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2003 Acura MDX Touring 3.5L No Start VIN: 2HNYD18653
Customer has intermittant no crank concern.I cant seem to duplicate this. He says theft light proves out.Then he tells me the dash goes blank at times when fault occurs.Scan test shows p0705 TR sensor fault.Check on availiblity of this and no dealers stock TR ... Trouble codes: P0705
2003 BMW Z4 3.0i 3.0L No Start VIN: 4USBT53473
Hey guys, We normally do not work on bmw's but this is a good customers play toy( he flies hospital helicopter). The customer had driven to the store and the next morning the car would not start. We hooked up our Snap-on versus for codes. We replaced the crank... Trouble codes: P0335 (Crank sensor), 3C1D, 3C1E, 3C1F
2003 BMW X5 4.6is 4.6L RR speed sensor fault(31) VIN: 5UXFB93553
hey-o everyone, im thinking i need a control module in this x5 tho im trying to cover all my bases before i take the plunge. The truck comes in with a RR speed sensor fault,check data from the wheel speed sensors all working fine but the rt rear, clear dtc (1)...
2001 Cadillac Seville STS 4.6L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1G6KY54971
I have a 2001 Seville that very intermittantly will not idle (starts and stalls) or will idle high for a while. Checked IAC circuit with a noid light tool and I get alternatly flashing red to green lights and then settles to just green and red. Cleaned IAC and... Trouble codes: P0507
2002 Cadillac Escalade 6.0L Turn signals VIN: 1GYEK63N02
When the vehicle entered the shop the left turn signal pulsed on and stayed on (no flashing). Accompanying the lack of operation there was a buzzing sound coming from the fuse panel (turned out to be the flasher). I began by examining the wiring schematic. I p...
2004 Cadillac XLR 4.6L MIL Lamp on
Hello fellow techs, here I have this weeks nightmare. I have a relatively low mileage XLR Caddilac which came in with no real running problem, but this P0171 lean condition code. Engine runs smooth with no hesitation or obvious power problem. At first I erased... Trouble codes: P0171, P, 174 (System runs lean bank 2)
2005 Chrysler Pacifica Touring 3.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2C4GF68405
Hey fellow techs, this van's oil light comes on from time to time when driving. We replaced the sending unit with a dealer new. Light still comes on. I can't monitor the pressure voltage with the MODIS as that data parameter is not supported. Vehicle has oil p... Trouble codes: P0522 (Engine Oil Pressure Low)
2008 Chrysler 300 (Car) LX 2.7L no KOEO VIN: 2C3KA43R68
this 300 came in with no start. the only thing that works is the head lights, mileage. When putting in the key and turning it to start nothing happens. After reseting the IOD fuse the mileage dose not show any more with key in on position, and still nothing. R...
2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck ST 5.7L powersteering VIN: 1D7HU18D05
Ok today i have a dodge truck that a has a flow type noise when the steering wheel is not turn. Turning wheel just a little make noise stop other wise steering system works fine.It kind of funny im usally fight noise when turning. Has anyone run in to this bef...
2007 Dodge Nitro SXT 3.7L F. washer; power locks VIN: 1D8GU28K97
Vehicle has no front washer action, rear washer works fine. Both systems use ONE pump. I have not yet tested the wiper switch itself, will do tomorrow when I pull it in. However the owner noticed the power locks were not working. But the system will unlock the...
1988 Eagle Medallion DL 2.2L Idle VIN: VF1FF48E7J
Hey guys,i'm looking for info on which 2 terminals in diag.connector to jumper with test lite to pull codes.also timing mark locations. I found the one for cam, and on the bellhousing it has timing marks 4, 0,4,8,12 ect but i can't find any thing on flywheel i...
1993 Ford Mustang LX 2.3L engine VIN: 1FACP41M9P
vehicle will start up and idle. when you give it throttle it will run as if out of time then loss spark all together and stall.some times fire right back up other times you have to wait a minut to get spark back
2000 Ford F-350 Super Duty XLT 7.3L a/c pressures
Well I have this 00 F-350 with the 7.3l. The A/C pressures will jump between 40 psi and 25 psi while the a/c is on. This symptom sounds like it is low on freon, but we have put in 48 oz already. It is supposed to hold 40oz. While the a/c is off, the pressure s...
2001 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0L No Start VIN: 3FAFP31341
Car died while driving. Melted harness to DPFE, MAF, coil pack, starter. Repaired harness, replaced blown fuses. Still no crank, no communication to PCM (odo is dashes), no comm to any module. If CTM is removed, we have comm to airbag only, no codes in airbag....
2003 Ford E-150 4.2L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTRE14253
Hey Crew, Going a little bonkers. Have this van as described with codes as described. The van is relatively new to myncustomer. He says it has been running a little ruff since he got it. Vehicle would stuble under part throttle but WOT cleared it up. First... Trouble codes: P0340 (Cam Sensor), P1131 (H02s11 sensor indicates lean), P1151 (H02s21 indicates lean)
2004 Ford F-150 STX 4.6L No Start VIN: 1FTRF14W94
Thanks in advance to all who take the time and read this post and offer help. This vehicle was towed in as a died on road and no start. It is a no crank no start. checked all the typical starter and battery connections etc. all checked good. now comes the craz... Trouble codes: U1900, B2659, B1318, B1352
2006 Ford E-350 Super Duty 6.0L Mechanical VIN: 1FDWE35P16
I have a 2006 Ford 6.0L with 0 oil pressure.Checked pressure regulator valve OK.Checked filter for debrie none.Vehicle will not start and air checked high pressure side of oil systemm (no leaks) Heard alot about rockers coming apart damaging low pressure pump....
1998 GMC K1500 Sierra SL 6.5L Four Wheel Drive VIN: 1GTEK19S5W
The truck has 4x4 not working. Customer replaced Front Axle Actuator with no change, checked the wiring to the front axle actuator, tried a second new actuator, no change. We checked the wiring and checked all fuses, checked the wiring at the transfer case, th...
2004 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: KMHWF25S44
This car starts and then almost immediately stalls. Sets a P0340 cam sensor code. Very limited data on Solus Pro. Replaced cam sensor and then car would not start. Tech replaced crank sensor next, same thing. Starts and stalls with original cam sensor installe... Trouble codes: P0340
2001 Infiniti QX4 3.5L Pinging VIN: JNRDR07X01
Trying to fix a customer's complaint of a intermittent pinging. The truck has an intermittent ping when going up hill during acceleration. During some test drives it would stop completely and would go up hill just fine. We replaced the oil with sythentic and c...
1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7L Stall VIN: 1J4GW58N2X
Hi, all chrysler tech. Customer complaine of jeep cuttong off on him , mostly when he turn to right or left! he need to use the key , lock and unlock the door then jeep will start!computer test shows manufacturer truble codes (f4fe9 )serial link external fai...
1998 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC 4.6L No Headlights VIN: 1LNFM92V3W
I have a '98 Lincoln Mark 8 in my shop. The customer needed a general PM & complained that he had to use his Brights because both low beams went out, and he was told that he would have to replace the entire light. $700 each was the best quote. I read the owner...
2003 Lincoln Navigator 5.4L air ride VIN: 5LMFU28RX3
Vehicle originally came in with rear air bags deflated and the compressor was not running. After checking the circuit we found a faulty relay (apparantley very common) as well as a faulty rear height sensor (also very common). After replacing both the relay an...
2004 Mazda B3000 SE 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Surge VIN: 4F4YR46U14
Have a customer vehicle driving one of my techs nuts. 04 B3000 v6 2wd that will on occasion will rev high when first starting to release clutch pedal. It maybe fine for weeks and then just start acting up out of the blue. Have the vehicle in the shop idling an...
2010 Mazda 3 i 2.0L compressor VIN: JM1BL1SF0A
Car came in with compressor inop and fans inop with ac selected. I can only scan the engine for generic codes and it has nothing in the ecm. We manually checked resistance to pressure sensor, evap temp sensor and ambient temp sensor and everything is within sp...
2002 Mercedes-Benz E320 4Matic 3.2L Unknown VIN: WDBJH82J92
Car was towed in for transmission slipping all the time and in limp mode. Scanned ETC and found failed turbine speed sensors codes. Replaced conducter plate (Speed sensor)and electrical connector seal for fluid leakage. Cleared codes. Test drove car which now ...
2002 Mercedes-Benz CL500 5.0L cruise contr VIN: WDB2153752
cruise control not working[does not have distronic]lever works on all functions,accel,decel,resume,off,limit switch,when driving push accelerate lever foreward car increases to 61kpm and stops there,can go faster with acc pedal, will not lock in,pull to decele...
2005 Mercury Sable LS 3.0L 3rd gear
hello and welcome to my nightmare. this ax4n feels and shifts great until intermittently, onlywhen hot, during takeoffunder load a weird bump shift directly after 1-2, feels like another 2nd gear, then it acts normal through 2nd [...]-3 shift, soft or har...
2006 Mercury Grand Marquis LS 4.6L no workee VIN: 2MHFM75V96
Customer complaint , no cruise.DTC C1123 and it refers to the vehicle speed sensor which on most normal cars would be a simple situation.Alldata once again proves to be basically worthless,pretty much the usual situation.There is a sensor on the transmission w...
2004 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Misfire, MIL Lamp on, rev limits VIN: 1N4BA41E34
Original problem was and is the engine will not rev above 2500 rpm (except with throttle snap). Customer himself checked codes and had P0300 and P0113(IAT) and P0102(MAF). He himself then replaced the spark plugs and coils as well as MAF sensor. Still had prob... Trouble codes: P0300
2004 Nissan Quest SL 3.5L Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 5N1BV28U34
Replaced both cam sensors according to tsb,code returns instantly,van stuck in 3rd gear limp home mode.I have 12v supply and ground from 3 wire connectors Trouble codes: P0340
2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8L floods VIN: 3N1CB51D25
floods every 10 days @ start up - change spark plugs & starts right up - also is loosing antifreeze ( nothing visible) already checked for recall , not involved. customer says gas mileage is OK. holds fuel pressure overnite. any ideas? thamks to anyone w/ idea...
2003 Other GM HOLDEN ZC VECTRA .0L Engine VIN: W0L0ZCF684
Repolacded timing belt at 120,ooo kms. Ever since we repalced it , was running slightly rough at idle. 2 month later we took covers off and ispect marks with holden tool, apparenty was 1 tooth out?? vehicle was out of operation for 7 days was waiting for p...
2002 Saturn SL2 1.9L MIL Lamp on
First time poster hope to describe this correctly. In my bay i have a 2002 saturn sl2 with a mil on. p1418, If the code is cleared it comes back immediatly on the next start cycle. I am able to cycle the air pump on with the output controls on my solus scanner... Trouble codes: P0418, P1418
2002 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5L Head Gaskets VIN: 4S3BE65682
This vehicle is in the shop because it is leaking a lot of oil from the head gaskets. I plan to replace the head gaskets but I have never had the heads off of one of these. From the Mitchell information that I have it looks like the bolts must be replaced also...
2005 Subaru Outback i 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: 4S4BP61C35
Cruise control light flashing and no operation. Is there any way to diagnose this without using Subaru factory scan tool, I have Modis and current software still won't support cruise diag. Checked all other modules just to be sure. Thanks for any help.
2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI 2.5L Hesitation, Cuts out VIN: JF1GD70646
have no history on car since it was just bought. does have some aftermarket things installed on car mainly turbo, exhaust, blow off vavle and some gauges. as far as i know computer is stock along with ignition and injectors. the problem is that when you get on...
1997 Toyota Corolla 1.6L Cuts out VIN: 1NXBA02E9V
Hello to all. We have this corolla killing us, while driving at different speeds (mostly 45 and up) it will buck violently once maybe twice and will not do it again. Have scoped everything we can think of map. tps etc... Installed crank sensor, distributor (ti...
2001 Toyota Echo 1.5L timing chain VIN: JTDBT12321
Hi and thanks i hope some one can tell me or help with a few things. First i need to know is the timing mark on exhuast sproket is the one with 1 dot or the one with 2 dots.Second i need to no if you should be able to move vct sprocket left or right when it is...
1999 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 1.9L horn,wiper,turnsignals,mirrors,heater blower fan VIN: 3VWCF21C8X
WEll, this beetle drove in with a long list of accessories not working.The heater fan,mirrors,turn signals,horn,all quit at the same time. There is some evidence of rodents having been under the hood but no nest or chewed wires visible. I've checked all the fu...
2000 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWSC29M0Y
From other shop w/code p1500 (17908)fuel pump relay-j17 electrical malfuction in circuit and telling me the vehicle was cut off and stall out. Replaced the fuel pump relay w/ updtate one.Old part#1J0 906 383 TO 1J0 906 383C. After replacing the new relay, star... Trouble codes: P1500, P0301
2002 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L Misfire VIN: 3VWSP69M12
I have this 02 VW Jetta 1.9l Diesel that once it gets hot it will misfire under a load. It runs good other than that and has plenty of power! Once it is hot in 5th gear and just a slight load you can feel misfires... just random.. not a dead cylinder but just ...
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX 4 Motion 2.8L Timing belt tensioner bolt VIN: WVWTH63B03
I am posting this help request in hopes that somebody can help shed some light on as to why this bolt broke, or if other people are seeing this. I have not been able to locate the head end of the bolt. I was able to remove the other end from the engine. Visual...
2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWST71K96
Have this 2006 Jetta diesel that has absolutely no power. Idles ok but on the road just sluggish. Acts like plugged exhaust. Had exhaust blowing out of egr cooler actuator. Replaced the cooler and leak was gone but still no power. Has code p0299 for underboost... Trouble codes: P0299 (Turbo Underboost)

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2001 BMW 325i 2.5L Transmission VIN: WBAAV33401
Thanks guys, I really appreciate your help. We found out that the transmission had further internal problems than just a clutch. The reverse gear was basically destroyed which took out the clutch when the customer tried to jam it into reverse. After removing t...
2006 BMW 325i 3.0L Starter VIN: WBAVB13566
Thank you all I indeed took of the intake manifold and did break the brittle pipes, ordered those today, the starter is a breeze at this point. I'm sorry I was not used to using aldata so I researched to day and found the procedure thanks to all.
2006 Buick LaCrosse CXL 3.8L traction con VIN: 2G4WD58256
well thanks guys for all your input i took a serp. belt and cut it rapped it around the tires to measure them and found that both ft. tires are about the same size and both rear are larger by atleast 2-3 inches havent replaced tires yet but pretty sure this on...
2003 Chevrolet S10 2.2L fuel gauge-pump VIN: 1GCCS19H93
Okay. I feel like a dummy. It's days like this I look forward to retirement. I feel burnt out sometimes. Anyway, I was checking the pump wrong. I put a clear tubing on the line going to the filter on the frame, and let it pump in a bucket. That eliminated the ...
2003 Chevrolet Express 1500 5.3L Fuel Tank VIN: 1GBFG15T23
Thanx for the posts guys. Although the vent valve was clicking it wasnt breathing. We took it off the van and blew through it, she was plugged up solid. Installed a new vent valve and all is well.
2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 6.0L reverse VIN: 1GCHK23U85
i want to thank everyone for replying. lots of great advice. the problem ended up being the reverse band. it didnt wear but somehow the material compressed.there was no debris in the pan. ive never seen it before. initially, when i rebuilt the trans and repalc...
1998 Ford Ranger Splash 2.5L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1FTYR10C4W
I'm calling this one Semi-Fixed. Even though I could never find a leak,I decided to pull the intake to inspect it and the gasket for cracks. Sure enough, The gasket was split in two places on the #4 runner, and one in the #2 runner. Re-sealed and the truck ...
2003 Ford Taurus LX 3.0L No Start VIN: 1FAFP55213
thanks for the 12 replies. after going back and performing pin-out testing again. there was no theft codes. 3rd reman pcm cured no start concern
2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty XLT 6.0L exhaust VIN: 1FTSF31P83
The problem was that the turbocharger spool shaft had broken in two pieces and the exhaust turbine actually blew out and lodged itself in the exhaust outlet.Obviously when this happened,the oil pressure that normally feeds this shaft just dumped into the exhau...
2003 Ford E-250 4.2L Poor Idle Quality, Stall VIN: 1FTNS24263
After removing right o2 sensor power came back. Replaced right cat and runs great, Thanks for the help Trouble codes: P1151 (oxygen sensor B2 S1 lean).
2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty Harley-Davidson Edition 6.0L Hesitation, Surge, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTNW21PX4
First of all thanks to all who have replied. After coming to work this morning I once again looked at my scan tool data and scratched my head. John had the same thoughts as I did but I had already backtracked and made sure of my programming. I use the Snap on ...
2008 Ford E-250 4.6L passing gear at WOT VIN: 1FTNE24W08
Thanks to all that replied. The fault on this was in fact the fuel pump. Although the pressure was ok, we took off the filter and found the fluid aerated. we were looking as if these were two separate issues, but the computer could not decide the shift points...
2004 GMC Sierra 3500 SLE 6.6L No Start VIN: 1GDJK34194
Thanks for everyone's input we replaced the fuel filter housing & all the injectors. Now she fires right up. We were getting air in the hose when we pumped the filter housing primer we think the cracked housing started the problem. Thanks Again Joe's
1997 Honda Accord LX 2.2L Oil pump
Thx for everyones help. I just replace the oil pump o-ring. The o-ring broke into four pieces when I removed it.
2000 Honda CR-V LX 2.0L No Start, Cuts out, Stall VIN: JHLRD1846Y
Well its fixed I guess I posted this too soon, I was kinda at my wits end with it. The crappy aftermaket cap was the problem. No signs of failure, replaced cap after I check to see if the coil did have spark at the tower. I hate shock therpy,I feel the coil an...
2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7L Interior VIN: 1J4GW58N01
thanks everybody, found the harness issue which was not as evident as i thought. Now I have to pull the dash for the coolant leak, not looking forward to that.
2005 Land Rover LR3 SE 4.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: SALAE25415
Sorry and thanks all techs that replies to this help special the ones that siad vacumm leak. Did smoke leak and found PCV valve damage.Replace it and it fixed the problem. Again Thanks. Geardo [...] from: B&B Auto Reapir. Trouble codes: P0172 (Bank 1 system too rich), P0175 (Bank 2 system too rich).
1990 Lexus LS400 4.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: JT8UF11EXL
The short answer is that a new fuel pump fixed this car. Now for the long answer. As I posted the vehicle was in another shop where the pulled the codes that I listed in the post, they also replaced the TPS and went through all of the grounds. When the vehi... Trouble codes: 24 (Intake air temperature sensor part of Mass Air Sensor), 41 (TPS sigal abnormal), 47 (TPS Shorted/open), 22 (Coolant temperature sensor siganl abnormal shorted/open).
2000 Mercedes-Benz C280 2.8L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WDBHA29G1Y
This car is repaired properly and running well. As mentioned in the original post, we noted that another shop had replaced the spark plugs, ignition wires and 2 ignition coils. That did not fix the issue. We dropped the cats and drove the car. We also tested t... Trouble codes: P0300 (Missfiring TWC damaging), P0306 (Cylinder 6 missfiring), P0302 (Cylinder 2 missfiring.).
2002 Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor 2.3L steerin g lock
i repaired the top of the original column,so was able to use original steering lock,if one of these came in with a faulty lock i think you would damage column trying to cut old lock out,
2004 Mercedes-Benz C240 2.6L Coolant VIN: WDBRH61J54
The Customer approved the water pump replacement and we have not heard back from the customer yet about any other issues. Thanks for the input everyone.
2006 Mercury Montego Premier 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Stall VIN: 1MEHM42116
2006 Scion xB 1.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: JTLKT32456
While waiting for replies from you guys, the customer took the XB to the dealer and they said to replace the canister filter. I installed the canister filter for her about a week ago and so far I have not heard back so I have to assume it is fixed. If I hear o... Trouble codes: P043E, P043F, P0456, P2401, P2402.
2005 Toyota Matrix 1.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2T1KR32E25
well boys almost all my hair is gone, but i got it fixed. turned out to be the injectors. once the injectors were done trims were good. thanks to everyone who helped, but brent and stephen nailed it. thanks len Trouble codes: P0171.
2008 Toyota Yaris S 1.5L Ac Not Cold VIN: JTDBT92318
He there and thanks for the help on this one. This car, in fact, has no clutch. The pulley and hub turn at all times. There is a PWM solenoid in the compressor at the rear of the unit that the AC amplifier toggles to vary the flow and the pitch of the comp...
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