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2005 BMW 745Li 4.4L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, MIL Lamp on VIN: WBAGN63565
Normally do not work on BMW vehicles and Alldata does not even list the code for this vehicle. Unsure how to proceedure other than referring to dealer. Trouble codes: P060A
2005 BMW 325i 2.5L No Start VIN: WBAAZ33485
This is a car that was towed in yesterday, one of my guys has been looking at it. I'm hoping some of you have seen this & found a viable repair that doesn't exceed the car's value. This car has the M56 SULEV engine, with the fully sealed stainless fuel syste... Trouble codes: 28D0
2007 BMW 328i 3.0L No crank VIN: WBAVA37567
2007 BMW 328 was towed into shop with no crank condition.Fault code AOB4 stored in CAS for engine start, starter operation.After attemting to start multiple times DME faults 2F4C EWS-DME message incorrect and 2F4A interface EWS-DME stored. Attempted CAS-DME al...
1998 Buick Century Custom 3.1L air bag VIN: 2G4WS52M5W
Iam putting a clock spring in this car and was wondering if anyone has a trick for pulling the steering wheel. it is on so tight Have broken the puller for removing the steering wheel. is there a trick to this?
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 3.6L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 5GAKRBED3B
i hope everyone has had a good season so far... i have a 3.6L Buick Enclave with random cylinder misfire and have found misfire history on cylinders 1, 3, and 5. I am not familiar with the direct injection or possible EGR system on this vehicle. With the low m... Trouble codes: P0300, P0305
2003 Cadillac Seville SLS 4.6L suspension VIN: 1G6KS54YX3
This vehicle came in for service. During initial test drive a clicking/clunk type noise is heard from left front axle area while coming to a complete stop. raised vehicle on hoist inspected ball joints,tie rods,brakes. all ok. inspected sub frame bushings all ...
1990 Chevrolet C1500 Cheyenne 4.3L No Start VIN: 1GCDC14Z8L
Looking for some quick replies on this one, it's driving me up a wall! This old chevy will not make any spark. So far I have tested the pick-up coil(ohms good and produces 750mV signature on scope), module(seems okay, fed voltage into terminal from pick-up and...
1990 Chevrolet Corvette 5.7L Poor Idle Quality, Surge VIN: 1G1YY3384L
Thanks in advance for the help. As you can see I have done a lot and am not sure where to go next. The engine sounds good mechanically, no ticking or knocking sounds, it does however smell extremely rich as one might expect with block learn maxxed in the rich ...
1992 Chevrolet Corvette 5.7L Misfire VIN: 1G1YY23P1N
This 'Vette has no spark on cyls. 1 & 2. I checked the high and low resolution signals from the opti-spark at the ECM with a scope, and the signals are strong and clean with no dropouts. The signal to the coil driver(module) from the ECM is good also. So I hav...
1995 Chevrolet Impala SS 5.7L Mechanical VIN: 1G1BL52P5S
Hey guys! Got my co-worker the oil change guy with low budget that Im trying to help with his impala that wont go into any gear I check the shifter linkage and drop the oil pan it all looks in place.I hook a pressure gage to the lines theres no pressure .Im no...
1999 Chevrolet W3500 Tiltmaster W3S042 5.7L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 5CGCP41R2X
This is a comeback: originally came in for MIL on and failed emissions test. Had code P0303. checked spark plugs, wires, dist cap and rotor. Cap and rotor burned, plugs eroded electrodes,I changed them all. Checked Cam offset-- it was at -43 degrees yet it ran... Trouble codes: P0300 (Multiple misfire)
2002 Chevrolet Impala 3.4L Starting VIN: 2G1WF52E42
Hey guys im working on this 2002 impala, this car was brought to me with a no crank and headlight intermidiate problem i end replacing bcm for headlight problem and got fix but the car still no crank,i check all the starting circuit form pcm to starter ok if g...
2005 Chevrolet Colorado Z85 LS 3.5L Misfire VIN: 1GCCS136X5
i got this 05 chevy colorado with 3.5 engine that came in missing on number 2 cyl did plugs as per customer request while i was there swaped coils still had a miss on number 2 customer read about all the head problems theses things have and requested we do a h... Trouble codes: P0302
2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD LT 6.0L no shift stuck in 3rd VIN: 1GBHK39K98
this is my first 6l90 6 speed trans. it is a railroad truck so is very heavy and very abused. when it came in the customer stated he had put truck on the rail about 4 mile from me. went only about a mile and it quit moving. after several times of letting it si...
1995 Chrysler LeBaron GTC 3.0L Lift Cylinder VIN: 1C3EU453XS
This is my wife's baby, and the RH hydraulic cylinder leaks around the top of the ram like a sieve. Anybody been there on one of these? I've ordered a new cylinder, and I can see the old one down in there, but I can't tell how to get it out. Just looking for a...
2000 Chrysler 300M 3.5L Cannot fill tank VIN: 2C3HE66G6Y
This customer states that this 300m has always been tough to get fuel into at the pump.it keeps clicking off on him repeatedly.a couple of months back he came in with check engine light on,and was due for an inspection sticker.after smoke testing,a leak was co... Trouble codes: P0456
2010 Chrysler Town & Country LX 3.3L Starting motor VIN: 2A4RR4DE0A
Van came in as no start no crank condition. On first attempt all normal functions as accessories and cluster lights working, but when turned to start position, nothing changes, radio even stays on. After several attempts, the radio went off and van started. Ha...
1990 Dodge D350 5.9L glow plugs VIN: 1B7KE3681L
when I first start it in morning or at any time the glow pug relays sometimes won't turn off. I bought this truck about six months ago and the previous owner had it parked for about four years. when the glow plug relays don't turn off the amp gauge goes to zer...
2003 Dodge Ram 2500 5.9L steering rack VIN: 3D7KA28683
We have searched various forums and websites but cannot find any mention anywhere of this type of problem. Please help if you can
2002 Ferrari 360 Spider 3.6L Clutch VIN: ZFFYT53B00
Hi Ferrari techs, this Ferrari 2002 360 Spider has a clutch bearing noise.I never done one of this yet. What mainly I need to know if there is any thing to be carry full during the installation, and if it is a single, or dual clutch disc. Is the fork a pull ty...
2003 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0L Mechanical VIN: 1FMDU72K63
We pulled the engine and replaced all the timing chains and gears and resealed this engine about 5k miles ago. It ran perfect and the customer took it to Vegas and while she was driving it, the engine lost power and quit running. She had it towed to firestone ...
2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L Evap VIN: 1FAFP53U26
Car came in with a po 443. found an inopperative canister purge solenoid and replaced it. Came back 2 weeks later with the same code and found the wires on the firewall that go to the computer had been rubbing on the a/c lines and rubbed 6 in half. Repaired th...
2006 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: 1FTRF12W16
This Situation is driving me nuts, When your sitting in the drivers seat in park and most of the time in drive at a stop, it has a shake to it and kind of a random misfire feel, not a vibration but a annoying bouncy misfire shake! If you manipulate the idle wi...
2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4L Stall VIN: 1FTPW14556
Hello Techs. I have a 2006 Ford 150 XLT with a 5.4l vin 5 engine stalling intermittently on decel hot. Then starts right back up. No codes. Talk to ford techs at local garage. They said maybe a cam phaser gear problem. I cant get it to stall for me. Anyone hav...
2007 GMC Savana 3500 4.8L Cat VIN: 1GDGG31V37
Hi Guys, This truck had come in with a P0430 tripped in the ECM. Last year we looked at scan data and did not find anything alarming that would kill these cats. Now its back and the Bank 2 Cat efficiency is a problem. Looking at the rear O2s, they are both swi...
1998 Honda Accord LX 2.3L Stall VIN: 1HGCG5649W
The car came to me as an intermittent stall that would restart after a few minutes-time ranged from 3-4 minutes to as much as a half hour and it didn't matter if the engine was cold or warm and it would stall on highway, in town and at idle. Of course it would... Trouble codes: P1382 (CYP loss of signal), P0420 (Catalyst efficiency)
2001 Honda Accord EX 2.3L Hesitation VIN: 1HGCG56401
P1381 CYP Sensor Intermittant interruption: This fault only appears very intermittantly after about 30 mins of driving. I have so far been unsucssesful in capturing any relavent data from this vehicle because of this intermttency. When this fault does occur t... Trouble codes: P1381 (CYP Sensor Intermittant interruption)
2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.4L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: SHSRD68412
This car when sold will go to high idle and as it gradually comes down it will start misfiring an eventually stall, I can keep it running with my foot on the gas but act like its in fail safe when revved above 2500 rpm's. I put the crank pulley on the white ma... Trouble codes: P1298 (ELD High Voltage), P1259 (Cam Position sensor A Crank Position sensor incorrect phase), P0301 (Misfire cylinder 1), P0302 (MIsfire cylinder 2), P0303 (Misfire cylinder 3), P0304 (Misfire cylinder 4)
1999 Infiniti Q45 4.1L No Start VIN: JNKBY31A9X
after testing for a no spark lab scope shows the cam sensor is not giving a clean form. We order a cam sensor from the local dealer and the parts man says better check the magnets on the cams. NOW I am looking for the magnets and I can't find any info about th...
2001 Jaguar Vanden Plas 4.0L Coolant Temp. VIN: SAJDA24C11
This a very clean, well maintained low-mileage car, regular customer. Came in late last year with large coolant leak. We replaced the cracked plastic T'stat housing, thermostat and the coolant temp sensor for good measure. It came back a few days later with th...
2004 Jaguar XJ8 4.2L Broken Brake Line VIN: SAJWA71C64
I just wanted to reopen this so I can save someone this trouble in the future. We received many helpful ideas on this car. The car came in with no brake pedal & rotted lines on the right side where the lines curve up on the right side to go over the fuel tank...
2007 Jeep Patriot Limited 2.4L oil in coolant VIN: 1J8FF28W07
wanted to know if anyone has seen head gasket issues on this motor this is the first newer 2.4 i've seen with oil in coolant. there is no oil cooler that i see. the trans cooler is in the condenser.
2000 Lexus GS300 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: JT8BD68SXY
Hello Fellow Techs, I have a 2000 Lexus GS300, first time customer. In with a check engine light. P1755. Cleared. Came right back on. Dropped transmission pan, check wire resistence to solenoid, is good. Check solenoid, is working. Check power to solenoid, th... Trouble codes: P1755 (Linear Solenoid for Lock Up Control malfunction. Shift Solenoid Valve SLU)
2001 Mercedes-Benz C240 2.6L Esp VIN: WDBRF61J51
Vehicle came in with "ESP not available" and "1 malfunction" indicators on. Scanned ESP using solus and retrieved codes: c1022 CAN bus fault, c1031 engine ecu not identified or incorrect, c1149 ESP sensors B24/2, N63, B34/1+2, c1140 steering angle sensor N49, ...
2003 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L oxygen sensor VIN: WDBUF65J63
vehicle has been inspected thoroughly . however this car is not driven often and sits around it takes exactly 500-700 miles for the sensors to short out. connectors had been repaired and rerouted. problem reoccurs when it shorts out there is a slight blue subs...
2006 Mini Cooper 1.6L Battery VIN: WMWRF33556
Pulled all fuses one by one no change.checked charging system ok. Radio and upper lights come on at nite according to client.radio code -fault in aerial power supply.,ssbbf- under voltage, control unit internal fault., mrs, undefined code 49. Conv. Top 29 swit...
1998 Porsche Boxster 2.5L door locks VIN: WP0CA2981W
hello porsche men today i need help on a 98 boxster with door lock unlock that wont lock from switch or fob. I can lock with key cylinder some times other times it will lock then unlock its self.When i scan the alarm mod i get Control locking synchronization 4...
2006 Saturn Ion-3 2.2L Starter VIN: 1G8AL55F26
This Ion came in with a customer described intermittent no start condition. Customer replaced battery, verified battery is good with load test. We had the car several hours and could not verify concern until we went to park it. Starter solenoid rapidly clicks ...
2006 Scion xB 1.5L engine VIN: JTLKT32406
I have 2 main questions. Can this engine be removed from the top? Also, this is the first chain engine i've done a head gasket on, will resurfacing the head cause too much slack in chain, causing cam timing issues? I know this is the case on Mazdas. I haven't ...
1998 Toyota RAV4 2.0L 2nd gear VIN: JT3HP10V4W
Vehicle came in for popping out of 5th gear, all other gears seem to work ok. performed TSB repair for 5th gear TC001-01. Replaced all said components and now 5th works great but it pops out of 2nd. I was able to make my repair by simply pulling the side cover...
2000 Toyota Avalon XL 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 4T1BF28B0Y
Have a 2000 Toyota Avalon with a 3.0 engine came in wiyh multiple codes P0125 P0330 P1150. Replaced the thermostat for the P0125 replaced the #2 knock sensor for the p0330 and replaced the bank 2 sensor one af sensor for the p1150. After these repairs I have a...
2008 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: JTEZU14R48
Hey techs, I was looking for a few opinions on this 4 runner here. It has two codes po441 and po455. I have gone through evap testing and have done a smoke check on this vehicle and I originally thought this cap was leaking but after a new one installed I stil... Trouble codes: P0441, P0455
1967 Volkswagen Transporter 1.5L flasher VIN: 2470579910
This bus came in with turn signals and hazard lights not working. The customer said there was a buzzing noise just before they quit working. We purchased a flasher module from a vw parts specialty house that required following a diagram to rewire as it did not...
1999 Volkswagen Cabrio GLS 2.0L hard to fill gas tan VIN: 3VWDB61E8X
gas pump shuts off every few seconds when filling gas tank.I accessed the evap canister in right fender well.I disconnected the line at canister to filler neck.fueling is normal.reconnected line and took line to leak detection pump off at canister cant fill ta...
2005 Volkswagen Golf TDI 1.9L oil in bellhousing VIN: 9BWGR61J65
has a leak from bellhousing . removed starter to inspect cannot tell weather the atf is comming from front seal. can oil cooler leak into bellhousing?
2006 Volkswagen Jetta Value Edition 2.5L Incorrect purge flow VIN: 3VWPF71K16
Need some vw help on this one. Have a p0441 code that keeps coming up on this Jetta. I first checked the n80 valve when powered it opens and has flow I looked for charcoal in it but it is clean. I checked to make sure the vacuum supply to the LDP is good the l...

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2003 Bentley Arnage R 6.7L MIL Lamp on VIN: SCBLC37F93
Thx for everyone's help! Turned out to be the thermostat, not fully stuck open but not allowing engine to reach operating temp! With the use of a thermometer i noticed the coolant would not go over 75 degrees Celsius. new thermostat and gasket cost from dealer... Trouble codes: P1296.
1998 BMW 528i 2.8L battery light on VIN: 1BMW56789W
found fuse #30 blown just like Allen said, then found short in oil level sensor, my mistake was assuming wiring to alt was good due to the fact that it was charging good lesson.
2006 BMW 325i 3.0L engine VIN: WBAVB13516
The problem turned out to be a loose DME/coil ground at the rear of the valve cover. Thanks everyone for your help and quick postings!
1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L Abs Module VIN: 1GCEC19T1X
Replaced/rebuilt EBCM module and cured the problem---thanks for help. Scanned for codes and none appeared, both ABS and Emergency brake like have not come back on. Thanks
2006 Chevrolet C5500 Kodiak C5C042 6.6L Over revving VIN: 1GBE5C1206
All the information senst was great. Started vehicle and found injection pressure on the scanner was dropping off. After running for a short time we did notice some fluid around exhaust at turbo. Removed the tube and found diesel in the exhaust. Found #4 injec... Trouble codes: P003A, P2563 (boost control position sensor performance), P0565 (Cruise control switch circuit).
2008 Chrysler 300 Touring 3.5L engine VIN: 2C3LA53G38
Car is fixed now! With new rocker arm assemblies both sides (thanks Kyle from NY )also changed oil with synthetic 10/30 we did do a oil pressure test before the rocker arms. Oil pressure cold was 80 psi and 25 psi warm. Thanks Jeff about the info on hydraulic ...
2009 Chrysler Aspen Limited 5.7L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1A8HW58T49
Sorry for the delay. I have been out of town the last 4-5 weeks with classes and keep forgeting to do this. Wound up being a worn camshaft not opening the valve. I don't remeber if this was an exhaust or intake lobe but we wound up putting a low mileage engine... Trouble codes: P0305 (Cylinder 5 Misfire).
1998 Dodge Ram 1500 ST 5.9L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Stall VIN: 1B7HF13Z3W
sorry it took so long to reply. it was the primary o2 shorting internally after hot soak. thanks for all the great replies
2001 Dodge Durango 4.7L goes in limp in mode VIN: 1B4HR28N11
dropped pan for the third time.took a better look at valve body.found restriction in fluid passages. something was sticking in valve body. cleaned and blew through with shop air. even though fluid looked clean and mileage was fairly low. reinstalled and cleare...
2007 Dodge Ram 3500 SLT 5.9L Vent Tube VIN: 3D3MX39C77
Thank You all for the input, after checking with our local diesel Tech. This condition seems to be normal for these cummings engine, the tube I had mention is also known as a slobber tube? We did discover a Fleet Guard filter attached inside the drivers side v...
1997 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L inopt VIN: 1FMDU34E0V
Thanks for everyone's input. I ended up replacing the steering wheel switch assembly and it left working. its been a week now and has not returned. looks like even Ford has parts issues!
2000 Ford Excursion XLT 7.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FMSU41F7Y
All but the final reply by Timothy didnt even read the entire post and suggested things that had been done including using a factory harness. Timothy's idea that it was the mechanical part of the injector was correct. We never did see the issue on a lab scope ... Trouble codes: P1271, P1272, P1274, P1276.
2001 Ford Mustang 3.8L Hesitation VIN: 1FAFP44421
First let me thank all of the great responses to my request for help. A new TPS showed the same readings as the old one so i did not replace it. Cleaned the MAF with the correct cleaner to no effect. The EGR system was clear and the valve worked just fine. I d...
2010 Ford E-450 Super Duty 6.8L drivers side buckle switch VIN: 1FDXE4FS3A
thanks Jim, i do the same thing with the shorting bars, only with a sliced off piece of bondo applicator. the shorting bars are in the pyrotechnic device circuits only. this was the belt latch sensor itself...an input to the RCM. Dave thanks for the reply. in ...
2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7L No Start, Imobilizer VIN: 1HGEM21932
Thanks for all the replies I found the knock sensor shorted out. I put my low amp probe on pin A20 Yel/Blu wire and found it was drawing 1.5 Amps unplugged knock sensor and green security light quit flashing and car started right up. As a side note it is runni...
2000 Jaguar S-Type 3.0L A/C compressor VIN: SAJDA01C2Y
Thanks for the help and suggestions this one is finally fixed. It turned out to be the A/C compressor relay, after I installed the new relay the compressor came on just like any other new car. What I learned from this car is to not get intimidated by the b...
2001 Jaguar S-Type 3.0L No Start, Battery drain VIN: SAJDA01N01
I am closing this request although I was never able to determine the actual problem. I also tryed the " just answer " site as the tech there said he was a jsg shop forman. I was hoping for "insider" info. No help though. This is our shop loaner car so it is ne...
2004 Jaguar XJ8 4.2L master cyl. VIN: SAJWA71C64
We replaced master cylinder- no difference we disassembled rear calipers & did the bleed procedure per Alldata We removed all 4 calipers & checked pistons & slides. There are no leaks; we have bled over 1 1/2 gallons through the system & pedal still goes to...
1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0L rear spring VIN: 1J4FF68S4X
Thanks for the help. it looks like I am going to make a hanger for this spring. the right side is a bolt on piece, I replaced it last year. left side is welded on. the part number is [...], I am still looking for one. if I don't find one soon I will make o...
2000 Lexus RX300 3.0L MIL Lamp on, no overdrive VIN: JT6HF10U0Y
2 OEM sensors & 1 sub harness is the only fix to these. Don't try to save here, it just isn't worth it. Thanks for all the help. This car will not go into overdrive if it sets knock sensor codes. Car is road tested and working well. Trouble codes: P0325 (Knock sensor bank 1).
2000 Mercury Grand Marquis LS 4.6L fuel pump VIN: 2MEFM75W1Y
We had the car for a couple of days be for I came here to ask for help and I do appreicate all the insite. But the costomer came and got the car befor I could try some of the suggestions given. Thanks for the replies.
2009 Pontiac G8 GT 6.0L Airbag VIN: 6G2EC57Y49
Thanks for all the input. The problem was with and in the pass. presence module. replaced and reprogrammed module and all is working fine. Thanks again.
2005 Saab 9-3 Linear 2.0L oil level sensor VIN: YS3FB79N15
I drained the oil and unclipped the connector from the pan and pushed it into the pan slightly,cleaned the area with brake cleaner and blew dry,put liberal dose of silicone gasket maker thru a nozzle around the hole and electrical fitting and pulled it back in...
2002 Subaru Forester 2.5L oil VIN: JF1SF65592
Thanks to all that replied! PCV has been replaced and have instructed owner to bring the vehicle back in 2 weeks. Will update forum at that time.
2002 Toyota 4Runner SR5 3.4L power steering VIN: 3J3HN86R22
Well, We pulled frt covers and inspected. Found water pump seeping and original t-belt. Replaced these as well as the key for the crank pullys. Noise still there, must be inside engine. Cust was happy that we did what we did, very understanding customer. He de...
2004 Volkswagen Touareg V8 4.2L HID lights VIN: WVGEM77L64
Owner try's to save money and spends more than the bulbs. I work on these cars because they have lots of problems but see that owners can be hard to deal with and can cause the problem. Sorry your bulbs are 180 per bulb. He's bought 2 headlight modules and bee...
2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0L High Idle VIN: 3VWRL7AJXA
Sorry about the long wait guys, this car left the shop for a while. We told the customer that nothing is jumping out at us at the time, so let's keep an eye on it and see where we go. A month later, she came back to us now with a check engine light on, so we s...
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