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1998 Honda Accord DX 2.3L Excessive Emissions, Heavy fuel odor VIN: 1HGCG1645W
Hey folks! This 1998 Accord 3.0 V-Tec owner came to me complaining of a very strong fuel odor whenever the car is running, coming from outside and towards the rear of the vehicle. That was confirmed by me after sniffing around the rear of the vehicle and devel...
2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7L Blower Motor VIN: 2HGES16514
Ok. This goes out to all the Honda specialists out there. I feel kinda stupid puttin this up. Got an 04 Honda Civic that the blower motor does NOT operate at all on any speed. AllData gives a crappy description in my opinion of how this circuit is supposed to ...
2004 Infiniti G35 3.5L Heater VIN: JNKCV54E74
Customer complant was sometimes no heat and sometimes when the heater is working all of a sudden there will be cold air coming out. I checked all the fluids level and controls to see if the setting wasn't correct but they are. I really dont work on infinity's ...
2000 Lexus RX300 3.0L Mechanical VIN: JT6GF10U7Y
Good evening Techs, Got this 2000 Lexus RX300 3.0 making a tapping noise that sounds like a lifter tapping but can't pin point it. The noise will temporarily go away as you bring the rpm up or down in the stall. It will also go away and stay away as long as yo...
2003 Mazda 6 i 2.3L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1YVP80CX35
Hey guys, I have this mazda 6 that occasionaly cuts off and back on while driving just like the switch has been cycled very fasst.The tach will jump to 4k when this happens. Ive caught it with my lab scope hooked to the cam and crank sensor but its so fast i c...
1998 Mitsubishi Montero 3.5L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: JA4MR51R2W
vech came in runnig rough back firing and staling after vech gets hot 15 to 25 miles .did motor tune per coustomer request let vech run and after it gets to operating temp it starts to misfire pop back through intake and stalls will restart and runs rough unle... Trouble codes: P0120, P0340, P0335
1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 2.0L 2/3 Shift VIN: 4A3AX35G8X
Hope you can help me with this one. We installed a rebuilt transmission in this vehicle about 9 months ago however customer returned recently with a shifting issue. When vehicle is driven under heavy acceleration the 2/3 shift will flare. Vehicle was checked b...
1987 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0L No Start VIN: JN1HC11P6H
Hey guys. here is one for all you nissan techs. I have this maxima that wont start. it has no injector pulse or spark. I have a nice square wave coming from the crank sensor in the dist. I tried a used ecm with no help. the junkyard that i got it from said the... Trouble codes: 21 (no ignition primary signal)
2000 Nissan Pathfinder SE 3.3L other VIN: JN8AR07Y4Y
This vehical was towed into our shop for a no start, upon inspection coil output was approx 5k volts we observed that the ign parts were original @ 153K we informed the owner of the failure and caused the coil to burn through. after spending about 4 hours soak... Trouble codes: P0300, P0733
2001 Nissan Altima SE 2.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1N4DL01D51
car came in with 3 codes po325, p1441,& p0440. First I am trying to find the source of the leak for the code p01441 however I am unable to see any leaks. I also tested vacuum purge valve, canister vent valve, vacuum cut valve thru an active test as well as by ... Trouble codes: P0325, P1441, P0440
2005 Subaru Outback R L.L. Bean Edition 3.0L Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy, VIN: 4S4BP86C25
Customer came in for routine spark plug replacement. We installed Champion spark plugs, and during test drive the vehicle vibrated badly under moderate to heavy acceloration. Also had lack of power. This wasn't the typical hesitation problem I've felt before, ...
1998 Suzuki Esteem GL 1.6L Stall, Misfire VIN: JS2GB31ZXW
Thanks in advance guys. Car came to shop w/broken crank pulley bolt. Replaced bolt, car left, came back same day w/shredded alt belt. Replaced all belts. Car came back next day w/complaint of no power from stop. Verify lack of power. Remove timing cover and ti...
1995 Toyota Previa LE 2.4L MIL Lamp on, No power VIN: JT3AC14R3S
1995 Toyota Previa came in with check engine light on. Code was 325 for a knock sensor. When check engine light is on the van has no power while driving. I can reset the light and go for a drive sometimes the light will set right away and sometimes it will go ... Trouble codes: 325 (Knock Sensor)
2001 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 4T1BF28B51
Help with this cold intermittent misfire bank 1... Only on first start of the day, runs rough until closed loop, then STF turn B1 -18 B2 0 and runs great. It's like it's very rich and runs poor until fuel trim is corrected for B1. I have checked VVt solenoids ... Trouble codes: P0300 (Random Misfire), P0301 (Misfire 1), P0303 (Misfire 3), P0305 (Misfire 5)
2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.4L trunk unlock VIN: 4T1BE32KX3
This Camry does not have the Smart Key. Just the 2 O.E. remote keyless entry fobs. The trunk will unlock itself repeatedly, meaning numerous times a night, as though the RKE is used. It beeps, then the trunk opens. However, it only does it while at his house! ...
2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.4L Mechanical VIN: 4T1BE32KX3
This 2003 Toyota Camry came in the shop with a flickering oil pressure light. Could not check physical oil pressure at the time so I changed the sending unit. All seemed fine until she drove out of town, about ten miles out the light came on and stayed. The cu...
2004 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8L trans or wheel VIN: 2T1BR32E84
car came in from other shop complaint of bearing noise from trans. road test showed a buzz like bearing noise coming from right side at 30-40 mph. did not change pitch with turning. pulled pan and found some metak flakes so I removed and dissassembled trans. f...
2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5L High beam headlamps VIN: JTMBK31V38
This one is driving us crazy, we have 2 former Toyota dealer techs here and it's still a head scratcher. Customer just bought it out of state,high beam headlamps inop, customer added a factory Toyota trailer harness, he is unsure if the high beams worked befor...

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2005 Honda CR-V EX 2.4L MIL Lamp on
well i have not got this vehicle back yet but with the advice i got, which is to replace the valve assembly (valve and sensor and actuator).it requires removal of the intake manifold.i feel this will fix it,as i have checked the vacuum selenoid several times a... Trouble codes: P0661.
2005 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.7L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: KM8SC73D65
One reply made very good sense that it was having a signal problem from the crank sensor at higher rpm's and the pcm was turning injectors off. That would explain why it continued to miss until the car was turned off and restarted. I replaced the new crank sen... Trouble codes: P0300 (Misfire).
2005 Hyundai Tucson GL 2.0L Battery VIN: KM8JM12B35
Thanks to those who responded. The problem turned out to be a faulty door lock switch on the driver's door. It would occasionally fail to release completely after use, and allow the relay to remain energized. This caused the drain which we were unable to repro...
2004 Infiniti G35 X 3.5L tcm power supply VIN: JNKCV51F34
found trunk lid harness damaged and several broken wires. revrse light circuit was the culprit it shares same power as tcm... was shorting to ground. thanks for the input
1997 Mazda 626 DX 2.0L Hesitation VIN: 1YVGE22CXV
replaced the boost sensor located on the engine firewall and perform fuel injection service and all is well. it ia also called egr boost sensor.
1999 Mazda Protege DX 1.6L No Start, Stall VIN: JM1BJ2227X
Douglas from NC and Paul recommended to replace IAC, but it starts first time with IAC, TPS, ECT unplugged (MAF is new) and doesn't after running some time. Victor from Tobago mentioned CAM. I unplugged ignition coils and saved wave forms CAM vs CRANK. When ...
2002 Mazda Tribute DX 3.0L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 4F2YU08142
sorry it took so long to post a fix guys, i only got the vehicle back from the customer last weekend. i took most of your advise and checked for bad wiring from the #6 ignition coil or the coil driver in the ecm. the wiring checked out but the coil driver was ... Trouble codes: P0351 (Primary/secondary ignition coil malfunction).
2004 Mazda 6 S 3.0L 2-3 shift & lock-up VIN: 1YVFP82D94
Well folks, not sure this one is fixed yet or not. I was not able to find any failures in any data or any trans relearn proceeduers. But I did the battery cable off routine for an hour. At this point I'm waiting for the driver to put enough miles on it to do a...
2005 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5L Hesitation, Misfire, MIL Lamp on
I did replaced banks 1 and 2 air fuel ration sensor. Also replaced all plugs, car is running good. The customer took the car home and welded up the 2 holes in the cat. Passed emissions and has good power thanks for the help. Trouble codes: P0300 (multiple missfire), P1273 (a/f ratio sensor bank 1), P1283 (a/f ratio sensor bank 2).
2002 Subaru Outback 2.5L power steering VIN: 4S3BH67532
It turned out to be the pump. We must of damaged it on startup, even though we filled and bled the system per Alldata. The replacement Cardone pump was also bad. I swapped the pump with the one from my 2001 Outback and cured the problem. The Cardone pump d...
1995 Toyota Camry DX 2.2L No Start VIN: JT2SK12E6S
thank you for all your replies at the end of this trial we checked igf signal confirmation it was good. The problem was the reman distributor that was installed was wrong, at the bottom of the shaft the offset wedge that syncs into the cam was in the reverse p...
2006 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8L Dash Illumination lights VIN: 2T1BR30EX6
Thanks to all who responded. New PRNDL switch fixed the problem. Cut old switch apart to find fault. Found cleaning solution had wiped insulation material off circuit board causing conductive deposits to short board. Not sure why PCM reacted to this by turning...
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