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Posted Fix Information

ASIAN FIX
Posted By: Sornoso Auto & Truck, David Sornoso
Problem Description:
The vehicle came to the shop with a complaint of an intermittent no start/stall condition. It has good fuel pressure and fuel...
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Posted Date:
08/30/2014
Confirmed Fix:
Repaired Ignition Coil Ground(s)
Problem Description:
The vehicle came to the shop with a complaint of an intermittent no start/stall condition. It has good fuel pressure and fuel injector pulse. There is no spark. The camshaft and crankshaft sensors have good square wave patterns and the phase is right on the money. The coil has 12v and the computer is sending a coil signal. The coils have an internal transistor (basically the igniter is internal.) Performed a voltage drop across the coils with shared ground to battery ground. It had 0.2v of loss. Ran a jumper ground and the voltage drop went to 0.02v. Located ground f-16 on the front cover and it turns out that the cylinder head was worked on and the cover was painted. The paint prevented a good ground from occuring. The paint was causing a resistance. Cleaned off the paint, reattached the ground and everything is working normally. No more stalling and no restart problems observed.
Vehicle Description:
2005 Nissan Altima S 2.5L
Category:
Engine Performance 
   Starting
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EUROPEAN FIX
Posted By: Par Auto Rebuilding, Angelo Nastamagos
Problem Description:
This vehicle came to the repair shop with a complaint of the traction control indicator light coming on when turning left or when...
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Posted Date:
10/06/2014
Confirmed Fix:
Replaced Right Rear Wheel Speed Sensor (WSS)
Problem Description:
This vehicle came to the repair shop with a complaint of the traction control indicator light coming on when turning left or when accelerating the vehicle.
Tested for failure codes and none were found. Took the vehicle on a test drive with the scanner hooked up and found that the right rear wheel speed sensor was not giving a reading.
Checked the wiring to the right rear speed sensor and it looked good. Replaced the right rear wheel speed sensor and went on another test drive with the scanner hooked up. The traction control light turned off and the problem went away.
It has been two weeks since the repair was made and no further problems have occured.
Vehicle Description:
2005 BMW 330i Base 3.0L
Category:
Anti-Lock Brakes/Traction Control 
   ABS, Brake, or Traction Control Light 
   Other Anti-Lock Brakes/Traction Control Problems
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GM FIX
Posted By: B-Line Service, Pete Minich
Problem Description:
This vehicle arrived at the shop with a complaint of a noise from the engine area when making right hand turns only. Customer...
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Posted Date:
09/10/2014
Confirmed Fix:
Replaced Starter
Problem Description:
This vehicle arrived at the shop with a complaint of a noise from the engine area when making right hand turns only. Customer searched on internet and came to the conclusion that the flex plate might be cracked. After listening to the noise, the starter was removed for inspection and it was noticed that the starter Bendix return spring had broken, allowing the starter gear to touch the flex plate when the vehicle shifted its weight to the left on a right hand turn. The sound closely resembled a broken/cracked flex plate, but as stated, the noise only presented itself on right hand turns. Installing a new starter fixed the problem.
Vehicle Description:
2005 Buick LeSabre Limited 3.8L Vin K
Category:
Engine Mechanical 
   Noises, Vibrations, Odors 
Steering and Suspension 
   Noises or Vibrations 
Transmission (Automatic) 
   Noises or Vibrations
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CHRYSLER FIX
Posted By: Milko's Tire & Auto Service, Identifix User
Problem Description:
Every single dash warning light is illuminated. The windshield wipers turn on as soon as the ignition key is turned to the ON...
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Posted Date:
11/04/2014
Confirmed Fix:
Repaired Power Sliding Door Wiring Connector
Problem Description:
Every single dash warning light is illuminated. The windshield wipers turn on as soon as the ignition key is turned to the ON position. The power windows and power locks do not work. All of these symptoms are intermittent.
Checked the driver’s door jamb wires for breaks and chafing and no problems were found.
Checked the sliding door wiring harnesses and they were also good.
After unplugging the driver’s rear sliding door connector, water intrusion was noticed and two of the terminals were damp and rusty. After cleaning the terminals the problems went away. The vehicle has been repaired.
Vehicle Description:
2008 Chrysler Town & Country Limited 4.0L Vin X
Category:
Chassis Electrical 
   Power Locks/Keyless Entry 
   Power Windows 
   Wiper/Washer
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FORD FIX
Posted By: Oshawa Tire, Andreas Hill
Problem Description:
The vehicle was in the shop for a wheel bearing replacement. After the repair was finished the engine was started and the...
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Posted Date:
03/02/2015
Confirmed Fix:
Replaced Steering Column
Problem Description:
The vehicle was in the shop for a wheel bearing replacement. After the repair was finished the engine was started and the steering wheel turned to the right on its own. Turned off the engine and restarted it and the same thing happened. Checked for any failure codes in all related systems and none were found. Disconnected the battery for 10 minutes hoping this would help but it did not. Searched for TSB’s and one was found for the steering torque sensor. Unplugged the sensor and the problem stopped. Plugged the sensor back in and the problem returned. The torque angle sensor was then replaced with an aftermarket part. The engine was started to test out the repair and the steering wheel now turned to the left by itself. Performed a steering wheel recalibration and there was no change. Replaced the entire steering column with an O.E replacement and the problem was solved.
Vehicle Description:
2011 Ford Escape Limited 3.0L Vin G
Category:
Steering and Suspension 
   Power Steering Operation 
   Other Suspension and Steering Problems
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