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2004 Cadillac Escalade ESV 6.0L Battery dead VIN: 3GYFK66N94
The battery will intermittently be stone dead after sitting overnight. Could not determine any reason for it to go dead until coming in one morning to hear the relay click and ABS pump to growl for a second. Without checking further, replaced the ABS module th...
2004 Dodge Dakota Sport 4.7L valve train VIN: 1D7HG38N44
engine has a rattle/tick at idle hot or cold on #2cyl changed lifters timing chains and noise is till there... rev engine up to 2500rpm noise goes away... take small prybar and lift on follower and lift lifter pump up noise goes away til lifter bleeds back dow...
2002 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6L 4 wheel drive VIN: 1FMZU75W32
This vehicle came to me with a complaint of the 4 wheel drive engaging erratically. Self test code shows a P1837 TC Rear shaft speed sensor circuit malfunction. Using my Mac Taskmaster scan tool I was able to catch the problem. The PWM suddenly jumps from 5% t...
2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT 6.0L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Cuts out, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTNW21P23
thank you in advance this truck will run fine for a little while then will take off like you held the accelerator pedal to the floor, then start missing black smoke pouring out tail pipe, then will run ok for a short period of time. It is scary to drive if you... Trouble codes: P2214, P2617, P0402, P2285, P2290
2005 Ford Freestar SES 3.9L Poor Idle Quality, Stall, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 2FMZA57605
Good evening gentlemen I need some help.Back on friday I had a vehicle in my fleet come in for a routine service and a check engine light problem.After doing the service I pulled the codes which were p2196 and p2198 o2 stuck rich on both banks.I figured that t... Trouble codes: P2196, P2198
2008 Honda Odyssey EX-L 3.5L battery VIN: 5FNRL38668
thanks in advance to all you tech this van has kick my a-- now for 3 weeks the battery will go dead if the van is not driver every day 2 days of no use & battery is dead I traced the draw to a 7.5 amp fuse#7 in driverside underdash fuse box (it pull .45amps) I...
2004 Lincoln Navigator 5.4L heater hose VIN: 5LMFU27RX4
sorry for Broken english im pull engine for head job after 2 month try put back together i dont know where heater hose go to from heater core which hose go to the intake manifold any one know please help or send me pic
1999 Mercedes-Benz ML430 4.3L No Start VIN: 4JGAB72E5X
Customers vehicle would crank no start at work. Had towed to shop. Checked for codes, no DTC's. Vehicle started let run for 30 mins. Shut off waited 5 mins, attempted to start vehicle, vehicle cranked until time out and would not run. Attempted to start the ve...
1997 Mercury Villager (Van) GS 3.0L Readiness Status VIN: 4M2DV1110V
I took this problem child on because I have in the past had a Nissan Quest with the same issue and I never got the chance to fix , customer bought new car. I would guess this post would be directed towards Nissan techs more so the Ford. Customer failed state i...
1996 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0L Electrical
She called me today and told me the vehicle just shut down on the road. lost all power. No ignition. Nothing. This is the second time it has happened in 2 months's. Her son replaced the battery last night. I am going in the morning to diagnose the vehicle. ...
1995 Subaru Impreza L 2.2L transmi VIN: JF1GF6354S
car had a trainy replaced could not move replaced Tcm and was running fine. A week later check engine light came on , reset light. A week later check engine light came back on, check code p0158 (shift solenoid B). any idea where it is and how easy it is to rep...
2000 Toyota Echo 1.5L Hesitation VIN: JTDBT123XY
This car is setting P0172 (system rich bank 1) and is leaning itself out -23%. It is so lean that it is now hesitating away from a stop and hitches when you step on it at higher rpm. i haven't had much time with it yet, it came from another shop with new plugs... Trouble codes: P0172
1999 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L Timing Belt VIN: WVWMA63B5X
Just replaced the timing belt on this 1.8 along with the hydraulic tensioner, tensioner pulley and roller. Alldata not very clear on the tensioning procedure. Used 8mm allen to turn tensioner pulley counterclockwise until I could pull the pin out of the hydrau...

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1999 BMW M3 3.2L Headliner VIN: WBSBK0336X
Thanks for the replies. As was posted by all three techs, the tensioner straps are bad. But, there is also a problem with the inner headliner and the cords that attach it to the rear mechanicals. As many of you have experienced, this customer purchased more ...
2001 BMW 330i 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Stall, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WBAAV53471
Thank you for all of your help and information. I have been patiently waiting for the customer to re-schedule his vehicle. I finally scheduled him for early next week. Based on your replies it is very likely the crankcase vent valve is no good and needs replac...
1996 Chevrolet Tahoe 5.7L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 3GNEK18R6T
Well here's the result after double and triple checking a lot of everyone suggestion for the third time I checked fuel pressure and volume everything ok. I just decided to change the injectors. Took it out for a 30 mile drive, very glad to finally say its runn...
2008 Chevrolet Aveo LS 1.6L Cylinder 1 Misfire VIN: KL1TD566X8
I read a lot of good ideas and things to check. After replacing the fuel injector, the light came on again so I reset it and the vehicle has not picked up any misfires since (over 2 weeks now). The weather and temp have been relatively the same. The only th...
2004 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4L exhaust VIN: 1FTPX14594
Thanks for all the great replies. I guess the trick is that there is no trick to this job. Ended up with 4 broken bolts. 2 in the front and 2 in the rear. Jacked up engine until you hear stuff crunching. Removed manifold. Bought 2 new double ended 1/8 drill bi...
2006 Ford Focus ZXW 2.0L air in fluid VIN: 1FAHP36N76
Thanks for all the replies. As some of you said, I had done all the obvious. New res with o ring, pump and rack 2 times, new fluid. There was no screen on this model. It ended up being the return hose off the pump that was sucking air. I had added dye to th...
2007 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4L fuel gauge VIN: 1FTPW14V47
Good morning all, Well I didn't repair this truck- the dealer did. I ran out of ideas so I Had customer take truck to dealer, Funny thing, they did everything I did and ended up replacing the cluster. So far so good. Again thanks for all your help, just wish ...
2000 Lincoln Town Car Signature 4.6L Traction Control VIN: 1LNHM82W7Y
thanks you for all the replies cust dont want to spend money at this time to reapir car so cust took car from shop
1999 Mitsubishi Mirage LS 1.8L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: JMFLRH76WX
sorry guys, but SOB customer was not prepared to wait to have her car repaired. She wanted it done in one day. All the replies were helpful, but i was unable to apply them. However i was able to check the crank sensor position and it was ok. Regards Andrew
2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport 4.7L Cylinder Head VIN: JTEBT14R95
OK, so here's the gig: The noise is identicle to light lifter tap. The exhaust cam has what can best be desrcibed as a "split" drive gear. The back half being thicker than the front. Imagine an unevely cut bagel. The two halves can move independently from each...
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