Join Now
International Automotive Technicians Network
Prev Professional Automotive Repair Technical Discussions for January 30, 2011
International Automotive Technicians' Network (iATN) - Members Only
(Also Available: All, Asian, Chrysler, European, Ford, GM.)
Vehicle Owners: If you are seeking an automotive repair professional to service your vehicle, visit the iATN Repair Shop Finder.

Open Help Requests for All Makes and Models
Help Request Answers
1997 Dodge Ram 2500 Truck 5.9L overdrive VIN: 1B7KF26D2B
This is our shop truck for plowing and parts runs so we have the luxury of taking our time. The problem started as intermitent overdrive engagement so we scaned it tps readings were 2.0volts at idle 16%throttle percent and if you wiggled the tps it would fluct...
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck 4.7L Security VIN: 1D7HA18N72
When key is turned on, Head/Tail lights flash, even when the key is removed. Must disconnect battery or remove FCM to stop action. I tried a different Front Control Module from a Diesel truck from the body-shop side about 2-years difference, but the same part ...
2000 Ford Mustang GT 4.6L GEM module VIN: 1FAFP45X2Y
Hey all iATN members thanks for your help in advance. Here's a good one for you Ford techs. We have a Mustang GT that drains the battery over night. Tested all systems found the GEM module was never shutting down, had a 2.75mA draw. Replaced it with a used uni...
1998 Lexus GS300 3.0L Abs VIN: JT8BD68S4W
This car has the codes c0226, c0236,c0246,c0256, c0278, c1223, c1225, and c1246 intermittently. I have read these are problem children with modules and I have purchased the unit seperate from the pump unit. I ohmed the new unit and the old solenoids and the sp...
2002 Mitsubishi Lancer ES 2.0L Alt. VIN: JA3AJ36B92
Hi guys, This customer has had three other shops look into her problem without much success. It seems if a good alt. is installed it frys (so they say). I put a good used one on and it isn't charging. I checked for opens and shorts and checked all connections...
2003 Saturn Ion-1 2.2L Starting VIN: 1G8AL52F53
No start towed in . tow truck driver diagnosed it as a bad ign . switch tapped it with a hammer ?? nothing happens when turning the key no signal to starter solenoid . have checked and have signal on the white wire to the P.C.M.after moving wiring around it wi...
1998 Toyota Camry CE 2.2L MIL Lamp on
Hey guys, i have a camry that keeps setting the mil for p0401. Found the transducer bad, replaced it and shipped car. Came back two days later and same code. Transducer working, hooked up vacuum gauge to egr, working. Read your post about tvs sticking, bypasse... Trouble codes: P0401 (Egr insufficent)
2001 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L Cooling system VIN: 3VWSP69M01
The car is due for a new timing belt and we recommended a new water pump along with the repair. The customer claims that the car does not warm up as fast as "it used too". Also claims it struggles to get to operating temp. I don't work on very many of these an...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
Fix/Summary Answers
2000 BMW 750iL 5.4L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on, driveline vibration VIN: WBAGJ0345Y
The more it was road tested the more we thought the problem was the lockup torque convertor problem even though no transmission codes were present. I forgot to mention that because the shutter was very similar to the relatively common problem observed in Merce...
2004 BMW 745Li 4.4L steering pump VIN: WBAGN63474
Hell BMW Techs Thanks a lot for your detailed responses to my problem, what happened was that after replacing the valve covers, the right side cover was modified and the breather hose had to be replaced with a new type hose with a built in valve, because th...
1996 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3L engine VIN: 1GNDT13W5T
ok, I swapped out cap and rotor with GOOD parts and problem is gone. thank you everyone for all the great input and timely response. I never though a car and rotor set, thats less than a year old, can get that bad.
1999 Chevrolet Tahoe 5.7L Electronic VIN: 1GNEK13R0X
This one is gone. After double checking all test again concluded that the problem had to be in pcm. Had PCM relashed and no codes after two days of driving. Customer informed us when he picked up truck that it had sat for six months with a dead battery. Would ...
2000 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2FMZA5144Y
I was working on two windstars with the same problems.One was worse than the other,but both had the same fix.The lower plastic intake seals and isolator bolts.The were NO visible leaks with a smoke machine or spraying carb cleaner.It only leaked with the engin...
2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty XLT 7.3L Instrument Cluster VIN: 1FTSX31F63
I took all advise given, thanks! I pulled the 4X4 module as this vehicle does not have a GEM module which was located on the right side kick panel. It had residue on the circuit board which I cleaned off. The problem remained but not continously. The dash ligh...
2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT 4.0L Cruise cont. VIN: 1FMZU77K14
well i think it was a combination of problems .. replaced the steering wheel controls , as cust requested , replaced the pressure switch on the master cylinder was intermitent , replaced ground to stop light switch , and finally it would do the self test...
2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty Harley-Davidson Edition 6.0L Unknown VIN: 1FTSW21P46
well not using my head in the meantime we had a 04 f-250 in with t/case issue and realized that all codes and data are in the gem module when we scanned we found lots of t/case codes related to t/case mnotor we opted to replace motor on case and all is well we...
2001 Honda Accord EX 2.3L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1HGCG66851
Thanks for all the advice. I was trying to repair the idle instability and misfires only at idle after vehicle warm up. I found no vacuum leaks. The correct base timing was checked and rechecked. Checked and rechecked valve lash found to be correct. Recheck... Trouble codes: P0300, P0303, P0304.
2007 Honda Fit 1.5L Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: JHMDG38627
Hello all, This customer has not yet returned for service. The general consensus seems to center around the coils. Guy from Montana sent me a very helpful procedure for checking idle above or below specifications. I will save this for future use, unfortu...
2000 Mercedes-Benz S430 4.3L ride control VIN: WDBNG70J8Y
Hello Mercedes Techs After testing the airmatic system one more time, the right rear strut codes and outputs were not correct,Code 1327-001 indicating fault in component Y54y2(right rear solenoid valve 2) in assembly Y54 (right rear axle damper valve unit...
2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5L Charging VIN: 1N4BL11D05
checked alt. for a drain as some explained ..checked starter and with all fuses out still had drain ... cutomer did not want to pursue it at present ..he was going to check the dealer to see if it is a common problem
1993 Saturn SW2 1.9L No Start VIN: 1G8ZK8579P
Finally was able to get back to working on this vehicle. After talking with the customer some more he tells me that he put some sort of additive in the fuel and soon after that the vehicle ran poorly and then would not start. Since i could not find my injecto...
1995 Toyota Camry LE 2.2L Mechanical VIN: 4T1SK12E9S
Wow! Thanks for all the helpful AND quick responses. As noted in many of your emails, the O rings ARE available from Toyota. Part #s 90301-38005 and 90301-52006. We ordered these from another dealer(in the next city over), installed, and all is good. Also, as ...
1999 Volvo V70 X/C AWD 2.4L No Start VIN: LZ5606X262
Well I guess the smart thing would have been to get the cooling system tight and go from there. I thought I would get it started than by the heater hose. I put rubber hose caps on both heater nipples to get the cooling system tight, than filled the system with...
Prev (Also Available: All, Asian, Chrysler, European, Ford, GM.) Next