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1988 Audi 5000 S 2.3L Ignition Switch VIN: WAUFC0440J
ignition switch and lock cylinder broken. I have the parts but mitchell is useless on procedure. Anyone know how the cylinder comes out? Column removal requires dash removal which is quite difficult. We were able to drill the lower pin out but cylinder wont co...
1990 Chevrolet K2500 Cheyenne 5.7L No Start VIN: 1GCGK24K8L
Hi we have a 1990 chevy 2500 pick up with a 350 engine.it was towed in.the vehicle had fuel but no spark at the plugs.it did have spark at the distributor from the coil.we replaced the cap and rotor.the cap was cracked.after that,there still is no spark at the...
2000 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 6.0L Surge VIN: 1GCGK29U4Y
I got a 2000 chevy p/u when you are driving down the road it wants to drive it self if you get above 60 kph it will eventualy slow down but takes a long time. Also if you are sitting still with trans in nutral and start to roll forward it will rev up to 2000 r...
2003 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 8.1L Sticking throttle VIN: 1GCJK33GX3
Brought in for "sticking throttle"!When the pedal is applyed over 1/2 throttle then realeased to 0 throttle(foot off compleatly)vehical still accelerates for appoxmetly 5-8sec befor slowing down!!will also shift 2 to 3 gears during this time!!APP readings 1 an...
2004 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 6.6L lost of power VIN: 1GCJK39114
Vehicle came in on a hook.Customer said he was driving down the highway heard a noise truck lost power and fuel gauge drop to empty and check engine light came on.Check for codes P0202,P0203,P0205,P0208,P1249.Check wiring check and cleaned grounds could not cl... Trouble codes: P0202 (cyl.2-injector circuit promblem), P0203, P0205, P0208, P0208, P2149 (Inj. Position voltage control curcuit Group 2)
2004 Chevrolet Express 1500 5.3L False ABS activation under 10 mph VIN: 1GBFH15T94
Got a real headache here. I hope someone can relate to my problem so I can get er done. Thanks for taking time to help. The problem is a false ABS activation below 10 MPH and brakeing hard. It needed front brakes so I started with a complete front brake job wi...
2005 Chevrolet Venture Plus 3.4L No Start VIN: 1GNDV03E65
This mini van is driving us crazy. This van will be fine for period of time from a day to a week and for no reason the theft system will activate and will not start. The only thing we can do is run the thiry minute theft relearn process and it will start every...
2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer LT 4.2L starting VIN: 1GNDT13S97
im stumped something is not getting power
2002 Chrysler Town & Country EL 3.8L Doors VIN: 2C8GT64LX2
Intermittantly, both side doors will not open w/the key fob or the console switch. The doors will pop out but will not open fully. If you reclose the doors, sometimes it will then work properly several times then it will act up again. We sent it to Chrysler fo...
1992 Ford F-250 Custom 7.3L no forward movement VIN: 1FTHX26M9N
can this be electronics?? loose valve body or broken vb gasket? im not a tranny guy. thanks for any replies!!
1999 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L No Start VIN: 1FMZU34E9X
Vehicle came in as a intermittant no start. We were able to have vehicle not start a hand full of times for us. When in the no start condition we have spark, injector pulse, fuel pressure. The security light is normal and not flashing fast as if we were having...
2001 Ford Expedition XLT 4.6L theft light,no start ,dashes on odometer VIN: 1FMRU15W31
customer brought this truck to me saying it will die sometimes and not restart.they had took it to another shop who installed a fuel pump thinking that was the problem.they used a pressure gauge butdid not make sure it had power and ground.it has no power to t...
2003 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FM2472K13
vehicle came in for engine light on and misfire, scan codes found P0303, spark pugs new,wires new, coil new,. check all those just to make sure nothing was installed incorrectly, verified injector pulse. Checked resistance and it was at the maximum so we repla... Trouble codes: P0303
2006 Ford F-350 Super Duty XLT 6.0L No Start VIN: 1FTWW31P36
vehicle came in for stall and no-start after driving through a mud hole and injesting mud in to intake. we flushed intercooler and recomended that he install a complete solutions kit if he plans on keeping truck that he just purchased. after diagnosing a faile... Trouble codes: P2291
2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6L Hesitation, Cuts out, Misfire, Bucks badly hot VIN: 1FMEU74837
Hello, This 4.6 powered explorer starts of running OK but after a 15 minute warm up starts developing a strong hesitation that can turn into misfire and violent bucking. NO CODES in computer, typical Furd! Mode 6 does show multiple misfire on ALL cylinders. F...
1994 Honda Accord LX 2.2L No Start VIN: 1HGCD7148R
car came stalling intermittently found it had no spark replace distributor and car left just fine a week later came back with the same problem kept vehicle for a 3days finally it stalled and not started, found good spark,fuel pressure normal,PGMFI relay clicks...
1989 Jaguar XJS 5.3L Blower fans VIN: SAJNA5840K
The is an early car with an HVAC control. I have very little experience with this system and don't know what might keep the blowers on with the key off and out of the car. Is this a problem with only one or two likely places to look for the failure? My concern...
1997 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L 1-2 shift VIN: WDB2100352
We replaced the conductor plate and relearned the TCM but the problem remained. When started cold in the morning or after sitting the car for some time, the transmission just would not shift out of 1st. But it would shift out of 1st if you stopped the engine a...
2002 Mercury Sable LS Premium 3.0L Flashing Trans light VIN: 1MEHM55S22
Owner reports transmission light started flashing yesterday, and then a bit later we got the MIL. Vehicle does not show any signs of running poorly, or shifting irregularly. Possible slight Tach variation at speed (slipping?) PCM codes indicate a possible main...
1999 Mitsubishi Galant ES 3.0L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 4A3AA46L8X
I replaced 02 sensor b2s1 at a earlier time when customer had a mil on. Months later now he tried smoging and has p0300 code. He asked for advise and he said it ran great which i drove and it ran good with no misfires. I found tsb related to code p0300 and nee... Trouble codes: P0300
2007 Nissan Xterra X 4.0L No Start, MIL Lamp on VIN: 5N1AN08U87
Hello nissan fellos... I have one killing me, I have a 2007 Nissan Xterra that had no communication with any modules. No engine, trans, nor abs. I could communicate with the BCM, but no faults. I tested my power and grounds to the idpm module and all seemed to... Trouble codes: U1000 (Can comm), U1001 (Can comm), P1212 (Tcs/circ), P1610 (Nats malf), P1612 (Nats malf)
2000 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 3.8L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Misfire VIN: 1G2WP52K8Y
Veihcle came in with complaint of running very rough when owner got out of work each day. Seems to be more prevalent when cold burt we seem to have had the issue when warmed up also. When car starts running very poorly, heavy missfires on cylinders 1 and 2 whe... Trouble codes: P0300 (Random missfire)
2001 Saab 9-5 2.3t 2.3L dash VIN: YS3ED58EX1
i dont like saab so i will love any info.car came in with oil leak,found that the water pump failed and the pully cut in to yhe timing cover.we removed water pump and fixed the cover.put the car back together and started it and check for leaks and shot off to ...
2007 Saab 9-3 2.0T 2.0L Mechanical VIN: YS3FD49Y97
Hello Saab Techs! I have 3 questions on the 2003-2010 9-3ss auto trannys: 1) Does anyone have a actually photo of the proper set up on the tranny cooler lines to perform a flush? The picture on WIS shows that I just remove the tranny lines off the trans and ...
2008 Saturn Vue XE 3.5L 1-2 shift VIN: 3GSDL43N58
Replaced Trans with a new one and now I cannot get it out of third gear default.has codes for lost communication with TCM code U0101 and trans code P602 no comm with trans.Do I need to have TCM or ECM reprogrammed with this new trans?
1997 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.4L Rear diff or driveline VIN: JT3GN86RXV
Vehicle came in for vibration and noise. Upon test drive I heard and felt what I thought was a bad U-Joint. Checked drive shaft and it had a bad u-joint. I marked parts for proper reassembly and replaced both joints. On test drive noise was gone, but, at 55+ M...
1996 Volkswagen Cabrio 2.0L No Start VIN: 3VWBA81E1T
Tow in, crank no start - seemed flooded so I replces plugs and it started. Noticed wires arcing so new cap, rotor, wires. Now when 1st cranked cold it will not start, saw arcing at coil/wire connection-bingo replace coil=no more arcing. When 1st cranked in mor...
2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L CV Joint VIN: 3VWST81K16
This Jetta TDI recently had the flywheel replace at a VW dealer. After driving for nearly 1500 miles, it has developed a ratcheting type noise at the right front wheel area when turning left. The noise come and goes at 1/2 left turn, or, 90 degrees left, as if...

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2006 Audi A8 Quattro L 4.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: WAUML44E06
Thanks for all the help. I finally got this car back at the shop long enough to test the fuel pressure, it was at 90psi, should be 60psi. I got the fuel filter from World Pac, made in [...] POS! Replaced it with a fuel filter from Audi , made in Germany and fu... Trouble codes: 17537 (fuel trim bank2 too rich), 17535 (fuel trim too rich bank 1), 16825 (evap incorect flow).
2004 BMW 330Ci 3.0L Adaptive Headlights VIN: WBABW53404
Well this one is fixed. Everyone had great suggestions, unfortunately we had already tried them all. These were genuine BMW headlamps with two modules on each lamp assembly. The Root problem was the "VEHICLE CODING CODE DIDN'T CONTAIN 522 - XENON LIGHT & 524 -...
2001 Buick Park Avenue 3.8L master cylinder VIN: 1G4CW54K61
Thanks for all your help. Ok when I seen some one say are calipers upside down my first reaction was that my technician that installed them would have never done that. Then I seen about pushing all the way to floor. So I installed the new master cylinder and h...
2007 Buick Rendezvous CX 3.5L alternator VIN: ATH0MED0NT
ok got this fixed...was kinda silly to even post i know..did drop cradle on pass side and took ps pump loose and repositioned took stud on upper intake out to provide a little more clearance...reman alt that was on it was slightly bigger overall than the alt t...
1994 Chevrolet Lumina Euro 3.1L Hesitation, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 2G1WN54T9R
well we took the motor apart and found a worn cam lobe. it was .080 shorter than the other exhaust lobes. Guy decided to replace motor. All is well now. Thank you to everyone who posted.
2000 Chevrolet K3500 7.4L Fuel guage VIN: 1GBJK34J9Y
Thank You all for your help.Found rear fuel sending unit shorted to ground,lift pump bad and module burned.Replaced all three and fuel transfers and gauge now working.
2008 Chrysler Town & Country Limited 4.0L No Start VIN: 2A8HR64X28
Thank you all for taking the time and patience to respond for this troubled child. I did what you guys suggested, which I should have done first thing, and I checked if I was loosing power from the ASD or loosing ground trigger from the PCM. Ended up there w...
2003 Dodge Stratus R/T 3.0L Misfire, MIL Lamp on
had wrong crank gear making the crank sensor out of time by one tooth someone put used motor int he car new gear all is ok Trouble codes: P0335, P0340.
2005 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4L Unknown VIN: 1FTPW14565
Thank you all Techs replies very good news and fast to me.Transmission replace with reman trans and no more noise.Again Thank You So Much you guys very helpful.
2010 Ford Ranger XL 4.0L Starter ?? VIN: 6FPAAAJGCM
Tighten the earth and positive terminals. Customer picked up the car. Rang customer after 2 weeks and told us issue hasn't happend again.
2005 Honda Odyssey LX 3.5L gauges VIN: 5FNRL382X5
Well I had already gone through the cables before and they were tight, fuses were good, radio never cut out or the car again in the last couple of weeks...wish I had more for ya but? Thank you for the replies
2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7L Instrument cluster, power windows VIN: 1J4GW58N7Y
Thank you all for your replies. I went thru and checked all grounds and they were good and clean. I also checked the wires in the door that were mentioned and none of them were broke. I opted to replace the bcm due to the fact I was able to get it to act up ag...
2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7L Bus Circuit VIN: 1J4HR58N76
well i do appreciate everyones responses, sry for my last post that was actually boss man but i explained the situation to the vehicles owner and gave her options which is resulting in the vehicle leaving my line of sight..lol but i just figured its not worth ...
2009 Kia Optima EX 2.4L Starter VIN: KNAGE22849
Thank you all for your help, I closed this ticket because the vehicle is not repaired but the starter is. The timing chain broke. I guess the customer kept trying to crank it until she burned out the starter motor. Even when bench testing, it was pulling 4...
2006 Land Rover LR3 HSE 4.4L Radio VIN: SALAG25476
Thanks to Jason, James and the other James for all your helpful comments. Today we just happend to have 3 LR3s along with a Disco at the shop so we took Jason's information about the fiber optic network into account and assumed that network was running since ...
2000 Lexus RX300 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: JT6HF10U0Y
Thanks to everyone who replied. Short answer, cracked rollover valve. Long answer, I activated each solenoid with scanner and smoke machine to verify no flow with solenoids off. Each passed after activating 20 or more times. Then I re-smoke tested the syst... Trouble codes: P0440.
2006 Lexus IS250 2.5L right front headlight VIN: JTHCK262X6
Thanks to everyone who replied, I was able to get the info for the wiring i needed to rebuild this connector.
2004 Lincoln Navigator 5.4L not powering system VIN: 5LMFU27R64
After tesing system , pretty sure as defective front height sensors and contol module , after inspecting the hole system desided it would be cheaper to convert system to system to struts and springs .
2008 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport 3.0L Starting VIN: WDDGF54X58
Good information from all the replies. The steering lock ESL, was the fault. The customer wanted to replace the ignition switch as well and I obtained both parts from MB with the orange workshop keys for each one. Important to install these in the correct orde...
2003 Nissan Altima SE 3.5L Hesitation, overheat VIN: 1N4BL11E43
well as of now the customer decided to take to the dealer, so awaiting response from them to see what they come up with. i see the last reply talking about a water control valve in the cross over tube but im pretty sure thats only in the 2.5 altimas. thanks fo...
2004 Nissan Quest SL 3.5L mileage display VIN: 5N1BV28444
Thanks for all the help. Did wind up be coincidence that the cluster started failing while we had it.
1994 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE 3.3L No Start VIN: 1P4GH44R0R
would like to thank everybody for their time .i replaced pcm and it cut off again and would not start..i changed cam and crank sensor 2 times,and it runs. the test on the cam and crank always showed good this one had me pulling hair thank you again.
2004 Saab 9-3 Aero 2.0L Starting VIN: YS3FH49Y64
There is some kind on disconnect switch on the positive cable and the cables did have very slight corrosion on them...not much though. I bypassed that switch and cleaned the post...started great after that...they must be way too sensitive on the Saab thanks
1995 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.0L Timing Belt VIN: JT3BN29V5S
Im sorry I forgot to close this and let you guys know how I made out with this. I went back and noticed a freeze plug replacement just below the bolt hole that holds the pivot tensioner. Whoever installed that freeze plug must have really walloped the head th...
2007 Toyota Sienna CE 3.5L Distribution VIN: 5TDZK29C57
Thank you all for offering help. After verifying that all mode door, blend door and air mix doors where operating properly. I checked both sides of the heater core to make sure nothing was physically blocking the surface. The surface was clear. I decided to us...
2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid 2.4L Air Bags VIN: 4T1BB3EK7A
Well guys finally the car is fix. Two new front crash sensor took care of the code B1000. Strange, no info why is the airbag ecu did not set a code for this.How a shop can give an accurate estimate to repair problems like that ? Any how thanks a lot to every o...
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