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Posted Fix Information

ASIAN FIX
Posted By: Valley Auto Clinic, Brandon Lough
Problem Description:
This vehicle has a trouble code P2A00 present. The code would reset after about a day of driving. No other drivability problems...
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Posted Date:
03/10/2015
Confirmed Fix:
Repaired Catalytic Converter(s)
Problem Description:
This vehicle has a trouble code P2A00 present. The code would reset after about a day of driving. No other drivability problems have been found. A very small crack was found UNDER the weld on the brace for the right catalytic converter. Both sides were welded for good measure. The trouble code has not returned.
Vehicle Description:
2009 Nissan 370Z Base 3.7L
Category:
Engine Performance 
   Check Engine Light (MIL)
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EUROPEAN FIX
Posted By: Carlsbad Auto Service, Joe Koszalinski, Jr.
Problem Description:
The engine is overheating at idle speed. While the engine was at idle speed, the temperature warning message would alert the...
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Posted Date:
04/01/2015
Confirmed Fix:
Replaced Thermostat Housing
Problem Description:
The engine is overheating at idle speed. While the engine was at idle speed, the temperature warning message would alert the owner to the overheating condition. Scanned the computer and monitored engine coolant temperature at idle and noted that the coolant temperature steadily rose to 240 degrees F. The coolant temperature would drop to 204 degrees F. when the heater was engaged or when engine speed was increased to over 1100 RPM. Removed the thermostat cover and found plastic degradation of the thermostat cover not allowing the thermostat to be retained by the molded ears as they had been eroded away.
Replaced the thermostat cover and filled the cooling system. The overheating symptom still existed after the repair. The water pump was removed to ensure impeller integrity and housing clearance. The water pump checked good for both conditions. Found a piece of plastic behind the water pump (in the block cavity) approximately 1” square and more damage to the plastic housing of the thermostat was suspected. Removed the thermostat and found degradation causing a coolant circulation issue. Replaced the engine thermostat housing assembly, filled the system with coolant and ran the engine for confirmation of the repair. The engine temperature never exceeded 200 degrees F. on a subsequent idle test and road test.
Vehicle Description:
2007 Jaguar XK Base 4.2L Vin B
Category:
Engine Cooling 
   Cooling Performance
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GM FIX
Posted By: McGarrigle's Automotive Service, Thomas McGarrigle
Problem Description:
This vehicle suffers from a parasitic draw on the battery. It was found that the circuit breaker for the power seat was popping...
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Posted Date:
02/28/2015
Confirmed Fix:
Repaired power seat wiring and replaced circuit breaker
Problem Description:
This vehicle suffers from a parasitic draw on the battery. It was found that the circuit breaker for the power seat was popping and melted to the right side of the Instrument Panel (IP) fuse box. The circuit breaker cannot be seen without removing the glove box because it is on the inside of the fuse block. The circuit breaker was popping because the wiring harness for the Left Front (LF) power seat was wrapped up in the power seat motor causing an electrical short. Removed and repaired the wiring harness and replaced the circuit breaker. The problem has been repaired.
Vehicle Description:
2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS 3.4L Vin E
Category:
Chassis Electrical
   Other Chassis Electrical Problems
Starting and Charging
   Cranking
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CHRYSLER FIX
Posted By: Franklin Auto Care Center, Doug Wright
Problem Description:
The parking lights and fog lights would stay on which caused the battery to drain. The problem was determined to be the lighting...
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Posted Date:
04/30/2015
Confirmed Fix:
Repaired Light Module Connector
Problem Description:
The parking lights and fog lights would stay on which caused the battery to drain. The problem was determined to be the lighting module which is located in the trunk under the spare tire tool compartment. The cavity it sits in was full of water. We pulled out the module, separated the plastic housing and used compressed air to dry it out. It was reinstalled and the problem has been repaired.
Vehicle Description:
2005 Chrysler Crossfire Base 3.2L Vin L
Category:
Lighting 
   Fog Lights 
   Parking Lights
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FORD FIX
Posted By: Kuni Auto Center, Identifix User
Problem Description:
The convertible top will not raise. Lowered the top to test operation. After inspection the top would not raise. Checked the 10...
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Posted Date:
02/13/2015
Confirmed Fix:
Replaced Convertible Top Motor
Problem Description:
The convertible top will not raise. Lowered the top to test operation. After inspection the top would not raise. Checked the 10 amp fuse and verified power to the relay and proper relay operation. The command to raise and lower the top was verified using a scan tool. Checked for power at the Red wire at the hydraulic pump and it had voltage when commanded. Tapped on the motor while depressing the switch to raise the top and it began to operate. Replaced the motor asssembly. NOTE: for testing purposes the motor can be accessed through the trunk by removing the bottom panel/carpet covering the floor .
Vehicle Description:
2007 Ford Mustang GT 4.6L Vin H
Category:
Body/Exterior 
   Body/Exterior Related Problems 
Chassis Electrical 
   Other Chassis Electrical Problems
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