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2003 Acura EL 1.7L instrument cluster VIN: 2HHES36813
hello iatn folks,i have a weird one here,customer brought this car to me,the instrument lights are blinking non stop.the odometer,speedometer,tachometer,maintenance required light...fuel gauge and temperature gauge not working..i have to admit i dont have any ...
1989 BMW 750iL 5.0L Power steering VIN: WBAGC8310K
Confusion over power steering fluid!!! Mitchell show ATF, all other sources show a special BMW fluid...We have removed the resevoir cap and the fluid has a yellow tint to it, and more hydraulic oil appeal...BMW tech's please!!!
2006 BMW 330xi 3.0L suspension VIN: WBAVD33516
Hi guys, looking for A Bimmer tip. This 330xi has a loud rattling like a loose suspension component,over bumps, from the left front. Up on the rack nothing seems loose, All joints feel tight, all bolts are tight. We removed the sway bar link and the noise beca...
2002 Chevrolet Express 3500 LS 5.7L Backfires VIN: 1GAHG39RX2
Greetings to all in automotive repair land. I am just beginning on this van and was hoping to get some insight on this van before I jump in feet first. First and foremost it is a Bi-fuel gas and CNG. Vehicle came in with MIL on, running poorly, misfiring and a...
2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 6.0L Stall VIN: 1GBHK24U14
This was a no start or start and die like vtd. To start we accessed all modules and found that there was no communications with bcm.Went to pcm and found vehicle would start with inactive showing and then active and vehicle would die. Check power and ground to... Trouble codes: P1626
2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3L starter VIN: 3GNFK12377
Customer came in for 4wd light on tech checked harness to the transfer case motor and now it won't crank. we are not getting the signal to the starter relay from the ecm to relay term 86. Before it wouldn't crank it started and stalled 2 times.
2008 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.9L compressor/control head VIN: 2G1WS55398
The a/c blows cold then intermittley the a/c blows warm and the a/c knob light flashes.
2000 Dodge Intrepid 2.7L coil pack VIN: 2B3HD46R2Y
first thing i notest was the coil packs ground resistors connectors were burnt onto resistors and a low resistance on both resistors and no signal to all coil packs. customer calls saying he shut car off and now it wont start but will crank over. I hooked up ...
2001 Dodge Ram 2500 5.9L Surge, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1B7KF23611
Truck came in a weekago tech drops to 0 while driving.Had 1 code P0341 cmp sensor error.No cmp signal on scan tool.I ordered a cmp sensor.Truck came in today to have the cmp sensor instaled,I noticed while at idle the truck would surge (like a throttle snap)re... Trouble codes: P0341 (Cmp singal error), P1690 (Inj pump ckp ecm ckp disagree), P0219 (Ckp overspeed), P1689 (No com between ecm inj pump), P0215 (Inj pump control circuit)
2007 Dodge Sprinter 2500 3.0L Alternator VIN: WD0PE74597
Dodge sprinter came in with nearly every light on in the cluster. The battery light is on, esp, traction control, service engine soon light, and the brake pad warning light. Pulled dtc and found quite the laundry list and none of them show up in alldata. 909f ...
2007 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT 6.7L Unknown VIN: 3D7KR29A17
Here is a strange one! Truck came in with poor air flow out of the vents and hot A/C. Found a totaly fowled evaporator core. Their was a layer of foreign material stuck to the evaporator coils inhibiting all air flow. Installed a new Dodge evap and thermister....
1995 Ford F-350 XL 7.3L shifts in and out of VIN: 1FDKF37F5S
heyguys and gals shifts in and out of overdrive no codes scan tool shows boo on all the time 8volts out of comp. pin92 sent comp. for testing found bad capisters still same problem help please
1998 Ford Windstar 3.0L 3.0L No Start, Stall VIN: 2FMZA51U8W
Vehicle towed in with no start condition. Vehicle will start and stall in 2 seconds every time. No codes in system. When stalls, it shuts off the injectors. Power and grounds good to PCM. No aftermarket alarm systems. No flashing theft system. As I understand ...
2003 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L no crank VIN: 2FMZA514X3
This is a strange one. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Vehicle was towed in with a no start,no crank condition. Theft light was flashing slowly with key on. Could not communicate with any module with scanner. Odometer had just lines across and rear wipe...
2003 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L No Start VIN: 2FMZA51423
towed in crank and no start, NO Spark. fuel pressure 38 psi, injector pulse ok, ohmed the crank sensor,cam sensor, coil pack all good, the thieft light comes on KOEO and goes out when cranking, have a KOEO check engine light and goes out when cranking and no c...
2004 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTPW14534
When cold, the truck runs good. There is a large crack in the bank 1 exhaust manifold P0171?? The running problem starts after the engine warms up. There was a P0022 code stored, I swapped the VCT solenoids bank to bank, cleared codes, and road tested. The P00... Trouble codes: P0022 (Intake a cmp time over retarded), P0171 (System lean b1), P0340 (Cmp sensor a circuit), P0345 (Cmp sensor circuit b2)
2005 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4L Temp Gauge VIN: 1FTPF12515
Thanks for you time. This truck is becoming a real pain. It will indicate on the cluster that it is overheating. The temp gauge will peg hot and the "Check Gauges" message will appear on the cluster. When this happens IDS data shows 248 to 260 degreeF. However...
2007 Ford E-350 Super Duty 5.4L Stall VIN: 1FCKE39L77
I hope somebody can help me with this truck, first it comes up as a E-350 super duty but it is a bread truck built by Utilimaster. The customer's complaint is it stalls intermittently, this started probably 6 months ago but only happend once in a while now the... Trouble codes: P2105 (TAC system forced engine shut down), U0300 (Internal control module software incompatibility)
2002 GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE 5.3L Mechanical VIN: 3GKFK16Z32
Thanks in advance on this one gm guys. I'm not sure on this one. Customer brought vehicle for "pulling while braking". We found no pulling issues, but when you turn sharp left or right it shutters in the whole front of the car. It only does it at slower speeds...
2000 Honda Accord SE 2.3L No Start VIN: 1HGCG6697Y
We cannot communicate with the computer. We have tried multiple scanners and still cannot communicate with the computer.the green key light does go off after 3 seconds. The car has no spark and no injector drive. Has anyone else run into this problem? thanks f...
2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1J4GW48S84
Ok, this one really takes the cake. The computer thinks bank 2 is lean when in fact it is not, then the computer adds fuel for an extream lean condition that does not exist. Here is what is happening, bank 2 s1 o2 reads ok at times, then the o2 sensor will go... Trouble codes: P0174
2006 Jeep Liberty Sport 2.8L Lacks Power VIN: 1J4GL485X6
Customer brought in for lack of power concern. I got codes P1255,P0B08,P0003,P1812 and P000 with out launch scanner and the P0069 with a generic code reader. Looked all code up in Mitchell unable to find any info on any of the codes. Also searched on Identifix... Trouble codes: P1255 (n/a), P0B08, P0003 (Fuel Volume regulator control circuit low), P1812 (n/a), P0000 (ISO/SAE reserved), P0069 (MAP-barometric correlation)
2008 Jeep Commander Limited 5.7L Torque converter bolts VIN: JEP1259308
Is there a good place to find information about transmission removal rear main seal replacement requires oil pan windage gasket replacement. Already have the (mopar parts) All-Data shows a structural piece that between the trans and motor (I dont see on the (5...
2000 Kia Sportage 2.0L No Start VIN: KNDJA7239Y
Hi everyone. I have a Sportage thats giving me trouble. It was sitting for some time without a engine. I put the engine in but it wont light. Connected a noid light to the injector and ignition coil plug. Both flashed dim. I cleaned the ground at the computer...
2006 Mazda 3 S 2.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: JM1BK12406
we installed original o2, customer still had. it appears that pcm is defective or terminals have poor contact. We need some ideas how to check contacts to pcm from harness side, as pcm has been replaced and 02 sensor has also. With harness disconnected at both... Trouble codes: P0130, P0134
1999 Mercedes-Benz ML320 3.2L A/C compressor VIN: 4JGAB54E4X
Hi guys, this one is throwing me for a loop. After putting a new compressor on this truck a few months back, the customer said that every so often, the A/C would blow warm for a day or so, and then work normally for a week or more. He finally brought it in yes...
1998 Mercury Grand Marquis LS 4.6L compressor VIN: 2MEFM75W7W
We have a 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis that we recently replaced the compressor (poor performance), drier, orifice tube, new seals and flushed out condensor and evaporator. The vehicle left with outlet temps in the mid 40 degree range. It is 100-110f ambient tem...
1998 Nissan Altima GLE 2.4L cranks but it won,t start VIN: 1N4DL01D2W
hello every one. I,m having a problem with a 1998 nisan altima 2.4l motor. This car came to shop about 3 month ago with overheating blown head gasket and locked motor. We install a junk yard motor new radiator and cooling fans. Motor run great. No problems wha...
2001 Nissan Pathfinder LE 3.5L Poor Idle Quality, lack of power VIN: JN8DR09Y01
ok if i had hair i would be pulling it out, i need help last week truck came in with code p1320 i replaced all ignition coils(oem) code gone and will not come back i did notice lack of power but customer took truck anyway now is back with lack of power it just...
2000 Opel corsa 1.6L timing belt
This guy from Mexico busted his timing belt. This is a 1.6 SOHC engine. Looks just like the old 1.8 SOHC that was offered in Cavalier & Sunbird from '84-87. A Brazilian made engine designed by Opel. This vehicle is the same thing as an Opel Corsa II. But it is...
1997 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE 3.3L No Start VIN: 1P4GP44R8V
Good Friday Evening to all and Happy July 4th. This car came in intermittent no start. Did little research and realized when cam code and crank code may be misleading, ie when cam code appears, may mean crank sensor. Customer under stood and we changed both se... Trouble codes: P0340 (Cam sensor no signal)
2000 Pontiac Grand Am GT 3.4L Cuts out, Misfire VIN: 1G2NW52E2Y
Vehicle randomally misfires on all cylinders at or about 2,000 to 2,500 rpm consitantly. Doesn't matter what gear vehicle is in. Can duplicate problem easily in first gear at 2,000 and vehicle will misfire until you slow down or speed up. If the egr is unplugg...
2003 Saturn L300 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G8JW54R53
i have my nieces 2003 saturn L300 mil is on at all times while engine running and the wrench symbol above the engine symbol is also on while engine running.the scanner says mil is off and there are no codes.engine runs fine.all monitors passed.we are in memphi...
1991 Toyota Celica GT 2.2L Right front brakes
Right front brake starts locking down after driving for about 10 minutes. I replaced the right front caliper and brake hose, thinking it was a bad caliper or hose. It wasn't. Old caliper and new caliper move freely. Something in the hydraulic system is causing...
1991 Toyota Camry LE 2.5L Radiator Coolling Fan VIN: 4T1V22E05M
Hello All I have the 1991 Toyota Camry LE in the shop the engine over heats sometimes after checking it out i found that the Radiator cooling fan do not work, the car has Air Condition but the compressor is bad and disconnected, i checked the Fan electrical s...
2005 Toyota Tacoma 4.0L 4w-Lo & 4wd Light Flashing VIN: 5TEMU52N95
No power to tranfer actuator 4wd & 4w-lo switches. checked fuses for power in dash box, all ok. Went 4wd modual pin out, powers fine. checked 2Hi 4wd 4w-lo switch for voltage changes at switch ok. Unplugged module let sit for 1/2 hour, no change no power to 4w...
2005 Toyota Tacoma 4.0L brake pedal VIN: 5TELU42N25
now expierencing random pedal drop at a complete stop. Pedal drops 1/2inch then holds firm. No failure but disturbing No ABS or brake light indicators. No error codes. No other problems
2006 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7L MIL Lamp on VIN: 5TBBT44156
This one came in with a p0340. After a quick visual found that the vvt sensor harness bank one had been chewed by rodents. Repaired the wiring and now the p0340 is gone but am getting a p0011 indicating a range and or performance problem in the vvti for bank o... Trouble codes: P0340, P0011
2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0L oil light? VIN: 3VWSK69M63
Volkswagon says that if the oil light comes on it will either be red(meaning the oil pump is bad) or yellow(which means caution for the system). In my case the red light is on. Has anyone seen this problem and do I have the meaning of aech color of the light t...
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: WVWRH63B63
I cannot determine why this code keeps returning.the timing belt & chains are in proper alignment & sensor have both been replaced.Which bank is bank 1? I was also wondering if I need to get OE sensors? Thanks in advance. Trouble codes: 17748 (Camshaft position sensor corelation), 17927 (B1camshaft adj.malfunction)
1990 Volvo 740 GLE 2.3L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire VIN: YV1FA8949L
The car started this about 2 weeks ago. coming home after driving aprox 20 miles stalled on the highway near my home. starts accelerating causes stumbling misfire engine dies but will restart. hear the fuel pump coming on. wait 30 minutes or so car runs fine w...
2001 Volvo S60 2.4L Noise VIN: YV1RS61R01
I have rattling noise's on this 01-S60 Non Turbo in lf & rr. Front sounds VERY similiar to bad sway bar link . But it's not the link. New strut,upper mount installed & link rod . Link rod was even taken out & noise is still there. Bumper cover ex.. all feels t...
2003 Volvo S60 2.4T 2.4L steering box VIN: YV1RS61TX3
Car steers stiff at highway speed.steers normal at low speed.problem is intermitt.does not show signs of air in system.replaced p/s rack.(with aftermarket new unit).replaced p/s pump with known good pump.dealer lists new rack with updated lines and steering u-...

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2004 Audi Allroad Quattro 2.7L Electronic VIN: WA1YD64B04
Thank you to every man who replied. The short side of this story is that: 1: The seal around the pollen air filter had been destroyed by someone in the past. This person had applied clear rtv to an area high on the exterior shell of the air filter well - wi...
1989 BMW 750iL 5.0L inst cluster gauges VIN: WBAGC831XK
Well folks, I found a place to send the cluster. It is called Southern Electronics in Atlanta. Thanks for all your help
1995 BMW 840Ci 4.0L shifter VIN: WBAEF6326S
Thanks for the input on the tranny problem. After I eliminated all of the outside of the trans possibilities, I sent the car to an transmission shop.
2008 Buick Lucerne CX 3.8L Fuel pump relay VIN: 1G4HP57258
Ok I have fix this car but still dont understand how/ or why. I put in a new fuse box and fuel pump. I had posted this hoping to find andswers but come out with none. I dont understand why the relay would get hot and melt on that pin if the fuel pump was bad. ...
2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV 6.2L Electronic VIN: 1GYFK66847
we erease the Hvac module original software, install a new software, and now everything on A/C system working fine, thanks for all your help
2003 Chevrolet Tracker ZR2 2.5L starter VIN: 2CNBJ73483
Thank you very much to all. I did fix the problem by changing the ignition switch. it is fine now. Thanks again for all your help.
2004 Chevrolet Express 2500 4.8L radiator, overflow bottle VIN: 1GCGG25V74
Thank you again to all that replied. When and if I get the chance to get this van back in and go over it again with the suggestions I receieved and have hopefully fixed it,I will update my post with a permanent fix.
2007 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LTZ 5.3L Bcm VIN: 3GNFC16J77
Thanks to all of you who offered help. Because of time constraints, had to tow this one to the dealer for a new BCM and reflash. Tried the battery cable trick twice, also unplugged the BCM, to no avail. Anyway, customer is back on the road, we lost money on th...
2008 Chevrolet Cobalt LS 2.2L blower motor VIN: 1G1AK58F98
after working on the vehicle, i found that it was wired backwards, and also the cage blades were actually made backwards...i put a new blower assembly in checked the connection first and hey it works...customer happy..thanks to all who replied
2005 Chrysler 300 Limited 3.5L Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2C3JA53G75
This vehicle was towed to the dealer. We pressed the dealer for the fix and as I suspected the PCM was faulty. Thanks for the replies, your suggestions were followed up on although it was not a cheap or easy fix. The vehicle was 2 months out of warranty so I c... Trouble codes: P0430, P2110, P2101, C121C, C2100.
2007 Chrysler Sebring Touring 2.4L Stall VIN: 1C3LC56K97
WELL THE CAR IS FIXED, BUT NOT BY ME. I UNFORTINATELY COULD NOT COMPLETE THE REPAIRS ON THIS VEHICLE. THE COMPUTER WAS BAD. THE DEALER REPLACED THE COMPUTER ALONG WITH THE CAM PHASERS & THE CAR IS RUNNING GOOD AGAIN. I AM NOT A DEALER & DO NOT HAVE THE EQUIPME... Trouble codes: P0017 (Camshaft-crankshaft timing misalignment b1/s2), P0300 (Multible cylinder misfire), P1607 (Pcm internal shut down timer slowly rationality).
2000 Dodge Grand Caravan 3.3L Mechanical VIN: 2B4GP24R6Y
I am happy to report that this vehicle is fixed. As mentioned in an earlier update the thrust bearings were worn out in this engine and the crankshaft was also damaged. Excessive end play was allowing the flex plate to rub against the rear oil seal housing a...
2000 Dodge Neon ES 2.0L Compressor
1994 Ford E-350 Econoline 7.5L downshift and upshift VIN: 1FDKE30G5R
Thanks to all who replied. I sent the ecm back to the rebuilder and they said nothing was wrong. From what i could find pin 12 on the ecm is the 4 wheel drive signal but the connector had no wire there so i installed one. The wire has a 12 volt on it with key ...
2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT 6.0L universal joint VIN: 1FTRX45654
ok thanks all! i did the gary thing and put my air hammer to it and it fell right out.the metal collar kind of got a little beat up though, a little body work on it now its ok. it looks like someone went in there before and changed the ball joints and the sea...
2005 Ford F-450 Super Duty Lariat 6.0L No Start VIN: 1FDXX47P25
Tore down the engine. Customer decided to do head gaskets also. The branch tube was cracked. Replaced branch tube. Installed head studs and new head gaskets. Runs good again. What a design. Thanks for all of your replys. I needed a little support going into a ...
2006 Ford F-350 Super Duty XLT 6.0L Low Boost VIN: 1FTWW31P26
This truck isn't as much fixed as the issue has been resolved. First I appreciate all the replies. Many covered the basics which can never be over looked. I know my post was quite long and many missed the follow up stating the fuel pump was change with no c... Trouble codes: P0401 (EGR system insufficient flow detected).
2005 Infiniti FX35 3.5L No Start VIN: JNRAS08W85
Thanks for all of the replies...I beleive it to be a jumped timing chain on bank 1..rechecked compression on both banks and reconfirmed my eariler findings of 1 bank lot lower than the other...but after waiting for 2 days for customer to call back with ok to t...
2008 Mazda 3 i 2.0L Camshafts VIN: JM1BK12G98
This one is going to the dealer. I installed the special tools on the head and crank and they fit perfectly, but I still get the P0012, intake cam retarded. I tested the VVT by applying 12 volts to the solenoid and the engine ran rough. I removed the screen an...
1992 Mercedes-Benz 500SL 5.0L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality VIN: WDBFA66E2N
Well we never fixed the idle issue. We could adjust the idle but then the car wouldn't start back up. Leaning it back out would allow it to start, but not idle smooth. I strongly believe that there is an issue inside the fuel distributor and the customer wa...
2001 Nissan Pathfinder LE 3.5L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: JN8DR09Y01
as usual thank you everyone for the help replaced all coils that fixed the p1320 code. but the car still lacks power on aceleration customer took truck and will return for the lack of power problem.. Trouble codes: P1320.
2004 Nissan Altima S 2.5L No Start VIN: 1N4AL11E94
Well, this is an interesting one. Most of you agreed that the computer was probably damaged. We ordered up another computer and this time we didn't hook any coils up to it. Got the NATS happy and then went on to test for signal to the coils and for injector... Trouble codes: P1610 (NATS Malfunction), P1611 (NATS Malfuncton).
1998 Plymouth Voyager 3.0L brakes VIN: 2P4FP2535W
As many of you suggested, the NEW rear drums were out of round. It really threw us because that was our first diagnosis, we did that first & there seemed to be no differance in the symptom, so we thought we hadn't touched the problem yet, not that we had repl...
2001 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L No Start, Poor Idle Quality VIN: 3VWSP69M91
Thanks for all the help that was offered. The injection pump timing was off. Trouble codes: P1248 (Manufactors air fuel controlled spec.).
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