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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 2.2L immobilizer light VIN: 1G1AK52F05
Hi all I have this 2005 Cobalt which came in for a "NO START". I noticed the security light was on so I programmed the system and the vehicle started. The problem I'm having is the MIL stays on. Pulled codes and found B3031 Security system controller in learn ...
1994 Ford F-150 XL 5.8L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1FTEX14H1R
Hello to all. This one is a head scratcher. One of those vehicles, where multiple issues have been found, but none fix the problem. Vehicle has a rough run/lack of power. When cold, under load, it backfires thru the intake. Will intermittently bog out, and hav... Trouble codes: 172 (O2 Sensor indicates lean condition)
1999 GMC Jimmy SL 4.3L No Start VIN: 1GKDT13W0X
This truck is one of my great customers son,s truck. It came in with a hard start mostly cold but customer all so complained of long crank times when warm. 6 or 7 times trying to start it and matting the pedal to get it to start. The pm on this truck is great ...
1996 Honda Civic DX 1.6L steering VIN: 2HGEJ6342T
I have owned this car for three years and during that time it performed flawlessly. Quite suddenly more than 2" of play appeared in the steering, when turning the steering wheel left or right. However, on occasion the play will disappear and the steering is co...
2001 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0L belt for alternator
Sorry for no VIN, I'm at home. This wonderful car came in for no crank, no start. Had dead battery, alternator not charging. Went to remove alt, pivot bolt was seized in alt. Had to cut ear off alt to remove. Didn't notice until it was all cleaned up and rea...
1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 5.7L wont shift out of first gear VIN: 336678M233
Car came in with a shudder upon takeoff and a slip between 1st and 2nd gear.Pulled pan and found bottom covered in silver sludge. removed trans and found band metal to metal against drum.Replace drum and band. overhauled trans with new clutches and seals. clea...
2007 Toyota Sienna LE 3.5L No Start, Stall VIN: 5TDBK23C47
Starts and stalls after a few seconds. On the scanner the pulse width goes up as it stalls. It always starts right back up. The pulse width is about 3ms at idle and it goes up towards 8 as it is stalling. The MAF reading is about 8-9 grams per second stable as... Trouble codes: P0348

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2007 Chrysler Pacifica Touring 4.0L Cooling Systems VIN: 2A8GM68X67
First I like to thank everyone that helped. Normally when someone has another shop do repair work I do turn them away but this case it was the customer himself and they are good customers that have spent thousands of dollars this year already I'm going to keep...
2008 Ford Edge Limited 3.5L abs VIN: 2FMDK49C78
This car is fixed inspite of myself and thanks to you guys. I miss wrote the code in my first help request but thahks to you good techs out there you were able to see through it. The C1140 is a brake fluid level code and my solus had no pid for fluid level. I ...
2008 GMC Sierra 2500 HD WT 6.6L No Start VIN: 1GTHK23628
Got the problem solved. Much thanks to Doug from Michigan. I checked the resistance at pin 6 and 14 of the DLC and had 120 ohms. Back to basics and went over everything I did that might cause an open in the data wiring. Found terminal X107, one of the larg...
2004 Honda Accord DX 2.4L Cam/Crank VIN: 1HGCM56114
Thanks to one and all who weighed in on this problem. Most of the replies I received confirmed my theory of a stretched timing chain. I haven't been able to confirm this due to the customer not returning. He'd mentioned getting rid of the vehicle. One other ...
1997 Isuzu Rodeo LS 3.2L Alternator VIN: 4S2CM58V9V
thank to all. I will call this is it fix, I scanned it even when the garage told me it was not code present, P1640 code PCM driver internal fault, checked power and ground at PCM all good, but this is my test to make the alternator to work. I connected my tes...
2003 Lexus GS300 3.0L Daytime running lights VIN: JT8BD69S33
Disconnecting the mirror had no effect. Multiple circuits stay energized with key off/out. It acts as if it never goes into sleep mode. Customer has decided not to put any more money into the car at 288K. Thanks for the replies guys!
2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT2 3.8L Hesitation, Stall VIN: 2G2WS52274
The fix was replacing the MAP sensor. The MAP readings always looked acceptable, however the long term fuel trim was almost always taking fuel away (-15 or so). Plus on the test drives, it was burning alot of gas. I decide to replace the fuel controlling senso...
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