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2003 Acura MDX Touring 3.5L Auto HVAC VIN: 2HNYD18953
What's that saying? ... "If the wife ain't happy, nobody's happy." Well, I need help fixing my wife's car. This 03 MDX with navigation and auto temp control is acting a little funny. About 75% of the time, you cannot control the fan speed or vent mode manually...
2001 BMW 325i 2.5L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WBAAV33491
Could use some help on this one. I've got an '01 325i here that has come back with a cyl 1 misfire for the past year/20k miles and is slowly coming more frequent. as well as driving me nuts. came in march 2010 with the 238 misfire and a 065 intake cam sensor f... Trouble codes: 238 (EE misfire cyl. 1), P1343, P1342, 168 (A8 thermostat map cooling mechanical jammed open)
2003 BMW 325xi 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: WBAEU33473
I am totally stumped on this one. I have a recurring code, E4 DME Fuel Trim B2, permissable range exceeded, Mixture too lean. (P0174). This code has re-set a couple of times, sometimes it will take weeks to re-appear. This is the ONLY code that sets. I've... Trouble codes: P0174 (Mixture too lean Bank 2)
2004 BMW 545i 4.4L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WBANB33574
ok bmw techs, i need help on this one, we dont work on bmw but this was one of my customer cars who wanted us to work on it. this car came in running terrible, cuts off when stopping at stops signs. i test drove this car 5 miles, it ran rough and at every stop... Trouble codes: 10062 (misfire detection sum malfuction above max thehshold), 10057 (misfire detection cyl 2 /above max threshold), 10056 (misfire dection cylinder 7 invalid signal), 10055 (misfire dection cyl 3 above max threshold), 10053 (misfire detection cly4 above max threshold), 10272 (error disa blew max threshold)
2005 BMW X5 3.0i 3.0L battery VIN: 5UXFA13585
Thanks to all that take the time to read this. We have a 2005 BMW X5 with a draw on the battery ,It will fluctuate between .5 to 1.25 amps at times. In the right rear of the X5 is a fuse panel if i pull three fuses the battery draw will go down to .02 Milli ...
1998 Chevrolet K1500 Silverado 5.7L front axle
This is my son's truck,it is leaking gear lube at the right sub axle so i am thinking that it's just a worn seal.I've looked in the data base about this repair and want to touch base with this.I see if it's the left seal that you have to pull the diff and remo...
2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8L powersteering assist VIN: 1GCEK19V74
customer complains that at times it is hard to steer , I cannot reproduce the issue . before I change the pump for the third time (the first replacement was noisy ) I would like to see if anybody has run into this before. any help would be appreciated . Thanks...
2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 6.0L Clock VIN: 1GCHK29U44
We have installed a remote start system in this vehicle , Customer Also has a Progrevise snap shot on his aldl connector , but intermently when remote starts it will reset the clock in the radio to 12:00 and says it will kick out his snap shot, The bypass modu...
2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer LT 4.2L Blower speed front VIN: 1GNDT13S45
OK GM guys-n-gals...I'm stumped. This vehicle has intermittent Blower fan speed control. When I turn the vehicle on everything lights up. I press the "on" button for the heat,then press the "up" arrow to increase fan speed and it works as designed. Then I pres...
2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD LT 6.6L Misfire VIN: 1GCHK23DX6
This request is for a shop recommendation. We are a foreign car shop and do not work on trucks, and especially not diesel's. I have a good friend and client who has a 2006 Chevy duramax diesel, and I am looking for a specialist in my area. We are located in Ho...
2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx LTZ 3.5L No crank No Comm VIN: 1G1ZU638X6
Called in for a no crank no comm from pcm. PCM is the last module in line on the bus. Customer stated that the vehicle came in with the ground wire to the pcm burned out and the ground pin in the pcm pulled out with the connector. He then purchased a new conne...
2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5L starter VIN: 2G1WT55K06
Hello, I have an 06 Impala with DTC P1682. The car has the extended crank or delayed crank symptom. Will sometimes have to hold the key for a few seconds before it cranks. I guess there is a known problem here, I just don't know what the fix is and hope someon...
2001 Chrysler Intrepid 2.7L no crank VIN: 2C3HH46R91
hey techs i have this intrepid in the shop for an alternator replacement,after replacing the vehicle would start and stall,it did this three times and now it doesn't crank at all,sounds like a neutral safety switch but it checks out.if i jump relay starter wil...
2004 Dodge Sprinter 2500 2.7L Steering VIN: WD5PD74434
truck came in with steering jerking back to center. had aftermarket rack installed so we replaced with a new dealer rack. Aligned and all was good. now its back with hard power steering. we drove it and it seems tight but not hard. The customer says they used ...
2006 Dodge Charger SXT 3.5L traction control VIN: 2B3KA43GX6
when driving down the road intermittently the traction control light will come on and power is reduced. there are no codes in abs system. all data seems ok while driving. not sure whats going on. no drivability issues at all. thanks for the input and help, Art...
2006 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.8L left power slider VIN: 2D4GP44L66
the problem is that it has a intermittent problem where the slider will not open it will pop out then stop it can go for days without acting up and work good
2007 Dodge Caliber SXT 2.0L Front Winshield Wipers VIN: 1B3HB48B17
Hi fellow technicians, happy new year to all of you, i got a problem child here, vehicle came with wipers working only with the switch on high speed but wipers were barely moving for ten seconds and then stop, wait for motor to cool down to put it back in park...
2009 Dodge Charger SE 2.7L starter VIN: 2B3KA43D19
I have this car that have me thinking, Another shop bring me this car, after they installed a new WIN,I did programmed new WIN and FOB with a Maxidas, but still doing samething, Car won't start with Key only clicks and attempt to start, if jump the starter rel...
1990 Ford Aerostar XL 3.0L Cooling Systems VIN: 1FMDA31U5L
This van has loud poping noise from upper radiator hose/ thermostat area- when at idle or driving. The van runs good no problems & it does not overheat van runs good it just has noise from cooling system!
1995 Ford Mustang GT 5.0L Poor Idle Quality, Stall, Misfire VIN: 1FALP42TXS
Got me scratching my head. Car will start and run but you have to open throttle some to keep it running for about 30 seconds, otherwise it will die. Then it runs pretty good for about another 20-30 seconds by itself. Then it will start missing but will keep ru...
1998 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L 4wd VIN: 1FMPU18L6W
Hello, I have this expedition here, customer put it in 4WD-HI and later put it back into 2-HI and it stayed in 4-HI with indicator saying it was in 4WD indicator does not flash and stays solid. Removed shift motor and shifted transfer case by hand back to 2-HI...
1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L oil pan VIN: 1FTNX20F3X
howdy, the question is "can you remove the oil pan with the engine in the frame" alldata says mfg. does not give this proceedure, and recomends pulling the engine. I see no leaks on upper engine,( turbo , hpop, ect., just at pan rail. has anyone atempted th...
2000 Ford E-250 Econoline 4.2L Engine VIN: 1FTNE2429Y
Vehicle is brought to facility with no Power no MIL light check history only p1000 road test vehicle and confirms has no power what so ever, check for possible plugged catalyst drop pipes from header still same problem. has anyone else come across this problem...
2001 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0L Misfire VIN: 1FMZU75EX1
vehicle has misfire on start up. miss clears up within a few seconds. have replaced coil, wire, injector, and plug. it is a overhead cam engine. Trouble codes: P0304
2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Stall VIN: 1FTNX21F11
replaced 4 inj do to cyl balance problems,valve cover gaskets,ran all tests for this issue.truck is very hard to start when it does heavy fuel smoke crackles and dies.watching high pressure oil its aprox 2500psi replaced icp sensor and cheched ipr tests good a... Trouble codes: P1316
2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty XLT 6.0L Ijection Controll Pressure VIN: 1FTSX31P73
Truck lost power wile driving then died. Icp sensor was leaking so replaced it and the ipc pres regulator.after 25 or more seconds cranking the engine the icp press will get to 480 to 520 will try to start if you let it sit for a minute or less it takes 25 sec...
2004 Ford Escape Limited 3.0L Low Brake Pedal VIN: 1FMCU94154
Thanks in advance for any advise. We have this Escape that has a noticably low pedal on initial application. If you apply brake, let off and reapply as if in stop and go traffic the pedal is nice and firm. It just seems to be with the first application. I'm ...
2005 Ford Focus ZX4 2.0L Guage Lights And Parking Lights VIN: 1FAFP34N35
Car intermittently blows parking light fuse also affects instument panel illumination.cannot duplicate concern in shop or on test drives after running car for long periods of time with lights on.replace fuse everything is fine for a couple of days then car wil...
1996 GMC Yukon SLE 5.7L starter VIN: 1GKEK13R9T
I have two of this in my shop now they both have the 5.7 in them and make noise like the starter needs to be shimed. The other truck is a 99 suburban and belongs to my shop.We have put at least 5 starters in it because they keep going out.They both make the sa...
2003 GMC Savana 3500 6.0L Cuts out, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GDHG31U33
i have this truck and i am hoping i could get some help not sure where to go from here..problem is that the engine turns over fine but but will not fire unless you press the gas pedal down as soon as you let go it stalls only cold when it warms up it runs fine... Trouble codes: P0171, P0174, P0154, P0158, P0131, P0134
2005 Honda Element EX 2.4L No Start VIN: 5J6YH28665
Thanks in advance for all help. I have searched the data base for any similar cases. This vehicle was a no startr condition for apx 1 week the customer tried every morning and evening to get it to start. The night it was scheduled to be towed in the customer t...
2004 Isuzu Rodeo S 3.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: 4S2CK58Y24
we have an 04 isuzu rodeo here with a p1239 code .we replaced the fuel presure sensor & duty solonoid .code keeps coming back. this is the high presure fuel systm.we've never seen this code before ,so not really sure what to do. any help on this one would be g...
2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0L all gauges VIN: 1J4FF48S8Y
jeep was brought in a couple weeks ago. I have checked power and grounds all good. Turn indicator lights work and so does parking brake light and bright lite. None of gauges respond to anything. I have been through all connections at dash. Any ideas?
2002 Kia Rio 1.5L No Start
Fellow techs, especially Kia experts: The engine in this vehicle was replaced with used unit. would not start. Found motor damaged internally, was replaced a second time. Vehicle would still not start. After much fussing around, the shop replaced the timing b...
1994 Lexus LS400 4.0L Computer VIN: JT8UF11E0R
We checked the codes and got 41 throttle position sensor. Computer appears to be bad. It's easy enough to determine this after removing the ECM, and seing an obvious burn spot. After researching this on IATN, and seeing others with a similar problem, I saw tha...
2001 Mazda MPV DX 2.5L Shift points VIN: JM3LW28Y01
Last week we replaced front pads and rotors and changed the oil. She took van home and parked it till this morning, 7 days. Now the van upshifts way early, it's in overdrive at 20 MPH. While it was here the key got left on, and we had to charge the battery. Th...
2009 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.3L Excessive Emissions, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on
He Everyone, I will update with the vin in the morning as I am at home and do not have it with me. I have the mazdaspeed here that is setting this p2188 code. Customer complaint is of engine light and black smoke. There are zero modifications to the car. Ver... Trouble codes: P2188
1996 Mercedes-Benz C220 2.2L No Start VIN: WDBHA22E9T
Hi Everyone I have a real beast here this car came in with a bad motor.motor has been replaced and will not start the car cranks and will not fire.The red and green led lights on the dash flash alternatly leading me to believe the immobiliser is the culprit.Th...
1999 Mercury Sable LS 3.0L Stops Running VIN: 1MEFM53S0X
This is my wifes car and this is the 2nd time this problem has happen in the last two weeks. The frist time was on X-mas eve going on a long trip to family. Got about 60 miles into the trip and the car quit running. Took a couple of days to get back to the sho...
1993 Nissan Maxima SE 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: JN1EJ01F8P
This vehicle came in about a month ago with a dead hole on #4 cylinder. Swapped coil and plug with other cylinders but problem still remained on #4 cylinder. We installed all injectors (remanufactured) and car ran great and was out the door. Approx. one month ...
2004 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5L Fault Mode VIN: 1N4BA41E44
This car came in a few months ago with a po726 DTC, engine speed input circuit performance. I initially found the connector to the crank sensor was not fully seated, sensor is not too expensive or hard to replace so we replaced it, inspected & cleaned connect...
2006 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5L Engine VIN: 1N4BA41E76
Ernest from Florida Jan 2, 2012 12:36:51 AM We just recently had in a 2006 Maxima 3.5 with 61,000 miles, the oil and engine look very clean internally. After sitting usually over 2-3 hours, when you tried to start the engine it would spin over very fast,it sou...
2006 Nissan Altima S 2.5L heater opt VIN: 1N4AL11D56
Start veh.warm to opt temp heater blows cool at Idol increase to 200 heater gets very hot let Idol cools
1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais 2.3L fuel injectors VIN: 1G3NF54D3J
Hello to all and thanks in advance, this old quad 4 will not start, i get an ocaissional single noid light at injector have good power to injectors, this thing will run on starting fluid but no injector pulse, have replaced ecm with rebuilt unit and no change,...
1992 Oldsmobile Bravada 4.3L injector/fuel/v.a.r. VIN: 1GHDT13W7N
customer complained of surging and loss of power, then stalled and then a no start, towed to my shop and checked fuel pressure 60 lbs k.o.e.o. spark good, sprayed starting fluid in throttle body car ran, no power to injectors? checked all fuses and relays, fue...
1999 Subaru Legacy L 2.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: 4S3BD4357X
Customer only concern is MIL to pass inspection. There is no symptom of misfire detected, but light can be blinking. Initial test could not verify misfires, but spark plugs and wires very old and worn, and wires saturated with oil due to leaking tube seals. We... Trouble codes: P0301, P0302 (Misfire 2), P0303 (Misfire 3), P0304 (Misfire 4)
1987 Toyota Van Wagon LE 2.2L Unknown VIN: JT3YR26W4H
Hello, I have a this toyota van that makes a whining/whistling noise after you reach about 35 mph. We've brought the vehicle back in and had the vehicle on a lift and put the car in drive on the lift and we cannot duplicate the noise. We took the air box off a...
2000 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7L airbag/ cruise
Thanks to everyone for your help. This truck went on a long trip with no problems. On the way back costumer noticed his airbag light on and his cruise stopped working at the same time.I scaned for codes and could not get any infomation. Checked fuses all good....
2006 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7L Battery VIN: 5TBDT44126
The battery goes dead intermittently, but getting more and more frequently, we started out with 10 to 20 mili amps then it goes up to 30 to 40 when we checked it the next morning. We have one fuse #3 that when pulled the drain will go away. The battery went de...
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8L No Start VIN: WVWWH63B23
Posting for another tech in shop. Car has extended crank when cold. Had set P0321 (showing on VAG as intermittant) which despite the stated definition relates directly to the crank sensor. Crank sensor has been replaced with factory unit. Waveform from sensor ... Trouble codes: P0321
2002 Volvo V40 1.9L front end VIN: YV1VW295X2
The customer came in complaining about a front end noise. I drove the car and found that there is a loud noise coming from front left. Sounds like a bad wheel bearing. Noise becomes apparent at around 30 MPH, and gets louder as you go faster. It doesn't appear...

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2005 Audi A6 Quattro 3.2L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WAUDT74F95
thank you everyone for your input i replace the vvt solenoid and went for a road test ..shortly after the car stalled through 6 different codes and now will only idle , two codes p0013 and p2014 will not erase from the computer ..the other codes were 19545 and... Trouble codes: P2006, P0304, P0430, P1050, P2014.
2001 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.2L No Start VIN: 1G1JC52451
2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS 3.8L Engine VIN: 2G1WX15K42
i started to tap on the IAC valve and it started to work better. customer didn't want to put anymore money into it so we never replaced it
2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3L noise VIN: 2GCEC13TX5
Thanks for all the input, we got two new rotors with new OEM pads. I think one of the reason why only the right side had those metal chips in the pads was because the rotor. We look at the rotors carefully and they were different brands. The pads we put on the...
2006 Dodge Charger R/T 5.7L Stall VIN: 2B3KA43H06
We cleaned throttle body and the MAF. Performed idle relearn. Found loose battery post and replaced battery. Still had issue. We got a hold of a factory scan tool that allowed us to see communication codes we couldnt see on the Modis. Isolated the problem to t...
2004 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0L Programming VIN: 1FMDU75K14
CAR IS FIXED AND RUNNING DOWN THE ROAD. ABOUT 3 HOURS AFTER WE FIXED THE VEHICLE FORD REPLIED TO HELP REQUEST: "If you are running IDS 76 on the Windows 7 64-bit that is fine. If you are trying to run FMP on Windows 7 64-bit, it has not been validated to ...
2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0L wheel speed sensor VIN: 1FAHP56U85
Well, the car is fixed. To summarize replies, some did say that the module could be destroyed by having the wrong sensor in. I took the gamble and replaced the module with a used one the body shop supplied. It did NOT fix the problem. I went back over all my s...
2006 Ford E-350 Super Duty 6.0L Excessive Emissions, Cuts out, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTSS34P06
got a new ebp sensor tube from ford and removed turbo , replaced parts with new ones problem solved thanks very much Trouble codes: P0299, P0470, P0471, P0528.
2006 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6L key switch VIN: 1FTRF12W26
there are too mini ground switch ont he ground side of the shifer lockout solonid the factory wiring diagram dont show u sometime u just have to go old school and oen up the harness the shifter park bracket was bent not letting the shifter go back into park ...
2006 Ford E-350 Super Duty XLT 5.4L No Start VIN: 1FBNE31L86
Well William from penn. you have the right fix. After my last post I spent a couple of hours re-testing what I had checked before. I also went to the ecm to check for signal from fuel pump driver - I had 6v with key on and signal back to driver from ecm 8v key...
2007 Ford Focus SES 2.0L Low brake pedal VIN: 1FAFP31N97
I have not been able to fix this vehicle because the customer is not to sure if they want to spend any more money. As said before we had pinched off all of the brake hoses and the pedal is still low. The master was replaced and pressure bled. It was also ma...
1993 Mazda MPV Passenger 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Stall VIN: JM3LV5222P
pcv system was checked no problems found. throttle body and plate checks ok. As idle control is the only problem I wanted to replace IAC... client declined to replace iac valve due to cost at this time. I will post more info when further diags or repairs are ...
2003 Mercedes-Benz ML320 3.2L headlights VIN: 4JGAB54E83
OK.Time is up on this one. Customer rescheduled for follow up a couple of times but never showed up. If he decides to show i will update with the repair.Thanks for all your help on this one guys.
2006 Mercury Montego Premier 3.0L Unknown VIN: 1MEHM421X6
Hey there all that replied I put the a new valve body in and I am calling this one fixed. From the tsbs i read on this vehicle the valve body is a problem with this trans. Thank you for all that replied and took the time to research the help is very appreciate...
2001 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0L Poor Idle Quality VIN: JN1CA31D01
Unplugged motor mounts before programing. Tested amps through ground side of IAC motor at PCM. IAC works fine. Wires good. Ordered new PCM through Nissan and will install next week. Thanks for all the help! Trouble codes: P0139 (O2 signal slow B1S2), P0138 (O2 signal slow B1S1).
2004 Nissan Sentra 1.8L thermostat VIN: 3N1CB51D54
Well thanks for all the replies. Of the 19, 13 thought I had a blown head gasket. Others suggested use OE thermostat, air pocket in system, is vehicle actually overheating or just gauge high, and bad radiator. Also TSB 04-018 to checked radiator cap. I inst...
2004 Nissan Murano SL 3.5L Electric window VIN: JN8AZ08W84
If you read through the replies, the window motor has to be removed from the regulator to perform the re-synchonization. That in and of itself would probably take 1.5 hrs. I warned the customer ahead of time, if that did not accomplish the synchronization, t...
2008 Nissan Versa S 1.8L key VIN: 3N1BC13E48
well you guys are the bomb couldnt of did it with out you guys first of all yes dealer cut us the wrong key i got the new key and thank you thomas and andrew for giving me the correct acess code and guy that walked me through the programming steps again im h...
1998 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0L No Start VIN: 3VWN4B1C3W
Hello iATN,this vehicle is fixed after much headache.Previous to posting for help i had done all the checks that one should always do.check powers,grounds sensor signals everything that pertains to the problem but some how i still got a few replies that said f...
1999 Volkswagen Cabrio 2.0L Excessive Emissions, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWCB61E4X
thanks every one that replied, finaly fixed thise vehicle. the problem with emissions was the o2 sensor. when i first installed the sensor, the voltage was still elevated but as the engine was running it started to get better and better, ran it on dyno manual ... Trouble codes: P1582 (idle adaptation at limit), P0411 (secondary air inj. incorrect flow).
2001 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0L blend door VIN: 3VWSK29M11
thanks for all the replies, the customer picked up the car, and will live with the heater for now. I think puttig a lever kit in the heater box will fix the problem..
1999 Volvo V70 X/C AWD 2.4L driveline VIN: YV1LZ56D6X
Wereplaced angle gear and coupeling with used from reliable source. Also; the tulips or inner sliding CV joints were loose so we replaced them with Empi brand. Hydraulic motor mount is causing off line wobble but vibrations are gone. Thanks
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