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1997 Cadillac DeVille 4.6L Theft System VIN: 1G6KD52Y1V
Car drove in with message center saying theft deterrent problem may not start on next key cycle. Cannot communicate with any modules with scanner. Also on board diagnostics will also read no data for all modules. power and grounds at DLC are good . Cavity 2 re...
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1987 Chevrolet R20 Scottsdale 5.7L no power VIN: 1GCASDFKFH
Truck will fall on its face after 1/4 throttle. Acts as if its not getting fuel- o2 sensor will plummet when you give it gas. Acts VERY lean. My fuel pressure gauge starts at 10 psi to 100- not accurate that low. Amp clamp shows me a good clean pattern 3 amps-...
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2000 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1L Surge VIN: 1G1ND52J6Y
I need some direction...my wife's car...this surge at 2000 RPM has been there since I bought the car last year...I replaced the intake gasket for an external coolant leak, replaced the fuel pump and fuel filter for a no start, replaced the cam sensor for no ca...
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2003 Chevrolet C4500 Kodiak C4C042 6.6L speedometer VIN: 1GDC4E1113
speedometer when driving 35 speedometer shows 80 replaced speedometer from gm dealer and also replaced speed sensor still during same thing we do not have scanner for medium truck nearest dealer 2hrs away can any body help thanks
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2004 Chevrolet C4500 Kodiak C4C042 6.6L fuel transfer pump VIN: 1GBE4C1144
this truck originally came in with the fuel gauge and transfer pump not working- found bad cluster changed it out , truck went out with everything working fine- came back 6 months later with the alternator not charging (wasn't getting exited) found a bad ecm- ...
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2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4L No Start, Cuts out VIN: 1G1ZH57B39
Died while driving. Started and stalled like VTD fuel cut. Instantly cuts, as opposed to fuel pump dies and engine sputters. Did this while watching VTD data (OK), then MAP, MAF, TAC, Fuel enable, all OK. After several tries without touching the gas pedal, I s... Trouble codes: P0106 (MAP sensor circuit)
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2011 Chevrolet Express 3500 6.0L steering box? VIN: 1GB0G2BGXB
This vehicle will drive fine till hit little cracks in pavement. As hitting cracks and attempt to steer just slightly off center you begin to feel slight wobble in wheel. I then will turn vehicle around and ran power steering against stops. Straighten vehicle ...
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2004 Chrysler Sebring LX 2.4L Compression VIN: 1C3EL45X04
Hello again guys... I got a 2004 Sebring convertable that was towed to the shop the other day. No start. Died while customer was driving. First thing i checked was timing. Removed upper cover, and saw a lot of slack between the 2 cams. Next was tear-down, wh...
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2006 Dodge Sprinter 2500 2.7L Stall VIN: WD0PD64436
This sprinter has no power coming off idle in park. when I put it in drive and load it it wont get over 1000 rpms and pours black smoke. actual frp and demand are 50-100 psi off but Im not sure of the pressure specs. I dont work on alot of these, any help woul...
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2006 Dodge Dakota Laramie 4.7L Trans high temp code and light VIN: 1D7HW58N86
Thanks for the help in advance. the original complaint was a ck engine light on and a double shift when put into gear. Testing revealed a code P0218(trans high temp activated). We pulled the transmission pan and inspected the filter. There was debris in the pa...
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1988 Ford Bronco Custom 5.0L starter VIN: 1FMEU15NXJ
week after replacing neutral switch starter stayed engauged and tore it up. After replaceing starter checked and found about 8 volts at s wire at starter solenoid. when tracing wires I found at the clutch switch bypass cap that there is 12 volts on the grey ye...
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2000 Ford Windstar SE 3.8L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 2FMZA5247Y
HELP!!! This started out as an intermittent stall and misfire. I first tried a new IAC as I have seen lots of these fail and cause a stall. This did not cure the issue. The plugs and wires were original so We replaced the plugs and wires and pulled the intake,...
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2004 Ford F-550 Super Duty XL 6.0L hard start VIN: 1FDAW57P74
Thanks for every ones time. I do not have much experience with 6.0 liters, but being small town and closest dealer is an hour away I decided to give it a shot. I have had pretty good luck in the past but could use some help. Vehicle came in missing on cylinder... Trouble codes: P0269, P0470, P2290, P2291
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2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L Surge, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FAFP53225
hello ford friends. please help! calibration is latest available from ford as of 03-29-14. This vehicle exhibits a mil on with memory dtc's p0172 and p0175. customer also complains of higher than expected idle speed cold. also notice idle speed fluctuates sl... Trouble codes: P0172, P0175
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2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS 3.3L abs VIN: 5NPEU46F06
Brought back in found codes for communication with ABS and brake switch replace switch and light did go out until pedal got rock hard again- replaced master cyl and rebled pedal good then after twenty min got rock hard again I think affecting only ft brakes. t...
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1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L ignition coil VIN: 1J4GZ58S4P
This Jeep towed in. The customer replaced the starter and battery. No cranking. Replaced the ignition switch and cranked and the engine ran. But towed in again. Checked the starter relay:looks OK. Checked wire from the relay to the starter:OK. When jumping 30 ...
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2006 Land Rover LR3 SE 4.4L Suspension VIN: SALAE25466
I got this 2006 LR3 no codes in the suspension & the ride hieght is normal, the complaint from the customer is wont respond if you push on the switch to raise it or lower it, i scan it with autologic, when i depress on the switch no change at all, any help wil...
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1992 Lexus SC400 4.0L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire VIN: JT8UZ30C3N
Vehicle had a bad idle and stalling when it came in one of my co-workers scanned it and it came up with camshaft position sensor codes don't know the actual code, he put new sensors on it but it still acts up. vehicle starts and runs but if it gets hot the car...
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1997 Mercedes-Benz E420 4.2L Windows, Locks VIN: WDBJF72F1V
Hello and thank you in advance to anyone with any advice. This vehicle came in with power windows and door locks not working at all. Customer discovered this just after starting the car. Also had some exterior lighting issues on the right side. Found the groun...
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2001 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L ignition switch VIN: WDBJH65J51
This car was towed to us for a no start with key. We found out if you charge the battery and put the cable back on it will start about two times and run. I dont know why this is happening ??? Again if you charge the battery with the cable end off, and with the...
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2003 Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: WDBRN40JX3
Good afternoon techs, I was called to a shop to aid in diag. a problem child ( for the last three weeks no less). Car was brought by owner with a diag. from two other shops. Unfortunately car was taken apart without confirming some things. While in the process... Trouble codes: P2054
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2007 Mini Cooper S 1.6L Poor Idle Quality, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: WMWMF73597
Customer explains that in the mornings when coming to a stop after backing out of her garage the vehicle will stall. The car will immediately start back every time. She also states that this has happen to her once when stopping at a traffic light. She has at t... Trouble codes: 2880 (High Pressure System), 2FD7
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2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: JN8AZ08T16
Another tech did this head job. I set the timing chains for him. Engine runs well but sets this correlation code P0011. At idle bank 2 is -1 degrees and bank 1 is 15 degrees. Bank 1 does not moved off 15 degrees at any time. bank 2 will go to -4 degrees while ... Trouble codes: P0011 (Bank 1 Intake Valve Timing Control)
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1998 Oldsmobile LSS 3.8L No Start, Stall VIN: 1G3HY52KXW
Good Evening Everyone. Boy do I need help with this one. Car originally came in on hook for no start. Found ignition module was bad and replaced it (January). Now car has come back in again on the hook for no start. When I press on the ignition module connecto...
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2005 Pontiac Montana 3.4L ABS system VIN: 1GMDV23E85
Vehicle intermittently & randomly sounds as though going into ABs on its' own while driving. Will generally occur shortly after start up in the morning on first brake apply whether the brake apply is hard or soft. Will also hear the ABS system operate when hit...
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2004 Suzuki XL-7 LX 2.7L transfer case VIN: JS3TX92V34
This little truck came in on the wrecker because it went into neutral at the transfer case switch & stayed. First tried to operate switch holding it for 5 seconds but nothing happens, then I put the transmission in gear & then when I tried to put it in park & ...
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2004 Toyota Highlander 3.3L diff. VIN: JTEEP21A44
When tcase was bolted back on there was some intiail resistace which I thought was the guild pins after finishing found the t case making clucking noise and no power transfer to rear diff or drive line. pulled tace back out and ring and pinion feel fine . foun...
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2005 Toyota Camry LE 3.0L Closed Throttle Downshift VIN: 4T1BF30K85
Complaint is a harsh downshift when stopping completely, only if car had gone fast enough to upshift to 4th. In other words,if you have accelerated through 3rd only and then brake, no problem. Deactivating OD makes no difference. If you manually downshift to 3...
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2005 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDI 1.9L No Throttle Response VIN: 3VWSR69M95
This BEW engine has been a real pain. We did a head and cam originally because of flat cam, and ever since we got it back together it starts and idles good but has no throttle response when cold and gets slightly better when warm. NO THROTTLE at all when cold,...
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Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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1972 Chevrolet C10 Pickup 5.7L Cuts out, Misfire
ok so whomever built this motor failed to install cam retainer plate allowing cam to move forward and that is what caused ignition timing to retard. With the exception of two members nobody addressed this issue in their responses and that was the question i as...
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1998 Chevrolet K2500 Cheyenne 5.7L transfer case VIN: 1GCGK29R9W
thanx for all the replies, sorry for the delay in closing this.After to many hours and parts we found wires to the high low switch bacwards,but didnt cure it.the fix was the encoder motor 8 wire connector was swapped with the o2 sensor plug wich fit perfectly ...
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2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS 3.8L defoger, ac, heated seats VIN: 2G1WX15K62
Thanks to everyone's help. Ended up replacing the bcm. It was a guess with the reply's we received. Customer has car and driving into the sunset. Thanks al
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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8L Misfire VIN: 1GCEK14UX5
hi all, this truck has not been fixed yet but i must close the request. from the responses the valve springs and the intake gaskets would be the first place i would look. i work for the local government and this truck is just on the back burner until we get ca... Trouble codes: P0300.
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2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4L Unknown VIN: 1G1ZC5EB1A
Hi guys, Due to the low mileage and the fact he had complined about noise twice while under warranty, the dealer said he would help him. I had condemned the rack. I have been unsable to get a hold of the owner after several attempts, therefore I don't know wh...
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1997 Chrysler Concorde LX 3.5L blower VIN: 2C3HD56F1V
i will back up a little and say that after the second blower resistor failed i checked the amp draw of blower motor the maximum amp draw i had was 13 amps . as many said use oe part there are not any available so we got two from junk yard . i was tired of putt...
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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring 2.4L Stall VIN: 3C3AY55E85
I can not call that a FIX, because problem does not happen again for 4 days. Customer decides to trade it in for another car. Thanks for all the supports. Sorry, I can not come up with any informative solution. Again, thanks you all.
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1997 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3L rich VIN: 2B4GP44R7V
tested all fuel and spark control components,and related wiring with no problems found, substituted known good PCM and rich codes gone, PCM has fuel control
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1999 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3L monitors won't set VIN: 1B4GP44GXX
well I have tried a majority of tests and replaced the pcm with no luck all replies were done and refered vehicle to a dodge dealer they also had no results for the issues. At this time I have no reason why this will not set.I have given the owner a date to br...
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2000 Dodge Dakota SLT 4.7L Cylinder Head VIN: 1B7GL2AN4Y
Thanks to all seven members for helping me. The heads are properly torqued in sequence step by step accordingly. Each step I torqued them all and I have to go back and re-torqued them again as I found out they are not at spec after you finished the very first ...
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2004 Dodge Stratus R/T 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 4B3AG52H14
only two times have I had a timing belt this loose front cam only had half the belt in the teeth back cam off by 2 teeth timing belt and tensioner was my fix Trouble codes: P0300.
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2000 Ford F-350 Super Duty XLT 7.3L Spedometer VIN: F1XEE48077
Found that the ground for the gem module was bad thanks
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2004 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L No power VIN: 1FMDU74K14
well after learning how on demand fuel system works . I found cat to be plug up 27 years in the repair business never to old to learn
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2007 Ford Escape Limited 3.0L 1-2 shift VIN: 1FMYU94107
Lots of good info. I weighed the odds of me doing it in the car so I drafted a couple of bids and approached customer with them. They decided to do an overhaul so pulling the trans was a go. These things are time consuming with the 4wd but it was a good learn....
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2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3L Surge, Stall VIN: 3FAHP07Z19
Thanks for all the replies. cleaned throttle body, customer has had no issues for the past 5 or so days. Will be cleaning throttle bodies prior to reprogramming in future. Thanks again.
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2010 Ford E-150 4.6L frame VIN: 1FTNE1EW2A
HI folks. I havent had a chance to get back to it and do more that a quick ride in the back. Wishing I hadn't sold my chassis ear... The noise sounds just as loud and in the same spot as if your outside as it drives by you. I will get back to it later on ...
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1993 GMC Jimmy SLE 4.3L No Start, Stall VIN: 1GKDT13W5P
Thanks Pros. Took out the distributor to replace the pick up coil and found a crack under the magnet when pop out the distributor shaft. Replaced a new rebuilt distributor and fixed. Engine stalled, so adjust timing BTDC 0 @ 1000rpm. Then the engine was runnin...
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1998 Honda CR-V LX 2.0L Take Off VIN: JHLRD184XW
I tested the clutch pressures and once it got hot I had a cross leak between the 1st and 4th clutch. Since both clutches are feed thru the main shaft I isolated the problem to the bushings in the end of the shaft that the tubes in the end cover go into. It was...
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2002 Nissan Xterra SE 3.3L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 5N1ED28Y22
Thanks to all who replied. Upon further investigation I diagnosed that #2 fuel injector was poor/bad. Replaced injector and all is well so far. Thanks again for all your help. Trouble codes: P0302 (cylinder 2 misfire), P0328, P0340.
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2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue GX 3.5L engine VIN: 1G3WH52H4Y
Thanks everyone. Replaced radiator and the thermostat flow was not good enough. No more overheating. Thanks, al
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2008 Porsche Cayenne GTS 4.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: WP1AD29P38
Most of the replies that I had gotten were very little help, Must one of those problems that no one else Has seen] well thats car repairs I know this doesnt help. But It least I didnt lie]Mark
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2003 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0L No Start VIN: JTEBU14R93
thanks for all the awesome replies. Read a post from Aam from New Jersey from July12 2012 and he had similar problem and had posted pictures of cam gears for the two different years. 07 tacoma has hall effect and 03 forerunner has magnetic. We swapped gears (t...
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