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2007 BMW X3 3.0si 3.0L starter VIN: WBXPC93457
Hello,I have this 2007 X3 towed in with a no crank situation.As usual with these X3s I verified battery basics which were good and went to town on starter diagnoses. I removed switch wire from starter through intake openings,jumped starter with long screwdriv...
2007 Cadillac CTS 3.6L Unknown VIN: 1G6DP57717
crack timing cover the left primary intermediate drive chain sprocket bolt is hitting cover can c what cause to hitting cover
2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L Monitors wont set VIN: 2GCEC19T51
Truck failed callifornia smog test due to code po440, found cannister vent solenoid would not seal, replaced solenoid, cleared codes and performed drive cycle to reset monitors. All monitors set except secondary air and evap. Made sure to ck iat & coolant temp... Trouble codes: P0440 (Repplaced cannister vent solenoid)
2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 2GCEC19V21
customer brought us his truck with complaint of MIL on and truck running very poorly(7Days ago) Pulled code P0300 multiple cylinder misfire. Hooked up Verus to check misfire count data, cylinder #6 was was up to 186 counts within seconds. checked spark plug an... Trouble codes: P0300 (Multi. Cylinder misfire)
2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 6.6L Solenoid "E" VIN: 1GCHK291X3
Still getting P1711 code. I exercised the valves at the time of valve body cleaning, and they all moved as they should. Should I replace the E solenoid? If so, which one is it? (Spent 90 minutes online and couldn't find a diagram. Don't normally do tranny work...
2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3L front end VIN: 2GCEK13T85
Tis truck has been vibrating at highway speeds (50 to 70MPH) randomly for for a few weeks. If you drive and maintain constant highway speeds for about 10 or 15 minutes without stopping or slowing down, it will develop a very heavy vibration on the front end. T...
2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer LT 4.2L Instrument Cluster VIN: 1GNDT13S67
When driving this vehicle down the road all the gages drop down to zero except the speedometer and the tack. The windows do not work, the locks also refuse to work, and then suddenly everything starts to work again. These are the codes that show up; U1000 ...
2012 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4L Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 2GNALBEK4C
Guys, this vehicle is driving us crazy. We replaced this vehicle's engine and it would not start...found that we had left out the cam follower for the fuel pump. Okay, got new parts & installed and varoom, this thing started right up and sounded great. Perform... Trouble codes: P0300 (Random misfire)
2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited 2.4L timing belt VIN: 3C4FY4BB91
I am in the process of replacing this timing belt...whoa ! This has VERY little room to do it . Do you have ANY tips or suggestions on how to make this job easier ?
2006 Chrysler 300 C SRT8 6.1L Fuel Trim VIN: 2C3LA73W46
I have posted about this car previously. I have a found somthing of interest to what the computer is doing with the injector and coil control. I have confrimed that this engine is lean. During the symptom occurance when STFT are peaked postive 33%, I can add p...
2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2.4L No Start VIN: 3C3JY45X57
I would like to start by thanking everyone who takes a minute to take a look at this post. I just finished putting a new head gasket on this car, had a compression leak from cyl. #4 to cyl. #3. Car ran OK when it came in, just had a p0304 misfire code. Car cra... Trouble codes: P0108 (Map voltage incorrect), P0122 (Tps voltage incorrect)
1999 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0L Unknown VIN: 1FMYU22E0X
This is a 5R55E trans 2WD. it has no reverse, and going forward I don't feel a fifth gear. it does feel wierd shifting from 2nd to 3rd. gear selector is 1,2,3 OD. Manually shifting it works, turn OD switch on and off and it appears to shift from 4th to 3rd. So...
2003 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L Right bank VIN: 1FMZU73K93
Customer had engine light flashing with lack of power. Faults P301, P302, and P303 present. Confirm with cylinder contribution test that little contribution is consistently occurring from these three cylinders (right bank). Confirm coils, plugs, & wires are go...
2005 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0L tcc VIN: 1FMZU72K35
ok first of all not a trans guy by any means... local police vehicle & i do most of the work on them...scanned found p1744...test drove w/modis and watching tcc no rpm drop and duty cycle staying at 0 and even when duty cycle moves still no rpm drop and then o...
2006 Ford Mustang 4.0L Timing VIN: 1ZVHT80N06
HAS ANYONE TIMED THIS ENGINE WITH OUT ford special tools? I have removed harmonic, left hand valve cover and loosened jackshaft sproket so I could loosen and remove the lower bolt holding the left hand cassett.I also have removed the upper pin/bolt. To remove ...
2009 Ford Mustang GT 4.6L Computer Data Line Circuit VIN: 1ZVHT82H99
This 2009 Mustang Mach1 was towed in the shop last Saturday. The customer changed his own battery, drove for 100 yards and suddenly died on the road. The car has no crank any more! I checked the starter relay and found out there is no ground signal from the ...
2015 Ford fusion 2.5L oil life
We have a fleet of these new ford fusions and can not get the oil life monitor to reset on any of them. if we go through the correct procedure and hold the ok button until the meter says it has been reset the percentage never changes. any help would be great. ...
1999 Honda Accord EX 3.0L No Start VIN: 1HGCG2255X
Hi Guys I have this Honda that the Engine Cranks but is a no start. There is no codes stored in the PCM, the fuel pump comes on for a couple seconds when the key is first turned on and we also noticed that we have spark for a couple of seconds and then we lose...
1998 Jeep Cherokee Classic 4.0L Dome Lights Etc VIN: 1J4FJ68S7W
Possible short in rear door jam harness? with both connectors that feed the dome lights and connect near the a pillars under the sill plates.
2008 Jeep Liberty Limited 3.7L Blower VIN: 1J8GN58K58
I have a customer with 2008 Jeep liberty 3.7L engine with manual HVAC system. The blower motor will quit working from time to time but will usually come back to life if the ignition switch is turned off and back on. Today he brought it in not working so I chec...
2002 Kia Sedona EX 3.5L Charging VIN: KNDUP13112
This van came in with a complaint of the headlights keep blowing and a code b1111 IGN voltage high in the air bag system. At this time I can't get the van to act up it is charging at 14.2-14.10 volts. Has any else had this problem with this van? There is a TSB...
2006 Kia Sorento EX 3.5L no heat VIN: KNDJD73326
Have no heat and Alldata and MOD have no test for manual control head or mix actuator.I do not have any movement when going from cold to warm and back.I have 4.98 volts on green wire.Not sure if I can apply 12v to yel/blk or blu/blk and not fry actuator.Also w...
2006 Land Rover Range Rover HSE 4.4L coolant temperature VIN: SALMF15466
This vehicle came in about one month ago after another shop installed a water pump and thermostat due to a water pump leak. A month ago The complaint was that the vehicle overheats when driving around town, on the interstate and even once standing still. Onc...
2011 Lincoln MKZ 3.5L Unknown VIN: 3LNHL2JC4B
This car has vibration/noise at 50-51 mph. It sounds similar to a wheel bearing. The noise does NOT change: when turning, accelerating, decelerating, neutral, drive, or any gear. The only time it makes the noise is in that specific speed range. The driveshaft ...
2013 Lincoln MKX 3.7L SOD-L Module VIN: 2LMDJ8JK4D
This vehicle SOD-L (Side Obstacle Detection Control Module) was damaged and we are replacing it, now it needs to be programmed to turn on the Blind Spot detection in the module. I'm not seeing the correct area on the Snap-on Verus scan tool. Any of you Ford te...
1998 Mercedes-Benz E300 3.0L Seat adjuster VIN: WDBJF25F6W
Client wants passenger seat to move farther back. Passenger seat moves back until top (moveable portion) of track matches end of bottom (stationary portion) and stops with a clunk. Drivers side moves back about 2 inches farther. There was a 5mm torx head bolt ...
2008 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport 3.0L Cam adjustment VIN: WDDGF54X58
Current symptom. After letting vehicle cool down, start vehicle & both inlet cam positions (Left & Right bank) will drop out of spec to approx. 12 degrees and slowly advance to the specified position of 35 degrees after about 20-30 seconds of idle time. This s...
2006 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5L Stall VIN: 1N4BA41E56
Please help this car is blowing my mind, it came in with a stalling complaint When your in the car at idle and you shift from park to drive or neutral to drive or even from park to reverse the RPM gauge jumps up and down then drops to 0RPM and the car stalls a...
2007 Nissan Maxima SL 3.5L Excessive Emissions, Poor Idle Quality, Poor Fuel Economy, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1N4BA41E07
Hello all, thanks for reading. A strange problem that seems to be new since I cannot find anything on this issue. The car has multiple codes coming (p1800 , P1217) but P0117 is consistant in comes on right after a clear. Here are the other symptoms. The car st... Trouble codes: P0117, P1217
2014 Nissan Murano S 3.5L Pcm VIN: 5N1AT2MV4E
My questions is: if I'll buy software from Nissan to reprogram blank PCM do I still have to call a local locksmith to adapt the key or when programming blank PCM it will be adapted itself. I do have CarDaq Plus + Nissan NERS software from previos cars. Than...
2006 Porsche Cayenne S 4.5L Cooling System VIN: WP1AB29P16
We are working on a 2006 Cayenne S 4.5L. It came in as a no start and a coolant leak. We fixed the no start by replacing the starter. We also replaced the plastic pipes under the intake with the updated aluminum ones. We also replaced the coolant tank because ...
2006 Saab 9-5 2.3t 2.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: YS3ED59G76
Hi everyone, I have this 06 Saab 9.5 2.3t in the shop with code P1312 "Combustion detection circuit open or short to power cyls 1&2". On testing I found no misfire and plugs in good shape, correct plugs for application. I scope tested the combustion detection ... Trouble codes: P1312 (Combustion detection circuit open or short to power cyls 12)
2004 Saturn Ion-3 2.2L speedometer VIN: 1G8AW14F74
Got a shop that called me because they had recently rebuilt the trans in this 04 Saturn Ion 2.2 CVT transmission. Speedometer is now 10 mph off. They said trans shifts fine. They called me because I have TECH 2 dealer stuff. I informed then that since Saturn w...
1997 Toyota Camry CE 2.2L Fuel VIN: 4T1BG22K4V
car came in with a hard/no start (multiple attempts to start in a hour long period by coust. to deliver car to shop) checked fuel pump and found it to be bad, bench test old pump and it would come on, then quit after a few seconds of run, and was very loud and...
2006 Toyota Sienna XLE 3.3L 4-3 shift, 4-5 shift VIN: 5TDBA22C56
Van initially came in with a transmission leak and shift concern. Fluid had metal shavings in it and smelt burnt. Replaced transmission with a Jasper unit and flushed transmission cooler. Transmission shifted great and no leaks were found after test drive. Cus...
2001 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 3V3M129741
car came in towed no start. no faults. glow plugs checked out will start and cuts right power at the soliond shut off.dis connect the mass car stays running and installed the new mass and same thing.replaced fuel filter and check for any lines...
2002 Volkswagen Passat GLX 4 Motion 2.8L 1-2 shift VIN: WVWTH63B12
I got this car in to repair a failed timing belt, heads off for valve job, timing belt and related parts.Car runs great no codes but on test drive there is a thumping that sounds like around the rear of trans, front end of the drive shaft on moderate accel fro...
2005 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WVWDD63BX5
Clear codes and vehicle runs perfect. After driving under heavy load, vehicle will intermittently idle rough and misfire. Normal idle MAF reading is 3.5 g/s or so, when misfiring the MAF is reading between 7 and 10 g/s. Also when misfiring fuel trim will be ma... Trouble codes: P0300 (Randomn Multi misfire), P0301 (Cyl 1 Misfire), P0302 (Cyl 2 misfire), P0303 (Cyl 3 misfire), P0304 (Cyl 4 misfire), P0171 (Bank 1 Too Lean)
2008 Volvo XC90 3.2 3.2L Suspension VIN: YV4CZ982X8
Hey guys thanks for the help in advance losing my mind on this one it sounds like bad sway bar end links left front we had struts out new upper plates new end links and bushings new tie rod ends had a couple of bad motor mounts changed them ball joints are goo...

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2007 Audi A4 Quattro 2.0L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WAUDF78E37
Install new turbo charger clean the inner coolers & the car ran perfect no smoke no misfire,the old turbo shaft had a lot of play & soaked with oil, surprisingly was not making a grinding noise
2003 BMW 325xi 2.5L Starting VIN: WBAEU33483
After reading the replies I advised the owner that the key itself was the most likely problem and that the dealer would be the best bet since she wanted to get a extra key made anyway.Thanks to all who replied-Deke
2003 BMW 330xi 3.0L Ccv VIN: WBAEW53423
installed updated kit for second time, unable to find any other solutions or redesigned parts. thanks for all of the suggestions.
2004 BMW 530i 3.0L alternator VIN: WBANA73554
Thanks guys. George gave me a class in IBS and I understood how it works. I went Anuraq's way. Call the dealer and they had 8 IBS in stock and is a very common problem. After replacing the negative battery terminal (IBS) the car was charging 14.4 v. Thanks aga...
2001 Cadillac DeVille 4.6L Misfire VIN: 1G6KD54Y21
Thanks to everyone who responded. The fixed turned out to be a ground problem. The person who installed the engine left the ground wire on the rear head below the EGR loose. Man made problems are always harder to find then any other. Customer has had the car f... Trouble codes: P0300.
2006 Cadillac DTS 4.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G6KD57Y76
Well Cory hit it right on the head, it was a California car. The walker cat was working but not efficient enough. I installed a factory converter and all was good. There were quite a few replies to use a factory cat. Thanks for the help. Trouble codes: P0420 (Catalytic converter fail).
2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD LS 6.6L Cam, Crank VIN: 1GBHC29DX6
2012 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2.4L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, Stall VIN: 2GNALBEK4C
Boy, oh, we feel real stupid...most of you were right, we missed the follower that was in the old cyl head (actually shipped it back). Tech had run all the tests and just knew the pump was bad...good guy that he is, he went to the drawing board, star...
1995 Chrysler Town & Country 3.8L 2-3 shift VIN: 1C4GH54L2S
Well the input sensor did the trick. Shifts great now. I didn't even consider using the scan tool on it. I must be getting old. Thanks again to all who relied.
2001 Dodge Ram 2500 5.9L camshaft expantion plug VIN: 3B7KF23631
Thank you for all the very helpful replies. We replaced the expansion plug with an other factory plug and o ring. This time we used anaerobic sealer and peened the center of the plug a little more than we did before. So far so good, its been gone for 2 weeks ...
2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew 3.6L No Start VIN: 2D4RN5DG6B
Van is fixed. I monitored the voltage on the fuel pump fuse in the TIPM while powering up the fuel pump with the scanner and could see intermittent drop outs of the voltage at the fuse. I found a kit referred to in a forum for the Durangos and it fit this appl...
1992 Ford E-250 Econoline 5.8L high idle VIN: 1FDGS24H4N
Vehicle is fixed. Found computer was commanding IAC valve to raise idle and pid data showed idle command. Replace computer and all is well. Thank You to everyone for your help. Trouble codes: 334 (egr position sensor high limit), 565 (purge valve circuit fault).
1994 Ford F-350 XL 7.3L No Start VIN: 1FDKF38F5R
Thanks to all for the good advice . Seems like everyone got it right.the glow relay and plugs were bad,as were the gasgets and injectors. It's starting and running well now. One valuable bit of information was from Cooter at Ne Diesel in Springfield,Mo,where I...
2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty XLT 6.0L No Start, Poor Idle Quality, No Power VIN: 1FTWW33P93
Well the vehicle is fixed and out the door! I couldn't be happier with the way it is running now. Loads of power and good, reliable starting. This was a combination of two different things. First of which being the fuel injectors, which was pretty obvious ...
2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty XL 6.7L Stall
thanks for sean, dan , Mario and other ...I did make a call to H&S which they told us this is very common code for the vehicle after delete the egr system because once u remove the whole intake which cause the more air flow to the engine so the computer have t... Trouble codes: P228F.
2005 GMC Yukon XL 1500 Denali 6.0L rear wiper VIN: 1GKFK66U65
1988 Jaguar XJS C 5.3L injectors/ ecu VIN: SAJNA3847J
Thank you for all the help. I finely found an intermittent short in the shielded wire from the IGN amplifier to the ECM pin 18. We ran a new shielded wire through the car and all is fine now.
2006 Jeep Commander Limited 4.7L Oil Pressure Light VIN: 1J8HG58N66
Looks like I may have over-reacted here. The initial problem was a bad sensor, but after replacing the sensor I got a light stuck on at the 2nd key cycle. Seems to have been just an air bubble. Long story short - bad sensor - replaced - saw light - paranoid - ... Trouble codes: P0522.
2004 Land Rover Range Rover HSE 4.4L transmission VIN: SALME11424
Sorry for the lack of information.. Ive been driving this rover home for several days and havent been able to duplicate the problem..Transmission operates as it should, no delayed shift or slipping.Thanks for trying to help.
2002 Nissan Xterra SE 3.3L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 5N1MD28YX2
Must remember the acronym KISS. Looked at o2 connectors and found two of them crossed. The customer now tells me he did his rocker cover gaskets recently and the front oxygen sensor connectors are the same. Thanks to all replies. Trouble codes: P0300.
2006 Nissan Pathfinder SE Off-Road 4.0L No Start VIN: 5N1AR18W16
Thanks to each of you who took time to reply. All of the replies were helpful, some of them we had already covered but it was good to consider all the possibilities. The problem ended up being a poor terminal fit at the ECM. The problem was that the ECM would ... Trouble codes: P0850.
2007 Nissan 350Z Touring 3.5L Poor Idle Quality VIN: JN1BZ34E97
Yeah Yeah It's Finally Fixed. After $34. in Gas, Days of trying to make it relearn.Trying another set of throttle Bodies Unplugging everything & making 2 cardboard air filter replacement air block offs.This AM i pulled out the ECM Sniff tested it. Reinstalled ... Trouble codes: P0507 (ISC System).
2011 Ram 3500 Laramie 6.7L Wireless Ignition Node VIN: 3D73Y3CL6B
Hello, sorry for the late response to close this. the key came out fine with some firm wiggling. no problems with the key. I was worried about breaking the key, but I took a chance. installed a new WIN, programmed it with Wytech and all is well
1999 Saab 9-5 SE 3.0L No Start VIN: YS3EF48Z2X
This car is finally done! Main problem was a repair shop messing around with the car and not knowing what they were doing, creating many more problems. From the beginning, the car came in with an intermittent "key not accepted" message on the SID, the shop jum... Trouble codes: B2385 (b1782-), B1782 (b1780-), B1780.
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