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Posted Fix Information

ASIAN FIX
Posted By: National Tire & Battery #581, Identifix User
Problem Description:
Vehicle came in with a massive power steering leak and power steering pump noise. Found the high pressure line and pump leaking....
Posted Date:
11/11/2013
 
Confirmed Fix:
Replaced Power Steering Pump
 
Problem Description:
Vehicle came in with a massive power steering leak and power steering pump noise. Found the high pressure line and pump leaking. Replaced the pressure line with a dealer part and replaced the pump with an aftermarket remanufactured pump. Initial fix included replacing both o-rings at the pump. Vehicle left with no noise/issues at all. The next day the customer returned complaining that the same noise had returned and was worse when accelerating into higher rpm. The noise actually got worse as the vehicle warmed up. Checked the vehicle and found no leaks. Suspecting a bad pump, another aftermarket remanufactured pump was ordered and installed. The noise was gone, but now there was no steering assist at all. Seeing a trend, a remanufactured pump from Honda was ordered. After installation the vehicle did not make a single noise from when the engine was first started to when it was fully warmed up and driving. A suggestion from someone who had to install three pumps in one vehicle: Stick with Honda pumps, either new or remanufactured, and save yourself the headache of doing the same job over and over. Not to mention, even though it will be more expensive, your customer will be happier not having to return for the same problem twice.
 
Vehicle Description:
2004 Acura MDX Base 3.5L
 
Category:
Steering and Suspension 
   Power Steering Operation 
   Other Suspension and Steering Problems
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EUROPEAN FIX
Posted By: Villa Automotive, Sheldon, Zenas
Problem Description:
There is no power to the OBD II system. The tachometer is also inoperative. During diagnosis it was found that the X15...
Posted Date:
12/20/2013
 
Confirmed Fix:
Repaired Connector X15
 
Problem Description:
There is no power to the OBD II system. The tachometer is also inoperative.
During diagnosis it was found that the X15 connector was very corroded due to the sunroof leaking. Also found broken connectors to the Red/Yellow wires for the tachometer and the Red/Blue/Yellow wires to the OBDII system. Repaired the sunroof leak and the broken connectors. All problems have been fixed.
 
Vehicle Description:
2003 Mini Cooper Base 1.6L
 
Category:
Chassis Electrical 
   Instruments/Meters/Indicators 
   Other Chassis Electrical Problems 
Engine Performance 
   Scan Tool/ECU Communication
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GM FIX
Posted By: Pax Brothers, Mark Paxinos
Problem Description:
This vehicle came in with a complaint of the Heater Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC )blower motor not working. Inspected and...
Posted Date:
11/20/2013
 
Confirmed Fix:
Repaired Connector C200
 
Problem Description:
This vehicle came in with a complaint of the Heater Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC )blower motor not working. Inspected and tested the fuse and it is good. Traced wiring using a wiring diagram and found that the C200 connector at the left front kick panel had melted. Replaced the connector and retested and the HVAC blower motor is working properly.
 
Vehicle Description:
2006 Saturn Vue Base 2.2L Vin D
 
Category:
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning 
   Blower Motor
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CHRYSLER FIX
Posted By: ETD Discount Tire Center, Identifix User
Problem Description:
The airbag light is turning on and off. Trouble code B1B06 for “DRIVER AIRBAG SQUIB 2 CIRCUIT OPEN” is present. Using a wiring...
Posted Date:
12/05/2013
 
Confirmed Fix:
Replaced Clockspring Assembly
 
Problem Description:
The airbag light is turning on and off. Trouble code B1B06 for “DRIVER AIRBAG SQUIB 2 CIRCUIT OPEN” is present. Using a wiring diagram for the airbag circuit, tested the wiring going through the clock spring to the driver’s airbag. Found that one of the four wires in the clock spring had high resistance and would go way out of specification when the steering wheel was turned but would come back into specification when the steering wheel was turned straight ahead. This was causing the airbag light to illuminate. Replaced the clock spring with a dealer part. Tested the new part and everything is now within specification. Test drove the vehicle and the airbag light remained off.
 
Vehicle Description:
2008 Dodge Avenger SXT 2.7L Vin R
 
Category:
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FORD FIX
Posted By: Lot of Deals, Joseph Fabry
Problem Description:
This vehicle would stall and chug on acceleration. The explanation point and security light located above the hazard switch would...
Posted Date:
12/02/2013
 
Confirmed Fix:
Cleaned Battery Cable Terminal(s)
 
Problem Description:
This vehicle would stall and chug on acceleration. The explanation point and security light located above the hazard switch would also come on simultaneously with the stall and chugging. This car is a manual transmission. After much diagnosis, the problem turned out to be loose battery cables!!
 
Vehicle Description:
2001 Ford Focus SE 2.0L Vin 3
 
Category:
Chassis Electrical 
   Instruments/Meters/Indicators 
   Security/Anti-Theft 
Engine Performance 
   Hesitates or Sags 
   Misfire, Buck, Jerk 
   Starting
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