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2004 BMW 325i 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: WBAEV33444
Hi techs. I have changed the thermostat in this car with a altrom stat but have not fixed the the problem. I do not have any dianostic information on these codes so i bought a bmw service manual and found it no help what so ever, any help on flow charts for th... Trouble codes: P1622, P1475 (Leakage detection pump reed switch did not open), P1470 (Leakage detection pump control circuit electrical), P1477 (Leakage diagnostic system)
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2005 Buick LaCrosse CXL 3.8L Turn signal/Hazard Flasher VIN: 2G4WD56245
Customer complaint of no "clicking" sound when turn signal/ hazards activated, but lights operate correctly. Ordered a GM Flasher Module([...]) but cannot locate flasher in vehicle.Repair software says it is located below left side of dash near BCM .Labor g...
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2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5L power steering pump,gear VIN: 2G1WB55K06
Vehicle came in with hard steering at idle but pump not making noise. Replace pump with OEM part, bled as instructed in alldata. New pump making noise and easy to turn on start up. After vehicle warms up pump make no noise but steering is hard to turn, can hea...
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2007 Dodge Sprinter 3500 3.0L Reman. P/S Pump VIN: WD0PF44547
This one is a bit of a mystery. This is a fleet vehicle, it gets rode hard and put up wet. The customer has been driving this thing with the power steering inoperative for quite a while. We replaced the pump with a remanufactured unit because there was no circ...
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1997 Ford F-350 Lariat 7.3L Turbo VIN: 1FTJW35FXV
Turbo is not boosting. I'm not a diesel tech. I have read and understand the theory and operation. Can anyone tell me how to check the turbo syst and its elect components. I don't want to replace a good turbo. Thanks for all your help. Great group of Techs on...
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2003 Ford Explorer Postal 4.0L Oil Pressure VIN: 1FMZU72K23
Need some help here. Truck came in from other shop needing a motor (locked up) purchased reman motor from lkq reman. During install we found problem with original engine, it broke a valve spring and put a hole in #4 piston. Installed reman motor - no problems ...
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2002 GMC Sierra 1500 SL 5.3L battery VIN: 2GTEK19T52
I have a major draw on the battery. If vehicle sits for a couple of days without being started the battery goes dead. Memory had 2 codes B1477 & B2647.I've removed every fuse,circuit breaker,Module connectors,door switches,seat harness,bulkhead connectors,igni...
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1994 Honda Accord LX 2.2L No Start VIN: 1HGCD7148R
Intermittently this vehicle stalls and it won't restart, after 5 minutes starts,like nothing happened. Then it stalled again,there is spark,but no injector pulse there is power voltage to the injectors.and the injector resistor checked fine,please help,thank y...
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2004 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7L srs light VIN: KMHWF35H24
this one has me pulling my hair out. b1406 passanger presence detection fault checked power and ground to interface - good with test light between the both circuits at connector. check circut number 63 - ohmed out and check signal from interface and and contr...
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2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 2.8L Rocker Arm VIN: 1J4GL58585
Vehicle towed in with engine skipping, popping thou intake with some knocking noise. Removed head, found #3 rocker arm off and discovered roller on rocker arm seized. My question, has anyone experienced this before? Do I have just a failed part or a hidden pro...
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1989 Lincoln Town Car Signature 5.0L Alternator VIN: 1LNBM82F2K
This started out as another techs job. After 2 alts, Boss gives it to me. Ran all the tests alldata has and it keeps coming back to alt bad. I've done volt drops on the cables and the alt and everything checks out. If I full field the alt, it charges up to 15....
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1998 Mercury Mountaineer 4.0L Timing Chain Tensioner VIN: 4M2ZU52E3W
Replaced head gaskets, sent heads to machine shop for valve job, reassembled using all proper tools for setting timing, installed all new timing chains, guides & tensioner, started engine, ran fine for about 2 minutes then primary timing chain began making noi...
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2006 Mercury Mariner Convenience 2.3L Smart Junction Box VIN: 4M2YU57Z06
This vehicle came in for the shifter would not release, found the shift interlock solenoid was not getting power from the smart junction box, replaced the SMB and programed with as built data from Ford, after programing the shifter was working correctly. but t...
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2003 Mini Cooper 1.6L Mechanical VIN: WMWRC33473
I need some input from the Mini guys. I have a CVT trans with a howling noise. The TSB says to replace the transmission main bearing. I have none of the special tools and am wondering if someone who has done it before can tell if there is a work around for it ...
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1994 Nissan Altima GLE 2.4L electic windows VIN: 1N4BU31D8R
Drivers window would not work.Switch car on passenger window goes down by it self.Switch car off rear drivers window goes down.Looked at switch and it has burnt spots in circuit board.Replaced with new and now have nothing working.Have power going in + & - but...
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2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara JLX 2.5L Monitors VIN: JS3TD62VXY
Hi guys, this is my own car. I went to have vehicle inspected today only to find out that 3 (Cat, Evap and 02 heater) monitors were NOT RUN . Drove home and let the car run until I got the scan tool. Rechecked and found same. Turned key off, restarted and watc...
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1996 Toyota Tacoma DLX 2.4L Cuts out, looses power VIN: 4TAVL52N7T
Last week I was driving through heavy wet snow on a 45 mile trip on the highway, the truck acted like it was steadily losing power... seemed to me like fuel starvation. When I put my foot to the floor, it regains power instantly like a switch was thrown on. Le...
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1992 BMW 318i 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: WBACA5312N
The converter had come apart, so I'm guess it causes some pre ignition and trip the code. Replaced it and all seems good. Thanks for all the help Trouble codes: 1228 (4 knock sensor).
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1963 Ford Falcon 2.8L ride control VIN: 3T22U11580
Most replies stated probably an issue with the spring perches. I took the factory ones off and cleaned all the crud off. Found grease fittings underneath. The replacement ones were rock solid. Think Ford must have modified them sometime after 1963. the first r...
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2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4L 4wd light on VIN: 1FTPX14566
hello sorry for delay but I was waiting on customer to bring vehicle back in ,the vacum solenoid was the problem thanks for all the replies
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2000 GMC Jimmy SLS 4.3L No Start, Cuts out VIN: 1GKCT18W7Y
Thanks for the support techs. A fuel pump fixed this beast. The pressure with the new pump was only a couple of pounds higher but now in starts cold. With the old pump I cracked the bypass on my gauge with the engine idleing and the pressure went instantly to...
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2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4L Front lower control arm VIN: KMHET46C96
I ground the head off the bolt. Thought I could then draw it out with a nut on the threaded end but with so many blows with the hammer, the threads are too messed up to get a nut on it. Plan B. Using a cut-off wheel and an angle die grinder to cut the sleave a...
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2001 Infiniti QX4 3.5L No Start VIN: JNRDR09Y81
Thank You to everyone that replied. Everyone was correct that it was the immoblizer on the steering column. Replace immobilizer unit and start on the first try. Thanks again. Trouble codes: P1610 (Nats lock mode malfunction), P1612 (No communication).
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2001 Lexus GS300 3.0L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: JT8BD69S51
All, thank you for your help. The car is now fixed. For those of you who asked, fuel pressure was 42 psi deadhead, at idle, and under load (Lexus specifies 44-50psi), but at that slight difference I did not feel that it explained the symptoms fully. I checke... Trouble codes: P0300 (Random misfire), P0301 (p0302-), P0302 (p0303-), P0303 (p0304-), P0304 (P1349- VVT System Malfunction Bank 1), P1349 (VVT System Malfunction Bank 1).
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2003 Saturn Vue 3.0L steering/ suspension VIN: 5GZCZ53B03
Thanks for all the feedback. This vehicle is two wheel drive and it does not have a cvt trans. It turned out to be a bad axle/axles. The way I figured it out is I put it on the rack and had someone operate it at 70mph and it still vibrated. Removed the wheels ...
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2003 Toyota Matrix 1.8L exhaust VIN: 2T1KR32E93
Have identified a small leak at intermediate pipe to muffler. Thanks to all.Customer has not returned as yet. Will update as soon as customer returns. Francis.
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