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1984 BMW 733i 3.2L Mechanical VIN: WBAFF8402E
Hello. To be clear we have a 1984 E28 Chassis, with a 1989 E32 3.5 liter motor installed, which is now Turbo Charged, however the Cooling system is stock. Issue is, all is fine when idling, however the moment you drive it, the temp gauge goes cool and then pe...
1998 BMW 328i 2.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: WBABK8321W
First thing I notice is that this vehicle takes forever to go into closed loop, almost 5 minutes. Coolant temperature does climb to almost 200 and hold steady, takes a little while to get to that temp however I am skeptical on changing a thermostat due to how ... Trouble codes: 1188 (fuel trim bank 1), 1189 (fuel trim bank 2)
2006 Cadillac DTS 4.6L Oil Pan VIN: 1G6KD57Y66
replaced engine oil pan gasket and did not know that this car has something called engine oil manifold. put it back together and the engine started leaking oil between the block and the manifold. was wondering if anybody out there had done one and if you have ...
2002 Chevrolet Impala 3.8L door locks VIN: 2G1WF55K32
This car has come to our shop and the customer complaint is when he gets out of car ( with key in hand) and presses power lock switch the locks will lock and then the drivers door unlocks. I have programmed the locks several times and had no success with this ...
2004 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LS 5.3L Sensor relearn VIN: 3GNFK16Z24
Vehicle came in with tpms light on, found LF sensor dead. Replaced sensor and now can read the data with mac tools tpms tool, but cannot get vehicle to go into learn mode. Tried the light switch and pressure methods of activating relearn mode and no horn chirp...
2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer LS 4.2L Rke VIN: 1GNDS13SX5
This one is for the GM gurus. Customer states that after some body work that her AFTERMARKET RKE system is not working. Our inspection reveals that the aftermarket system has failed. My question is, can we pull this aftermarket system out and flash the body mo...
2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4L Hesitation, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3C8FY68894
Vehicle came for stalling. Had codes P0038/P0032/P0508/P0201/P0304/P0300/P0420... Of Course I cleared them as vehicle was running fine. Had customer do windshield time to save them money. Four days later came in, not stalling but light on. Mis fire P0304. Clea... Trouble codes: P0038, P0032 (O2 Heater), P0508 (Iac)
2007 Chrysler Sebring Touring 2.7L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge VIN: 1C3LC56R57
Hey guys need a little help. Got this chrysler with a 2.7 and 3 months ago the customer had a noise from the front of the engine which turned out to be the water pump. We replaced that along with a timing chain tensioner. Customer recently brought vehicle back... Trouble codes: P0016 (cam crank timing), P0406 (EGR position sensor circuit high), P0300 (multiple misfires)
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"...
2006 Dodge Dakota SLT 4.7L Rack and pinion VIN: 1D7HE48N06
At speeds over 55 mph truck has what feels like a lose or woren idler arm. As the rack and pinion dose not incorperate one I checked for end play and tie rod ends. Tie rod ends are tight. There is play(or side to side tire movement)when motor is not running bu...
2000 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L speedometer VIN: 2FMZA5141Y
I am workingh on this windstar thatthe speedometer is running half speed it has a new speedo head the vss signal to computor is corect also has 2 antilock codes left front wheel speed sensor missing right rear wheel speed sensor missing ,talked to local Ford g...
2003 Ford F-550 Super Duty XL 6.0L No Start VIN: 1FDAW57P63
This is my tow truck and daily driver. The last couple mornings it runs real rough until it warms up then runs great. Now it will not start. Scan data says no sync,if cranked for a long time it sets a cam sensor code. I ohm tested the wires to cam and crank an...
2004 Ford E-350 Super Duty 6.0L Stall VIN: 1FDWE35P24
This box truck came in on a hook from another shop so we cant be sure of all attempted repairs.Engine runs fine until it starts to warm up then dies like you shut the key off.The engine does not surge or stutter & always restarts once the key is shut off.This ...
2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty King Ranch 6.0L No Start VIN: 1FTSW21P45
Thanks in advance for any help, this vehicle had a blown head gasket, we put new head gaskets, ipr was broken so replaced that, but the vehicle does not starts, all the readings seems good, any help would be appreciated. Thanks. Trouble codes: P0261, P0267
2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L Mechanical VIN: 1J4GX48S51
need to replace heater core.have the dash loose but there feels like clip or bolt on the right of dash about in the center holding it .can anyone tell what i missing?
1998 Lexus LX470 4.7L torsion bars VIN: JT6HT00W7W
customer brought vehicle in with a kit made by a company called Arnott.To get rid of automatic level control.Nice looking kit.Lexus told customer like 5 grand to fix. The kit had 4 bilstien shocks and 2 rear coil springs.InSTALLED KIT AND WHEN LET DOWN THE FRO...
1998 Lexus ES300 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: JT8BF28G1W
customer came in several months ago with p0171 and p0420-at that time we replaced fuel filter and cleaned mass air sensor and replaced pcv. did a cat efficiency test with escan which revealed bad customer took it to exhaust shop and had cat and bank one... Trouble codes: P0171
2005 Lexus RX330 3.3L 2-3 shift bad slip
This is a Toyota Alphard fitted with U151F automatic trans-axle similar to that of Lexus RX330. The trans-axle multiple disc clutch (direct clutch) were burnt due to bad oil leak. The trans-axle was subsequently overhauled, the hydraulic system flushed and the...
2001 Mazda Tribute ES 3.0L Hesitation, Surge, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 4F2CU08141
At a loss. Checked fuel system,vacuum leaks,ignition system,egr. All systems passed test. The missfire seems to come and go. Feels like a surge in gear at a stop. When cruising at 50-55 mph no misfire detected. Any help would be appreciated...thinking possibly... Trouble codes: P0303 (Misfire on 3 cylinder)
2007 Mazda CX-7 Touring 2.3L Mechanical VIN: JM3ER29337
HI techs.have a mazda engine noise problem.vehicle came from a chrysler dealer,thet put timing components in for a rattle it's worse.i don't think it's too loud but there.pulled valve cover and inspected vvt gear.per tsb.all looks ok.engine has moder...
2003 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L Brake light on dash
I'v been working on this car for a couple of day off and on. The red brake light stays on and the message center displays warning brake fluid. Test on the park brake switch. Has 12v on one side and ground on the other when praking brake is released. Ground on ...
2005 Mercury Mariner Premier 3.0L parking brake light VIN: 4M2CU56165
the vehicle came in with major oil leak, no electrical problems at all, put the vehicle on the lift replaced oil pan gasket, when i set the vehicle back down, had no power windows, no radio, no power door locks and the parking brake light is on with a message ...
1997 Oldsmobile Achieva SL 2.4L abs VIN: 1G3NL52T2V
This car came to me from another shop that could not fix abs light. I found the module was dead no com. Replaced module now it comunicates and sets lf wheel speed codes found bad wires replaced harness. Now sets lf variation codes replaced lf speed sensor took...
1992 Plymouth Colt Vista SE 2.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: JP3CV50W2N
Car initially came in with 2 codes and an engine stall concern. Found it to have a bad ect sensor and would dump fuel and cause vehicle stall. Replaced sensor and adjusted idle. Car now runs smooth but check engine light comes back with code 15 listed below. T... Trouble codes: 15 (motor position signal out of range), 21 (coolant temp signal out of range)
2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5L starting VIN: 4S4BP61C89
Hello, I think i know which way this will go but i am not sure. This car was towed to us with a no crank condition, tested starter, it's ok, checked only getting 9 volts on small wire at starter, Find starter relay, in the process i realize there is a ER-HC ab...
1996 Toyota Camry DX 2.2L Stall, Misfire VIN: 4T1BG12K4T
I have a camry 2.2l that has a misfire, sputter like symptom with an occasion stall. First it was very interm. Now it seems to be doing it all the time. The misfire and occ. stalling. No codes in system. Items replaced to correct this is as follows. Plugs, wir...

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1971 Chevrolet C20 Pickup 4.1L Hesitation, Cuts out VIN: CS241B6412
It was the carburetor. And yes, I did get it fixed! The main problem was that I had put the metering rod spring on the wrong side for the lifter. (thanks Paul) This caused the metering rod to open MUCH to late. The second problem was a clogged calibration...
2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 6.6L engine temp VIN: 1GCHK23141
Thanx to all that responded, this was a tough one to understand! After replacing the t-stats w/ OE, that was recommended by several of you, although I don't believe the operating temp is what it used to be, it is running 10-15 deg warmer (183) w/ no load cruis...
2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 6.0L Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GCHK23U53
Vehicle is still at the the shop. Tried the two upper oxygen sensors and mass air flow from other truck, still had same problem. Ground strap behind engine was good but still made own ground wire going straigt to battery same problem. Tried 2 pairs of injec... Trouble codes: P0300 (Random multiple misfire).
2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3L lf strut VIN: 3GNFK12307
Thanks for all the help, I ran a jumper wire from the right side connector and left side fault cleared. this narrowed the fault to the new strut i had installed. Replace the strut under parts warranty all all is well.
1999 Chrysler Sebring LXi 2.5L No Start VIN: 4C3AU52N8X
Ok After testing wires and checking powers, grounds, others and etc... Determining that it was highly unlikely my distributor was bad. I went to the junk yard and retrieved a good test computer. Plugged it in and no change.. So after seeing how far I could chu...
1996 Dodge Caravan 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2B4FP2536T
Well this one is a fix. I did check the flywheel but it was fine. I got another vehicle of the same year and middle and checked a known good cam crank signal. My problem van was out of sync with the known good pattern. I had checked the mechanical timing and i... Trouble codes: P1391.
2005 Dodge Durango SLT 4.7L Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1D4HB48N75
I did not see any kind of reasons why it would be using so much fuel. Engine is running sound, no kind of brake drag, it is not stuck in 4WD. He is going to use a different fuel vendor. We will see. Thanks for all the replies
1996 Ford F-350 Eddie Bauer 7.3L No Start VIN: 1FTHF36F4T
Thanks again to all who replied. The short story is the wrong Cam Sensor caused our grief. This is the long part. Sorry I forgot to post the oil pressure specs initially. They were fine. 500 PSI imediately & up to 3000 Psi after cranking a bit. Verifie...
1998 Ford Ranger Splash 3.0L Misfire VIN: 1FTYR14U7W
Thanks for all the replies. This one is still puzzleing me. First of all, the machine shop I used does very good work. The heads came back looking brand new. No grease or oil of any kind on it. The intake manifold I cleaned and was completely dry when I put it... Trouble codes: P0305.
1999 Ford Windstar SE 3.8L All VIN: 2FMDA5247X
Thanks guys, the fix was replace the front and rear electronic module. We found out the rear module been replace about 3 months ago for some lighting issues. I can't explain why both were bad at the same time. It was a used part, maybe it was bad in the first ...
2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L Bearing noise VIN: 1FMEU74E46
We ordered the chassis ear. I was floored, all that noise and steering wheel vibration that sounded like it was from the left front was from the right rear bearing. I hate ford bearings. We have another explorer in the shop for a similar issue. At least I have...
2007 Ford Five Hundred Limited 3.0L ac blower VIN: 1FAHP25147
replaced blower motor resistor & control panell. both were bad. thanks to all who replied.
2007 GMC Envoy SLE 4.2L Engine VIN: 1GKDT13S77
Thank You for all the applies. After removing the lifters, which is an idiotic amount of work when you don't have the tooling to compress the springs and have to remove the cams and chain, 1 exhaust valve lash adjuster was collapsed. It was ~0.200" shorter t...
1999 Honda Accord EX 3.0L emissions VIN: 1HGCG1659X
After canister and solenoids assembly were removed,all solenoids were activated out of the car manually, all hoses were checked for cracks, we re install the assembly and reset ecu, customer hasn't come back jet with a problem so far so good, thank all of you...
2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7L No reverse VIN: 1HGES26741
The BMXA nightmare is gone. Thanks to Ken from Ontario for hitting the nail on the head. The regulator valve body was excessively worn where the mainshaft passes through causing the pressure bypass. We used the original cases and returned the new good used one...
2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire VIN: 1J4GW48S04
The demon has been exorcised! The FIX was to properly set the cam synchronizer. Simple and stupid as that. Rick from Illinois sent the holy water. For reasons unknown, you can set the sync signal to zero by using the DRB 3 but it can still be way off. To pr... Trouble codes: P0351, P0352, P0353.
2010 Kia Soul Sport 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: KNDJT2A26A
Ok customer took back to a different dealer and they replaced her Cat Convertor under warranty. The previous dealer would not do it because the downpipe was hit. Check engine light is now out and vehicle passed inspection. Trouble codes: P0133 (P0133 O2 Sensor Circuit Slow Response Bank 1 / Sensor 1), P0420 (Catalyst System Efficiency below Threshold Bank 1).
2001 Mercedes-Benz C320 3.2L xenon headlights VIN: WDBRF64J11
this Mercedes is gone those headlamps is a poor design there is a module inside the headlight housing it is called sib that can not be replaced without replace headlight assembly. those were the problem . thanks to everyone .
2011 Saab 9-5 Turbo4 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: YS3GN4ARXB
Thanks to all that educated me on the MDI needed to perform diagnostics on this vehicle. We elected not to run out and purchase the equipment based on this particular job, just as Justin suggested. We sent the owner to a GM dealership to see if they could help... Trouble codes: P2135 (Throttle/Pedal Postion sensor/switch A/B voltage correlation).
2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L abs light VIN: WVWVD63B44
Right rear brake light out, replaced bulb. Stop brake fault error message corrected.
2005 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDI 1.9L Mechanical VIN: WVWSR61J45
Thanks to everyone for your valuable input. We found that the clutch disc had part of the lining broken/missing. We replaced the clutch and all is good.
2010 Volkswagen Touareg TDI 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: WVGAK7A92A
Thank you Lou and Mike, you were both right, there is a dealer campaign for these fault codes. I called my man at my local dealer and he told me that the campaign number is "23MI". The customer will be seeing the dealer soon. Again, thanks for the help. Adam Trouble codes: P2453 (Diesel particle filter differential pressure sensor implausible signal), P13D3.
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