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1991 Buick Regal Custom 3.1L Ignition Lock cylinder VIN: 2G4WB51TOM
I need help how to replace ignition lock cylinder in this car that has tilt steering. My Mitchell Repair Info has no useful info on tilt steering option for this car.Do I have to take apart the tilt steering column bearing housing - removing the 2 screws on th...
1994 Cadillac Eldorado 4.6L Fuel leak VIN: 1G6ET1291R
Fuel leaking excessivly,inspected and pinpointed fuel leak to fuel injection rail,rail is plastic and cracked between 2 injectors contacted gm and determined that rail is discontinued gm#[...] contacted vedors across the country and have no luck the 95-97 c...
2003 Cadillac CTS 3.2L Ignition Switch, Windows VIN: 1G6DM57N13
Hello all you cadilac guru got this 2003 cts that the theft light will come on and when it does the ignition won't turn off and the windows quit working. I loss communication with the dim module. It has a code b1004 and u1064. Then after about 15 minutes every...
1999 Chevrolet Blazer 4.3L leak VIN: 1GNDT13W2X
leaking anti freeze and I can not tell where it is coming from even thou I see anti freeze dripping off the bell housing and small amounts around the intake manifold.I can not tell if its the intake manifold or hose coming back from the heater core inside that...
2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GCEK19T6Y
Found two tsb's. One for ECM update to cure throttle body coking problem. Another for intake manifold gasket replacement. I would do either but find no evidence to back up either repair. Cannot find vacuum leak at intake when spraying with carbon cleaner. Fuel...
2001 Chevrolet Impala 3.8L fog lights VIN: 2G1WH55K91
dont work on many chevys but the fog lights are inop . you can get them to work with the red snap on brick in test mode but we pulled the switch out looking at the wiring digram it has a good groung and when you jump the ground to the orange wire to the bcm th...
2003 Chevrolet Suburban 2500 LS 6.0L Control Head VIN: 3GNGK26U63
Hello everyone the bosss wanted me to post this befor he ordered a contol head so here it is What happend on this thing is we reprogrammed the havc modle with updated software but during the process the reprogram made it about half way and then stoped said to ...
1988 Dodge W100 Custom 5.2L start & stall when l VIN: 1B7HW04Y2J
the problem is when i start truck runs until i let off key. has no ballast resistor i thought it was a bad ecm so replaced no luck.didnt think pick up was bad test lite blink ok on coil.havent work on many old dodge pick up could use a little help if your fami...
1993 Dodge Caravan SE 3.3L No Start VIN: 1B4GH44R7P
hello friends, this vehicle will not start, ignition and spark check solid, fuel system has proper psi 40, vehicle cranks strong but will not start unless you spray a little fuel into the intake, then dies out unless you keep spraying a little fuel into the in...
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie 5.2L Misfire VIN: 3B7HF13Y61
I have been working on this issue for a while now and have seen somewhat similar posts to mine but nothing has corrected this problem yet. So any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance. Only after sitting all night, while starting cold, this truc... Trouble codes: P1391, P0305, P0306, P0308
2007 Dodge Caliber SE 2.0L Rear Wiper VIN: 1B3HB28B27
Please i need a dodge dealer tech to get on dealer connect to the configuration menu for this car and enable rear wiper park.right now it is not enabled in the configuration menu.so i can download that into the car,thanks
1976 Ford Mustang II Ghia 2.8L Carb VIN: T234567890
Ok Ford Guys this one is driving my crazy. Came in on flat bed. Simple 2.8L V6 high idle. Engine has very high idle 1200 rpm to 1500rpm can't adjust down. Customer replaced carb a while ago. Car sat for long time. Replaced plugs, Fuel Filter, Checked fuel, Oil...
1997 Ford E-150 Econoline Club Wagon XLT 4.6L Heater VIN: 1FDEE1467V
Van came in no heat, Replace heater core,fittings and Tstat. Still one heater hose hot and one cold. Replaced water pump, Did not appear as impeller was an issue. Had heat fine for 3 days and returns with same symptom. One hose hot and one cold. Flushed system...
1999 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0L Misfire VIN: 1FTZR15X5X
This truck Shakes when your cruzing around 55mph and 1600rpm had a p0304 code untill i did a lower intake gasket now it wont throw the code but it still shakes and misses at an idle and under load now when i incress speed and rpm the shaking goes away or when ... Trouble codes: P0304
1999 Ford F-150 4.2L heating VIN: IFTZF1723X
low heat output. initially had no heat, replaced t-stat, now engine stay's between 198-205. heat output inside building is 125 degrees, has soon as you go down road it drops below 100. upper radiator hose is 185 lower is 80. both heater hoses are 130 and 135. ...
2001 Ford F-350 Super Duty XLT 6.8L Hesitation, Surge VIN: 1FDWX36S71
This truck has the poweraid tb spacer, k&n intake system and a stereo system. thats it. under load and any acceleration over half throttle the whole truck bucks and bogs. customer says been doing this for about 2 weeks. checked fuel pressure ok at 41 psi.no ch...
2001 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4L Surge, Misfire VIN: 1FTRW08L61
This 1 is driving me crazy all of the obvious or common problems have been addressed.I replaced all 8 plugs autolite double platinum,all 8 insulators (boots),induction service,1 coil after the fact.Set of intake gaskets also after the fact.Noticed only once wh... Trouble codes: P0300
2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty XLT 6.0L Excessive Emissions, No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Stall VIN: 1FTWX32P73
This is a truck that has a problem forever, been to the dealer they can't fix problem either. Basically you have to crank and crank holding your foot on the pedal. after about 30 minutes it will start. you have to keep pedal all the way down to then blow out w... Trouble codes: P2290, P2614, P2617
2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty XL 6.8L instument cluster VIN: 1FTNW21SO3
Hello fellow techs, Today I am reaching out for help. i have an F250 V10 automatic that came in blowing fuse f2-45. After inspecting the wiring harness for any damage and doing a wiggle test to try and blow the fuse .I could find no fault there. I checked the ...
2005 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4L Misfire VIN: 1FMFU20545
The vehicle acts up under the same circumstances. About 5 minutes after cold start the engine starts to misfire. On the ngs it shows cylinders 2, 5, 6 and 7 misfiring. I have checked cranking compression on 7 and 5 and both were about 200 psi. Did a cylinder l... Trouble codes: P0307 (Misfire - cylinder 7)
2006 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4L Hesitation, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1FTPWO45X6
Well, i am stumped on this one. This vehicle has a stumble on medium to hard acceleration when vehicle is warmed up. Another shop installed a torque converter thinking it was a lockup issue. Not sure what their reasoning was, but it did not fix the problem. I ... Trouble codes: P0300 (multiple misfire), P0171 (bank 1 lean), P0174 (bank 2 lean), P0330 (bnk 2 knock sensor)
2006 Ford F-350 Super Duty XLT 6.0L alternator VIN: 1FTWW31PO6
A customer has brought us a 2006 f-350 and it originally had an alternator problem where it wouldnt charge. We changed the alternator and later changed the batteries. Over the course of the repair we have put four more alternators on it. We have checked the gr...
2006 Ford Freestyle SEL 3.0L Cam Timing VIN: 1FMDK02136
Car came in barely running w/ loud noise in intake area - R&R plastic intake to check compression - pops back thru intake ports while cranking? Hmmmmm clogged convertor for front cylinders NO - did cam chain jump in front? is there marks short of pulling front...
2006 Honda Pilot LX 3.5L No Start VIN: 2HKYF18436
Car wont start,cranks and occasionally backfire,after extended crank acts like flooded,continue cranking and car fires right up to about 2500rpm and stalls,repeat cranking several times and eventually can get started,even after running until warmed up starts h...
2007 Honda CR-V EX 2.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: JHLRE48517
Check engine light is on, engine runs fine, I have had 4 scan tools hooked to this crv (generic obd11, otc genisys, launch x431, and a ae laptop based scan tool) no communication at all! I have checked powers and grounds at data link connector and all seems ok...
2003 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7L Rear Defoger-Tailights VIN: KMHWF25H23
Car presented with clicking rear defog relay-flashing defog indicator,tailights inop and instument cluster lights inop-if button for wiper mist is depressed while all this is happening tailights will work, instument cluster lights come on, and relay quits clic...
1995 Jaguar XJ6 4.0L Misfire VIN: JAJHX1746S
thanks to all who reply, this car has a dead misfire on #5 & #6 cly. ive swaped injectors and coils with others and no change. has noid and spark, 175lbs of compression, no vac leaks, leak down was very minimal.. any help would be greatly appreciated thanks ma...
2000 Jaguar XJ8 4.0L Heater VIN: SAJDA14C0Y
Hi all. I'm hoping a jag guru out there can shed some light on a problem car. I've got an '00 XJ8 in the shop that came in with a blown trans - the snap ring land in the forward clutch had failed. Got her rebuilt and installed and sent my customer on their way...
2000 Jaguar S-Type 4.0L Starting VIN: SAJDA01DXY
Not one of mine, so info lacking. Other store has this jag, that wont act up at shop at all, customer states it crankd over fine, sounded normal but wouldnt fire. They put a jumper cable on it and started. The guy at other store checked battery and found negat...
2004 Jaguar XJ8 4.2L left side dash register VIN: SAJWA71C84
I am looking for help with this jag climate control. This car came in with customer complaining of "freezing". we looked at the heater core knowing of the problems they cause when they get blocked up, but all seems well in that area.(no large temp variation). ...
2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L Cooling Systems VIN: 1J4G248SXY
Vehicle over heated in another city, rad exploded & had to replace fans, rad & thermostat. Car 2 wks later was in town and started to run rough like it did before the rad. Exploded they had it towed. The check engine light was on at time on 2nd running rough n...
2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7L head VIN: 1J4GW48J44
I have a 2003 Grand Cherokee with a 4.7 high output engine. The drivers head is cracked and I got a salvage head but it is not high output. The high output heads have HO stamped in the casting. The regular head that the salvage yard sent does not have the HO s...
2001 Kia Sportage 2.0L Misfire VIN: KNDJB72301
car came in with engine running bad,we checked compression and all cyl's were 100 - 110 lbs. found that #1 and #2 cyl's were firing with weak spark,checked coil and found that it was borderline on resistance so we replaced both coils. cyl's 1 and 2 still firin... Trouble codes: P0300
2002 Kia Rio Cinco 1.5L Poor Idle Quality, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: KNADC16322
Vehicle came in with MIL illuminated,during warm up has intermitant stalling and has rich code,lean command.Tested O2 sensor,was replaced approx. 6 mos ago.O2 circuit spikes at times to 2+ Volts.Electrical arc from crank pulley to uni-body intermitantly not ti... Trouble codes: P0176 (Rich bank 1)
2004 Kia Spectra 1.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: KNAFE12184
This Kia has a P1166 code even after both oxygen senors were replaced. I have fuel trim scan data at -7.4. Injector pulse width of .9ms to 1.3ms. Mass Air flow reading at idle is 5-7Kg/h. I have not checked fuel pressure. I did find that if I pinch off the eva... Trouble codes: P1166 (O2 Sensor System Lambda Bank Controller at the Limit Bank 1), P0140 (O2 Sensor Circuit No Activity Detected Bank1 Sensor2)
2003 Land Rover Freelander HSE 2.5L Rear Door Latch Operation VIN: SALNM22253
Help Land Rover Techs!! This vehicle came in a month ago with the rear hatch window motor failed. We replaced it and now a month later the window will roll down slightly each time you attempt to open the hatch but it wont unlatch untill the 3rd to 7th attempt....
2004 Lincoln Navigator 5.4L vehicle VIN: 5LMFU28R84
Customer complains of vehicle cutting out as he drives down the road. Vehicle comes right back on as if the ign switch is turned on and off. No codes are present and it's an intermittent problem. Any help would be appreciated!
1999 Mazda Protege ES 1.8L Hesitation VIN: JM1BJ2219X
Well, here we are again. looking for help with a car from another shop?? This car had a bad engine in it and it was replaced with a rebuilt engine. When the owner picked up the car he was told that it needed a fuel pump. When we connect a fuel pressure gauge ...
2004 Mercury Mountaineer Premier 4.6L Starting VIN: 4M2ZU86K84
Hello. I have a 2004 Mountaineer that every 2-3 days to every 7-10 days the battery will go dead over night. I ve tested everything on the truck and I come up with nothing. Battery and alternator are fine under test. Every time I have the truck there is no b...
1996 Plymouth Voyager 2.4L Front Blower Motor VIN: 2P4FP25BXT
I have no power to front blower motor, blower motor resistor or the fuse inside the vehicle.The maxi fuse under the hood is good and i do have power to this fuse.I applied power to the fuse inside the vehicle and still have no fan operation.I do not have a goo...
2006 Pontiac G6 3.5L power steering VIN: 1G2ZG52865
The customer stated the power steering light came on on the dash and the car got harder to steer. By the time it came into the shop though the light was out. The history codes came back with C0545 Steering Wheel Torque Input Sensor and C0899 Device Voltage Low...
2002 Porsche Boxster Roadster 2.7L Surge, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WP0CA298X2
We have this boxster in (wife's car) Well maintained, Mobile 1 etc. She was coming to work this morning and after 15 minutes from the house she said it started to hesitate and trying to stall a each light. No engine noise, no guage issues, just started to run ... Trouble codes: P1340 (Position of camshaft in relation to crankshaft)
1995 Saab 9000 CDE 3.0L Timing Belt VIN: YS3CF48W6S
Maybe some of you Saab techs have experienced the problem we are currently having with Saab V6 engines. To begin with, we are a shop that primarily does Saab repair. We have over the years done many successful V6 repairs and replaced many timing belts and we a...
2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5L wheel speed sensor VIN: 4S4BP61C38
hello subaru masters, this one is being diffacult. speedo shows a message er55 where mileage is, r/r wheel speed sensor is not showing on scantool, have checked sensor resistence same as left side, even put new sensor in, no change. wires look good under seat,...
1992 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.0L ignition timing VIN: JT2VN39W9N
Have checked postings. Customer replaced heads, timing belt. Came in for coolant leak(we repaired that). Customer then took for smog. Smog tech told him that timing was 2* retarded. Customer returned for diag. Throttle switch for timing check inop(replaced swi...
2001 Toyota Echo 1.5L No Start VIN: JTDBT12371
Hi guys I would really appreciate some help on this one. Came came in as a no start, replaced started and is cranking fine. However car well not start the fuel pump well not run. Customer worked on car himself and can't tell us what he did (yes he's that bad)e...
2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.0L Shocks And Struts VIN: JTEBU14R84
How to service hydraulic system for the shocks and struts after replacement
2008 Toyota RAV4 2.4L Mechanical VIN: 1FTWJO7373
The shop manual says the engine must be removed from the top with the trans,can it be removed from the bottom? is it better to remove from top or bottom?
2010 Toyota Highlander 3.5L Navigation VIN: 5TDYK3EH0A
Hi Guys, One of our long time customers recently purchased this Highlander and we did its first oil change/service. We have been unable to reset the maintenace reminder message which is displayed on a small screen above the NAV unit. We have tried the procedur...
1999 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L No Start VIN: WVWMA63B8X
Hi and merry Christmas to every body! I need your help to solve this problem. This a VW passat that, in the last 2 weeks, did not start cold -we are in winter here- Upon making the preliminary checks, I found this: compression, above 120psi in 3 cylinders; and...
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L Fuel Guage VIN: 3VWRK69MX3
This vehicles fuel guage is always reading empty. Checked for codes found Instrument cluster has VW factory DTC 00771 fuel level sensor open or short to B positive.

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1998 Acura RL 3.5L odometer VIN: JH4KA9661W
the cause was the circut board in cluster was faulty and repaired.
2004 BMW 330Ci 3.0L Cuts out, Stall VIN: WBABW53444
Well this one turned out to be easier than it looked. The post from Scott [...] hit it right on the head. There is a technical service buletin from BMW that tells you to ignore the throttle body codes. We replaced the DME & recoded it. I am very glad that ... Trouble codes: 28B2, 87A1, 2796 (throttle adaption values incorrect), 2830 (DME self test checksum error).
1995 Buick LeSabre Custom 3.8L Stall VIN: 1G4HR5210S
this one fixed. put two ac delco pcms then after all day checking and second guessing by management put one on from the zone and runs perfect. go figure
1999 Chevrolet Lumina 3.1L Dragging VIN: 2G1WL52M9X
I know that all of you say the voltage is a possible, cause however this customer took the vehicle to do the alternator himself, so I will add additional information if he lets me know if that fixed the issue with the transmission.
2000 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1L No Start, Stall VIN: 1G1ND52J81
Thanks a lot for the help guys. Put the crank sensor in the block this morning and have ran it for a couple hours and all seems well. The harness was not in the clip at the back of the head and the loom was melted a little bit but the wires seemed fine. So ...
2008 Chevrolet Uplander 3.9L harsh shifting ,MIL lamp on VIN: 1GBDV13178
the problm ended up being internal..we put a used transmission and all is well now.thhanks
2000 Dodge Ram 3500 5.9L Radiator VIN: 1B7MF3369Y
Thank You for all the help , I installed a new radiator again and checked all the grounds . Customer requested to use lower pressure radiator cap - 7 PSI - OK with me. I wanted to check radiator pressure under heavy load - ( 8 - 10 K trailer on hill -turbo rea...
2000 Dodge Caravan SE 3.3L Monitors won't run VIN: 2B4GP45G5Y
After reading the replies,I replaced the aftermaket oxygen sensors with factory sensors..did a battery disconnect and the monotors all ran within 15 minutes drive time,Thanks to all that responded...Charlie Trouble codes: P0420.
1999 Ford F-150 4.6L Misfire VIN: 1FTRX17W8X
Apparently the spark plugs, which had been in place for over 200K miles were backing out on cylinders 3, 7, & 8. Used a bit of blue loctite and put them back in (with the owner's approval, since they probably will NEVER come back out now!) and I haven't since...
1999 Ford Mustang 3.8L No Start VIN: 1FAFP4047X
Well this car is fixed.originally we were testing this car in the parking lot across the street but we got it pushed in saturday for testing, sure enough the fuel pump was dead.We found pump control module in the trunk,as desrcibed, which tested good. so we di...
2000 Ford Escort ZX2 2.0L Stall VIN: 3FAKP1130Y
Thanks to all that responded especially Robert from Utah. At first when we checked crankshaft end play showed minimal movement and thought the crank was ok. so we remove the transmission thinking that something was binding and dragging the engine down. After r...
2003 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L data display VIN: 1FMFU7L53L
Well I fixed it. I couldnt pull the bulb because it was the display message. I could not shut off the switch because It would read on the display air suspension off. I purchased the kit from Strutmasters and was having a hard time getting the tech line to call...
2008 Ford Fusion SE 2.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3FAHP07Z88
the problem was the balancer was out of spec had to buy the crank locking pin for this car was not off much but it was off if they spent the 5 cents for a keyway this job would have gone alot smoother thanks ford thanks to all that replyed Trouble codes: P0340 (cam sensor), P0344 (cam sensor).
2006 Isuzu N NPR-HD 5.2L warning lamp on VIN: J8DC4B16X6
two of the sugestions were correct this indicator light was for fuel filter water indication . we drained the filter and replaced the filter find it then went out .
2000 Jaguar S-Type 3.0L Starting VIN: SAJDA01C6Y
1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.0L No Start, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire VIN: 1J4FX58S4V
Thank you for all the replies, I inspected the wiring harness at the rear of the cylinder head their is a splice which all power to injectors, and coil splice from this splice had high resistance full of corrosion I fixed the splice and same Issue. Also CKP b...
1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7L Electronic VIN: 1J4GW68N3X
2008 Mini Cooper S Clubman 1.6L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: WMWMF73508
Found tsb on pcv and verified had leakage at valve. Ordered valve cover and went to install, took one look at timing chain and stopped repairs. Guides were gone and chain flopping around. Called customer and he took it to dealer. Thinks it may be covered under... Trouble codes: P0300, P0301, P0302, P0303, P0304.
2002 Nissan Sentra GXE 1.8L Cuts out VIN: 3N1CB51D92
I found that the catalytic converters were melted down and partically plugged. Customer chose not to have it replaeced at this time. Thanks for all the help.
2005 Nissan Titan LE 5.6L 1-2 shift VIN: IN6AA07AX5
We replaced the valve body/tcm unit to fix the problem. we tested the solenoids and all passed electrically 6.2 ohms and 23 ohms for the pressure control solenoid. The problem was an internal fault in the tcm. I did find on the internet that The solenoids are ...
2005 Nissan Sentra S 1.8L Head Gasket VIN: 3N1CB51D85
Well guys, I appreciate all the info. I have decided to replace the head gasket on the used engine while it is easily accessible. A call to Federal Mogul (maker of Fel-Pro), revealed that their head gasket is updated to eliminate the problem the 1.8l nissan en...
1992 Saab 900 2.1L No Start VIN: YS3AK75E4N
I hooked up the wires by wire color black to black, green to green with red tracer, and red to red. Thanks for the help seems obvious now.
2002 Saab 9-3 SE 2.0L Reverse VIN: YS3DF58K92
Justin from NC hit the nail on the head. We drove the vehicle and found that there was no engine braking in first gear. We installed the replacement unit and all is well. Thanks to all who replied.
1993 Volvo 850 GLT 2.4L Hesitation, Cuts out VIN: YV1LS5510P
This one's fixed and gone! No vacuum leaks, no plugged exhaust, no ignition problems. No wiring harness issues (a common problem with both the 7 series and the 240s). I tapped into the O2 sensor wires and found a lean condition under load. Rechecked the fu...
2005 Volvo S40 i 2.4L Hesitation, Stall, Misfire VIN: YV1MS39005
Hi everyone: Thanks for all the replies and great info.Under the advice of the replies I sent this one to the dealer. I replace the plugs since the car had never had a tune up. Checked timing and all was in order. Improper oil level and jumped timing can cause... Trouble codes: P0011 (IntakaA cam timing over advanced), P0172, 250A, 640F.
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