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1996 Acura NSX 3.0L automatic climate unit in the dash VIN: JH4NA1289T
HVAC climate control unit in the dash will not light up, can not control anything.I believe it is the control unit, but hate to just stick one in without knowing for sure. The part is $1300.00. I have checked all of the powers and grounds to the unit and they ...
1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1L No Start VIN: 1G1NE52M8W
My son was driving and it just quit running & would not restart Towed to house car would start run for aprox 20 secs and die. Checked fuel pressure maintains 45 psi check for spark at coil pack and plugs spark color was a dull orange not the crisp pretty blue,... Trouble codes: P0300 (Random Misfire)
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3L starter VIN: 1D4GP24R85
thanx in advance to anyone that can lead me in the right direction on this one.. k vehicle towed in no crank no start, i checked power at solonoid for starter and nothing.. i then added the 12 volts w key on ,cranked still no start. feeling like the key went b...
2012 Fiat 500 Sport 1.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3C3CFFFH6C
Any Fiat techs out there? I purchased a new 2012 Abarth two weeks and 623 miles ago and have a check engine light on. My dealer is over 3 hours away. Could you email me an idea what's setting the code and perhaps a trouble tree to fix it. I'd rather not spen... Trouble codes: P04AC
1986 Ford Ranger STX 2.9L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Stall, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1FTCR14T6G
This vehicle has been sitting for over a year. Customer decided to start using it again. And he brings the vehicle in for loss of power. We tryed to duplicate customer concern, but we never could get it loose power. Customer comes back after a week saying that...
1990 Ford E-350 Econoline Custom 7.5L No Start VIN: 1FCKE33GDL
Thank you in advance and please be patient this is a long explanation. This Motor Home had been sitting for 2 - 3 years before the customer bought it. Drove it from Edmond Wash. to Northern Cal. with no problems. Came in initially as a no-start. Customer said...
1998 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L TCC solenoid VIN: 1FMPU18L0W
My customer brought this vehicle to me yesterday with a diagnosis from a local trans shop that it needed a TCC(E4OD) solenoid.I bought one from the local Oreillys.It appeared to be very similar to the the one in a 4L60E which I am familiar with.I pulled the pa...
2000 Ford Mustang GT 4.6L No Start VIN: 1FAFP42X8Y
got an odd one here. this mustang came in as a no start. initial testing found good spark,good injector pulse and no fuel pressure. checked power in and out of inertia switch,all ok. tapped on fuel tank and car started and fuel pressure jumped to 15psi. instal...
2000 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.6L No Start, Stall VIN: 2FTRX18W1Y
Try to start vehicle, has normal cranking noticed theft light blinking rapidly and odometer reads ---. No comm with pcm, will comm with all other mods. Originally had codes U1147 and U1262 stored in pats/hec mod. Have since cleared codes with only U1262 return... Trouble codes: U1262
2002 Lexus RX300 3.0L Passenger Side VIN: JTJGF10U32
We have a lexus with a b0108 code passenger squib shorted to power the problem is the trouble tree is not very clear which end of the connector we are suppose to be checking for power, and is it plugged in or unplugged. We have 12 volts at the passenger air ba...
1999 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L power windows-front,power mirrors, power sunroof VIN: WDBJF65H5X
Customer complains of erratic and intermittent failure of multiple electrical systems. Often they "self repair". It acts possessed. Sometimes the front windows lose the "express up" feature (current problem) for both front windows. Currently neither works at a...
1999 Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor 2.3L windows,locks,mirrors,console,wipers,brake lights VIN: WDBHA24G4X
I don't believe customer's stories and know what reversed battery cables can do to the electronics. I've scanned the car with Launch scanner several times, checked all fuses and relays. The only fuse that's dead is the big yellow one in the K40 relay which I'm...
1999 Mitsubishi Montero 3.5L upper control arm bushings VIN: JA4MR51R0X
Alldata does not have any info on torque for the front upper control arm bushings. I wondering if someone out there might be kind enough to send me the spec for these. Thanks in advance
1987 Nissan D21 SE 3.0L Compressor VIN: JN6HD16Y2H
I have a customer with a 1987 Nissan D21 4x4 pickup that has an intermittent problem with the compressor clutch working. Identifix Direct Hit suggested to check the ac relay and clutch itself. I can probe the wires to the pressure switch on the compressor with...
2005 Pontiac Vibe 1.8L Exhaust VIN: 5Y2SL66865
Hello, Normally we have no problem replacing exhaust manifolds and exhaust flange gaskets to solve exhaust leaks. However, this Pontiac Vibe is a problem. We replaced the manifold and gaskets with GM parts and now there is leak at the flange. We removed the ne...
2002 Toyota Celica GTS 1.8L low performance VIN: JTDDY38T32
Replaced water pump, surfaced head, installed new head gasket. This is a 2zz-ge engine. After everything has been reassembled the car starts and idles normally. The car however lacks power, its runs good but does lack the power it had before the replacment gas...
2006 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7L Converter? VIN: 5TBDT44156
Customer complains of intermittant "washboard effect" while holding a constant speed of about 40MPH. Verified complaint, and every mechanic that drives this truck says the same thing, that it feels like torque converter chatter. However, the TCC does not lock ...

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2005 Audi A4 Quattro 2.0L Oil Warning Light VIN: WAUDF78E95
As you Audi & VW Techs Known The connectors on engine are hard to release & are even harder to release when buried & hard to get to (ops) Well Guess what after four days of agrivation we finally discovered that we broke the single wire connector internally. I...
2004 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3L transmission shift cold VIN: 1GNDT13X84
after diong some investigative fllowup with the coustomer they had put several differant types of conditioners to fix this problem pulled the pan and the psi switch found 2 of the 4 o-rings swelled up and leaking. installed all 4 o-rings and checked the wiring...
1994 Ford E-350 Econoline 7.3L Lack of power VIN: 1FDJS34MXR
Many suggested the fuel pressure was on the low side of specification, we replaced the low pressure fuel pump and it raised the presure up to 6 psi and it runs great again, thanks to all who responded.
2001 Ford Focus LX 2.0L cooling fan
Well problem solved..would like to thank everyone who was kind enough to send me a response..after changeing the temp sensor and open resistor for the low speed circuit I simply was not allowing the engine to get hot enough to allow the fans to kick in!..they ...
2003 Ford Mustang 3.8L power top VIN: 1FAFP44453
I have finally repaired this fine automobile,The problem was that the left ram was sucking air where the rod exits the ram housing,This ram never leaked any fluid at any time thats why I had such a problem with bleeding. The published bleed procedure for this ...
1987 Jeep Wagoneer 4.0L Cuts out VIN: 1JCMR7515H
thanks a lottttttt was a bad ground ones again to the motor
2009 Nissan Versa SL 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 3N1BC13E49
Thank you to all who took the time to reply ! The fix was to clean the throttle body, replace the battery and do the idle relearn process. As many of us have been through, the vehicle owner tends to give you false information causing a "wild goose chase" somet...
2005 Subaru Forester X 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: JF1SG63625
Unfortunately, our customer has chosen to put this problem on the back burner. She is not terribly bothered by it and has until January to figure it out, in order to get her emissions done, plus her A/C compressor just went during the hottest weather we've had... Trouble codes: P1714 (Throttle Position Sensor Power Supply Circuit in TCM), 48B7.
1999 Toyota RAV4 2.0L Excessive Emissions, Hesitation VIN: JT3HP10V3X
paul hit the nail on the head the up steam air fuel sensor was stuck at 3.30 volts never moved put a new one in and let the computer readjust ran like a champ also the same day found a chipmunk running around my shop found his nest in the air cleaner of the ra...
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