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1995 BMW M3 3.0L vacuum leak VIN: WBSBF9328S
Found vacuum leak at rear and front of intake manifold. After removing manifold, I put a straight edge on the surface, it isn't flat...actually it got a bow (about 1 mm) to it. Gaskets were bad at both ends. No signs of overheating damage to manifold. My q...
1998 BMW 528i 2.8L Starter VIN: WBADD6323W
This BMW will not crank over. I put in a new battery since the old one was weak, still no crank. After much diagnosis I have found that the EWS data shows the starter disabled because of lever position, i.e. it thinks the car is in gear instead of park or neut...
2003 BMW 325xi 2.5L Variant codes VIN: WBAEU33493
Is there a source for locating engine and body variant codes for European vehicles? Some scanners request a variant code (E54, E56, etc) to access data.
2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L No Start, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1GCEK19T51
This truck was towed in after stalling on the highway and unable to restart. Customer did state that it stalled several times before and would restart after a cool down period. Battery was dead from customer prolonged cranking. Jumped battery. After several at... Trouble codes: P0300 (Engine misfire detcted), P0336 (CKP Sensor A 18/24X Out ouf range)
2006 Chevrolet C4500 Kodiak C4U042 6.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GBE4C1286
Truck came and driver said it lost accelerator pedal operation, he shut down the engine and sprayed wd40 on the pedal and all was good. Ok! With mil on, found p0087, fuel press too low. Cleared codes and drove truck and all is good. Found all the above codes i... Trouble codes: P0087, P0088, P0401, P0540, U1041, U1064
2008 Chrysler Town & Country Touring 3.8L dash brake VIN: 2A8HR54PX8
Van came in for red brake light lit in instrument cluster. Found code C1008. Checked brake fluid, was good. Voltage for brake fluid level stays at 3.14 volts, all the time. Checked the wires from the level connector to the power distribution box, wires good, n...
2009 Dodge Charger SE 2.7L Accessories VIN: 2B3KA43DX9
Hi guys got one fixed have another, 2009 dodge charger, 2.7l auto, vehicle came in no crank, non of the instrument lights, gauges light up, non of the accessories ie. Radio, power windows, power seats,etc. Work and cannot communicate with any modules with scan...
1999 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L Hesitation, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FAFP53U9X
this tarus is stumping me. it had a cyl 2 misfire, seems much worse when cold. after it warms up its intermittent. but still there. mod 6 data tells me the only cyl that is misfiring is cyl 2. does not have a misfire monitor. have already tested injector and p... Trouble codes: P0302
2000 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0L ABS Activation VIN: 1FMZU72EXY
Hey guys, appreciate some help. The ABS activates once in a while for no reason. Usually on slow stops w/ no load or weight in vehicle. We have no codes, data goes in and out constantly though. It goes FROM 25 MPH to no data, with foot on brake or off,doesn't ...
2000 Ford E-150 Econoline 4.2L Tempature gauge VIN: 1FTRE1425Y
Hi fellows, I have this 00 E150 4.2L that we just replaced the lower intake manifold on and now the temp gauge does not work (stuck at cold). We tried replacing the temp sensor and cluster but without success. Tested the sensor connector and found ground and b...
2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTNX21F02
Truck came in with a dead misfire, engine hot or cold. P0284 on the IDS. Customer wanted us to replaced all 4 injectors on that bank, so I did. Started truck right up and it runs good now. Went on a test drive and it starts to miss and blow blue smoke from exh... Trouble codes: P0284
2006 Ford F-350 Super Duty XLT 6.0L cooling system VIN: 1FTWW31P16
Customer complaint slow to get cab heat and engine overheats while towing a 32' trailer. I have no codes in pcm. Eot/Ect I can't get to go anywhere out of range. Headgaskets were done at dealer by me under warranty with oil cooler, in 07. Truck has egr cooler ...
2006 Ford Escape XLT 3.0L Charging VIN: 1FMYU93186
Vechicle is not charging 5 alts put in even motorcraft unit 12 volt source is good the 3 wire connectotr 1 has power the other 2 i know go to computer im not sure if computer is bad or what pls help
1997 Honda Civic DX 1.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1HGEJ6225V
Hello all, hope everyone enjoyed their summer! Can't believe it's October already!! This one has us scratching our heads. The vehicle is running rich, PCM is pulling about 30% fuel (LTFT stays around negative 14-18%, STFT stays about the same). We do not have... Trouble codes: P0170 (Fuel trim system malfunction), P0172 (Fuel system is too rich)
2003 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5L gauges VIN: FNRL18963B
Hello. I have this honda that the gauges the back light the odometer and the tach all shut down intermittantly. The customer said after 5 minutes on start up about 30mph just about everything on the instrument panel went dead. He pulled over and cycled the key...
1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1J4FF68S9X
ckecked timing dist. and 0 on timing cover perfect flywheel no movement while cranking no scarring on reluctor ring wave forme looks good on lab scope for cam and crank sensor has spark and pulse blows back air cleaner when let off key when cranking just spins... Trouble codes: 1391 (320 -), 320 (testing and results)
2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.0L Unknown VIN: 1J8HR48M18
We have a jeep grand Cherokee with a 3.0 litre diesel engine and have an oil leak on the left valve cover. have called 3 different dodge dealers looking for a gasket. two told us they don't know and have no listing for one. the third one told us we have to buy...
2007 Lexus RX350 3.5L Unknown VIN: JTJGK31U57
Hi all and Lexus guy, car tow in for not charging we replaced new alternator and see radiator leak . we replaced new radiator . work relate - we have to discharge free-on and uninstall high pressure line and reinstall. but the a/c not cold after done all the w...
2005 Maserati Spyder GT 4.2L underhoodusualy cold VIN: ZAMBC38A15
hoping to get possible pattern problem info .I did recommend he leave it over night so it can be located,he has already spent thousands else where and I told him I would at least research this. He will call latter if he decides to leave it, Any help appreciate...
2011 Nissan Juke S 1.6L No Start VIN: JN8AF5MR7B
Hello all I am stumped on this one. This car came in with a no start condition, I pulled in and check fuel pressure from low pressure pump and had about 75 psi, you can hear high pressure pump working when cranking. There are no codes in the system at all. I t...
1989 Pontiac Firebird Formula 5.7L No Start VIN: 1G2FS2185K
arrived at shop with intermittent no start. battery passed VAT test. cranking voltage is about 9.8 VDC.charged battery and car started. next morning it would not start again. battery passed VAT test. put in a new battery anyways. still was a cranker. spark str...
1997 Toyota Corolla DX 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Stall
Hi everyone and thanks in advanced. I'm working on a '97 corolla DX, The car will not start normally when it's cold unless you put your foot on the gas pedal and it has a bad hesitation once it starts, it runs much better after it warms up but it still idles k...
2005 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7L Abs,Speedometer VIN: 5TBET34155
customer brought truck in with complaint of ECU IG 10amp fuse in interior junction box blowing after very short drive which in turn makes the abs light come on and the speedo quit working. We get it into our shop and now it blows the fuse immediately when the ...
2008 Toyota RAV4 2.4L Mechanical VIN: JTMBD33V28
hi have a issue with engine vibration only in drive or reverse no miss-fire on codes or vacuum leaks no broken engine mounts need help
2006 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T 2.0L reverse 1-6 VIN: WVWAK73C76
shift indicator in dash all lights lit up . harsh reverse and harsh forward engagement , locked in limp-home 3rd gear. removed valvebody and harness ohmed out all solenoids and harness past test . replaced #9 solenoid to try. ohm harness to tcm ,past replaced ...
2006 Volkswagen Golf GTI 1.8T 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, lean VIN: 9BWDE61J86
This vehicle is a problem child! Misfires and runs lean only on cold starts for maybe 60 sec. Once secondary air pump turns off it will run perfect. I have changed every thing that was backed up by failed tests. The last thing was smoke testing for vacuum leak... Trouble codes: P0300, P0301, P0302, P0303, P0304, P0171
2009 Volkswagen Passat Komfort 2.0L engine VIN: WVWJK73C09
car came in blown timing chain 3 qts low oil,swap out with low miles used engine runs great plenty power,icon on dash oil can dripping with 3 chimes(low oil pressure} swap out with used and new oil pressure switches same thing psi at idle 36 psi mitchell spec ...
1996 Volvo 960 2.9L ac VIN: YV1KS9605T
Vehicle came in for no a/c and then replaced hi pressure switch on condenser all appeared ok at time of releasing and came back next day with complaint of flashing a/c lamp and no heat. Pull codes and retrieve 111 and system working ok untill move left dial of...
2007 Volvo S60 R 2.5L overboost VIN: YV1RH52717
So this car comes to us in limp mode code 601c TCV boost control fault signal too high. When the code is cleared the car runs great until you step into it and then it will over boost to the tune of 20 psi or more backfire shuder and go back to limp mode, the w...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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2004 BMW 325i 2.5L Mechanical VIN: WBAAZ33454
Thank you for the great replys,as you all said this is a very common problem and there are some helpful tips on goggle. Thanks again John
2005 Cadillac CTS 3.6L Misfire VIN: 1G6DP56785
2004 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LS 5.3L abs VIN: 3GNFK16Z64
Thank you for all of the good ideas. I ended up getting a used ABS unit, installed it, and everything worked the way it should.
2006 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.2L noise VIN: 1G1ZT51F46
Sreering shaft was the problem when removed it show no signs of a problem original shaft was smooth the new one was splined maybe an update? Thanks
2005 Chrysler Pacifica Touring 3.5L Trans windows radiator fan VIN: 2C4GM68415
Thanks to everyone that tried to help I know I didnt give much info just trying to help some customers out
2008 Chrysler Town & Country LX 3.3L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2A8HR44H08
Thanks one and all for your input. After all the pin-point diagnosing we narrowed down the problem to the PCM after confirming we had no wiring issue. We ordered a reman PCM this morning with current software already downloaded. When asked by the company re... Trouble codes: P0138, P0141, P1128 (Closed loop fueling not achieved B1), P0135, P0037.
1999 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.8L Hesitation, Surge, Misfire VIN: 1B4GT44L8X
Thanks for the great info dan and gilberto. this vehicle is fix and gone. hairline cracks in the flex plate caused the cam and crank overlap.
2002 Dodge Ram 2500 Van 5.9L Abs VIN: 3B7KC23Z32
1997 Ford F-150 XL 4.2L engine VIN: 1FTDF0720V
This 97 f-150 is fixed, thank to all for the great information. Tyler from Kansas, help me to fix the high idle and Fred from Georgia the RPM drop problem, it been 3 days since a reset the KAM according to Fred, now at idle have 800 RPM and when gear drop to...
1999 Ford F-350 Super Duty XLT 7.3L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1FPWF37F7X
Thanks For the tips found ICP sensor bad intermittent wiggled wires and ran great. Replaced sensor and connector.
2002 Ford Escape XLT 3.0L abs VIN: 1FMYU04132
As I mentioned before this business can be quite humbling at times. Got quite a few suggestions on broken or damaged tone rings on the rear axle but they looked just fine. Got to thinking that maybe the light had been on awhile and decided to check the sensors...
2003 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4L Recirc - Door VIN: 1FTRX18L13
I updated the tech bulletin and forgot to close it. Sorry It is fixed AFtermarket alarm was pinching hoses.
2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 5.4L door ajar radio int light VIN: 3FTNX21L23
yes william same prob. had to trick ids to let me install build data thanks had to unplug vsm start programing then plug new module in then it will ask for build data which u must get from ford website
1991 Honda Accord LX 2.2L s light on VIN: 1HGCB9857M
Thanks to all that replied. The fix turned out to be having the trans control unit rebuilt. It cost $150 for the rebuilt unit and the car runs great again. Thanks again. I really appreciate it.
1999 Honda CR-V EX 2.0L valve VIN: JHLRD176XX
A long discussion with automotive machinist Mike Wasinger convinced me that this engine HAD to be running lean at high cruise to repeatedly burn exhaust valves. But fuel trims and 02 sensor readings all looked reasonable. On a hunch I swapped the injectors b...
2012 Kia Optima LX 2.4L Mechanical VIN: 5XXGM4A77C
Dale from Pennsylvania was the only one who was close. He questioned ignition timing being 180 out. Well the fix was the engine harness. They look and fit the same...untill peeling back the loom and finding 4 wires "switched" On the coil ground circuits (E...
2003 Nissan Altima SE 3.5L clutch VIN: 1N4BL11E53
Yes the help was terrific. Took sub frame all off and replaced New DMF with New clutch. Great help. Thanks Len
2008 Nissan Versa SL 1.8L clutch VIN: 3N1BC11E28
The general consensus seems that there must be air getting back into the hydraulic system most likely due to a leak in the slave cylinder, even though there is no loss of fluid. This could be due to thermal expansion/contraction in the slave cylinder. I have r...
2002 Oldsmobile Bravada 4.2L Stall VIN: 1GHDT13S22
after all the replies I received and further checking I did,i was confident the bcm was bad. as I had no way to program new one I had customer take vehicle to local dealer.they agreed with my findings and replaced bcm. all is well now.
2006 Saab 9-3 Aero 2.8L master cylinder? VIN: YS3FH41U86
The fix was a new (used) abs pump/actuator. The test Andrew & Justin told me about confirmed the ABS actuator was defective. Removing the rubber test plugs on top, installing 4mm pins, applying brake pedal pressure & watch pins for movement--should not be an...
2007 Toyota Corolla S 1.8L Mechanical VIN: 2T1BR32EX7
I want to thank all those that responded and it did turn out to be a problem within the differential, we replaced the trans with a good used unit as per customer request and she is off and running like a Toyota should.
2008 Toyota Tacoma Pre Runner 4.0L battery VIN: 5TEJU62N18
It's been 2+ weeks and the customer has not had another incident. We had the vehicle here for 4 days and could not duplicate the failure. With help from Denver from California, suggested testing the A/C clutch relay for sticking on after shut down. Pulled the ...
2009 Toyota Corolla 1.8L No Start
well, i didnot know this car had a remote starter on it tilli pulled the panel under the steering column, one of the plug ins to the remote box was unplugged, plugged it back in and it started right up, thanks guys for the replys, Trouble codes: B2784.
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