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1991 Acura Integra LS 1.8L charging VIN: JH4DA9350M
This car came in, saying the car slowly died. We check the battery, it was very low. Charged the battery for few hours on 10amps. Checked the alternator, it went down to 11.00 volts with car running. We replaced tthe Alternator with a AES reman. Few days later...
2006 Audi A4 3.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: WAUKH98E06
This PITA is an 06 Audi A4 quattro wagon 3.2L. Originally came to the shop with a p0106-map/baro sensor range/performance code. There are no other symptoms or driveablity issues. Freeze frame showed code setting at idle, map sensor reading at 32kpa, baro at 91... Trouble codes: P0106
1998 BMW 750iL 5.4L No Start, Alarm/Immobilizer VIN: WBAGK2326W
Hi everyone, and thanks in advance for your input. We have a BMW that's giving us fits here... The car initially came in for the driver's window not working. We diagnosed the window as a broken window regulator and the customer took the car while we ordered ... Trouble codes: 204 (EWS Random Code Storage), 148 (Interface Immobilizer)
2008 BMW 328xi 3.0L left rear sensor VIN: WBAVC735Y8
Hello BMW experts, I have a e90 that I will be replacing the left rear tpms sensor, my local guy sells them individually non bmw part. I have looked on all my seminar books as well as internet and the archives, also all data, and have had no luck with any deta...
2004 Cadillac Escalade ESV 6.0L Bcm VIN: 1GYEK63N24
Intermittently while driving down the road the Instrument Panel Cluster (IPC) gauges will drop, the lights will illuminate. The radio will shut off. During the problem the engine continues to run without issues. Body Control Module (BCM) DTC B1440, B2615, B294...
1994 Chevrolet S10 LS 4.3L No Start VIN: 1GCCS19Z5R
Hello! Having issues with this S10 intermittently having a died while driving - no start, loss of injector pulse. I have only got this truck to act up twice for me personally, but will happen easily once a day, just a matter of if you can test the issue at han...
2003 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LS 5.3L Compressor VIN: 3GNFK16Z83
Hey fellow Techs, I have an A/C concern on a 2003 Suburban that happened without warning.The A/c is inop with no compressor operation. I physically jumped the compressor relay and was able to get it to operate.The air out of the vents was cool but not cold. I ...
2004 Chevrolet Express 2500 4.8L radiator, overflow bottle VIN: 1GCGG25V74
Thank you to all in adavance. This vehicle is a commercial van. I replaced the engine for a bad valve, customer's choice. The engine runs perfect, does not over heat at all. When I replaced the engine, I also replaced the radiator cap with a GM. The problem I ...
2000 Chrysler Sebring JXi 2.5L No Shift
Car cmae in with no speedo, and seems to be stuck in drive. Will not upshift at all. Checked all fuses and greounds. Wondering if these cars had problem with the trans module??
2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Dream 2.4L abs pump VIN: 3C8FY68B62
customer states abs light comes on then traction lite pull codes code 20 abs pump, can actuate pump with scanner take for test drive perform abs stop all is well. is this a symptom of the pump going bad? Thank you for any help, You guys rock.
2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring 2.4L Cooling Fan VIN: 3ABEY58B87
The fan doesn't run with the A/C or when the engine warms up enough to require cooling from the fan. All fuses look good. The wiring diagrams I have found do not show a connector view at the fan and a description of the wires and where they go. I have a diagra...
2002 Dodge Ram 3500 5.9L Steering VIN: 3B6MF36572
Truck came in with a broken pitman shaft,(first i've ever seen, snapped in half) replace steering box, bled air from system, worked fine for an hour. Truck came back in for hard brakes & steering. Pump had a little noise, topped it off and it quieted down. Had...
2003 Dodge Sprinter 2500 2.7L Hesitation VIN: WD2YD64213
hello,and thanks for any help you can offer.this sprinter has an egr short circuit code p1403-04.also has no power,and boost pid never changes(always aroung 15psi,no matter what "boost request" pid says.) i found some helpful voltage readings in another post o... Trouble codes: P1403
2006 Dodge Stratus SXT 2.4L compressor/H-block VIN: 1B3EL46X36
customer had the compressor replaced a few years back but found the problem to be electrical. They saved the original compressor. The car came in with clutch failure so we replaced with the customers OEM compressor. Evacuated system for 1 hour, full charge, ca...
2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L Hesitation, Cuts out, Misfire VIN: 1FTNX21F5Y
Truck came in dead on hook, cust ran out of fuel. He filled hi tanks and couldn't get to run. We changed the fuel filter and tried to start. Filter was a little loose and while cranking sprayed fuel all over. Figured the pump was good at this point. Looked at ... Trouble codes: P0476, P0605
2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L direct/int clutch & test plate VIN: 1FAFP53211
well hello again, coming back for more with the same tranny as I requested help with last week. picked up the air pressure test plate for this ax4n and a factory service manual. while performing the air pressure check after complete rebuild) I found that the d...
2003 Ford Crown Victoria LX 4.6L power assist VIN: 2FAHP74W43
Looking for a little help diagnosing the power assist on this unit.. Ive replaced the power assist rack and pinion, power steering pump and flushed the system. I still get this bind or skip type feel turning as if the assist kicks in for a second and out again...
2005 Ford F-550 Super Duty Lariat 6.0L Misfire VIN: 1FDAF56P55
Hi guyz need help on this ford.came in with no power and running rough. Had # 1 and 7 cly contribustion codes.did injector buzz test. No electrical faults.when did injector kill test # 1 made no change and # 7 made very little change.did compression test. 350p... Trouble codes: P0263 (1 cly contribustion), P0269 (3 cly contri), P0275 (5 cly contri), P0281 (7 cly contri), P2291 (Icp low engine cranking), P0500 (Vehicle speed signal)
2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1FAFP53265
While driving the car the abs light and brake light come on and a few seconds later the car will die but starts right back up. This has only happened twice to me, checked fuel pressure and was within specs, checked battery connection and grounds all tight and ...
2006 Ford Focus ZX4 2.0L od light flashing @ 55 mph VIN: 1FAFP34N06
any help is greatly appreciated.
2007 Ford E-350 Super Duty 6.0L Starting VIN: 1FTSS34P97
i have a e350 that blows the 30 amp fuse under hood fuse box f212 witch powers up pcm key on ficm glow plug controller fuel pump relay cooling fan maf a/c clutch. vehicle was towed in last week for no start found 30a f21 fuse blown test found short to ground a...
2008 Ford F-450 Super Duty XLT 6.8L Clutch Disk VIN: 1FDXF46Y78
Hi Guys This truck came in for a clutch replacement and ordered all the parts through the local ford dealer by the VIN number. The clutch disk i received in the sealed OEM BOX has a 1 1/4 hole for the input shaft but my truck has a 1 3/8 input shaft witch the ...
2010 Ford E-350 Super Duty 5.4L ac VIN: 1FTDS3EL2A
Hi Ford techs or anyone else! THis van has a rear add on unit by carrier. Compressor cycles a lot, pressures are too high(280-425 psi high side, 45-60 low side) High side is very hot. Check freon charge and found ok. Verify rear condensor fan operation-ok, frt...
2002 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0L Excessive Emissions, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: KMHDN45D12
This vehicle is giving a reading on o2 sensors when the engine is off (not running) we have trried a good known computer and the problem is still the same. Both o2 sensors are reading the same 420 and 424 . I did read another post who had the similar problems ... Trouble codes: P0420
2002 Isuzu Rodeo LS 3.2L 1ST and Reverse only VIN: 4S2DM58W72
After doing the services and went on test drive it only has reverse and first gear won't up shift at all.Even tried to manually engage 2nd and engine just free spins.
2001 Jaguar S-Type 4.0L Battery VIN: SAJDA01PX1
Customer complaint is that the battery will go dead after the vehicle sits for 4 days. The vehicle has been here for the same problem, but when we test it for a draw we find nothing out of the ordinary(19-20mA after 35-40 min). The car can sit here at the shop...
2008 Jeep Wrangler X 3.8L Low power, backfires VIN: 1J4FZ24168
Vehicle has optional fuel source (propane carburetor in intake pipe). The propane is not new to the vehicle, its been on for a while. Customer had at another shop for low power, they gutted catalytic converters and installed new muffler. Vehicle came in with s...
2003 Land Rover Range Rover HSE 4.4L Ignition Switch VIN: SALME11443
The vehicle was towed in with the keys not being able to be turned in the ignition. So far we have powered up the blue wire @ pin#1, which should allow the keys to be turned in the ignition, but still unable to turn keys. We have replace the steering column, s...
2008 Mazda 3 S 2.3L Electronic VIN: JM1BK34358
I have a combination of problems on this vehicle, scan data is intermittent for one, but customer complaint is engine overheats at times, ac not cold and rad fan noisy. I let it sit all morning with no problems, after road test, temp goes to 235deg farenheit, ...
2000 Mercedes-Benz ML320 3.2L rear doors lights VIN: 4JGAB54E3Y
Hi everybody? i need some help on this 2000 mercedes ML320.Two rear doors light stay on .Only with the keys on or run or drive the vehicle. That the only two lights are on.Front dome lights and the rear dome lights are off.The remote control work great . 1 pus...
2007 Mercury Monterey Luxury 4.2L Fluid contamination VIN: 2MRDA22207
Hello World, This mercury came to our shop last week with severe trans. problems. Two other shops has installed 2 jasper reman trannys. Both was replaced under warranty by jasper. Both had water present in the fluid only noticeable by pulling the side cover. ...
2007 Mini Cooper S 1.6L Poor Idle Quality, Stall, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WMWMF73597
vehicle was aquired with mechanical engine damaged ie timing chain streched timing jumped bent valves ect.have cked various sensor outputs and have replaced valve cover smoke cked for air leaks none noted.this vehicle starts runs very rough and stalls when col... Trouble codes: 2B64, 2782 (combustion misfires multiple cylinders), 277A, 277E, 2776 (combustion misfire cyllinder 3)
2003 Nissan Murano SE 3.5L a/c cooling fans VIN: JN8AZ08T03
auto came in about a/c notr colkd at stop sign. cooling fans are not working. owner told me it wasn't overheating. it overheated in 30 minutes in the shop. checked for codes . none found. checked all fuses. ok i have mitchell had to read wiring sch.
2004 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5L steering column VIN: 1N4BA41E64
this maxi is giving us brain damage,at 80-110 klm/hr steering wheel has a very noticeable side to side movement.we have tried balance,rotate,another set of rims and tires,replaced c/v axles with rebuilt units.we adjusted steering rack preload as per nissan bul...
1957 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket 88 6.1L Mechanical VIN: 577M401620
Mid 70s Olds 455 with lightly lumpy hydraulic cam,tri power intake with Holly 2300 type mechanical style carbs that owner says were marine listings. Starts and runs very well on center carb but bogs when end carbs open. Will actually kill engine unless you hav...
1998 Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0L Outlet Temp Difference Of 20 Degrees VIN: 1G3GR62C4W
Replaced old compressor high side at 130psi low side 50psi had a full charge outlet temp at 60 degrees. Now with new parts rt. Side at 49 degrees and lt. Side at 70 degrees
2001 Pontiac Grand Am GT 3.4L Power Steering VIN: 1G2NV12E41
We are a Subaru shop and are not very familiar with this GM VES power steering system. Vehicle had no power assist at idle. Verified that the pump was not working properly, due to lack of ability to engage pressure relief valve at full lock. (Shop does not hav...
2001 Porsche Boxster Roadster 2.7L MIL Lamp on VIN: WP0CA29831
This is my own car I have had for 5 years and am getting ready to sell. It has always had an issue with the MIL coming on for P0410 and P1411. Last fall I dug into it and found some vacuum line problems and replaced one of the vacuum switching relays. (Bank 1)... Trouble codes: P1411
1998 Subaru Legacy Outback 2.5L air bag VIN: 4S3BG6853W
Pulling an airbag code 21 only, no diagnosis listed for this code, just says to replace the control module. Has anyone had any history with this and found anything but the control module for this code only?
2003 Subaru Forester X 2.5L Hill Hold VIN: JF1SG63643
Intermittently the driver stops on a hill and when they release the brake pedal to drive away the brakes will not release or they will drag for a few miles. I have experienced this symptom once and the brake were completely locked. Car sat for a while then was...
1998 Toyota 4Runner Limited 3.4L Valve Train VIN: JT3HN87R8W
I was brought this truck from another shop/customer drove it in. P0303 - Misfire its very slight Idling warm the engine makes a ton of noise clattering, its not a bottom end noise for sure. If you rev up the engine noise goes away completely are around 1500-...
2007 Toyota Camry XLE 2.4L Speedometer, Tachometer, A/C Clutch, And Abs Lamp VIN: 4T1BE46K67
Customer concern with this car is intermittently while driving the abs lamp and brake lamp come on,shortly following an inoperative speedometer and tachometer jump around all over the place and also a/c clutch will disengage during this episode! has a u0073 d...
2009 Toyota Tundra 5.7L drone VIN: 5TFKV52119
Hi everyone.My buddy has just purchased this truck and has noted a droning/humming noise on the highway in overdrive around 100k under load.This truck has TRD exhaust-cat to rear.Does enyone familiar with this and is there a fix?Thank you for your time guys an...
2004 Volkswagen Touareg TDI 4.9L Kessy Module VIN: WVGPZ77L74
Apparently not a lot of these vehicles with the V10 were produced so there is limited resources and knowledge about them. Vehicle was presented as a no start with the key stuck in the ignition, it will not turn on VIA the electronic ignition switch, turn key t...
2004 Volvo XC90 2.4L Radio
The owner has bought an used ICM [in car entertainment module] on eBay from US and asked us to install and download software to reprogramme via VIDA. On most modules used unit wouldnt allow the software download to reprogram. Has any of you Volvo Techs come ac...

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2004 Acura RSX 2.0L evaporator VIN: JH4DC53884
I recieved 17 replies most of which suggested a blockage which ended to be right. The reciever drier had failed which had restricted the high side line. Had to replace the drier flush lines, put in another expansion valve then found the thermal switch shuttin...
2004 BMW 545i 4.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: WBANB33564
The vehicle started to run correctly and never acted up again (after several restarts and driving for over 20 miles) I told the customer to take it back to BMW if problem reoccurs. I informed him that I don't have much of the specialized diagnostic equipment f... Trouble codes: 0X274, 0X274, 0X274, 0X274.
2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD WT 6.0L Chmsl VIN: 1GCHK29K98
Sorry to be late on this close. Customer took truck to dealer. When he got there and they reinstalled the fuse the light was working.
2005 Chrysler Sebring 2.4L Compressor VIN: 1C3EL45X55
I appreciate all the replies! Further digging into the car let us find a nightmare of a "repair" done somewhere else. At the left front corner of the head, every wire in the bundle (approx. 30 wires) had been cut, and 2-3 inch extensions had been added. Who ev...
1966 Ford Galaxie 500 6.4L exhaust VIN: 5N66Z16125
Thanks for the overwhelming number of responses.Sorry for the delay in closing,machine shop was backed up.Found the exhaust surface on heads not even close to flat as I expected.Customer ok'ed head removal.Machine shop surfaced heads and did valve job.Also res...
1999 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4.6L evap system VIN: 1FMRU1764X
i repace fuxe box was a short on the wires and yes the fuse 23 was missin put new fuse box and send the truck on the way
2002 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2FMZA50462
Nothing we did fixed the van. Customer called last week, said the light came back on. Scheduled him to bring it in on Monday. Took van right to local Ford dealer with print out of all we did. Service manager called that afternoon said found something on Ford's... Trouble codes: P0460 (Fuel level sensor A Circut).
2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L Long crank time VIN: 1FTNX21F72
Thanks to all that replied. What I found was the customer had forgotten to tell me he had the high pressure lines off. There was air in the system after driving vehicle for a day issue was gone.
2003 Ford F-550 Super Duty XL 6.0L Fuel Pump? VIN: 1FDAF57P13
i have ran out to time to work on this one for now. i did replace the frame pump this raised my fuel pressure to about 450 but still not enough. i will go deeper but not now. i will update fix later thanks for all the help
2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3L Inst Cluster VIN: 1FMCU96HX5
Thanks for the suggestions. In my post I mistakenly said power windows were on that fuse- it was power mirrors. The replies we received suggested wiggling the loom and wires, looking carefully at the DLC wiring, and placing an amp meter at the battery and rem...
2004 GMC Sierra 2500 HD 6.0L Interior Lights, Dash Lights, Headlights VIN: 1GTHK29U64
after hrs of working on this one the customer took this one to a dealer. after 3 hrs they were stumped. the ended up telling them the same as i did it must be the body control modual. so they just reprogramed it and so far so good. thanks to all
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7L No Start, No crank VIN: KM8SC13D74
Cleaned grounds to the engine and body. Cleaned connections. Unable to duplicate customers complaint. We will repost if Customers problem persist.
2005 Hyundai Accent GLS 1.6L Mechanical VIN: KMHCG45C85
Added a spplement to oil and asked owner to return with results,no show so far so I am closeing this for now.
2001 Isuzu Rodeo LS 3.2L compressor relay VIN: 4S2CK58W01
It was the electronic thermostat. That stat is a solid state part which switches off the compressor if the evaporator freezes up. After allowing this thing to beat me today I started at the B- side of all circuits instead of B+. It did not take long to find...
2008 Kia Sportage LX 2.0L sill plates
As usual dealer gave the client run around until he went away.Spent 6 hours yesterday scrapping and scotch brighting (with wax and grease remover). What a mess got as much as I could off made sure the lower 6" was spotless hopefully anything I could not get to...
2006 Land Rover LR3 4.0L No Start VIN: SALAE24416
Hi all so the customer doesn't want to authorize the replacement of the crank sensor as a preventative measure as most of you suggested. He wants it fixed but doesn't want to spend time or money (typical eh). We have not been able to duplicate the no start for...
2002 Lexus SC430 4.3L power window VIN: JTHFN48Y52
Was able to access with tech stream however no codes present-switches appear to be functioning-suspect door module problem but it seems odd window will work with top??-owner has not returned yet for further diag-will post update if and when repaired-Deke
1994 Mercedes-Benz S320 SWB 3.2L no a/c VIN: WDBGA32E7R
was,t too hard to figure out. tap on base module tach and a/c stopped working put used one in. seems fine its been 5 days
2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK500 5.0L top wont open VIN: WDBTK75G04
Many thanks to Bryon, Greg and Bryan. I followed your suggestions but still no top opening. Thinking along with Bryon about the live data, and the window opening not recognized, ordered and installed a new top control unit. now the windows are recognized but ...
2008 Mercedes-Benz R320 CDI 3.0L check engine light VIN: 4JGCB22E08
well, we are moving on from this one. cannot duplicate fuse failure. intake port shut valve is functioning as well as intake flapper motors. mercedes service manager said they have had a couple of these that are caused by oil leaking from intake snorkel onto t...
1999 Mitsubishi Fuso FE-SP FE649 3.9L RPM shutoff VIN: JW6BBE1H7X
Most of the people that I talked to agreed that we should send this one away unless we had some "known good parts" to throw at it. We gave it back to the customer and asked him to fill us in once it was repaired. No word yet, but if he ever does get back to ... Trouble codes: 12 (Pre-stroke servo).
2004 Porsche Cayenne 3.2L No Start VIN: WP1AB29P94
2003 Subaru Forester XS 2.5L No Start, Misfire VIN: JF1SG65633
Finally fixed! Tested with clamp on added grounds to engine and body. Not good enough! Fixed with bolted on large ground cables to engine and body. The added 10 gauge grounds were not enough! Thank to all.
2004 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 1.8L Abs VIN: 3VWCD31Y54
Finally this bug is fixed! Thanks a bunch to Roger from Ohio,Shane from Texas, Anthony from New York and Alan from North Carolina. It went like this. After Shane and Roger suggested it had to be a coding issue, I took a closer look at the Module coding. On my ...
2005 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWPF71K75
Thanks to Earl from Pennsylvania and Roger from ?. Both had good luck by just doing the upper chain and not the lower with it. A new upper timing chain, 2 chain rails and a tensioner fixed this problem. I've done several VR6 tensioner jobs and this one is simi...
1990 Volvo 240 2.3L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Misfire VIN: YV1AA8859L
ok i performed pinout on the computer using my vantage. all of the signals going into the computer were there and correct. i checked the valve clearence. all were good. finally i took a shot in the dark and oedered up another air mass meter. the new one ca...
2004 Volvo S60 2.4 2.4L Cluster,Limp In Mode VIN: YV1RS64A24
I will at this time close this post as vehicle has beenout of shop for a week wih no call back.As I had updated,I sent DIM to BBA,they repaired it and I reinstalled it without disconnecting the battery. The same issues was there.I did disconnect battery for 10...
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