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Posted Fix Information

ASIAN FIX
Posted By: Garage Claude Julien, Claude Julien
Problem Description:
There is a major engine oil leak between the engine and transaxle (looks like it could be the rear main seal). Removed the...
Posted Date:
02/25/2014
 
Confirmed Fix:
Replaced Engine Oil Sending Unit
 
Problem Description:
There is a major engine oil leak between the engine and transaxle (looks like it could be the rear main seal). Removed the transaxle to inspect. The 3.5L engine has a little weep hole (behind the flywheel) coming from the intake well. Oil was coming out of this weep hole. Removed the intake manifold to find the oil pressure sending unit leaking. Replaced the sending unit and reassembled all components and the problem has been repaired.
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Vehicle Description:
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.5L Vin G
 
Category:
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EUROPEAN FIX
Posted By: Hallman's Silver Spring Garage, Dave Gage
Problem Description:
Vehicle exhibits a knocking noise (similar to broken sway-bar links) when hot under light throttle (cruising). The symptom is not...
Posted Date:
04/04/2014
 
Confirmed Fix:
Replaced Motor Mount(s)
 
Problem Description:
Vehicle exhibits a knocking noise (similar to broken sway-bar links) when hot under light throttle (cruising). The symptom is not 100% consistent and occurs over bumps both obvious and more subtle. Shifting into neutral or accelerating hard stops the noise. The suspension is tight. Found the drivetrain to be sagging low and a very small clearance between it and the sub-frame. Found the engine mounts to be significantly compressed upon removal and in comparison to new mounts. Visually inspect engine mounts - driver's side is easily visible and without the metal cladding found on the passenger side mount. Look for age related deficiencies, such as cracking or compression. If deficiencies are present, replace motor mounts.
With the vehicle in Drive and Reverse alternately and with a foot firmly on the brake, open the throttle to visually evaluate any engine movement. If substantial movement is present, replace both motor mounts. Check the clearance between the drivetrain and the sub-frame. If clearance is ~1"", replace the motor mounts."
 
Vehicle Description:
2001 BMW 330xi Base 3.0L
 
Category:
Engine Mechanical
   Noises, Vibrations, Odors
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GM FIX
Posted By: Parksville Car Clinic, Bill Wiersma
Problem Description:
This vehicle has a very intermittent battery draw. No problems were ever confirmed at the shop but it was finally found that when...
Posted Date:
02/03/2014
 
Confirmed Fix:
Replaced Ignition Switch
 
Problem Description:
This vehicle has a very intermittent battery draw. No problems were ever confirmed at the shop but it was finally found that when turning the ignition off you could get the key out of the ignition before it was 100% turned off. This left the PRNDL and Bat lights on in the cluster. A new ignition switch fixed the problem.

 
Vehicle Description:
2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 5.3L Vin T
 
Category:
Chassis Electrical
   Other Chassis Electrical Problems
Starting and Charging
   Charging System Indicator Light
   Cranking
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CHRYSLER FIX
Posted By: Ted Shier Auto & Truck Service, Ted Shier
Problem Description:
This vehicle accelerates on its own. It has an erratic idle and is stalling. It was found that voltages on the Throttle...
Posted Date:
04/04/2014
 
Confirmed Fix:
Replaced A/C Pressure Transducer
 
Problem Description:
This vehicle accelerates on its own. It has an erratic idle and is stalling.
It was found that voltages on the Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) and 5v reference were erratic also. Inspected all sensors with a common 5 volt reference.
Found the A/C pressure transducer broken and shorting the 5 volt reference to ground. Replaced the A/C pressure transducer, cleared trouble codes and road tested the vehicle. The problem has been repaired.

 
Vehicle Description:
2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie 5.9L Vin C
 
Category:
Engine Performance
   Idle Speed/Stability
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FORD FIX
Posted By: Salazar Auto, Jose Salazar
Problem Description:
U1262, U1073 SCP data fault. Every time the headlights would turn on the instrument cluster would fail and the odometer went to...
Posted Date:
01/30/2014
 
Confirmed Fix:
Disconnected Add On High Intensity Discharge (HID) Lighting System
 
Problem Description:
U1262, U1073 SCP data fault. Every time the headlights would turn on the instrument cluster would fail and the odometer went to all lines. All gauges would drop to 0. Disconected the alternator, no help. Noticed the vehicle had an aftermarket HID system installed on it. Disconected the HID system and there were no more problems with the instrument cluster when the headlights would come on. Recommended to the customer to replace the HID system or convert back to a stock headlight system.
 
Vehicle Description:
2001 Ford Mustang Base 3.8L Vin 4
 
Category:
Chassis Electrical
   Instruments/Meters/Indicators
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