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2001 BMW 530i 3.0L Stall VIN: WBADT634X1
this vehicle was towed in. would start, but stall. checked fuel pressure and was about 30 psi. replaced pump and filter. started up and runs like a champ. the only problem now is that it developed an extended crank. checked fuel pressure and you see the pressu...
1993 Chevrolet K1500 Cheyenne 5.7L Hesitation, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1GCEK14K5P
First off thank you for your time. this truck runs decent cold when warms up it looses power and sputters it feels like fuel starvation or timing issue. This customer is down and out only wants a diagnosis will replace his own parts,,, So I unplug the alternat...
1998 Chevrolet K1500 Silverado 5.7L Starting VIN: 2GTEK19RXW
The vehicle came in with a broken starter drive housing, we replaced the starter and within three weeks it occurred again so at this point we verified a intake leak and repaired it, still more problems, we then found a TSB for a timing issue so we replaced the...
1999 Chevrolet Blazer 4.3L Misfire VIN: 1GNDT13W9X
Customer was driving 35 mph and all at once truck began to miss. Pulled over and truck came to us on the wrecker. Missing on cylinder 1 and 2. Smells rich, we pulled plenum found no fuel leaks. Unplugged o2 sensors no change. Has fire on cylinder 1 and 2, plug... Trouble codes: P0300
2009 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD LT 6.0L No Start VIN: 1GCHC53K19
truck was towed in with a no start issue. I first check fuel pressure and was a 60 psi. check to see if it was getting spark and it was a good blue for about 1/2". checked with node lights on injectors and all worked. tried using starting fluid and still no st...
2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2.4L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Poor drivability VIN: 3C4FY48B44
Vehicle came in initially with severe 1&2 misfire. Compression numbers were in the 60's on both cylinders, removed head and found gasket blown out between 1 and 2. Replaced head gasket and timing components. Problem solved. Customer returned aprox 1 week later...
2000 Dodge Durango R/T 5.9L Governor VIN: 1B4HS28Z3Y
I am an electronics guy, not a trans guy. Trans shifts all gears late, or not at all without coaxing. Sometimes shifts all gears relatively O.K. Governor pressure actual is almost always well below gov. pressure desired on scanner. Have road tested with scanne...
2005 Dodge Durango SLT 4.7L Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1D4HB48N75
Thanks to all who respond. I have a 2005 dodge durango that has recently had poor fuel economy. In the past, I have replaced the intake, MAP,TPS,ETC, HO2s, and thermostat. All for different reasons in the past 2 years. Last replacement was the TPS for a correl...
2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie 5.9L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3D7KS28C15
Looking for some advise from you Dodge techs. The above code sets under load due to a difference in actual fuel pressure and the set point the PCM would like to see. Pressures will match at idle and higher rpms but differ when under a load. I can see the regul... Trouble codes: P0148 (High pressure common rail error)
2005 Dodge Neon SXT 2.0L Starting VIN: 1B3ES56CX5
This vehicle was brought to me with a dead battery. I first charged and tested the battery charging system all was good tested for a system draw found that after evrything shuts down we have a .6 amp draw . if you remove the #13 fuse in the power distribution ...
1997 Ford F-350 XL 7.3L Late/brutal shifts VIN: 1FTJW36F2V
Truck came to me with the complaint of late/hard shifts under mid/part throttle. WOT shifts seem normal. Installed Sonnax goodies as I have done many times in the past with great success. No dice on this one. Hooking scanner up the shifts are being commanded l...
1998 Ford Contour GL 2.0L Surge, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FAFP6538W
Seems to be a recurring problem now - some condition still is triggering the fault code. Here is the Ford description. 'The Variable Camshaft Timing (VTC) solenoid effects the inlet camshaft timing only. The actuator is a helical spline type, which is engine ... Trouble codes: P1381 (Variable Cam Timing Over Advance Bank 1)
2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTNX21F31
This truck will start to die out intermittently. loss of power and check engine light comes on. code P1209 injection control pressure peak delta fault, and P1211 Icp pressure lower/higher then desired. truck was towed in 3 weeks ago no start and says it was ru... Trouble codes: P1209, P1211
2003 Ford E-450 Super Duty Custom 7.3L long crank VIN: 1FDXE45F93
This one got handed to me after much work done, but this is what I know. Original complaint was no start hot, but it didn't start easily cold either, long crank. New, from Ford HPOP, IPR, ICP sensor. Fresh oil, full, engine oil pressure is good and builds righ...
2004 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4L low brake pedal VIN: 1FTPW14584
I have a low brake pedal , the customer says brakes just don't seem to stop the vehicle . all brake components are in good shape . the pedal does seems a bit soft but to me not excessive . my concern is getting the pedal a bit harder and getting the vehicle to...
2005 Ford Freestyle SEL 3.0L compressor VIN: 1FMZK021X5
Customer called and said she got out to check the mail and heard a ticking sound.She brought it back in to us to check.The ticking sound is coming from the compressor.Pressure today at 85 is high 200 and low 40.You can hang meat in this thing.We replaced the c...
2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0L Timing VIN: 1FMYU02156
We took the admisión crankshafts out to check the valve controlers. Now we cant find the right timing. This is a 4 cranckshafts engine and Michell on demand just says what to do when assembling and disasembling but not what to do when you miss everything. Plea...
2007 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L Stall, Misfire, high idle VIN: 1FAFP53U67
This car came in running bad cold and had a code for misfire on start up for #3 cylinder and died after start up. Plugs were bad and replaced coil and wires because had 165000 miles on it. It came back later with a stall after start up and had no high idle wha...
2006 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3L all shifts VIN: 1GKEK13T56
late slide bump 1-2 late 2-3 goes to neutral.after coming to stop,shifts better on all shifts.presure is 180 at idle and over 400 wot.no codes,ecm is commanding 1.0 amp to the pc solenoid.i can command lower amps and bring the presure to spect and everything w...
2008 Jaguar XK 4.2L convertible VIN: SAJWA44B08
This '08 Jaguar XK came into shop on flatbed. Driver said Battery is dead, needs replacement(as related from the Owner). Battery in behind the top compartment and cannot be accessed with the top in down position. We jumped using the rear Positive connector on ...
2003 Kia Sorento EX 3.5L transfer case VIN: KNDJC73363
Hello All, I would like some feedback on this jewel. It has a popping sound on accel. that almost sounds like the sound when hitting road joints, or a muffled misfire. WE found front drive shaft bad, replaced with OEM OUCH. noise is still there. there are no c...
2004 Kia Spectra GS 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: KNAFB16164
car is hard to start wants to stall. will not idle hot or cold . When you get it going it performes good on the road at highway speeds. first checked plugs they where in bad shape ,changed plugs no better. checked fuel pressure 50 psi. checked timing belt for ... Trouble codes: P0301 (eng miss 1), P0303 (eng miss 3)
2010 Kia Soul Sport 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: KNDJT2A26A
[...] 1 replaced. Checked for exhaust and intake leaks...none found. Checked wiring with ohm meter..all good. checked fuel pressure...within spec. Was told by customer they hit a pot hole and 2 hours after the light came on. They had it at the dealer who r... Trouble codes: P0133 (P0133 O2 Sensor Circuit Slow Response Bank 1 / Sensor 1), P0420 (Catalyst System Efficiency below Threshold Bank 1)
1992 Lexus ES300 3.0L a/c VIN: JT8VK13T4N
this vech has r12 Freon the coustomer wants to retro fit to r134 and is very fussy as the car is in excellent condition.I have read several tex. on how to retro fit and they conflict. so I need to know the correct way to do this. ie. psi switches ect. thanks f...
1990 Mercedes-Benz 300TE 3.0L right rear c.v. axle VIN: WDBEA90D5L
This Mercedes was towed to our facility with a broken right rear c.v.axle shaft. The outer c.v. joint had been pulled apart,or separated. We ordered and installed a new c.v.axle shaft, test drove the vehicle, and considered it to be fixed. The customer picked ...
2007 Mercedes-Benz R350 4Matic 3.5L No start VIN: 4JGCB65E67
This mercedes come in as crank no state all fuses. Power ground ok I don't have fuel prusher we spry carb car start we ching fuel pump now I we have good prsher but car is not stat we scan There is code P2505 cercuet 87 any help
2001 Oldsmobile Alero GX 2.4L hydraulic system VIN: 1G3NK52T21
Ahhhhh, having troulble with a clutch pedal going to the floor on this car. Car came in with clutch pedal on the floor, master empty, filled the master and fluid comes running out from between the transmission and the engine. Removed the trans and found the h...
2003 Toyota Land Cruiser 4.7L MIL Lamp on VIN: JTEHT05J23
Speedometer went dead, both speed and mileage. Then MIL light came on as well as track lights. Also missing transmission shift position lights on dash. All other dash gauges and lights working. Have found references to these same conditions on other Landcruise... Trouble codes: P0500
2005 Toyota Corolla XRS 1.8L No Start VIN: 2T1BY32E35
Hi every body, i need your help on this toyota corolla xrs. Original problem was internal engine noise, but engine still runing fine, removed the engine and fixed the internal noise, once all is back together, engine cranks doesn`t run. Got good fuel pressure,...
2001 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L shift VIN: 3VWST29M41
Sold car to a customer (big mistake)looking for cheap transportation. I put transmission from other jetta i had. The speed sensor at end of (back of)transmission (g68). I had to swap pigtail on car to go with that sensor on used transmission. This car may driv...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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2004 Acura MDX Touring 3.5L engine VIN: 2HNYD18974
Thank you all for the help. I will have the vehicle back in the shop on the 11th. My foreman and Me agree with rechecking to see if the valves are to tight.Also I will do a carbon clean before. We have this vehicle for a week. I will let everyone know how it i...
2006 Audi A4 2.0L Module VIN: WAUDF78E76
Great info on this vehicle.Thanks guy's.However turns out sticking brake pedal switch was causing abs/esp module to shut down.Noticed when car was idling in park the shift interlock was randomly going on and off[light was blinking in sync with interlock clicki...
2001 BMW 540i 4.4L Lubrication VIN: WBADN63411
Well its been along road on this car. I did put a known good Oil Pump in the Engine. Came up with the same high oil pressure at idle and takes forever for oil to get to the lifters. chain tensioners and the rest of where it is to go. It must have a blockage...
2000 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 6.0L Blend Door VIN: 1GCGK29U0Y
Thanks to all that helped. Kenneth, you pointed me in the right dirrection. I had replaced the coontrol head only to find out the new one was bad as well. Next, I had to replace the defrost mod door actuater as well, twice. I am none to upset to see this night...
2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L speedometer VIN: 2GCEK19T32
Customer has decided to not fix speedometer problem as of right now. He says it only acts up once a week maybe. Most all of you said it was the stepper motor in the cluster. I tend to agree. Un like most of you I have had good luck with salvage yard cluste...
2004 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 LS 2.8L Engine VIN: 1GCDT19814
thank you all for your help,this truck did need a new radiator ,probably was the cause of head gskt fail also. again thank you all.
2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 6.6L steering VIN: 1GCHK23245
ok well it looks like this truck is finally fixed. The problem was very intermitant and would happen after 15 miles of driving on avg. but then started to happen more frequently. I disconnected the front axle actuator, but it still occurred, then I disconnecte...
2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser GT 2.4L No Start, Cuts out VIN: 3C3AY75S35
Good day all, Sorry for the late post, but, we wanted to be sure the car was actually repaired. The customer has been driving the car for nearly a week with out problems. After NUMEROUS computer replacements, the final repair was...a computer! Sounds a li... Trouble codes: P0032, P0038.
1977 Dodge B300 7.2L No Start
Pete from Wisconson gets the prize. After multiple modules, ignition switches, resistors and distributors,(all before posting), the fix appeared to be 2 defective distributors and 1 pickup. As per Identifix, ac voltage should be 300mv to 800mv. which I had wit...
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Van 5.9L Poor Idle Quality, Stall, Misfire VIN: 1B7HU18Z62
Unfortunately most of this information is irrelevant due to the posters not reading the original question and information. But I thank you all for helping. The only posts Id think are relevant are valve springs.
2010 Dodge Charger R/T 5.7L Misfire VIN: 2B3AA4CT5A
Cam and lifters indeed fixed the car. Number 2 intake cam lobe was extremely worn, lifter sitting sideways! Had to remove the cam and pull lifter through cam tunnel. Cranking compression after the repair was 240psi with a different gauge. Thanks for the replie... Trouble codes: P0302 (Cylinder 2 misfire).
1999 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L Gauges VIN: 2FMZA5149X
The bottom line with this vehicle is that it acts up so infrequent, and then only momentarily, that testing was basically impossible. Clusters on these vehicles are apparently troublesome and frequently fail requiring replacement. I was willing to try to fix t...
2001 Ford Ranger Edge 3.0L Surge, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTZR15U41
Fixed! We couldn't get the right tube from the aftermarket, so Ford sent us another one. The second one actually had the restrictor!. Truck has been down the road with no MIL for a few days now. Thankyou all very much! Trouble codes: P0401 (Egr flow), P1408 (Koer test flow).
2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1FMZU73E42
Customer has declined any further diagnostics. My apologies for the LTFT number given. The actual numbers were -1, -2. The EGR was disconnected and the intake was smoked again, revealing no leaks through the EGR valve itself. The vehicle was ran with the EGR b...
2002 Ford F-150 Lightning 5.4L cruise control VIN: 2FTZF07302
This one is fixed. Most of the replys talked about the BPP switch on the end of the master cyl, and the recall associated with it. That was the first thing I checked, as well as the powers and grounds. A from Georgia set me on the right path about checking ...
2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1HGEM21993
After test driving again watching egr position it seemed to misfire as the valve opened more. I manually opened the valve with the engine running and the engine stumbled and misfired this showed the egr valve and passage to it from the exhaust are not plugged.... Trouble codes: P0301 (Misfire Cyl 1), P0302 (Misfire Cyl 2), P0303 (Misfire Cyl 3), P0304 (Misfire Cyl 4).
1998 Lexus ES300 3.0L evap VIN: JT8BF28G2W
thanks for the help and sorry it took so long to summarize this vehicle. Turns out the problem was a clogged vacuum hose to the vsv. I actually had checked the vacuum source for this vsv but like an idiot I checked it at the source instead of at the end of the...
1999 Mercedes-Benz ML320 3.2L Crank VIN: 4JGAB54E4X
Thank you for your help we finally fix we chiming Aam.
2003 Mercedes-Benz S500 4Matic 5.0L rt ft shock VIN: WDBNG84JX3
Thank you all for your overwhelming response.The two main areas covered where calibration and level sensor. the debate goes on whether calibation is needed after shock replacement but it is recomended.Calibration was not my problem.My Tech had lossened upper a...
2004 Nissan Pathfinder Armada SE 5.6L Transfer case of front diff VIN: 5N1AA08B64
Removed front driveshaft and drove, noise was gone. Replaced front differential with new unit. All noise and vibration are gone.
2006 Saab 9-3 Aero 2.8L me9 VIN: YS3FH71U16
at this point i believe the problem is in the UEC (under hood electrical center) I've ordered 1 took 3 weeks to receive and it was the wrong 1 . when i get the correct 1 and install it I'll post my results. thank you all that helped!
2005 Subaru Outback XT 2.5L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 4S4BP67C75
Well, we're going to call this one a fix. First thing I want to correct is the mileage. It is 117,000 miles... (My bad!!!) Some VERY interesting things transpired at the Dealership that sold him the car. After they looked at the car, they told him that the i...
2002 Toyota Sienna LE 3.0L Brake Drums VIN: 4T3ZF13C82
Replacing rear brake drums with OEM Toyota parts fixed the rhythmic thumping noise.
2004 Toyota Prius 1.5L Unknown VIN: JTDKB20U74
After looking at response from different tech's I asked myself if I loose brake pressure on lift front and then clear codes drive awhile loose pressure on right side clear codes, how could that be air in the system. So I am now thinking bad controller. I repla...
1996 Volkswagen Golf GL 2.0L limp mode VIN: 3VWFA81HXT
Thanks to all the great info. I talked to the customer further and someone had "looked at it" recently before she brought it here again. I found they had broken the clip where the wiring loom goes into the solenoids on top of the transmission. I missed pulling...
2006 Volvo S60 2.5T 2.5L timing belt/camtiming VIN: YV1RH59266
Thanks for all the help fellas. As I suspected I was being over cautious and it really turned out to be an easy job. The motor design engineers certainly could have made the timing marks more visible. At least they had marks. Sure beats working on an Audi! I j...
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