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2002 BMW X5 3.0i 3.0L power steering VIN: 5UXFA53582
Dear Bmw gurus, I have this x.5 3.0 no servotronic, car came in with intermitent low power steering assist. When I drove it I notice it was more so to the left even as you straighten the wheel from a right hand turn, but it is heavier than normal in both direc...
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2007 BMW M5 5.0L oil level sensor VIN: WBSNB93537
We installed a used replacement engine after an engine failure. After filling the engine with the correct quantity of oil, and running the engine, we have an engine oil overfilled message. We replaced the oil level sensor with a new OEM part due to the unknown...
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1988 Cadillac Allante 4.1L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1G6VR3172J
Hello! Got a older Cadillac here with some strange instrument cluster issues, and dying issues. It's very intermittent so bear with me on my intel on this one. While driving or even just starting the vehicle (cold or warm, doesn't matter) The electronic cluste... Trouble codes: E052 (ECM memory reset), E053 (Distributor Signal interference)
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1969 Chevrolet Corvette 7.0L carburetor VIN: 194679S703
Car came in originally with fuel half way up the dipstick...cust had rebuilt primary carb and double gasketed the power valve, causing fuel to dump in. We rebuilt it properly. came back about 3 months later and had the rubber seal on the needle seat mangled pr...
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2000 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1L high idle VIN: 1G1NE53J7Y
I have been fighting this car for the last 2-3 years. Customer complaint is that car intermittently has a high idle or the throttle is sticking. A few times it did come in with throttle position codes. Have put on several tps and pigtails both aftermarket and ...
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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 6.6L wont run egr monitor VIN: 1GCHK23265
Hi all thanks in advance for any help you can lend. I have a customer with a 2005 chevy silverado 2500 4x4, 6.6 diesel. He needs to take the state emission test and went to try. When they plugged in they said the egr monitor had not run, so this is where I cam...
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2005 Chrysler Crossfire 3.2L Unknown VIN: 1C3AN65L55
I am needing some help with this car? With resetting of the top and also the warning lights.The used car shop that sent it to us said this has happened to them before. But he forgot, how to reset it again ??? This is also a Chrysler dealer ??? I wouldn't think...
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2010 Chrysler Town & Country (Van) Touring 3.8L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2A4RR5D15A
Customer complaint after fueling- ETC lamp on followed by ck engine light.. codes p2173- high vac leak detected/p0507 idle speed higher than expected. 1st attempt codes not present- found previous possible intake repair(stickers on fuel rail) sprayed carb clea... Trouble codes: P2173, P0507
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2012 Chrysler 200 (Car) Limited 3.6L Shift VIN: 1C3CCBCG0C
This is my wife's vehicle and it seems to be constantly shifting up and down. The shift also seems like a hard shift. We've contacted the dealer and they state that is the way it is supposed to be. This car has a 62TE 6 Spd transmission. Just wondering if anyo...
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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck ST 5.9L compressor clutch VIN: 1D7HU18Z62
this dodge belongs to a friend in s w missouri and info is limited due to the fact im in wi. the a/c system was working fine last fall and this spring the a/c clutch will engauge for about 10 seconds and will get the low side line at the compressor cold until ...
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2007 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.8L transmission VIN: 2D4GP44L67
Transmission dash range display disappears intermittently, whether unit is running or not. All gears except park operate normally. Trouble is only after park selection is made and vehicle is turned off. Gear lever is physically in park but starter won't engage...
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1991 Ford Mustang LX 5.0L Speedometer VIN: 1FACP44E5M
Repalaced leaking heater core, straight forward job no problems with repair until roadtest. Speedo reds between 80-140mph at 20. Removed cluster and reinspect, all seems normal. Reaasm and roadtest without trim, speedo normal.Finish installing dash trim and sp...
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1999 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 2FMZA5145X
This windstar has a hesitation when accel from a stop. If engine is under load it will sometimes stall. Engine also idles rough in p/n. It seems to smooth out some in gear. If you snap throttle with a load on it will stall almost every time. There is also a sl...
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1999 Ford E-350 Econoline Club Wagon Custom 7.3L Brake Booster VIN: 1FTSS34F1X
Many thanks in advance for any assistance you can offer us on this one! This E-350 originally came in from out of town with a hard braking complaint. FYI, this is a diesel engine with a belt driven vacuum pump, which supplies the brake booster. The brakes feel...
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2003 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L Misfire VIN: 1FMZU73KX3
Truck came in with the 2 individual cylinder misfires, but misfire counter showed all to be misfiring. When driving it feels like the fuel pump was cutting out, it is not. The running issue (misfire)only happens on acceleration or just holding rpm's up to 3000... Trouble codes: P0300 (Random misfire), P0301 (p0303-), P0303 (P0316- Misfire within 1st 1000 rpm), P0316 (Misfire within 1st 1000 rpm)
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2005 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6L Engine noise VIN: 1FMDU75W25
Hi! I hope everyone is having a better day than me. This truck came in with coolant leaking out of intake gasket on driver side filling all spark plug holes with coolant. So, what I did was replaced intake gasket, spark plugs and coils. Started up just fine...
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2009 Ford F-250 Super Duty Harley-Davidson Edition 6.8L Fade VIN: 1FTSW21Y79
Inspected brakes for mechanical condition and looked good. Test strip fluid for moisture and test good. Bled and flushed brake fluid. Still had a pedal fade. Found brakes where done somewhere else with oe equivalent pads. This is used as a police vehicle. Inst...
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2011 Ford F-150 XL 5.0L dash illumination VIN: 1FTFW1EF6B
traced electrical to s.j.b. as cause for instrument daylight illumination constantly on. ford had it in stock, we thought oh yah why would they stock fuse panels for 2 year old trucks. installed and light went out, truck would not start and had to be programed...
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2007 GMC Yukon XL 2500 SLT 6.0L Cluster display VIN: 1GKGK26K27
Primo maintained Yukon! 'Been looking at the TPMS information via the DIC for the last year and have been seeing the DIC consistently displaying low pressure to the rear left tire. New tires and monitor today and the same thing. Relearned before and after TMB ...
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2008 Infiniti G37 Sport 3.7L Engine VIN: JNKCV64E88
Replacing engine. Alldata says to lower it out of the bottom with transmission attached. Looks like it could come out the top. What do you say?
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1997 Jaguar XK8 4.0L ac/on stalls VIN: SAJGX2740V
hello. i have xk8 .car runs fine no codes in all systems. but as soon as a/c button is pushed car will stall /unpluged compressor /evac system still wiil stall soon as ac is turned on.
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2004 Mazda MPV ES 3.0L No Start, Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: JM3LW28J24
Hello, We have a problem child Mazda that is actually my Mom's car. This mazda has had a very intermittant (like 1 time a month) problem where it would not start unless you cranked it for a long time or a few times. Originally it would only have an issue start... Trouble codes: P0102 (MAF Circuit low input), P0133
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2010 Mercury Mariner Premier 3.0L MIL Lamp on, Pump damaged VIN: 4M2CN9HG6A
Owner came in 2 wks ago for a fuel gauge that was not working correctly. He asked to set an appointment to have it fixed. The next day, car was towed in for a crank no start---Test and found no fuel pressure. Removed the fuel tank unit and found physical damag... Trouble codes: P0456 (Small EVAP Leak detected)
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2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: WMWRE33536
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have a 2006 MINI Cooper S with a DTC P1498. I can find very little information on the code as far as diagnostics. Have checked for air and vacuum leaks 4 times and have not found any leaks at all. Thank you in advance. Trouble codes: P1498
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2004 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5L No Start, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1N4BA41E94
I have the above codes with no start on this Maxima. My question is does anyone know how many volts are supposed to be on the red/green vb wires from the ECM? Pins 119 and 120. I have 12 volts but not sure if I should only have 5. Thanks Trouble codes: P1564 (ASCD Switch voltage signal out of range), P0118 (coolant temp circuit signal high), P0223 (TP sensor 1 circuit high voltage), P0123 (TPS or APP sensor high volts/open), P0113 (intake air temp signal high), P1800 (VIAS control solenoid valve circuit open)
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2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5L No Start VIN: 1N4AL11DX5
I have spark and fuel just no injector pulse. Checked for power to injectors and have power just no pulse from pcm. immobilizer seems fine. light goes off when key turned on and does not flash while on or cranking. Usually get P16XX code when anti theft proble...
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2010 Nissan Xterra S 4.0L Leaking pinion seal VIN: 5N1AN0NW9A
Is there a simple way to change out the pinion seal? Should be a quick fix but Alldata shows the whole rear en over haul. any help is appreciated!
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2001 Saab 9-5 SE 3.0L crank no start VIN: YS3EF48Z11
replaced crank sensor still same issue it starts for few seconds after pcm reset and stalls it shows @200rpms during cranking with no injector pulse and no spark.
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2008 Saturn Astra XE 1.8L No Start VIN: W08AR67118
Hello, This vehicle came in from another shop that replaced the CIM (multifunction switch). The car will not crank and the security light flashes. Can we do the coding of the CIM with a pass through device?
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1997 Acura CL 3.0L Unknown VIN: 19UYA2250V
Did not get any useful information to help me with this one. Some one said there is an adapter which goes between the DLC and the scan tool. I talked to the techs at Acura and they said they've never heard of it. 1 person said to use the right fluid which wont...
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2005 BMW Z4 3.0i 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 4USBT53545
The customer decided that he did not want ot spend a lot of money on a car that ran well. A few basic checks didn't reveal anything of note. From the replies here and what I read on the net I suspect there is a problem with the throttle housing electronics. ... Trouble codes: P1515 (2774 -), 2774.
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2005 Cadillac STS 4.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G6DC67A25
most everybody said vacuum leak. the intake gaskets were leaking COLD ONLY. I didn't check with engine cold. smoked it the next morning and the leak showed up. after all this hair pulling and asking for help from you guys he declined the repair. (said he will ... Trouble codes: P0068 (Throttle body airflow performance), P1101 (intake air flow system performance).
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2003 Chrysler Town & Country (Van) EL 3.3L Starter VIN: 2C4GP24R53
Thank you to evryone who replied. This one took some time, as the customer needed the vehicle and didn't get it back for a while. We ended up putting a used pcm in, as the customer did not have the funds for a new one. Since then the vehicle has been runnin...
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2001 Ford Taurus SE 2-Valve 3.0L Electronic VIN: 1FAFP55U11
Ok. Thank you fellows for the helpful replies. I removed the orifice tube - no compressor debris. I did replace the tube, recharged the system an went after the blend door area again. What I found was a secondary door below the heater core that wasa disconnect...
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2003 Ford Windstar SE 3.8L Speedometer VIN: 2FMZA52483
I finally was able to get the speedometer not to work while I was driving it. When this happened I noticed that the odometer still worked. Also, I still had speed signal at the instrument cluster. Replaced cluster and the problem is solved.
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2005 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0L cyl. head VIN: 1FTZRT5E35
This customer has never returned the vehicle. I found the belt noise recommendation very interesting. These vehicles are not getting any easier to fix are they? Thanks to all who took the time to help.
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2007 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT 6.8L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTSW21Y47
There are 2 different types of coils available. 1 has gray boots the other has black boots. The resistance of the coils are different. Dont mix coils. Thanks Trouble codes: P0300 (Multiple Cylinder Misfire).
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1997 GMC Sonoma SLE 2.2L No Start VIN: 1GTCS1942V
Turns out the ignition module installed at the previous shop was factory defective. Installed new ignition module and it runs like a champ. Thanks for all the great advice everybody.
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2004 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7L OBD readiness VIN: KMHWF25H24
Thank you guys for all your help. This time around a drive cycle did it. Possibly it was not done right originally. Appreciate everyone's help very much
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2003 Land Rover Freelander SE 2.5L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Misfire VIN: SALNY22233
Told the customer to replace ignition switch and EWS module since it ECM doesn't have communication with it. Haven't recieved an answer to replace it yet. Trouble codes: P0172, P1472.
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2001 Mercedes-Benz ML320 3.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: 4JGAB54E01
Thanks to you who tried to help. Vehicle performance is normal. No corrosion found in any connectors or on the floor. The customer was not interested in trying to replace the catalytic converer. As long as it runs good he is OK with it. Trouble codes: P2096.
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2008 Nissan Titan SE 5.6L No Start
Everybody has stated some good ideas, however most of which I have already tried/tested/etc which I had already stated in the problem or followup. Thanks for the help, customer has taken vehicle, I am not sure of current condition of no start situation.
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1999 Saturn SC1 1.9L Harsh engagment into Revers or Drive VIN: 1G8ZP1285X
Well I ended up replacing the valve body under warranty. I also removed the magnet from the external filter. It stopped blowing the seal out and the shifter were normal right after replacing the valve body. Thanks for all the help guys!
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2005 Saturn Ion-2 2.2L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G8AN12F25
Found a small area near the purge solnoid where a mouse have eat few of the wire. It's a insurance claim, customer request the wire harness replace. The problem is fix. Thank everyone. Trouble codes: P0102 (Mass Air Flow Sensor Ciruit Low Frequency), P0135 (Heater O2 performance Bank 1 Sensor 1), P0141 (Heater O2 performance Bank 1 Sensor 2), P0443 (Evap Purge Solenoid control Circuit), P0325 (Knock Sensor Module Performance).
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2001 Volvo S40 1.9L Misfire VIN: YV1VS29531
Robert knocked it out of the park. The car came to us with a disassembled engine in the car and a replacement engine another tech had assembled. He had placed the ignition wire from the #4 coil to #2 cylinder and #3 To #1. The ignition wires from the coil pack... Trouble codes: P0301, P0304.
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