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1999 BMW 328i 2.8L MIL Lamp on
OK,heres the deal, i got this 99 bmw 328i. customer complained of the check engine light comming on periodically and when it comes on a great loss of power, sometimes even a stall at idle. SO.. with that being said, i scanned the car and found the p0340 code f... Trouble codes: P0340
2003 Cadillac Escalade ESV 6.0L battery VIN: 3GYFK66N13
This vehicle has a 150ma draw from the ignition A fuse in the front fuse box. The only schematic I can find is in AllData and it only shows the starter and starter relay on that fuse. Remove fuse draw goes to 11ma. Remove starter relay and draw remains at 150m...
1995 Chevrolet K1500 5.7L intake VIN: 1GCEK19K7S
ok guys, I got this truck in the shop and replace intake gaskets cause of a small corner leak. After i get the truck back together the truck runs like a champ and don't get hot. But it has a very strong odor from the exhaust. It's also turning the bumper green...
1998 Chevrolet S10 4.3L No Start, Hesitation, Surge, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 1GCDT19X3W
Hair puller here !!! truck originally was towed in for crank -no start. found vehicle to have 51 psi koeo, tested voltage and ground to pump module. found to be ok. replaced pump with delco unit, found customer replaced fuel pump 1 week prior to us for this pr...
2001 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LT 5.3L MIL Lamp on VIN: 1HJ5231578
I have this 2001 Suburban that has the code P0446. Being that this code is normally the purge solenoid I replaced it. The code came back. I smoke tested the system and there are not any leaks. The lines do not have any kinks in them. I vacuum tested the system... Trouble codes: P0446 (EVAP system performance)
2001 Chevrolet Express 3500 5.7L Poor Idle Quality VIN: 1GBJG31R21
we had found that there was an internal trans problem causing the engine to quit at stop signs and when shifted into reverse. replace engine due to a cracked cylinder and trans. we now have a code for high idle when the engine is started, p0507. because the ia... Trouble codes: P0507 (idle too high)
2001 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 LS 8.1L alternator/battery VIN: 1GCJK39G91
thanks in advance to all who respond. this is my own personal vehicle. on the way to hunting camp we stopped for fuel. engine was shut down during fueling. when restarted, battery warning light on/volt guage showing just above 12V. no prior problems with charg...
2005 Chevrolet Malibu 2.2L No Start VIN: 1G1ND52F55
we have check everything on this vehicle..from power to ground circuit to computer...everything seems good...the abd part is...wiring doens't match to dealer,mitchell, autodata for th computer...we have even try good pcm just to make sure,it is not the pcm...a...
2006 Chevrolet HHR LT 2.4L Headlights VIN: 3GNDA23P56
Hello everyone, thanks in advance for your help! This customer says that intermittently the headlights will stay on after the car is shut off. The customer says the only way to get them to go off is to disconnect the battery. I have not been able to recreate t...
2006 Chevrolet Cobalt LT 2.2L No Start VIN: 1G1AL55F36
We had this 2006 Cobalt Lt that worked fine before the battery went dead over time sitting at a used car dealer. Then the car would sometimes start, and sometimes not start. We have the car here, and have charged the battery fully, left ignition key on for 15 ...
2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8L abs VIN: 1GCEK14C38
looking for assistance on this truck. intermittent abs activation, speedo inop and trans does not shift. abs activation while braking usually at 5mph+/-. intermittently speedo will not read on accel and trans will not shift from 1st gear. trans/speedo operatio...
1999 Chrysler LHS 3.5L No Start, Stall VIN: 2C3HC56G0X
Thanks for looking . Vehicle will stall hot only when cust. is driving . Of course by the time car is towed , will start and run well . While charging my scope battery , I decided to look at freeze frame . Showed p0300 , 0 RPM , minus -40 deg. coolant and negi... Trouble codes: P0300, P0301, P0305, P0302
2005 Chrysler 300 C 5.7L suspension VIN: 1CEXYT35U5
Hi all, first off the VIN is incorrect sorry 'bout that.Anyway , we have a 2005 300C with a very noticeable rattle from the left front and we can't seem to pin it down. It sounds like a sway bar link but we have: disconnected sway bar links, removed LF caliper...
1996 Dodge Ram 1500 5.2L Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall VIN: 3B7HC13Y6T
Thanks to everyone in advance. This vehicle came in and would not idle. It would die immediately after start. The customer was told by different people to replace different parts. Computer replaced, fuel pump replaced, iac, map and tps all replaced. So he brou... Trouble codes: 52 (lean bk 1)
2003 Dodge Sprinter 2500 2.7L Driveline VIN: WD2YD74273
Greetings, we have this Sprinter that came in with complaint of vibration "like a bad u-joint" the customer stated. We drove it and sure enough seemed like u-joint. Pulled drive shaft assembly found two joints locked up. Slam dunk right? $900.00 reman drive sh...
2004 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT 5.9L no power VIN: 3D7KU28C74
i have a 2004 ram 2500 that has no pwer feels like it is pulling 6 cars behind it when it is not. transmission shfts ate and fluid is burnt. checked turbo for play in shaft and fond non. truck has 79000 miles on it and is clean and runs great other than having...
2004 Dodge Durango SLT 5.7L Mechanical VIN: 1D4HB58D84
brother called me with engine noise complaint, was on cold start. turned engine off, checked oil level-ok. restarted engine with noise & check engine light came on. had vehicle towed. noise is a double rattling noise. no distinctive location is loudest at rear...
2005 Dodge Sprinter 2500 2.7L MIL Lamp on, low power VIN: WD2PD74475
Please see related repair history below Trouble codes: 2359 (boost pressure low)
2006 Dodge Charger R/T 5.7L Cuts out, Stall VIN: 2B3KA53H16
Hello Guys, got a good one. Customer complaint was that after filling up the car would intermittenly stall and die. No codes, recorded live data, and was able to capture it when it stalled, nothing appeared to be out of specs. Sent to dealer, was told to put E...
2007 Dodge Charger 2.7L engine VIN: 2B3KA43R57
hey all,got a 2007 dodge charger thats got a engine knocksounds like lower end.i've not heard anything on these cars yet,was wanting to know if this is common and can it be fixxed or does engine have to be replaced.car has oil pressure and there are no codes (...
2002 Ford F-350 Super Duty XLT 7.3L power steering VIN: 1FTSX31F22
on first start can turn steering 3/4 of turn before losing power assist(has to be within the 1st 3sec of start) then you get only 1/4 turn in either direction before losing assist. tried jacking up and turning back and fort to remove air lock no help. This has...
2005 Ford E-350 Super Duty 6.8L Poor Idle Quality, Stall VIN: 1FTSS34S25
Vehicle came in with no idle and poor acceleration. Checked fuel PSI, good, retrieved trouble codes and inspected related MAF circuit wireing, was good. inspected for vacume leaks and integrity of intake boot between MAF and throttle body, good. Relaced MAF bu... Trouble codes: P0104 (maf circuit intermittent), P1101 (maf out of self test range)
2005 Ford F-150 XL 4.6L Mechanical VIN: 1FTRX14W85
Ford F150 with scraping noise coming from left rear of vehicle. The noise is relatively loud and easily heard. The noise is NOT present when driving straight forward. The noise is present when turning hard right and when reversing. It sounds like it's coming f...
2009 Ford F-350 Super Duty FX4 6.4L No Start VIN: 1FTWW31R99
I have some questions on a 09 F350 with the 6.4 diesel This pickup came hit pretty hard in the frontend with a no start condition. We reset the PATS system and tryed to start it no luck. We checked all are wiring and it checks out fine. From the ign. switch to...
2003 GMC Sierra 2500 HD 6.6L No Start VIN: 1GTHK29133
Welcome to my Friday afternoon head-scratcher. Customer reports that about a year ago truck began long start/hard start that they could only resolve by changing filter. At some point that wouldn't start it anymore (engine cold or hot) - so they moved on to eth...
1993 Honda Accord EX 2.2L drive axles VIN: JHMCB7558P
this car has a shimy at high speeds and on acceleration, im thinking axles but i would like some other thoughts on it.
1999 Honda Accord LX 3.0L Surge VIN: 1HGCG2252X
Car came in after being submerged in water while running, resulting in irreparable engine damage. We replaced with good used engine. The car now will surge at an idle from 1000 to 2000 rpm in 3-5 second intervals. This car was doing the same thing with the oth...
2002 Honda Civic Si 1.7L Poor Idle Quality, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1HGEM21952
checked out this code by using alldata info, went step by step, end result ,replace map sensor,with terminals 2 and 3 jumped voltage is 2.23v, alldata says it should be 2.9v or higher, so i replaced the map sensor. same code , same problem.when i start the car... Trouble codes: P0108
2000 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0L p0732,p0734 VIN: KMHJF35F0Y
car has codes p0732,p0734 seams to only act up cold after car warms up it works properly snd shifts like new. transmission was removed and inspected found nothing wrong inside. puls generators both ohm within range and apear to opperate properly cold, however ...
2000 Isuzu Rodeo S 3.2L 2-3 shift,2-1 VIN: 4S2DM58W8Y
I am looking for someone to explain to me when exactly the pressure control solenoid (force motor) is supposed to be activated and what could keep the ecm from activating it. As you can see from related repairs, the ecm harness shorted causing damage to 21 cir...
1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.2L front gearing in differential VIN: 1J4GZ78Y4W
Hi gang! Have this vehicle here, the front gear assembly bin differential has noticeable damage to ring an pinion and excessive movement because of bearings that wore to a point where the housing is worn where the bearings were. What i would like to know, is t...
2001 Jeep Cherokee Classic 4.0L Engine VIN: 1J4FF58S51
Hi everyone and thanks in advance for your help, my boss bought this Jeep and when he brought it in it was blowing white smoke from the tail pipe and running hot. I filled the radiator up with water and it would just blow it out the radiator fill neck. It also...
1998 Lincoln Town Car 4.6L wiper motor VIN: 1LNFM81W5W
have replaced the wiper motor 5 times since december 2007. power and ground are good each time. the linkage seems smooth with no hangups. the 1st motor was an aftermarket unit and lasted 8 months. the 2cd wiper motor was also an aftermarket and lasted 7 months...
2001 Mazda Protege ES 2.0L Misfire, MIL Lamp on
Hey guys here it goes. I inheritted this job and of course it is an out of town customer leaving me no time to diagnose. Two months ago the vehicle had P0420 another tech suggest cat replacement and the 96k service, also replaced o2 sensors as well as cat. Now... Trouble codes: P0420 (p0300-), P0300
2001 Nissan Pathfinder LE 3.5L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, Cuts out, Stall VIN: JN8DRO7Y51
Came in w/ complaint of hard start and cutting off.No codes.Smoke tested for vac. leaks.All scan tool data looks o.k.Car will not idle and shows every indication of running lean.When fuel return line is restricted to raise fuel pressure the symptoms seem to go...
2003 Saturn Vue 3.0L drivetrain VIN: 5GZCZ63B23
saturn vue came in with a bad vibration after 6o mph.. replaced the center carrior bearing with readuces alot of it but not all. chaned the tires ans brakes and rotors still there. on the lift without the driveshaft on i get a pretty good vibration again at ar...
1999 Toyota Land Cruiser 4.7L alarm transm VIN: JT3HT05J3X
hello everyone, i am requesting the procedure to program the alarm transmitter in order to lock and unlock the doors for this vehicle. i had to replace the key complete with the molded transmitter portion that always breaks. just to clarify the molded portion ...
2003 Toyota Highlander 3.0L Cam Position VIN: JTEGF21A33
Has anyone chased a code on one of these P0018? Crankshaft Position Camshaft Position Correlation (Bank 2 Sensor A) This motor was not the best of taken care of, but I do know now that the bottom end is clean. I know the timing is on with an OE belt and all ...
1996 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L Stall, MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWRA81HAS
Need help on how to figure this out. Not a VW shop but this is my son's car and trying to save him some cash. Replaced distributor with a used one. Still get the codes. Stalls sometimes when you come to a stop. No speed odometer. Thanks, al Trouble codes: P0341 (Camshaft Position Sensor Range Performance), P0501 (Vehicle Speed Sensor Range/Performance)
2001 Volkswagen Beetle GL 2.0L MIL Lamp on VIN: 3VWCB21C41
how do you check the combi valves without external vacuum port? Trouble codes: P0411
2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0L Alignment VIN: 3VWAL81K99
In need of alignment specs.

Fixes & Summaries for All Makes and Models
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2002 Audi A6 Quattro 3.0L Electronic VIN: WAULT64B62
Thanks to Jerry from New Jersey: Yes, new transmission ecu's for Audi's need to be re-programmed. Thanks to Eugene from West Va.: We are using a new replacement, not used. However if a used unit was obtained and vehicles were not identical it may be possibly...
1992 Buick Century Custom 3.3L Excessive Emissions VIN: 1G4AH54N9N
ok, it's fixed, found vacuum hose to canister under hood leaking when car in drive due to broken front motor mount, i was lucky to hear it when it was on the dyno under load,replaced vacuum hose and retest ,nox droped to 200 ppm , pass i wan't to thank every...
1997 Buick Regal LS 3.8L spedometer, engine VIN: 2G4WB52K9V
Thanks to all for your input on this issue. Much to the dismay of my boss who happend to call in sick on the day I pinpointed the problem (he didnt agree that the ignition switch could cause these issues) I tore into the column and found several circuits not s...
1999 Cadillac DeVille 4.6L over heating VIN: 1G6KS54Y2X
Thank you for all the help. It was bad head gaskets.
1998 Chevrolet Astro 4.3L Starting VIN: 1GCDM19W6W
1999 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.7L Misfire VIN: 1GNEC13R6X
I want to thank all the teck's who responded to my dilema. First of all this was a vortec engine,cyl's 1&3 and 5&7 are on common runner's.The idea that an intake manifold gasket could be the cause did not make sence to me, so I chose not to go that route. The ... Trouble codes: P0300 (Random misfire).
2003 Chevrolet Impala 3.8L traction control VIN: 2G1WH52KX3
replaced wire harness for abs seems to be ok. hopefully this did the trick thanks to all that responded
2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer LS 4.2L Cam shaft actuator VIN: 1GNDT13S24
I got this one fixed, As long as you keep tension on the chain in the clock wise position and the flats are up, everything will be ok. Turn the motor over clockwise bring the piston to top dead center with the cam flats up, if the the exhaust cam is off take a...
2001 Chrysler Sebring LX 3.0L Charging VIN: 4C3AG52H11
Morning All Well I took a chance and replaced the alt. and all the symtoms went away. Just wish there was a better way to diagnos the charging system. Thanks for all the help Steve [...]
2003 Dodge Caravan Sport 3.3L starter and ignition VIN: 1D4GP45R63
Thank you those who replied. Three of you were right. After testing everything I could and utilizing help from local techs and replies, the fix ended up being replacing PCM and IMP (pcm transfored skim). I checked with local techs and another Chrysler dealer a...
1998 Ford Explorer XL 4.0L scanner readings VIN: 1FMDU32E5V
after checking for data going to ecm and finding out client purchased car from local dealer, advised to either proceed to dealer and have ecm reflashed, replace with remann unit or contact dealer and have them repair. Dealers can not sell a vehicle without pas...
1998 Ford Mustang GT 4.6L Radio VIN: 1FAFP42X6W
Man, I don't think I will ever mess with another stereo system again. Sending it to someone that deals with these everyday sounds perfect to me. It was the radio itself. After trial and error of swapping with used parts. The two rear amps were fine. The f...
1999 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0L cruise control VIN: 1FMYU24E1X
turned out to be the steering wheel switches we installed were faulty.replaced with another set of factory switches and every thing was fine. thanks for the suggestions.
2004 Ford Expedition XLS 5.4L Power Door Locks, Drivers Power Seat VIN: 1FMRU17W84
So far, have had no other issues. What has fixed the vehicle was removing the VSM module and remounting it in the same location. Whether, there is broken wire in the harness, or any other electronic issues, we'll never know until next time. The customer has...
2005 Ford F-350 Super Duty XLT 6.0L Poor Idle Quality, Hesitation, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1FTWX31P85
Finally fixed, I replaced the number 7 injector, and the o-rings for that side, the moracca noise was a loose exhaust clamp (blonde moment), but still have the two codes for the glow plugs, but it starts well and runs great now. thanks again for all of your h... Trouble codes: P0670 (Glow plug module), P0683 (GPM to PCM communication circuit), P0279 (Injector circuit Low on 7).
2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT 6.0L exhaust rocker VIN: 1FTSX21P36
hi folks, first let me thank those who took the time to respond,i will say this one is fixed,i am sure some of you will understand the panic that sets in when you fix an obvious problem but you still have a problem. after tearing into it again i found a damage...
2005 Lexus ES330 3.3L window motor VIN: JTHBA30G95
i took out the motor hit the up for 6 sec then reinstall so it was in the middle of the regulator. Works great thanks all for help. Sorry i didnt close earlyer forgot to do it
2004 Mazda 6 i 2.3L Hesitation, Surge, MIL Lamp on VIN: 1YVFP806C6
This fix ranks up there with the strange ones. It turns out the timing was off. I pinned the crank and could get the cam lock bar in to lock the cam's but it had to be forced in and there was no slack at all between the two cams. Its just seemed a tad too tigh... Trouble codes: P0340.
1997 Mercedes-Benz E320 3.2L MIL Lamp on VIN: WDBJF55F5V
the vehicle had a broken vacum line under the valve cover Trouble codes: P0410.
2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor LS 3.8L Poor Idle Quality, Cuts out VIN: 4A4MN21S34
Most was right. Replaced EGR valve and two gaskets. problem soloved. thanx all.
2000 Nissan Altima GLE 2.4L Compressor VIN: 1N4DL01A9Y
I am going to close this request. The car became a heat case and upper management got involved. Car was sent to the dealer and was diagnosed as a faulty PCM, which was my guess on it to fix it. It is up in the air as to whether the customer will fix it or not....
2003 Nissan Sentra GXE 1.8L ECU update VIN: 3N1CB51D43
Thanks to my responders. I am convinced the reprogramming card is corrupt/defective. I can load the converter update file but 1/2 the time when you use the check file utility it says the file is bad. I think the card is only holding some of what is written to...
1989 Oldsmobile 98 Regency 3.8L No Start, Cuts out VIN: 1G3CX54C8K
Many thanks to Boyd, Scott, and Edward for sending me in the right direction. After tap testing and ohming injectors, I went to the ground lug under the ICM. It wasn't corroded as some have seen but I found the PCM ground wire (black/wht tracer)hanging by a ...
1996 Oldsmobile 88 Royale 3.8L Starting VIN: 1G3HN52K8T
Thank you,folks,I received lots of good insight on this one possible t-chain issues,pass key,ecm,ignition module,nobody really hit the nail on the head because the head that should be hit was mine.Ashamed and embarassed I admit that just because I think I can ...
1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue GL 3.5L Cooling Systems VIN: 1G3WH52H1X
The customer did not wish to invest the time and money to accurately determine the problem. The track record on these engines is not very good. Thanks to all of you for your input!
1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP 3.8L Cuts out, Misfire, Poor Fuel Economy VIN: 1G2WP1213V
Thanks to all who replied. I thought about all the posts suggesting a fuel contamination issue due to the length of time the vehicle sat in storage. I especially liked the one post that suggested a possible presence of sediment in the end of the fuel rail on... Trouble codes: P0301 (Cylinder 1 missfire), P0303 (Cylinder 3 missfire), P0305 (Cylinder 5 missfire).
2001 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0L No Start VIN: 3VWSR29M41
thanks very much to all you help me with this car,the problem was the crank sensor.i change and car star.
2002 Volkswagen Cabrio GLX 2.0L Stall VIN: V42M805544
Thanks guys to take time to help us. We found spending code for MAF and also check MAF connector it good and we replaced MAF and reset DTC's. Test drove it fine. customer pick up her car today. Thanks again for all your help Lee
1998 Volvo S70 2.4L Excessive Emissions VIN: YV1LS5545W
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