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2008 Acura MDX 3.7L navigation/ radio VIN: 2HNYD28458
well I have this mdx here that the battery kept going dead. one day the lady and her mother jumped started it back words. Towed it here I spent a few hours replacing fuses including the main fuse. then I put a new battery in checked for a draw had a 300ma draw...
1997 BMW 528i 2.8L Electronic VIN: WBADD6325V
Car came in intermittent shifting problems, after inspecting found harness on safety switch was bad. All of the insulation was gone off of wires. Replaced neutral safety switch. Still does not want to shift. I can manually shift it and it will work but can not...
2005 BMW 745Li 4.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: WBAGN63545
Car came in with cel light on. Scanned and replaced cam sensor for right bank. Can moniter cam adaptation and the reading is same as bank one. but will throw pending p0365 code almost immediately. Have to drive for about 2 miles and light will come back on.Has... Trouble codes: P3656
2006 BMW X5 3.0i 3.0L auto light function VIN: 5UXFA13506
Good evening guys, I have a x5 thats kicking me around. Customer had a new windshield and rain sensor installed. They brought it to us to have the rain sensor intialized. I have done this before with no issues. The problem with this car after I intialize the r...
2004 Buick Rendezvous Ultra 3.6L Complete system VIN: 3G5DB03764
I know you guys are going to want more info on this one but I just wanted to start this to give me and idea where to start on this one. I have never run into this problem. The customer states that mostly when driving around town, the brakes will start applying...
2006 Buick Lucerne CX 3.8L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G4HP57206
Customer dropped off car with this information. Car would not start in a parking lot at 10-20 below zero. It tried to run, but ran like it was missfiring; loosing cylinders. Plus customer noted abundance of black smoke from tail pipe. Towed to his home, and pu... Trouble codes: P0068
1997 Chevrolet T6500 F6B042 6.6L Engine VIN: 1GBG6H1J8V
This is my shops tow truck and will not idle smooth. Black smoke pours out of the exhaust at idle but going down the road it clears up.. I do not know much about the cat 6.6 l if anyone can give me sum direction i would love to hear from you... I small detail ...
2000 Chevrolet S10 2.2L No Start VIN: 1GCCS1448Y
I posted this problem a while back but it warmed up and never did it agian. Now its winter time. When this truck gets below 40 degrees we have no spark and no injecotr pulse. We have good crank sig. Right at the sensor but nothing showing on the scan tool. We ...
2002 Chevrolet Venture LS 3.4L No Start VIN: 1GNDX03E72
Vehicle has compression across the board, fuel pressure is within specs has nice bright blue spark(jumps 1/4 inch gap and brightly illuminates a spark tester)the problem is no injector pulse. To my knowledge on this vehicle the PCM will use camshaft senor as p...
2006 Chevrolet Colorado LT 2.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GCCS19886
Hello, to all those who may have an idea on this one. Car came in running fine with one(and only one) code, P0017. Clear the code at it comes back immediately. Took the solenoid out and check the screens, they are clean. Hooked up the Tech II, the cam counter ... Trouble codes: P0017 (CKP - CMP Cam - Crank Correlation)
2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer LT 4.2L engine VIN: 1GNDT13S08
New customer is in with his Trailblazer that has a rough idle and stalls. Looked through fault memory and found no faults stored in the engine computer. Under the hood we found a K&N cold air intake setup, we disconnected mass air to see if it was soiled from ...
2010 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5L rack and pinion VIN: 2G1WB5EK4A
Car came in with rack and pinion input seal blown and p/s pump whining. Replaced rack,p/s pump and both p/s hoses as they were leaking.Return line was crimped so it was though to be the reason rack seal blew. One week later car was back with input seal blown a...
2003 Chrysler Town & Country LX 3.3L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2C4GP44313
Customer complaint of very hard start, decreased fuel mileage, misfiring, very rough idle starting last summer. Tune up and O2 sensor replaced at that time. Plugs were worn and O2 sensor not switching at all and pinned over 1v. Once repairs done, ran perfect a... Trouble codes: P0420, P0171
2007 Chrysler Pacifica Touring 4.0L starter VIN: 2A8GM68X17
hi fellow techs. i need some help on this pacifica. vehicle is a no start /no crank with no instrument cluster function as well. i checked all computers for communication and codes. no codes in any computer and the only computer i couldnt communicate with is t...
2008 Chrysler Town & Country Touring 3.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2A8HR54P48
I checked the crank and cam sensors with a lab scope. Found the cam sensor faulty. Replaced both with dealer parts. Cleared the codes and test drove. Both codes returned. Checked sensor inputs at he PCM while moving the harness. Good patterns, No troubles foun... Trouble codes: P0339 (Intermittent CKP sensor), P1128 (Closed loop fueling not acheived)
2012 Chrysler 200 LX 3.6L Mechanical VIN: 1C3CCBAG2C
NEED LABOR TIME FOR THE HEATER RETURN PIPE. Metal pipe from heater hoses to water inlet. Runs under Converter next to AC compressor behind dipstick. about 3-4ft long Alldata or Motor do not list a HEATER RETURN PIPE labor I requested 2hrs? Thanks guys
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 ST 4.7L Brake lights VIN: 1D7HU18N62
Thanks in advance. the center high mount stop light works fine. first off the right side rear brake light only works on the lower bulb, and at first the left side worked fine till I put a new bulb on the right side upper. now the left dosen't work at all and t...
2003 Dodge Ram 2500 5.9L power steering
Truck came in 6 months ago with no power assist at idle. Installed ACDelco reman pump w/ reservoir worked great. For 4 months. Installed another, worked great for 1 month. Switched to an ATSCO pump, reflushed system and could not get the whine (when hot) out a...
2008 Dodge Nitro SXT 3.7L not sure VIN: 1D8GU28K78
this vehicle came in with an overheating problem. The coolant gauge read at above 210 but the lazer tester read 170-180 but not hot enough to put the fans on. tested the fans and they will work when we unplug the temp sensor.We had a heck of a time getting all...
1999 Ford F-350 Super Duty XL 7.3L Front seal VIN: 1FDWX37F3X
We replaced the seal and it started leaking in about 1000 miles.
2000 Ford Ranger XL 3.0L pats VIN: 1FTYR14VXY
I am having a problem with my j2534 pass thru device.We are trying to reflash a key [which we have done before] we keep getting this message FMP FAILED TO [...] A CONNECTION WITH THE J2534.I have checked the connections 100 times I am able to read all oth...
2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTNX21F5Y
Came in with crank no start. Tests concluded inj driver so replaced and it started. Cam sensor replaced due to fault stored. Ebp sensor replaced due to near total restriction, tube replaced due to 1/2 restriction. Now giving left bank high/low open faults. So... Trouble codes: 1293 (open b1), 1294 (open b2), 1272 (open inj2), P0340, 470 (ebp)
2007 Ford Fusion SE 3.0L frame VIN: 3FAHP07157
Hi all, I have this wonderful 07 Fusion with a rusted broken off subframe/engine cradle bolt. It is one of the rear ones, they are studs (I doubt they are threaded) that I assume are welded within a closed channel in the body. Has anybody ever had to repair on...
2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT 5.4L Rear Wheel Speed Sensor VIN: 1FTSW21518
Code c1175 will not clear. I have replaced rear wheel speed sensor and pigtail for being broken. Have ohmed out each wire to rear sensor and have less than .2 ohms on each. Have ohmed for short to ground and power and together and found no problem. Have ohmed ...
2011 Ford E-350 Super Duty 5.4L Tpms VIN: LFTBF3A68B
Ford Techs!I replaced the BCM which fixed the turn signal problem but I had a lot of problems with the PMI programming. I kept getting an error message "communication error, do you want to try again". After three or four tries it went through. It gave me the c...
2007 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6L parking assist , fuses VIN: 1GKEV33717
Got this vehicle from a body shop after a rear end hit. It happens to belong to a neighbor of mine to boot. Car was hit from behind by a snow plow with little apparent damage. Appears hitch prevented more damage. The shop replace one backup sensor that had be...
2008 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2L Park Lights VIN: 1GKFK63808
Hi guys. If I jump the relay, the lights come on. No power to terminal 30 of the relay which should have constant power. My Mitchell wiring diagram shows different terminal positions from the actual relay. Anyone have problems with these fuse boxes ? Hard to t...
1993 Honda Accord LX 2.2L distributor VIN: 1HGCB7658P
Greetings from the frozen wastelands of NH! Got an odd one for you, and on my own car. I had it towed to the shop due to a massive oil leak. After work, pulled in my car, put it up on the lift, and the whole passenger side was covered in oil, stem to stern. En...
2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7L Stalls cold VIN: 1J4GW58N1Y
This g/cherokee starts and dies cold only. Once it is warmed up it runs fine. Acts like you shut the key off then it will fire right back up and die again. Fuel pressure stays solid and you can here the pump continue to run after it dies until it times out. I ...
2005 Kia Sorento EX 3.5L HVAC control head VIN: KNDJD73395
car came in for inop control head. pulled unit , tested powers and grds, ok. unplugged and reconnected worked for a week. checked conns and replaced with used unit, worked for a week back again same condition. I had Toyota once that the recirc door motor would...
2000 Lexus RX300 3.0L radio VIN: JT6HF10U7Y
vehicle came in with multiple electrical problems. The heater would not blow on higher speed unless the radio was turned on. Light out warning on cluster when brakes are applied but all brake lights work, I traced the blower motor issue to the cellular telepho...
1995 Mercedes-Benz C220 2.2L lock cylinder VIN: WDBHA22EXS
Hello and thank you for your time. I am having some real trouble trying to complete the replacement of the lock cylinder and housing on this 95 Mercedes C220. I am unable to get the black outer cap onto the housing/lock cylinder. when i do put it on the key wi...
2000 Mercedes-Benz S430 4.3L AIRmatic VIN: WDBNG70JXY
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I'd like to know if any of you have experience an AIRmatic system that will not even try to function. Someone has replaced the compressor unit, and a few air lines. Now the car is too low and won't raise itself. anot...
1991 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 3.0L Antenna Mast VIN: JA3XE74C2M
Good Day All Im just trying to replace the antenna mast on this 1991 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4. Shop key says it comes right out by removing the nut around the mast and turning it on. Just like many of other brands. However this one won't come out. Also the mast ...
1992 Mitsubishi 3000GT SL 3.0L No Start VIN: JA3XD64BXN
This vehicle came in as a "No Start". I have noid light, and can get spark at coil towers by grounding and un-grounding coil primary circuit. Went with a new Power resistor as the coil tested good and the code is for that system. Put the new transistor on, tur... Trouble codes: 44 (Ign Coil/Power Transistor)
2007 Nissan Versa SL 1.8L tpm VIN: 3N1BC13E17
have tpm light keeps coming on. replaced one sensor cleared light comes back on in about one day, all sensor read on snap on scanner and snap on tpm tool. no codes any where.
1986 Pontiac Fiero SE 2.8L cooling system VIN: 1G2PF3799G
this car is evil. came in for overheat condition. cust had just purchased veh, drove home and parked it. next day he noticed it overheating. we got the veh and were checking it out for the overheat. found bad connector at the coolant temp sensor for the gauge,...
2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT2 3.8L Surge, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 2G2WS54284
This is my wife's car, we have owned it since 82,000 miles. It now has 263,000 and has always been maintained properly with OEM components. While driving in drive or overdrive at a steady speed the converter locks and unlocks rhythmically... Its driving me nut...
2004 Subaru Forester XT 2.5L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: JF1SG69604
Hello Fellow techs, I have a 04 Subaru Forester DOHC Turbo here that came in last week for a minor service. We noted that engine needs timing belt which we finished yesterday. Engine ran fine before replacing timing belt. Got timing belt, idler pulleys and wa... Trouble codes: P0302 (2 Cylinder misfire), P0304 (4 Cylinder misfire)
2006 Subaru Outback R L.L. Bean Edition 3.0L abs err 55 VIN: 4S4BP86C46
I have this Subaru with err 55 message in dash(speedo area). Cruise light flashes and abs light on. Scanned with solus and only current code was left front sensor. Replaced and rescanned and now had code for rt rr sensor. Other code was cleared and did not com...
2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.3L Unknown noise VIN: JTEDW21A06
Hi all, I have this Highlander hybrid in the shop. Car came in for normal service with a side note of a strange noise while accelerating up steep hills. I test drove car for approx 10 miles and only got the noise to happen while I was pulling back into our dr...
2006 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7L abs activation VIN: 5TBDT481X6
Installed new steering rack and aligned truck.On test drive,going into corner,left or right,at moderate speed abs activates,truck audibly beeps and abs and track lights come on breifly, then go off.No codes stored.Monitered wheel speed sensors during activatio...
2006 Volvo C70 T5 2.5L electric windows VIN: YV1MC68256
Hello people Thanks in advance for any advice. This volvo is a good friend of mine's. It gets stored during the winter so the fact that it has been in my shop for a month or two while Ive been picking at it here and there means its been out of his way in his g...

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2008 BMW 335xi 3.0L B-D Gear VIN: WBAVD53528
thank you all for your help. since I am a former dealer tech I decided to program the car hoping it will solve the problem , but even after program it,clearing adaptation it will do the same thing. I decided to try Steve from Australia suggestion, heated the t...
2009 Buick Lucerne CX 3.9L No Start, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1G4HP57M79
Thxs to all who replied checked cam/crank sensor both checked out good so we gave the vehicle back to customer and told them to bring it back when it gets worse next day gets towed in with no start checked it out now fuel pressure pulled rear seat up and check...
1989 Chevrolet R1500 Suburban Scottsdale 5.7L Cuts out, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GNER16K0K
After putting nearly 100 miles on this old Sub. it has not reset code 42, and as I stated in my update about o2 voltage dropping out, that has not happened again either. What I did: Inspected all wiring (removed conduit, etc.) from underhood to ECM, manipulat... Trouble codes: 42 (Electronic spark control).
1993 Chevrolet Cavalier RS 2.2L No Start, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire
I ended up replacing the coils along with the ICM and the car does not miss a beat now, I drove it about 25miles with no issues thanks everyone who helped out!!
2000 Chevrolet K3500 5.7L No Start VIN: 1GBJK34R1Y
Thank you all for your responses. After doing a wiggle test on the OBD II connector wiring it started to work, but showed no codes on PCM. We tried a fuel pump, due to a friend who mentioned he had had seen good fuel pressure before and the truck he worked o...
2001 Chrysler Town & Country EX 3.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2C4GP74L91
First let me thank all who took the time and contributed to this post. As far as the code P0172 diagnosis, I normally check Identfix for the most common causes and fixes for a particular vehicle. For that code , EGR failure was the overwhelming reason. I le... Trouble codes: P0172, P0420 (catalytic converter efficency).
2004 Dodge Durango Limited 5.7L key immobilizer VIN: 1D4HB58D04
thanks to everyone the key was bad but the immobilizer would not take pin number so installed new immobilizer programmed problem fixed
2007 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6L engine vibration VIN: 1FTRX12W57
Thanks for all the replies , they were all very useful and informative , i did try some of them and prior to the original post i did some of the suggested repairs , but unfortunately could not fix it , but the customer said he will be back so we can further di...
2007 Ford Edge SE 3.5L waterpump VIN: 2FMDK36C17
Waterpump and COOLANT pipe. VALLEY HAS HOLE TO LEAK WATER THROUGH TRANNY JUST LIKE THE 4.6 and 5.4 engines. Not to bad big job pack your lunches.
2001 Infiniti QX4 3.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: JNRDR07Y31
Replaced with nissan supplied coils and that cured the 1320. I first replaced the cyl 1 aftermarket coil and cleared the code, but it returned in pending. Replaced cyl 2 coil, the other one with the high voltage and after clearing the code, did not return. Me... Trouble codes: P1320.
2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.0L Mix Doors VIN: 1J4GX58S52
I learned a lot and the help was great. The relearn is in the hvac head controler. Replace the air recirculate box with the dealer one because the servo stop is needed and it's on the cam that rotates door. If it's broke the controler can't learn stops. And wi...
2004 Lexus RX330 3.3L Key VIN: JTJHA31U74
Other keys have solved the problem. This is the first time I have seen this on Toyota/Lexus vehicles (which is all we work on)in the last 14 years, but all replys form other members say it is not so uncommon. Thanks for the information!
2011 Mini Cooper 1.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: WMWSU3C50B
Vehicle has been sitting out in extreme cold weather. Believe issue to be oil viscosity. Changed oil and have not had any issues since. Trouble codes: 2FD9, 28B4, 2863 (valvetronic power limitation).
2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS 2.4L Stall VIN: 4A3AC34G02
I was pressed for time on this one, had a new IAC on hand so decided to install part. Vehicle was road tested same way as before, did not stall, idle was ok. Thank you all for taking time to reply, I appreciate it. All made good points and provided great info...
2006 Toyota Tacoma 4.0L No Start VIN: 5TELU42N76
Found out truck had a Unichip performance chip, i unpluged the chip and truck hasn't acted up since
2001 Volkswagen Beetle GL 2.0L Hesitation, MIL Lamp on, intermitant throttle
I want to start by thanking everybody took the time to assist us. Thank you. As many of you have replied these vehicles are apparently susceptible to corrosion on the power side or ground. alas inside one of the connectors we found corrosion and a loose pin...
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