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1978 BMW 320i 2.0L No Start, Misfire
Hello We have a 1978 bmw 320i in excellent condition. car runs very well, ignition system tests good, car is very hard to start after a 20 minute layover when hot, always starts immediately cold. i have set the timing to 25 at 2200 rpm, set the co level at .85...
1995 BMW 840Ci 4.0L shifter VIN: WBAEF6326S
I just got this very low mileage 840 in from a used car dealer. The only thing I know about the car, is that it's had a new shifter cable. The problem is that when it gets hot, as in driven for a period of time, you cannot move the shifter. I disconnected the ...
1999 BMW 528i 2.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: WBADM6341X
Ok i need a little help here please. Customer states that when its a hot day out and the car is in traffic the temp gauge goes to the max. Also the eng light the eml the trans gear and anti skid lights come on. The tacometer stops working to. When all this hap... Trouble codes: 156 (Can time out), 155 (Can engine temp), 111 (Torque converter clutch gear monitor), P0600 (Serial communication link), P1747 (217 - Can egs signal), 217 (Can egs signal)
2001 BMW M5 5.0L No Start VIN: WBSDE93441
- We replaced the battery because the battery was bad, vehicle did crank, but no start - it did act like it did want to start - tested fuel pressure and spark (good) Because of the codes present we tested the crankshaft position sensor depth (customer had prev... Trouble codes: P0335 (Crank Position sensor)
2003 BMW 745Li 4.4L Charging VIN: WBAGN63423
I have a very odd problem (so i believe) with the charging system of this bmw. it first came in for a intermittent no crank / no start, so i checked easy stuff first, battery good, alternator not good. At idle the engine surges a little and the voltage jumps u...
2004 BMW 545i 4.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: WBANB33564
Thanks in advance to everyone. This customer called with a complaint of intermittent rough idle, poor accel and CEL blinking with "reduced power" warning on display. After the car arrived on the hook, it ran fine. I drove it for a while and felt nothing. After... Trouble codes: 0X274, 0X274, 0X274, 0X274
2006 BMW 325xi 3.0L MIL Lamp on, over heat VIN: WBAVD13516
This car does not have a belt driven water pump, just an electric one and a map t stat. Car was here about a week ago and couldnt make symptoms appear. Customer said over heat light came on. I drove it 20 some miles reading radiator outlet and engine temp. Alw... Trouble codes: 2E84
1995 Cadillac DeVille 4.9L Electronic VIN: 1G6KD52B8S
I had 1995 cad deville customer had diagnostic done at other shop they told her it need new ac compresor she bring it to me to do the work after i install new comp and flush out the ac system ac compresor comes on and off frequently then it wouldnt come on. af...
2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer LS 4.2L cruise VIN: 1GNDT13S34
cruise holds and works good under 70 mph but over seventy the cruise holds until nees to accelerate then cruise will shut off, cant find any info on this has anyone seen this has me puzzeled any help would be helpful
2005 Chevrolet C4500 Kodiak C4C042 6.6L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Stall, Poor Fuel Economy
hey DURAMAX specialists and whoever got involved with this before!!!i am helping a friend from another garage with this truck that won't stay running!about a month ago he had some issues with the charging system and after changing the alternator 3 times i gues... Trouble codes: P0621, P0622, P0670
2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD LT 6.6L Unknown VIN: 1GCHK23D66
this customer just bought this truck and is concerned of a noise when warm. sounds almost like a lifter tick but sounds like is comming from the bellhousing area and only does it in park or nuetral. Im going to try to tighten up the converter bolts and see if ...
2007 Chevrolet Uplander 3.9L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Stall, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GBDV13127
Vehicle had no power what so ever and was barely drivable. Long cranks and eventually would start. Put it in drive and slam on accelerator and it wouldn't move any faster than the idle speed could move the car. SLOWLY accelerating would eventually get you some... Trouble codes: P0336 (Crankshaft Position CKP Sensor Performance), P0335 (Crankshaft Position CKP Sensor Circuit), P0326 (Knock Sensor KS Performance Bank 1), P0315 (Crankshaft Position CKP System Variation Not Learned)
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt SS 2.4L MIL Lamp on
Just had a quick question, the pinpoint test for this code on alldata only has one option for repair, the canister purge solenoid. my problem is, is that it states that the vehicle uses the canister purge solenoid and the vent control solenoid to seal off evap... Trouble codes: P0496
2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3L No Start, Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3GNFK12387
Hello This truck has been a nightmare.This problem has been ongoing for two months.I have replaced the throttle body twice with new O.E. one's from the dealer.I have replaced the PCM with a brand new one and it has the latest and greatest programing in it.I h... Trouble codes: P1516, P2119, P2135
2004 Chrysler Pacifica 3.5L washer VIN: 2C8GF68434
vehicle came to us with inop front, and rear washers both washer pumps are operative. wipe overide is operative as well . when we pull the multifunction switch to wash , there is no fluid , and the wipers go on ... thanks for any insight .
2008 Chrysler Sebring Touring 2.7L Convertible Rag Top VIN: 1C3LC55R28
Car came in 3 wks ago with a transmission shifting problem in from 1st gear, sorted that problem out. Now it's back after 2 weeks with this problem with the convertible top malfunctioning. Checks carried out found that someone else worked on this before commin...
2005 Dodge Durango Limited 5.7L Cooling VIN: 1D4HB58D15
Vehicle originally had low high side pressure and higher than normal low side pressure. Changed Compressor, reciever/dryer and expansion valve(supplied as a kit) Pressures are now normal but still blows warm air. condensor fan operates intermittantly and tempe...
2009 Dodge Journey SXT 3.5L Mechanical
Hello, I have this 09 Dodge Journey that i have 95,000 miles on. The brakes, rotors and calipers were replaced at 24,000 mi. under warranty. Now with 95,000 mi. i have a sqwuaking noise that almost sounds like a bad u-joint when stepping on the brakes. I just ...
1999 Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L Misfire VIN: 1FTSW31F7X
Came in complaint of low power up hill towing pulled above codes, did some checkes found the valve cover gasket internal harness pulled partially apart replaced gasket and harness, Now when driving or bringing rpm up to approx 2000 rpm it will start to miss th... Trouble codes: P0308 (Cyl 8 misfire), P0344 (Cam position sensor), P0603 (Icm kam error)
2002 Ford Escape XLT 3.0L hazard lights, signal lights, abs, wipers VIN: 1FMYU03142
this vehicle is from an auction, it came to the shop with abs module wire cut off completely, all fuses for wipers, abs, hazard, were removed, ok what is going on is when the vehicle is running and you hit the hazard lights vehicle dies and will not start back...
2005 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4L Cuts out, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTPW14505
Rebuilt the transmission had code 2106 before the rebuild and after tried putting a tps sensor on. Only to ha ve the same results. Can clear the code and reset the kam memory and the vehicle will make it about a half a block before tuning on the little wrench ... Trouble codes: P2106 (Tac system forced limited power)
2005 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4L Mechanical VIN: 1FTPW14535
came in with rocker dislodged and cam lobe chewed up on lh head. replaced both heads with reman aftermarkets. after engine is hot, lh head will rattle and 5,6,7,8 cylinders will missfire and engine will stall. can raise rpm and noise and missfire goes away. re...
2005 Ford F-350 Super Duty King Ranch 6.0L Hesitation, Cuts out, MIL Lamp on, Water in Fuel Messag VIN: 1FTWW33P25
Hello fellow members, This vehicle came into the shop at the end of the day so I tried to be as efficient as possible, mainly taking codes and going through customer's symptoms with vehicle. The vehicle has a hard-start (in the morning the customer had the i... Trouble codes: P0261 (Cylinder 1 Injector circuit low)
2011 Ford Focus S 2.0L Alarm VIN: 1FAHP3EN4B
I was wondering if the perimeter alarm is an option that could be turned on? After the last computer the dealer vin and flashed for me, the cruise did not work, and after a return visit they turned on this option. Could the perimeter alarm be the same way? I w...
2003 GMC Safari 4.3L Misfire VIN: 1GTDM19X73
This van will misfire & the check engine light will flash when going up a hill, but it has to be a long hill. Going up the hill by my shop (the one I always use to road test), or on a level it runs fine. It sets a P0300 code and if you look at the misfire moni... Trouble codes: P0300 (Multiple random missfire)
2004 GMC Yukon Denali XL 6.0L Pressures VIN: 1GKFK66U14
Hey guys, Denali came in with complaint of no cold air in front vents but cold air in ceiling vents in back seat.Found low charged, found that evap was leaking - replaced. put new accumulator in with required oil, checked orifice tube - white (what was called...
1994 Honda Accord EX 2.2L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1HGCD7252R
The Idle Goes Up And Down 750 Rpms to 1500 Rpms. Only When In Park And Nuetral. Data Stream: Goes To Open And Closed Loop and Constanting Flucuates form Closed To Open Loop??? Matching The Rpms And Idling Up And Down. Chec k TPS and Idle % Does CDhange With Th...
2003 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: KMHDN45D13
hey guys got this elantra in here that sets a p0340 CMP fault. we just installed a replacement (used) engine in this vehicle due to original being overheated beyond repair. it takes about 10 miles of driving before it sets the code. first thing i did was swap ... Trouble codes: P0340
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7L No Start, No crank VIN: KM8SC13D74
Customer complains of an intermmittent no crank, no power. Lights dim when key goes into ignition. Key turns, no crank. It seems to do it more when outside temperature is hot. Customer stated vehicle acts like it has a dead battery, after a half hour or so it ...
2001 Isuzu Rodeo LS 3.2L compressor relay VIN: 4S2CK58W01
I saw this truck during our hot waether period in March for insufficient A/C. With the customer standing next to me the compressor took a permanent vacation. At that point in time the customer did not have the money for the repair so I pulled the compressor cl...
1999 Jaguar XJR 4.0L Fan motor on high VIN: SAJPN1846X
Hello, I have this Jag in the shop, and the Fan is running on high only. I have ordered a Fan resistor, but snooped around a bit, not finding any direction as to where it is and the best way to replace it, any help here before diving in would be greatly apprec...
1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.2L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Stall VIN: 1J4GZ78Y1S
Inherited this heep from another tech at my shop who was lost. When it came in it would fire and immediately (3 seconds or less) stall. Found cam sync was not present so replaced dist and cmp. Now starts but after about 10 seconds it will start to heavily hunt...
2002 Mercedes-Benz CL500 5.0L battery VIN: WDB2153752
have this cursed cl500 here,battery goes flat after 1-2 days,have 1.4 to 3.2 amps draw fluctuates up and down between these readings,have pulled all fuses,cant get it to drop to zero,[is this possible]im thinking maybe alternator feedback,any ideas on this.
1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham 5.7L rod side clearance VIN: 3M47H9M506
Hi Guys, The machine shop sold me some used piston rods that were supposed to be "good condition". Alldata says max rod side clearance should be 0.014in. In one section between 2 rods I get 0.029in. The machine shop guy says this is OK. I am concerned that t...
1996 Plymouth Voyager 2.4L Front Wipers VIN: 2P4FP25B5T
Wiper motor will intermittently operate at random in all modes (hi, low, and all intermittent speeds). Random operation is: motor will cycle 1-3 times consecutively, then not cycle again for several seconds, then repeat. Even less frequently, motor is inoperat...
1988 Porsche 928 S4 5.0L No Start VIN: WP0JB0928J
I inherited this car from another shop somewhere that gave up on it. I am at my wits end now, I need help. It will crank, but not run. The fuel pump is not being energized by the LH control unit. If I ground the relay manually the fuel pump will now run, but I...
1999 Subaru Impreza Outback 2.2L No Start VIN: JF1GF4858X
Hello all, This is kind of an odd problem. Owner complains that the car is hard to start after refueling the car. Has to turn/crank over several times until before it starts. If you do not fill the car all the way, it still has problems but not as bad. Obvious...
2006 Subaru Impreza WRX 2.5L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, MIL Lamp on VIN: JF1GG79646
this car constant misfire on #4 cyl swapped inj.#2and #4 and coils all new plugs smoke test still missfiring on#4 running rough on #4 still any ideas? Trouble codes: P0304, P0138
2004 Suzuki Forenza S 2.0L Ssps VIN: KL5JD52Z74
Thanks in advance for any help. This vehicle is driving me mad.I came in with a SSPS light on. There is very little information through Identifix or Mitchell.I checked for codes using a Tech2 with a suzuki card and no communication. I have comunication with th...
2004 Suzuki XL-7 LX 2.7L engine performance VIN: JS3TX92V04
Alright gents, got another brain buster for every one. This suzuki has been in and out of the shop for the last 3 years. one of our techs replaced the timing chains and misc components for a noise concern. truck went down the road no problems. came back a few ...
2005 Toyota Prius 1.5L hvac,audio system VIN: JTDKB20UX5
hello group, I have this 05 prieus here that we replaced the multifunction display back in march due to it loosing funtions when the car heated up inside. At times now the radio volume does not work and hvac goes inop and a message comes on saying ac lost c...
2007 Toyota Tacoma 4.0L timing VIN: 5TELU42N17
fuel trim is off. Computer adding 10 % fuel driving and 12-14% idling in bay. No vacuum leaks. Injectors clean. Fuel pressure and volume good. Vacuum at idle is 18 psi ( high altitude - 5000 ft reading) waveforms of running and cranking compression synced with...
2000 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.8L Hesitation, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWSE29M6Y
This is one of my fellow villagers car. He bought a Ross tech adapter and diagnosed the throttle body as being defective. When that didn't cure it he assumed from info he bought off the web that the ECU was roasted. The vehicle is no better and still posts cod... Trouble codes: P1565, P1542, P1171
2004 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 1.8L Abs VIN: 3VWCD31Y54
Code 01486 (ESP functional test initiated) is in ABS System. Cannot complete ESP functional test. Has a new ABS module from VW dealer. Carried out ABS coding and basic settings for Lateral acceleration sensor, steering wheel sensor and brake pressure sensor. A...
2005 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5L Rear View Mirror VIN: 3VWDF71K45
Customer had windshield replaced about a year ago. The mirror fell off and for the life of me I cant find a kit to glue it back on. It isn't a normal rear view mirror button. It is a big square that holds mirror and auto light sensor. I call the local VW deal...
2006 Volkswagen GTI 2.0L MIL Lamp on, No power VIN: WVWEV71K96
Hello everybody my question today is. I have tested the regulator valve and it is open. Is this (p2294) the cause of the lack of power? Even though I am not losing fuel pressure while accelerating. At first p2293/p0087 were not in the computer only p2294 wich ... Trouble codes: P2294, P2293, P0087

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1991 Acura Legend LS 3.2L Starting VIN: JH4KA7678M
Thanks to all the mechanic that replyed. I fix the car by replacing the main relay driver side beside the left side or the steering column. I also repaired bad ground at the computar under floor board on the right side.
2005 BMW 645Ci 4.4L starter VIN: WBAEH73415
Since I posted my original request the customer has only had the starting problem one other time. He is trying to make time to bring the car in so I can install the light from the starter input to see where the problem is. Thanks for the reply's and I will u...
1992 Chevrolet K1500 Cheyenne 5.7L tramsmission VIN: 1GCEK14K4N
thanks for all the replys, i already figured the tranny was toast. i was looking for the cause of the problem. the customer does not want to spend the money to fix the vehicule so it will be driven with lucas oil treatment untill it completly dies. it looks li...
1994 Chevrolet Blazer 5.7L Electronic VIN: 1GNEK18K2R
well this one is out the door with a "patch"... the replies guiding me towards the pcm thinking the vehicle was in 4-lo helped imensly. scanner shows 4-lo switch on when in 2-hi but off in 4-hi. i unplugged the connector directly under the t-case shift lever a...
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.2L cam and crank sensor VIN: 1G1JC5245T
I am working on this vehicle with someone else and have not been able to get him to put back together a bunch of stuff that was taken apart I do believe I have a ground issue thanks for the help
1998 Chevrolet K3500 Cheyenne 5.7L hydrolics VIN: 1GCHK34R5W
thank you everyone for helping me out. I just did not want to pull this out for a third time. But isnt that what we love about this proffession. I admitt i was in a hurry and did not notice part of the old throwout bearing caught up inside the fingers of the p...
1999 Chevrolet Express 3500 LS 5.7L Excessive Emissions, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GAHG39R8X
thank you guys for all your help put a used ecm in it took it to dealer to be flashed runs great should of figured when it acts that spazztit did dump brake fluid out of ecm thanks Trouble codes: P0132, P0172.
2000 Chevrolet Venture 3.4L Evap VIN: 1GNDU03E4Y
Hello everyone, I did perform a smoke test on the vehicle and found two leaks one in the underhood of vehicle (a small hose) and second it was the canister itself leaking (the assembly); thus, recommending to replace one hose and the canister. I have been swa...
2002 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 5.3L unknown VIN: 3GNEK13T72
After talking to customer for a while, we believe its possible he accidently hit the 4wd button on the console. Could not get vehicle to act up again and customer says it hasn't acted up since that day. Still a mystery though, we were just speculating on the...
2004 Dodge Durango SLT 5.7L No Start VIN: 1D4HB48D44
the customer declined anymore diag time on this car, after we did our first hour. We had giving the several options of diag and repair they decided to take back to the dealer for a warranty alternator that had been replace two weeks ago. If I get the opportuni...
2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L Stall VIN: 1FAFP53U03
2010 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3FAHP0JG0A
2000 Honda Accord EX 3.0L Rpm VIN: 1HGCG2254Y
Alright so basically we did that smoke test for the intake and found that it was not leaking at all. We did the air bleeding for the coolant and that was pretty much good as well. So it seemed we were still stuck. We tried changing the Idle Control Valve from ...
1999 Jaguar XK8 4.0L Excessive Emissions, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: SAJGX2040X
2002 Jeep Wrangler X 4.0L transfer case VIN: 1J4FA39S62
The customer does not want to repair at this time. But i believe the cause was a miss adjusted shifter. Or this jeep also has a body lift kit and the transfer case lever may be near the floor where it comes up through. When shifting gears might shift into 4x4....
2003 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4.0L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on, Hard start & stall VIN: 1J4FA69S23
Finally was able to measure run out on the tone ring. It measure at .010" I have ordered a new flex plate, and will install it ASAP. Thanks for the help! Trouble codes: P0420 (Catalist efficiency).
1995 Land Rover Range Rover SE 4.0L Surge VIN: SALPV1244S
this wonderful vehicle is now fixed.After eliminating all sensors,cats,fuel pump,we now know what is wrong.Excess carbon on the exhaust valves.We were able to partially clean them by slowly pouring cold water into the intake,cold water in an old trick to clean...
1999 Mercedes-Benz E320 4Matic 3.2L ride control VIN: WDBJH82F0X
2008 Mini Cooper S 1.6L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Cuts out, Misfire
HI guys thanks for all the help. After putting the smoke machine on i found a leak at the intake tube at a clamp. I repaired the leak and took car for a good rip and the problem has been gone for 100kms. I suspect that along with the leak i have some carbon i... Trouble codes: 2B64.
2011 Mini Cooper Countryman S ALL4 1.6L Cuts out VIN: WMWZC5C53B
First I wanted to thank all those who spent the time to reply. Espicially Marlon for sending me the link for Mini service info. and his technical e-mails as well. The key was getting the the service information. The link is . Although, ... Trouble codes: P0324, P335, P0073.
2002 Mitsubishi Diamante LS 3.5L fuel gas guage VIN: 6MMAP67P02
Fixed! Even though we followed the manual from Mitsubishi it is dead wrong. No way should this be checked like a conventional system. Afer searching archives for the 4th time I found an article stating always replace the sender first no mater how the system te...
1985 Nissan 720 Deluxe 2.4L Mechanical VIN: JN6ND02Y7F
I want to thanks all who responded. Unfortunately I already new the answer when I posted this. I already tried for awhile to get the tensioner back in with no luck so I jerked the timing cover off screaming all the way. Mainly because the mechanic wasn't caref...
2004 Nissan Quest SL 3.5L No Start VIN: 5N1BV28U14
thanks for all the inputs, we tear down timing chain section again and found camshaft sprocket on intake side guide pin was damaged and timing was off, purchased new camshaft sprocket intake side and reinstalled and properly aligned timing, started up and ever...
1999 Toyota 4Runner Limited 3.4L Power door locks VIN: JT3HN87R1X
Thank you for all the replies. The door lock motors are the problem. It was strange that the motors would go out in the order they did. The customer wanted to only replace the drivers door since it was the worst. I agree with Charles in why the would cycle the...
2007 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7L mode door actuator VIN: 5TBEV54197
Thanks to Rick and David for taking the time to help on this one, my main problem was not being able to find the information on mitchell,the way toyota writes the disassembly procedure didnt make it very clear but after spending more time I was able to figure ...
2003 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 1.8L drivers floor VIN: 3VWCD21C93
Thanks everyone. Some of you hit it right on head. Take the middle foward cover on the top of the dash and slide it foward then up. Then you have to pull the left foward dash panel up and there is another panel under it with 5 or 6 torx screws . Lift it up and...
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