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1997 Audi Cabriolet 2.8L temp gauge read 1/4
check codes found codes p0118, replaced coolant temp. sensor. reading ok with scanner 216f, but temp. gauge in the instrument cluster shows only 1/4 gauge, its another sensor for this issues or gauge ? thanks. audi tech.
1988 BMW 535i 3.5L Starting VIN: WBADC8405J
Engine sometimes starts & runs fine but then dies after 10 minutes. Will subsequently start but immediately dies. Fuel pressure stays at 43 psi, coil activity seems constant via test light attached between ground and coil negative and noid light plugged into ...
1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 5.7L tach VIN: 1H57H2R599
ok guys i have done several of these with the result of the tach not going past 2000 rpm. i have a 66 truck i changed to hei same thing. hi know about the wave difference of the point verses the hei and i heard i need a filter to correct this.i heard a 7 0r 8 ...
1995 Chevrolet K1500 Suburban 5.7L torque converter VIN: 1GNFK16K0S
Vehicle came in shifting fine. Customer stated that while driving on interstate the tcc wasn't locking up and engine rpm was higher than normal. After shifting the vehicle into neutral and then back into the overdrive it then went into lockup mode. He also sta...
1996 Chrysler Sebring JXi 2.5L Stall VIN: 3C3EL55H8T
Replaced blown fuse for radio circuit caused by dead short in power amplifier under passenger seat. Somehow, this triggered the vehicle security system. Car does not have RKE and driver door lock/unlock has no effect. I do not have a DRB III with a reset funct...
2003 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition 5.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTRWO7323
Car came in with check engine light on found code p0443 checked for power at canister purge soleniod and there is power than I actuated it with scanner and disconnected hose coming from canister and seem to be working because there is vacuum on that side of th... Trouble codes: P0443
2000 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Hard start, no cooli VIN: KMHFKF35F6
I am at a complete lose as to where to look next. We have checked all electrical connections and grounds and there are no additional equipment or accessories have failed. It only becomes hard to start when hot and the cooling fans wont start. THANK YOU IN ADVA... Trouble codes: P0343 (Cam shaft sensor high voltage input), P0118 (Engine temp. sensor high input/open in ground circuit between ECT and PCM), P0505 (IAC malfunction)

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2007 Chevrolet Equinox LT 3.4L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 2GND133F78
Thanks again to all that replied. It was a defective throttle body from gm. Replace with another one from gm and worked fine. Performed relearn for throttle body and vehicles left without any issues. Thanks again. Trouble codes: P0507.
2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2.4L low compression/misfire VIN: 3A8FY58B26
Thanks to all that replied. We wanted to hold car an extra day but customer just HAD to have his car back before we could get the valve cover pulled for further inspection. Well, short version of long story, car died 2 days later on the road and motor is dead ...
2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L noise and engagement concern VIN: 1FAFP55U8Y
Sorry it took so long to post this,but it take awhile to gather parts and get this thing done.Turns out my hunch was right,intermediate/direct clutch drum had a crappy weld and was opening up when it got warm.I did take some advice and replaced the epc and pum...
2002 Ford Escape XLT 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: 1FMY04122K
First all thanks to all who replied. The car is running great and the customer is happy. This veh had a few issues. The #5 and #6 COP's were bad(intermittent problem). The intake had a vacuum leak at the EGR. Also the #6 fuel injector wire at the connector was...
2003 Ford E-450 Super Duty Stripped Chassis Custom 7.3L Charging VIN: 1FDXE45F73
Well I believe its fixed after talking to the chief I decided to issolate each alternator and was able to determine the lower alternator wasnt putting out much under a load so I installed a brand new reman motorcraft unit retested system now each alternator wa...
2004 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4L engine VIN: 1FTRF14524
Thanks for the help guys this one caught me off guard Im going to try the relearn first my tool guy hasnt been by lately which has made it difficult because my scanner needs updated checked TDC seems to be on and primed everything, The cyl in que...
2005 Ford E-350 Super Duty 6.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTSW21P95
Customer hasn't brought truck back yet. Has other issues like excessive blow by and has been modified/cobbled by previous owner, so he may have dumped it (I hope). Any all power and grounds have been checked with a headlamp including to pcm and maf sensor, all... Trouble codes: P1102 (MAF in range but lower than expected.).
2007 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4L Fuel smell VIN: 1FTPW14V97
Thanks for all the responses I recieved about my problem child! Iy did turn out to be the spark plugs, which the Ford dealership had just retorqued, but when we removed them ther was a corbon deposit on the shoulder of the plugs which I think was keeping them ...
1997 GMC Savana 2500 5.0L oil pressure guage VIN: 1GCFGJ29M4
Hi all, Thanks for the replies on this one. I have never seen a case where the oil pressure neddle pegs out past the last market and sticks with engine off before. Customer decided to not have it fixed. I did not at the time have the right sized socket for ...
2000 Pontiac Montana 3.4L starter VIN: 1GMDX03E6Y
Well the problem with this car was the security system. Not known to me at the time i was using the extra repo keys customers key started car fine.
2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.4L Cuts out VIN: 162NF52TX1
exhaust valve showed 10 ths. shorter than all the rest. customer went with an engine replacement. after engine gets replaced then further tair down will be done will relay findings latter. Trouble codes: 301 (testing and results).
2002 Saturn SL1 1.9L intermittent hard shift VIN: 1G8ZH52802
Most replies agreed that the valve body and or input shaft end nut are the common problems. The customer was not willing to spend the money for a valve body replacement but did want to see if tightning the end nut would did not...I suspect, as m...
2002 Subaru Impreza WRX 2.0L Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Misfire VIN: JF1GD29642
So I am going to close this because it's the only way I can update with more info. After 346 miles of running perfect, it acted up on me last night. Now that I was really able to duplicate it, I am thinking it is no longer ignition. This thing just flat cuts o... Trouble codes: P0301, P0302, P0303, P0304.
2003 Toyota Highlander 2.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: JTEGD21A53
Hello everyone, Thanks for your advice. I replaced the MAF sensor on the vehicle and the fuel trims dropped to less than 10% total. I would have liked to see less than that, but everything else looked good. I drove the car until all of the readiness monitor... Trouble codes: P0171, P0420, P0430.
2001 Volkswagen Beetle GL 2.0L No Start, No MIL lamp VIN: 3VWBB21C31
Beetle is fixed and down the road. I had to overcome several issues.First the ECM was NOT for this vehicle.We ran the VIN thru the dealer,recycle(salvage) yard and the reman ECM rebuilder and all agreed that the ECM was NOT for this car. Either by accident or ...
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