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Posted Fix Information

ASIAN FIX
Posted By: DiagnoPro, Hugo Lapierre
Problem Description:
The brake lights, back up lights, horn and shifter lock in park are inoperative. Replaced the blown fuse for these systems. No...
Posted Date:
02/11/2014
 
Confirmed Fix:
Repaired Trunk Hinge Wiring
 
Problem Description:
The brake lights, back up lights, horn and shifter lock in park are inoperative. Replaced the blown fuse for these systems. No help. Diagnosis led to shorted wires in the flexible rubber boot at the trunk door. Repaired the wiring and the problems have been fixed.
 
Vehicle Description:
2008 Mazda 3 i 2.0L
 
Category:
Chassis Electrical
   Horn
Lighting
   Brake Lights
Transmission (Automatic)
   Shifter/Selector Lever Operation
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EUROPEAN FIX
Posted By: Antonio Lopez, Antonio Lopez
Problem Description:
This vehicle came in with the transmission in failsafe mode. Trouble codes 54 for EGE Control Module Internal Fault and 3C for...
Posted Date:
03/25/2014
 
Confirmed Fix:
Cleaned Transmission Control Module (TCM) Connector and Cleaned Transmission Valve Body Wiring Harness
 
Problem Description:
This vehicle came in with the transmission in failsafe mode. Trouble codes 54 for EGE Control Module Internal Fault and 3C for Transmission Switch Diagnostic Steps. Scanned the EGS Data and found the selector was not working or showing. Visually inspected the inside of the EGS and found water traces and also by the connector (corrosion). Cleaned up the corrosion and scanned the data again. The problem is way better but the transmission switch code 3C was still there. Raised the vehicle in the air and inspected the valve body connector and it was incredibly corroded and full of water. Cleaned the connector of corrosion and water and the problems have been fixed.
 
Vehicle Description:
2003 BMW X5 3.0i 3.0L
 
Category:
Transmission (Automatic)
   Shifting Problems
   Shifter/Selector Lever Operation
   Other Transmission (Automatic) Problems
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GM FIX
Posted By: Livermore Auto, John Cook
Problem Description:
This vehicle came to the shop with a complaint of no oil pressure at higher engine rpms. Removed the engine oil pan and found it...
Posted Date:
01/23/2014
 
Confirmed Fix:
Cleaned Oil Pan
 
Problem Description:
This vehicle came to the shop with a complaint of no oil pressure at higher engine rpms. Removed the engine oil pan and found it to be full of an extreme amount of sludge and the oil pickup tube was almost plugged as well. Cleaned all sludge from the oil pan and oil pickup tube and the problem has been fixed.
 
Vehicle Description:
2004 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3L Vin T
 
Category:
Engine Mechanical
   Other Engine Mechanical Problems
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CHRYSLER FIX
Posted By: Dalton's Automotive Services, Dalton Harrison
Problem Description:
The windshield wipers come on when the left turn signal is used or when pressing the horn button. Found that the G100 ground...
Posted Date:
03/24/2014
 
Confirmed Fix:
Repaired Ground G100
 
Problem Description:
The windshield wipers come on when the left turn signal is used or when pressing the horn button. Found that the G100 ground mounted to the body, under the cruise control servo, had severe corrosion. Replaced the ground connector and cleaned up the wiring and corrosion. Everything is working normally now and the vehicle is repaired.
 
Vehicle Description:
1998 Dodge Ram 2500 Truck Base 5.9L Vin 6
 
Category:
Chassis Electrical
   Wiper/Washer
Lighting
   Turn Signal/Hazard Lights
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FORD FIX
Posted By: Schilbys Tire & Wheel, Scott Hodges
Problem Description:
There is a vibration in the vehicle when driving at highway speeds. The vibration comes and goes. Had earlier replaced the lower...
Posted Date:
01/23/2014
 
Confirmed Fix:
Replaced Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Sensor(s)
 
Problem Description:
There is a vibration in the vehicle when driving at highway speeds. The vibration comes and goes. Had earlier replaced the lower ball joints because they were bad and rebalanced a new set of tires. Three days later the vehicle came back with a vibration. Removed the tires and wheels to rebalance and one was four ounces out. When the tire was bounced it sounded like the rim was broken. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) sensor had come loose and was moving around on the wheel. Replaced the TPMS sensor and the vibration went away.
 
Vehicle Description:
2009 Ford Mustang Base 4.0L Vin N
 
Category:
Drive Line
   Noises and Vibrations
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