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1995 BMW 530i 3.0L oxygen sensors VIN: WBAHE2322S
this vehicle came in to us with broken oxygen sensor wires from the vehicle harness because someone worked on it and forgot to place the wires away from the drive shaft therefore both wires leading to the oxygen sensor broke and the connectors also got lost. n...
2008 BMW 128i 3.0L topcustomer pulled VIN: WBAUL73558
I have moved the top back into open position, deck lid is not locking. How do I initialize the top? or do I need to reset the latches first? No codes using icom unable to find reset in service functions. I thought that holding the open button and turning on th...
2003 Buick Rendezvous CX 3.4L Driver info center VIN: 3G5DA03E73
Unable to retrieve any tire pressure status from the DIC. Both mode and set buttons allow us to scroll through the DIC settings but DIC will not display an option for Tire Pressure reset or will not say tire pressure normal. Tried all reset procedures and had ...
2005 Buick Century Custom 3.1L Radio and wipers VIN: 2G4WS52J85
Customer said radio went dead no lights or functionality and wipers stopped working both intermittently at the same time. Possibly the headlights stopped working but it was daytime so she wasn't sure. Everything works fine now and has been all day in shop and ...
1998 Cadillac DeVille d'Elegance 4.6L inop
cruise also inop just how tall does this square wave susposed to be i disconested the cluster the cruise module and there is no rough road module on this northstar nothing is pulling the square wave down it only .5 volts high at best is that enough ampitude us...
1983 Chevrolet K30 Custom 6.2L Generator 1
Retired Gvt. 1008 (military 1 ton 4X4 Chevy pick up) now belong to rural fire department. Battery(s) not charging. Generator 1 lamp on. Need some help from someone familiar with this type electrical system. I spend many hours in these things & their CUCV cou...
2000 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3L abs VIN: 1GNDT13W1Y
This Blazer came in with the abs activating below 8 mph with no light on. I've been down this road many times, suspected rust jacked wheel speed sensors, so I grabbed the scanner, selected just the wheel speed pids, graphed them and drove it in the parking lot...
2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GCEK19T3Y
This truck came in with intermitten rough running complaint. First road test yeilded NPF, but after hot soak and restart it would run rough after 1 minuter for less than 30+ seconds. I found that each time after a short hot soak, it would run ok for about 1 mi... Trouble codes: P0306
2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L Hesitation VIN: 1GCEK14TX1
This truck will hesitate backfire on excel. it stays at deer camp most of the year. its now time to use again. had symptom before i got it here after others have attempted repairs not sure what all has been done. all scan tool appear ok as far as i can tell no...
2003 Chevrolet Venture LT 3.4L No Start VIN: 1GNDX13E73
No start buts cranks,has spark, no injector pulse,has fuel acting like antitheft problem will not let me do the 30 min relearn for key- scanner says VTD module is locked when I try to relearn key no codes in system threw out the aftermarket alarm system Do hav...
2006 Chevrolet Equinox LS 3.4L Removal of evap case VIN: 2CNDL23F06
I need to remove the HVAC case on this vehicle. Alldata and MOD are quite vague in what is involved. I have removed the glove box, upper I/P and the center console components. The black plastic that the airbag and cluster sit in is loose on the left side. Thos...
2011 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4L Camshaft Alignment VIN: 1G1PG5S90B
Tech was replacing cylinder head but never checked to see if, or what specialty tools were needed to replace head gasket. Once new head and gasket were installed, he mentioned a camshaft alignment tool (Kent Moore # EN49977) or (Laser Tool # 5902) was needed t...
1999 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 3.3L IPC (Instrument Cluster) VIN: 1B4GP44G3X
IPC has active TACH, O.D., Shift Position working. However, there is no other functioning readout. No Speedometer, No Fuel, No Temp. No active DTCs set. Drivability is great. No known issues present. Troubleshooting for continuity and visual inspection of e...
2000 Dodge Intrepid 2.7L Cuts out, Misfire VIN: 2C3HH46R7Y
This was a hand off from another shop don't know exactly what they did. I have resealed intake,put a new coil in placed it in all holes . No change . Problem is that it has an intermittent miss. if you drive od you do not notice much if it in 3rd gear running ... Trouble codes: 1391 (cmp/ckp position)
2007 Dodge Dakota SLT 3.7L Steering VIN: 1D7HW48K47
Steering Binds Intermittently but regularly. Disconnected the steering shaft, binding is still there so the shaft and joints are OK. I found if I turn the wheels quickly you can hear a swishing noise in the rack and it is easy to turn, Stop and turn slowly and...
1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTNX21F6X
Hey ford guys i need some help, i have this truck the engine broke a piston in it. So the customer brings us a used engine from our local salvage yard. I fix a couple small damage items (rocker cover,oil pan) go ahead and install the engine and get it running ... Trouble codes: P1273 (3 cyl.high/low open idm), P1316 (Idm codes detected pcm)
2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty Lariat 5.4L Dash lights VIN: 1FTSX21585
When you turn on the headlamps the dash, radio and exterior roof lights will blink 8 times and then only the speedo lite will stay lit we replaced the headlamp switch but that was no help. I never ran into anything like this before. Stumped ?
2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.4L timing cover VIN: JHLRD788X2
need to replace stretched timing chain, but timing chain cover won't come off. we have all 15 bolts out but the sealer is not letting cover come loose. any suggestions on spay to loosen it up over night ?
2006 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.4L Engine VIN: KMHET46C96
Engine has a knocking noise that I assumed was a rod knock but since my experience with internal engine problems is limited, Iím looking for more input before deciding what to do. There is no noise at idle or low engine speeds below 2000 rpm, and I've never re...
2003 Jaguar S-Type 3.0L Fuel delivery VIN: SAJEA01T63
The car has no fuel to rail. We have tested the fuel pump by removing and supplying power and ground, and we know that it is not working. We have a new pump module, though have not installed it because we are getting around 10.5V to the pump at all times, whet...
2004 Jaguar XJR 4.2L Air Springs VIN: SAJWA73B74
Hello Group, This car came in for coolant leak that was taken care of by replacing the intercooler hoses. We had the car raised up in the front for several hours. Now when lowered the front air springs are empty and will not fill up. The "Air Suspension Fault...
2010 Jeep Patriot Sport 2.4L heater
Jeep is full of water and both heater hoses are hot. Took glove box down and I see recirculuation motor is working. I'm somewhat sure the bleed door motor is on the far right side of the box. I put my hand on it and can't feel it moving. I have a new motor com...
2003 Mazda Protege5 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Stall VIN: JM1BJ24533
When cold, first thing in morning engine starts hard and dies. when engine warms a little in open loop fuel status scanner reads open loop fault and stumbles. When warm engine is not affected.
1985 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC 5.0L trunk VIN: WDBCA44D1F
Hi all I have this 1985 SEC that the trunk will open about 1 inch and that's it the lock will lock and if I unlock it it will only open the 1 inch.I took out the back seats and there is a solid wall there. On some models I understand there is a cable for manu...
2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS500 5.0L Mechanical VIN: WDDDJ75X36
There is a noise coming from the front of the engine that is engine speed dependent. Removing the belt changes nothing. The noise is best described as a whine, not a knock or tick. The noise is not heard from a removed oil filler cap. If it turned out to be hy...
2008 Nissan Xterra X 4.0L airbag light VIN: 5N1AN08WX8
customer bought new Nissan xterra. she complained of passenger airbag deactivation light in center of dash coming on and going off when no one was in the passenger seat. we retrieved fault code B1023 from the system with our solus ultra for "front passenger ai...
2004 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.6L No Start VIN: WP0CA29924
Recieved car from another shop. Car has been sitting for 6-12 months. Other shop installed new battery. Car will not crank(no noise or anything). Cluster and high beam indicator stays illuminated all the time battery is connected. Scanned all systems and have ...
2005 Toyota Highlander 3.3L Mechanical VIN: JTEDP21A75
This ones got me frustrated. It came in with the compaint that when the customer sat at a stop the brake pedal would slowly sink, I verified the concern. I checked for anything obvious ( leaks) and found none and decided it must be the master cylinder. I repla...
2007 Toyota Camry XLE 2.4L MIL Lamp on
I have a 07 Toyota Camry with a 2.4 liter. Replaced intake camshaft (was bad) and timing chain and all gears. runs excellent but i get a po016 code set after restart! I checked when installing all gears that marks lined up as they should. Any ideas? Trouble codes: P0016
2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Misfire VIN: WVWVD63B24
Dealer brings car to me because "You all can fix anything" I said sure I will look at it and it won't be cheap. He wants it repaired to sell it. So Heres what we pinned down, Cylinder compression is good Leakdown is 95% or better Sealing. SO no mechanical ti... Trouble codes: P0300

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2004 BMW X5 4.8is 4.8L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 5UXFA93544
Thanks for the replies. I have done many tests and narrowed the issue down to worn valvetronic parts on cyl. bank 1. I have the parts and will be installing them soon but have run out of time to respond here. I'll certainly update once the car is fixed as the ... Trouble codes: 274E, 2742 (Misfire detection cylinder 1), 2744 (Misfire detection cylinder 4), 2746 (Misfire detection cylinder 6), 2748 (Misfire detection cylinder 7).
2006 BMW 325xi 3.0L lack of power VIN: WBAVD13546
thanks for all your help, the customer decided to hold off on any further testing for now.
1997 Buick Park Avenue 3.8L control arms VIN: 1G4CW52K9V
TKS for all the response. 1997 is not a 1998 its has different parts 98 to 2005 are the same. Thanks to the teck that suggested Raybestoes, I went to the Raybestoes web site and got an illustration and actual measurments --measured the car and life is good. ...
1993 Cadillac Fleetwood 5.7L radio VIN: 1G6DW5272P
well thanks to all of you that replied the radio is scv from the factory but there is no way to turn it off on this vehicle. it is more noticeable than it should be. I ruled out the alternator. I suspected the amp in the trunk that controls the radio but custo...
2005 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8L No Start
2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4L Starting VIN: 1G1ZG57B69
Hi all, thanks for all the assistance. What I found was there was no communication with the transmission module. This is a 4speed tranny. Further analysis revealed an open in the ground circuit. The vehicle was bought from the auction and was mashed in the fro...
2000 Ford Mustang 3.8L Stall VIN: 1FAFP4045Y
Thanks to all that responded. This year 2000 has a electronic returnless system. This system has no fuel pressure regulator. Fuel pressure is controlled by pcm monitoring fuel psi from fuel rail pressure sensor and sends duty cycle outputs to the fuel driver m... Trouble codes: P1131.
2001 Ford F-150 XL 4.2L Excessive Emissions, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTZX17221
After exhausting amount of time spent trying to find the problem I found that the rear main seal was somehow pulling air in but not smoking during smoke test. I decided to spray inside the bell housing and saw that the fuel trims and O2 sensors responded. Cust... Trouble codes: P0171.
2007 GMC C7500 Topkick C7C042 7.8L batterys VIN: 1GDL7C1B17
Did find ignition relay #4 under dash where glove box would be but no change when unplugged. Pulled all other circuit breakers & relays there too, same. Disconnected harness up to column/ignition switch, same. Took alt plug off, same. This truck is part of a f...
2003 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: KM8SC13EX3
Thanks for the 2 responces, spot on downloaded the TSB 04-36-022 followed procedure and replaced the Fail Safe Relay. Problem solved. Trouble codes: P1178 (Fault detected ETS circuit), P1178 (Fault detected ETS circuit).
2001 Isuzu Rodeo LS 3.2L Electronic VIN: 4S2DM58W71
Finally was able to duplicate problem in the bay-found that by moving the wiring harness between the pcm and engine the motor would stumble and even stall-found broken wire inside the harness for crank sensor ground-not damaged-looks like the constant flexing ...
1966 Jaguar XKE 4.2L Charging
Thanks for all the help, suggestions, and encouragement. A new alternator and (another) voltage regulator fixed it. Something inside the alternator failed causing too much field current which was frying the voltage regulators. In 30 some years, I've never ...
2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1J4GW48S01
thanks for all the info everyone it turned out to be the iac I replaced and cleaned throttle body and now all is well
2006 Jeep Wrangler SE 2.4L steering VIN: 1J4FA29156
Everyone had great ideas, we checked the frame and pitman arm found no cracks or play. There was slight play in the tie rod ends. After the estimate the boss decided to send to auction. I would like to thank everyone for their time.
2005 Land Rover LR3 SE 4.4L Timing VIN: SALAD25475
Well i am closing this help request with a fix sort of. Thank you to everyone that responded to my help. I found a shop that loaned me the tools before i installed the heads i turned the crankshaft and inserted the tool thru the crank shaft sensor hole only ...
2009 Mini Cooper Clubman 1.6L Poor Idle Quality, Stall, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WMWML33549
unfortunately the customer never returned or called if car is still acting up. thanks to everyone who replied sorry i couldnt get a fix for you. Trouble codes: 2ACB, 2A8B, 2F8E, 2A74.
2006 Nissan Sentra S 1.8L elec. throttle controls VIN: 3N1CB51D36
Thank you for all your input on the matter we attempted to do manual relearn multiple times unplugging injectors and mass air flow still unable to do manual relearn, so we unfortunatly had to send it to the dealer to do the relearn. once again thanks for all t...
1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE 3.3L Cuts out, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1P4GP44R1T
I wish I could say that I fixed the vehicle. The customer decided they did not wish to spend any more money on their van and took it away. Frustrating when you can't get to the culmination of your diagnostic efforts. Again, I greatly appreciate all of your hel... Trouble codes: P1391 (Intermittent loss of CMP or CKP), P351/, P0123 (TPS voltage higher than maximum limit).
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