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2004 Audi S4 Avant 4.2L Mechanical VIN: WAUPL68E24
Hello, thanks for your help i have a 2004 Audi s4 i am replacing a timing chain on and for some reason when I install alinement tool part number 3242 into the crank and cam lock part # 40046 the alignment marks on the front of the crank pulley do not line up w...
1985 BMW 635CSi 3.5L Front calipers VIN: WBAEC7401F
Car came in for new shocks and complaint of an intermittent vibration. Put shocks in, found thrust arm bushings worn so replaced them as well. After initial road test found RF caliper dragging, after car cooled for 5 minutes or so, caliper freed up. Repl...
2004 BMW 530i 3.0L terminal 15
This car came in on a flatbed. When key is inserted and turned nothing powers up. Battery is fully charged and cables are in excellent shape. Autologic tech support suggested replacing the CAS module. I replaced it and programed but nothing. I called back and ...
1999 Buick LeSabre Custom 3.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G4HP52K0X
Thanks in advance everyone. This car has a hard p0440 failure. Camein w/light on and the tech2 evvap service bay test confirms this. customer has no driveability issues besides excessive vacuum in tank when filling up. Smoke tested ok, and all evap system sole... Trouble codes: P0440
2001 Dodge Dakota R/T 5.9L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1B7GL22Z71
#4 is misfiring intermittantly at idle and when it does hc jumps from 200ppm to 3700ppm o2 jumps from 1 percent to 5 percent and lambda jumps from 1 percent to 1.15 percent, sorry this does not compute, at least for me,just looking for the possible causes, com... Trouble codes: P0304 (p0308-), P0308
1966 Ford Mustang 4.7L choke operation VIN: 9F07C38153
I am working on a 66 Mustang with a 289, 2bbl. It has the hot air choke coil (which I have never been a fan of up here in the great white north...), and I would like to update to the electrically heated choke coil. I ordered one for an early 80's truck, and I ...
2001 Ford Escape XLT 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FMCU04121
This is one that would seem like a no brainer, and that's what I feel like today, that I have no brain. This fine example had been a problem child for a while now, setting codes, running poorly, and we got the running problems sorted out. In previous visits, ... Trouble codes: P0171, P0174
2002 Ford F-150 XL 4.2L Mechanical VIN: 1FTRX17272
car came in CK engine light on and we found p1336 p0306 p0174 p0172 we R/R manifold gasket and replace MAF IAC crank and cam with the synchronized and p1336 keep coming back i CK back the timing and wiring harness all good thanks for any help...
2002 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.4L Convertor? VIN: 1FTRW07L02
Vehicle runs fine and shifts fine, no codes for eng. or trans. Only problem is a driveline "bang" or "clunk" (once) when convertor unlocks, right at the moment of unlock. Does it everytime convertor unlocks IF there is a good hill and/or moderate throttle. No ...
2003 Ford E-350 5.4L Mechanical VIN: 1FTSS34L13
Looking for a little advice here. This is a fleet veh. with high millage and is known to use oil between oil changes [getting tired]. I came to me me for a antifreeze leak at intake to head area and codes p0171 and p0325 were present.Intake had to be removed f...
2004 Ford Explorer NBX 4.6L Transfer case,differential VIN: 1FMZU73W84
Customers complaint was whining and jerking.Replaced all diff bearings and that took most of the whining out.still has surging/jerking on deceleration only.I can unplug the rear speed sensor and it does not do it.Acts like ABS or possible 4wd trying to engage....
2008 GMC Canyon SLT 3.7L Starting VIN: 1GTDT19E88
This Canyon came in on the hook over the weekend, with no start. Check battery and all fuses, no power going to the starter relay, can jump across the relay and make the starter work. scaned had codes u0100 u1000 c0899 u1064 could not communicate with the ecm ...
1992 Honda Accord EX 2.2L transmission shift VIN: 1HGCB7679N
When started cold shifts good. Then after heated up can see D4 on cluster lit all the time, and shift goes to limp mode back and forth. I can't flash codes and cooling fans will come on with ignition switch off. I just checked shift solenoid pack and (can see ...
2000 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5L Starting VIN: 2HKRL1869Y
Honda will not start and also will not move out of park unless shift lock is manually disengaged. The starter works fine, vehicle starts up and runs with ignition on and starter jumped. But start signal power not getting to starter when tested. Both problems h...
2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.4L chassis VIN: JHLRD68452
Thank you in advance for the help. This 2wd crv has a vibration under acceration, can mostly felt though the chassis, noticed more under heavy acceration and a lower speeds, seems to go mostly away once over 40 mph. inspection of all engine mounts visually app...
2004 Kia Amanti 3.5L Immobilizer VIN: KNALD124X4
Vehicle does crank but no start,immobilzer light flashes when cranking, pcm has code p1609 (immboilzer communication malfunction)with a snap on (verdict scanner) we are able to comunicate with pcm- but not body module and immobilzer funcations (scanner gives u...
2002 Land Rover Discovery Series II SE 4.0L Moon roofs VIN: SALTY15482
Aloha to all you Land Rover techs, I have a 2002 Disco that will intermittently open both front and rear moonroofs at the same time with key on power. Once they open the system becomes inoperable till a random time later. I've gone as far as cleaning and lubin...
1995 Lexus SC400 4.0L brake light, penal light VIN: JT8UZ30C5S
Hi, everyone I have vehicle here,with stop lamp fuse blown, very randomly. try to scope from stop lamp fuse, it will spike around 20 amp but within very short period of time(57 millisecond) but if i rapidly pump brake brake pedal, it will not over 15amp fuse ...
2000 Lincoln Town Car Signature 4.6L No Start VIN: 1LNHM82W4Y
this car came to me on a hook. after the third conversation with the customer I have part of the story. it has sat for over a year now. it will crank but no start. I have no spark and no fuel. also I cannot communicate with the computer. I have a otc genesis a...
2005 Mazda Tribute S 3.0L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Stall VIN: 4F2CZ94175
Ok folks, this one is making me loose what little hair I have left. This 05 Mazda Tribute / Ford Escape runs real good at cruise and at idle after we replaced the coils and plugs with all Motorcraft stuff. Then we replaced the front cat and very back cat. Here...
1999 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L Accessories VIN: WDBJH65F6X
Install new eis & reprogram everything is fine , a week later customer brought the car back front seats & windows dont work, i got code b1054 & b1055 door modules can issue, is anyone know where the can connector x30 is located/ thanks
2001 Mercedes-Benz ML320 3.2L Obd monitors VIN: 4JGAB54E91
Hey folks!!! I have this car here which is from a first time customer that was recommended from another shop . The owner told me she's driving this car for 4 months already trying to pass emissions but every time she bring it shows too many readiness monitors ... Trouble codes: P20CC, P2043 (Misfiring see currently valid stip p0300), P2049 (Misfiring of cylinder 5 p0305)
2003 Mini Cooper 1.6L Tpms VIN: WMWRC33473
This vehicle is new to my shop came in because tpms light was on. I did the relearn and would not take has code 5e5c initialize runflat in abs modual also code seems to be linked to dds button fault.this code will not reset and cannot do relearn still... I don...
2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6L a/c VIN: WMWRE33475
Have this 05 Mini Cooper S A/C is not blowing cold out of vents. Pressures look ok and the system is producing water from the evaporator. Have evacuated and recharged system with a machine and then again with a set of gauges and a accurate scale (just to make ...
1993 Mitsubishi 3000GT 3.0L compressor over pressure valve VIN: JA3BM54J5P
first, about a month and a half ago we replaced every component in the a/c system except for the lines and hoses evap core. customer came back last week very upset and frustrated with us about how she spent so much money on getting her A/C fixed and how now it...
1997 Mitsubishi Montero Sport LS 3.0L Hesitation, MIL Lamp on VIN: JA4MT31P1V
My thanks and appreciation to everyone who offers their time and help. The vehicle sat for a time. The engine was jumped - and then The owners installed a new battery to bring things alive. ... . I drove the vehicle to see first hand how it acts. ... We are c...
2002 Nissan Pathfinder SE 3.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: JN8DR09X22
Thanks for any help you can give me. This is a regular customer that came in with a check engine light on.Pulled code p01300 intake swirl valve solenoid i believe. I checked recent work & i don't think anything went wrong. I didn't go near this solenoid. Anywa... Trouble codes: P1130
1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 3.6L internal engine VIN: WP0AB0965K
This car was in storage for years and years. Came to us to get it back on the road. We did various things the largest of which was a valve adjustment and resealing the timing chain covers because it leaked a lot of oil. The client complained that it burned oil...
1999 Toyota Solara SE 3.0L Battery VIN: 2T1CF22P2X
When this vehicle sits for a few days the battery drains down low enough to not be able to start. It has a brand new battery in it and load test great. It has a draw of 21-22 ma with all systems in sleep mode. I was wondering if anyone had come across somethin...
2005 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 1.8L Traction Control VIN: 3VWSE69M75
Hi everyone, and thanks in advance for your help. We are a used car dealer/repair shop that has specialized in Volvo and SAAB for many years, and have recently started branching out into other European cars. We have this '05 VW Jetta GLI (9M2) that we bought ...
2002 Volvo S60 2.4L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: YV1RS61R22
Hi Volvo gurus and Techs, This car keep me busy last week for couple days. Car first came in with above DTCs and we suggest to replace the TB since it a Magnet Marelli and we've seen that failed pretty often. Luckily we didn't get brandnew part,but just anothe... Trouble codes: P0507 (Idle control system higher than expected), P2177 (System too lean off idle Bank1)

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2003 Acura MDX Touring 3.5L Electronic VIN: 2HNYD18983
After reviewing the responses and doing some research on the internet , I am convinced that the touch screen has a glitch unrelated to the Navigation DVD repair. I talked with the customer and she agreed that it probably was unrelated even though it did not s...
1990 Chevrolet Corvette 5.7L Electronic VIN: 1G1YY3382L
Thanks to all the people who replied for my question, finally a decided to install a rebuild computer from auto parts and the computer fixed the problem. thanks again every body.
2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8L EVAP Leak VIN: 1GCEC14V3Y
I had several replies to this post, much suggesting that I repeat what I had already done. The pressure sensor was replaced twice without any changes the canister assembly was replaced also without change, The system was smoke and pressure tested without any r...
2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L ABS module VIN: 1GCEC19T24
Long story short, it was the wrong rear end. These take a 3.08,3.43,or 3.73 ratio. This one required a 3.73 and had a 3.08. The reason I couldn't get the pcm to program was the aftermarket radio was wired into the bus line along with a viper security system...
2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.3L MIL Lamp VIN: 3GCEC14X46
Thanx for all your replies. The thought that some used car lot stuffed tape inside is intriguing, except with the board loose, there was barely an eighth of an inch to shine the light in, as the gages keep the front from coming off. (Can you pull the pointer...
2007 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LTZ 5.3L 4 4 wheel drive, stabilitrac VIN: 1GNFK16307
The customer called twice to say problem never returned so they wanted to hold off on any repairs. It was ok for six months the last time it occurred, so any future progress and I will follow up. Thanks again to all
2009 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD LTZ 6.6L Belt squeal VIN: 1GCHK63669
Still have no idea on this truck. Tried a dealer belt and called the customer after he had it back a couple weeks and he is now in "turn up radio mode". Wish I had more info to share but unfortunately, it sounds like this is a problem that even the dealers are...
2004 Chrysler 300M 3.5L Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 2C3HE66G64
Thank-you to all who responded to my "help" call. What I didn't say was that it is my own vehicle. All the posts seemed like good advice. I'm retired but the man that bought my shop had the scanner and smoke machine so the info was great. The forward O2 sensor...
2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4L code for high trans temp VIN: 3A8FY68876
Ok i got the run down on the car from the custmer today i talked to him about the replies i had from you all and he decided to take the car back to the used car lot and the were nice enough to take it to the dealer where the bigger dealership installed a new r...
2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck ST 4.7L Head gaskets VIN: 1D7HA16N64
Vehicle is fixed. Heads were .004" out of flat in the center. Most replies said they could tolerate a little machining. (factory says .002" limit). Had heads reworked, and cam journals on the cams polished, as they had a slight drag when rotated by hand. No dr...
1990 Ford F-250 Custom 7.5L No Start, Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1FTHF25G7L
Thank you for all the replies. I first have to say I do not own a lab scope or BOB... I have a wide repair range and vehicle range. Typically I do not worry about equipment that is for vehicles over ten years of age... I am planning on getting a daddy mac scan...
1991 Ford F-350 XL 7.3L Electronic VIN: 1FDKF38M4M
After spending a lot of time (for nothing) on this truck, I noticed that the dashboard overdrive light was on dim. With a tech inside watching the light I started pulling on wires under the hood. When I touched the ECU relay the light came on bright. New relay...
2002 Ford Windstar 3.8L ABS Module Connector VIN: 2FTZA54482
Replaced the two power leads in the ABS module connector. No warning indicators observed during road test. Released vehicle. Customer returned this week to report no more warning lamp issues. Since the vehicle was here, we scanned the antilock module for DTC'...
2004 Ford E-150 Club Wagon Chateau 4.6L Exhaust VIN: 1FMRE11W54
We have a happy customer, we continued with a compression test and a cylinder balance test. Compression was 200psi on all cylinders and the balance test was even across the board. Being the third shop to look at this, we duplicated the checks that the last two...
2006 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5L Poor Idle Quality VIN: KM8SC13E86
Thanks for the replies. After digging even deeper, found out that the EGR Valve was just replaced. Since no vacuum leak could be found and low intake vacuum, I decided to check the EGR system. Found very slight vacuum still going to the valve. Pulled the ho...
2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Sport 4.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1J4GW38SX2
The customer took the vehicle, but when we called them a few days later they said the light was back on. We are trying to get them to come back in, but so far they have not come back. I have several ideas to try if they come back, thanks to every ones input. ... Trouble codes: P0455 (Evap leak), P0422 (Evap leak).
2009 Jeep Compass Sport 2.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1J4FF47BX9
Thanks for all the replies, found terminal corrosion at C104 inline harness connector. Trouble codes: P0652 (Sensor reference voltage 2 circuit low), P0653 (Sensor refernce voltage 2 circuit high), P2127 (APP sensor 2 circuit low), P2138 (APP sensor 1-2 correlation).
2004 Kia Spectra 1.8L Stall, Misfire VIN: KNAFB12104
hello again and thanks guys never ran into tha tproblem before it put the gm lube into it and have beeen driving it over the weekend it seems to be getting alot better im gonna drive it couple more days but belive thats gonna fix it or temp fix it ill let the ... Trouble codes: P0300 (mulitiple cylinder missfire), P0301 (cyl 1 missfire), P0302 (cyl 2 missfire).
2005 Mazda 3 S 2.3L Cuts out VIN: JM1BK32355
Iamwaiting to see the car back so I can test the pcv system, other than that I have tried everything else, will keep you posted
2000 Nissan Sentra GXE 1.8L No Start VIN: 3N1CB51D9Y
First of all, I want to thank everyone who tried to help. Charles [...] went above and beyond sending me a wiring diagram, relay & ground locations and informing me of a recall regarding possible foam in the ECM housing releasing sulfur that attacks the compute...
1999 Pontiac Sunfire SE 2.2L Drl
It turned out that there was a loose connection behind the fuse panel under the dash and there was a broken wire under the battery that was keeping the high beam indicator on.
2011 Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7L Right Rear Wheel Speed VIN: 1D7RV1CT4B
Thanks to all who replied with very good suggestions. Especially Richard-MI, Richard-MN, and Terry in KY. As Terry mentioned after cutting off the thick rubber cord, found spot that wasn't corroded or pinched-looked like the wires were stretched about 5-in fr...
2006 Suzuki Maruti 800CC No Start, MIL Lamp on
Yeah this is a Immobilizer problem ECU and immo box are different.some yo yo has messed with the wiring so it caught fire. all the wires are owner is getting rid of it.thanks Trouble codes: P1623.
2010 Volkswagen CC (Car) Sport 2.0L airbag VIN: WVWMP7ANXA
Thank you all for the help. I was pointed to a VW only site Ross-Tech that clearly explained the proper procedure to read and identify the proper 3 digit code at the end of the part number on the new module. I was able to enter that 3 digit code in our snap-on...
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