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2004 BMW 745i 4.4L window VIN: WBAGL63474
Hi guys, I have this bmw 745i that came from a body shop that had a right rear door damage and as per body shop no modules or wires were damaged. right rear door window and soft closing not working. checked dtc found door control module code and replaced white...
2007 BMW 328i 3.0L battery VIN: WBAVA33587
greetings BMW gurus; vehicle came in with misfire code on cyl # 3. swaped the coils with cyl #1 and misfire changed to #1. So replaced all the coils w/ plugs. It fixed that issue however, i had to jump start the car and i noticed that charging voltage is 15.10...
2010 BMW M3 4.0L EDC steering angle sensor VIN: WBSWL9C57A
This M3 came in with a new strut and knuckle on RF. We were just supposed to do an alignment, another shop did the work. everything looks in order. I performed an alignment and then calibrated the DSC steering sensor, but now the car (EDC module, not the DSC m...
2001 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 LS 8.1L Lack of power VIN: 3GBKC34G11
Will not go over 30 mph. And looses power in shop under load runs perfect at idle, when driving at is at 100% tps is at 30%. Why? tps, maf,baro,rpm,engine load,all mirror each other. At all speeds and rpm ranges. Stft and ltft at 0 + or - 5 all speeds ...
2006 Chevrolet Colorado LT 2.8L Starting VIN: 1GCCS148X6
’06 Chevy Colorado 2.8 4cyl auto 2x4 reg cab Truck came in with customer complaining that it sometimes wouldn’t crank. We replaced the ignition switch (that part is sold with the cylinder housing, we only replaced the switch and kept the original cylinder hou...
2008 Chevrolet Uplander 3.9L pressure control solenoid VIN: 1GBDV13178
This is an intermittent problem but is starting to be more consistent. The complaint is an intermittent harsh shift. I drove this home at night to try to verify, first problem was the speedo needle fluctuating and a clicking noise at the same time coming from ...
2008 Chevrolet Colorado WT 2.9L Battery Light VIN: 1GCCS14968
Vehicle came in for intermittant hard starting battery/charge lamp on all the time. Checked starting and charging system all checked out ok at this time. Neg battery terminal alittle corroted.
1999 Chrysler LHS 3.5L No Start, no communication ecm VIN: 2C3HC56G0X
vehicle towed in no crank or intermitten no crank. vehicle never started/ran. checked battery, wiring to battery and starter(ok). no start signal to starter. power probed starter cranked weak. scanned ecm no communication only tp sensor and rpm displayed. comm...
2003 Dodge Sprinter 2500 2.7L Knocking VIN: WD5WD64203
2003 Dodge Sprinter 2500 [...] Model 903.672 Engine 612.981 5 cylinder Turbodiesel engine has knocking sound and we want to disable cylinders one at a time to see if sound changes. Cracking an injector line cause engine to stop. Disconnecting an ...
2003 Dodge Sprinter 2500 2.7L Proportioning valve VIN: WD5WD64203
2003 Dodge Sprinter 2500 [...] Model 903.672 Engine 612.981 Vehicle has a rear brake proportioning valve called an ALB load sensitive brake controller. Device is mounted on chassis and has a lever connected by a spring loaded pushrod (with adjustm...
2005 Dodge Sprinter 2500 2.7L Crankshaft Specs VIN: WDYPD54475
I am in need of crankshaft specifications for end play and oil clearances for this animal... I have exhausted the usual sources and have even downloaded the supposed repair manual on this vehicle too. Sprinter website does not go any farther back than 2010 so...
2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 3.8L rear wiper VIN: 2D8HN54P88
hey chrysler guys i have this caravan here with rear wiper inop i can command it on with my snappy scanner but will not work with switch! does anybody know where the rear wiper relay is located on this thing i think my problem might be there. any help would be...
1999 Ford E-350 Econoline XL 5.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FDWE37L2X
Hello Everyone, thanks for your time. I have an E350 Van here for a service engine soon light, fault P0442 (evap small leak). I smoke tested the evap system, found canister vent valve leaking. Removed electrical connector and tested, I get battery voltage at t... Trouble codes: P0442 (Evaporative Emission Control System Leak Detected Small Leak)
2000 Ford E-350 Econoline Club Wagon Custom 7.3L trans/hunting VIN: 1FTSS34F7Y
The vehicle cold drives fine, after 5 miles the speedometer begins to bounce and the transmission starts hunting. Replaced VSS with factory sender, when it starts doing its thing at times the speedo will stay at zero while accelerating for 10 to 20 seconds the... Trouble codes: P0500
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)
2001 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L transmission position sensor VIN: 2FMDA51401
I have to replace the Transsmission position sensor on this van and ford calls for a tool 307-351 (T97L-70010-A ) to be used to adjust the sensor. Is it possible to adjust the sensor via scanner and voltage of the sensor or is the tool a must to use?
2001 Ford Focus SE 2.0L Cooling Systems
DO you have to remove the timing belt to get the water pump off of this Dohc engine? Alldata says yes and 2 special tools are needed (cam aligner). It says you have to loosen cams also. Alldata sometimes is wrong,thats why I'm asking the professionals. thanks ...
2001 Ford Taurus SE 4-Valve 3.0L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1FAHP55S81
car came in bad intake leak idling up and down and high running real lean multiple codes set replaced intake gaskets/ pcv valve / idle air control solenoid somebody had fixed it shut/ egr differental pressure sensor broken and a couple of broken vacumm lines i...
2004 Ford Escape XLT 3.0L Obd2 moniters VIN: 1FMYU93114
Obd2 moniters show only misfire and componant as passed. All others show n/a. Cannot pass inspection. Have communication with all modules.
2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L Engine VIN: 1FMFU74E46
Have a tick noise coming from the intake manifold gasket. Customer came in for very loud engine noise coming from the engine. Found noise to be coming from the left vavle cover. Pulled intake manifold and valve cover. Found the timing chain guide for the tensi...
2011 Ford Escape XLT 2.5L Misfire VIN: 1FMCU9D76B
Started with a complaint of a miss and the CEL on and flashing once in a wile. We pulled code P0302 cyl. #2 misfire. All other data looks OK. This is a fleet vehicle with 74,000 miles on it and they were breathing down my neck to fix it. I decided to do the mo... Trouble codes: P0302 (Cyl. two misfire)
2000 GMC C3500 Sierra SL 5.7L Running VIN: 1GDGC34R2Y
Plugs 1 3 2 4 soaked w/ fuel used scan tool to fire off each injector with fuel gauge connected , all had equal pressure drop . Before I condemn the "spider assy." Has any one run into this condition where only 1243 get soaked ? Thanks in advance !!
2001 GMC Sierra 1500 SL 5.3L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1GTEK19T61
Hi techs, I have been going in circles on this job .Can not seem to pinpoint the problem. Truck came in with Hi idle and intake leaks. Both banks running lean trims. Also had a higher than normal idle when cold, settled down after 30 seconds but still higher t...
2007 GMC Sierra 3500 HD SLE 6.6L Stall VIN: 1GDJK34677
HELP PLEASE. This is a plow truck. vehicle stalled at idle while driver was shoveling walkway. Restarted ok but quit again when plowing. Did not want to restart this time but started after several minutes and drove to the shop fine. Our problem seems to be hea...
2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7L blend door VIN: 2HHES35883
hi everyone, have this acura in our shop with a blend door motor that seems to choose on its own where it wants to move to, the symptom changes but always has the same type of fault, the motor moves the blend door to an undesired position. At the moment the sy...
2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0L Cuts out, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1HGCM66363
Since the timing belt was replaced for maintanance reasons it will int. set code p0389 and it cuts out and limits rpm when this happens. Have rechecked valve timing, connectors and even replaced the crankshaft position sensor. Also have done a cam/crank relear... Trouble codes: P0389
2004 Honda Accord EX 2.4L 3rd gear VIN: 1HGCM55684
Customer was told previously clutch is worn out pedal is very hard and starts to engage at very low pedal release. One week later customer calls complains of 3rd gear grinding ONLY! All other gears are fine, ITs not hard to shift into 3rd but grinds not all th...
2004 Kia Optima LX 2.4L Stall VIN: KNAGD12604
this vehicle was towed in,originally no spark on 2,3 three coil,swapped coils,still no spark on 2,3.spark came back vehicle starts and runs for a few seconds and then stalls,sets code p0340,cam sensor and connector have been replaced,cam sensor signal is good ... Trouble codes: P0340
1998 Mercury Mystique LS 2.5L pats VIN: 3MEFM66L4W
what I need is some one who has done this before,dealer is clueless but willing to help.Locksmith is willing but does not know where to look for information Thanks for tour time
1995 Mitsubishi Montero SR 3.5L Surge, MIL Lamp on VIN: JA4MR51M4S
Sorry for this Long post but this is a strange one. We got this Montero in with the check engine light on. client had vehicle worked on at another shop for this problem they said o2 sensor was burned up and replaced it check engine light still on they told hi...
2004 Nissan Quest SL 3.5L timing chain guide VIN: 5N1BV28U44
I am about to remove the front timing cover on this Quest. 2 questions: 1. do I need to remove the oil pan, or can I get away with slipping out without dropping both upper and lower oil pans 2.any special procedure when removing ivt control valve Any input wo...
2000 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 3.8L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G2WP52K5Y
Hi everybody looking for help on this one we did cylinder heads on this for a #4 burnt exhaust valve and we put it back together and it now misses only at idle on #4 cylinder we have swapped injectors, coils, wires, plugs, and put a ignition control module on ... Trouble codes: P0300, P0304
2014 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn 5.7L Steering wheel VIN: 1C6RR7GT8E
Good morning all, My team leader, here at Sudbay Chrysler, received this truck with the complaint of a vibration through the steering wheel at around 2,000 rpm. It occurs all the time but becomes worse when under load. So far, he has disconnected several compo...
2003 Saturn Vue 3.0L p.c.v. VIN: 5GZCZ63B43
vehicle appeared 3 weeks ago during the first cold snap with a blown valve cover gasket.performed p.c.v. tube reroute per t.s.b.,informed customer gaskets or seals may be too damaged to seal due to age since having oil pushed by due to p.c.v. freeze-up.drove s...
2001 Subaru Forester 2.5L clutch VIN: JF1SF65541
This one exhibits slippage and shudder like the clutch is going bad. I proceeded on this assumption and removed trans and clutch. The disc is not down to the rivets as I expected and the pressure plate does not look bad. The flywheel looks as though it might h...
2004 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0L secondary air injection system VIN: 3VWCM31YX4
Hello Friend This vw came in with code P1151 and checked for air leaks and bypassed and checked pump it was ok, when engine is cold pump will come on for a few seconds we shut engine off and restart pump will not turn on I believe the relay is good im not to ...
2009 Volkswagen Passat Komfort 2.0L timing VIN: WVWJK73C29
car was towed in off interstate.Owner said was driving and low oil warning came on two or three times before stopping. Tech found car was three quarts low of oil. Found rear engine seal had came apart. After repair car had rough run found tsb for updated timin...
2008 Volvo S80 3.2 3.2L power steering pump VIN: YV1AS98218
Hello Volvo techs trying to replace steering pump, got pump loose appears to be hung up on some type of spring mechanism behind pulley also pulley sits lower than trans so looks like pump has to move up but feels like the spring is holding it from moving to fa...

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1993 Chevrolet K1500 Silverado 5.7L Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire, MIL Lamp on
I first rotated the motor to cylinder 1 TDC. Verified mark was on, was off about 3 degrees ATDC but I feel that small amount can be corrected through distributor and I believe the balancer is fine, I removed belt and could not slide balancer freely from the pu... Trouble codes: 43 (Knock sensor / esc signal).
2002 Chevrolet Camaro 3.8L vibration VIN: 2G1FP22K32
Customer broke the transmission bell housing when he installed the engine. Snapped off the driver side lower ear and actually there is piece missing from the bell housing. Too bad they do not allow pictures and I would send pictures of repairs often. Thanks al...
2003 Chevrolet Venture LS 3.4L Pass Key VIN: 1GNDU23E33
Hi. Classical issue: customer don't want to pay any moore. But i've learned an important thing in this procedure: GM pk2 are programmable, but GM PK3 are not. So a new pass lock with a new lock cylinder must repair the problem. Too expensive for the customer.....
2004 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8L Surge, Stall VIN: 2G1WH52KX4
Thank you to all that responded, as always Tech help is exceptional. This one is fixed. In monitoring fuel pump feed line bleed down, the start and stumble correlated with how much pressure drop was witnessed. The more the pressure drop, the more stumble or st...
2005 Chevrolet Colorado Z85 3.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GCCS19685
still not fixed,tried everything suggested and more,think I'm going to try new pcm next.The truck has 240,000 miles on it,starts and runs fine just won't complete the relearn or erase code,which is why I think it won't do the relearn.Thanks for all the replies... Trouble codes: P0315.
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
THANK YOU EVERYONE! Unfortunately this particular vehicle does not have a power steering pressure switch so that wasn't an option. However, I forgot that I had replaced the oil pressure switch also back in october. Going through the replies triggered my memory... Trouble codes: P0420, P0171.
2012 Chrysler 200 LX 3.6L Mechanical VIN: 1C3CCBAG2C
DONE, pulled Dipstick, and front converter. about 2 hrs without any rust. If this was 5yrs of the rust belt itll be really bad...
2009 Dodge Avenger SE 2.4L Cuts out VIN: 1B3LC46B99
Thanks to all that replied to our help request. Due to the intermittent condition of the problem was never able to confirm if fuel trims were reset upon condition acting up, test drove for days at a time with no problems. Simon and Bruce replies seemed to be m...
2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 6.0L No Start VIN: 1FTNX21P74
Well we went after the turbo code and found we had no voltage out of pcm to solenoid. New pcm fixed it. Not a real common occurrence on these, but it is up and running. Thanks. Trouble codes: P0646 (Turbo Boost), P0231 (Fuel Pump Secondary), P0677 (Glow Plug).
2011 Ford F750 6.7L lack of engine power VIN: 3FRNF7FA4B
sorry for the long wait on this one guys and gals, michael, we manually checked the speed sensors for voltage and resistance. allan, we followed your advise and we went ahead and replaced the unit as whole, this was the fix. without the factory scan tool it wa...
1993 Honda Accord LX 2.2L distributor VIN: 1HGCB7658P
Thanks to all for the replies. I ended up putting a new aftermarket distributor in this beast. I also pulled the valve cover to check for blocked oil returns and found everything ok there. I rigged a pressure gauge to a large rubber cone and checked for exc...
2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: JHMES96644
thanks for the replies. I was able to obtain a megger and check for an insulation leak by connecting to the two large cables at the battery junction block with the dc/dc converter 2 wire connector disconnected. None was found. Honda says to replace the dc/dc c... Trouble codes: P1444 (Ima code high voltage short to ground).
2001 Hyundai Tiburon 2.0L Monitor wont run VIN: KMHJG25F61
After many hours of driving this vehicle in many different ways, nothing would run the cat monitor. We even tried new oxygen sensors. The owner opted to put the old oxygen sensors back in and drive the vehicle for a few days. He returned 7 days later and all t...
2011 Mazda CX-7 SV 2.5L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: JM3ER2AM5B
ask per recommendations I replaced main relay and released vehicle haven't heard anything back thanks for all the help special thanks to Jorge from florida Trouble codes: P2101.
1997 Mercury Mountaineer 5.0L Excessive Emissions VIN: 4M2DU55P2V
Well I feel like a dummy. Had several good ideas but Robert [...] really helped. He said to unhook the battery to reset the computer, I did this and went out and drove the vehicle and the EGR system worked great for about 3 miles then it quit again. So I sta...
2005 Nissan Altima SE-R 3.5L pads/rotors VIN: 1N4BL11D75
The owner has not come back for us to do any further testing. I'm not sure, but I believe that the hole in the floor [rot], along with poor track record on brakes, It has been sold/traded. Thanks anyway-
2005 Saturn Ion-2 2.2L Mechanical VIN: 1G8AZ52F95
Thanks for the help. The vacuum pump did the trick. It took 6 times but i have a great clutch now
2002 Toyota Camry SE 2.4L blown engine VIN: 4T1BE32K92
Well, consensus is that these engines are a bit picky and prone to throwing rods and pistons around and also consumers of oil. The customer has bailed after engine failure #2 (there is NO external access to the oil pump relief valve, it's in the pan) Someone ...
2005 Toyota Tacoma 4.0L mode door VIN: 5TEMU52N65
i would like to thank each and everyone who took the time to help us in this matter as most of you sugested that this was a normal operation of the truck customer decided not to go any further with this problem so we sent the truck on its way thanks again to i...
2002 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L broken VIN: 3VWSP69M82
many thanks to all who replied. Unfortunately the customer has decided not to pursue repair. The general consensus was to remove the cylinder head for this repair.
2005 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0L covertible top warning buzzer VIN: 3VWCM31Y65
Client has declined to go further with diags at this time. I think that Peter from Great Britain and James from Virginia are probably right that its a micro switch issue from one of the rear switches. Client is going think about how much more money he wants to...
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