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2000 Acura RL Premium 3.5L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: JH4KA9651Y
OK customer came in for tune up estimate. I saw ith had 150k and also estimated fuel filter, timing belt, water pump, t stat, rad cap.(it is winter here also) and indution cleaning. So I get into it and find all the potting melted out of crankshaft cylinder po... Trouble codes: P1399 (Misfires manufacturer temp misfire code)
2004 Audi A8 Quattro L 4.2L cilynder head VIN: WAUZZZ4E84
Hello friends.I have this '04 Audi A8 4.2 that makes weird rattling noise coming from beneath valve covers,i am not sure is it one or both banks.I know these type of engines make rattling noise on cold startup for 2-3 seconds esspecially when car stays inopera...
1998 BMW 528i 2.8L No Start VIN: WBADD6322W
A little OEM help here. This 528i is kicking my but. I have a car that will will start hard in the morning, run and start fine all day then will act up (usually) the next morning. I originally thought it was the fuel pump not priming up properly but to avoid o... Trouble codes: 61 (Rear oxygen sensor), 79 (Rear oxygen sensor)
2003 BMW 745Li 4.4L Ars VIN: WBAGN63483
2003 745il [...] wHEN driving, the sway bars will activate, mostly the rear end, and sink one side or the other of the rear end, mostly seems like left side. After a bit of the the Dynamic Drive Inactive warning will come on. Faults posted are 5D5B...
2005 BMW X5 4.4i 4.4L rear calipers VIN: 5UXFB53525
Hi everyone this bmw x5 came to our shop with no brake we check all the pads and we fined out it has no rear brake we try to bleed the system with power flush it was no fluid coming to the rear so we decided to replace master cylinder now with power bleeder we...
2006 BMW 325xi 3.0L won't start
This car came in working fine, leaking from seal sleeve at electrical connector at trans. We've replaced several of these with no incident. After replacement car won't crank, won't start, has above mentioned codes when scanning Engine, will not communicate ...
2000 Buick LeSabre Custom 3.8L all lighting
All lighting flickers at all times. Headlights, tailights, dashlights and all interior lights. Charging to 14.0 volts with no accesories on and 13.5 with all accesories on. All connections at battery are good. Any ideas would be appreciated. thank you
2003 Cadillac Escalade 6.0L Windows, Gauges, Locks, Cluster VIN: 3GYEK63NX3
Hello guys, have this Escalade with intermittent no gauges, radio, electric windows, door locks, and multiple lights on dash. Have no communication to any modules. Isolated modules individually at splice 205 with still no communication to pcm. Have power and g...
1994 Chevrolet S10 4.3L No Start
Pickup came in as a no start, first fuel pressure test, 56 psi koeo, good spark. Compression is good. Some threads say that cranking psi needs to be at 60 psi, (wouldnt that be needed to actually flow fuel out of the injector?) took intake plenum off...injecto...
1996 Chevrolet K1500 Suburban 5.7L No Start, slight bump at idle VIN: 3GNFK16R7T
came in as a no start with no fuel pressure replaced pump has pressure was a hard start but got started. and drove fine car got cold and now will start first time, if you turn it off right away (before it gets warm) and try again it is 50/50 on the second star...
2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS 3.8L driverside cv axle VIN: 2G1WX12K4Y
I need to know if there is a measurment from the trans cover to the end of the input shaft, or from the trans cover to the cv shoulder. It looks like it 1/2" to 3/4" to far out. But It may be me. I hit it many,many times with a 5lb soft face dead blow so I hit...
2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8L monitors VIN: 2GCEC19V22
Cannot set [...] monitor,mode 6 shows passing everything.O2s working good.heaters turn on & off with scanner[modis].
2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 5.7L Clutch VIN: 1G1YY12S64
Hello and Happy New Year. I have this vette here, customer states that in morning first start that clutch pedal sticks to floor. He has to pull it back by hand then everything ok. We have not experienced anything. Car has low mileage and not abused. No air in ...
2006 Chevrolet HHR LT 2.2L Stall VIN: 3GNDA23D56
This HHR came in just 2 weeks ago with a bad misfire. Found valve cover gasket leaking oil into spark plug tubes and a bad coil. Replaced plugs, insulators, coil, and valve cover gasket. It ran great but wanted to stall at idle. I cleaned the throttle body wit...
2003 Chrysler Voyager LX 2.4L No Start VIN: 1C4GJ25B83
Thanks in advance for any help. Vehicle was working fine then next morning car would not start. Customer had vehicle towed to the shop. When the car reached the shop the tow truck driver said the car ran but when he was unloading car, it would not start. Scann...
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Van 5.2L Hesitation, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3B7HC13Y61
Hey yall got this truck thats kicking me in weird ways. came in for state inspection and found that the check engine light was on. pulled codes and came up with p0171 and po301. engine is running great. customer stated that sometimes its a real pain to start b... Trouble codes: P0171, P0301
2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7L Engine Idle trouble VIN: 1D7HA18D73
Customer had vehicle towed to us, truck starts but it doesnt idle unless foot on gas pedal over 900 RPM. No previous service history, all original ignition parts.
2005 Dodge Durango Limited 5.7L low tire light is on VIN: 1D4HB58D05
customer came in with a low tire light on. The light has been on since the owned the truck. Chrysler says the truck isn't equipped with that option. The indicator is a picture of a low tire with an explanation point in the middle. What else could it be there i...
2008 Dodge Avenger SE 2.4L Right Dash Vent VIN: 1B3LC46K08
The right vent & floor vent are cooler air all the time .the vent tube looks to be one pice all the actuators look to be woorking .this is not a auto heater syst. Good heat from heatr core
1993 Ford Ranger STX 2.3L Module VIN: 1FTCR10AXP
We are working on a 93 ford ranger 2.3l 2wd abs problem.module has been replaced and now when we start with foot on brake pedal abs light stays off until releasing brake pedal.tried new brake switch but still no change,brake light bulbs are good and fluid is f...
1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L Alignment
Well this f-250 has a vibration while going onto an on ramp @ 40 -50 mph! You can feel it in the front only! I have replaced the upper and lower ball joints that wear worn a little bit,the rest of the front steering parts are rock solid tight! Only happens whe...
2001 Ford Windstar SE 3.8L Surges at highway speeds, multiple body/abs codes VIN: 2FMDA52431
Pulled the customer's codes and there are multiple body codes. There are no wires cut and these systems are still working. I'm wondering if a body control module may be at fault. I have no way of testing the module. Here are the codes that were pulled. b1145 D...
2002 Ford F-350 Super Duty XL 7.3L No Start VIN: 1FDWF36F42
This truck has been in our shop for at least two weeks prior to our opening this help request. During that time an experienced Ford dealer diesel tech has been nice enough to help us find our way to a solution to no avail. This tech request will be our last at... Trouble codes: P1212
2004 Ford F650 6.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3FRWF65L44
Need to replace the IDM,but there is no one that i know,who can program the IDM for me over in Europe I do have the tool to scan and read,but i don't have the program option in it Is there someone who can flas my IDM? ECM : [...] Trouble codes: 427 (cyl 7 low side to high side open), 426 (cyl 6 low side to high side open), 424 (cyl 4 low side to high side open), 421 (cyl 1 low side to high side open)
2005 Ford F-350 Super Duty King Ranch 6.0L injector pressure reg no switch ground VIN: 1FDWF36P05
hi guys i have a tow truck it started as a engine swap then the customer requested to do arp studs we have done those before with no problems before customer supplied engine and said it ran fine in another truck we did the heads now it starts and dies in 3 sec...
2007 Ford F-350 Super Duty XLT 5.4L timing chain VIN: 1FTWW31537
truck has been maintain every 3000 miles at are shop from day one. around 100,000 start geting chain noise after oil change. started getting on cold start ups. At about 118,000 i put all new timing chain, guides, and tensioners in and sill have same promblem. ...
2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L Left temp/blend door actuator VIN: 1FMJU1H52A
Howdy Y'all!! We have a 2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer with dual zone climate control. The drivers side actuator has The "CLICK OF DEATH". Well what I am posting about is can we change it without removing the dash and heater case??? YEP THAT IS THE QUESTION ...
2003 GMC Yukon SLE 5.3L Coolant Loss VIN: 1GKEK13T43
This gmc is in the shop with a coolant loss issue of a gallon evry 2 weeks we found coolant in the intake manifold and i dont see any coolant passages has anyone come across this before
2003 GMC C5500 Topkick C5C042 6.6L speed governed at 35 VIN: 1GDE5E1173
This truck has not been running properly in over a year. The original problem was failed injector seals causing a running issue. It was parked for about a year before repair. After replacing injector seals it ran poorly but would get up to highway speed withou...
2008 GMC C4500 Topkick C4V042 6.6L Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on, Low Power Mode VIN: 1GDE4E1988
This truck has an intermittent concern that is getting a little bit worse as time passes. It has been activating a DTC code P0101 for a MAF performance problem. A new MAF sensor and a new OEM air filter has been installed. While on a lengthy test drive with th... Trouble codes: P0101 (Mass Air Flow Sensor Performance)
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...
2001 Isuzu Trooper Limited 3.5L 3-4 Shift VIN: JALDJ58X41
We have a 4l30e transmission. came in for a trans fluid leak. leak was from front seal. pull trans,pump bushing was bad shape but had not spun. replaced bushing and seal and new converter. you have to remove bell housing and then remove pump to change bushing....
2004 Jaguar XJ8 4.2L Transmission VIN: SAJEA71C94
The car came in for shocks and a test drive with the owner was done. During the test drive I noted that, when coming to a near full stop making a right turn (I think it occurs no matter which turning direction is chosen) with the light changing just before I r...
2004 Lexus LS430 4.3L Navigation,climate control and stereo VIN: JTHBN36F84
This Lexus came to us after battery was replaced with complaint of navigation,climate control and stereo system not working.I found no blown fuses in the underhood,kickpanel or trunk fuse blocks.I searched the fix database and found talk of initialization need...
1996 Lincoln Continental Anniversary 4.6L No Start VIN: 1LNLM97V9T
also cleaned throttle body, what am i missing here? very confused, not much hair left. Thanks in advance to anyone that can help me with this night mare.
1993 Mercedes-Benz 300SD 3.4L engine VIN: WDBGB34E5P
the car came in with an engine noise.I am not the most experienced diesel tech so i need further assistance from where i am now please.while running ,if i loosen the injector line, so it leaks, the noise seems to lessen in #1 cylinder. all the others -no chang...
2001 Mercedes-Benz ML320 3.2L No Crank,No Start VIN: WDC1631541
Hi friends !. Please help here. I am supporting a friend in another shop, they replaced engine with a second hand and after assembly everything, Vehicles does not crank, no Start.I searched the database, and found many same help request.I have valet key (no re...
2006 Mercedes-Benz ML350 3.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: 4JGBB86E56
Can I clean these swril flap or do I need to buy $1100.00 Intake Manifold.There is no information on cleaning this system.Thank you in advance for any help.James. Trouble codes: P2006
2001 Mitsubishi Montero Sport XLS 3.0L Mechanical VIN: JA4MT31H61
Came in with no reverse and hi miles we sold a used unit and installed.Let me start off when customer came in said was driving on hi way and felt like he ran over something then when he stopped he had no reverse.So we installed a used unit with transfer case d...
2000 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0L Poor Idle Quality VIN: JN1CA31A8Y
Came in with code po505 ( idle air system) and would not rev over 2500. Removed idle control motor, and found coolant in the intake, so replaced the idle air motor ( new) and the computer ( used out of same model). Started and ran the vehicle to do the idle re... Trouble codes: P0505, P0403
2005 Nissan Altima SE-R 3.5L No Start VIN: 1N4BL11DX5
Hello All, Customer came in with no start. He lost his key and went to the dealer to get a new one. They cut according to VIN and key doesn't turn ignition. Dealer began to check and said give us several thousand and we'll fix it. Car is 2002 with 2005 bcm, ec... Trouble codes: P1614 (Nats malfunction), P1001 (CAN comm)
1996 Oldsmobile LSS 3.8L Elc/Misc VIN: 1G3HY5212T
Hi, This is a customer of mine who just recently had to jump start her car 1 morning and again the next. She brought it to me and I hooked up my meter in series with the neg cable and found a .547 mA draw. Starting in the engine bay and pulled 1 fuse at a ti...
1998 Saturn SL2 1.9L No Start VIN: 1G8ZK5271W
Every 5th time or so the car will not start unless you hold the gas pedal to the floor then will start no codes doenst smoke at all installed new temp sender and ignition switch also no change runs great once it starts thanks for any help
2007 Saturn Ion-2 2.2L timing chain VIN: 1G8AJ55F57
We have to remove the cylinder head for a possible burnt valve and need to know if the T chain can be left in the car and still pull the head, also any info on where to set the t chain marks as we are not comfotable with the way all datta has it explained
1989 Toyota Cressida Luxury 3.0L Cam Seals VIN: JT2MX83EXK
Its leaking from the cam seals. If anybody could provide the information. Just need to know if you have to remove the camshafts to remove and install the seals. Current repair programs have little to no information on cam seal replacement
2009 Volkswagen Passat Komfort 2.0L Misfire VIN: WVWJK73C89
thanks in advance, just after cold start here in fla.temp is 48 deg, during normal accel, ck engine light will flash and code p0302, have replaced all 4 coils and spark plugs Trouble codes: P0302
2013 Volkswagen CC Sport 2.0L Tail Lights VIN: WVWRF7AJ4D
This vehicle is a gti r20t, installed customer oem europe led tail lights with harness adapters. Nice lights, nice installation. Problem is i need to change coding in 09 central electronic module. Using vds no problen finding 09 and code adapting. Light manufa...
2004 Volvo S60 2.5T AWD 2.5L Immobilizer-CEM VIN: YV1RH59H94
This car came in with a very intermittent no start no crank. With a message on the display that says "Start Prevented Try Again". The trouble codes in the system for the CEM were CEM-6C49 Transponder communication faulty signal , CEM-6C48 Transponder faulty si...

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2001 Audi TT Quattro 1.8L temp gauge VIN: TRUUT28N11
sorry that this request has been open for so long but i really took my time on this one i just didnt want to spend money that wasnt mine .thank you for all the replies and i did check everything that everyone posted the problem ended up being a loose terminal ...
2005 BMW X3 3.0i 3.0L throttle body VIN: WBXPA934X5
After all was said and done with the repairs made, The customer Proceeded to take the vehicle to the dealer, The dealer re programming the dme computer for the 4th time and said that it was repaired... Thanks for all the help Chris,@ Mountain Motors
2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV 6.2L Heated and Cooled Seat VIN: 1GYFK66807
Well, I have had alot of good replies, all dead on with the usual culprits in this situation. I have not been able to get the vehicle back in to the shop, so my time is up and I have to close my request. I think I will go with Marsden's suggestion when the v...
1995 Chevrolet K1500 5.7L Excessive Emissions VIN: 2GCEK19K3S
2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer LS 4.2L valve train VIN: 1GNDS13SX2
This one is fixed.Found the cause of problem was very old gas,caused sticky film on valves (Intake)causing them to stick,causing rockers to pop off only on intake side.Replaced head,(due to a bent valve)flushed out old fuel(had been sitting for over a year)bef...
2005 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3L auto climate VIN: 1GNEK13T45
happy new year too all techs,I want too thank all of you for your response,for sure thanks to dan oneil the site you gave me was a big help.After checking things out found left door acurator and right recirculation aculator were inop. because of the cost of re...
2002 Chrysler 300M 3.5L Rpm Input Sensor VIN: 2C3HE66G52
The client took the car. Got another used trans. with the wire harness. installed them and the car worked great. He opened the old wire harness and found multible bare wires.
2005 Chrysler 300 C 5.7L No Start, Stall VIN: 2C3AA63H65
Thanks for all the replies. Yes the vehicle was getting raw fuel into the evap system and the engine was drawing it in and causing an Rich condition which was causing intermittent no start and stalling.After doing some more searching apparently this is a commo... Trouble codes: P0406 (EGR Signal Circuit High).
1998 Dodge Durango 5.2L No Start VIN: 1B4HS28Y3W
Got this Durango running. After rechecking cam/crank timing, fuel pressure, and replacing crank sensor because of loss of signal code, the no start was caused by plugged exhaust. The converter blew it's guts out and all jammed up in the exhaust pipe against th... Trouble codes: P0320.
2003 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3L No Start VIN: 2D4GP44R63
I replaced the ECU with a used part and sent it out for reproramming at a cost of 125 for the ECU and 85 for reprogramming not too bad considering what the dealer or BBA wants for a replacement part. Well see how it lasts! Thanks for all the help. P/S also lea... Trouble codes: N0NE.
1996 Ford F-150 Eddie Bauer 5.0L Lack of power VIN: 1FTEX15N1T
Thanks to everyone for the input. The vehicle is now fixed and performing better than it ever has since I've been associated with it. So here's what we found: After removing the timing cover to check the timing and chain condition, we determined that either s...
1999 Ford F-150 5.4L engine
sorry for the delay in closing this request,we told the customer that we should go for head gaskets because everything else was checking out good but he decided the cost wasn't worth the truck.he is going to trade it in...feel sorry for who ever ends up with i...
2003 Ford Explorer Postal 4.0L Oil Pressure VIN: 1FMZU72K23
2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Limited 4.6L Shudder VIN: 1FMEU53827
thank you to all who took the time to lend some advise on this issue. As a couple of you said, it was the trans causing the problem. I think it was Fred from Tx. who said it as a washboard feeling and he was correct on the feeling. As he first suggested, I ...
2012 Ford F-550 Super Duty Lariat 6.7L Aux SWitches VIN: 1FDUF5HT6C
Thanks for the help guys. The blunt cut wires are located just above park brake lever just as you guys said. Got all my accessories installed and am ready for the road. Thanks again
2006 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3L Low-side pressure service port VIN: 1GTEK19T46
OK, so those of you who answered "Ain't got one" were the most correct. The part number for vehicles that ARE NOT equipped with a low-side port from the factory is [...]. The part number if you WOULD LIKE to correct that bit of madness and have a low-side p...
1998 Honda Accord EX 3.0L upshiting VIN: 1HGCG1651W
Well it was pretty obvious that this is a common problem for the Honda Accord at this mileage. I opted for buying a rebuilt unit for the car, with a warranty since the rest of the car is in great shape. Flushed the cooler and lines and used OEM fluid as most p...
2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8L cracked block VIN: 2HGFA16518
Thanks to everybody who responded, my wife lost my security key for all data, couldn,t get on to ran tsb's thanks again.
2006 Hummer H3 3.5L rear main VIN: 5GTDN13L46
vacum hose in the back of intake was replace with regular hose by customer and was pinch.we replace hose with dealer molded hose no more leaks thank you guys for help sorry took so long to close post
1989 Lincoln Town Car Signature 5.0L Alternator VIN: 1LNBM82F2K
Well, it's fixed. As many of you stated, it was the "I" circuit. The resistor was bad. I went to radio shack and bought a 560 ohm resistor, wired it in and the alt is working perfect now. I used a 560 ohm resistor because alldata had it listed as 500ohms and t...
1996 Mazda Protege DX 1.5L Alt Belt VIN: JM1BB1416T
2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue GL 3.5L MIL Lamp on
I replaced both side shutoff valves and the AIR system is working perfectly. Thank you for the replies. Trouble codes: P0410.
1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE 3.3L spark plugs VIN: 1P4GP44R2T
well u `all no xmas holidays kicked n hi gear as my post was flyin 2 all members.this one that hasn`t gotten away but towed it home w/all good info from u members n m waitin for parts to b delivered as well as van.pretty sure coil n ecm is problem but have to ...
2009 Pontiac G6 GT 3.5L starting VIN: 1G2ZH57N59
Oddly enough, this vehicle ended up having 2 problems that manifested at the exact same time. The first was the bad engine ground that dropped the TCM and wouldn't allow scan tool communication. After changing the ignition switch with no result, i started chas...
1974 Porsche 914 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation
The car is 70% there but not all happy. I did Chris's idea and adjusted the pressure sensor and car runs OK but needs the CO at 4 or 5%. The sensor is an early VW part from a 1500 type 3. Customer will be getting a correct part and I will also get injectors cl...
2005 Suzuki Forenza S 2.0L Safety VIN: KL5JD56Z45
Well guys, we tried another used Airbag Module, but it already had codes in it that the MODIS couldn't erase. Most replies indicated that sending the module in to a company to have the codes cleared was still up for debate. Customer declined any further repa...
1984 Volkswagen Vanagon GL 1.9L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, Poor Fuel Economy
it's a happy van.I seperated the connector to the ECM.Cut the shield wire around the green 02 sensor signal wire.And fixed it.Thanks everyone for all the advice,help,and experience.Number 5 and 6 were no longer shorted together thus no longer crossing signals...
2000 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 2.0L no cruise VIN: 3VWSC29M6Y
I got the help I asked for, thanks to all. The fans stopped running when I got connector changed, and ordered cruise switch. I will install Monday. I've got Bentley CD on Jetta but want work. I've contacted them with no help. I bought it through Ross Tech and ... Trouble codes: P0300 (needs wires and plugs).
2004 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0L Stall VIN: 3VWCM21Y54
Thanks to all those who replied. Sorry for the delay in response, wanted to give it some time to make sure it was fixed. I should have been little more clear about my question. I was more concerned with excessive back pressure than the stalling. I removed the...
2005 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWSF71K25
customer had us order parts [inc ABS pigtail ] ,has not called back to come in, [bonus didn't happen ? ] will up date if. Did say she only wanted the dash lights off cheap as possible. Trouble codes: 16795 (sec air incorrect flow), 16891 (idle control), P0171, 18711 (leak air intake), P0411, 19058 (o2s b1s1 circuit limit).
2002 Volvo S80 2.9 2.9L Misfire VIN: YV1TS92D12
Hi again, everyone, and thanks again for your input. I'm happy to report that this car is fixed, though I can't take any credit for figuring it out. Here's what we learned... The customer did eventually authorize a bit more diagnosis (largely, I believe, ... Trouble codes: ECM35, ECM35, ECM35, ECM35, ECM20, ECM40.
2006 Volvo XC70 2.5L Surge, MIL Lamp on VIN: YV4SZ59216
The dealership said to reset the maintence reminder.That it did not have to be programed after replacing MAF sensor. Been driving car 2 days without a problem or any codes. Hope this worked. Trouble codes: 120D, 121B, 216D, 21E0.
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