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2001 Audi TT 1.8L central locking VIN: TRUZZZ8NZ1
Hello everyone, and thanks for the help. We have a Audi TT come into the workshop for the following system n/w; central locking, boot release, fuel door, convertable top and remote key buttons. Found the central locking module water damaged and correded plug t...
2004 Bentley Arnage T 6.7L Maintenance required VIN: SCBLF34F74
Service has been performed and I need to reset the Maintenance required light and don't know how too. I have read everything in the owners and maintenance manual that came with the vehicle but I haven't found any information on the procedure. Has any body out ...
1994 BMW 325i 2.5L air comprssor / rear window defrost / Recirulating VIN: WBACB3323R
Customer compliant. Control panel assembly is lighting up like a christmas tree for no reason. The lights will alternate back and forth. A/c compressor,rear window defroster,recirculating lights. The panel will not funtion except blower motor speed. Later the ...
1998 BMW 740iL 4.4L Starting VIN: WBAGJ8323W
BMW specialists HELP. This car came to me several months ago with a "No Power While driving" complaint. This car had been to at least two other shops before getting to me. The car was dead so I put my jumper pack on it to try and start it. While holding the ke...
2008 Buick Enclave CXL 3.6L Liftgate VIN: 5GAER23798
Recieved the car with liftgate inoperative, works only manualy, electric latch close and locks well. Liftgate Shocks are in good shape, keeps liftgate firmly open. I have already read about all posible causes, battery level, ambient temperature, shifter in par...
2000 Cadillac Escalade 5.7L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GYEK63R9Y
This GM truck idles poor and will hesitate on acceleration. Dealer told her the fuel injectors are leaking. Fuel pressure is 57 PSI engine running or not. Pressure will dead head at 75 PSI and engine will idle smooth. Spec is 60-66 PSI, so we know it is low on... Trouble codes: P0171 (Lean bank one)
1987 Chevrolet R10 Custom Deluxe 5.0L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GCER14H6H
Hello fellow techs, this truck came in with all the above parts installed as the customer played swaptronics with his truck.The truck runs extremly poorly, is very hard to start the smell from the exhaust will burn your eyes when it's running,and it won't idle...
2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L Speedometer VIN: 1GCEK14T52
Truck has code c0238 mismatch speed sensor. Truck has lt325/80/16 mickey thompson tires and changed gears to 4.55 it had lt265/75/16 tires with 3.73 gears stock. I have a tech 2, tried to change tire size, but limited tire choices to choose from. The other t...
2003 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 6.6L neutral light VIN: 1GCJK39183
Hey all, I'm working on a 4wd system. The truck had a bad transfer case...bearings rolling around in it n a stretched chain...we replaced it w/ a remaned 4 whl low. The transfr case shift module had a burnt spot on the board so we replaced it n flash...
2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer LT 4.2L Stall VIN: 1GNDS13S87
Thanks in advance for your help.Customer says when he comes to a hard stop this vehicle will stall then is hard to start. This issue is intermittent and I haven't been able to get it to do it again. Basically I'm looking for a good place to start.The owner sto... Trouble codes: P0017, P0014, P0300, P0506, P1400
2004 Chrysler Sebring LX 2.4L Misfire VIN: 1C3EL46X04
Thank you all for the help right off the get go. This vehicle was towed in with no power. Scan for codes and found P0300 random misfire. Found no spark on the #2 and #3 cylinder. We replaced the coil and plug wires and no we have spark. We still have a misfire... Trouble codes: P0300 (Misfire)
2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2.4L Air Bag Module VIN: 3A4FY48B46
This car came in with air bag light on i scanned it and codes that came up are u1414 and u 1415 both refering to communication errors , further testing i found that it is recommened to replace the t.i.p.m. But accoding to snap on scanner it says to replace air...
1996 Dodge Intrepid 3.5L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 2B3HD46F4T
Thanks in advance for all advice! This is my mothers car and the issue is it will stall intermittently and without any warning. It always seems to start up easily after coming to a stop. Sometimes it will go for months at a time with out any problems and then ...
2003 Dodge Ram 2500 Truck 5.7L Lf Wheel Speed Sensor VIN: 3D7KU28D43
Getting a code 23 lf wheel speed sensor open circut. Checked all related wires. Replaced sensor. There was alot of metal shavings and cleaned the area befor installing new sensor. Still getting code. Any help is appreciated.
2006 Dodge Magnum R/T 5.7L starting system VIN: 2D4GZ57206
Vehicle came in for transmission shifting issue. Diagnosed to be faulty input speed sensor #2. Replaced conductor plate. (this has both input speed sensors and some other electronics, and bolts to the valve body) Also did LOF and rotate. Vehicle test drove out...
1996 Ford Ranger Splash 3.0L Electronic VIN: 1FTCR10UXT
Replaced tranny with a used one. Worked great for 5 weeks. Now it will shift into 2nd gear fine will go into drive then when going to overdrive it will kick in then out. Sometimes will shift back to 2nd. Hot or cold doesn't affect it. Any help will be great th...
1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L Engine ?? VIN: 1FTNX21F8X
Hello fellow diesel tech new to this diesel ownership this is my own personal vehicle and i am throwing in the towel this vehicle has been to two different ford garages with no results last one thought it was the injector rattle. The best way to describe this ...
1999 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0L noise VIN: 1FTZR15X3X
Humming noise from idle air control motor at idle and sometimes on acceleration. Disconnecting IAC motor eliminates the noise. Removing the vent cover also helps but doesn't totally eliminate the noise.
2000 Ford Taurus SE 4-Valve 3.0L compressor clutch VIN: 1FAFP56S7Y
Hello. I am having a problem with this 2000 taurus d.o.h.c. ac system, ac pressures are perfect and system works fine until engine warms up and you put it in gear then the ac clutch starts to kick in and out, the pressures change little because it cycles on an...
2002 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L No Start, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1FAFP53U32
The customer had the car towed to me and the problem was that any acelleration and the engine cuts off, also the battery light is on and is not charging, but if i disconnect the reg. plug it tries to charge but sometimes kills the engine. I also found that the...
2006 Ford Crown Victoria 4.6L cruise controll VIN: 2FAFP72W36
DEAR FRIENDS, I have one crown victoria, came with no start concern, we found wiring fully short and burn, we replace full engine wiring and dashboard wiring, brake switch, now vehicle starting fine, during test drive we noticed cruise controll not working, c...
2003 GMC Sierra 3500 6.6L Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GDJK34193
Intermittent stall. Bad FICM? Truck came in last week for no start after an intermittent stall condition. Original code was P0335 Crank signal. Found bad connector at CKP. Soldered in new AC Delco connector. Test drove numerous times without concern. Customer ... Trouble codes: P0374 (Timing Reference Signal A No Pulses)
2007 Honda CR-V EX 2.4L ac compressor and fand VIN: 5J6RE48767
ac compressor not engaging.Operated the compressor with scan tool the clutch operates.Ac button lights up but the scan tool says off on both the clutch and ac switch pid.Ac pressure sensor reads 88.8 psi have not found a pid for evap temp sensor.Looking at the...
2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4L Alarm System VIN: 5NPEU46C46
This is a low mileage, well cared for car. No aftermarket anything. Alarm goes off by itself. Hooked up a scan tool, read BCM data, found trunk, hood, all door switches reading "closed". Tugged on all of the above, nothing glitched to "open". Adjusted the hood...
2001 Jaguar S-Type 4.0L traction control VIN: SAJDA01P01
vehicle came in for CATS message on instrument panel my scan tool will show an undocumented code i have read i might be able to fool my IDS to get data or codes out of the car any ideas would be appreciated thank you Ron
2006 Jeep Commander (Truck) 3.7L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1J8HG48K46
Ok have a major head scratcher here. This Jeep came in with both of the codes listed above 2 weeks ago. Basically long story short we found out alot previous repair history on this vehicle that the customer did not up front tell us of course.. It's throwing p0... Trouble codes: P0171 (Bank 1 lean), P0174 (Bank 2 lean)
2003 Lexus GS300 3.0L Hesitation, MIL Lamp on VIN: JT8BD69S43
With warm vehicle on test drive it has hesitation on accel - similar to MAF. Barely gets to 80% Calc Load, has slight detonation like lean, STFT goes to almost 20%. In bay it gets strange. Warm at idle in park, hood closed, AC off, cooling fans off, upstream O... Trouble codes: P0133 (O2 Sensor Circuit Slow Response Bank 1 Sensor 1), P0153 (O2 Sensor Circuit Slow Response Bank 2 Sensor 1)
2007 Lexus LS460 L 4.6L Dual Climate Control VIN: JTHGL46F17
Vehicle came in after recent service with complaint that with Dual Climate control passenger's side is not as cold as driver's. Quick check of vent temps showed 15-20 degree difference with both sides in low setting. Scan of fault memory came up with B1421- F...
2000 Mercedes-Benz S500 Guard 5.0L Keyless Entry VIN: WDBNG75J0Y
The vehicle came into the shop with the following complaints: R/F Xenon Headlight - Not working Washer Fluid Low - Intermittent message Coolant Level Low - Intermittent Message Found that the R/F Xenon Ballast failed, Installed new headlight assembly. Then...
2002 Nissan Frontier SE 3.3L Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1N6ED27TX2
Customer complaint is poor MPG. In the 12 to 14 mpg range. Gov't rates it at 13.1 mpg, so I don't know if it can do any better. All normal items have been checked or replaced; plugs, filters, O2 sensor activity, fuel trim. Only has knock sensor code. It is a l... Trouble codes: P0328
1969 Plymouth Satellite 5.2L Vacuum Canister VIN: RH27696289
I am restoring the HVAC on this 69 Satellite,, and can not find where the Vacuum Canister is mounted.I believe under dash, but have no clue...I looked at 1967 B Body, and see nothing there, and find no where under hood. Please help!
2003 Saturn L300 3.0L No Start, MIL Lamp on, sercurity light on VIN: 1G8JW54R03
Hi everyone Young employees car/ He said that whenever the service light would come on his tranny would shift funny. Cleared all codes and checksum error for BCM came back. "He" replaced the BCM and then I couldn't get it to flash. Sent it to dealer they said ... Trouble codes: B1811 (Max addapt long shift), B1000 (Ecu malfunction), U1096 (Lost com with ipc/dic or class 2 txd), B1260 (Security system data wrong but valid)
2002 Subaru Legacy L 2.5L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 4S3BH63502
Car came in with surging idle and stalling, found p0065 code. Reflashed computer p0065 gone but still have surging idle and stalling, also now getting p0171. P0065 is gone. Replaced A/F sensor no change, st ft is at 37.5% lt ft 0. Checked fuel no water and cle... Trouble codes: P0065, P0171
2008 Subaru Impreza WRX 2.5L steering angle sensor VIN: JF1GE74608
unplugged connector at abs/vdc module. unplugged connector at steering angle sensor. when applying ground to pin 1 to check continuity, pin 2 also has weak ground signal (indicating wires are shorted together somewhere) wondering if theres a common wiring issu...
2003 Suzuki Aerio S 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: JS2RA41S43
Replaced engine with used one from Japan engines with 53K on it. It starts and runs fine but keeps setting P0335. Pulled trans and replaced Crank sensor with one from World Pac--OEM part. Still setting code. Checked Ohm reading on new sensor and the old one an... Trouble codes: P0335
2001 Toyota Camry CE 2.2L Poor Idle Quality, Stall VIN: 4T1BG22K01
This car has been to sevrel shops. Cust. Complaint was that car stalls with a/c on after a while of driving when test driving it happendto me once after along time of driving . When going to a complete stop the il=dle would go as low as 300 rpm and feels like...
2005 Toyota Highlander 2.4L Fuel Pump VIN: JTEGD21A85
Last week a customer dropped of this Highlander complaining that it sometimes has trouble firing up, hot or cold. Sometimes it starts the first try, and sometimes it could take holding down the key for several seconds (or several tries) before starting; to the...
2003 Volkswagen EuroVan MV 2.8L Cuts out, Loss of power VIN: WV2MB470X3
Ok, this one has me stumped. Here is the desctiption of what the vehicle does: If you start the van and drive, it will behave fine for the most part. However, on a very hot day (over 100 deg typically) or after a hot soak (usually about 15 minutes) the van exi...
2005 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5L Radiator Cooling Fans VIN: 3VWSG71KX5
There are two radiator cooling fans the larger of the two the one on the drivers side comes on for cooling and is commanded on when the ac is turned on.this fan operates on all speeds and continues to operate as normal when the engine is turned off.when is the...
2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L Mechanical VIN: 3VWST71KX6
v. w. techs my boss is trying to r&r the trans. on is daughter car he says he has everything loose but the trans. won't seperate from the eng. we did determined the eng. was locked up due to the duel mass flywheel i have never worked on one of these so i haven...
2002 Volvo V70 2.4T 2.4L ball joints
Just a quick question. This is my car, and I have to put some ball joints in it. I see the 2 bolts, but how hard are these pressed into spindle? Special tools needed? Just need to know how late in the day I can start this at work, don't wanna get into a mess l...

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1998 Audi A6 Quattro 2.8L windows, interior lights VIN: WAUBA24B6W
Thankyou all for the great information. The vehicle is fixed. I replaced it with a used unit. It was "plug-and-play" likely because this part number is pretty specific to 98-99 A6. The code this used unit came with was indeed 15885, but the code that came ...
2000 Buick Century Custom 3.1L Input speed VIN: 2G4WS52J9Y
Well, I believe I got this one figured out. Yesterday the misfire data did not show anything current or history. I think Jerry from New Jersey was right in that the clutches or something was causing what I felt in the shop however it was not the issue. I had p...
1993 Cadillac DeVille 4.9L rear suspension VIN: 1G6CD53B1P
Thanks for all of the help with this. I had a sit down with the customer and after a bit of initial hesitation, he agreed to move ahead with the non-electric strut replacement. New struts all around with an alignment. The electric repair (i.e. cut wire) was si...
2001 Cadillac DeVille DTS 4.6L Misfire VIN: 1G6KF57911
Well, It is fixed, The rear exhaust cam was one tooth off (advanced) It must have slipped while installing the chain tensioner and my Tech didn't catch it, Things happen. I belive that the PCM was reporting #3 cylinder as the missfire but it was reporting wro... Trouble codes: P0300 (Engine Misffire Detected).
1997 Chevrolet Express 1500 LS 5.7L 3-4 shift VIN: 1GBFG15R8V
Thanks to all who responded. After checking line pressure, I was confident it was an internal problem with the transmission. My rebuilder built another transmission. I installed it & all is well. Thanks again.
2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer LS 4.2L unexpected accelerat VIN: 1GNDT13S85
Well, it took some time but I have found that the throttle plate was caked with carbon, however, the problem appears to stem from a faulty cruise control. I did get it to replicate the issue and when I shut the cruise off, the vehicle stopped the acceleration....
2005 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4L spark plug VIN: 2CNDL23F75
well unfortunately this vehicle got fixed somewhere else because she told the owner that although she knows we are competent to repair the vehicle she just doesnt trust us after all the bs and to me that is a real slap in the face actually it really pisses me ...
2006 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 LT 6.6L turbocharger VIN: 1GCJK33D96
Thank you for the help. I finally got the bolts loose from exhaust pipes behind the turbo. I removed the fender liners. I had to use a 1/2 inch rachet and put alot of pressure to pop the bolts loose. After I got the shields loose and the outlet pipe loose I ha...
1998 Chrysler Town & Country (Van) LXi 3.8L a/c system VIN: 1C4GP64L9W
thanx for the help everyone. i am pretty sure it is a plugged evaperator. the owner has decided not to repair it. this van has very high miles and isnt worth sinking too much money into it.
2004 Dodge Durango Limited 5.7L limp in VIN: 1D4HB58D74
This truck is eating my lunch. As David said, hit it on the head. The connectors were corroded fairly bad behind the Left kick panel. I got excited that we had fixed the truck. NOT! The truck acted up the next wet weather. To add to difficulty, I can't keep th...
2006 Dodge Charger R/T 5.7L Stall VIN: 2B3KA53H66
thanks to those that took the time to reply. over 1000 miles and there has been no issues. i never could actually catch the glitch, but this vehicle was equipped with a shaker hood. if driven with the shaker removed, it would not act up, or if hood was open fo... Trouble codes: U0100 (Tcm loss of comm with pcm/ecm), P0700, P2172 (High airflow/ vac leak detected randomly sets).
2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck TRX4 5.7L Cyl #7 VIN: 1D7HU18266
2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3L Hesitation, Cuts out, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2D8HN44H28
5 volts supply wire to cam sensor was shorting out on sharp edge of cylinder head below alternator.I've replaced wiring of cam sensor. Make a drive test of 1 hour and everything is ok. Trouble codes: P0339 (crankshaft position sensor intermittent), P1128 (Closed loop fueling not acheived).
1990 Ford F-150 Custom 5.0L temp gauge VIN: 1FTDF15N4L
I didn't realise that it had a sending unit also. Replace temp sending unit and it started working right. Thanks guys.
1995 Ford Mustang 3.8L 3 gear VIN: 1FALP4049S
Well after a shaky start with the 3 speed 4 speed thing, got it all sorted out. I finally talked the customer into taking it back to were it was rebuilt along with some of the suggestions from here. I Don't know if its fixed yet but asked him to report back to...
2002 Ford E-150 Econoline 4.2L Compressor/high pressure line VIN: 1FTRE14272
Well guys this van is fixed, first of all the reason to do this job was that the compressor clutch was bad with that noice mentioned earlier, any way according to alldata showed that this van has expation valve right by the evaporator so I went ahead and took ...
2003 Ford Windstar SEL 3.8L Rear Blower Motor VIN: 2FMZA53403
Many good replies about checking the wiring and module in the rear of the vehicle. I haven't had the car back but will update this when the fix is complete. Thanks to all that provided help. Wiggie
2006 Ford Focus ZX4 2.0L brake booster VIN: 1FAFP34NX6
Several of you were correct about the push rod. Had to adjust the push rod to fix it. Was not easy to do. I could not find any spec on rod adjustment. Just took a guess and shortened it a couple turns. Must have been loctited in. Was not meant to be adjusted a...
2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0L No Start VIN: 3FAHP08198
Finlay got it fixed. After talking to Pete at M.E.A. ( ) He had mention that the electric throttle motor circuit wave form is incorrect when connected . I got to looking at it the wave form [[...]] and the top two are the et...
2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4L compressor clutch VIN: 1HGCM56633
I am going to say this one is fixed.I had checked and adjusted air gap when I installed the coil.This car doesn't have the thermal device,coil circuit grounds directly on compressor.It had also recently had new compressor relay installed.I got another coil fro...
2006 Honda Civic EX 1.8L engine oil pressure VIN: JHMFA15846
We replaced the oil pump assembly and all is well. The metal in the oil was from broken oil press. relief valve. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP!
1983 Land Rover 110 2.5L fuse panel VIN: SALLDHHG7A
Thank you guys who replied, I have determined the ignition switch to be at fault for my fuse panel problem. I have determined the engine size and am waiting for parts to arrive from John Craddocks. Thanks again for the help.
2005 Lexus LS430 4.3L compressor VIN: JTHBN36F25
We finally got the vehicle to fail it had no codes but the compressor was getting the signal and not responding with the pressure regulator and the solenoid coil for the regulator was pulling 15 ohms instaed of 10-11 ohms. So we tried to sell the compressor an...
2006 Lincoln Navigator Ultimate 5.4L Suspension VIN: 5LMFU28506
I was able to jump the sil to remove the air sid not need scan tool
2001 Mazda Tribute LX 3.0L Cuts out, Stall, Misfire
Thanks for all the replies! The customer called not being able to start the car. So eventually we looked past all the different problems we were getting with the car and checked fuel and spark. The spark was good but the fuel pressure wasnt. Turned out the fue...
2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette Premiere 3.4L Misfire VIN: 1GHDX03E41
Out of the twelve responses, ost pointed to connector issues and a few recommended replacing the injector for no. six cylinder. We carefully cleaned the injector harness connectors and the connections to the injectors themselves. It has been a week or so and... Trouble codes: P0206 (Injector voltage hi/low on number 6 inj.), P1374 (3X reference ckt. problem).
2005 Suzuki Forenza S 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: KL5JD56Z55
Thanks for the replies/ I think this sosuki is fixed.. What I did was checked wires from EGR to ecm no problem found.. What was acually happening was the egr feedback was going below the known closed voltage which was .8 volts intermittent; it was going ... Trouble codes: P0488.
2003 Toyota Camry SE 2.4L balance shaft VIN: JTDBE32K43
Hi everyone , tapped the oil supply oil hole and plugged it. ran engine without balance shaft , has a small vibration until approx. 1800 - 2000 rpm. customer is happy with it considering the alternative of replacing the engine . thank you everyone for your inp...
2006 Toyota Tacoma 4.0L compressor VIN: 5TEMU52N46
I have a compressor just waitng for customer to rebook to complete work, supposed to be in this week. I'll update if the repair is correct if not I'll update wit what i find. Thanks everyone for your help.
2004 Volvo S80 2.9 2.9L MIL Lamp on VIN: YV1TS92DX4
Thank you for all of your replies! After more testing, the aftermarket MAF was to blame. Installed an oem sensor, drove the vehicle over 100 miles and all is good. Thank you again!! Trouble codes: P2177 (System too lean off idle bank 1), P2179 (System too lean off idle bank 2).
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