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2003 Audi A6 Quattro 2.7L Abs Module VIN: WAULD64B73
Need the coding information for the abs module
1997 BMW 528i 2.8L starter VIN: WBADD6322V
So Have an ongoing issue with this car that just seems to keep getting worse started as intermittent no start, then I began to realize that when the no start would occur the PRND would not light up on the dash. so I cleaned all grounds and electrical contact i...
2000 BMW X5 4.4i 4.4L Engine VIN: WBAFB3351Y
I read other posts about the gurgling in the dipstick tube, so I replaced the PVC plate. I still heard the gurgling so I hooked a manometer gauge to the dipstick tube(I don't have the modified fill cap) and got a reading of about 2.5"-3.0" of water. When I pin...
2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 6.6L Transmission VIN: 1GCHK23131
Thank you to all who read this. I have a customers truck here that clunks and jerks like it got rear ended just after a hard stop. if you accelerate up to 15 mph or so and stop quickly about 2-3 second later the trans clunks and jerks forward. I noticed in sca...
2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2GCEK19T22
miss at idle and under light load. miss is all bank one, moved coils, plugs, wires, cleaned injector rail, moved injectors, bank 1 and bank 2 o2 sensors, all of them to other side. no change. replaced fuel filter. b1s2 reads 800 and b2s2 reads around zero. rep... Trouble codes: P0300, P0301, P0303, P0305, P0307
2011 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4L timing chain VIN: 1G1PF5S93B
Hello All, I'm just looking for some info here. This car was in an accident which broke the valve cover and jammed a bolt into the cam sprocket causing the timing chain to tear. I'm replacing the chain and checked Alldata for timing marks. Alldata says to remo...
2001 Chrysler Town & Country (Van) EX 3.8L Stall VIN: 2C4GP54L91
Came in with low map voltage and stall bad even in park or any gear. Smoke tested and checked fuel pressure. Found leaks all over egr and throttle body filthy. Also checked compression and was 125. Then closed off egr and done intake and injection cleaning wit... Trouble codes: P0107
2005 Chrysler 300 (Car) C 5.7L Mil on VIN: 2C3JA63H35
Vehicle runs perfect but Mil comes on right away whit code P0016 Crank/Cam Misalignment -bank 1 Sensor 1, Scanner Data is Cam/Crank difference -10 deg. we scope sheck the sensors to me they look ok, we also moved cam & crank sensor connectors by looking at the...
2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2.4L compressor clutch VIN: 3A4FY48B07
Withdrew and recharged system to spec (was a little low. Test continuity of low pressure switch as bad then jumpered it. Tested high pressure as electronically good then jumpered it as well because lock was broken.Clutch still inoperative. Placed headlight on ...
1996 Dodge Ram 2500 Truck 5.9L Torque Convertor VIN: 1B7KC23C1T
Customer states that when cruising 50 mph or more, and letting off the accelerator pedal, the truck will bump/buck hard once, each time he does it. We've driven the truck, and confirmed the feeling. Using a verus scanner, you can watch that you are in 4th, the...
2006 Dodge Durango SLT 3.7L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1D4HD48KX6
Hi all, thanks for any help you can give me. This durango came in with a PO456 small evap leak code. I put the smoke machine to the system, I have a MODIS that I hooked to the truck and under 'bi-directional controls' I closed the NVLD solenoid to seal the sys... Trouble codes: P0456
1995 Ford F-250 Eddie Bauer 7.3L Runs poor VIN: 1FTHX25F5S
Hello this thing came in running very poor and heavy black smoke out of tailpipe, had a p1298 idm fault code, pulled valve covers and found the internal harnesses fried, replaced both valve cover gaskets and harnesses no change still sets code, run buzz test n... Trouble codes: P1298 (Idm fault)
1997 Ford F-250 Lariat 5.4L Monitors VIN: 2FTFF28L8V
Customer concern is failed emissions due to not enough readyness monitors run. After driving over 2 months and multiple visits to test station, customer contiues to be turned away for retest due to 2 monitors not running. The only 2 that have not run were cata...
1998 Ford Mustang GT 4.6L No Start VIN: 1FAFP45XXW
Sorry, this is a long post. I reflashed the PCM in this car using the IDS with the latest software update (84.03). It was done as a demonstration for my students. The car belongs to a student. After the reflash the car would crank but not start. I attempted a ... Trouble codes: P1260 (Theft Detected Vehicle Immobilized), B2141 (Non-Volatile Memory configuration failure - no PCMID stored in PATS. Reinitialization required probable cause is replaced PATS Control Systems B C only), U1262 (SCP network problem between PCM and PATS no messages received from PCM. PCM is not powered up or wiring issue with SCP circuits Bus Bus-. This is only a PATS fault if the Theft Indicator is flashing)
2002 Ford Ranger XL 2.3L Temp guage VIN: 1FTYR10D22
The temp guage does not rise above cold mark, and actually sits below the cold line by almost 1/4". Located the sending unit at the back of the engine and jumped the 2-wire connector and the guage pegged. I would think this down-n-dirty sort of test would pret...
2005 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4L No Speedometer, vss, oss signals VIN: 1FTVX12555
The truck was spewing trans fluid from between the engine and trans. We suspected a bad pump seal, so I had one of my techs pull the transmission and replace the seal. This truck also makes a loud noise from the rear end. Suggested replacing the rear diff, but...
1999 GMC Yukon SLT 5.7L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GKEK13R5X
Vehicle came in shop with p0302, rough idle. Scoped #2 it seemed to have a short burn time. Installed new plug,new wire and cap same issue. Did a injector power balance with tech 2 all injectors same result. Did a relative compression test showed #2 low,checke... Trouble codes: P0302 (2 misfire)
2003 GMC Yukon SLE 5.3L rear hvac VIN: 1GKEK13Z33
Replaced the rear temp actuator this past winter, customer no complains of no a/c just heat- it will go from full hot to full cold only- any ideas on what to check?
2008 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3L compressor VIN: 3GTEK13J68
Hey all, got this truck that was brought in a few weeeks ago. His complaint was that the ac snow falke like on the the HVAC control module would start blinking and the ac would stop cooling. It only will happen on a long drive of 1 hour or more. If you shut th...
1995 Honda Accord LX 2.2L Unknown VIN: 1HGCD5635S
Hi need some help from the Honda techs. This car came in blowing warm air. Found a leak at the evaporator and replaced both the evaporator and expansion valve. The car still was not cold enough 60 degrees or at vent . Replaced the expansion valve with a oem un...
2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7L Itnermittent overheat VIN: 2HGES16574
Hello brothers and sisters. I'm Jeff, partner at [...]' Auto in California City Ca. This is my first time using this service so please bear with me. This Honda came in a year ago customer said change t stat. we road tested and eng. over heat s after t stat op...
2008 Honda Civic Si 2.0L Clutch VIN: 2HGFG21578
My Nephew bought this car last week. He asked me to go to the dealer to check it out. The car ran great. Two days ago I towed it in to the shop because the clutch went out. I purchased a clutch kit online from competition clutch (Stage One 6 Pad). I had the fl...
2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L gauges VIN: 1J4GW48SX2
Hi, I have a 2002 jeep grand cherokee 4.0. The vehicle starts and runs, security light is on, gauges do not work, power windows/locks inop. intermittently. pcm code p1687. Disconnecting battery will make power windows/locks come back but gauges stay dead. ECM ...
2004 Mazda 3 S 2.3L cv axle VIN: JM1BK34364
vehicle arrived with clicking front axles and split boots . cust also complained of vibration on accelaration. replaced both axles and test drove. click fixed vibration present. only when pressing accelerator . soon as i let off it disappears (classic inner jo...
2002 Mercedes-Benz C320 3.2L cluster VIN: WDBRF64J32
I have this benz with a llamp sensor, visit workshop message on e the dash info center. I can't find any info on this can anyone lead me on the right path? thank you
2002 Nissan Sentra SE-R 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3N1AB51A72
Hello, I've got a problem with this Nissan. Code P0037 (sensor 2 post cat heater) comes back right away. I have replaced o2 sensor with several NTK sensors including one from the dealer with same code coming back. I have gone down the trouble chart and get to ... Trouble codes: P0037 (H02S2 heater)
2003 Nissan Altima S 2.5L Cam Signal / IVT Solenoid VIN: 1N4AL11E03
When the customer came in with P0011, the oil level was good and fairly clean, but I changed it anyway. We subsequently changed the CAM & CRANK Sensors. Just to be safe, we opened the valve cover a saw that the cam signal pick-up on the camshaft was good and c...
2000 Oldsmobile Bravada 4.3L Hesitation, Misfire VIN: 1GHDT13W7Y
No easy money on this one. Vehicle came in with slight engine missfire's under light throttle with no service engine light or any store or pending codes. No typical missfire p0300 or any p03xx codes at all. Perform preliminary checks, all sensors within specs....
2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 3.8L Cuts out VIN: 1G2WP52K12
This vehicle cuts out from 2000 to 2300 RPMS under slight/moderate accelleration. A little more to heavy throttle and it quits. It occurs at any speed as long as it is slight/moderate accelleration at 2000 to 2300 rpms. It will cut out the whole time at this R...
2006 Saturn Vue 3.5L Electronic VIN: 5GZCZ53416
Thanks up front on this one. [Vehicle came in with only an oil leak and no codes]. This all startd as a rear main seal leak,droped sub frame w/engine and transmission split transmission fixed rear main and rear main housing. Put it back together, did water pum...
2006 Suzuki Maruti 800CC No Start, MIL Lamp on
Hi guys this car is the world most simplest Efi car(under suzuki brand) but it gives complicated code(p1623-Power control MDL From Current Error) and it has no Ignition No injector fire 5v to map is ok and ignition coil gets power. What does this code means?W... Trouble codes: P1623
2005 Toyota Camry 2.4L Surge VIN: 4T1BE32K85
Vehicle seems to have a definite surge under medium to hard acceleration yet it seems to go away after 40 mph. Performed a smoke test, no leaks evident and air intake hose is not cracked...ideas?
2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5L Clutch VIN: 3VWRZ71K48
Volkswagen Tech's : Manual Trans/Clutch Tech's: Vehicle was towed in. Customer states: "was driving around town and went to shift into 3rd gear; the shift felt loose going into gear and popped out - depressed clutch pedal, seemed to go to the floor but trans...

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2001 BMW 330Ci 3.0L 2nd Gear VIN: WBABN53411
Verified that based on drivers conditions and manners that there were no internal failures occuring and was due to his/her way of driving.
2005 BMW Z4 2.5i 2.5L blower motor VIN: 4USBT335X5
"The fault lies not with the stars,but with ourselves".Shakespeare was so right!What I failed to mention was that I had switched batteries on this car temporarily{my jumper back was loaned out},so that put the car into a transport mode and that shut down th...
1995 Buick Park Avenue 3.8L engine missfire VIN: 1G4CW52K6S
Thanks for all the input guys special THANKS to Dan [...] for the info on block learn but the fix was a BAD COIL the check of taking the wires off and watching for an arc from tower to tower was great i had a coil for #3 #6 not arcing replace the coil and tes...
1963 Chevrolet C20 Pickup 4.8L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 3C254J1084
Open your eyes and you shall see! If you guys hadn't pushed me into taking another look at this carb I might have swapped in a newer one and got my butt kicked by one of the simplest fuel metering devices on the planet! When I pulled this carb apart almost 2 m...
2006 Chevrolet Cobalt LS 2.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G1AK15FX6
Evening techs, never trust what someone else does! I started from the beginning- I pulled the intake hose off the air cleaner housing and unclipped it from the pump and made sure there was no restrictions, there was I went to pull off the hose from t... Trouble codes: P0411.
2009 Dodge Journey SXT 3.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3D4GG57V29
Well, this car has went down the road. The sticker isn't up until the end of next month so they decided that it wasn't critical yet. They called the dealer and were told that they were having a few problems with manifolds and if they brought it in they would c...
2010 Dodge Avenger SXT 2.4L No Start VIN: 1B3CC4FB0A
I went ahead and ordered the TIPM from the dealer and installed it. That did indeed fix the problem.The starter activated and started the car. Thanks for all the good information I received.
1989 Ford F-150 Custom 5.0L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Stall, Misfire VIN: 1FTEF14N0K
It's funny as the first words of my request should have been a sign. (FARM TRUCK) After talking to the customer about spending some more money i double checked everything and all suggestions no fix i talked with the locate ford garage and they said they would ...
1991 Ford F-350 Custom 7.5L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality VIN: 2FTJW36G1M
Thank you to all who responded, some good information was given. Unfortunately, customer did not want to proceed any further with vehicle at this time. Trouble codes: 26 (Trans operating temp out of range), 22 (Map/baro out of range).
2000 Ford F-550 Super Duty Lariat 6.8L Misfire, No spark bank 1 VIN: 1FCNF53S8Y
installed new ecm. now triggering/firing all 10 coils. Found one dead cylinder on bank 1. Bad coil, had shorted secondary windings. hard to feel miss on 1 cylinder with this engine. suspect he may have driven extend time with out knowing he had a missing cylin...
1995 Geo Prizm LSi 1.6L Stall VIN: 1Y1SK5268S
Thanks to all that replied. Ignition coil fixed this car. Coil OHM ed out good and fired test plug well in service bay, of course it was not malfunctioning then. Sometimes experience trumps test procedures!!! Thanks again to all.
2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7L Electronic VIN: 2HGES16521
Thanks for the responses I ended up replacing the control head in the dash. I could not find a test for this specifically but when I used the pressure switch circuit test it lead me to replace the control head with a known good part, (whatever that is). So I g...
2002 Jaguar X-Type 3.0L Communication VIN: SAJEB53C02
First off, thank you everyone for the replies. I am sorry this took a few days, the customer left the vehicle while on vacation and we had to get other cars done first. Anyways, John sent us in the right direction and Robert hit it directly on the head. We ... Trouble codes: P1582.
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 5.2L Starting VIN: 1J4GZ58Y8T
Short answer, an IPC fixed it. Here is what we ended up doing: we sent the BCM in to have it tested, and it was good, they returned it to us, we re-installed it and after that the system worked properly, with no draw, for about 3 hours and then started acti...
2004 Jeep Liberty Renegade 3.7L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on
This has passed all monitors and passed emissions now for more than a week and half so I will call it fixed. After fixing harness issues supplying the 3 volts on signal wire light went out. Its a good idea to check signal wire voltage and make sure below .7 vo... Trouble codes: P0123, P0156.
2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 3.6L Cooling Systems VIN: 1C4BJWDG7C
I have not got this truck fixed yet but as suggested,if the engine got that hot that it melted the plastic oil filter housing under the intake,than more than likely there must be other damage..I found out the hard way..I replaced the oil flter housing & when I...
1998 Mercury Mountaineer 4.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out VIN: 4M2ZU54EXW
Sorry it took so long but customer decided to scrap the truck, thanks for all the help, kind of suspect Slipped timing chain, as exhaust was removed and run with no chanbge, compression was decent but vaccum low thanks to all who replied Larry
2000 Mercury Cougar 2.5L Fuel Tank VIN: 1ZWFT61L8Y
I should mention, in addition to thanks for the tips, the part about me having to buy the tank if I broke it was "a fish story".. bigger than it really was. Boss here is extremely fair all the way around. The filler neck issue is in fact a type of twist and l...
2004 Mercury Mountaineer 4.6L No Start VIN: 4M2ZU86W34
2004 Nissan 350Z Touring 3.5L window motor VIN: JN1AZ36AX4
Thanks everyone for your input, Switch came in today, installed & good to go! Working well. Thanks John
2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5L Compressor VIN: 4S4BP60C98
2005 Volkswagen Passat GLS 2.0L temperature VIN: WVWCE63B65
thank you to all recomended a radiator to the shop owner ,, had a new water pump ,,, see what happens thank you Ron
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