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2005 Acura TL 3.2L Tachometer/Speedo VIN: 19UUA66275
Hello Acura techs, The customer reports that this problem has happened 3 times in 6-8 months.Its been over 500 miles since it happened again. The speedo quit along with the tach, all other gauges worked along with the cluster backlighting and the PRNDL indicat...
2006 BMW 530xi 3.0L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Stall VIN: WBANF73586
Customer stated vehicle died while driving at highway speed. Stated Traction DCS and 4WD messages came on info display. Would not restart and had vehicle towed in. When starting, car will start and run for about 1 second (gets to about 1400 rpm then quits). So... Trouble codes: P0A38, P2AAB, P2AA8
2007 BMW 525xi 3.0L Transfer Case VIN: WBANF33537
The vehicle came in with the engine light coming on and off for about a week and information on the info center. We found the transfer case bad with the fluid burnt. We replaced it with a very low mileage used unit. It worked fine BUT about a week later the cu...
1997 Buick Century Limited 3.1L Misfire VIN: 2G4WY52M5V
This Buick will exhibit a misfire. The misfire only happens once or maybe twice per incidence, but is definitely noticeable when it does occur. It is an abrupt misfire, but runs completely smoothly at all other times. The misfire counter will usually count on ...
2004 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LS 5.3L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, MIL Lamp on, will not shut off VIN: 3GNFK16Z14
I installed a used vin T engine in this Suburban that had a vin Z engine in it. I used the original harness and injectors and fuel rails. Now I got all sorts of weird problems. The above codes come back when started after being cleared. It starts and runs fair... Trouble codes: U1064 (loss BCM VTD DIM PZM /or SBM data), U1041, U1026, U0107, P0200, P0230
2005 Chevrolet Astro 4.3L Mechanical VIN: 1GCDM19X95
i have a 2005 astro van 4.3 and it keeps showing number one misfire it has been to just about every shop in the richmond area and has a stack of repair orders that have shown they have replaced all injectors,fuel meter body,fuel pump and filter,fuel pressure r...
2007 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9L bcm
Disconnected the battery to do the stated work. When we finished and re-connected the battery the key won't return to the lock position, it won't start, the door locks and the windows don't work the interior lights don't work, it won't shift from park and ther...
1999 Dodge Durango SLT 5.9L No Start, No communication VIN: 1B4HS28Z2X
This has me baffled. I have been working on CCD bus systems since I started at a Chrysler dealer in the late 1980's. I have no communication with the PCM by scan tool. I can communicate with other modules including ABS, CTM, I/P, and air bag. I have a "no bus"...
2000 Dodge Ram 1500 Van 3.9L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out VIN: 2B7HB11XXY
looking for a little help here from the domestic techs. I've got a '00 Dodge ram 1500 van with a 3.9 engine. towed in; cranks but won't start. fuel pressure a little low at 42 psi. ignition components weak. replace cap, rotor, coil, plugs, etc. spark now good....
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Sport 5.9L MIL Lamp on
truck came in with evap code gross leak and nvld code, smoke test it, found hoses on top of cannister rupture and proceed to change it, then the code for nvld p1494 continue to appear replace nvld pump, i have replaced these pumps a lot, unfortunately our smok... Trouble codes: 1494 (nvld switch or mechanical problem)
1998 Ford Ranger Splash 3.0L Misfire VIN: 1FTYR14U7W
Need some help on this misfire. I did a valve job on this truck 3 months ago. At the time engine was running rough.Did a compression test and showed 2 cylinders with no compression. Did the job and engine ran great. So, it comes back in with #5 misfire. I chec... Trouble codes: P0305
2003 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4L convertor VIN: 1FTRX08L83
First off thank you all for any help. Vehicle dies when put into any gear. If you give it gas in gear it acts like a break stand, but will then drive ok as soon as you come to a stop it dies again. replaced tcc and no change, no codes and tcc solenoid is readi...
2003 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L sliding door entry lights VIN: 2FMZA51493
This one has been stumping me for a few days now. Thanks in advance for everyone that helps make this site what it is. So the vehicle got towed in, i jumped it and drove it in. battery tested extremely weak, we put a new battery in it. So i checked the system ...
2005 Ford E-350 Super Duty 6.0L Hesitation, Surge VIN: 1FTSS34P55
Engine has hesitation and surge on light acceleration intermittently along with white / blue smoke out tail pipe when problem occurs. Have monitored FICM main volts - 47.5 and input volts 13.5 when problem occurs. Also monitored ICP desired and actual - they m... Trouble codes: P0266, P1378
2010 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT 6.4L Unknown VIN: 1FTSW2BR7A
Complaint was a misfire coming up to a stop and pulling away from a stop. There are no codes stored in any of the modules. I test drove truck and the best way I can describe it is the grab/release feeling you get with a really bad brake rotor except it will do...
2012 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0L air bag system VIN: 1FTFW1EF4C
Brought truck in, air bag light is on, with IDS scanned, pulled codes for stage 1 and 2 deployment control circuit open. Also, codes for passenger and drivers seat belt pretensioner control circuit open. Read pids for these on IDS all four came up with 65 ohms...
2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7L No reverse VIN: 1HGES26741
First built trans in Feb, came back in late Sept on the hook, barely engage enough to pull in bay, tore down to find 2nd clutches burnt, cleaned up, replaced burnt clutches, back in vehicle, drove, felt as though there was 2nd gear start off and would pull sli...
2001 Jaguar S-Type 4.0L battery VIN: SAJDA01P71
Has drain 3.8 ma after key off for about 1 min .drops to 1.8 ma after 30 min or so .have found bulletin s4 1013 .has good info but I pulled all the fuses one at a time. only one that makes a big difference is the gem module fuse . I know somethings not letting...
1995 Lexus GS300 3.0L Excessive Emissions VIN: JT8JS47E4S
Vehicle failed smog test for excessive nox at 15 and 25 mph, No codes in computer but I can induce a code. Vehicle will not go into closed loop o2s respond when propane is added. Scan tool shows vehicle in open loop at all times and on dyno. idle switch operat...
1997 Lincoln Mark VIII 4.6L taillights&parking lamps VIN: 1LNLM91V0V
Car was towed in for no brake lights & stuck in park. Would blow fuse for brake lights as soon as replaced. found ballast in the deck lid shorted, disconnected & car starts fine fine & brake lights work There is no taillights or parking lights Car belongs to a...
2004 Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor 1.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: WDBRN40J64
Car initially came in with several codes lean and rich, also codes for oxygen sensors, first we smoke checked car and found a hose blown off by the supercharger, thought we had it diagnosed, replaced hose, rechecked for vacuum leaks, found none, test drove car... Trouble codes: P0172, P2058
2007 Mini Cooper S 1.6L ex camshaft VIN: WMWRH33597
car came in with cam bolt broke on exhaust sprocket. Replace bolt and less than a min of first start up bolt broke again. What can bind the camshaft up. Run good for 45 sec. journals looked good.
1997 Nissan Pickup 2.4L Vacuum Control Bypass Valve VIN: 1N6SD11S4V
Vehicle came in with trouble code po450- evap pressure sensor problem. Found charcoal broken apart and saturated in purge line. Replaced evap canister and vent control valve( located on top of canister). After 50 miles of driving, check engine light came back ...
2006 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1N6AD06W26
checked the grounds. checked for exhaust leaks. checked the heater circuit. code resets randomly 20 mins later to 2 weeks later. Trouble codes: P0153
2001 Oldsmobile Aurora 3.5L Radio VIN: 1G3GR64H71
Greetings, Had to disconnect battery on this one and radio ended up locking me out. Is there any way to unlock other than using TECH2 (according to dealer)? Any help would be greatly appreciated, Jordon
1987 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 5.7L fuel injection
This Trans Am runs rough all the time. it appears that it is running lean by virture of the integrator and block learn numbers. I checked Vacuum it is @ 19" @idle, 0"@snap throttle, bounces up to 24" and stabilizes back @19. I smoked theintake, found 2 small v...
1999 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8L Unknown
This corolla arrived to workshop , the costumer compliant that when he drive on the highway at 90km/h the the auto trans not changing to over drive mode and it stuck on 3rd gear.and the engine rpm is 3000-3500 rpm. tried to access for codes but this car not co...
1998 Volkswagen Cabrio GLS 2.0L engine VIN: 3VWBA81E5W
Hard to start, start when it is cold . It turns over fine but it takes two to three cycles of the key before it will fire up. I have changed plugs, ign. Wires, air and fuel filters, dist.cap, rotor, used a three chemical upper intake cleaning kit. Checked cool...
2002 Volkswagen EuroVan MV 2.8L low manifold vacuum VIN: WV2NB47022
It was noticed that when the vehicle is started cold and put into reverse or drive there is no brake vacuum assist. Verified no vacuum leaks in brake booster or vacuum line from manifold to booster. Verified all one way vacuum valves were working correctly and...
2004 Volvo XC70 2.5L Surge, Stall, Oil Consumption VIN: YV1SZ59H04
Car just threw P2188 and OCCASIONAL rough idle at 191000. Also found P2187 pending. Also found almost 3 quarts oil low! No leaks evident. No smoke. We did oil change and rigorously check levels and for leaks during such service. Car drives great under stres... Trouble codes: P2188 (Presented - ECM-262A - Fuel Trims Out of Range), P2187 (Pending - ECM-262A - Fuel Trims Out of Range)

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1999 BMW 528i 2.8L Poor Idle Quality, Low power VIN: WBADM6333X
Problem fixed, turns out that when i installed the crank lock pin I wedged it between a large hole and torque converter bolt thinking i had it in the right spot... Dead wrong, i used a fancy bore scope to finally find the correct hole to pin the fly wheel and ... Trouble codes: P1397 (Camshaft position sensor B circuit).
2004 BMW 545i 4.4L Poor Idle Quality VIN: WBANB33554
Firstly thanks for all the help, you guys are great. The intake and exhaust sensors on bank one were in the wrong place. After swapping them I started the vehicle and it ran as it was supposed to. Thanks again for all the responses. Trouble codes: 27BB, 2731 (function camshaft control inlet bank 1).
2004 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3L Transfer Cas VIN: 1GNEK13Z34
I would like to thank everybody for taking the time to reply. In the past I have replaced just the sensors. I did not see this being the problem this time as the data was reading correctly in knew it was in 4Hi. I did check the grounds and they were clean and ...
2005 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FAFP25195
You would think that with all the technology today, (cars almost drive themselves), that they could come up with a more direct monitoring system. I first tried a new mass airflow sensor to no avail, still the same. I had dealer reflash performed & so far no mo... Trouble codes: P2544, P0171, P0174.
2006 Ford Escape Limited 3.0L No Start VIN: 1FMCU04126
This vehicle was fixed by replacing broken timing chain guide, tensioner and arm. After confirming fuel pressure,volume and spark, compression,I thought timing could be off and that was confirmed by vacuum readings of near zero. A lot of responses said they ha...
2006 GMC Canyon SLE 2.8L Engine VIN: 1GTDS19896
thanks to everyone for their replies this one is fixed for good had two problems the rattling was coming from the timing chain tensioner which was an after market part the tensioner was bleeding out over night I bought one from the dealer which works perfectly...
2008 Honda CR-V EX 2.4L wont accerlerate VIN: 5J6RE48798
Well we were never able to duplicate the problem. The customer even volunteered to drive the car around with our scanner hooked up to see if we could catch anything when and if it happened. He drove it 2 days doing his errands and nothing. We discussed the pos... Trouble codes: P2135, P2101.
1989 Jeep Wrangler 4.2L Alternator VIN: 2J4FY29T3K
It always feels good to resolve these headaches before heading into the weekend! Thank you for the replies and a special thanks to Louis for calling, that's never happened before! First I didn't mention in the post but I did try a new alternator with no cha...
2005 Subaru Outback i 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: 4S4BP61C75
This vehicle is fixed. I apologize for posting this, I should have looked a little further sooner, and I would have found the problem without posting and wasting your time. What I found was, a loose terminal in the connector of the new air/fuel sensor. It was... Trouble codes: P0154 (O2 Sensor Circuit open Bank 2 Sensor).
2005 Toyota Matrix 1.8L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 2T1LR30E25
Thanks for all of your help. As it turns out, two of the evap purge hoses were switched. once rerouted, car ran like a dream, going right into closed loop. Incidently, we had checked the throttle body as so many of you were leaning towards. Thanks again.
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