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2003 Audi A4 1.8L torque covertor VIN: WAUJC68E43
need help with this job I,m removing the transmission but I can fine the bolts that bolt the converter to the flex plate A ALLDATA SAYS THROUGH REMOVED STARTER BUT I TURN THE ENGINE MENY TIMES AND I CAN FINE THE BOLTS MY QUESTION TO YOU OUT THERE DOES SOMEONE ...
2007 BMW X5 4.8i 4.8L coolant system VIN: 5UXFE83597
Pressure test coolant. Major coolant leak rear off engine. Anybody know common places that leaks on the rear of the engine. Unable to see leak as I am sure you are all aware. Thank you in advance.
1982 Chevrolet K10 Scottsdale 6.2L Front Crank Seal LEak VIN: 1GCEK14C0C
It was converted from the diesel to a Frankenstein gas engine. Originally this beast was brought to me for a rear main seal leak. When it finally rolled in I was told the whole think leaked, front, rear, side, etc. I canít seem to get the front crank seal to s...
2000 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.8L No Start, Stall VIN: 2G1WH55K2Y
Vehicle presented as a cranks ok, no-start. Acts like it's in anti-theft mode, "Security" message displays until start attempt, then goes out (normal operation). Will run for about a second on initial start attempt, then stall out and only crank until the key ...
2003 Chevrolet Cavalier LS 2.2L No Start VIN: 1G1JF52F13
Intermittent no start usually after 5 mile drive and short heat soak. No spark no injector pulse. test CPS with o-scope found signal very poor. Replace with aftermarket part, start and run test drive same route again no start monitor with scope after cool down...
2004 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3L ipc/alternator VIN: 1GNEK13Z04
Truck was towed in stalled while driving. connected charging/tested,charged battery, performed system test,all passed except battery.alt output 14.3 volts idle no load. under load conditions 13.8 volts. replaced battery performed system test, no alternator out...
2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2.4L No Start, backfires though int VIN: 3C4FY48B14
We have replaced the crank sensor plugs, wires, and done timing belt job. The car cranks hard and sometimes kicks back against the starter. If you give it gas to try and make it take off it backfires through the intake. Pulled the plugs back out and they are f...
2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie 4.7L Electronic VIN: 1D7HU18N83
Thanks in advance for anybody willing to help he. Im not a tranny guy. Im looking for some direction to start on this truck. only has second gear and reverse. with the autel I could see that the gear pos switch seems to be working. the tranny temp says hot eve...
2009 Dodge Journey SXT 3.5L Cooling Systems VIN: 3D4GG57V89
Vehicle presented with coolant leak at rear of bank 2 head but head/blovk surface is partially blocked by transaxle bellhousing however, coolant will bubble up between block/bellhousing junction when cooling system is pressurized. Don't want to assume h/g but ...
1996 Ford Crown Victoria 4.6L No Start VIN: 2FALP7362T
came in no start, have spark , unplugged fuel pump harness, checked wires, have 2 hot wires for pump and level sensor...until i plug pump in then nothing, removed sending unit, verified it works it does, need help going to the next step thanks
2005 Ford Focus ZX4 2.0L Surge VIN: 1FAFP34N05
Hello fellow techs, this Ford Focus came in with a customer complaint of surging under heavy load and at idle intermittently, at times it will stall at idle or when first leaving a stop then start right back up, scanned for codes and none where present or pend...
2006 Ford F-350 Super Duty XLT 6.0L Hesitation, Surge VIN: 1FTWW31P16
Engine starts and idles good after turbo replacement, took a while to expel all of the oil from exhaust, has good boost, but poor power, very sluggish from start, does reach highway speeds but does not have the normal engine power. No codes engine sounds good,...
2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty XL 6.4L Four Wheel Drive VIN: 1FTWW31R08
Hello Ford Experts. Looking for some assistance on where to start with a 2008 Ford F350 that has NO four wheel drive. The transfer case motor was replaced two months ago. The four wheel drive switch has been replaced. There is no light on in the switch itself ...
2010 Ford Focus SEL 2.0L Poor Idle Quality, Surge VIN: 1FAHP3HN2A
1991 Honda Accord LX 2.2L s light VIN: 1HGCB9857M
3 months ago the "S" light came on the dash and this 91 Honda Accord went into limp mode or crawl mode so it would not go over about 10 mph. It had multiple codes at that time. I took out the TCM and sent it to a shop that claims it repairs those units and it ...
2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7L Driver's airbag VIN: 1HGEM22573
In am involved in researching the defect involved in the recent Takata airbag recall. I am looking for help from a Honda technician who can tell me whether this vehicle's airbag should be replaced under the current Takata recall campaign 14V-351. Honda servic...
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4L srs system VIN: 5NPEB4AC1C
working on this thing trying to get the srs module to accept variant coding i have a 1 week subscription to and retrieved the code "yfa3" this code fails the coding procedure i found a bulletin (#13-BE-008) for different variant codes base...
2000 Jaguar XJR 4.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: SAJDA15B9Y
I have this supercharged Jaguar XJR V-8 4.0L, the type that has the 2 fuel pumps in the fuel tank. The MIL is on and has a P1646, fuel pump relay 2. So I figured this wouldn't be too difficult. I started in the trunk where the relays are. I could prove that fu... Trouble codes: P1646
2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4.7L alternator VIN: 1J4GW58N6Y
Customer complaint, check gauges. Discovered charging system is not working. Tested ckts at alternator-OK. Replace alternator with new MOPAR. Vehicle didn't charge instantly but did start charging after shut off and restarted. Worked fine after that. Released ...
2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7L Instrument cluster VIN: 1J4HR48N06
I have this Jeep and the customer's complaint is the instrument cluster will stop working at times. He is also complaining about the 4wd light coming on on the dash. I have not been able to duplicate the cluster not working. I also have a check engine light on...
2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7L Starter VIN: 1J8GS48K99
Hello everyone!this jeep towed to my shop for turn the key and no crank.happened with no warning.customer was out shopping,had started it many times through the day.just came out of a store and it would not crank.strong battery,all other equipment ...
1994 Lexus GS300 3.0L 3-4 shift VIN: JT8JS47E1R
I'll be up front, trying to help a disabled Vietnam vet short on funds. Auto transmissions aren't my specialty. Just trying to get some quick info if this is a typical problem or time to throw in the towel. Car purchased new, treated gently and always servic...
2007 Nissan Frontier SE 4.0L No Start VIN: 1N6AD09U97
This truck will not start no spark or injector pulse when we first got it code p1614, p1612,p1551 U1000, U1001. i removed all grounds clean and re tighten. code u1001 and p1612 never came back but still had U1000, P1614,p1551, So i order a new IPMD and key ant... Trouble codes: U1000 (can communication line), U1001 (CAN communication), P1614, P1551 (Battery current sensor)
2007 Pontiac G6 GTP 3.6L timing chain VIN: 1G2ZM58797
ok guys heres my problem. i went to replace the acuators on bank 2 which is back of engine and chain slipped ,so i had to take apart the front cover and reset the chain. no problem right . wrong everytime i put the chain on and try and turn it the back chain b...
2008 Pontiac G6 2.4L power steering VIN: 1G2ZF57B78
Customer bought this G6 with the Electronic Power Steering inop: manual steering only. He contacted the GM dealer, and found that it had been recalled/replaced at 95k miles, ten k ago. I hooked my laptop and software to the car and got no EPS codes: just a few...
2005 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7L MIL Lamp on VIN: 5TDZT38A25
vehicle was brought in with a complaint of no 4th gear.a quick test drive revealed vehicle was in reduced power mode.cleared stored codes and vehicle works like its supposed to but the p0418 code remained.i printed a wiring diagram from alldata and checked the... Trouble codes: P0418
2008 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7L Water Pump VIN: 5TBBV541X8
What I need from you guys is an explanation as to why the service manual says I have to take the entire front bumper cap and oil cooler system off of this truck just to get to the water pump? Looking at it...I don't even see why I would even NEED to take the f...
2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0L Cooling System VIN: 3VWRL71K89
This vehicle overheats after driving 20-30 miles, the heater seems to work only a fair amount when running in the shop but will slowly stop, after it overheats the heater is cold and radiator fans are on with cold air and radiator is cold. no coolant loss..No ...
1998 Volvo V70 X/C AWD 2.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: YV1LZ5644W
The answer to this problem is usually the "J hose". But note this is the XC AWD and it does not have a "J hose" due to the orientation of canister for this model.The light went on shortly after the car passed the smog test and the gas cap was tested during the... Trouble codes: P0442 (Small Evap Leak)
2000 Volvo V40 1.9L OBD monitor VIN: YV1VW2557Y
This Volvo has a hard time setting the CAT and O2 monitor even after driving vehicle for more than 100 miles steady cruise at highway speed (55 to 60mph). Only the EVAP. monitor was easily set. One thing that seems abnormal is that the Comprehensive Component ...

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L blue plug VIN: 1GCEK19B15
Nearly all replies suggested the wicking of coolant or water up the wire and back to the PCM. The area of the PCM plug where the problem was did not have the coolant sensor wires in it. The water that was getting in the plug was clear water. The knock senso...
2009 Chevrolet HHR LS Panel 2.2L Bcm/vcim VIN: 3GCCA85B99
Well this thing has been gone for a couple weeks now customer states all is well. So here are the details. First off the vcim still has no vin and doesn't take a flash. The customer doesn't use on star so they weren't concerned with spending any more on that. ...
2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1G1ZC5E13B
I am listing this vehicle as fixed for the following reasons; My local GM Dealership states that the EXH Cam Actuator Solenoid is 99.9% likely to be the problem on this car. It has also been found to be covered under a Extended PZEV Warranty. I am shipping it ... Trouble codes: P0014 (exhaust camshaft timing over advanced), P0113 (intake air temp sensor).
1988 Ford F-250 Custom 5.0L No Start, Stall VIN: 1FTEF26N3J
Thanks for all the help. Many said to check grounds, another local shop said the ground on back bolt of intake was for the injectors. I installed another ground to engine and battery and all is well. I had to install a new temp. sensor so the ECM could control... Trouble codes: 21 (Ect), 81 (Idle air valve).
1998 Ford F800 5.9L Fuel Shut Off Solenoid VIN: 1FDNF80C9W
thanks to all everything was helpful,removed cover drilled out and extracted broken screws. reassembled and installed new solenoid kit,including bracket
2003 Ford Crown Victoria 4.6L blower VIN: 2FAFP71W23
Yamar nailed, it as well as others suggestions of the switch. I should have known, because every Ford that has fan issues ends up being the switch. Thanks guys JIM.
2005 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4L battery light
Dealer didn't want to spend money on OE alternator so he's mad at me and going elsewhere. Didn't need his headache anyway. Thanks to those that helped
1998 Honda Accord LX 2.3L engine VIN: 1HGCG5643W
OK everyone, Thank You greatly for quick and helpful responses. Bill got it right.. Joseph was close recommending recentering the mounts. It was the right rear trans mount, it is the round one with a vacuum hose that is PCM controlled. Even though there is not...
2007 Honda CR-V EX 2.4L 2-3 shifts hard VIN: JHLRE38787
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.4L starter VIN: 5NPEB4AC0C
when changing the engine, i used harness on new motor, long story short, 2 pins were in wrong spot from manufacture, used old harness, vehicle rubs... thank you to all that replied
2003 Mazda 6 i 2.3L no start VIN: 1YVFP80C23
well guess the timing ended up being off as I thought it was. I replaced the timing chain, guides, tensioner, and also readjusted the crank sensor that needs to be on the 9th tooth on the crank and was off before timing was reset and after I set the timing. I ...
2005 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5L ecm VIN: 3VWDF71K25
So after way more hours than I like to spend on a VW I found the problem was water in the wiring at the under hood fuse block. I disassembled the fuse block and found 2 very corroded wires and one broken wire. Thanks to all who chimed in on this problem.
2005 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDI 1.9L Mechanical VIN: WVWSR61J55
Thanks for all the replies, especially Daniel, Nigel, Alex and Jeff for suggesting this is probably still just a fuel contamination issue. We went and filled tank and drove around to mix well and almost immediately saw a significant improvement. I believe ther...
2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo 2.0L No Start, Misfire VIN: 3VWVA7AT5C
Many thanks for your responses.. I seems that plugging the original bad coil into the cylinders 2 and 3 embedded the faulty signal into the ecm 5 volt output.. when we unplugged coils 1,2and 3 the correct signal returned to # 4. the simple fix was to replace ... Trouble codes: P0301, P0303, P0300.
2002 Volvo V70 X/C 2.4L Temperature VIN: YV1SZ58D52
Everything points at internal engine blockage. Great advise on the use of OEM parts. Customer is ok with the amount of heat for now. We will probably not get a chance to diagnose it again unless this concern comes up again next winter.
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