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2008 Acura TSX 2.4L gauge cluster VIN: JH4CL969X8
I have a new gauge cluster for this car and need to know how to remove the gauge cluster from the dashboard. Alldata says to remove a lower panel and upper column cover but not how to pull the cluster from the dashboard. I've seen similar ones where the cluste...
2006 BMW 330i 3.0L Electric Water Pump VIN: WBAVB33596
Hi Bimmer Tech this vehicle came overheating. Customer had decided the electric water pump was bad , so we replaced the water pump and thermostat. Pump still not running,have power on terminals 1 & 2 at the pump ground is good.The codes are 2E84,2DED,2F0D if I...
2008 Cadillac DTS 4.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G6KD57Y68
Have not found much diagnostic information on this code. Checked EGR for being partially stuck open but could blow from exhaust side and pintle sealing tightly/no air. Trouble codes: P1400 (Cold start emission reduction control system)
2002 Chevrolet Astro 4.3L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1GCDM19X62
Ok so this thing has a dead missfire on cylinder 4 at idle according to my scanner. You can watch the missfire counter for #4 run up like its not firing at all. I've replaced the #4 injector, swapped plugs and wires, checked compression( which is about 130 on ... Trouble codes: P0300 (random miss fire), P0304 (cylinder 4 miss fire)
2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8L MIL Lamp on, Low Engine Temp VIN: 1GCEC14VX4
This vehicle came to us after another shop had essentially given up fighting this repeat P0128 Failure. The other shop had supposedly replaced the thermostat multiple times as well as replaced the ECT Sensor. We first verified that the engine did take a long t... Trouble codes: P0128
2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat 7.3L Driveline VIN: 1FTSW30F83
This is definitely a drive live vibration, not tires.Truck has 2 piece shaft and floating rear axles. With whole drive shaft removed, no vibration. With just front half of shaft and swing bearing installed, no vibration. Installed rear half of the shaft, remov...
2006 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4L Cuts out, Misfire VIN: 1FTPW14536
this 06 f-150 is in my shop with what seems to me like a lean misfire only on heavy load accell while cruising fuel pressure is ok reading pressure sensor replaced the fuel filter and MAF sensor. no change, whatched O2 sensors and fuel trims all look good, the... Trouble codes: P0300 (Random cylinder missfire)
2011 Ford Fiesta SES 1.6L No Start VIN: 3FADP4FJ2B
This vehicle came in with the ignition coming on when the button is depressed but no crank no start. I can read all modules and there are no significant codes being set. The instrument cluster shows the lock symbol but there are no other immobilizer statements...
2002 GMC Sonoma SL 4.3L No day time running lights or lowbeam VIN: 1GTCT19WX2
I have this Gmc Sonoma in My bay,with no day time running lights or low beam.There is the w/zr2(which I believe is what I have)However the wiring diagram for the w/zr2 shows the day time running lights relay taped to the bodyhardness near breakout for rear was...
2002 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0L obd monitors VIN: KMHDN45D72
this car came in with a inspection sticker 2 years over due.scan engine and found code p0133 slow response front o2 sensor.After some searching we found exhaust manifold manifold had a crack and we replaced the manifold and catalyst because it is part of the m... Trouble codes: P0133
2000 Isuzu Trooper Limited 3.5L spark VIN: JACDJ58X5Y
This car was towed in to us. There has been some previous work done to attempt to get it to run. Here's what I found out so far. Has fuel pressure and injector pulse but has no spark. Scanner picks up RPM when cranking. Has good compression just an issue with ...
1993 Lexus LS400 4.0L No Start VIN: JT8UF11E1P
I am having trouble communicating with veh with snap on solus pro, so unable to read codes. After sitting veh will start and run fine untill shut off then wont restart, just cranks over, have key light on dash so assuming has something to do with anti-theft bu...
2003 Mazda Protege Mazdaspeed 2.0L Cuts out VIN: JM1BJ22713
This vehicle has a little slight misfire every now and then on hot idle. The main symptom is that once it is warm, every time you accelerate it cuts out one time and then it takes off. Seems to be when the turbo is just starting to create boost. There was a P0...
2009 Nissan Versa S 1.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3N1BC11E69
Hello fellow techs, This little gem is back. The customeer now has time to be without car for a little while. P0171 sets in two drive drive cycles. As I posted before I have check several time for vac leaks including smoke test nothing - fuel presure is 51psi... Trouble codes: P0171 (Fuel system to lean B1)
2002 Pontiac Firebird Formula 5.7L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2G2FV22GS2
repaired 5 volt ref to ftp sen and now its seting a vent code of po446 .idroped the gas tank to check the vent valve .the vent valve is good the tank pressure is -11.2 vac. and volts 3.8 the tank is out of the car no vapor lines hooked up and still the same .n... Trouble codes: P0446
2009 Volkswagen GTI 2.0L Oil Leak VIN: WVWED71K49
Hello everyone and thanks for the help on this one. I have this 2009 GTI with the 2.0 turbo in it that was towed in due to a chewed up and thrown off serpentine belt. The pullies appear to be ok and a new belt should fix that up. The problem is with all the oi...

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2010 Audi A5 Quattro 2.0L Stop engine low oil pressure VIN: WAUJFAFH7A
Hello everyone and thanks for the help on this one. As suggested, a Mann filter and 5w40 engine oil did the trick. We used the Liquid moly oil. Just what the world needs an engine that is particularly cranky about which oil it wants. There is a bulletin on...
2002 BMW 745Li 4.4L Anti-theft VIN: WBAGN63432
Unfortunately, we had to return this one to the original shop not fixed. Yeah, disappointing. After I posted the update, we decided to buy a one-day subscription to BMW service information and use the ISTA software via our J-2534 programmer. Just getting the ...
2008 BMW 128i 3.0L Mechanical VIN: WBAUN13588
Basically all that had to be done was turn the motor with an allen wrench in the back of the vvt servo and thread it back inside.After all was back together IGN ON FOR 30 SEC THEN OFF FOR 30 SEC and then just cross your fingers and hope that this contraption i...
2003 Chevrolet Venture LT 3.4L No Start VIN: 1GNDX13E53
2003 Chevrolet Tracker 2.0L temp guage VIN: 2CNBJ18C93
thank you every one who helped me nail this problem, including Michael [...], It turned out to be a broken wire in the harness, I sliced an additional wire and now we are golden. I was confused on how the circuit work...
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT 1.4L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G1PF5SC8C
Thanks for the help guys. Originally when i was testing fuel pressure and volume i had taken a fuel sample in a clear bottle and it looked pretty good to me, no seperation or anything. Friday after i smoked the exhaust for leaks and the intake system for leaks... Trouble codes: P0171 (Fuel trim system lean), P2097 (Post catalyst fuel trim system high limit).
2008 Chrysler Sebring Limited 3.5L engine VIN: 1C3LC65M78
Thank you every one for your comments, i have replace both head gaskets,back cover o rings, water pump and t/belt,my next 3.5l chrysler, will get the complete job or nothing, lesson well learned.
2004 Dodge Caravan SE 2.4L No start VIN: 1D4GP25B74
well i guess i was right but others thanks for the info, it was the ECM I just finished puting on a reman works great, any questions about it just hit me up
2006 Dodge Ram 3500 ST 5.9L Noise in transmission VIN: 3D6WX38C96
Thanks for all the replies on this vehicle. The customer chose to install a rebuilt exchange transmission and we also installed a flywheel & clutch assembly. I have a request on the core to get information on what the failure was on the transmission. I will po...
2005 Ford Mustang 4.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1ZVFT80N55
Thank you all that told me about the location of the BARO sensor in this car. I had never had reason to diagnose this problem in this type vehicle, and Alldata did not directly indicate that the sensor was built into the EGR valve. A new EGR valve assembly t... Trouble codes: P0108 (BARO/MAP Sensor High Voltage Detected).
2006 Honda Pilot EX 3.5L catalytic converter VIN: 5FNYF28656
The main response was that the Converter is a difficult one to remove. Compounded by the fasteners, being in very tight locations reqiuring, some creative thought. "On how are you gonna get to that". This was my first one, I can say its done, and passing emis...
2012 Infiniti M37 X 3.7L battery VIN: JN1BY1AR2C
Well I've given it plenty of time to act up or come back, but it seems that all I needed was a battery. There were a number of responses, some who said maybe it just needs a battery. Others offering thresholds for what the allowable milliamp draw should be, an...
1997 Isuzu Trooper LS 3.2L No Start VIN: JACDJ58V7V
Thank you all for your help. This is one of those that you wish you never started. The factory diagnosis chart was correct in pointing to the ignition module. It's too bad that we never got any better diagrams or description of signals entering or exiting mod...
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.6L No Start VIN: 1J4RR4GG6B
thank you for all the help it turned out to be a burnt valve and there is a TSB to replace the head it was covered by the dealer Trouble codes: P0300.
2006 Kia Sorento EX 3.5L no heat VIN: KNDJD73326
Thanks to those that helped.It was a bad actuator motor.Ran power and ground to the actuator.Reversed wires and got no movement in either direction.
2004 Nissan Sentra 1.8L heater temperature VIN: 3N1CB51DX4
Hey thanks for all the replies. A good leak down test showed a small leak in #2 cylinder. A small leak at that. Just enough to put air bubbles into system. Car actually overheated on a 20km drive. So off with the head tomorrow to check it out. Hopefully just t...
2009 Nissan Versa S 1.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3N1BC11E69
my customer needed to use his vehicle for a few weeks but has now dropped it back off. I am going to read live readings for fuel trims but will have to open another request with my results. Trouble codes: P0171 (fuel system too lean b1).
2004 Saturn Vue 3.5L Alternator VIN: 5GZCZ53424
Replaced the Alternator for the Third time. So Far So Good. Thanks For The Replies.
2000 Subaru Impreza Outback 2.2L Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: JF1GF4858Y
Well, first of all I would like to thank everybody for your replies! I dropped the exhaust as many of you suggested to check the guides. Found nothing out of the ordinary with the guides, but did find that cylinder 4 100% the culprit, as the valves were chalk ... Trouble codes: P0304 (Cylinder 4 misfire).
2003 Suzuki Vitara 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 2S3TE52V63
well I ended up replacing the egr suspecting that it was opening enough since both the intake and exhaust sides were clear Trouble codes: P0401.
1996 Toyota Celica GT 2.2L MIL Lamp on
Still fighting this one but I think I finally have it figured out. When I apply vacuum directly to the EGR it stalls the car after about 2.5 inches of vacuum (gauge tee'd into hose) I also measured vacuum while driving and am seeing about 3 inches while cruis... Trouble codes: P0401 (EGR flow insufficient).
2002 Toyota Highlander 2.4L engine block VIN: JTEGD21A82
Thank you for all the great replies. After talking to the customer we decided to try the time cert kit. Should be delivered this week. If it doesn't work I'll be sure to let you guys know. Thanks again
2006 Volkswagen GTI 2.0L oil pump drive chain VIN: WVWFV71K46
We installed a used engine and all is good. These 2.0 Turbo BPY vin "V" engines are hard to find in this area. Their was some confusion on whether a Vin "R" engine out of a Jetta would work. That is what I ended up getting 2.0turbo out of '08 Jetta and it was...
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