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Posted Fix Information

ASIAN FIX
Posted By: Mineola Gulf Olympos Station, Theodore Monoyos
Problem Description:
The vehicle came to the shop with an engine miss. Trouble codes P0300, P0301, P0302, P0303 and P0304. The ignition coils are...
Posted Date:
03/27/2014
 
Confirmed Fix:
Replaced Engine Valve(s)
 
Problem Description:
The vehicle came to the shop with an engine miss. Trouble codes P0300, P0301, P0302, P0303 and P0304. The ignition coils are good. Injector pulse is good. Performed a compression test and found that cylinder #4 has zero compression. Did a wet test and still no compression. Removed the cylinder head and found the exhaust valve on cylinder #4 burned with a hole in it. The exhaust camshaft lobes were also worn out. Very unusual to see anything like this. Performed a complete valve job with new exhaust valves and camshaft. The engine is repaired and runs great
 
Vehicle Description:
2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4L
 
Category:
Engine Performance
   Check Engine Light (MIL)
   Misfire, Buck, Jerk
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EUROPEAN FIX
Posted By: The Driving Machine, Jim Payne
Problem Description:
After battery disconnect the PSM malfunction warning is on. Per 2706 Battery Care and Maintenance - Sports Cars, TSB 2/3/07,...
Posted Date:
02/12/2014
 
Confirmed Fix:
Initialized Steering Angle Sensor
 
Problem Description:
After battery disconnect the PSM malfunction warning is on. Per 2706 Battery Care and Maintenance - Sports Cars, TSB 2/3/07, "reinitialize the steering-angle sensor. To do this, turn the steering wheel at least 20 degrees to the left and then at least 20 degrees to the right with the engine running. Then drive the vehicle straight ahead until the PSM warning light turns off. The steering-angle sensor segment is now detected again."
 
Vehicle Description:
2009 Porsche Boxster Base 2.9L
 
Category:
Anti-Lock Brakes/Traction Control
   Other Anti-Lock Brakes/Traction Control Problems
Steering and Suspension
   Other Suspension and Steering Problems
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GM FIX
Posted By: Brian's Auto Repair, Identifix User
Problem Description:
The engine does not run but cranks over OK. Trouble codes P0335 and P0340 are stored. There is no cranking RPM. The crankshaft...
Posted Date:
03/05/2014
 
Confirmed Fix:
Replaced Powertrain Control Module (PCM)
 
Problem Description:
The engine does not run but cranks over OK. Trouble codes P0335 and P0340 are stored. There is no cranking RPM. The crankshaft sensor was replaced by the customer. Checked the circuits at the crankshaft sensor connector and it only had 1.5 volts on the 12 volt reference wire. There is 0.4 ohms continuity from the crankshaft sensor connector to the powertrain control module. The fuses tested OK. Jumped the 12 volt reference wire to the crankshaft sensor and the vehicle starts and runs. Replaced the powertrain control module and the vehicle is repaired.
 
Vehicle Description:
2006 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 LT 8.1L Vin G
 
Category:
Engine Performance
   Starting
   Other Engine Performance Problems
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CHRYSLER FIX
Posted By: Bear Creek Car Repair, John Radisi
Problem Description:
Vehicle was dropped off with an intermittent rough run, smoke, misfire and check engine light. History codes were set for...
Posted Date:
06/12/2014
 
Confirmed Fix:
Repaired A/C Pressure Transducer Wiring
 
Problem Description:
Vehicle was dropped off with an intermittent rough run, smoke, misfire and check engine light. History codes were set for camshaft position sensor performance (P0341), APPS sensor D performance (P2121), APPS sensor E low input (P2127). All sensors on the reference voltage circuit worked properly while watching a datastream and were not physically damaged. Further inspection found the A/C pressure sensor harness rubbed through on the A/C line, above the compressor behind the right side inner fender liner, causing an intermittent short in the 5 volt reference circuit. Repaired the damage and wrapped the harness with sheathing to prevent any future rubbing.
 
Vehicle Description:
2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie 5.9L Vin C
 
Category:
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FORD FIX
Posted By: Lightfoot's Garage, Jim Lightfoot
Problem Description:
This vehicle came to the shop with a complaint of a low brake pedal with excessive travel after a rear brake pad replacement. The...
Posted Date:
06/19/2014
 
Confirmed Fix:
Replaced Right Rear Brake Caliper
 
Problem Description:
This vehicle came to the shop with a complaint of a low brake pedal with excessive travel after a rear brake pad replacement. The pedal will pump up and hold without brake fade. Performed a brake fluid bleed and ABS service bleed procedure but there was no change. Checked the rear brake calipers with the wheels removed. Looked for a gap between the piston and the brake pads. If a gap is there, the caliper piston has been retracted in the wrong direction. The rear calipers rotate in the opposite direction from each other. Consult a service manual for details. If using a threaded piston retractor tool piston ratcheted for the parking brake, it can be broken if you try to turn both calipers with the same tool set up. Caliper pistons would draw back completely when the brake pedal is released. Replacing the right rear brake caliper repaired the brakes.
 
Vehicle Description:
2005 Ford Five Hundred SEL 3.0L
 
Category:
Base Brakes/Parking Brake
   Braking Performance
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