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2000 Audi S4 2.7L No Start VIN: WAUDD68DXY
Hi hopefully someone can help me on this one. This car came in with the intake off. I was told it had a head gasket problem but was unsure. I put it all back together to hear it run to get a solid diagnosis on it. When I started it, it ran for a minute then sh... Trouble codes: 18084 (check light electronics throttle control k132 elec. prob. in circuit p1676)
1994 Buick Regal 3.8L Noise in Drive VIN: 2G4WB55LOR
Customer had transmission installed, now it makes load grinding noise when in drive. The noise gets worst as the car drives. You can feel the grinding and vibration when holding the linkage at the transmission.
2003 Cadillac DeVille 4.6L Cuts out, Misfire VIN: 1G6KD54Y43
we replace trans 4 months ago for tc slippage code and other shifting had air pump code at that time. wasnt to concerned then cause it needed trans.cleared all codes after trans replaced and about every 2 to 3 weeks sets p0410. owner states car bum... Trouble codes: P0410
1998 Chevrolet S10 4.3L Loc VIN: 1GCCS19X1W
I have the six digits I pulled from the radio, just wondering if someone out their can help me out if they know what the code is to input so I can unlock it. code is 942952. Thanks
1999 Chevrolet S10 2.2L Hesitation, Surge, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GCCS1447X
Hi Guys, I need some help!!This truck came in running rough. The wires were arching the plugs were fouled. I changed plugs and wires, fuel filter and cleaned the tb and flushed the injectors. When it starts is has a slight miss for 20sec. The complaint is no p... Trouble codes: P0300 (Random Misfire)
1999 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1L Engine VIN: 1G1NE52J8Y
We noticed that the car will start a few times then it will go to not starting, and when it wont start the dash is dead no guages or lights at all, and no communication with the pcm, but I can communicate with the BCM. Codes U1016 "pcm communication loss", U10...
2004 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3L Mode Door VIN: 1GNDT13X04
1 year ago replaced all doors in the plenium. everything worked good after that fast forward 1 yr later same problem the door for the defrost/ floor is broken again. I am doing it free this time so I need to know why this would happen twice any ideas or past e...
2005 Chrysler Pacifica 3.8L Misfire VIN: 2C4GM48L25
coil 2 & 5 no spark. have spark on all others. replaced coil to no avail. replaced original worn out plugs to no avail. chrysler techs any ideas?? have never seen p2305 before, a little lost..appreciate any help! Trouble codes: P0300, P2305
1997 Ford Mustang GT 4.6L Starter VIN: 1FALP45X1V
I know the starter is bad in this car, I was just wondering if you guys know if there is a special way to remove it. There is hardly any room under the car, and you can't even see it from above or the wheel well. Please let me know, Thanks
1999 Ford F-350 Super Duty XL 6.8L No Start VIN: 3FDWF3650X
Hello All This truck was towed in last winter with the same problem. It has no spark or injector pulse, and no rpm signal on data pid while cranking. Last year we put in a crank and cam sensors, the truck still wouldn't start. We had a crank sensor signal thou...
2006 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L noise VIN: IFMPU18556
This car came here from a car lot with a valve tick complaint. My fellow techs, bless their hearts tore right into it and replaced the cam, rockers, and lifters on the driver side. Noise did not change. That is the point I got it. What I am hearing is you can ...
1992 GMC K1500 Sierra 5.7L Oil pressure VIN: 2GTEK19K3N
Seems like it's always the friends or family with the odd ones. My son bought a rebuilt long block for this truck from a rebuilder that advertised on the net. Good price, no core, no shipping. He got this about a year ago and it sat until recently when he and ...
2007 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GKFK13027
Hello everyone, have one here this is giving us some trouble. The customer complains of the MIL lamp and stabilitrac service light coming on and setting two rich codes P0172 & P0175. We have replaced bank two sensor two, tested fuel pressure 55-60 KOEO, 02 sen... Trouble codes: P0172 (Bank one system rich), P0175 (Bank two system rich)
2003 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5L rear differential VIN: MK8SC73E23
Customer states transmission clunks when shifting, worse hot. Test drove and felt like rear end was moving around at shift points. Also found same noise and feel when making tight circles on dry pavement. There is a TSB relating to 4WD binding (replace 4 wd mo...
2003 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5L Ps cv axle
I have a cv axle that is stuck on the intermediate shaft on the passenger side. I have never seen one so difficult. We purchased the tool for the slide hammer no luck. I pry with a massive pry bar no luck. Dropped front part of exhaust and tried a air hammer n...
2002 Jaguar S-Type 3.0L No Start, extended crank VIN: SAJDA01N82
Problem is intermittant. Have only experienced a slight extended crank. Customer states that before you would barely even hear it crank. It has acted up enough on her to make her think it wasn't going to start. Took a few tries. I have only the codes to go on.... Trouble codes: P1233 (Fuel system disabled or offline), P0460
2004 Jaguar X-Type 2.5L Starter Operation VIN: SAJEA51082
Car won't crank - anti-theft pas system when turning key to on the pas light in the console comes on and goes out in about 60 seconds. According to my information this means the key is recognized by the instrument cluster and is alowed to crank the engine. It ...
1987 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 4.0L No Start VIN: 1JCMU7449H
Hey guys I got this Jeep that was towed in, cranks OK but won't start. Fuel pressure is good but has no spark. Also injectors don't fire. These are power controlled injectors so they all share the same ground (which is good), but are fed 12v injector pulses in...
1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7L All mode and temp doors VIN: 1J4GW68N6X
Hey everyone. Welcome to the new year. As we all know the automotive business doesn't care if it is your vacation or the holidays. It is still hard on us and gives us all grey hair. We got this jeep around Thanksgiving with the customer complaining of not bein...
2000 Jeep Cherokee Classic 4.0L Cooling Systems VIN: 1J4FF48S2Y
hi all need help on jeep has anyone seen a internal head coolant leak the would not show up in combustion leak indicater fluid i first replace water pump for failure and did t stat at same time then rad. hose failed 3 months later then found small leak at wate...
2006 Jeep Commander (Truck) 4.7L Transfer Case VIN: 1J8HG582X6
Setting code c1438 Transfer Case Differential Clutch Worn. Four wheel drive does not work at times. Fluid looks great in t-case. Getting ready to drop t-case and tear down for inspection. Any ideas?
2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X 3.8L shifter knob on transfer case VIN: 109L768320
Wires were eatten by squirrel and we are replacing instrument harness. to pull the dash have to remove center console and can't get the knob off of the transfer case shifter. mitchell says slide the shift lever back towards seat and pull upward motion with qui...
2006 Kia Sedona LX 3.8L 2-3 Upshift VIN: KNDMB23386
Vehicle came in slipping, replaced transmission with a salvage one, (lots of work) all done, pouring fluid in and it ran right out on floor! oops! when they drained the transmission at the yard, they broke one of the tines off and made a hole in the bottom of ...
1991 Lexus LS400 4.0L heater radio VIN: JT8UF11E3M
Thanks guy's in advance car brought in for several systems not working customer stated that mart place installed a battery and hooked it up wrong and sparks flew . replaced alt fuse every thing worked except the heater, ac and radio. I have power to the cont...
1998 Lincoln Mark VIII 4.6L oil in coolant VIN: 1LNFM92V3W
I had this lincoln come in with several oil leaks in November and the Customer wanted the hoses replaced and a coolant flush at the same time. Upon opening the radiator cap we noticed a large amount of oil resting ontop of the coolant. We did notice the oil fi...
2003 Lincoln Navigator 5.4L brake pedal VIN: 5LMFU28R03
Hello everyone.just want to say thanks in advance.I have a 03 navigator 4x4 with trac light on and a soft c1281 and test lead me to abs unit.has anyone else had any of these.would like to know if im missing any thing
2004 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: WDBUH65J84
Hello MBZ Techs: We replaced the charcoal canister shut off valve and the updated harness...the valve is also an updated valve from Mercedes. We also ran a leak test on the system and found no vacuum leaks. We released the car and it came back with the same co... Trouble codes: P2025 (Charcoal Canister shut off valve)
1994 Nissan Pathfinder LE 3.0L fuel smell VIN: JN8HD17Y7R
customer complains of a raw fuel smell when started cold. smell goes away after warmed up. no visible leaks can be seen in the fuel system. i am posting this for a friend. i was thinking an injector leak, but i would think it would be there all the time. not j...
2000 Nissan Pathfinder SE 3.3L Master Cyl & Abs(?) VIN: JN8AR07Y7Y
We now find ourselves with the same problem with this vehicle no brake pedal after a couple applications or sitting for a while. If we follow the proper bleeding procedure, the pedal will come back for a while. We have read and tried many things from other pos...
2007 Nissan Sentra 2.0L Starting VIN: 3N1AB61E87
Hey all. Hope you can help. Car shut down going down the road. We towed in. Had code 1610 and 1615 relating to nats. I did the reset all data states. Codes have not returned. Engine briefly tried to start twice. When I very first cranked the engine all of dash...
1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera 3.1L No Start, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G3AJ55M0T
i towed this from a rual area upon first inspection found good spark good fuel pressure but vehicle ran after taking it off trailer pulled in my shop to have it never run again im presuming after testing for injector pulse and ohming the injectors that i have ... Trouble codes: P0341, P0300
2008 Other GM 2008 3.6L Hesitation, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 6G1EK52B78
Hi my best group, this one will get me mad, this 2008 Chevy Lumina Export which made by Holden, its use same Engine as GMC Acadia and Cadi CTS. Customer came for MIL on found P0300 and P0306 with no actual misfire, only MIL on cleared and he take the car after... Trouble codes: P0300, P0306
1998 Pontiac Trans Sport 3.4L PRNDL Input VIN: 1GMDX03E9W
Customer complained of numerous lts on dash on. Upon initial inspection the ck eng, abs, tcs & brake lts were on. I scanned computer to find P0420, P0705 & P1483. I went for the 705 code. Mitchell gives some steps to follow which I did and going by the PABC di...
2007 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 3.8L Keyless Entry, Tpms VIN: 2G2WP55277
I have a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix, cannot program key fobs and tires wont relearn, shows all tires at 128 psi. Has 12 volts fused power to RCDLR, .3 ohms on gnd circuit, also antenna circuit tests .1 ohm from RCDLR to rear window connector, rear window grid has...
2005 Saab 9-3 Aero 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Misfire VIN: YS3FH75356
Hello Saab Techs! This car has a mis-fire on idle and also on the Tech 2 mis-fire counters. I have replaced with NGK plugs platinum, New Coils and MAF sensor from dealer. When I drove it drives fine with no problems turbo kicks in. I drove for about 45miles. ...
1993 Saturn SL2 1.9L No Start VIN: 1G8ZK5576P
I needed some help this saturn will start and run great if you start it every day if you let it sit 3 or 4 days no start. Has spark at plugs, good fuel pressure, but injectors has power on both wires same time when you put test light on neg. Side of injector h...
2007 Saturn Vue 3.5L Power Steering VIN: 5GZCZ63427
Vehicle has power assist but not enough. There is no return of the steering while driving. I disconnected the elec. Steering motor while turning the wheel and lost all assist. Also disconnected both outer tie rod ends looking for a tight ball joint or tie rod ...
2002 Subaru Forester S 2.5L No Start VIN: JF1SF65592
This vehicle will not start in the morning on first crank. After cranking then letting sit for a few seconds it cranks right up and every time after that, unless you let it sit for about 15-20 mins.. then the same long crank until it starts then starts right a... Trouble codes: 0335 (Crank sensor replaced)
1988 Toyota Pickup 2.4L engine VIN: JT4RN63A7J
Came to me with overheating problem and white smoke out of exhaust, compression test with cold and hot engine, all cylinders have between 175 to 180 psi with all plugs out and throttle wide open, also pressure tested and found slow bleed off but no exterior si...
2001 Volkswagen Passat GLX 4 Motion 2.8L steering VIN: WVWLH63B51
I am hoping to find a VW mechanic here to clarify this... To replace the inner tie rod it necessary to remove the rack? this is a 2.8 liter v-6 all wheel drive Pasat. The mitchell info says sometimes yes, and sometimes no. There is a HUGE difference ...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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2000 Audi A8 Quattro 4.2L Engine VIN: WAUFL54D9Y
Group, The problem was the chain tensioners oil supply. Replacing the gaskets and cleaning out the screen took care of it. The rattle sound sounded heavier than I was used to hearing. Thanks everyone.
1988 BMW M6 3.5L Internal Bad Bearing VIN: WBAEE1418J
We got several replies and we have since sent the transmission to a local guy we use for our MBZ transmissions and he threw up his arms and said it's to deep for him after looking at it. We are going with Steven from Illinois suggestion and go with Erkisson In...
2005 BMW X3 3.0i 3.0L blower motor VIN: WBXPA934X5
2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT 6.0L Rear Air Ride Compressor VIN: 1GYEK63N12
Thank you to everyone who ended up being the shocks leaking...they didnt leak until the compressor was my initial spray down didnt help me...after i sprayed it when the compressor was running the leak was obvious...thank you all again...
2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 6.6L Starter & Ring Gear VIN: 1GBHC24162
The fix for this one was to phone up GM and order in a new starter. Despite what I ordered, what showed up in the Genuine GM box was NOT a new starter, but an Isuzu starter made in Japan and rebuilt in the USA. It is very pricy at over 3 times the cost of an...
2003 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 6.0L Hard start sitting VIN: 1GBJK34U03
Thank's for all your information everybody! The truck went to another GM dealer which agreed the pressures were too low and warrentied the previously installed pump. They also replaced the fuel pressure reg which was a GM unit. Pressures up and holding now. St...
2008 Chevrolet C4500 Kodiak C4E042 6.6L Exhaust pipe VIN: 1GBE4V1918
Thanks for the help. We have sent out a pipe to a local metal shop for a heavier pipe. We are still working on the fix.
2000 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport 3.3L No Start VIN: 2B4GP44G5Y
yes the van is fixed, thankyou for all the replies. the problem was, my tech that did the job, had the chain 2 teeth offat cam gear. dont know why scanner said sensors were in sync but now van runs fine. thanks again
2004 Dodge Sprinter 2500 2.7L Power Steering VIN: WD2PD14434
The installer did not line up the "master" spline at steering shaft. Noticed one tie rod adjusted all the way in and the other all the way out. I corrected the steering shaft performed alignment and test drove problem fixed.
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.8L Hydralics VIN: 2D4GP44L55
It ended up being the Powerr steering resivoir. I never would have thought that was causing the issue. Thanks to all that responded and you guys are very helpful. Thanks a million
2007 Dodge Ram 3500 Truck SLT 6.7L No Start VIN: 3D6WG48A77
Many Many thanks to all The very first and of course many subsequent responses hit it. Make sure you torque all fuel fittings on this beast. Solved that problem first try. Foud the rest of the reason for the head gasket problem (EGR cooler blew) Truck is on... Trouble codes: P0341.
1995 Ford F-250 XLT 7.3L No Start VIN: 1FTHX26F2S
used ipr and high pressure pump solved problem, special thanks to Justin in texas for anser to my question of how to check ipr valve off car .
2000 Ford F-150 4.6L Misfire VIN: 1FTRX17W8Y
Thanks for all the great replies. I tried all the information that was provided. The problem was I could only get it to act up under certain conditions for a limited amount of time. The codes that came up were for ignition primary faults. I waited to close... Trouble codes: P0354, P0356, P0355.
2000 Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat 6.8L No Start VIN: 1FTWW33S8Y
Found an open to the crank sensor customer had damaged harness when installing engine. Now it starts anyway seems to run ok.Its still in pieces so now sure if other issue will arise.Thanks.
2002 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0L Starting VIN: 1FMZU73K62
Hey all, customer finally towed it home. I did all I could do by ruling out all but theft system. Would have to go to dealer for that. Thanks all so very much for trying to help me. You are all the best. Happy new year IATN members...Rick
2004 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4L engine VIN: 1FTPW14584
Sorry IATN members...but customer left without bringing the vehicle back once "he figured" out the problem...But I do appreciate all of your responces..Thank you
2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty XL 6.0L No Start VIN: 1FTNX21P74
This truck is fixed-A replacement FICM took care of the problem. Now for what I learned and what may help some of you in the future. Michael from Ohio said the ficmmpwr would be the 1st thing he would have looked at-I'm not sure if this would be for me now bu...
2005 Ford Escape XLT 3.0L No Start VIN: 1FMYU931X5
Sorry took so long in posting fix. The end result after being able to find some known good coils and the use of a ford WDS Iwas able to determine that front three coils were no good. The escape would now start but run with a missfire on the back three cylinder...
2003 Honda Element EX 2.4L drive line VIN: 5J6YH28573
Drained all fluid from Rear differential added new Honda VTM-4 Fluid test drove vehicle in sharp figure 8's to circulate fluid through diff. clutches . Problem solved. Thanks for all the techs who had given me all the help. Happy New Year!
2004 Honda Accord LX 3.0L Blower Motor VIN: 1HGCM66534
Well this one is fixed. If I could reach through iATN and give you guys a high five I would! Ground 302 was the problem. The car had been in an accident about a year ago and they must not have tightened the ground bolt after the body work. Was a bit of a pain ...
1998 Hyundai Accent GL 1.5L stalls in gear VIN: KMHVF24N3X
replaced trans all better believe direct clutch would lock up hot thanks to all
1993 Lexus LS400 4.0L ele sys. VIN: JT8UF11E9P
thanks to all who helped, as with the harder ones thier were more than 1 thing wrong.using a amp. meter is the only way to go with late model car.using the fuse load finding in 2010 dec motor mag....
2004 Lincoln Town Car Executive L 4.6L right air spring(bag)
I have checked everything that each one of you replied and looks like im going to have to find someone with an IDS to recalibrate the suspension, the ford dealership here does not want to touch it. The front suspension and frame look ok. Thanks, i will write m...
1991 Mercedes-Benz 500SL 5.0L No Start VIN: WDBFA66E6M
I received a lot of suggestions on replacing the EZL. I was able to obtain a wiring diagram from a friend which helped a lot. I must say Dallas from Texas left a great description on testing at the round connector near the EZL. This series of tests which I w...
2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT 3.8L Drive-axles VIN: 4A3AK34T46
Thanks to everyone who responded, but nothing suggested applied. Turned out that Mitzubishi is having a problem with the stub shaft from trans to CV shaft. We replaced support bearing, then axle then the axle. Finally replaced the stub axle: on national back-o...
2000 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0L brake warning lamp VIN: JN1CA31D7Y
the car was bought at an auction with the light on what was found was the previous owner had installed a slave cylnd and had traped some wires behind it it was grounding the wire for the brake warning lamp
2004 Nissan Murano SE 3.5L wont move VIN: JN8AZ08W34
This vehicle is fixed now and drives normal. I checked all the obvious components and were passing, throttle body etc.(thanks for the trick to see the throttle plate move) I pulled the trans and we had a good trans that had a cracked case, I swapped over the ...
2004 Nissan Sentra 1.8L OBD fault VIN: 3N1CE51D14
Hey Guys ! well, its' finally fixed. a new timing chain for the poo11 ( we were 1 tooth off also )and an air fuel ratio sensor for the po171. THANK YOU SO MUCH !! to all
2005 Nissan Pathfinder XE 4.0L oil in coolant VIN: 5N1AR16W95
We decided to install a radiator,flush the trans, flush all the oil out of the cooling system and return to the customer. When I see it for the next service(hopefully not sooner) i will update this "fix". Many thanks for your insights.I noticed while flushing ...
2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.4L Passlock Ststem VIN: 1G2NF12T41
we cleaned all cotact points-- system system is working fine now, battery positive cable had corrossion inside the red rubber boot, could have been causing intermitent voltage issues. thanks to everyone for the help. if this vehicle comes back in a few months ...
2006 Subaru Forester XT Limited 2.5L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Stall VIN: JF1SG69666
Sorry for the late reply but it is the Holidays. The customer had the vehicle taken to Subaru and they diagnosed a fuel pump. We had just replaced with OE not a week prior. They warrantied the part and the customer elected to pay the labor. I feel bad the... Trouble codes: P2102 (Throttle actuator a control mtr circ low).
1998 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L Hesitation, No acceleration VIN: 3VWRF61HXW
Thanks for all the input. after screwing with this thing for a few days decided to start from the begining all over again. pulled the intake again to tripple check that it was indeed clean and clear, found a small amount of carbon that didnt get out when it w...
2001 Volvo S40 1.9L MIL Lamp on VIN: YV1VS29551
Well i replaced the front O2 sensor. Reset the adaptation (which i forgot to do the 1st time) and test drove the car for 2 days. The vehicle has been gone for several days now and havent heard from thew customer. So i assume it is fixxed since the light was ... Trouble codes: ECM, 28 (Front Heated Oxygen sensor integrator. Faulty Signal).
2001 Volvo S40 1.9L Oil Light On With Good Oil Pressure VIN: YV1VS29541
ok this is going to be a slap in the face for the tech that swapped engines. during the install he didnt notice that the oil pressure switch plug and the a/c compressor plug had a different "orientaion" meaning that they where simply backwards after unpluggin...
2006 Volvo XC90 2.5T 2.5L No Start VIN: YV4CY59256
Thank you all for the great replies. Well I checked all connections again to make sure they were good. The problem was that the computer was not fasted down well enough to the wiring harness. I removed the computer to check for a bent over pin. When I reconnec...
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