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1994 BMW 540i 4.0L No Start VIN: WBAHE632XR
I have no voltage at fuse 23(fuel pump). I have voltage at fuel pump relay. if i jump 12 volts to fuse, the fuel pump turns on but car still wont start.
2001 BMW 325Ci 2.5L Wipers VIN: WBABN32090
Hi guys. My wipers and windscreen washer system works intermittently. It will operate for 5-30 minutes then stops working until I switch the car off and leave it off for an hour or so or it will start to work out of the blue after I drive for long distances....
2005 BMW X5 3.0i 3.0L comp VIN: 5UXFA13585
AC comp will not come on. pressures are 105 to 110 static at shop temp. IHKA module has no codes. data stream shows climate control button not active. all buttons light up when pressed and show active on scanner(baum iscan) except snow flake switch. I can jump...
2007 BMW 328i 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Surge VIN: WBAVA33547
Intermitently, if you let this car sit and idle in gear (long time at stop light) It will idle rough almost like a worn out motor mount but then every 3-20 seconds it will have a small surge / lunge and then idle again like an american 4 cylinder engine. (not ...
2001 Buick LeSabre Custom 3.8L Excessive Emissions, No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire VIN: 1G4HP54K21
Orginal complaint was customer's daughter was driving car while her's was in the shop. Stalled on her once, but immediately restarted. Father was driving car back from daughter's house and engine stalled. Restarted immediately, then died again in his driveway.... Trouble codes: 1374 (Cam/Crank correlation)
2006 Cadillac CTS 3.6L Theft light VIN: 1G6DP57746
Hi guys i got this 06 cts that i need help, the vehicle runs good the problem is that the ignition key does no let you take the key off, and it has trac light, and security light on.. Has u1300 and p1629 present at all times if i erase code it throws right awa... Trouble codes: U1300 (Class 2 voltage high), P1629 (Theft fuel enable)
2007 Cadillac SRX 3.6L MIL Lamp on, Low power mode VIN: 1GYEE63757
Very good customer called while on a long weekend trip. Vehilcle would slow to 20 MPH, Check Engine Light would come on, LOW POWER MODE message. I advised him to turn off the Ignition, give it a minute to relearn, then proceed to his destination, and back home... Trouble codes: 2138
2000 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3L transfer case VIN: 1GNDT13W1Y
Have replaced dash switch no change,checked wireing checked encoder motor per instructions in archives just barely feed 12 volts to motor and just barely or you will ruin the encoder motor then change polarity and return to original position and it worked.I ha...
2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer LS 4.2L 4x4 VIN: 1GNDT13S22
It came in for some simple repairs and now it don't want to leave.I replaced the left front axle ,pulled plugs,and replaced t-stat. The owner says 4x4 inop now.The battery die so i put a charge on it maybe the tccm got messed up.If codes are cleared the c0550 ...
2006 Chevrolet Cobalt LT 2.2L Engine Vibration VIN: 1G1AL15F16
Hi All This vehicle vibrates the entire car at idle. worse in gear. Found the right side engine mount was sagging and replacement did not correct the issue. Pulled the timing cover and checked the timing chains. the balance shaft chain was off so corrected it...
2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer LT 4.2L Differential VIN: 1GNDT13SX7
Code CO327 continues to come on i have 5 volts on gray wire by encoder motor but 4.4 volts on brown and white no matter what position i put switch in and no lights come on in the switch Fluid looks nice and clean I checked connections on TCCM module look good ...
1999 Dodge Intrepid 2.7L inj/coil VIN: 2B3HD46R0X
Customer replaced his own water pump and had a no start 6 months ago. I found chain was improper and reset. Compression is 135 lt side and 132 rt side. The chain IS streched but the car ran before he replaced the pump. I have fire on cyl 3&4 only. Injector on ...
2002 Dodge Stratus SE 2.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1B3EL36X22
Hello fellow techs I have this 2002 Dodge Stratus with a p0172 code engine runs rich fuel indicating runs rich always checked 02 sensor signal switches good between 100 and 800 mv car runs great besides just having this code .Checked pcm for updates ,has the l... Trouble codes: P0172
1991 Ford F-250 Custom 7.3L Rear Brakes VIN: 1FTHF26M6M
Left rear wheel locks up when brake is applied. I've tried everything I know.
1998 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L cyl # 3 VIN: 1FMPU18L0W
Hello and thanks in advance for reading this. This vehicle came in with a misfire cyl #3 checked and found spark plugs needed changed. Changed out all 8 plugs and 3 weeks later same trouble this time found coil for this cyl not firing all the time tested coil ...
2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty XL 7.3L Misfire VIN: 1FDNF20F3Y
Wondering if there is an update to correct for ghost cylinder contribution codes on cylinders 8 & 3. I have read many posts about the new gray cam sensors causing false 3 & 8 codes but have not found a fix. I did check for the latest PCM updates for this vehic... Trouble codes: P0284 (Cylinder 8 Contribution), P0269 (Cylinder 3 Contribution)
2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0L Emissions VIN: 1FMYU04111
I have driven this car 300 miles all togather trying to get ready and over the years this is the only one I have failed to get ready. No hard codes only the mode 6 data to go on. Thanks in advance Tom
2003 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L Accessories VIN: 1FMZU73K03
good morning guys i have a 03 ford explorer with a fuel level guage not working scan test have pcm code p0460 and dash cluster code 1201 removed the tank and inspect level sensor found new sensor removed cluster and inspect wiring from cluster to fuel pump bot...
2004 Ford Focus ZX5 2.0L No communication VIN: 3FAHP37364
Hello iATN, I have a 2004 Focus ZX5 here with a problem. The lady brought it in with the complaint that every once in awhile a ticking noise would develop in the engine, the dash warning lights would all come on, and the car would occasionally quit running. I'...
2006 Ford F-450 Super Duty XLT 6.0L engine, transmission VIN: 1FDXF46P96
I want to say thanks in advance for any help given. I have this 6.0L that has a light bumping, rotating bubbling noise and light vibration on accel. coming from engine or maybe transmission. You can only hear it inside mostly on pass side floor area. i know it...
2007 Ford F-550 Super Duty Lariat 6.0L Misfire VIN: 1FDAF57P87
Hello, well i have misfire on #1 cyl. Have ck ckt from ficm connector to injector found ok. Ck injector ohms. Found ok. I suspect defective ficm. Ford sells a partial ficm or complete. I suspect driver has gone bad. Which one do i need.and does it need flashin... Trouble codes: P0262 (1 injector ckt high), P0263 (1 contribution fault)
2007 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3L Unknown VIN: 1FMCU49HX7
A code c1525 is current in the abs computer. We tried going through power bleed procedure (with the ford pressure bleeder) using ids and ids will not count the first or any brake pedal press. tried the bleed procedure without using power flusher and will work ...
2004 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GTDT19644
I have a Canyon here with a long term fuel trim issue(p0171),long term trim sits @ 19-22 @idle,code only sets at idle,front o2 very active,rear o2 steady,fuel pressure 57psi,no vacuum leaks found(smoked twice),ect about 180,need a little help please. Thanks i...
1996 Jeep Cherokee Classic 4.0L Starter VIN: 1J4FJ68S3T
Jeep came in with the starter staying on when running. Customer stated that this had been going on for about two weeks so the starter was worn out and the flex plate was worn out so I replaced them. I started it using a remote switch and it started and all is ...
2008 Lincoln MKZ 3.5L Compass VIN: 3LNHM26T88
Vehicle was taken to our shop for no compass operation. There is no code in all the modules. When you start the vehicle, compass error message in dash is shown. Replace rear view mirror and pigtail, replace instrument cluster as well and reprogram instrument c...
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC 5.6L Low beams VIN: WDBCA45D4J
Hello techs, Hoping for a quick fix, This vehicle is a good customer of mine, the problem is when you turn on the parking lights, the low beams come on as well,with key on or off, all lights work fine. nothing else is out of normal, hopefully somebody has seen...
2006 Mini Cooper 1.6L MIL Lamp on, No throttle response VIN: WMWRC33546
I have very little information on this issue and have no other ideas on how to fix this. All help is appreciated Trouble codes: 1617 (Control unit h- bridge driver)
1992 Mitsubishi Expo LRV Sport 1.8L injector pulse VIN: JA3CV40D5N
computor doesnt seem to communicate, hooked up master tech, dont get any data stream or codes, extracted codes with analog meter before this, but nothing now, dont want to throw a computor in this or a disributor, until i find this, tests, wiring colors, seem ...
2005 Nissan Altima SE-R 3.5L P0340 driveability VIN: 1N4BL11D75
The vehicle arrived from another shop who had installed all three cam and crank sensors, (B1 &B2 camshaft and one crank sensors). The transmission is in failsafe because of an input speed sensor code P0726. Itís sets a hardcode PO340 every time itís run. Becau...
1999 Subaru Legacy L 2.5L Hesitation, Misfire VIN: 4S3BG6853X
This is an Outback, 2.5 dohc, ran great until a few days ago, no codes, does have an exhaust leak at muffler. If you snap accelerate at idle, or drive 38-42 mph, let the torque converter lock up, then slowly accelerate the car hesitates like it's not getting e...
1990 Toyota Camry DLX 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: JT2SV21E5L
Although this rich code keeps coming back (I showed cust how to remove fuse and erase code) at about the end of every tankful, upon removing splugs I find them white everywhere except the base which is typical black and this even after running a tankful of 44k... Trouble codes: 26 (a/f rich malfunction)
1993 Toyota Camry LE 2.2L r.side axle VIN: 4T1SK12E8P
R.side axle seems to be rusted tight in the bearing support carrier/bracket. Read in the help requests-some said it was pressed-in & others said it was no problem getting out.Pryed on it,hit the cv joint with a brass punch & hammer nothing moves it. Removed th...
1995 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0L Engine electrical VIN: 4T1GK13E9S
Hi, I am working on this vehicle almost 3 days,but did not find the problem, please I need your help This car problem is EFI fuse 30A blown out and shut off engine, only happen when drive less than 1 mile,but run good in park. I check all the wire,connected,re...
2000 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7L unknow VIN: 5TBBT4414Y
while on turn, you can hear one clunk/thumbing noise while on turn heard near the back of the vehicle. inspect rear suspension; good. inspect rear wheel; good. when i disconnect the drive shaft and run it on turn, i did not hear the one clunk/thumping noise. w...
2007 Toyota RAV4 2.4L Unknown VIN: JTMBD33V37
This CRV has a vibration that is heard more than felt under a light to moderate load, only felt at around 45mph while in high gear. Will act up while going uphill, or can be lightly power braked at the same speed to duplicate the condition. Cannot duplicate on...
2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5L radio VIN: 3VWSF81K16
hey vw techs. i've got a really good customer here with a jetta, and i need a radio code. it's been locked up for a year since an out of town shop replaced the radio. the dealer has offered to provide the code for $150 (more than customer would like to spend)....
2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 2.0L Hesitation, MIL Lamp on
This Jetta came in with no power, after inspection I found A badly worn camshaft and fuel pump, I replaced The pump and cam with updated parts. After repair it had lots of power and a pending code p0299(turbo under boost).I did notice on the test drive there s... Trouble codes: P0299, P0234
2001 Volvo S40 1.9L camshaft position VIN: YV1VS29501
We have a 2001 volvo s40. The car had a lot of oil leaking from the cam and crank seals. We repalced the timing belt, while putting everything back together we relized that the camshaft and pulley had no markings on them. After aligning and hand turning, nothi...

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2003 Acura MDX Touring 3.5L converter VIN: 2HNYD18663
Since I am out of time for this help request I will have to close it. I have not driven the truck on a long trip so I can't confirm if bad gas was the culprit. If I get more information I will post it right away. Thanks for all your help thus far.
2006 BMW 750Li 4.8L steering VIN: WBAHN83596
After much research, I got it figured out. On this vehicle the clock spring is separate. The steering angle sensor is part of the SZL module which is known as the column stalk or column switch center. Replacement was fairly easy and required calibration. N...
2000 Chevrolet Astro 4.3L Misfire VIN: 1GNDM19W7Y
Thank you to all of you that have replied to our problem. We found that the crank sensor was broken into a couple pieces when we were checking it so we replaced it and cleared the codes and it has not returned so we are calling this one fixed. Sorry about the ... Trouble codes: P0300 (engine misfire), P300.
2001 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3L Hesitation, Surge, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GNCT18W81
Sorry about the long post. We recommeded too replace distributor, found gears were worn, igntion coil, and cpi unit. Customer declined repairs at this time. Customer says well bring the vehicle back when he has the funds. I will post any fixes in the future! T... Trouble codes: P0300 (Random Misfire).
2005 Chevrolet Malibu 2.2L upshifts VIN: 1G1ZS52F15
P0826 was cure by repairing a broken wire in the console. The shift problems were cured by replacing the ECM with a junkyard unit. The melted 1-2 solenoid had damaged the driver in the ECM. I tested the solenoid circuits with the side cover off the transaxle, ...
2010 Chevrolet Express 3500 6.0L front of engine VIN: 1GC2GTBG1A
Thanks for all the help on this one. It turned out to be a bad lifter at the front of the engine. We ended up replaceing the camshaft, all 16 lifters,cam gear and bolt. No more noise and the customer is happy.
2005 Chrysler Town & Country (Van) Limited 3.3L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2C8GP44R65
Compression test gave us: #1 - 175 psi, #3 - 70 psi, #5 - 185 psi, #2 - 180 psi, #4 - 190 psi, #6 - 170 psi. Leak down test results: cyl#3 was approx. 80% to 90% leakage, cyl#6 was approx. 10% leakage. Added oil to cyl#3 and rechecked compression and it went t... Trouble codes: P0301 (Misfre cylinder [...]), P0303 (Misfire cylinder 3 occasional).
2008 Chrysler Aspen (Truck) Limited 4.7L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1A8HX58N08
Thank you for all your input! This one is fixed! Installed new ECM and programmed. Trouble codes: P0052.
2002 Dodge Stratus SE 2.7L injector circuit fuse 24 VIN: 1B3EL36R22
thank you for your replies,suppresors were the issue. they were replaced and vehicle started without problem.Prior to your great responses and repair of the vehicle, the customer had accused us of sabotaugeing the engine so that we could charge him more money....
2001 Ford F-550 Super Duty XL 7.3L Cuts out, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1FDAF57F41
The replies were overwellming thank you very much. Most of you had said that the cam sensor was bad. Well it had been replaced about 2 months ago and i thought well that can't be bad but I did buy a dealer one and put it in. I test drove it for about 10 mil...
2003 Ford F-150 XL 4.2L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on, Hard Start VIN: 1FTRF07263
Most everyone replied that compression tests were needed and to go with a new motor. I guess I shouldn't have stated that the customer really didn't want to spend a lot of money on it. He is a good friend of mine and I was trying to help him out. I did get ... Trouble codes: P0171 (Lean Bank 1), P0175 (Rich Bank 2), P0316 (Misfire on startup), P0303 (cylinder 3 misfire), P0306 (cylinder 6 misfire).
2003 Ford E-350 5.4L spark plug VIN: 1FTSS34L53
Was not able to get an extractor with socket in to the plug well that was the correct size for the hole that was in the cylinder head. The customer pulled the van & took it to a local discount re builder. The good info that I got from this was a phone call tel...
2003 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4L Compressor VIN: 1FMFU18L63
Well, I'am calling this one fixed. It's been a busy couple of weeks and I finally got back to this thing. I verified 12v at both sides of the high pressure switch and low charge switch. After unplugging and plugging everything back in the compressor turns o...
2005 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4L Engine VIN: 1FTPW14505
Well we are calling this one fixed. It has been three and a half weeks and the customer has not called back. Most of the replies indicated that the quality of oil is very important. We explained that [...] considers 1 qt per 1000 miles is "normal" and advised h...
2006 Ford F-350 Super Duty XLT 6.0L Turbo VIN: 1FTWW31P56
Thanks everyone, the fix is to get vanes from mike in Michigan, or find a core one. I did not call Garret, I did call International and they did not offer them seperate. This vehicle had to get done a little faster than I wanted so I put a ring in it without...
2007 Ford Edge SEL 3.5L shift interlock VIN: 2FMDK49C27
Thanks for the replies! The problem was the trans range input. Why was it a problem? Because when I installed the new shifter, before I hooked up the shift cable I tried the interlock and got nothing. I had moved the shifter into neutral to disconnect it. ...
2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty XL 5.4L Oil Gauge VIN: 1FDSF305X8
1999 GMC K1500 Suburban SLE 5.7L No Start, Stall VIN: 1GKFK16R3X
2002 GMC Sierra 1500 SL 5.3L Misfire VIN: 1GTEK19T52
Thanks for all the replies...the issue did end up being internal to the transmission and ended up putting a re-man in the truck..once again thanks for all the replies and suggestions...
2003 Hummer H2 6.0L instrument cluster VIN: 6GRGN23U73
thanks for all replies.cked all conections and power and ground supplies.all the sympthoms lead to faulty instrument.removed and shipped to BBA remanufacturing.(it will come ready and to plug in)from this co no need for programing.the repair charge is 120.00 p...
2006 Hyundai Tucson GLS 2.7L Parking Light VIN: KM8JN12D96
well guys thank you all for the responses and the help. Dan , Sam , and Bart hit the nail on the head!. i ordered a new fuse panea and installed . all is well and customer is happy!.
1988 Jeep Comanche Pioneer 4.0L No Start VIN: 1JTML65P1J
Thank you everyone for your help. Found out the computer had gone out once again. All your advice was greatly appreciated.
1994 Lincoln Continental 3.8L No Start, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1LNLM974XR
thank's to everyone that help, advise, and recomendations, based on some other problems that this car has like low fuel pressure, no signal feedback from the idle air control valve, i went and replaced the valve with a motorcraft and sent the ECM to be check,...
2004 Mercedes-Benz E320 4Matic 3.2L Suspension VIN: WDBUH82J54
Hello all, This customer has yet to return, so I assume things are working at the moment. If the customer complains further, I will be looking at the relay and the compressor for problem, I would think one of these items will repair this problem. thank you al...
2003 Mini Cooper 1.6L door locks,, windows, climate control, wipers, etc VIN: WMWRC33433
I spoke with the customer recommending either the body control module or ignition switch. customer oked trying and new ignition switch. replaced switch, but after time, the lights / windows / A/C etc acted up...customer did not want the expense of the body con...
2003 Nissan Altima S 2.5L Engine # Shut Off
Thanks for all your help,I did fix that car , because my boss sold it to the auction
1970 Pontiac GTO 5.7L R7R cluster VIN: 242370P236
the inst. cluster does come out the back of the dash requiring complete dash removal. Recieved times from 4 hours to 7 hours and one suggestion to charge shop time. tech has not yet reinstalled but it looks like 7 hours is going to be close and maybe a little ...
2006 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7L Traction control VIN: 5TBDT48156
As I said before I'm a Toyota lover but this one sucks! We ended up having the lead technician at our local Toyota dealership check this thing out. The dealer Techstream is very fast and he works on only Toyota's so I wanted his opinion. I had to drive him aro...
2006 Volkswagen Jetta Value Edition 2.5L Hesitation VIN: 3VWPG71K26
This customer has not returned. However, if they do return, we will be looking into the purge valve and the breather built into the valve cover as the likely sources of these problem. thanks for your input and i will submit more info as it becomes available. ... Trouble codes: P0171.
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