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1996 Acura TL 2.5L Pcm VIN: JH4UA2659T
This veh came in with complaint: cranks but will not start. I checked for codes (no codes). Checked for spark (spark was intermitten). Checked for inj sig (inj intermitten). Compression is good. Veh would start and run fine, you may cut it off and come back la...
2005 BMW X3 3.0i 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: WBXPA93445
Customer complaining of oil usage and oil smoke out of tailpipe on start-up. Found no external leaks but ck engine light on with lean codes. I can remove oil filler cap and engine runs rough. I can cover hole up with my hand and has internal vacuum leak and en... Trouble codes: P0171 (Bank 1 lean), P0174 (Bank 2 lean)
2006 BMW M5 5.0L Electronic VIN: WBSNB93516
SMG Transmission Failure lamp keeps coming on with fault code 5506 - Clutch valve , break in wiring. Spent several hours checking continuity in transmission harness to module and found no breaks in wiring. Installed used hydraulic unit provided by customer (Un...
2008 BMW 535xi 3.0L oil life reset VIN: WBANV935X8
The oil life reset procedure works ok & resets to 15,000 miles . But after I turn the ignition switch off & then turn it back on, the oil change due comes on & the mileage goes back to zero. This will happen every time I reset the oil life reminder. I reprogra...
1996 Cadillac DeVille Concours 4.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G6KF5294T
Car came in with numerous codes and die out at idle. P0101, P0138, P0140, P0141, P0171, P0174, P0300, P0603, P1406, P1599. The EGR was open at idle and replace the B1S2 O2 sensor. Car no longer dies at idle but resets the P0171 and P0174 with extremely high fu... Trouble codes: P0171 (Fuel Trim System Lean Bank1), P0174 (Fuel Trim System Lean Bank2)
2001 Chevrolet Impala 3.4L Starting VIN: 2G1WF52E01
If the key is left on for 10-20 min will start and restart right away if you wait for 20min try to restart it will not start untill u leave the key on for 10-20 then it will start any help would be great thanks larrys auto
2005 Chevrolet Corvette 6.0L A/C tensioner VIN: 1G1YY24U55
Howdy, Its me again, This gently driven 2005 Corvette came to us with a noise complaint, first described as a scraping sound when stopping. It just had the rotors turned at a dealership to correct this complaint. She was coming to us since she felt it wasnt re...
2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 2.2L 1-2 shift VIN: 1G1AK52F95
replace tcm with new unit after customer grouned out when jump starting vechile vechile would not shift out of first now after replacement vechile has power limited light flashing and wont rev up or move
2006 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 2G1WB58K26
Thanks in advance! I am looking for some GM insight into the problem with this vehicle. The original problem is gone, which was stalling and check engine light. I installed a new throttle body (GM part), Mitchell has very little info on idle re-learn, so I all...
2008 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3L Noise VIN: 1GNFK13018
Thanks in advance. Hoping someone has run into above problem. Ive used this combination of pad and rotors on many vehicles and noise has never been an issue. Vehicle stops smooth and well. These ADO pads in the past have cured any noise issues ive ever had. An...
2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8L Pcm bcm VIN: 1GCRKREA7C
Have a customer with the above mentioned truck wanting to know if we could activate the factory remote start system on his truck? is it a matter of just getting a factory Key Fob ( with start button),Or is more needed ... P.S. customer does not want any afterm...
2005 Chrysler Town & Country (Van) Touring 3.8L no communication VIN: 2C4GP54L45
hello everyone, this town and country came to us as having multiple problems. The first being the abs and brake light staying on, and no communication to abs. We checked power and grounds to the abm (mk25e). I'm confused, because all data shows that pin 8 shou...
2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic 2.4L Cuts out VIN: 3A4GY5F95A
Came in with those 3 codes. cleared and test drove. Vehicle bucked, set check engine light and set P0344 for cam sensor. Replaced. Still did it. Replaced with OE Mopar. Still did it. Then got smart and hooked up oscilloscope, and found crankshaft sensor patter... Trouble codes: P0344, P0016, P0339
2003 Dodge Neon SXT 2.0L transmission VIN: 1B3ES56C63
This vehicle had the transmission cooler leak into the engine coolant which contaminated both the coolant as well as the transmission fluid. I replaced radiator and flushed the engine block using a garden hose (after draining all contaminated fluid and properl...
2007 Dodge Nitro R/T 4.0L Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1D8GU586X7
Thank you for all your help in advance. I have a 2007 dodge nitro r/t. This vechile has been to 3 dealerships and several independent shops and now has landed in my bay. Customer informed me the vechile originaly went in to dealer ship for unrelated repair and... Trouble codes: P0339 (Ckp signal intermittent), P1128 (Closed loop fueling not achived bank 1), P1129 (Closed loop fueling not achived bank 2), P0303 (Cylinder 3 misfire), P0300 (Multiple cylinder misfire)
2012 Dodge Charger R/T 5.7L No Start VIN: 2C3CDXCT5C
Hi guys I have this 2012. Charger. No crank I program the remote. Every thing went ok. But the car don't. Crank with the button if I Jump the start relay the car crank . Question No communication. With the abs module. It was. Hit. But. I have. Brake. Lights. A...
1997 Ford E-350 Econoline XL 7.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FBHE31F1V
All you great diesel gurus out there. Somebody HELP ME PLEASE!!! This Ford van came to me with codes P1391, P1393, P1395, P1396. Glow plug relay COOKED, shunt badly discolored. Blatantly obvious it needed a glow plug relay and shunt. Replaced them and sent the... Trouble codes: P1395 (Glow Plug Monitor Fault)
1997 Ford F-250 Lariat 5.8L Turn signals, Flasher, Blower motor VIN: 3FTHF25HXV
The turn signals, flashers, and blower motor quit working on this truck at the exact same time. Fuses are good. Alldata shows a common ground at G201 behind bottom of LH cowl panel. My questions are 1) is the cowl panel another way of saying kick panel? If not...
1999 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4L blower VIN: 1FTRX18L0X
hello got a funny one here truck has been having issues killing battery fond blower stuck on when key is off my mitchell does not show if the hot feed to blower is from ignition switch or if it is pcm controled to operate blower i will make a note that i am se...
2001 Ford Focus SE 2.0L Ign lock cyl. VIN: 1FAFP36331
Seeking some advice on changing the lock cyl. on this Focus. Got myself into some doodoo again. I follows instructions and drilled a 3/8 hole through the cylinder, dug out the lock ring as stated (does it go all the way around?). Then it says to use a screwdri...
2003 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6L drivetrain VIN: 1FMDU85W33
Front diff was burned up,no fluid and was getting hot also binding on turns and making a lot of noise. We replaced front diff,still binds on turns and if you drive it very far it gets REALLY HOT. Still binding on turns so we checked t-case had metal in it and ...
2005 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FMZU73K75
2005 Explorer 4.0 came to us after being at another shop. Came in with rough idle and misfires. The other shop replaced plugs wires and egr valve and intake gaskets. We checked plugs and found they used autolites so we replaced with motorcraft no change. We re... Trouble codes: P0316, P0300, P0301, P0302, P0304
2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L Unknown VIN: 1FMEU74E87
Hi need some help from the ford techs. This explorer came in with a large transmission fluid leak. The transmission was leaking from all over, pan gasket, front seal, rear seal and the transfercase tailshaft seal. We removed the transmission and replaced all t...
2008 Ford Expedition EL Limited 5.4L Drivers Window VIN: 1FMFK19518
This Expedition had both front windows binding due to the regulators. We replaced both with aftermarket regulators. This has the auto feature on the left front only, and it will not initialize. We followed the initialization procedure in Alldata multiple times...
2001 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0L Hesitation, Cuts out VIN: KMHDM45D01
ses lamp flicker while driving and rpm drops (hiccups) but continue driving. sometimes stalls while at a light (scanner lost of comm with ecu), but re-starts right away. no codes, alternator is charging properly. when vehicle loses comm with ecu, scanner can s...
2001 Kia Optima SE 2.4L Hesitation VIN: KNAGD12611
bought this auto in excellant shape. has a bog or no power when cold. change timing belt and water because i'm selling it. newcoils iac, tps mass air flow sensor. all this was done by previous owner. i've scoped all of these sensor and all look good. even drop...
2007 Mazda 3 i 2.0L battery draw VIN: JM1BK32G27
hello everybody. I had a customer bring in this car with a complaint that she replaces the battery once a year.she will go out and the battery is dead and whoever she brings it to just puts another battery in it. after checking the charging system and rechargi...
2003 Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor 1.8L Ignition Lock VIN: WDBRN40J53
I have this C230 that was brought in for a MIL on. Upon pulling into the bay, the vehicle was shut off then restarted within minutes. Vehicle noticeably had a weak battery. Shut vehicle off again and connected a Solus Pro Scanner. Then went to turn ignition ba...
2001 Mitsubishi Galant ES 3.0L Emission Test VIN: 4A3AA46H11
High techs i need your help on this 01 mitsubishi galant 3.0 to fiend the manufacture conversion factor for this measurements on catalytic converter test, this results comes from generic obd11. Ecu id; $00 test id; $01 component; 00 min; n/a max; 205 value 249...
1995 Nissan Maxima GLE 3.0L heater core VIN: JN1CA21D6S
looking for imformation on how to replace heater core mod says to remove dash front seats and carpet labor pays 5.0 hours.can this be done without pulling dash? any shortcuts?
2000 Oldsmobile Alero GL 2.4L Cooling Systems VIN: 1G3NL52T3Y
Vehicle sat for like a year or two, he brought it to the shop because water pump was leaking. Replaced water pump and thermostat, double checked timing was correct put it all back together and started up. Started right up fine ran good but after a while the ti...
1985 Saab 900 Turbo 2.0L Noise VIN: YS3AT36L8F
Hello all you Saab gurus. Have an issue with this vehicle. Last November I removed the engine/transmission and then sent vehicle to have the body restored. I separated the engine and sent the transmission to a shop we usually deal with. When everything was put...
2004 Toyota Prius 1.5L hybrid drive VIN: JTDKB20U44
We put a battery in the vehicle (AGM in trunk) and it had the P0A4B code. It was at closing and she left. After 1/4 mile, the car died and we towed it back in. She then stated that "similar problems have been occurring" When powered up, the vehicle cannot be s...
2005 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7L MIL Lamp on VIN: 5TDZT38A45
Car came in with code PO430 cat efficency b2, p1441, p1442, p1444, and p1445 for air injection switching valve #2 stuck open and closed. Replaced cat and switching valves. Car came back in one week later with code p1442 #2 switching valve stuck closed b1. Test... Trouble codes: P1442
2007 Toyota RAV4 Limited 3.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: JTMZK31V17
customer came bk today with code p0158 o2 sensor and code p1578 brake malf. drove on hwy 10 miles after clearing codes, no issues. will either cause vss light to come on. i know i have a bad o2 sensor. Trouble codes: P0158, P1578
2008 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on
CEL keeps spitting out multiple different codes. Cam sensor circuit, ig. Coil circuits 1-4. Air/ fuel sensor codes. Misfire on #3. Experienced tech out with wife problems. Need help. #3 cylinder appears to not be firing when coil unplugged. Spark plug OK. Othe...
2001 Volkswagen Golf GTI GLS 1.8L Stall VIN: 9BWDD61J61
It appears that the immobilizer is preventing engine from continuing to run. No codes present, but engine starts for a couple seconds but then dies, over and over. Security light flashes on dash. How is the immobilizer system on these reinitialized or tested? ...
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L No Start, MIL Lamp on VIN: WVWPD63B13
Starts and dies, won’t stay running. Throttle does not open, codes P1545, P1558, P1579. Fails adaptive resetting. When monitoring with Vag-Com both APP sensors look good, when opening throttle plate by hand angle sensors look good. TB motor resistance is 1.2 o...
2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0L engine VIN: 3VWRL7AJ4A
Hello all. Need a little help here this TDI is stumping me. The vehicle runs fine in bay, plenty of heat, not over heating. Drive vehicle and it starts to overheat on highway, pull off highway, temp goes back down. Heat is lost when this happens. Check tempera...
2005 Volvo S80 2.5T 2.5L abs VIN: YV1TS59205
This is the later model brake control module, not like the older ones with a high failure rate. The car has the ABS light on. Scanned code BCM-0070 with my CS2000 tool, it is for "Power supply for pump motor-Faulty signal". I do not have VIDA, but I would like...

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2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3L Electronic VIN: 3GNEC12J47
thanks for all the bcm solved the problem.before ordering bcm,i cut the wire from the ebrake pedal switch to bcm about 2 inches from bcm to be sure it was not grounded somewhere. thanks again everyone.
2004 Chrysler Sebring LX 2.4L Surge, Cuts out VIN: 1C3EL46X74
Thanks to everyone who responded,After spending 20 plus hrs this car it is fixed.After reading every post on every site about aftermarket sensor being bad, after reading that the cam timing matched against crank timing has to be within+ or - 3 degreese after c... Trouble codes: P0340, P0344, P0016.
1989 Dodge B250 5.9L crank no strart
Thank you all Techs who replied to my request for help lots of possibilites I did not even consider.What it was besides severely cracked heads was water pitted and leaking intake valve no. 7 cyl. both heads were scrapped!installed another set and will be start...
2004 Dodge Neon SXT 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1B3ES56C64
Replaced cam sensor with genuine OEM sensor. Has been driven for one week, problem solved. Thank you! Trouble codes: P0344.
2007 Dodge Caliber SXT 2.0L Bus Problem VIN: 1B3HB48BX7
Well i would like to thank everyone for all their help. I recieved enough replies that talked about wiring problems and I was running out of patients with this car so took off all the splash shields and looked over all the harnesses again. I found a rubbed th...
2012 Dodge Charger R/T 5.7L ecm VIN: 2C3CDXCT5C
Thank all of you guys I had to get a smart cable for my starmobile I program the remote and the car. Turn on but no start
2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L engine VIN: 1FTNX21F1Y
Thanks to all that responded. I was pulling my hair out trying to fix it. The ebp sensor seemed to have fixed the concern. I would never have thought that a shorted out ebp sensor would cause this concern but i guess it did. I have seen ebp sensor codes all th...
2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L Transfer case VIN: 1FMZU73E02
Going to mark this one as fixed, even though the customer declined the repair. The alternator DID fix the flashing headlamp issue, as well as a few other things the customer had forgotten were acting up! I replaced the 4x4 control module as advised by Ford,...
2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4L No Start VIN: 1FTPW14516
After many hours of pulling hair I'm pretty sure I found the problem. I decided to go back to basics like mike from Kentucky was saying if I could remove fuel pump relay and test individual pins. Unfortunately the fuel pump relay is a PCB relay (printed...
2006 Ford Focus ZX4 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FAFP34NX6
Than k you for the replies. We pulled the intake and could not find any failures nor was the pcv system hoses failed. We cleaned and reinstalled the intake and continued testing, but it took a lot longer to see the codes this time. We backstepped a little and ... Trouble codes: P2008 (IMRC Fault), P2006 (Imrc), P2004 (Imrc).
2007 Ford Ranger XLT 3.0L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1FTYR11U57
Sorry for the late response but client had left bank convertor replaced. I re-checked engine vacuum and it improved from 16" at idle to 18" and 18" to 20" at cruise with an approx 10% power improvement. still have some int cylinder contribution numbers of -14... Trouble codes: P0305, P0316.
2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty XL 6.4L Heater hose VIN: 1FDSW35R68
Very nice truck , but used as a ranch/off road(mostly) vehicle. We bypassed the heater core, and the customer was happy with that type of repair. Not a lot of heater demand coming up in Texas.
2008 Ford F-150 XLT 4.2L Cuts out VIN: 1FTRF12258
Ended up just being a bad coil. Previous shop has said that they had tried a coil before installing the ecm. Not sure if they didnt clear the code or if it just had both fail. I ended up swapping the wires from the a&b driver and swapped corresponding plug wir... Trouble codes: P0352.
2002 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5L Engince Control Module VIN: 2HKRL18692
Replaced the PCM again with another remanufactured unit. Good after a week. Keeping my fingers crossed!! Thank you for all the assistance!
2007 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5L Stall, MIL Lamp on
acording to alldata your suppose to do a crank sensor relearn after doing a timing belt. so we did that so far so good. thanks for the help everyone Trouble codes: P0344.
2010 Honda Civic LX 1.8L radio VIN: 2HGFG1B66A
sorry for the delay in closing this, I did what Bob from Massachusetts suggested, (holding battery cables together), no responce from the radio. I rechecked all fuses, all were good. I retried everything multiple times, with no sucess, the radio was still blan...
2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350 Bluetec 4Matic 3.0L major oil leak VIN: 4JGBB2FB8B
First of all I wish to thank all of you who took the time to resopnd.The holes that I saw in the engine block behind the a/c compressor are actually drains,there is 1 there and another one towards the rear of the engine on the same side then another 1 that dra...
1997 Mercury Sable GS 3.0L Hesitation, Cuts out, Misfire, MIL Lamp on, Pings VIN: 1MELM55U0V
Well the customer said she hasn't had a problem since she picked it up. I guess the next time I run into this I will try a hard reset on the ecu. Thanks for the help. Trouble codes: P0340.
2001 Nissan Altima GXE 2.4L Starter VIN: 1N4DL01D51
2005 Nissan Altima SE 3.5L engine change VIN: 1N4BL11D55
Well at best I have found this engine to be the same as the 04 and latter Maxima engine.Found a used one from a jap import place from Ontario,Ca. Not running as of today-crossing fingers!
2008 Nissan Versa S 1.8L shifter linkage
Got intouch with dealer. They were friendly and sent me a view of the cables (which is the same exact picture that my alldata shows). They said they never changed a clutch in a nissan versa. I found that hard to believe but looking through iatn archives and as...
1998 Oldsmobile Bravada 4.3L transfer case
We have been very busy lately so my car had to sit. The question I really wanted answered was can I hook toggle switch to decoder motor,just to get up my driveway but no one gave me a answer.Because I had no front speed sensor value,I located a used module for...
1999 Pontiac Montana 3.4L Driver Information Center VIN: 1GMDU03E6X
Sorry to inform that the problem was not fixed. The customer don't want to lose more time on this trouble... Can't really know the issue of this problem, Sorry.
2001 Pontiac Aztek 3.4L engine VIN: 3G7DA03E81
Based on a lot of good tips, I am attempting to resurrect an old oscilloscope that I bought at auction to do some testing. The scope was designed for TV and Microwave diagnostics, and is about ten times more complex than automotive scopes, but I got it for ten...
2001 Saturn SL1 1.9L Electronic VIN: 1G8ZH52801
I Haven't Fixed This Yet. Haven't Really Had Time To Spend Much Time On It. Ray [...] Been Alot Of Help With Testing The Solenoid And Whether Or Not The PCM Is Doing It's Thing. 2 Others Mentioned A Nut That Loosens Up And Needs To Be Replaced/ Tightened. If The...
2006 Volkswagen Passat 3.6 3.6L Poor Idle Quality, Surge VIN: WVWFU73C36
We have finally fixed the Volkswagen! Thanks for the quik replies Robert, Sean, and Elvir. We knew something was going on with the valve cover so we ordered one. We finally got it in and did see that the PCV system is all a plastic molded assembly molded insid... Trouble codes: P119A, P0507 (Idle control system), P0301 (Cyl [...]), P0302 (Cyl 2 misfire), P0303 (Cyl 3 misfire), P0305 (Cyl 5 misfire).
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