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2003 Cadillac CTS 3.2L steering rack VIN: 1G6DM57N43
Hello to all, thanks for reading. This Cadillac came in with a badly leaking rack and pinion, unfortunately I did not drive the car before working on it. The problem now is that I have put two new racks in it and a pump, but it takes some effort to steer it. T...
1997 Chevrolet K3500 6.5L No Start VIN: 1GBJK34FXV
Replaced crank sensor to restore crank signal. Started up and died. Crank No start Ck Fuel Lift Preasure 6 psi no smoke out of tail pipe.Checked Fuel Shut down Valve Seems O.K. Remove Scanner Started But Key On No SES Light. Moved Outside Started Next Morning ...
2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck ST 5.7L Mechanical VIN: 1D7HU18D74
Thank You for taking your time to read this post! This Ram was purchased at auction for our dealership. The issue is, i have an engine tick. It doesn't sound like the "Hemi Tick" valve train noise. I isolated the noise to what i thought was in the passenger (l...
2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 5.0L Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out
I'm helping a local high school trying to pinpoint the issue on this 5.0L Explorer. First of all, I'm not a Ford guy, but have done extensive tests to try and help diagnose. This vehicle has a severe cut-out only when driving under load. I scoped the injector...
2002 Hyundai Accent GL 1.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: KMHCG45C42
Car was in 1 week ago,hard to gas up,stumble after filling tank.Removed cannister and found it was full of fuel and loose carbon inside.The diagnostic tank monitor was also full of fuel.Today we replaced both and ran the evap monitor.The result was a small eva... Trouble codes: P0441, P0442, P0112
1998 Kia Sephia 1.8L Hesitation VIN: KNAFB1218W
Hello Kia Techs: I have this 98 sephia with a hard/long crank condition. No DTCs. I have checked all grounds according to recalls.Under seat and on ECM bracket. The car starts but has a long crank. When ignition is on, KOEO, the fuel pump is not energized, Doe...
2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK430 4.3L Windows, And Door Mirrors VIN: WDBLK70G41
I want to make sure I have not missed anything. This mercedes can sit anywhere from 4 days to a week before it will malfunction. It has not done it in less then 3 days yet. Makes no diffrence if you use the remote or unlock manually, but once can system malfun...
2005 Saab 9-3 Linear 2.0L Mechanical VIN: YS3FB49S65
Hey guys thanks for your help in advance got this Saab 93 here it was brought in on hook for a dead battery we replaced the battery and now we have a no start will crank but no spark looking at ecm or ionization module or both tech 2 will not let me in on engi...
2005 Volkswagen Passat GLS 2.0L Hesitation VIN: WVWCE63B85
This passat starts and idles fine when cold, but if you put the car in reverse or drive it will not even try to move when you push on the throttle. If you put it back in park you can rev the engine, it acts like the pedal is dead the engine will not rev up in ...
2000 Volvo S40 1.9L Incorrect data VIN: YV1VS2551Y
Good after Saturday noon. Well the holidays are here and so is the weird. I have this S40 that has sat for a couple months while the customer was off island. Complaint was for a brake issue. Turns out the check valve in the hose to the booster was bad. Repair ...

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1992 Buick Park Avenue Ultra 3.8L no start VIN: 1G4CU5313N
Yes Ckp was the problem y'all. The customer replaced it twice and swore up and down he di it right. that in all reality should have made that my first place to look. however, with the customer not wanting to pay for the diag I was forced to not touch it. I did...
1992 Buick Park Avenue Ultra 3.8L no spark, no pulse VIN: 1G4CU5313N
Yes Ckp was the problem y'all. The customer replaced it twice and swore up and down he di it right. that in all reality should have made that my first place to look. however, with the customer not wanting to pay for the diag I was forced to not touch it. I did...
2001 Cadillac DeVille DHS 4.6L Air Temp Control VIN: 1G6KE57Y41
Howdy Y'all !! Sorry I'm so late closing this post. I was waiting to see if the customer was gonna get a new control module. HE DID NOT !! I got some great responses. When I ran the test from my scanner the front doors would not calibrate. I was able to app...
2003 Cadillac Seville SLS 4.6L Starting VIN: 1G6KS54Y33
Thanks to everybody. Experience trumps endless voltage tests on intermittent problems every time and I appreciate you sharing your experience. I replaced the ignition switch and could not duplicate the problem again; I could duplicate about every ten starts ...
2002 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1L Oil level light VIN: 1G1ND52J62
i finally got the vehicle back thursday and was able to look at it friday and it failed to make any sense. the system is reasonably simple. thanks to tom gahl i got a wiring diagram and an explanation of the circuit. the pcm sends current through the oil le...
2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer North Face 4.2L Reverse and 4th gear VIN: 1GNDT13SX3
Well, thank you to all that replied. I learned a lot from this job. My reverse issue was self inflicted, in that your truly neglected to install the center seal on the L/R piston. This threw a curve ball at me because control psi was perfect. Note to self on t...
2007 Chevrolet Colorado LS 2.9L Poor Idle Quality, Stall, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GCCS14917
Thank you to all who took time to help. I started rechecking this one over and drained the almost new engine oil to put in a heavier grade and see if it made any difference. I drained the oil into a container to inspect and found a lot of micro metal filings f... Trouble codes: P0017 (Crank Position - Exhaust Cam Position Correlation), P0014 (Exhaust Cam Position Sys Performance).
2001 Ford Windstar SE 3.8L fuel gauge inaccurate after fillingand when low VIN: 2FMDA52491
ok guys thanks for all your great replies. long from texas richard and david hit it perfectley it was the anti slosh module delaying it to a point testing was done by jumping fuel pump relay and pumping fuel into a 5 gal. bucket and watching the level drop a...
2007 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT 5.4L Lack of power /noise VIN: 1FTSX21597
wow!! it was like who wants to be a millionare/and i had to leave the answer up to the audiance i tried every thing but was unsure about the cats /most of you convinced me that the left cat was a problem and that was the # 5 miss side/ the big cat /down stream...
2003 GMC Envoy XL SLE 4.2L No Start VIN: 1GKET16S93
Sorry for such a delay, contacted owner after she had remote start disconnected and vehicle has never failed to start. Coming in next week for MIL but remote start appears to have been her problem. Thanks again for the replys. Nick h Trouble codes: U1000 (class 2 data malfuction), B2955 (Security system daya ckt), B2960 (Security System sensor incorrect but valid), B2961 (Key in ignition malfunction).
1994 Honda Accord LX 2.2L No Start VIN: 1HGCD7148R
thank you again fellow ATN members and yes all of you were right the after market distributor was junk,after following your advices I checked the distributor signal and yes intermittent signals from cam and crank sensors,tahnk you again and happy holidays
1999 Mercedes-Benz SL500 5.0L trunk lock VIN: WDBFA68F9X
well after some consideration i was able to use one stick of dynamite thrown into the passenger compartment and quickly shut the doors when it went off the trunk opened along with a few other things ya the tumblers in the trunk lock where stuck ,, ...
2003 Mini Cooper S 1.6L pcv tube VIN: WMWRE33463
Thanks for the 2 replies, but befor I had a chance to check it out further he wanted it towed to a mini dealer in portland. He was in a big rush to leave & didnt want to wait a couple of days to get a new pcv tube from portland. So the car was not fixed.
1994 Saab 900 S 2.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: YS3DC58B6R
Well guys, the gremlin has gone so far. Some of you have thought that it is an OBD2 car, but it isn't. Euro specs require a lambda sensor behind the catalytic converter only at EU4, which has been enforced since 2007. Saab and some other makes began marketing ... Trouble codes: P0171 (Lean Mixture).
1997 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.4L Rear diff or driveline VIN: JT3GN86RXV
First,THANK YOU all for your time and effort! Those who pointed me toward mising weight were spot on. Hard to see, but there it was, spot weld with rectangle mark around it. Zip tyed a washer to it and it lessened vibration. Its going to driveline shop for bal...
2010 Toyota Prius 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, Stall, MIL Lamp on
I smoke tested the intake and found no leaks. I drained the gas tank and added new fuel. We drove the car for 130 miles and the issue didn't reoccur. I took 2 fuel samples and never had a misfire occur. The fuel was causing the issue. This system compares the ... Trouble codes: P0171, P3190, P0451, P0A0F.
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