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1998 BMW 528i 2.8L hazard switch VIN: WBADD6325W
Hi all you BMW techs, I have two issues with this 528i. The first is more of a question, I noticed when I past this car that the hazard switch was "lit up" even though the car had been sitting for some time, and the key was hanging up on the key rack, is this ...
1987 Chevrolet Astro LT 4.3L radiator/ water pump VIN: 1GNDM15Z2H
I finally finished swapping the 5.7 into my Astrovan. It is a screamer. It just runs hot. I used the V6 water pump and installed a new aluminum radiator with plastic tank from AZ. I used a 16" electric fan. The trans cooler in the radiator was not used, as was...
2001 Chevrolet Impala 3.4L BatteryDrain VIN: 2G1WF55EX1
hey techs i need a little guidence. this car was brought to us with battery going dead after car sits overnight. found battery weak (according to load tests), replaced battery but i had a 1.2amp draw. i found the stereo amplifier pulling .8 amps (ok good) but ...
2005 Chevrolet Aveo LS 1.6L Lighting VIN: 1GHFDEK059
So my daughter calls from collage saying all of the sudden she has no low beam headlites,only high beams work and all other lites work .i told her to have the bulbs changed cause it might be that. but if thats not the fix what should i look for, anyone in on t...
1996 Dodge Avenger ES 2.5L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 4B3AU52NXT
Have a re-occuring PO300 with no drivability concern. IAT 170f or above. Hooked up a pressure guage between the back pressure transducer port and egr valve. In Park, no load, 2000 rpm, thought I might see 1 pound or slightly above??? for exhaust back pressure,...
2000 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie 5.2L Charging System VIN: 3B7HC13Y7X
Customer brought truck in for a no charging, upon inspection we found alt fuse blown. we then checked the voltage at the alternator and found 46 volts, checked all connections and pcm grounds, replaced pcm with a reman. and replaced alternator. same conditions...
2002 Ford Escape XLS 3.0L Starting VIN: 1FMYU04142
Hello all, customer states after driving about ten miles one day, she pulled up at home, turned the vehicle off and took the key out and the vehicle kept running. After about five minutes, she went to back out of the driveway, put it in reverse and it stalled...
2005 Ford F-350 Super Duty XL 6.0L No Start VIN: 1FTWX31PX5
This vehicle died less then a min after starting and no restart. No codes. Checked High pressure with scan tool and gauge will only build to 175psi after long crank 30-40 seconds- checked base oil psi with gauge removing oil sender will build upto 70 psi after...
1998 Honda Accord EX 2.3L Poor Idle Quality, Stall
Vehicle will intermittently die out, normally at a stop light. Idle is slightly rough... Vac seams low (8 inches) Tested for Vacuum leaks, found none, can also kill motor if blocking off throttle body. Almost seams like it is not getting enough air. Was suspec...
2003 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0L Hesitation, MIL Lamp on VIN: KMHDN45D33
vehicle towed to shop having over-heated badly.No compression in #2,#3 cylinders.Remove inspect cylinder head. Sent out head to resurface.Replaced radiator as this was root-cause of coolant lose-pitted filler neck not allowing radiator cap to seal at cruise sp... Trouble codes: P0340
2004 Infiniti G35 3.5L cooling fan VIN: JNKCV51E04
Can't find info on the auxillary cooling fan. It never comes on. I think the a/c could be a little cooler. When should the fan run?
1998 Jaguar XJ8 4.0L Starter unction VIN: SAJHX1246W
This car needed a new right side heater blower motor. The job was finished yesterday, but the starter will not crank when the key is in the crank position. The dash display lights up when the key is turned on, and all the accessories work, i.e. the radio, the ...
1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0L Misfire VIN: 1J4F67S7XL
Vehicle came in with a misfire only happens sometimes customer said he can turn the vehicle off when it happens and start it again and the misfire go's away check fuel pressure its normal and steady has new cap and rotor and plugs and cap new o2 sensors no cod...
2000 Mercedes-Benz S430 4.3L No Start VIN: WDBNG70J0Y
Customer stated car stall and sometime start back up right away, sometime have to wait couple minutes. I verified the no start but cannot get it to stall. When it act up, the key will not turn in the ignition. Once you get it to turn it will not crank, cooling... Trouble codes: 130 (Can communication disturbed eletronic selector lever module), 132 (Ecm can comm. Or ect implausible), 134 (Can comm. Disturbed-traction control), 135 (Can comm. Disturbed-engine management), 136 (Can comm. Disturbed-electronic ignition system control module), 1875 (Can comm. With other control units installed in this vehicle is not possible)
2002 Mercedes-Benz S430 4.3L Shift interlock VIN: WDB2201652
Customer parked the car in the garage and this morning he could start the car but the car would not shift out of park. We wished to tow the car back to workshop but we were not sure how to release the shift interlock. We hoped some guru could help, thank you! ...
1992 Mitsubishi Galant LS 2.0L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge VIN: JA3CR56V2N
Hello techs. Vehicle hesitates under load. checked codes, gives a flash of 13, 25 which is the intake air temp. sensor, and barometric pressure sensor. Checked air temp. sensor- good... No barometric sensor found... It does have a exhuast leak after the oxygen...
2002 Nissan Altima SE 3.5L comp VIN: 1N4BL11E82
Guy's this is so over complicated and can't find values in alldata for how the thermal amp works. There are 3 wires 1}12v 2}signal from head control 3} to bcm What should I have from head to thermal and also does thermal send ground to bcm? Cause when I groun...
1969 Pontiac Firebird 350 5.7L camshaft
Noticed upon camshaft removale that the camshaft lobes dont line up in the center of lifter bores. Lifters do make full contact with cam lobes but not in the center of lifter.The cam end play is normal,the new cam shaft is fits the sane way.Does any one know i...
2000 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWSA29M7Y
One of you VW guys show me the error of my ways. 2000 Jetta sets P0171. Smoke checked it thoroughly a week ago, nothing found. Fuel pressure was good, MAF Grams per second didn't come up to where it should be (measured about 2.5 at idle, 6 at 2500 in the shop,... Trouble codes: P0171 (System Lean)
2001 Volvo S40 1.9L timming belt VIN: YV1VS29591
came with broken timing belt, bent all valves, replaced valves, installed timing belt according to alldata. tick marks up on crank shaft, also line on side of balancer. cam marks up with slots straight across on back of cams. crank it and have very poor compre...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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2003 Acura TL 3.2L Torque converter VIN: 19UUA56673
I have shared the responses with the customer and he hasn't committed to transmission replacement yet. Customer has been driving vehicle without any problems other than the check engine light on. He is leaning toward transmission replacement but is considering...
1990 Chevrolet K1500 Silverado 5.7L Water pump VIN: 2GTEK19K5M
Thanks for all the input, was waiting to close to be sure it was actually fixed. I am thinking that the root cause was most likely the fan clutch assembly getting hot causing the pump hub to expand and come off. I replaced everything including the clutch and s...
2007 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD LT 6.0L rotors VIN: 1GBJC34K07
First thanks to everyone who answered this request and tried to help. We really appreciate it. The rear parking brakes were not the problem. What had happened is that the inner oil seal on the bearing was stuck at the end of the axle. In other words the seal...
2003 Lexus RX300 3.0L abs VIN: JTJHF10U93
I would like to thank all that replied. first let me exlpain how I got bit. first thing we checked was the rear abs sensors & tone rings. found no problems. it appears that when we removed the rear wheelspeed sensors with all the rust we must have cracked the ...
1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse 2.0L No Start, Stall VIN: 4A3AK34Y6T
ok this is fixed,first i want to thank all all replied,second believe what your mechanic tells you. the problem was the intake cam timing was off 5 teeth. reset cam timing and car runs like a bat out of hell. again thanks to everyone for their help.
1998 Oldsmobile Bravada 4.3L Lighting VIN: 1G2WERF8NH
Thanks to all the fix was a shorted headlite switch.
2007 Saturn Aura XR 3.6L No Start VIN: 1G8ZV57717
Well as Dan suggested i removed the upstream o2 sensors and the car would crank and run. This car was still under warranty so the customer decided to send it back to the dealer for repairs after we discussed the price of the parts. Thanks again for all the hel...
2006 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5 2.5L Temp VIN: 3VWRW31C56
customer has not returned with vehicle to inspect connector/wiring for poor connections at ect sensor.When vehicle was initially inspected-driven with scan tool connected-ect temp readings were not abnormal.
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