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2002 BMW X5 4.4i 4.4L oil consumption VIN: 5UXFB33502
customer came in with commen breather issue..making noise from breather hoses and lines with holes and leaking oil..Replaced breather on back of intake with new oil separator, new hoses that goto valve cover and to hose that runs under intake manifol...
2003 BMW 530i 3.0L immobilizar
please help, car came in with window problem, for a short time working in a door battery went down, replace battery and the letters code appear on multi-information display (MID). Try to do Emergency deactivation of code Function by disconnect the battery for ...
2002 Cadillac DeVille 4.6L Tcc VIN: 1G6KD54Y52
customer drove for 21 months with no problem. vehicle started to buck while driving down highway. customer stopped and when she started driving again, it would not change gears. she pulled over and shut vehicle off. then, vehicle would not crank - so she towed...
2006 Cadillac Escalade 6.0L radio volume VIN: 1C12WG1GGH
I have a previous Flood vehicle. It has a Navigation Radio. Everything works EXEPT there's no sound? When you turn the volume button or press the control on the steering wheel nothing comes up on the radio visually like it's trying to adjust? I'm not sure if i...
1982 Chevrolet Corvette 5.7L soft brake pedal
This 1982 corvette is driving me nuts. So the vehicle has been sitting since 1997. It came in due to a soft brake pedal, when applying the brake, the pedal went to the floor and the red brake light came on. I found three out of the four calipers were leaking f...
1999 Chevrolet Corvette 5.7L Hard start. VIN: 1G1YY22G9X
Customer just purchased this vehicle. Fuel pressure drops off immediately after the pump shuts off. I plugged the return line on the fuel filter and the pressure still drops off. I disconnected the fuel line from the fuel rail and checked the pressure at the l...
2001 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 LS 6.6L lacks power VIN: 1GBJC34131
This truck came into our shop with leaking head gaskets and injector sleeves. It had no driveability concerns. We removed the heads and sent them to the machine shop for pressure testing, resurfacing (.005"), and valve job. We reassembled with "C" head gaskets...
2007 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD LT 6.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GBJC34647
This truck has been trying my patience for a week or so now it sets the p0101 code after a few min. of idle time then goes into reduced power mode . I have changed maf sensor with oe twice, new oe air filter smoked the intake and inner cooler with no signs of ... Trouble codes: P0101
1997 Ford F-150 XL 4.2L blown fuse 24 30Amp VIN: 1FTDX172XV
Hello to all tech, I need help to do more test on this f150, problem start at the grocery store, no start, customer call a mechanic, (fixed by replace the fuse), drive it to auto parts and get more fuses them drive to home. Ten minutes later the truck won't st...
1998 Ford Mustang 3.8L Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FAFP4044W
Car came in with customer complaint of , "would not accelerate" and "would not go above 2000 RPM" Took vehicle for test drive; It had a extended crank during start up. Seemed to idle OK. During test drive would lose power anytime I accelerated past half thrott... Trouble codes: P1151 (HO2S21 Sensor Indicates Lean), P0304 (Misfire Cylinder 4), P0411 (SAI Indicates Low Flow), P0174 (System lean code bank)
2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT 6.4L Trailer Brake Control VIN: 1FTSW21R78
Very little to no brake output to trailer,when indash controller is set to 10 gain brakes operate normally on manual application,ipc message center always reads 0 for gain and 0 output even in manual mode, the max output in auto mode with full brake applicatio...
2011 Ford Escape Limited Hybrid 2.5L Hybrid drive system VIN: 1FMCU4K36B
So these codes popped up out of nowhere with no previous symptoms of transmission/hybrid drive failure. While idling in line "Stop for Safety" appeared on the information display on the cluster. Ran the pinpoints tests for these codes and all of them lead to r...
2001 GMC Sierra 2500 HD SLT 8.1L blend door VIN: 1GTHK23691
The story with this one is a few monthes back you could only have full heat or full cold nothing in between. Replaced interior ambient air temp sensor and all was well for a month or so. This vehicle has automatic controls(not dual climate though) and a few we...
2002 GMC Sierra 1500 SL 5.3L Heater vent VIN: 2GTEK19T12
Hello,, this 2002 k1500 has noticeably cooler air coming from center vents than from floor or defrost. Leaving temp control at mid setting you can switch from floor to vent and have a noticeable temp change. floor and defrost feel the same. Have flushed heater...
2007 GMC Sierra 1500 WT 5.3L 2-3 shift VIN: 2GTEK13MX7
what is a common problem that causes a no up shift 2-3 and of course no 4th. trans fluid is fine, no harsh treatment. no codes. I would just like to direct the owner as I do not do transmission repair work any more.
1998 Honda Accord EX 3.0L Idle surging VIN: 1HGCG1652W
This motor hunts at idle from 1500 rpm to 2500 rpm as though the IAC valve is opening and closing. Otherwise runs well. I suspected a vacuum leak but we couldn't find any vacuum leaks. Any other common causes for this?
2003 Honda Element EX 2.4L Misfire VIN: 5J6YH28513
Have this Element that is misfiring at idle. It runs great off idle. It is setting misfire codes for all of the cylinders. Have seen this before with tight exhaust valves, and they indeed were tight. Adjusted all of the intake and exhaust valves to the loose s... Trouble codes: P0300 (Random Misfire), P0301 (Misfire Cylinder 1), P0302 (Misfire Cylinder 2), P0303 (Misfire Cylinder 3), P0304 (Misfire Cylinder 4)
1999 Mercedes-Benz CLK320 3.2L Stall, MIL Lamp on
Hi all, This car is driving us crazy. The problem occurs maybe once a week or less. While driving the abs, bas, check engine lights come on and display defective will come on in the message center. The customer also states that the car stalls, although I have ...
2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor Limited 3.8L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 4A4MN41S34
Did a Head gasket replacement along with a cam from the dealer, left side and new lifters, Felt we had a lifter noise and some you could easly push the top down, Put it back together and its hard to run. You have to put your foot into it , To make this short ,...
2004 Subaru Legacy L 35th Anniversary 2.5L Cruz Control VIN: 4S3BE62554
Interesting Subaru. Customer states the cruise control will not work above 66 mph and will also quit after a long period of time below that speed. Test drove and the cruise initially worked at 75 mph, but after approx. 5 minutes it quit. The 'memorized speed" ...
2006 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5L Mechanical VIN: 4S4BP62C86
THIS IS FOR SUBARU SPECIALISTS ONLY))) I KNOW WHAT HOLLANDER AND CAR_PART SAY) I have this 2006 legacy WGN 5spd. engines are listed as a single year specific fitment. ENGINE IS NOT REBUILDABLE #4 ROD EXPLODED) I'm very familiar with 96-99 fitments and 00-03...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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2003 BMW 325Ci 2.5L Unknown VIN: WBABN73443
thanks guys the air pump was drawing to muc change clear code good now. thanks robert
2004 Cadillac CTS 3.6L No Start Key Stuck in Ignition VIN: 1G6DM57764
Rechecked everything on the replies and was good, took to the dealer to get re-flashed and everything works fine. Thanks.
2007 Cadillac SRX 3.6L key VIN: 1GYEE63717
I really don't consider this fixed. needs a ecm customer decided to trade it in. what a stupid system
2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3L internal transfer case VIN: 2GCEK13T64
Thanks for all the replies. Several had indicated possible universal joints but they were checked several times and no binding found. We have not been able to look further into this vehicle at this time. Customer will bring back in a few more weeks as he will ...
2005 Chevrolet Cobalt SS 2.0L No Start VIN: 1G1AP12PX5
I found no power to pcm. I found a 50amp fue in the trunk near the battery that was blown. It looks like someone jumpered the stero amps off the power feed here witch blew the fuse i guess. Installed new fuse and all is good now.
2011 Chevrolet Express 3500 6.6L pnp, causing no start VIN: 1GB6G5B16B
this vehivle had been at a local dealer for a rear freeze plug under warranty. they removed the trans and must have broken the connector on the trans and put it back in with gm white gasket sealer. the red and black wire had been probed through the insulation ...
2002 Chrysler Sebring GTC 2.7L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1C3EL75R22
Thank You for all the replies and help. From the waveform that I had, the camshaft signal was slightly to the right and not centered to the crankshaft signal. Due to the responses and some research, the waveform indicated that the timing belt and gears needed ... Trouble codes: P1391.
2005 Chrysler Pacifica Touring 3.5L No Start VIN: 2C8GM68495
I did check the eng. harness near the trans, found ok. Andrew had said to do a reboot of the computer. The car started and the problem hasn't returned. Thanks to all who replied.
2000 Dodge Dakota 3.9L No Start VIN: 1B7GG22X9Y
Thanks for everyones help. Some of the suggestions were- Bad ECT, Debris in fuel, Carbon canister flooded with fuel, Bad ECM. I siphoned some fuel from tank and it looked clean. I checked canister for flooding and checked purge hose for restrictions, werte OK...
1993 Ford F-150 XL 5.0L No Start VIN: 2FTPDF15N1
First, I like to thank all of you who reply to my help request, specially JIM [...] who said not to trust Ohms meter which I was having false continuity. It was bad connection on engine wire harness connector block on top of left front 1nner fender.
1999 Ford Escort LX 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire VIN: 1FAFP10P2X
Sorry for the delay in getting a fix back to all that responded. The customer finally returned with the vehicle and upon testing it was overpressurizing the cooling system so we do know we have a head gasket problem. We are replacing that and checking all valv...
2001 Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L MIL Lamp on, low power VIN: 1FTSX31F81
This truck only had low power(give it throttle and it crawled)for the first minute after cold startup and then it ran fine.It set the P1247 code twice in two years and never stored any freeze data.The turbo checked good,supply fuel pressure was good.I compared... Trouble codes: P1247.
2002 Ford F-150 XL 4.2L Poor Idle Quality, Stall VIN: 1FTRX17272
Big thanks to everyone that replied. I remember some of you told to scope the MAF sensor which I did, but it was giving good readings. I decided to change it anyway and that cured the problem. Once again thanks to every one.
2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT 6.4L High Pressure Fuel VIN: 1FTSW21R18
Chad from Alabama was the closest. We found the injectors were being triggered,all the adaptives were reset. Got a lot of advice from Randy Briggs and crew from the NAPA trainers. Joe bit the bullett and removed the RH side injectors turned one upside down and...
2003 Jaguar S-Type 4.2L Mechanical VIN: SAJEA01U33
Sorry about the photo link. Apparently iATN adds a space to links like that to disable them. You can copy and paste the entire link then remove the space to get to the link. I was only allowed to post 1 update to the help request so I couldn't update that info...
2006 Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic 3.5L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WDBUH87J06
Thanks to all who responded, we were really chasing our tail. Michael was closest, after going through things over and over we found the injector connector (female side) the connector had widened and was making intermittent connection. When we pulled the injec... Trouble codes: 0309 (The injection valve output stage of cylinder 3 detects a short to positive P0268), 0629 (Misfiring P0300), 0641 (Misfiring of cylinder 3 P0303), 0648 (Misfiring of cylinder 6 P0306).
2006 Mercedes-Benz ML350 3.5L mil light on VIN: 4JGBB86E56
customer does not have funds for repairs and is trying to get MB to cover the needed parts or labor to repair aprox, $5000.00 job
2000 Nissan Altima SE 2.4L Surge
The customer is having the dealer replace the computer. I am waiting to here from them.
2013 Nissan Maxima S 3.5L Starting VIN: 1N4AA5AP8D
Thanks for all the replies, after reprogramming the new BCM all was fine with the vehicle starting. The old BCM was the problem, even though about 99% of its functions worked, it was the recognizing the key function that would not allow it to start up. It star...
2009 Pontiac G3 Wave 1.6L Fuel System Lean VIN: KL2TX65E39
we replaced the spark plugs and the pre o2 sensor cleared the codes. Road tested and ran much better. Scanned the car after and noticed better pre o2 readings. .2 -.8 they were .2 -.6. Gave the car to the customer and he drove it on the weekend and said his f...
2010 Volkswagen CC VR6 3.6L Poor Idle Quality, sets factory code VIN: WVWEU7AN7A
Hello and thanks for the replies: The customer had been researching this from the beginning and saw some nasty stuff on the internet about the timing chains and so this car was getting a chain no matter what. We disassembled this engine for inspection and fo... Trouble codes: P000B.
1984 Volvo 244 DL 2.3L No Start
Thanks to all who replied. This is the first post I have made on this board and the response was overwhelming. Back to the basics as suggested and though I had spark after the new wiring harness install, I no longer had it. Several suggested checking the pins...
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