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2008 Cadillac DTS 4.6L Headlamps VIN: 1G6KD57Y38
Was just curious if anyone had relevant experience with replacing the factory Cadillac HID headlamp assembly with an aftermarket unit with standard halogen bulbs. I am told both sides are a direct plug in replacement. Obviously they are a cheaper alternative f...
1993 Chevrolet Corvette 5.7L No Start VIN: 1G1YY33P3P
Hey all, And thank all in advance. Not sure where to start. I will try to keep it short. Customer is driving along one day and car cough and pops and dies. Driving normally. So I go get it with ramp truck. Now I look at the car no spark and no codes. so I chan...
1996 Chevrolet C1500 5.7L No Start VIN: 1GCEC14R3T
No start and backfires/explosion from exhaust. Vehicle has been replaced with known good parts new delco distributor, and cap, new rotor, coil, module, and crank sensor. Scanner readings look normal. Distributor is in time.compression is 120. vehicle has ignit...
2004 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LS 5.3L fuel VIN: 3GNFK16Z14
I have this Suburban with a 5.3 vin Z flex fuel engine. The engine is bad and customer has a good used same year 5.3 vin T gasoline engine. Is it possible to make this swap? What other parts would have to be changed? Thanks
2005 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 LT 5.3L Fuel tank VIN: 3GNEK12Z55
Thanks for reading and any advise. Ive got an avalanche that wont take fuel. I can put about two gallons of fuel in it before it kicks the pump off and the neck will be full with air burping back at me. The customer has already had the canister and vent soleno...
2006 Chevrolet Cobalt LT 2.2L Air Bag VIN: 1G1AL55F26
Hi everbody! and thank you in advance. Ok I have this car that has the air bag light on, my scanner cannot comunicate with the air bag module, although Im able to com/w all others, and on the BCM module I pulled up a code U2505 lost com W/ECM/PCM/VCM checked f...
1996 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3L Coils VIN: 1B4GP44R6T
The vehicle came in on a wrecker with a no start condition, found cam sensor wiring riding on serpentine belt and shorted out. I replaced cam sensor and reset code and sync. Tried to start and no spark, i replaced the pcm, and still no spark, replaced coil pac...
2008 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT 6.7L 4th gear VIN: 3D7KS28AX8
Replaced trans with customer supplied unit. Seller claims it only had 12 miles on it since new. After installing I had code for OD shift solenoid open circuit. I installed solenoid pack from old unit and code was gone. Took the truck for test drive and found...
2002 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L Start VIN: 1FAFP53UX2
This vehicle came in with a no start problem. I checked all fuses and ground wires and relays (starter) fuel inertia switch is okay. There is no power going to the ignition switch on the starter. Starter is okay. Once again there is no crank (no start) any hel...
2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLS 4.0L Instrument Cluster VIN: 1FMDU77K55
Hello everyone. have this sport trac in the shop and it keeps returning with the same concern. The cluster will freak out and the guages will lay down and flutter the mileage will go to all lines and the lights will flash. The radio will quit and you hear a cl...
2006 Ford F-350 Super Duty XLT 6.0L No Start VIN: 1FTWW33P66
Hello to all, I need some guidance with a 6.0 Powerstroke that came in on the hook for a died on road/crank no start. I guess they cranked the hell out of it, because when we got it had two almost dead batteries and a can of ether on the passenger seat. The f... Trouble codes: P0611 (FICM Performance), P0671 (Cylinder 1 Glow plug circuit), P0677 (Cylinder 7 Glow plug circuit), P1379 (FICM supply voltage circuit high), U0155 (Lost comm. with IPC control module), P115A
2007 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT 6.0L No Start VIN: 1FTSW21P77
Truck came in for a no restart after being run to temprature and shut off. If truck sets for thirty minutes it will fire up fine. Watching injection pressure in a scan tool it will only build 300psi regulator at 85%. Which I know is not enough and the sign of ...
2002 GMC Savana 3500 8.1L Brake shoes VIN: 1GTHG39GX2
Right rear brake locks up at moderate braking. Removed drums, found right rear shoes worn 80%, drum worn enough to have a lip on outside edge. Wheel cylinder starting to seep but not contaminating shoes yet. Left brake shoes worn 20% and glazed due to wheel cy...
1998 Honda Civic EX 1.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2HGEJ8643W
this vehicle came to our shop and had a p1381 code. he had already had some one else replace a map sensor out of state on a trip then this code emerged. we had replaced the alternator over a month ago already due to a bad bearing. I looked up code and found po... Trouble codes: P1381 (Crank sensor out of range)
2005 Infiniti QX56 5.6L ignition VIN: 5N3AA08C15
Pulled Code P1614 NATS Malfunction. Had Keys And Ignition Programed But Engine Still Does Not Start, It sound like it wants to start like ignition is very retarded. It is getting fuel but intermittent spark.
1991 Jeep Comanche Eliminator 4.0L Rear brake line routing VIN: 1J7FT66S9M
This vehicle had the rear brake lines removed by the customer over two years ago. There are two ports in the proportioning valve that are plugged and clips on the frame for two lines to run to the rear axle. There is a load compensating valve at the rear axle ...
2002 Mercedes-Benz C240 2.6L Throttle VIN: WDBRF61J52
When the vehicle is started it runs for 2 or 3 seconds. Then it shuts off. I have very little Mercedes experience. I was wondering if anyone has come across this issue. I have on Fords and changed the throttle body. Does this sound like t could be the same on ...
2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG 6.0L distronic cruise control VIN: WDBPJ79J15
This car came in with inop ABC system and inop. cruise control/distronic. I fixed the ABC issues, but can't seem to get anywhere with the cruise control. When you attempt to engage the cruise control, the display shows a blinking---mph, followed by the message...
2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6L Starter VIN: WMWRE33516
Vehicle was towed in as a "no start", "no crank", after some diagnostics I decided to replace the Electronic Immobilizer Control Unit (Brand new from local dealer). Now the keys are reconized before they were not. EWS Datastream: starter enabled: NO start...
2003 Nissan Murano SE 3.5L Trans goes into low range default due to VSS error VIN: JN8AZ08W43
Vehicle speed from ABS to TCM does not match the VSS speed of Trans computer so it sets a P1722 code and slams into low range. Very intermittent but it typically has done it on decel or accel at about 35-40 MPH. We did find the TSB for this code and updated th...
2007 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4.0L No Start VIN: 5N1AR18U87
Car towed in with no spark. Changed a crank sensor but no help. This car has injector pulse and you can smell gas at the tailpipe. Exhaust flows while cranking, no theft codes or any codes. This almost seems like it is out of time, but with 70k miles only, I a...
2009 Nissan Murano SL 3.5L Power Lift VIN: JN8AZ18U09
Power liftgate inop, makes no noise, nothing. Powers & grounds to module all good. Was testing and trying, then with door in open position, put screwdriver in latch to close it and it pulled in, then door reconnected motor harness and started working for a bou...
2000 Oldsmobile Alero GL 2.4L Battery VIN: 1G3NL52TXY
Customer stats that after sitting for about 3 days the car wont start. They had the battery replaced and the problem still exists. Customer seems to be convinced that every time it rains the battery goes dead as well. The only other problems i can seem to find...
2007 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7L Replacing camshaft actuator VIN: 5TBRT581X7
I am replacing the right camshaft actuator and cant find timing mark alignment info. I matchmarked everything before dissassembly however when reinstalling camshafts the intake cam is about one tooth from where it was marks on gears are aligned but lobes are n...

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1999 Acura TL 3.2L Engine VIN: 19UUA5642X
2005 Acura MDX Touring 3.5L speedo/odometer VIN: 2HNYD18685
Had to wait for customer to supply used PCM since they did not authorize new Acura part, but PCM fixed the problem and Speedometer and odometer are working. "VSS" sends frequency signal to PCM on one wire, PCM then sends it out to Speedometer on another circui...
2005 Chevrolet Express 2500 6.0L Steering VIN: 1GCGG29UX5
Thank you guys for taking time and offering advice on this van.The fix ended up being new front rotors and brake pads.We had inspected everything in the front end for play and wear.The front wheel bearings had been replaced in the past.We could not find anyth...
1988 Ford F-250 XL 7.5L No Start, No NOID Light VIN: 1FTHF25G1J
First Thank You to AL [...] who replied. The fix was the Computer. As usual with these that are mounted in the firewall, water intrusion killed it. Thanks again everyone !
1994 Ford E-350 Econoline 7.3L No Start VIN: 1FDKE30M7R
We found the fuel pressure was leaking down, The glow plug relay was also bad, and the compression was low the customer isnt sure what he wants to do yet.
2003 Ford F-450 Super Duty Lariat 6.0L Charge Light VIN: 1FDXX47P43
Thank you to all that responded turned out to be the voltage regulator.the reason for the dash light going on and of when cold is the intake heater was cycling on and off until it got warm.The Alt would not put out enough current when heater was on.
2004 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4L Mechanical VIN: 1FTPX14504
Thank you to everyone. Had to put new spark plugs in it, cleaned mass air flow sensor, and air filter. Truck is running great. Thank you all again.
2005 Ford Crown Victoria 4.6L head lamps VIN: 2FAFP71W95
Thanks for all the help! The wig wag module was shorted internally. All the ones I had ran across before had been mounted in the grill but this one was hid behind the glove box.
2007 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4L Communication VIN: 5NPET46C57
Found rubbed thru wire to dlc wayyyy above the mounting spot under the dash. Twisting the harness all the way from the PCM to the other modules and thru the firewall showed it up. Interestingly it was right next to where the alcohol interlock used to be. Hm...
2008 Jaguar XK 4.2L convertible VIN: SAJWA44B08
Gentlemen, I wish to express my great thanks to those who applied! Thank You. Especially Stephen and John, they basically hit it right on! once we put new battery in(top has to be up and in closed position). We manually put top down to re-sync control module. ...
2003 Lexus RX300 3.0L MIL Lamp on, vsc light on VIN: JTJHF10U93
Replies were varied enough to cover the whole evap system, and reinforced to me (and the customer) that I will have to hunt part by part for a possible intermittent fault. Thank you all for taking the time to offer your advice. Trouble codes: P0441, P0442, P0446.
2004 Mercury Grand Marquis GS 4.6L Cruise Control VIN: 2MEFM74W74
Thank you for all the replies. After flow testing at the servo we traced it down to the deactivation switch. 1. out of adjustment, wiggled it around and started working... 2. found a broken wire at the pedal assembly!
2000 Subaru Outback 2.5L Hesitation, Cuts out VIN: 4S3BH6754Y
ok so i believe i got this one fixed. Turns out its good to douple check your imformation.. first of all mitchell and all data have incorret information on test the TPS (but mute point) valuse or backwards,just to note... also when using vedis or iscan scanner...
2003 Toyota Camry SE 2.4L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: 4T1BE32K93
Hello thank you all for your replies especially John, and David it turns out that the wires that broke on injector #2 shorted and ruined the PCM. Replace with used PCM and all is well. Trouble codes: P0302.
1977 Volkswagen Transporter Campmobile 2.0L ex. ports VIN: 2372106729
Thanks to all who replied, especially John who replied very quickly. I do in fact have a later model head which is commonly called a 'square port' head. My supplier has the correct head on the way. I also found some vac. leaks as well as a cracked intake duct ...
1998 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L emissions VIN: 3VWRF81H3W
Could not get the readiness test to pass. I did get an opportunity to talk to a Volkswagon tech assistance and he asked if the EGR would stay open when vacuum applied. I said it would for about 10 seconds. I didn't know if it had a controlled vacuum leak. ...
2000 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L ecm VIN: 3VWSF29M9Y
The customer found his original radio and installed it. This fixed the communication problem. Thanks for all the great tips!
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8L engine VIN: WVWRH63B03
Cylinder leakage test on 3 was 70% . Did pull valve cover and found roller count 15 not 16. Did not check the other bank because salvage yard sending another engine.
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