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1994 Cadillac DeVille 4.9L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1G6KD52B5R
I will keep this short and simple. I have been working on this caddy for a while now and have ruled out everything more than once or twice in most cases. I have performed voltage drop tests on both the power and grounds for both the pcm and engine: ie engine g...
1981 Chevrolet Corvette 5.7L Buzzer VIN: 1G1AY8760B
The buzzer for the seat belts, key-in, and doors will not shut off when key is removed. When ignition is put into the "run" position, the timer shuts the buzzer off. This seems to indicate that the switch inside the steering column is defective. However, that ...
2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GCEK14V7Y
Hi Folks: This truck has a reoccurring mil with P0171 and P0174, lean banks 1 and 2. Engine starts and runs perfectly with no symptoms. First, I replaced the fuel filter because fuel pressure was 2 psi low. No effect. Then I replaced the fuel pressure regulato... Trouble codes: P0171, PP017
2005 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LT 5.3L filling gas VIN: 1GNEC16Z25
When I put gas into the tank the pump shuts down as is it is full.
2009 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 3.6L Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GNER33D89
This is our shop vehicle,originally set this DTC and found one of the post cat o2 sensor's heater shorted.I chose to replace all four of them as the vehicle has been trouble free and they are all the same age.The mil stayed off for several weeks ,then intermit... Trouble codes: P2099 (lean)
1998 Chrysler Sebring LXi 2.5L converter VIN: 4C3AU52N5W
Hey guys, I got this problem child from a local trans shop. They installed a new solenoid pack, code returned, they sent it to me. Following diagnostic procedure as outlined in Mitchell ProDemand for P0740 (trans code 38 lockup control), the first step is inst...
1999 Chrysler Town & Country LX 3.8L coolant in f VIN: 1C4GP54L7X
Transmission cooler allowed coolant to get into trans. Fluid like a milk shake.Removed pan and filter to get some of the fluid out. Does anyone think it would be worth putting new filter in and fluhing unit. Engine also got fluid in coolant. I am not a trans. ...
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Van 5.2L Transmission VIN: 2B6HB11Y41
This van was towed in would not move. Transmission did nothing in forward or reverse. Had code P0601 and Code P1740. The next morning went out transmission worked fine pulled in shop check levels (ok). On test drive shifted fine no slip no hesitation. Come to ...
2003 Dodge Dakota 3.9L Interior Heat VIN: 1D7FL16XX3
I have checked the fan clutch, it is working properly. While idling, temp at the vent is 100f. While driving, the temp drops at least 20f, within six (6) miles.
2006 Dodge Charger 2.7L cooling sys. VIN: 2B3KA43R86
hello techs, happy new year, i have a leak at the water housing at the top of the engine, it has a pipe that goes threw the middle of the engine,to the back to a heater hose, tried to look it up found nothing, i no you have to move this pipe forword about two ...
2009 Dodge Avenger SE 2.4L Cuts out VIN: 1B3LC46B99
Vehicle will cut out ONLY on ACCELERATION. feels like ignition feed dropping out for split second as dash warning lights come on then off, all gauges also drop out. very intermittent. When vehicle ran with data logger(c-reader)nothing was recorded. We have rem...
1996 Ford E-250 Econoline 4.9L ignition VIN: 1FTFE24Y0T
I have a running donor vehicle and swapped the coil, distributor, and ecm. Not sure where to look now. Ignition switch is working because I get 12 volts on both wires going into the coil. Any advice is greatly appreciated!
2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L Hpop VIN: 1FTNX21F11
Hi everyone, I have here a 01 7.3L with an oil leak again at the top LH corner of the hpop mounting gasket {as if you are sitting in the seat} the 2 bolts were still torqued with no issues in the threads. I have checked the mounting flange of the pump this tim...
2002 Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L Stall VIN: 1FTSW31F12
Hello and thanks for reading this request. I have a 2002 Ford F-250 pickup that our Toyota dealership sold recently. New customer states engine just quits running intermittently and won't restart for a while, but then runs fine for no particular length of time...
2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty XL 6.0L Power Steering And power brakes
Hey Guys, As you can see by my lengthy repair history I have no assist for power steering or brakes at idle ONLY. after about 1000 RPM all is good but there is zero at idle. My gut feeling is the pump crapped the bed but it worked so well when I backed it ou...
2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FAFP53295
I have this Taurus I replaced the air flow sensor on due to a IAT code due to an intermittent reading. I honestly don't know what the fuel trim was before the repair or right after as I was focused on the IAT. The vehicle was driven almost 200 miles before the... Trouble codes: P0172 (system rich bank one.)
2006 Ford E-350 Super Duty 6.0L Surge, Delayed upshift VIN: 1FTSS34P36
I fix almost one Ford 6.0 diesel a week, and this van has me stumped. Surges most of the time at part throttle and lacks power. Upshift is frequently delayed part throttle. No codes to speak of. Passes turbocharger test and EGR test on my Ford IDS. Power balan...
2001 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GKEK63U41
This came in with a rough idle, misfire, to stall, and mil on when cold and hot. Replaced ignition wires that were scored, replaced both front o2s because they were stuck at 20 to 50 mV all the time. The misfires are gone, it runs great on the road but it has ... Trouble codes: P0171, P0174
2008 GMC Sierra 1500 WT 5.3L hydraulic brakes VIN: 2GTEC13J78
Truck came in for routine maintenance with no issues. After performing brake fluid flush with vacuum evacuator hooked to bleeder valves, truck has no brake pedal. Bleeding brakes manually produces a significant amount of air from front brake caliper bleeder va...
2005 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.7L MIL Lamp on
trk brought to shop w/mil lite on and a concern for a 1800 rpm idle @ cold start up. coolant temp sensor code present. check @ coolant sensor plug for 5v reference signal, ok. pulled t/stat off to check for being stuck open,ok. did back pressure test on both c... Trouble codes: P0420, P0128, P0118, P0700
2006 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5L Poor Idle Quality VIN: KM8SC73E96
Hello All This car is fixed. I wanted to share with you our experience with this vehicle in hope of saving someone from a headache. Car arrived with a check engine lite on and running poor. Found DTC for cylinder miss fires and EGR low flow.Inspection of t...
2003 Land Rover Range Rover HSE 4.4L door locks/parasitic draw VIN: SALME11453
hi all thanks for the help in advance. got a dual problem car here. I have to resort to manual testing everything cause our jaguar/BMW/range rover tool is down and our I-SCAN doesn't give me door lock pids. all door locks are in-op. the key in cylinder drivers...
2005 Scion tC 2.4L No heat from right side of dash VIN: JTKDE17755
This one has got me scratching my head. Customer complaint of no heat from passenger side if vehicle. Verified about a 50 deg difference in temp from all outlets on right side. Replaced cabin air filter. Verfied all actuators movings. This system doesnt have d...
2005 Subaru Baja Turbo 2.5L Hesitation, Noise VIN: 4S4BT63CX5
Subura came in 3 months ago with a customer diagnosed bad turbo, he had already bought turbo online and just wanted turbo installed. Installed turbo test drove was a little sluggish felt like vehicle had clogged cat customer did not want a diagnoses. Customer ...
2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5L Engine VIN: JF1SG636X7
Been a real test of sanity this one! We soley specialize in Subaru and really do concentrate on all things Subaru. It's long winded but I'll do my best to cover every detail! I really hope we can get this customer on their way, I appreciate any and ALL help. J...
2004 Toyota Tacoma 3.4L Weight Sensing Propotioning Valve VIN: 5TEWN72N94
truck came in with almost no brakes. This truck is obviously from up north as it is extremely rusted, underbody and frame. The brake system has a leaking line at the weight sensing proportioning valve. I know we are probably getting ourselves into a major head...
2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5L coolant flow valve VIN: JTDKB20UX8
after replacing the sensor listed above in repairs, mil light comes back on after the 2 drive cycles, after checking the system again I think that the water control valve might not be reading is attached to the bottom of the chs tank and dealer s...
2008 Toyota Prius Touring 1.5L park lights VIN: JTDKB20UX8
no parking or tail lamps no plate lites.can hear relay click in body modulewhen turn park lights on,dash lights and radio lights dim like getting park light signal.turn signals and brake lights work headlamps work.with scan tool connected can see switch on and...
2005 Volvo XC70 2.5L oil consumption VIN: YV1SZ59245
I tried to search the archives for oil use on Volvo but all replies deal with the breather box,the turbo was seized when I got the car.the breather hose to the head was gone.I can't run the engine very long in the day time because it smokes out the other busin...

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2005 Chrysler 300 Limited 3.5L key fob VIN: 2C3JA53G65
The group all most to a person recomends changing the FOB. I did get a good idea to use some kind of RF meter to detect if the FOB is stuck transmitting. So I will just order a new FOB thanks for the ideas and help
2006 Chrysler Pacifica 3.5L Misfire, MIL Lamp on
Haven't heard from customer since initial visit. Was going to confirm injector resistance and ground wire resistance. Resistance for ground wire may have been 5 ohms ...not 5k. I was just looking for something a lot more, so just took a quick glance at read... Trouble codes: P0201.
2007 Chrysler Town & Country Touring 3.8L No Start VIN: 2A4GP54L27
Vehicle was sent to local chrysler dealership and they did a Restore Vehicle Configuration and vehicle's VIN was restored and vehicle started. Thanks for all the responses Trouble codes: P0531 (Invalid Skim Key).
2001 Daewoo Nubira SE 2.0L Steering VIN: KLAJB52Z11
Good day All , this one is fixed. Most replies were for mount configaration , steering shaft, control arms plus the "normal" stuff. Steering shaft was a little binding , lubed and freed , engine/transaxle assy moved all kinds of ways , brakes, subframe/struts ...
2001 Dodge Caravan SE 3.3L No Start VIN: 1B4GP25301
well i am going to close this one out because we got insurance involved and they are going to total it i'm sure of it.. i will never know the mystery of this one. there were not burn marks on it like lightning thank you all for the information. hope it helps s...
2002 Dodge Ram 2500 5.9L Excessive Emissions, Stall, Misfire VIN: 3B7KF26Z02
sorry for the delay on closing this post, it's just a plow truck. it turned out to be the distributer was no good causing the timing to go wacky intermitently, why it acted up only hot is still a mystery to me. thank you all who replied. Trouble codes: P1391.
2004 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4L Noise VIN: 1FTPW14534
This one is fixed and out the door. Several of the replies were right on the money telling us the alternator was the culprit. We replaced it with a Motorcraft unit right from Ford. Once we had the old unit off, you could feel a roughness in the bearings when y...
1999 Isuzu Rodeo LS 3.2L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 4S2CK58W7X
Apparently the IAC was sticking upon initial start up causing the high idle. This was replaced and haven't had an problem since. Thanks for all the help guys. Trouble codes: P0101 (MAF sensor circuit performance), P0401.
1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.0L No Start VIN: 1J4GZ78S0W
thank you for all the replies. for those that read the original, the problem was there before the bcm was replaced. the dealer confermed that the bcm we did put in is the correct one for the jeep. I still beleive the theft was set before we ever worked on it. ...
2004 Land Rover Range Rover HSE 4.4L No Start VIN: SALME11424
After rechecking everything one last time...While checking fuel pressure I thought it smelled funny. Pumped some into a bottle and had contaminants in it.Customer initially brought the car on near empty...flushed tank and lines and boom truck started right up....
2002 Mitsubishi Montero Limited 3.5L turn signals VIN: JA4MW51RX2
thank all of you for replying,it took so long to answer becouse costumer had take vehicle,all of you were at the right path,ended being the wrong conections were made to adapt a trailer conector.
2000 Nissan Quest GLE 3.3L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 4N2XN11TXY
The vehicle is gone. Long story short distributor timing makes a big enough difference that the customer has taken the vehicle back. It still has the same problem, and it's just as bad as it ever was, but I can't change customer politics. Have checked almost e... Trouble codes: P1105 (MAP/Baro out of range).
2004 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5L MIL Lamp on, Extended crank VIN: 1N4BA41E84
After replacing the cam sensor the Nissan tech help suggested that we replace the ECM They said they did have problems with this and some other years. He recommended a new one otherwise a used one would have programing issues that need to be addressed at the d... Trouble codes: P0340 (Cam sensor error).
2011 Nissan Altima S 2.5L max rpm's of 1500 VIN: 1N4AL2EP3B
customer had to come and p/u car due to time frame on getting son back to army base and was taking it to dealer for repairs. will post further info on what repairs were done when i hear back from him and pass along info. thanks for all the help! Trouble codes: C1130, P2128, P2138.
1990 Oldsmobile 98 Regency 3.8L Column VIN: 1G3CX54CXL
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