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2005 BMW 745Li 4.4L Driving VIN: WBAGN63545
The dynamic drive inactive light will come on when you start driving this vehicle and stays on. My scan tool is not capable of finding any codes (i have a modis only) i have check the vacumn lines going to the front sway bar block and there is no oil leaking o...
2006 BMW 325i 3.0L MIL Lamp on, Extended Crankng VIN: WBAVB13566
Customer had this 2006 BMW 325i towed in claiming a no-start, a stalling concern and ôservice engine" light. She stated vehicle just recently (last week) began having an intermittent extended crank symptom before starting, stalling that ended in her no start c... Trouble codes: P0335 (Crankshaft Position Sensor Circuit A Malfunction)
1999 Chevrolet S10 4.3L Charging
we have one here that we can not get to charge.it stays 12v and drops of. alternator is charging 12v and 15 amps and also drops of. we connected the field wire to battery no change (we can hear the alternator charge but won't put out higher voltage).we disconn...
2000 Chevrolet C2500 5.7L No Start VIN: 1GCGC29R5Y
This truck was driving on the freeway and died at 70 mph when coasting to side he said it sounded like sand or gravel (I'm thinking trans noise)? Towed into shop and has all symptoms needed to fire but doesn't even pop. Has spark not the brightest, fuel pressu...
2008 Chevrolet Avalanche LS 5.3L transfer case shift module VIN: 3GNFK12328
Checked fuses, power feeds, grounds.Found similar problems on identifix calling for bcm reflash. Took it to local dealer to program bcm,I was told there were no updates, however he could not communicate with transfer case or airbag module, [i have no issues co...
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 ST 4.7L Steering Pump VIN: 1D7HU16N82
The power steering makes a hissing sound and seems to go away when turning the wheel at times. I vacuum bled the pump and then replaced the pump. Same noise. The pump does not whine nor is it hard to steer.
2002 Ford Ranger Edge 4.0L Cuts out VIN: 1FTZR45E22
Ok guys heres a fun one for you. 2002 ranger splash 4.0 automatic 141k. the vehicle runs true and normal most of the time but intermittently on accel with an incline the vehicle will cut out and the check engine and theft light will flash. this condition only ...
2005 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4L battery light
Complaint of intermittent battery light on.I couldn't duplicate so decided to r&r alternator.He drove for 2 days and it did same thing,i was able to witness this myself and it is not charging when light is on.By the time I got it into shop it was charging,so n...
2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty XL 6.4L Engine VIN: 1FTWW31R18
Had codes P0528 for the fan speed sensor and P242B for exh gas temp sensor 3 I'm hoping we can get this bugger figured out together. I took those temp sensor readings first thing in the morning after sitting all night. EOT and ECT were both at 39. All temps ...
2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid 6.0L liftgate and courtesy lamps VIN: 1GKFK135X8
Hello all. This 2008 yukon Hybrid came to us because the courtesy lamps will not turn off. They only turn off after the vehicle sits for about 15 minutes with the key off. (Power save kicks in). Also the liftgate, which is not power, will not open. The unlock ...
2008 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4L enigne noise VIN: 5NPET46C08
We just got in this 08 Hyundai Sonata. It has what appears to be an upper engine tapping sound. Makes the noise hot and cold. It appears to be coming from the head area. Can't really say if it is left or right side. Not sure where to begin (is it the cam or t...
2006 Jeep Commander Limited 5.7L coolant VIN: 1J8HG58276
customer states vehicle over heated on highway and wanted a thermostat put in. I verified over heating condition and check for combustion leakage with tester, none present. Installed thermostat and tried to bleed cooling system once hot coolant bubbled and ove...
2003 Land Rover Range Rover HSE 4.4L alternator VIN: SALMB11443
Car is eating up alternators. When the car is at normal idle, alternator is charging varies in the low 12s, when you rev the engine, it charges well. If you replace the alternator with a brand new one, it will charge correctly for about a day. Then the same is...
2003 Land Rover Freelander S 2.5L Head's VIN: SALNM22223
This vech. Run when it came in. Did a scan with autologic and found missfires on all cycl. It was worked on before I got it there. found it had jumped time by 3to 4 teeth. Tried doing the belt with out the right tools. But found that I had more than one timing...
1998 Lexus GS300 3.0L Lighting VIN: JT8BD68S7W
Vehicle came in and customer states the rear tail lamp is inoperative when headlight switch is turned ON. Found Blown 20A fuse. Replaced and tested still the same. Check the Light failure sensor for voltage and ground. Pin 8 Red/black Ground should have 12.0V ...
2010 Mazda 3 i 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: JM1BL1SGXA
rear o2 sensor slow response code repeats. freeze frame shows problem occurs at 57 miles per hour on deceleration. road test on highway confirms slow response. front sensor will switch 4 seconds faster than rear. replaced purge valve aprox. 1 month ago suspe... Trouble codes: P0139
2000 Mercury Grand Marquis GS 4.6L valve train VIN: 2MEFM74W1Y
Customer came in with vehicle after breaking off bolt when replacing thermostat. Could not remove in car, so took off left cylinder head and sent out to machine shop to drill out and install thread insert. Reassembled and started car.Lash adjusters(lifters) ar...
2001 Mercury Grand Marquis GS 4.6L Poor Idle Quality, Surge, Misfire VIN: 2MEFM74W81
When you start this vehicle up cold (40 degrees or less) it will want to chug and stumble like its losing fuel. Doesn't stall but after about 20 seconds of running it clears up and the vehicle runs fine with no drivability issues.
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTS 3.0L Poor Idle Quality, Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 4A3AC74H53
This is my personal vehicle. I will go through the process since I purchased. 1. Would idle 1,400 warm or cold, with the occasional stall when coming to a light or such. Idle was erratic and "lumpy" Examined the IAC valve, and found a pin on the valve side ha... Trouble codes: P0174 (Bank 2 Lean radiator side)
1997 Pontiac Grand Am SE 2.4L ecm VIN: 1G2NE52T3V
car came into shop with no start condition, would not crank. The key switch would not turn far enough to engage start position. It would start with key in the on position and jump starter relay. I replaced the ignition switch and now it cranks ok, will start a...
2003 Pontiac Sunfire SE 2.2L Poor Idle Quality, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 3G2JB52F83
OK wife's car. I have checked timing chains OK plugs are dark colored 0/2 sensor black. Tried different injectors ,coil pack ,ign module. Plug evap. Coolant temp and air temp ok
2007 Subaru Forester X 2.5L MIL Lamp on VIN: JF1SG65607
Good afternoon car was brought in for p0456 small leak,diagonis as the vent valve not holding.Replacd canister,it came with drain valve.pressure regulator valve ,the two fuel cut off valves on top of tank (whitch are not electric)and the pressure senser and ga... Trouble codes: P0448
2005 Volvo V70 2.4 2.4L Cuts out VIN: YV1SW61255
Older gents car. Not a usual customer but a friend of my wifes. Fuel pump will drop out intermittently. I replaced the fuel pressure sensor which is a known problem. No change. Vehicle runs great but pump drops out intermittently after a hot soak. i have v... Trouble codes: P0089

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2008 Acura TSX 2.4L gauge cluster VIN: JH4CL969X8
Alldata is very poor at explaining how to remove and replace this gauge cluster. They make no mention of the fact that there are two very hard to see screws on the bottom of the cluster that once removed allow the cluster to be easily pulled out. They do say t...
1999 Audi A4 1.8L Poor Idle Quality, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: WAUBB28D1X
Thanks for all the replies. Vehicle is finally fixed. I kept coming back to the low vacuum at idle. Timing belt marks lined up perfect. But in the end it was the rear timing chain. The intake cam was off a tooth because of disintegrated tensioner chain guides.... Trouble codes: 18014 (rough road/engine torquesignal from abs malfunction), 16502 (coolant temp sensor- signal too high- intermittent), P0301, P0302, P0304, P0303.
2004 Audi A4 1.8L MIL Lamp on VIN: WAUJC68E94
First of all, thanks to all 10 technicians who reply my call. I finally fix this one after I read your help. Robert from Oregon and Richard from Michigan mention that the engine has to be running to get the 12v feed to Maf. That one hit the nail. I was measuri... Trouble codes: P0103 (Mass or volume air flow a circuit high input), P0172, P0234 (Turbo charger/supercharger overboost condition.).
2000 Cadillac DeVille DHS 4.6L No Start VIN: 1G6KE54Y9Y
Looks like the vehicle was stuck in between module communications due to a low batt. I did check the ground cable from the chassis to the alt bracket, all was good. Recharged the battery and everything started working again, I did disconnect and touched batt c... Trouble codes: U1301.
2008 Cadillac DTS 4.6L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G6KD57Y68
Pulled EGR to check for insufficient sealing and valve was sealing fine with no carbon buildup. My calculated engine load was 41.2% on freeze frame. I then pulled the air filter and each seam was stuffed with debris and bugs. Put new air filter in vehicle le... Trouble codes: P1400 (Cold start emission reduction control system).
2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT 6.0L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1FTNF21P03
Thanks to all how submitted help. After draining 42 liters of fluid from oil pan, I replaced all eight injectors and changed oil. But before adding oil I retested fuel system with scanner and no longer had fuel draining to pan. When customer said injectors had... Trouble codes: P0263, P0672 (glowplug cir 2), P0675 (GP5 cir), P0677 (GP7 cir), P2285 (icp voltage).
2009 Ford F-150 XLT 4.6L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out, Stall, Misfire, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTRX12809
Thank you for all the help, found the intake gasket was bad, I could not get it to leak using smoke, but found there to be vacuum when pulled the oil cap off, replaced the intake gaskets, runs and drives great, thanks again chad Trouble codes: P2195 (o2 sensor bank 1 s 1 stuck lean), P2195 (o2 sensor bank 1 s 1 stuck lean).
2002 GMC Sierra 2500 SL 6.0L shifting VIN: 1GTHK29U12
looks like craig and hal get the prize.it must be the wrong case for the vehicle.has np1 build code that equates to a np263 transfer case-ordered a used one .I'll let you know how it goes thanks
2006 GMC Sierra 2500 HD SLE 6.0L 3rd Gear VIN: 1GTHK24U96
Pressure control solenoid! thanks to everyone who replied especially Mel and Robert. Pressure test which I should have done immediately showed low pressure and not changing when activated with scan tool. New pressure control valve fixed pressure and shifting...
1987 Lincoln Continental 5.0L No Start VIN: 1LNBM97F4H
Finally fixed! A lot of good responses, some I had not tried like checking for plugged exhaust (nope), EGR not seating (nope)fuel pressure reg leaking (nope). Some I tried but did not include in original post like checking firing order (OK), Vacuum while crank... Trouble codes: 21 (ECT sensor out of range), 24 (IAT sensor out of range), 34 (EGR position sensor).
2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6L Increased battery discharge? VIN: WMWSV3C56B
Hi there, This vehicle needed a battery and it needed to be "registered" to the vehicle. Per the suggestion of a few that replied, this could/would be the case. The customer had had issues with this for some time and took it to the dealer to try to get some...
1997 Plymouth Breeze 2.0L No Start, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1P3EJ46C1V
Thanks to Timothy from Wisconsin and Jonathan from North Carolina, the issue was oil was leaking from the valve cover pretty bad in fact it was 2qts down. The cam signal looked good but the crank didn't look right, so I replaced it after checking pwr and gro... Trouble codes: P0351 (p0353-), P0353.
2000 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7L Starter VIN: 5TBBT4819Y
After being mislead by wrong wiring diagrams in the past 40 years I wanted to see if others agreed with what I was seeing. Timothy, Jonathan and Bill confirmed for me that there was nothing else in the circuit. I then took the time to follow the wire from the ...
2001 Volvo S80 2.9 2.9L trunk lock button VIN: YV1TS94D61
BIG thanks to Peter this thing is done. Volvo book said "must use MASTER key to deactivate valet function" but Peter is correct "it must be the SAME key it was activated with". After getting other key from customers wife system is normal. So this has been anot...
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