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2000 BMW X5 4.4i 4.4L no scan VIN: WBAFB3345Y
This vehicle was scanned just few weeks ago and there was not a problem. Today, we attempted to scan using Solus and Autel. Solus powers up and attempts to scan at obd2 and round BMW ports, no communication at all. The Autel (with no internal battery) powers u...
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2002 BMW 745Li 4.4L Misfire VIN: WBAGN63472
This car has a miss fire on cyl #1 and we switch the coil and spark plug and still has the miss on cyl #1. We checked for vacuum leaks and cleared codes several times. We added fuel cleaner to see if it would clean the injector but after several test drives it... Trouble codes: 10062 (Missfire detected), 10050 (Missfire cyl. 1), 10028 (Lr-add adaption)
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1984 Chevrolet Corvette 5.7L Battery VIN: 1G1AX078XE
Vehicle came in for battery drain. Isolated it to radio fuse. Pink and white wires were traced to lighting delay module under passenger compartment glove box area. Vehicle came in about a month later with same issue. Customer had stereo system and alarm system...
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1990 Chevrolet C1500 454 SS 7.4L Cuts out VIN: 1GCDC14NXL
This truck entered my shop with a complaint of an intermittent misfire. When I started it in the morning I could smell antifreeze. When I did a block check I found HC in the cooling system. We pulled the heads and sent them to the machine shop where 1 was foun...
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2001 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3L Oil Filter Blows seal and balloons at start up VIN: 1GNDT13W81
I took over this project about a week ago. First assuming that it needed a fuel pump at 114,000 miles?? Second i checked plugs, wires, cap, and rotor. Found that the PLugs, cap, Rotor, and wires were all factory GM original and way over due for replacement. SO...
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2009 Chevrolet HHR LT 2.4L water in oil VIN: 3GNCA53V69
car came in 2 week ago overheating according to custmer foung no leaks pulled inpection cover of water pump seen coolant leaking out of front seal rr water pump and t stat filled with coolant test drove car all worked good costmer came back this morning saying...
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2004 Chrysler Town & Country (Van) LX 3.3L Instrument Cluster VIN: 2C4GP44R94
all lights stay on when engine is running, when i move the shifter lever for all P R N D 3 L nothing's changed Code. 400.1 : Improper power down detected All circuits are good and nothing are bad some sugestion
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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck ST 5.9L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1D7HU18Z32
need help from the computer and chrysler techs. this truck was driven in with ses light on, customer complait of trans shifts erratically. check engine light on. we scanned ecm, found code po601, internal module failure, replace the ecm. we ordered a computer ... Trouble codes: P0601
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2002 Dodge Grand Caravan EX 3.3L Lights, radio, VIN: 2B8GP44302
Greetings, Once again, I have a Chrysler minivan in with flickering lights (headlights, tail lights, interior lights…etc). This particular van is a handicap wheel chair conversion van with a lowered floor. It is used to transport seniors at an assisted liv...
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1992 Ford F-250 Custom 5.8L power steering VIN: 2FTHF25H2N
thanks in advance for all replies. in all my years i have never had a problem like this. truck came in with gearbox leaking, both there were no other issues. after replacing 3 gearboxes(2 from 1 rebuider, 1 from another) and 2 pumps, i cannot get this system t...
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2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT 6.0L no start VIN: 1FTNF21P73
Truck came in as a no start. Customer replace both fuel filters. I check it with the scanner and could not get into the FICM. Order the FICM put it in and flash the controller and still no start but was able to read data. Had 48.volts and cam and crank in sync...
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2003 Ford Taurus LX 3.0L Power Steering VIN: 1FAFP55U73
Hey Guys, I have a 2003 Ford Taurus 3.0 OHV non flex fuel and every time the engine is turned off, power steering fluid spews out of the reservoir through the vent in the cap. The fluid is bubbly and full of air but rises rapidly only when the engine is turne...
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2004 Ford Freestar SEL 4.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2FMZA52234
HELP. This van originally came in on November 16, with a check engine light on and a code P0401 Insufficent EGR flow detected stored in the ecm. Checked system and diagnosed bad EGR Valve and replaced. Van returned on January 4, with a check engine light on an... Trouble codes: P0171
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2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT 6.0L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 9BFJX21F94
The customer reported engine light only came on after a few oil leak repairs. Visually everything looks ok, but I can see back pressure valve have been disconnected previously. Told IDM has been exchanged with upgraded unit. Also told injectors have been done ... Trouble codes: P0272 (Cylinder No 4 high to low side open), P0541 (Manifold intake air heater circuit low)
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2005 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4L Engine VIN: 1FTPW14505
This truck came in for spark plugs at 98k miles. Seven of the plugs broke off in the head. We were able to remove six of them with the Mac Tools spark plug extractor, then the tool broke down in the plug. So the cylinder head was removed to repair. repairs wen...
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2006 Ford Mustang 4.0L MIL Lamp on, wrench light VIN: 1ZVFT80N46
This one is really kicking our buts. Intermitantly while driving the wrench light will come on and then it goes into reduced power mode. Shut it off and restart it and all is good again untill it fails and wrench light comes back on. This can be 20 mins later... Trouble codes: P061B
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2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L Temperature blend door VIN: 1FAFP53U16
Customer complains of no heat. Found that temperature blend door was not moving when turning temperature control. This vehicle has manual controls. Knowing that the blend door actuators go bad on Fords all the time I bought a new actuator. Decided to plug in t...
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2007 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4L long crank time VIN: 1FMFU16507
where is the fuel pump driver module located. looked around the spair tire and didnt see it
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2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L lifters VIN: 1J4GW48S22
Hi, I have this 4.0 L. orig came in with p0305, and running bad most of the time, removed valve cover found collapsed lifters # 5 cyl. Replaced all lifters vehicle ran great for 3 days...came back running bad. pull valve cover found cyl 5 exhaust lifter collap...
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2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4.0L Cruise control VIN: 1J4FA44SX6
Cruise control does not work. Light on dash comes on, all switches test ok and good vacuum to servo. Servo is good, can manually ground vacuum and vent solenoids and both work, can force pcm to activate both solenoids and both work. When monitoring vacuum and ...
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2003 Nissan Murano SE 3.5L electric windows VIN: JN8AZ08W93
hello everyone this 03 Nissan murano came in with customer complaining that both her front windows rolled down when she turned her car off and opened the door. Sure enough thats what they do. Have checked on the web and found that this is a very common problem...
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2008 Nissan Altima 2.5L No Start VIN: 1N4AL21E58
Thanks in advance for any help. This one is complicated. Last week customer was driving from mass to maine in the severe snow storm we had. He lost power and vehicle was what he called in limp mode. Customer stopped and found snow in the air filter. He cleaned... Trouble codes: P1610 (NATS malfunction), P1612 (NATS malfunction), B260A, B2618 (Bcm), B2607 (steering lock relay), B2108 (steering lock relay on.)
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2002 Oldsmobile Silhouette Premiere 3.4L No Start, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GHDX03E72
May take 2 days of driving to set code 336. Once a week to get a no start condition. During no start, fuel pump runs, have fire at spark plugs. Watching pids all looks normal except 24x (139) koeo, cranking pid does not change. Battery went dead,(jumper cables... Trouble codes: 336 (24x crank sensor)
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1979 Porsche 911 SC 3.0L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Cuts out, Stall
i really need some help on this 79 porsche 911sc with 3.0L.i have been working on this car almost a year,so i give up a few month ago.now the customer call me back ask about what's up with car,at the begining of problem is the car cuts out during warm up than ...
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2002 Saturn SL1 1.9L Brake Pads VIN: 1G8ZH52822
Hi everyone i have this saturn here that i replaced pads on and now have low pedal, all i did was remove lower bolt flip up caliper put on new pads push pistons in and put back togeather. Now low pedal, tryed bleeding system with no help,pinched off front brak...
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1997 Subaru Legacy Outback 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: 4S3BG6852V
We have this subaru with and ongoing P0400. EGR flow. Passages are clear, we can pull valve at idle with vavuum pump and it will almost stall. We found a small pin hole in the modulator and replaced that. Removed the little filter in the line before the map se... Trouble codes: P0400 (EGR flow.)
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2006 Toyota Prius 1.5L Steering VIN: JTDKB20UX6
The car wants to pull in whatever direction you steer it, like something is binding, disconnected the rack from the column and everything feels free ?? column has more resistance than normal but not binding, normal meaning without electric assist. Thanks for a...
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2002 Volvo V70 X/C 2.4L Unknown VIN: YV1SZ58D82
The vehicle came in with a 5th gear ratio error and a little bit of a delayed engagement into D. The fluid did not smell burnt and we have flushed these when the fluid is completely black and had only improvement. In this case after the flush it is not driveab...
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2002 Volvo S40 1.9L Poor Idle Quality VIN: YV1VS29502
Car was towed in for no start,found it to be flooded with fuel cleaned plugs car started.the next day the car started right up went for road test and felt the idle was very high 2000 in neutral.got back to shop let car idle a little while looking for vaccum le... Trouble codes: P0507
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Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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2006 Acura TL 3.2L Flashing check engin VIN: 19UUA662X6
I pulled the rear cat and retested. The results were the same. The front cat was higher psi that the back cat. The cats were clogged, I told him since the rear cat was the least expensive and the other two were definitely clogged, to do them all. He did. ... Trouble codes: P0420.
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1999 Audi A8 Quattro 4.2L fuel pump
First off I want to thank all that helped,especially gene,mark,eric,and dan.The first Thing i did was check power and ground when stalling ocurred all checked out good I put 5 gLlons of fuel in vehicle to make sure it wasnt a power/ground issue.Started vehicl...
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2007 BMW X3 3.0si 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, MIL Lamp on VIN: WBXPC93437
Sorry about that,completely forgot about this one,We replaced the valve cover on this one,customer has not been back so I am presuming that all is good,A very sincere thank you to the 5 members who responded
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1997 Chevrolet K1500 5.7L Rear Brakes VIN: 1GCEK14R8V
Well thank you for all the great post and trying to help. Some of you I wish would read the hole post before you reply. I'm sorry I took the ABS pump off this truck, I was trying to eliminate something that I could not be sure was not trapping air. It reall...
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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 SS 6.0L Engine VIN: 2GCEC19N75
Thank You to everyone. The fix was the system needed to bleed air from the cooling system. Joe was right that the small hose from the rad. to the surge tank was blocked. Thank You to everyone your help was very helpful.
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2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8L 2-3 shift VIN: 2G1WH55K75
I have not had any hands on with this car yet. Customer is dealing with warranty and lawyer issues on the vehicle, so it may be a while before it actually comes in! Thanks to you all for the info. and the data to look at. It will help knowing where to get sta...
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2004 Chrysler Sebring Touring 2.7L Loss Of Coolant VIN: 1C3EL55R54
Thanks for all the response on this, unfortunately the customer dedided to grab the car and run before we could spend any more 'quality' time with it. As soon as they get it back to us we will try to report back with our findings. Thanks again for all of who s...
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2005 Chrysler 300 (Car) C 5.7L Throttle body VIN: 2C3AA63H25
After finding that squeazing the engine computer with two finders caused the car to act up. Lot of responses said they had similat issues. I did notice that when it was warm it did'nt happen frequently. Replaced ECU and problem is fixed. Nighmare!!!
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2002 Dodge Intrepid SE 2.7L interior lights, radio, power locks VIN: 2B3HD46R82
Sorry for the long time to post anything. I have been waiting to see if cust. brings car back in for fix. This is a great customers son and of course I went into it with $0 for check out time because I thought I would help him out. The kid is probably going to...
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2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Truck Laramie 5.9L Convertor VIN: 3D7KS28C25
thank you all for your expert input. we were able to limp truck back yo virginia. we pulled pan and cut open filter. to my surprise there wasnt much to look at we then removed trans and replaced convertor with a better 3 disc steel billet design. put it all ba...
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1997 Ford F-250 Lariat 7.3L Hesitation, Surge, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTHX26F8V
Ended up being the crank sensor. Thanks for all the replies and help that pointed me in the right direction!
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1999 Isuzu Trooper S 3.5L Poor Idle Quality VIN: JACDJ58X0X
After replacing both upper/lower intake gaskets and running redundant pcm/iac grounds. I couldn't get it to duplicate. customer picked it up an said it was still idling funny!? I have no concrete failure or fix at this time.
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1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L shuts down injectorsasd relay VIN: 1J4FX58S3V
We had the customer return the PCM that he had ordered to verify if they had programed security in it. I was hoping it would have been returned by now so i could report the repair.It has been gone for a couple of weeks.
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2002 Lincoln Town Car Executive 4.6L computer VIN: 1LNHM81W22
I tried the different places to get another used block or to get a new block from a wiring company. But we took the old block apart and made our own fuel pump relay center. This was the best ans also the quickest to repair this car] Thanks for the great input....
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2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6L dual-mass flywheel VIN: WMWRE33525
No real consensus here. I've also called several local (and not so local) shops and found different answers there too. Seems like it all comes down to cost, although most I've talked with do not recommend the OE part (Valeo) from a dealer. There's a Sachs part...
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2003 Mitsubishi Lancer OZ Rally 2.0L Axle Seal Leaking VIN: JA3AJ86E03
Hey Guys! I would just like the thank everyone for your replies. I took the new axle out and put the axle seal on the axle. I did not damage the old axle seal taking it out so I put both on to see how they felt. The new axle seal I got was a different design a...
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2004 Pontiac Vibe 1.8L Hesitation VIN: 5Y2SL62854
Well the Vibe is out the door. After much dicussion and thinking. I decided just to empty the fuel tank and put new gas in it and bam it ran terrific. I don't know if there was something in the line or if the fuel was bad but were gonna get the fuel tested a...
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2006 Toyota Tundra 4.7L MIL Lamp on VIN: 5TBJT32176
Thanks for the help I replaced the evap.canister module to get the pump you have to by the whole thing all ok now.
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1999 Volkswagen Jetta GLX 2.8L No Start, Misfire VIN: 3VWTE29MXX
Well, thanks a lot to all who took thei valuable time to respond to my help request, the point is we ordered a new coil frm v.w dealer, but we where told to replace the electrical connector to it, becuase the new coil has the round shape connector, we install...
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2004 Volvo XC90 T6 2.9L Valve clearance VIN: YV1CZ91H94
Thank you Robert, Anders, Joe, Rowan, Justin, Steven, Brooks and Bruce. I put the tappets in one cylinder at a time and checked the clearances. I did not use the camshaft hold down tool that Volvo shows. I had an assistant press the the camshaft in firmly. Onl...
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2006 Volvo XC90 V8 Ocean Race 4.4L Engine cover VIN: YV4CZ85256
Thanks, David and Bruce for the information. The customer decided to take it to the dealer to see if they will pay for some of the repair.
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