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1984 BMW 528e 2.7L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Stall, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: WBA0K7305E
What we have here is a head scratcher. I have read thru all replies and tried everything I know. this is an orginal owner car and beautiful. Car sat for about two years with only being started and not driven. Ran fine every time. Long time customer and friend....
2001 BMW 325Ci 2.5L Oil Press/Level Indicator VIN: WBABS33431
This BMW came in with the oil indicator lamp intermittantly on. Sometimes it lights up amber and sometimes it is red. Another shop replaced the single wire oil pressure switch. With the key on and engine off the red oil pressure indicator is illuminated and wh...
1998 Chevrolet K2500 Silverado 5.7L Misfire, RPM High VIN: 1GCGK24R3W
Customer brought in his truck, said he wanted a tune-up Slight miss, we tune it up The slight miss is still there..Scanner says misfire on Cyl 4..Swapped plugs, wires, rechecked cap even tried another pickup coil, ignition module.. At idle the truck s...
2003 Dodge Ram 2500 Truck 5.9L Surge VIN: 3D7KU28C23
Hey guys and gals, My customer came in with a surge complaint.With the cruise set between 55 and 65 mph.On test drive,it was felt.Could not see any change in tach,or speedo.But could see the tps voltage move up and down,at 1.01 volts to 1.12..Is there a known...
2002 Ford Focus ZTS 2.0L Wheel Bearing VIN: 1FAFP38X2W
Vehicle came in about a month ago with noisey rr bearing. Upon removal, found spindle gouged badly and replaced. Customer says bearing is still loose. Replaced bearing again and the following week one more time with a different brand. Wheel still feels loose. ...
2004 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4L Mechanical VIN: 1FTRX12W54
hey i'm posting here just to make sure about what this truck is doing,came on the hook with no forward and the owner complaint that the check engine light came on while he's trying to make the truck move.scanned and found codes p0720 and p0722 for the output s...
2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0L No Start VIN: 1FMYU931X5
The vehicle died on the way to work and would not start but cranks ok, towed over, checked for fuel and spark,fuel is good pressure is at 45psi and injector pulse is good found no spark at coils found bad driver circuit on #4 coil 4v on circuit with key on che...
1994 Honda Civic EX 1.6L No Start VIN: 2HGEJ1120R
Vehicle was towed in with a crank, no start complaint. Went into the car to start it in the morning and started fine w/o any problems. There are no codes in the ECU memory and data looks normal. The vehicle has a new OEM FI main relay (customer had it replaced...
2002 Honda Accord EX 2.3L Oil Pump VIN: 1HGCG56442
This car came in for a routine timing belt. The oil pump housing was leaking so I pulled it to replace the gasket, The oil pump also drives the balance shaft which has to be timed. My problem is that the oil pump gear and the balance shaft gears do not have al...
1999 Infiniti I30 T 3.0L Airbag Light VIN: JNKCA21A3X
Thanks for your help on this one. Have not run into this before with a Nissan product. I have replaced the bags, belts, and module and cannot get the module to go into diagnostic mode using the method of pushing the door light switch. Also, the airbag light st...
2004 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7L Mechanical VIN: 1J4GL48K74
Thank you - For your time and any help you can offer. My shop had burned to the ground last November a year ago. And we lost much of everything. We needed a 4 wh drive vehicle to get in and out ... and have been working to get this one going. Snow is dropping...
1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 2.8L Fit & Finish VIN: 1110241200
We are looking for places that have parts for these old cars, we don't normally work on them? We are looking for a foot operated window washer pump for this car or repair kit? We are also looking for an emergency switch installation nut for the wood dash. Than...
1989 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WDBCA2505K
1989 300sel cust. compliant is while driving vehicle loses power steps on gas and gets no response but notices economy gauge does move..i verified complaint when driving down the road and eng. warms up it begins to stumble (run rough) feels like when i acceler...
1994 Mercedes-Benz C280 2.8L No Start, Poor Idle Quality VIN: WDBHA28E7R
Please help me asap Thanks so much Trouble codes: 22 (Isc ea emergency mode this code is on ecm), 09 (Module N4/3 this code sets on the ea isc system)
2006 Mercury Mariner Premier 3.0L 4wd drive VIN: 4M2YU57196
Came in with a service 4wd light flashing 10 times and DTC p1825 4wd clutch relay open circuit. I checked the fuses #35 and #10 good voltage at both pulled fuses looking for burn marks anything, all looked good. Pulled consol and, 4wd module. I checked voltage...
2004 Nissan Murano SE 3.5L wont move VIN: JN8AZ08W34
A weird one here. This murano has no movement in any gear. when you put it in drive or reverse it just sits, I can feel it go into gear but when you give it gas, it wants to go but doesn't, the rpms just sit at idle. when put in neutral or park and floor it, t...
2005 Nissan 350Z 3.5L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: JN1AZ34055
I need help in a big way on this Nissan - customer brought this in with an obvious misfire and a relatively easy fix (I thought). SES light was on/flashing with a DTC P0300 but no specific cylinder. I road tested the car and rechecked codes and found a P0306 s... Trouble codes: P0300 (multiple cylinder misfires), P0306 (6 cylinder misfire)
2001 Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G3GS64C91
Hello everyone this my first time asking fro help. I just competed my first month of operation. I have been a tech for twenty years(mostly German). I took over a four bay shop that has been in business since 1964. Everything is going well. Thanks in advance fo... Trouble codes: P0106, P1599
2001 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.8L cylinder head VIN: 3VWSG29M21
Hello VW We worked on the cooling system on this car, customer picked it up and drove it for about 100 miles, the radiator drain faucet opened up, while she was driving on the freeway, lost all the coolant and the engine overheated, now we have water in the cy...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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1996 BMW 328i 2.8L No Start VIN: 4USCD2321T
The fix is going to be a new lock cylinder and key/s from BMW. It was revealed that the whole housing the lock cylinder fits in had been replaced using used parts. Apparently there is a small difference in the early 96 lock cylinders vs. the later 96 lock cyli...
2001 BMW X5 4.4i 4.4L Shift select light VIN: WBAFB33521
Quite a few people hit it right on the head! The shift indicator light on these vehicles is suppose to stay on all of the never rest!
2003 Buick Regal GS 3.8L started door locks gauges VIN: 2G4WF52153
come to find out a detail gut had just detaild this car and for some reason took the fuse panel cove r off he had gotton all the relays wet after i dried he fuse box out and changed the releys the car started and runned fine thanks guys
1996 Chevrolet Corvette 5.7L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1G1YY22P2T
I am currently shifting to work on other cars right now. when I get back to it I will post a fix, Ive been thinking the same as the otherguy about the distributor, but if you have seen how hard it is to replace one on these motors, you would know why Im askin...
2002 Chevrolet Venture LS 3.4L Anti Theft VIN: 1GNDX13E42
I would like to thank everyone for your help. I did not choose to replace the IPC based on what Mitchell On Demand concluded. I went back to the basics and started checking inputs and outputs for the PCM. Even though i couldn't find any hard evidence for repla...
2002 Chrysler Intrepid 2.7L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2B3HD46R42
Found 2 problems #1 fuel inj only ohmed out to 6.85 and negative battery cable end was eaten apart from corrosion high resistance Trouble codes: 201 (inj circuit), 202 (inj circuit), 562 (batt voltage), 700 (trans).
2004 Dodge Durango SLT 5.7L connecting rod VIN: 1D4HB48D84
i want to thank every one for there replies after 2 days and a dozen phone calls with the warranty company they agreed to have the eng replaced they sounded like they did not want to because the rod bearings were ok, they only cover internaly lubericated part...
2002 Ford F-150 XL 5.4L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2FTRX18L52
This one is fixed. I only needed a little confidence with the vent on the IAC. The truck ended up needing a MAF like many of you said. I did end up smoking it one last time before installing the sensor, focusing on the pcv system and only a little smoke cam... Trouble codes: P1131, P1151.
2004 Ford Focus SE 2.3L Crank Sensor VIN: 1FAFP34Z34
I direct scoped out the crank sensor and it worked fine (no signal through OBDII scanner data) determined the PCM was bad. Went to replace it but this car has PATS and I currently do not have flash capabilities so sending it off to the dealer to reflash the P...
2004 Ford F-550 Super Duty XL 6.0L door switch VIN: 1FDAF57P64
When this vehicle came in the customer said this problem had been there for a long time... He came back and said it just started with new cluster-I called the ford dealer and got the As-built data and programed the cluster again with that. fixed all problems...
1995 Honda Prelude Si 2.3L MIL Lamp on
the egr passages are now clean. thanks for everyones help. there is some confusion due to the fact that there are different engine settups. this vehicle was an Si with a 2.3 as opposed to the SH model with a vtech 2.2 .i remove the fuel rail for access and uea...
2002 Hyundai XG350 3.5L power steering VIN: KMHFU45E12
thanks for all the advise i recieved,custumer have no money to install high pressure hose ,so we help disconnect belt for power steering pump,our final view is there is foriegn materials in fluid system,(WHEN I OPEN LINE TO REPLACE PUMP fluid comes out & FILLE...
2003 Mazda Tribute ES 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, High Idle VIN: 4F2CZ06183
Well after long sleepless nights I finally realized my mistake. The vehicle appeared to have a vacuum leak but the smoke test would not reveal it. The reason was, I hooked the smoke machine up at the vacuum port of the PCV Valve. The whole problem was the pcv ... Trouble codes: P0507.
2008 Mazda 6 i 2.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1YVHP80C48
Yes we did condem the abs module as the culprit after more hours of testing, however, the customer declined the replacement cost of the unit from dealer $3000, and declined to have the unit sent too "modulemasters" for rebuilding...he did however return the n... Trouble codes: U, 2023 (network fault Tpms), U0121 (lost comm with abs Pcm), C1119 (Transfer input signal ABS), U1900 (Can Bus Fault Abs), B1318 (Body Mod).
2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 2.0L Cuts out VIN: JA3AH86F33
O.K,This was a strange one but not really expensive.#1 the T.P.S had two dead spots and we change it.#2 after changing the T.P.S. it ran more consistent but still acted like a rev limiter was kicking in at full boost so being impatient I change he plugs to NGK...
2001 Nissan Pathfinder LE 3.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: JN8DR07YX1
Alot of time went into this and second guessed my self which is never good but hopefully it will help someone out in the future. It was all coils, But I did them all three times. Aftermarket Standard, aftermarket world pac Hitchai and FINALLY NISSAN DEALER PAR... Trouble codes: P1320 (Manufacter controlled ignition or misfie detected).
1998 Oldsmobile Regency 3.8L Misfire VIN: 1G3HC53K7W
i had swaped many items in the ignition system but found it to be usless whrn someone mentioned that this was a wast spark system it made me thing maybe there is something to this that when it fired on 1 it was dumping [...] og the block its self changed th... Trouble codes: P0300 (Random cyl miss).
2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8L Vibration VIN: 2T1BR12E31
Received some great replies. Really want to change the remaining transmission mount that supports a good deal of the weight. We are waiting for the customer to return probably after xmas sometime so we can finish up and hopefully get this solved. For now the v...
2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.4L Horn VIN: 1HT34YERDF
I disconnected the horn button from behind the air bag and let the customer drive it for a week or so. The horn never sounded. However I hooked the horn back up at her request and it has been 3 weeks and the horn has not sounded on its own. Possibly the air...
1993 Volvo 850 GLT 2.4L gear position switch connector VIN: YV1LS5510P
The problem is solved! Thanks to all who answered! Once the clips at the cable end are pried away from their catches (mostly when they break off), you need to go into the opposite end with a thin pocket screwdriver and pry the bright blue tab away from its c...
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