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2001 Acura MDX Touring 3.5L Fog lights, Pass Hi beam. DRL VIN: 2HNYD18601
Ok guys, this one has me stumped. I used to enjoy electrical work. I have tried to give as much info as possible. I know I've written a book here but I am just trying to be thorough. This is a Canadian built MDX with DRL. IF YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE DIAGRAM, (wh...
1997 Audi A4 1.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: WAUBB88D9V
We have a P0501 (16885) which is vehicle speed sensor. Speedo works, I understand signal comes from sensor on axle, into instrument cluster, then to various other components. I am assuming the sensor is good as the speedo is working. On scanner Block 005, veh.... Trouble codes: P0501
2007 Audi S4 Cabriolet 4.2L Low oil pressre message VIN: WUARHL48H3
We did some reseal on this engine that was leaking oil. Now we are done and when you just start driving down the road, the oil pressure message comes on. The oil is full. I did remove the oil pressure switch on top of the motor near the filter and manually che...
1995 BMW M3 3.0L No Start VIN: WBSBF0327S
hello guys, I have this m3 that was towed in. The car has very low miles for the year. The customer said he drove it in to where he stores it. The car wouldn't start when he went to get it out. I have no spark, fuel pump control and no injector pulse. I could ...
2009 BMW 750Li 4.4L Supplementa Restraint VIN: WBAKB83539
Have a [...] "Internal Control Unit Fault" code stored. Does not clear, displays in DIC to continue wearing seatbelt but have car restraint system inspected. Does anybody have any info on this?
1994 Buick LeSabre Custom 3.8L Surge, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1G4HP52L9R
Well let me start by telling you guys the normal, car has been to many shops before stopping here. Dealer replaced ignition module and computer down the road, next shop after makret cam sensor ,next shop aftermarket crank sensor, now i have checked wiring from... Trouble codes: P0341 (Cam crank corolation), P1361 (Ignition not tggling)
2003 Buick Century Custom 3.1L instrument cluster VIN: 2G4WS52J93
We installed a kill wire.We cut the purple wire to starter and basically put a switch in between. The switch works great but now we dont have any gauges on the instrument cluster. We unplug the instrument cluster and plug it back in and the cluster works till ...
2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 6.6L engine temp VIN: 1GCHK23141
Cust opted to drive it as it at least gets to 1/4 scale (@ 180)---this is consistent operating temp all the time--summer or winter, just takes longer to get there during the winter & may be slightly cooler! But its too cool in the winter & he would like better...
2006 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2CNDL13F26
O.k. Here we go. Vehicle cam in overheating/ blown head gasket.remove heads set to machine shop for repairs ,reinstall heads , new bolts and gaskets, torque to yield with new snap on wrench, test drive all is well . Five days later customer calls with check en... Trouble codes: P0171 (Lean)
2005 Chrysler Pacifica Touring 3.5L noise VIN: 2C4GM68485
hello everyone i have a strange one in this chrysler when you drive for awhile and stop and turn ignition switch to the off position will hear the asd relay clicking and the manifold valve tuning relay is clicking ans the short runner valve soleniod and the ma...
2008 Chrysler Town & Country LX 3.3L ABS Light VIN: 2A8HR44H68
Good Morning! I have this Chry. van here from another shop, they installed a new ABS module and sent it to us to be programmed/set-up. I am using Wi-tech thru star mobile, tool is current and up to date. I initialized the module with Wi-tech, it said it wa...
1990 Dodge D150 S 3.9L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Poor Fuel Economy, exhaut is black VIN: 1B7GE16X9L
afternoon, looking for help here. truck starts fine and has never stalled, but have a idle issue. Idle is @800-825 rpms and it will pulse heavy fuel spray from both fuel injectors at any given time for no rhyme or reason. Live data from the solus ultra is show...
2007 Dodge Ram 3500 ST 5.9L Hesitation VIN: 3D7MX48C37
Hello Cummins diesel fans, I have a 2007 5.9 Cummins common rail ...1 ton dually truck 4WD truck here giving me grief... Customer bought vehicle over the phone and after picking up truck he brought to me to evaluate truck before he put it into service. After t...
2008 Dodge Sprinter 2500 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: WD0PE845X8
Hi, This Sprinter was in for the swirl valve repair and now it will set the 2011 (MAF deviation too high)code. This code was not present before we repaired the swirl valves. Repair info is very poor on this truck and even with the WiTech, Alldata, Mitchell ... Trouble codes: 2011 (MAF deviation too high)
2009 Dodge Journey SXT 3.5L heater VIN: 3D4GG57V69
This vehicle blows hot air from drivers side but cool air from passenger side when heat is selected. It does not have dual controls. I have scanned it and there are no codes. Is this a blend door problem? If so where is it located? And would it affect only the...
1993 Ford F-150 XL 4.9L Will not take fuel VIN: 1FTDF15Y3P
Hello all, I have an F-150 that will not take fuel in the front tank only, has front and rear tanks. I've verified this customer complaint on two different gas pumps. The front tank will shut off immediately when attempting to fill with gas. I've isolated the ...
2002 Ford Taurus LX 3.0L No Start VIN: 1FAFP55U82
A dealer (used) brought this in today on the hook needing PATS programming (PATS did not recognize either key). Keys programmed successfully. Engine turns over @280 rpms, but I have no injector pulse. KOEO tests produce P1116 (ECT out of range) although it rea...
2003 Ford Focus ZX5 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Stall VIN: 3FAFP37343
Vehicle had a cold air intake installed, witch caused the custumer to reroute the coil and maf/iat sensor wiring causing them to melt on the egr tube. After repairng wires we installed the stock intake system, and repaired colapsed pvc hose. Tested spark and f...
2004 Ford Explorer NBX 4.0L right rear timing chain VIN: 1FMZU73K44
This vehicle is noisy when cold only. Chain sounds loose. Has anyone changed just the hydraulic tensioner and have success? Is there a reason not to try replacing tensioner? Thanks for the help.
2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty FX4 5.4L engine VIN: 1FTNF21555
engine knocks for 3-4 seconds only on first start of the day. inspected all bearings no bearings wiped - all just at max. spec.
2003 GMC Yukon SLE 4.8L Poor Idle Quality, Stall VIN: 1GKEK13V43
Hello everyone! Got this fantastic Yukon here that will stall as long as the accelerator isn't depressed...scanner shows the desired idle to be around 575 RPMs, which is low. Everything else checks out ok. IAC, MAP, MAF, etc. No DTCs current, in history, or pe...
2007 GMC Envoy SLE 4.2L Engine VIN: 1GKDT13S77
I have this Envoy here that has what sounds like a lifter tick when cold. Another tech has checked oil pressure and it is within spec. The oil has been changed using 10w30 and an ACDELCO oil filter. This is the point where it gets handed to me to deal with. I'...
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...
2002 Jaguar X-Type 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: SAJEA51C72
I wish I could be more specific, but do not have Jag specific scan tool, so all info is from a generic tool. Code P2000 comes up with a description on the scan tool of NOX trap efficiency. There is absolutely nothing in Alldata concerning this code (the code i... Trouble codes: P2000 (NOX Trap Efficiency)
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L No Start VIN: 1J4FX58S2T
Hi every body and thank you for your time, I have this 96 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 4,0 engine that doesn`t run. other shop replaced the engine because the original engine was overheated, after replaced the engine, never run again, cranks good, spark is very weak, ...
2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1J4HR58NX6
we have 06 jeep grand cherokee been up and down on this one no exhaust leaks checked cat replaced o2 sensors with oem checked wireing replaced altenator (pos a/c voltage )the only thing we have seen is the voltage on scanner key on engine off B1/1 B2/1 B2/2 vo... Trouble codes: P2096
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.6L door VIN: 1J4RR4GG0B
Hello all! I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee that the passenger front door will not open from the inside or outside. The door does lock and unlock, also unlocks when you pull the door handle from the inside. Looking down through the door you can see the lock, cable...
2003 Mercedes-Benz C240 4Matic 2.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: WDBRH81J83
Hey everybody. I feel like I've been through the ringer on this one. This vehicle has been serviced at our facility for a number of years, never having any major issues. Despite its mileage, the vehicle runs very well and has never missed a beat. It was towed ... Trouble codes: P0141, P0161, P2009, P2089
2001 Mitsubishi Galant GTZ 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 4A3AA46HX1
We have a 2001 mitsubishi galant gtz 3.0l Automatic with codes for input/output shaft speed sensor circuit faults also one for the transmission range switch open. When shifting into reverse the transmission bangs into gear and doesn't slip, when trying to driv... Trouble codes: P0715, P0720, 27 (Transmission range switch open)
2002 Mitsubishi Montero Limited 3.5L turn signals VIN: JA4MW51RX2
hellow ,please i need help with this montero,every time i turn the blinkers left or right,all the blinkers work.i have replaced the integrated module tha is mouted by the driver fuse block,replaced the turn signal swith with no luck,please advice of any possib...
2005 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 3.8L turn signals rear VIN: 2G2WS52255
We have no turn signals at rear of car only in the front.Brake lights work some times.Blinker blinks light a bulb is out.When hazard switch is pushed the front blinks normal still no rear.So we replaced turn signal switch.No different in blinker.Any help would...
2004 Porsche Cayenne 3.2L Transfer case VIN: WP1AB29P64
Vehicle came in stuck in low range 4x4 with 4x4 faulty message on instrument panel red led lit up on switch and 4x4 indicator on in inst panel.Replaced transfer case servo motor and worked the couple of times I tried it.Customer picks up vehicle and t case get...
2002 Saturn L200 2.2L Engine VIN: 1G8JU54F52
Thanks in advance for all the help.My name is John from John`s Automotive in Garden City,MI.I have an 2002 Saturn L200 2.2l w/ a bad motor...I also have a 2004 Pontiac Sunfire with a 2.2l with a good motor (low miles).Both are F motors.My question is,will the ...
2001 Toyota RAV4 2.0L Light on VIN: JTEGH20V21
Customer came in with a frayed driver side seat belt. Air bag light was not on when car came in. Replace belt with used unit. Halfway through job realized belt was wrong. After putting old belt back in code P0135 had set. Figured I would deal with light when t...
2005 Volkswagen Beetle GLS TDI 1.9L Power Loss VIN: 3VWCR31CX5
Occasional loss of power and sets P0299 code. I think I have a BEW engine. When applying vacuum to the "waste gate" it leaks vacuum and doesn't hold as good as I think it should. This waster gate is called a vnt and is a kind of regulator operated by vacuum to... Trouble codes: P0299

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2000 Acura TL 3.2L 1-2 shift ; D3/3rd gear ; other upshifts VIN: 19UUA5665Y
Thanks for the responses guys. Thanks Matt, that's the most specific information yet, and completely accurate. Finally put a countershaft speed sensor on it since that was the only other confirmed fix on identifix I could find externally for this issue. It wou...
2008 BMW 135i 3.0L water pump
thanks for everyone help, I did remove the thermostat housing and then access to the bolt of the waterpump, the spot is still very tight, ..I have no idea why they love to put in such a good spot... so everyone have a great time to play with it..
2008 Cadillac DTS 4.6L Headlamps VIN: 1G6KD57Y38
Ordered aftermarket plug-in replacements "direct fit" from Keystone Automotive. Worked great for one day and my D-side HID bulb committed suicide by burning up. Have a warranty one on it's way. You just have to love aftermarket oversea's parts.
2007 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9L bcm
Well this one is fixed and was a lesson learned. I bought a new BCM from GM and had a local dealer reprogram it. As a matter of fact I pulled out the bad one and left the new one on the seat for the dealer to install. For those of you who added your input I do...
2008 Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie 6.7L Exhaust brake VIN: 3D7MX38AX8
Thanks for the replies. I ended up replacing the turbo actuator and this seemed to solve the problem. Turns out the reman turbo I had just installed had a reman actuator on it. This truck can apply the exhaust brake at idle but only when engine temp is bel...
2002 Ford Focus ZTS 2.0L Auto adjusting VIN: 1FAFP383X2
Big thanks to all. I was glad to see all the responses covered all angles of this system. But the fix was the drum, Gerry was spot on the shoes were flexing due to oversize drum and not having enough clearance when relaxed.
2002 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L Start VIN: 1FAFP53UX2
2003 Ford E-450 Super Duty Custom 7.3L long crank VIN: 1FDXE45F93
As per on suggestion, I took an old ICP sensor and welded a shop air fitting to it, then plugged in an air hose and went home for the night. I the morning, I could hear air escaping, and found it to be from little (weep?) holes on the bottom of the injector. I...
2004 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4L low brake pedal VIN: 1FTPW14584
Thanks for all the advice on the truck , it seems there was a rear caliper seized but to top it off there was a very worn front bearing that was allowing the pads to move in and out depending on wheel movement in and out causing a low pedal. .thanks again folk...
1998 GMC Jimmy Envoy 4.3L PWM TCC Solenoid VIN: 1GKDT13W5W
Well, after completing every test I could, I dropped trans pan to see if by some strange reason there might be a short at the internal harness. But alas, all was well there also. Pulled the PWM TCC solenoid to bench test cold & hot. Checked out fine but since ...
2004 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0L crankshaft VIN: KMHDN46D04
Well, the car is running again. Turned out thrust bearing was the culprit. Chris from New Jersey was dead on. Crank could not move far enough to push seal out. As crank moved forward, oil channel did close up and increase oil pressure. Unfortunately, when i re...
1999 Infiniti G20 2.0L No Start, Poor Idle Quality VIN: JNKCP11A4X
OK this car is fixed, the problem was created. Some one have put number 26 (10amp fuse) into slot 29. This number 26 10 amp fuse is for start signal to ecm. I'm guessing the ecm needs to know this to switch on other things. This signal comes from the ignition ...
2004 Isuzu Rodeo S 3.2L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 4S2CK58W44
We tested the fuel for alcohol and found about 8% which is normal. We changed the intake gaskets which were leaking but did not fix the problem. We disconnected at different times every sensor on the vehicle none had an effect. We checked ignition timing and a... Trouble codes: P0116 (Ect out of range), P0101 (Maf/vaf range performance).
1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0L security alarm
Lights and horn go off with the alarm. There are 2 purple with yellow tracer wires besides the left kick panel.I grounded the wrong one(4" inside from the kick panel) the first time and the alarm light still came on when I locked the doors with the remote. ala...
1995 Lexus GS300 3.0L Excessive Emissions VIN: JT8JS47E4S
The lexus is fixed. Thanks to all who replied, The problem with this vehcile was that the computer would never go into closed loop, after checking thermostat operation and adding propane while driving on dyno this vehicle still would only go into closed loop ...
1990 Mercedes-Benz 300TE 3.0L right rear c.v. axle VIN: WDBEA90D5L
Sorry for the delayed response. After reinspecting the suspension and all related components, we determined that we had to install another new axle shaft and test drive the vehicle to either duplicate the failure, or determine if we had just received a defecti...
1997 Nissan Pickup 2.4L Vacuum Control Bypass Valve VIN: 1N6SD11S4V
Problem is fixed after customer replaced his own thermostat. Check engine stays off since and passed California smog inspection. Thanks CG from Sacramento, CA
2006 Subaru Outback R VDC Limited 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 4S4BP85CX6
Found that MAF sensor was the fault, before i replaced sensor stft at idle was hovering around 3.0% on both banks, under load they shot up to around 25 to 30%. Because fuel pressure was correct i diagnosed problem as MAF sensor, After replacing MAF stft under ... Trouble codes: P0171, P0174 (System too lean bank 2).
2011 Subaru Forester XT Touring 2.5L Intake camshaft position timing VIN: JF2SHGGC1B
We very much appreciate all of the great advice you guys have provided. Unfortunately our problem was a little more ridiculous than anyone would've guessed. Subaru decided to spin the engine around 180 degrees on newer Foresters and its not apparent in any li...
2005 Toyota Corolla XRS 1.8L No Start VIN: 2T1BY32E35
I want say thank you to each of you that took the time to read my help request, this Toyota finally is running again, customer took the vehicle to the dealer, they installed a new pcm, programmed and engine starts and runs, so basically the rebuilt computer is...
2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3L Master Cylinder VIN: JTEGW21A07
I recieved 8 replies and I was going to apply the information recieved, unfortunatley the customer never gave us the chance to apply any of the info-The customer took the vehicle back and we haven't seen it since-I have saved all the info recieved if the vehic...
1997 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWRA81HXV
This vehicle originally came in for no start. Check engine light came on after I repaired no start problem, so customer already pick-up his vehicle, may be back again when comes to smog. Thanks CG in Sacramento CA Trouble codes: P1420 (Manufacturer specific code), P1452 (Manufacturer specific code).
1991 Volvo 740 T 2.3L Crank Seal VIN: YV1FA8744M
rechecked pcv system hoses and nipple,noted that pcv box/oil separator had been replaced previously.isolated boost from intake and rechecked and pulled vacuum at intake side.beleive boost pushing into crankcase do to worn rings.customer declined repaired and o...
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