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2004 BMW M3 3.2L Cuts out, Stall VIN: WBSBL93444
this bmw can in with a no start due to battery dead. you can start the car and it dies almost right away. Will start and run on alternate fuel. scanner shows that car is not in double no start and we get a rpm signal from the scann on starting attempt. Seems t... Trouble codes: 179 (bank 2 cat), 178 (bank 1 cat)
1993 Cadillac DeVille 4.9L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Stall VIN: 1G6CD53B8P
This old caddy came in stalling and smoking black out tail pipe. Pulled vacuum line off fuel regulator, it was leaking bad out of the vacuum port and was replaced. Now engine has a slight and sometimes bad hesitation right off idle. Checked fuel pressure and i...
1998 Cadillac Catera 3.0L No Start
The car came in for a no crank I replaced the e c m Now it cranks what is asking me for a 4 digit security code I don't know how to get the security code that I need I do have s tech 2
1997 Chevrolet Tahoe 5.7L trans 2-3 shift hesitation VIN: 3GNEK18R5V
This Tahoe was towed in from an auction with the T case sitting in back of truck. Someone had gone to a lot of trouble to seal off trans so fluid would not leak out because of tcase not being installed. Parts of the tcase were missing so I assumed that was the...
2002 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LS 5.3L Accessories VIN: 3GNFK16Z32
Very basic one i replaced the radio due to cd problem and says lock on the screen and radio code has to be punched in but local check dealer dont seem to help so i need a chevy tech to guide me on this.i understand the get a way the get 6 digit code out of the...
2003 Chevrolet S10 LS 4.3L 4x4 VIN: 1GCDT13X33
The front axels won't engage on this s-10. The front drive shaft does turn .. The diaphragm holds air and it will engage if i manually pull cable. I changed the vacuum switch (3 prong)with no result. I suspect a loss of vacuum but can't seem see the line in th...
2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L Mechanical VIN: 1GCEK14T85
The front brakes on this truck seem to be self applying or draging every once in a while. Its a company vehicle and when this problem developed the master cyl was replace along w/ the calipers and brake hoses.problem went away for 3 mos. And now has re-surface...
2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD LT 6.6L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GCHK23296
This is my first duramax in the shop. It has multiple codes po102, po540, po107, po301, po302, po300, po113. I cleard all codes and took for test drive. Po301 po302 and po300 came back within 1/4 mile. Truck runs like it only has 6 cylinders. Missing and shaki... Trouble codes: P0102, P0540, P0107, P0301, P0302, P0300
2005 Chrysler Pacifica Touring 3.5L illumination/lamps VIN: 2C4GF68465
customer very frustrated with vehicle-while driving dash and headlamps start to flicker,radio heater quits,abs light comes on.evrything comes back when lights stop flickering.abs stores low voltage and loss of pcm communication.found so called fix on internet ...
2006 Chrysler Pacifica 3.5L left side bag VIN: 2A8GM48446
Car came in for an airbag lite, got "left curtain or seat squib short circuit" The alldata test looks fairly easy, but just says install appropriate load tool. Chrysler guys please help, what do they mean, is this a Chrysler only thing, or a fused jumper, or j...
1999 Dodge Ram 2500 8.0L Poor Idle Quality, no power VIN: 1B7KF23W4X
I drove the truck from the muffler shop and it had a severe lack of power. it idled a little rough, and was counting miss fires on cyl #9 and 10, no check engine light on and no codes in the pcm. I also heard a noise under the intake manifold that sounds like ...
2000 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1B4GP44G0Y
Hello, This Caravan w/3.3 L has a dead skip all the time, no brainer typically. Problem is computer indicates code P0303 for #3 cylinder misfire (middle rear cylinder). In actuality the misfire is on #4 cylinder on the front in the middle. Compression, inject...
2003 Dodge Ram 2500 5.9L No Start VIN: 3D7KA28663
This is a good friends truck. He bought it used but takes good care of it. We replaced 2 injectors about a year ago because they were leaking fuel into the engine oil. Up until latly the truck has been running great. Now it has an extended crank before start. ...
2004 Dodge Ram 2500 ST 5.9L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 3D7KU28C54
I'll start off by saying that I am not very experienced with Cummins diesels and my shop is not equipped for diesel repair. We got stuck with this because the bosses cousin just bought it and is having problems. It died going down the road, acted like it lost ... Trouble codes: P0483 (Cooling fan fault)
2006 Dodge Dakota SLT 3.7L Shift VIN: 1D7HE42K36
The truck will drive perfectly, but sometimes when you go over a rough road or maybe railroad tracks the transmission will go into limp mode and shift into what I believe is 2nd gear. There is no shifting, but if you shut the engine off and restart it the truc...
2002 Ford F-150 XL 4.2L Hesitation VIN: 1FTRX17212
Vehicle was towed in, had to reprogram key to start truck, Trans was replaced wih used unit, speedo runs wild, setting code(P01270), Disconnect speedo sensor @ trans and Road test, Performance and drivability is restored, Swapped speedo sensor with O/E trans a... Trouble codes: P1270
2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT 6.0L No Start, Hesitation VIN: 1FTNW21P43
Hello Group , I am doing an air leak test on the high pressure oil system , We found a leak on the top of #1 injector looked like the o ring. Dealer said we cant get just the o ring. Replaced injector and still leaking! My question is it common for the rail to... Trouble codes: P2290, P2291
2004 Ford Freestar SES 3.9L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2FMZA57614
This Freestar sets a P0401 (insufficient EGR flow) code immediately, checked vacuum sources and electrical. Pulled upper plenum and cleaned passages. The only monitors pending are the Evap & EGR. This EGR has the control solenoids, BPFE, and position sensor bu... Trouble codes: P0401 (insufficient flow EGR)
2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty FX4 6.0L Auto 4WD VIN: 1FTSWZ1PX5
Hey everyone thanks for helping me on this one. I don't really work on diesels that much but, this one fell in my lap. Customer complaint is Auto 4WD not working. Switch and light come on in dash. If i put my vacuum gauge on the LF wheel i get vacuum and every...
2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3L Stall VIN: 1FMCU95H95
This vehicle will run about 10min then the red triangle light for the hybrid warning comes on,, i get this codes p0a27,p1a10 at ecm and b1342 at the bcm .. The only way i can get vehicle back on is by disconecting the 12v battery for about 5min... Then it will... Trouble codes: P0A27, B1342 (Faulty control module), P1A10
2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4L Timing Chain VIN: 1FTPW14V78
Truck came in for engine noise light throttle with load. Doesn't happen cold but as soon as the vehicle's at operating temp there's a loud knocking noise coming from the front of the motor near timing cover. Sounds like the timing chain's very loose. Engine se...
2012 Ford Fusion SEL 2.5L Power steering VIN: 3FAHP0JAXC
This vehicle came in with electronic powersteering inop after a collision repair. From what I can see there is painwork on both fenders, hood, and radiator support was replaced. This car is too new for me to have any kind of tech info on. Furthermore my scanto...
1999 GMC Yukon Denali 5.7L Intake VIN: 1GKEC13R3X
Vehicle came in water pump and intake gasket leaking. Intake leak on left side. We replaced the pump and intake gasket with the new improved felpro gasket. As soon as we filled it with coolant it leaked out the right side (rear of the intake). We replaced that...
2006 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2GTEK13T96
Hey ya'll, Quick request for info on fuel tank pressure sensor on this truck. With system completely open my sensor is reading 1.35 volts and 14.07 inH2O. Doesn't seem right. I can pull a vac on the closed system or induce pressure and the value changes, but ... Trouble codes: P0446
2000 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5L body VIN: 2HKRL1860Y
We did brakes all the way around on this van. We cut the rear drums and front rotors. Since then on straight line braking when the vehicle is coming to a stop it makes a thump/knocking noise. It is a rotational sound that gets slower with the wheel speed. I ha...
2002 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5L front engine mount VIN: 2HKRL18602
Isd there any tips for replacing the front engine mount. Very hard to remove from vehicle.
2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.4L control head VIN: JHLRD77853
Thanks in advance for any tips. Vehicle came in with a complaint that the heater was not getting hot. found that the heater core was restricted. sold the job and changed heater core. had vehicle put back together and everything was working. then the hot-cold f...
1998 Jaguar XK8 4.0L charge lamp on VIN: SAJGX5246W
tested at cluster pin 22 grey /white wire engine running 6.50 vt.with the connector removed tested the pin 22 voltage is 11.50 is this normal and do you think it's the cluster it's self? also with everything connected using a power probe I added voltage to pin...
1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7L Battery VIN: 1J4GW68NSX
Thanks to all, I have a 1999 jeep grand cherakee with a 4.7. it has a bad battery draw. with amp meter on neg of battery and neg cable end. letting the pcm and bcm go to sleep for about an hour. amp draw is .262 amp. tested do to the bcm. on plugged the gray...
2003 Kia Sorento EX 3.5L Rear Differential VIN: KNDJC73313
Customer came to me with a squeak when coming to a stop and taking off again. Didn't occur any other time. I found the rear upper control arm to the rear diff broken off. I don't see any other fix other than replacing the entire diff housing. Looking to see if...
1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS 2.0L No Start VIN: 4A3AK34Y1W
Ok, this is for the Mtsubishi guys out there. This 98 Eclipse isa cranks no start. Unable to communicate with the ECM and the SES lamp woulld not come on at all. Performed basic diagnostics and found all of the powers and grounds in to the ecm were good. I rep...
1991 Nissan Pathfinder XE 3.0L Headlights VIN: JN8HD17S6M
Hello all, I am in an odd situation here. A Nissan pathfinder came into the shop the other day for an electrical evaluation. The complaint was the headlights intermittently would turn on and off randomly. After inspecting the vehicle, I couldn't seem to re-cre...
2000 Nissan Xterra SE 3.3L ride quality VIN: 5N1ED28T7Y
I asked for a softer shock absorber for the front but was told there is only on type for this vehicle which is "firm" , i suspect that these are the vehicle caracteristics , but would like some expert opinions in order to explain this to the customer . Thank y...
2004 Nissan Murano SL 3.5L transfercase VIN: JN8AZ08W14
Hi Techs. I got this 2004 nissan all wheel drive murano in for service which included remove and replaced leaking driver side axle seal, engine oil cooler seal and rear brake pads change. Three days later customer comes back with noise under car when driving. ...
1998 Plymouth Breeze 2.0L Unknown VIN: 1P3EJ46C7W
i want to thank u first for the help. i have owned this car for 7 years now and have owned it from when it had about 45000 miles on it. and for as long as i can remember it has smoked out of the tail pipe. now this is not an oil smoke its a sweet smelling smok...
2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT2 3.8L Starting VIN: 2G2WS52234
We installed a remote start into this grand prix with no issues. After 3 years it stopped working. The interface we used to make it work holds a programed key inside of it. The key lost its programing and the car will not accept it. How can we determine if the...
1999 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: WP0CA2996X
DTC p0446,p1124,p1126.How do I tell which vent line at engine to check if system holds vacuum or is blocked? Trouble codes: P0446, P1124, P1126
2002 Saab 9-5 Arc 3.0L Poor Idle Quality VIN: YS3ED59Z82
hi guys, this car had a bad overheat. We bought rebuilt cylinder heads and timing belt, pulled oil pan because oil sludge. Car runs perfect just off idle. Accelerates extreme! Used factory tool on t-belt. I did the same t-belt on the next car and was perfec... Trouble codes: P0300, P0304
1996 Subaru Legacy L 2.2L Misfire VIN: 4S3BK4351T
Subie experts and gurus.Car initially came in for rough running- scanned for codes- misfire on 1 and 4-plugs were worn and wires looked original- replaced with Denso plugs and Napa premium Belden wires-cleaned throttlebody and maf,replaced fuel filter added fu... Trouble codes: P0301, P0302, P0304
2007 Suzuki SX4 Sport 2.0L fan belt VIN: JS2YB41747
I am having problem with serpentine belt coming off ,Outside edge of belt starts to wear(shredding)Then pops off.Pulleys look lined up & free.Belt lasts 3000 to 5000 before any problems .Any help would be great. Thanks
1995 Toyota Camry LE 2.2L rear brakes VIN: 4T1SK12W9S
Customer brought in car stating that he had to do an emergency stop the other day and the right rear brake locked up. About 6 months ago we replaced the brake lines going to the rear of the car cause they rotted out. He thought maybe he had air still in the li...
1999 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8L Front and Rear Tail and Parking lights VIN: 1NXBR12E4X
Hi ALL and Happy Thanksgiving. Have looked and researched data from archives on like vehicle. Have found quite a few with same problem, IE, most of the time battery is connected, front and rear parking and tail lights are illuminated. High beam indicator will ...
2003 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0L Trac Control VIN: JTEZU14RX3
no codes stored. intermitten problem. when acting up truck will not go over 30mph. data on scan tool does not change any to possible show a problem.if able to maintain speed the trac lite will flash and beep until you slow down.there still will not be a code s...
2006 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7L driveshaft VIN: 5TBET34166
While sitting at a stop it feels like someone rear ends the truck. Sometimes it will happen right after stopping. Other times it can take anywhere from 10 to 20 seconds. The intensity of the bump or clunk also varies. This is a 2 wheel drive truck. Thanks in a...
1999 Volkswagen Beetle GL 2.0L tach, speedo VIN: 3VWBA21C5X
Hey Guys, This one has us stumped. At idle speedo, tach, instrument lighting, fuel gauge, works. As soon as you apply throttle I loose everything. As though you shut the key off. I thought a broken wire making and breaking contact with engine torque but even ...

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2006 Acura MDX Touring 3.5L oil pan VIN: 2HNYD18876
Thank you to all who took time to help me with this. As it turns out on closer examination, removing the balancer and timing cover fouind leak from front of engine. Suspect rear as well but trans. removal was declined at this time. Thanks again.
2003 BMW 325xi 2.5L No Start VIN: WBAEU33403
so i worked on the car some more and found i have spark crank sensor is good but no fuel pressure then i crawled under it and went to listen to the fuel pump to kick on and it did then i tapped the gas tank with the palm of my hand and the car fired and ran th... Trouble codes: F4 (Theral oil level sensor), 11 (Tank level sensor 2), D7.
1996 Chevrolet K1500 Cheyenne 5.7L No Start, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GCEK19R1T
Thankyou to all that sent me suggestions. this is a great site to belong to. Well I was able to finally fix the truck, customer finally brought it back. it was the ignition module wiring harness. spliced a new one in and truck has not had a problem since! Trouble codes: P1351, P0430, P0141.
1996 Chevrolet Blazer 4.3L stays on VIN: 1GNDT13W2T
Thank you for the good info. Replaced the radio with an after market unit and all is well. Happy thanksgiving to all
2004 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 Z66 5.3L Engine VIN: 3GNEK12T04
Thanks everyone,when you need a hand there's no better people than mechanics to ask. That's what were here for i think. anyway going to have to close this w/o fix cause of lack of funds by the owner, but i agree with most everyone that it's cam and lifters. th...
2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 6.6L Blower Motor VIN: 1GCHK23205
First off I want to thank everyone for their fast responses, several of you were right on when you said we should change the fan to the new design. We found a known good blower that is the new design with the smaller fan and lower amperage usage. It pulls 4...
1992 Chrysler New Yorker Fifth Avenue 3.8L No Start VIN: 1C3XV66L8N
we finally fixed this one, we went back to the wiring diagram and grounded the gn/org wire ( drivers door switch ) with a power probe,at the alarm box, with the key on, that shut off the alarm, once it started we unplugged the alarm box to disable it it now st...
1995 Ford F-350 XL 7.3L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Stall, Misfire VIN: 2FDKF38FXS
Thank you for all your help. Record snow falls here and I have not gotten to my desk in days. The injectors were the answer. Customer told us not to pull the injectors at the start because he had "them replaced recently". Our test of blocking one fuel return...
1998 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 5.0L engine will not start and stay running VIN: 1FMZU35P4W
1998 Ford E-350 Econoline Club Wagon XL HD 5.4L MIL Lamp on, No power VIN: 1FDWE37L5W
Thanks for all the help, I ended up putting coils in and cleared the codes truck runs great, told the customer that the fuel pressure was low declined the fuel pump at this time, thanks to all and have a good holiday Trouble codes: P0171 (testing and results).
2000 Ford Mustang 3.8L tapping noise VIN: 1FAFP4048Y
Thank you to all who helped with this one. The noise sounded just like a lifter tapping noise but was indeed the rod bearings. Upon removal of the oil pan and bearing caps, I found 4 of the 6 damaged but not spun. Replacing the bearings took care of the noise....
2004 Ford F-350 Super Duty XLT 5.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FDSF35L24
tyvm for your replies. ftp sensor was in spec if i forgot to mention that, sorry. also removing fuel cap dropped ftp to spec. found vmv to be leaking, leak was very small took several minutes for ftp to drop while engine running. replaced vmv, retested system,... Trouble codes: P1450 (excess vacum in evap system).
2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT 6.0L Hesitation, Surge, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTSX21P25
Thank all for your advice and help. The customer just return the truck for the repair. The fix was #2 injector install new one and the started find in the morning. Thank you again. Trouble codes: P0266 (Cly 2 contribution balance), P0299, P0528.
1994 Honda Accord LX 2.2L Performance VIN: 1HGCD5536R
We want to thank everyone for your help and input. This was a difficult one to diagnose. The good news is we did find the problem to be with the oxygen sensor. So those of you who pointed to this were correct and we are greatly appreciate everyone's help. Than...
2002 Honda Accord EX 2.3L engine - oiling VIN: 1HGCG32582
Well, finally, after six VTEC screens and camshaft/rocker passages cleaned again, the vehicle is finally out on the road without the P1259 code recurring. Just took time to finally filter out the remainder of the carbon. Customer's happy "runs like new" Thanks...
2007 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3L Radio VIN: JHMFA36237
Hello, Thank you all for the replies. I was always aware of the 1+6 preset and the little stickers the dealer sticks when the car is sold... But this car did not have any stickers. The customer was able to track down the original owner and got the ID card and ...
1996 Land Rover Range Rover HSE 4.6L No Start VIN: SALPE1447T
thanx to all, most of you hitit right on the head. But yea i needed the O.E scanner for this one (autologic) if im not mistaken, any ways local lock smith came and, i quote " re-set antitheft system" with autologic, 3 min and it was done car fired right up. wo... Trouble codes: 1622 (Repeted ecm security code).
2003 Lincoln Town Car Signature 4.6L Steering VIN: 1LNHM82W93
Thanks for all the replys. It went to the dealer and they put a second module in it and this fix the hard steering concern
1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SL 4.5L turn signals/ hazard VIN: 1070441203
Thank you all for your help. This vehicle does have a flasher relay, it is not available, it is supposed to be locateed behind the dash towards the left side, I could not find it because someone has removed it. I am in the process of finding a generic flashe...
1995 Mercedes-Benz S500 5.0L MIL Lamp on, VIN: WDBGA51E4S
We finally figured out that the rebuilt Throttle body cable was improperly adjusted from BBA. Our technician readjusted the cable so that when the vehicle warmed up the vehicle would idle at 700 RPM's in park. Once the proper idle was achieved the cold start ... Trouble codes: 030 (No reception from N4/1 EFP), 006 (Idle Control Faulty), 224 (Idle speed control switch).
2002 Saturn Vue 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 5GZCZ63B02
Wow, thanks for all the responses. Mike & Virgil nailed it. The wiring was in fact switched, the harness(s) to bank 1, Sensors 1 & 2 were switched, It turned out when our tech swapped engines, He pulled the retaining clips off the firewall and It looked as if ... Trouble codes: P0134 (H02S Circuit Insufficient activity Bank 1 sensor 1), P0030 (H02S Heater Control Circuit Bank 1 sensor 1), P0135 (H02S Heater Performance Bank 1 sensor 1).
1996 Toyota Camry DX 2.2L Cam Timing VIN: 4T1BG12K3T
thanks to all who replied to this post. sorry i didnot close sooner. thankfully been very buisy. the exhaust cam sprocket is spring loaded and has to be pre loaded and have the stop bolt 6mm inserted into line up hole before installation. the timing refrence m...
1998 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0L No Blower Motor VIN: 4T1BF18BXW
2002 Toyota Camry SE 2.4L 2-3 Shift VIN: 4T1BE32K52
Thanks to all for your input! We had Toyota reset the shift adaptives for the low low price of $102 and transmission shifts much much better now! Brian, thank you for your info on allowing the transmission to reach operating temp. The shifts, especially 2-3...
2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.4L no communication VIN: 4T1BE32K54
The harness was so hacked up that I replaced the harness and all is well.
1967 Volkswagen Beetle 1.5L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out
thank you for all the help,sometimes you get used to working on newer stuff you forget the old,after checking everything i ended up putting on a new carb. on and all is well thanks again.
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