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1999 BMW 750iL 5.4L engine/transmisison VIN: WBAGJ0338X
thanks for taking time to check this one out. car came in with a complaint of a delayed shift. upon inspection, we found very dark/dirty transmission fluid and recommended a transmission fluid service with filter kit. After the service, we test drove vehicle a...
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2004 BMW X3 3.0i 3.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: WBXPA93404
Hello all! This vehicle first came to me in August for CEL diagnosis, when I found both lean faults and low fuel lean fault. Since the fuel level was in reserve with an estimated 30 miles of range, I cleared the faults, reset the adaptations, and advised the c... Trouble codes: P0171 (2882 Mixture prep Bank 1), P0174 (2883 Mixture prep Bank 2)
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1998 Chevrolet Metro 1.0L MIL Lamp on, o2s2 VIN: 2C1MR2266W
We have been trying to squeese this through emissions test and drove it over 200 miles with "Cata Clean" in the tank. It would not get ready and the rear o2 is following the front. Customer is a working mom with no money. Finally it threw the p0420 again. I ge... Trouble codes: P0420
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1999 Chevrolet S10 4.3L Hesitation, Surge, Misfire, MIL Lamp on
Truck came in with p0171 p0174 p0300 p0305 check injectors ok check compression 150 all check leak down test install new injectors new spark plug, wires, distributor rotor distributor cap, notice voltage at number 5 was 30kv the rest ok fuel filter was plugged... Trouble codes: P0300 (p0304-), P0304 (p0305-), P0305
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2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer LS 4.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GNDT13S32
We could not get spark plug removed so we got the tools in order to hold camshafts in the rear and the wedge tool for timing chain and removed cylinder head to have repaired. Wedge tool did pop out causing tensioner to fully extend out but thanks to IATN, we u... Trouble codes: P1345 (Cam/Crankshaft variation), U1000 (Class II serial data)
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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 6.0L booster/steering/braking VIN: 1GCHK29U83
Current issue: After vehicle driven for 20 minutes around town at low speeds the steering assist will become very stiff, braking performance poor & the power steering pump will begin to make noise. Issue originally began with power steering pump & gear failure...
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2006 Chevrolet Colorado LT 3.5L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall, Lack power VIN: 1GCCS19646
Truck originally came in with misfire codes. Testing showed low compression on cylinder 4. Leak down proved intake valves not sealing. Tear it down and send it to my trustworthy machine shop to have valves redone. I used special tool to hold tensioner in place... Trouble codes: P0017
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1999 Dodge Ram 3500 8.0L Front Brakes VIN: 3B6MF36W4X
Hello all. I have a BR3500 1999 Dodge truck with a utility box on it. As the truck sits it weighs about 8500lbs. It spends a lot of time mountain driving. GVWR is 11000 lbs. it usually is not towing anything. I am looking for a possible aftermarket solutions t...
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2005 Ford F-350 Super Duty King Ranch 6.0L Stall VIN: 1FTWW31P75
This truck came in for a Start/Stall issue. Customer stated that he pulled in his driveway and let the truck run for about 10 minutes while he went in the house. When he came out, the truck had stalled and he couldn't get it running again. It will start with a... Trouble codes: P2284 (ICP circuit range performance), P2285 (ICP circuit low)
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2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L No Start VIN: 1FAFP53U76
I had this car come in 2 months ago. It was towed in because it died going down the road. Pulled codes, had ecu failure code. Replaced PCM and programmed. Started and ran fine. Here it is towed back in 2 months later and has the same 2 codes. If I run a koeo t... Trouble codes: B1342, B1601
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2014 Ford Mustang GT 5.0L Differential VIN: 1ZVBP8FF2E
I replaced the ring & pinion with a 3.73. When I try to reflash it ask for reflector ratio. What is the correct ratio? 729-779
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2000 GMC Savana 1500 5.7L Ignition VIN: 1GDFG15R8Y
Installed reman engine due to internal failure. Replaced spark plugs, cap, rotor, wires, and CPS. Set the valve lash,and set camshaft retard offset. Had a misfire on cylinders 2 and 3. After re-checking and replacing ignition parts the manufacture of the engin...
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2003 Honda Element EX 2.4L noise VIN: 5J6YH28583
Ok, Honda people. I have a 2003 Honda Element with a grinding noise coming from the rear disc brakes on a slow stop. Sounds like metal to metal coming to a full stop. Have replaced the rotors and pads with different makes and compounds (brembo this time). It s...
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2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T 2.0L No Start VIN: KMHHT6KD3A
vehicle came in for a no start, tried to start and sounded like it had no compression. pulled valve cover off to inspect timing chain and found that it was intact and the cams turned with the sprockets. did a compression test on it and found low compression in... Trouble codes: P0336, P0016, P0340, P0365, 02261 (turbo charger bypass valve - mechanical)
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1997 Jaguar XK8 4.0L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: SAJGX2744V
This car intermittently drops 4 cylinders simultaneously. It will do this just idling in park. Two inboard cylinders on one bank and outboard cylinders on opposite bank. The codes descriptions are coil related and the relevant coils share an igniter module. Sw... Trouble codes: P0352, P0353, P0355, P0358, P1367, P1368
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2005 Land Rover Freelander SE 2.5L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, MIL Lamp on VIN: SALNY22235
Good Morning, We have the Freelander that has an idle surge all the time. Cleared the codes, inspected the throttle body, it is very clean, smoke tested the intake with no leaks found. The update connector has been installed at the throttle body. It does hav... Trouble codes: P0505 (Idle speed stepper control), P1475, P0174
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2005 Land Rover Range Rover HSE 4.4L Electronic VIN: SALME114X5
Hi every body.I have this range rover at my shop with transmission in limbo mode ,before i clean transfer case motor brushes ,i had deferent cods like ox5221,0x5223 but after fix the transfer case motor i have totally referent cods and they are not erasable dt...
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1999 Mazda Miata 10th Anniversary 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: JM1NB3539X
We had a 1999 Miata 1.8L brought to us that would idle low and stall. There were codes for both O2 sensor heaters (p1136, p1142) as well as a code for the IAC (p1504). We decided to replace the O2 sensors first and then tackle the idle problem so the O2 sensor... Trouble codes: P1504
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2007 Mazda CX-7 Touring 2.3L turbo VIN: JM3ER29397
We replaced noisy variable valve timing actuator (tsb 01-002/08)including oil change, and replaced a throttle body unit. I would have liked to have replaced the chain & guides also, but it was an extended warranty company paying, & we couldn't show any failure...
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2011 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 3.0L Belt VIN: WD3PE8CC7B
How to remove Fan To crankshaft belt, don't have any info on this vehicle.
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2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE 2.4L Inj Pulse Coil Pulse Fuel Pump Pwr VIN: 4A3AK64F28
Car died on customer, ecm is not activating fuel pump relay #2, no ground pulse to inj. Or coils, all relays and fuses are good , no codes, power good to all sensors help...
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2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8L No Start VIN: 3N1CB51D95
This cars fuel injector pulse cold is 16.5 and goes up to 22.5 cold at times while cranking ,the coolant temp reads 62 degrees the air intake reads 93 degrees they should read the same, ambient air temp, right. Which is about 62 this morning ,all other sensors...
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1994 Oldsmobile 88 Royale 3.8L No Start, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1G3HN52L1R
car came in with a no start condition. tested fuel preasure. none. replaced fuel pump. started and check engine light came on. p0342 cam sensor circuit code. tested cam sensor circuit-- ok. replaced cam sensor. light still comes on. intermittent no start.when ... Trouble codes: P0342 (Cam sensor circuit)
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1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP 3.8L Cruise Control VIN: 1G2WP121XV
Thanks for any and all help with my car from hell. Cruise control will not operate. We have worked on this several times over several weeks with no success. Cruise does not set and at one time early on set a code p1662 for inhibit circuit. Myself and another t...
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2007 Porsche Cayman 2.7L Residual oil in exha VIN: WP0CA29807
Hello, we have a 07 porsche boxster, the oil separator diaphragm broke as many do causing oil contamination in exhaust system. My question is if anyone knows the best way or the fastest way to clear all the residual oil from the exhaust/ muffler other than run...
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2000 Saab 9-5 SE 3.0L water pump VIN: YS3EF48Z4Y
Replacing timing belt, water pump, related components. Water pump seems seized in place, are there any special tricks or tools to assist removing water pump from engine?
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1999 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1NXBR18E8X
Car came in 2 weeks ago cylinder 2 misfire. Wires & coils & look original Customer loves car said replace all, So we put all new in with correct style spark plugs & Quality parts. Ran fine now is back no codes has hesitation under under load after sitting at s...
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1997 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8L Trans. VIN: WVWEE83A7V
I Bought This Car Cheap For My Kid To Run. Car Is In Great Shape But I Was Told The Tranny Was Bad. Figured I'd Just Throw A Used Trans. In It And Be Done. Well, Couldn't Get The Engine Started Either So Bit The Bullet And Bought An Engine And Trans. Engine Ru...
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1995 BMW M3 3.0L vacuum leak VIN: WBSBF9328S
Reinstalled the old intake. Rechecked for leaks, none found. Retested the vehicle and it passed Ca. smog check. Thanks for all the replies.
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2006 BMW 760Li 6.0L Restraint system VIN: WBAHN03556
Steven and Andy got it! Thank you for your help this is something that I feel like I should have known. We have a dealer level scan tool so we were able to fix it in house. Car is repaired and down the road! Thank you again!
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2008 BMW 528xi 3.0L MIL Lamp on, low power VIN: WBANV13518
Nobody answered question about standard fuse protection CAS fault, which was only question in post. Replaced crank sensor, which we believed was bad prior to post but didn't want to install if we had an ECU power problem. Vehicle is fixed Trouble codes: P1727 (51A6 Trans. Engine Signal), P0335 (2A94 Engine/DME Crankshaft Sensor Signal).
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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4L temp gauge VIN: 3C8FY68BX3
Thanks everyone! The cars been gone a couple days now no calls !while testing,I noticed surgeing idle then the check engine light came on w/ multible crazy codes ! and the temp gauge started working. all wires related to codes went into the same plug on ecm.I...
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2005 Dodge Dakota ST 4.7L Steering VIN: 1D7HW28N85
Thanks for everyones input. I was finaly able to get the truck back in and after re-checking all work I installed and second set of lower ball joints. Although they felt like butter with the tie rods removed and on a lift it turns out they were binding under l...
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2000 Ford F-350 Super Duty XL 7.3L Misfire VIN: 1FDWF37F1Y
Engine slowly started to run better and a lot less smoke in affected rpm range (ran cleaner). I am not pushing BG, but another local shop said they ran some of the BG cleaner (2 step)diesel cleaner thru the engine and it helped a lot with smoking. I think it r...
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2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty King Ranch 6.7L oil in coolant VIN: 1FT8W3BT2B
Thanks to all who offered advise it is greatly appreciated. Looks like this one is fixed. The problem was internal leakage in the turbo between oiling circuit and cooling circuit. Now to get all the oil residue out of the cooling system :)
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2005 Honda Element LX 2.4L No Start VIN: 5J6YH18365
winton was right bad iac, no know why but it idles great now. hAD TRIED EVERYTHING ELSE. THANKS
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2004 Kia Sorento EX 3.5L Steering gear VIN: KNDJD73394
Thanks for all the good info it ended up being that the pressure regulator in both power steering pumps were stuck. We checked the regulator in the new pump, saw it was stuck and freed it when we test drove it the problem occurred again so we took the regulato...
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1997 Nissan Pickup SE 2.4L camshaft VIN: 1N6SD16Y6V
I got 4 quick responces .We set the cam timing first with the dowel pin at 12 oclock position and the dot on the cam sprocket at 3 oclock position.We then performed a leak down test and 3 out of the 4 cyls had signifficant leakage from various places. The cust...
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2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5L no throttle VIN: 1N4AL11D65
Ok . I had a vehicle with no fly by wire throttle response and my good scan tool was down.i knew it was either the throttle body, witch includes the throttle position sensor. Or the throttle pedal position switch. I had no scanner and no wiring diagrams. I got... Trouble codes: P2135.
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2009 Nissan Maxima S 3.5L intellikey - starting VIN: 1N4AA51E89
A less than satisfying fix, but fixed nevertheless. The U0164 CAN bus code turned out to be unrelated - a fuse to the HVAC module. I had tried the key three times after replacing the module and got crank/no start: NATS failure. According to the info, 5 times a...
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2008 Pontiac Torrent 3.4L washer pump VIN: 2CKDL33F18
Thanks to all members who replied. The answer is the relays for the wipers and the wiper washers are non serviceable requiring power dist. center replacement. Quick way to check the relay oper, remove the interior center dash trim to gain to the bcm. Remove b...
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2003 Saab 9-5 Aero 2.3L oil leak VIN: YS3EH49G63
Thanks for all the suggestions. We installed a National crankshaft repair sleeve, which slowed the leak down in the front crank area - have oil leaks in a couple of places now at head gasket area, 1 in front, & the prior one at right rear corner. We checked ...
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2007 Saab 9-5 2.3t 2.3L Excessive Emissions, MIL Lamp on VIN: YS3EH49G17
Before this help request was opened we decided that we would replace the purge valve if we didn't come up with anything else. Everyone that responded agreed. We took one last look at the evap test in the TechII and why it wouldn’t run. It occurred to us tha... Trouble codes: P0455 (Large evap leak).
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1999 Subaru Legacy L 2.2L No Start VIN: 4S3BK4359X
Well this Subaru is fixed. unplugging TPM and MAP sensors did not change the reference voltage. Found in the bottom of a schematic that the fuel tank pressure sensor is tied into this reference circuit. Found the connector in the passenger kick panel and unplu...
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1999 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8L left front VIN: WVWPD63B8X
This roach is as fixed as it is going to get. It was wet under the carpet. The 5 wire splice on the red & white wire in the harness was corroded & repaired. This got the windows working again. There was no water in the convenience module box or the module it...
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2000 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 1.9L No Start VIN: 3VWCF21C9Y
Thanks to Don from Oklahoma and Dan from Quebec, both said injectors. In fact, Don's reply was one word "injectors". He must have seen this before. On a "hail Mary" i borrowed a set of injectors from a friend and BINGO!!! Problem totally gone, car runs perf...
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