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2002 Audi TT Quattro 1.8L temp guage VIN: TRUWT28N02
Customer thinks car is overheating and replaced the listed parts to correct it. Gauge goes into red area under all driving conditions I don't trust the temp gauge. 1./ it jumps a little past 50C at cold start-up( don't know if this is normal) 2./ gauge will...
1998 BMW 528i 2.8L Power steering VIN: WBADD632XW
Alright BMW guys what am I missing?! Replaced the rack 3 times and lasts a little while and goes out. Every time we have flushed entire system. Fluid is always clean. We are using NAPA reman racks. Is there something we're missing or are we just getting fault...
1999 BMW Z3 Roadster 2.5L Suspention VIN: 4USCH9335X
The issue with the car is it will pull to the left hard. If you make a sharp turn (as in a tight circle in a parking lot) the pull with then be to the right. The tires have been rotated from front to rear, and cross rotated, and even a different set of tires p...
2001 BMW 740iL 4.4L radio VIN: WBAGH83481
After replacing the alternator in this vehicle I lost the display on the radio. Is there some trick to getting it to work or, is there anyone who can repair the radio?
2003 BMW 325i 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: WBAEN33453
Hello techs.2003 bmw ck engine light on codes p0491-p0492.air injection problem.vehicle came in 2 months ago new purchase.main hose rotted.replace per customer request and reset.have checked air pump operation normal and pased 3 days with very strong pressure.... Trouble codes: P0491, P0492
2004 BMW 330Ci 3.0L Mechanical VIN: WBABW53474
have an oil leak on top of engine in the middle. the wire loom for map sensor has oil coming down it. and oil on map sensor. how can that be theres no oil in intake. but it looks like oil coming out od the back of map sensor. no no for sure if this is a map se...
2008 BMW 535i 3.0L oil leak engine pass side
Hi Guys, this is the second e60 535i that I see an oil leak on the passenger side right below the turbos. The oil filter housing is clean and the valve cover does not seem to be leaking. Also the oil pan seems to be clean. The motor oil seems to be coming fro...
2003 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3L Instr Cluster VIN: 1GNEK13T13
Hello, The symptoms are, with the key on MOST of the time you get only the CEL and nothing else (no gauges and no other lights) If you start the truck everything comes to life. Other times you turn the key on and you get nothing at all (no CEL) When this occur...
2003 Chevrolet S10 2.2L Misfire VIN: 1GCCS14H73
This one has me stumped. Came in running rough, p0303. Found mix n match plugs and wires, replaced and still had misfire. checked spark w/spark tester, good, injector pulse, good, swapped 3/4 injectors still misfires. Watched misfire counts on Modis, they go a... Trouble codes: P0303
2008 Chrysler 300 (Car) Touring 3.5L No Start VIN: 2C3KA53G18
vehicle came in on a tow truck. scanned for codes was not able to communicate with any modules. dash display read no bus. with the key on headlamps would come on only. no crank no start. removed battery cables for 30 minutes reconnected vehicle power came back... Trouble codes: U0141 (lost communication with FCM), U0121 (lost com with anti lock brake module), U0100 (lost com with ECM), U1197 (security seed response not reveived from pcm)
2006 Dodge Stratus SXT 2.7L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1B3EL46T46
Vehicle sets two DTCS on the 2nd road test every time. Both codes point towards the post CAT O2 sensor. The sensor tested fine, but was replaced as speculation, but it did not help. A minor intake leak was fixed and the injectors were flushed. It is a MAP vehi... Trouble codes: P0430, P2098 (possible rear o2 sensor)
2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3L re circulation door acctuator VIN: 1D8HN44H08
I have this grand caravan in the bay right now that I am having issues with. The recirculation door will click 10-15 times when commanded closed. My Modis will actuate the door and position reflects actual and commanded correctly, visually verified. I believe ...
2000 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4L a/c compressor VIN: 1FTRX18L8Y
hey,, im not the greatest with a/c so bear with me.. compressor wont engage, checked all fuses relays, have power to presure switch and have only power to compressor clutch but no ground to clutch ..? where does ground come from to clutch? system is charged..t...
2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L the VIN: 1FMZU73X2Y
I need to fine out the five-digit code for the key less drive door I just bought this truck.. I would like to change the..code the old owners did not know it...thank for your time ...god bless!!!
2000 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4L Misfire VIN: 1FTRX18L0Y
truck came from another shop with #6 coil shorted.i tested coil circuit,ok.put new coil on,will short outwithin thirty seconds and will be cracked on top.anyone ever seen this.thanks again
2004 Ford E-250 5.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTNS24L44
Hi People, I,ve been fighting this van for a couple of days now. It came to me because the check engine light is on. I went through the arcives and could find either the two codes for always rich or the two codes for always lean,but not all four together. I,ve... Trouble codes: P2195 (Lack of HO2 sensor switch lean B1S1), P2196 (Lack of HO2 sensor switch rich B1S1), P2197 (Lack of HO2 sensor switch lean B2S1), P2198 (Lack of HO2 sensor switch rich B2S1)
2007 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTPW14V37
Vehicle originally came in as a no-start; fast cranking, no compression. Tore it down to find timing chain guide broken, stuck around crank gear causing chain to skip. Changed the phazers, guides, tensioners, chains and spark plugs and vehicle started up and r... Trouble codes: P0012, P0022, P0345
2008 Ford F-550 Super Duty XLT 6.4L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Stall VIN: 1FDAW57R48
On cold start or sometimes after sitting a while, vehicle will fire and die, or start and surge or have a "rolling idle" and or idle at very low speed for about 5 seconds. After that, the vehicle idles and drives normally. If restarted shortly afterward, it wi...
2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5L Engine VIN: 1FAHP2HW8A
Greetings! I have an unusual oil leak that I hope someone has encountered before with this 3.5L Taurus. I have located an engine oil leak on the left side of the block, just above the AC compressor and below the alternator. It is coming from a little plug tha...
2004 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5L Excessive Emissions, No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Stall, Acts flooded VIN: 5FNRL18934
This vehicle came in with a no/hard start and acting flooded and, of course, only intermitently. Checked and found 153 confirmed fast fixes on Identifix for the PGM-FI relay. Found the relay and it smelled a little burnt. Replaced relay and the vehicle started...
2000 Isuzu Rodeo LS 3.2L serp. belt VIN: 4S2CK58W9Y
It seems the simple ones eat you up sometimes. When this Rodeo is first started, it lets out a squak, not a squeak, from the belt. Kinda like the old Dodge diesel pick up, when you kill it. It is only when the engine fires up, only for a fraction of a second. ...
2006 Jaguar XJ8 4.2L electric windows VIN: SAJWA71B56
Hello Fellow Techs, This Jaguar experiences complete failure of all power windows intermittently.If you turn on the ignition,all power windows work perfectly.However,when you remove the key and turn car back on,none of the windows operate.Initially there are ...
2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L remote VIN: 1J4GW48S94
alarm remote only works next to passenger door
2006 Kia Amanti 3.5L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: KNALD12456
I got this beaut from another shop,who did all the work.The problem is the misfire.It has misfired for so long that it fried the cats,so they were changed.The weird thing is that when I kill the injectors with my Modis,cylinder 6 is the only one not showing a ... Trouble codes: P0305 (cylinder 5 misfire)
2008 Lincoln MKZ 3.5L No Start VIN: 3LNHM28T58
trying learn pats keys with ids will not learn had new key cut still no luck preformed par reset pid in pats n-keycode = 0 pats-type = timed pcm id = stored pcm ver = no spare key = enabled pat enabl = disabled Trouble codes: B1213
2003 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L Wheel Speed Sensor/ Reluctor VIN: WDBUF65J43
I replaced the wheel bearings and seals on this vehicle. The following week, the vehicle is back with an ABS light on. I scanned and found codes that indicate problem with the front wheel speed sensors (RPM sensors). I checked output with a scope and found 0V....
2003 Mercedes-Benz C320 4Matic 3.2L Starting VIN: WDBRF84J73
Hello to all mercedes techs, HELP !!!This car was towed in to us. The customer said he went in to pick up a pizza and came back out and the key will not turn in the ignition. he had the windows down and sunroof open. when you put the key in, you do not hear th...
2009 Mini Cooper 1.6L No Start VIN: WMWMF335X9
Mini came in with a broken timing chain and bent the valves. We put a used engine in and it has pulse one time and when you unplug the intake cam sensor it has pulse and will try to start but won't. With the intake cam sensor out is has spark and noid. I am no...
1998 Pontiac Sunfire GT 2.2L Misfire VIN: 4G2JB3247W
Im posting again about a car ive posted about previously with more info. This one is kicking my butt. Car originally came in complaining of a misfire on the highway at cruise, mostly going up a slight hill. Customer requested a tune up. After ignition tune up,...
2000 Saab 9-3 SE 2.0L convertable top VIN: YS3DF78K7Y
Oh Boy please help me with this one, I had this saab 9-3 come in with leaking convertible top piston rams. I removed the rams and sent them out for repair. Upon return I installed them but I cannot figure out how to bleed them, I have tried everything and foll...
1998 Subaru Legacy Outback 2.5L trans, diff? VIN: 4S3BG6851W
This is a car I just bought. Not sure whether there's anything wrong with it. It has a noise coming from the rear while driving so I put it on the lift and had someone operate the vehicle and the rear wheels, drive shaft and axles dont turn when operating the ...
2003 Volvo XC90 2.5L Alarm VIN: YV1CM59H63
Hi, I have a Volvo here with a message on the info. center saying "alarm system service required" The vehicle starts and runs normal. I pulled 2 codes from the cem/immobilizer unit: 6C48, Transponder type faulty signal and 6A03, Door locked, LR signal too low....

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1993 Acura Vigor GS 2.5L Starter flex plate VIN: JH4CC2661P
Hello to all Technicians. Flex plate cracking has been resolved. Installation of a remanufactured torque converter resolved the flex plate breaking issue. Thanks to all for assisting me on this problem.
2006 Acura TSX 2.4L 1-2 shift VIN: JH4CL96846
well decided to do another drain and fill in the tranny and added up a friction modifier and it did shift a lot better now customer is happy.
2006 BMW 325xi 3.0L Brake pad wear indicator reset. VIN: WBAVD13586
Thanks for the help all!!! Installed new OEM front brake sensor and it still would not reset. Turns out that the pin in the harness side would push out when a sensor was installed and pull back into place when the sensor was disconnected. Repaired the connecto...
2009 BMW 335i 3.0L Hesitation VIN: WBAWL71089
thanks for the replys guys. the customer talked today to BMW dealership in DF; where he got the car, and the service manager; after reviewing the 2 codes told him they will fly a technician over here to Cabo to replace all injectors and do a software upgrade u... Trouble codes: 2FBF, 29F2.
2001 Chevrolet Tracker 2.0L Stall VIN: 2CNBJ13C21
Well , thank you all for the overwhelming help and interest. IATN is the best, techs from all over North America decided to help ,some have sent me wiring diagrams, some have shared their experience and knowledge. I am certain that is the FUEL TANK PRESSURE SE...
2003 Chevrolet Venture LS 3.4L windows, blower motor, wipers VIN: 1GNDX03E43
This one is fixed. I would truly like to thank everyone who replied.. The fix was a corroded wire under the fuse block, under the hood, from the ignition A circuit to the ignition switch. Sometimes, you just have to slow down. So, here is my "eating crow...
2005 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3L center vents VIN: 1GNEC13TX5
thanks for the replys. I ordered a new actuator for this vehicle.The customer is happy since is driving with cold air through center vents here on the Cabo heat!!
2007 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5L 1st gear VIN: 2G1WT58K37
thanks for replies. i gave customer option of replacing pressure control solenoid or overhauling trans. with it not acting up for me it does not pay to pressure tap trans for readings and with no codes i have nothing more to go on. customer took for now and wi...
2001 Chrysler Concorde LX 3.2L Unknown VIN: 2C3HD36J71
well we sure recieved alot of help on this one. I should hsve told the customer that a new expansion valve and reciever dryer was a good idea in the first place but I guess I wasn't thinking. I had never run into that problem before, but oviously alot of you h...
1994 Dodge Dakota 5.2L compressor VIN: 1B7GL23Y2R
well thanks for all the replies! this ended up being a two part issue. way to much oil charge in the system and the evaporator was badly clogged with leaves and trash. customer approved removal of evap and cleaning. after repair system blows 49-50 at idle and ...
2000 Ferrari 456 M 5.5L unknown VIN: ZFFWP50A6Y
The problem on the car seem to be 2 fold, blown head gasket and valve seals. given the magnitude of the work, Cust decides to trade up veh. thanks for all the help.
1999 Ford F-150 XL 4.2L lack of power VIN: 1FTZF0725X
thanks to all you guys,i finally check all my fuel system again,and restriction in exhaust system and nothing there, I removed the harmonic balancer and the key ways had slip due to wearness and thru off my timing . replaced it and ran good no codes...
2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0L Charging VIN: 1FAFP34322
Well to all that replied I am most appreciative. The altenator we installed was a ford altenator it solved the charging issue problem. The drivability problem was solved by filling the fuel tank & resetting KAM. I guess what cost me time was not believing the...
2007 Ford Escape Limited 3.0L Transmission VIN: 1FMCU94177
2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L Throttle body VIN: 1FMEU73E67
Thanks guys for your help. It hasn't acted up since the cleaning procedure. The KAM procedure will be my next step, if I get the vehicle back. Thanks again.
2003 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.0L 4 way flashers VIN: 1J4FA49S03
Thanks to the responders. You were all correct, a OEM flasher made everything work like it should.
2000 Lincoln LS 3.9L Overheating VIN: 1LNHM87A3Y
Thank you everyone for your help. Unfortunately we do not yet have the problem resolved. It started acted up fairly consistently at first, but then became real intermittent again. We will repost once we confirm the exact cause. Thank you everyone again.
2002 Nissan Xterra XE 3.3L Turn signals VIN: 5N1MD28Y52
There is no trailer cnnection. I did the testig sugjested by Richard from mich. Thanks. When you jumper the power at the hazard switch, all four still flash in both directions. I will have to somehow locate and repair the shorted harness. Big thanks to all who...
1999 Pontiac Grand Prix SE 3.1L convertor VIN: 1G2WJ52M6X
First of all, thanks for all of the replies. The o-ring was left off of the orifice, however, this did not fix the concern. I replaced the o-ring and retested the TCC solenoid, reassembled and test drove. The vehicle still had the same concern. In the end I re...
1993 Toyota Pickup DLX 2.4L Mechanical VIN: 4TARN13P3P
Thanks to everyone who helped me find the problem with the Toyota. This situation for me and many of you may have sound weird, complicated, and maybe dumb because apparently there was no relationship with the white smoke that exited from the tailpipe and the e...
2002 Volkswagen Beetle GL 1.9L compressor VIN: 3VWCP21C32
We have this one fixed. Thanks for all of your suggestions! Because the car doesn't have a temp gauge the customer never knew what the temp of the car was, the temp light finally came on for them. We found the thermostat was not opening all of the way so when ...
1995 Volvo 850 T-5R 2.3L Vibration VIN: YV1LS571XS
hi id like thank all the guys for alot of great info ! it turns out the right side inner axle loose causing vibration
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