter this vehicle had to go to dealer however i did learn that my equipment is able to reflash
1998 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0L Factory Alarm VIN: 3VWBB61C5W
Thank you for all the replies, it turned out to be the trunk switch. Thanks to Iatn.
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