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Posted Fix Information

ASIAN FIX
Posted By: Le Centre de la Mécanique Lemire & Blais, Identifix User
Problem Description:
1. The front windshield wipers do not park when turned off. 2. Check the park switch on the front wiper motor. On the...
Posted Date:
11/11/2013
 
Confirmed Fix:
Replaced Wiper Switch
 
Problem Description:
1. The front windshield wipers do not park when turned off.
2. Check the park switch on the front wiper motor. On the White/Green wire you will have positive when the wipers run and a negative when the front wiper motor is in the park position. Check the front wiper switch and you will have continuity between the White/Green wire and Blue/Black wire when the front wiper switch is at off or intermittent. If not, replace the front wiper switch
3. Replaced the front wiper combination switch to repair the problem.
 
Vehicle Description:
2005 Toyota Echo 1.5L
 
Category:
Chassis Electrical 
   Wiper/Washer
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EUROPEAN FIX
Posted By: Quaker Transmissions, Rob George
Problem Description:
This vehicle came to the shop with multiple transmission failure codes. Inspected the transmission wiring and connectors and the...
Posted Date:
12/04/2013
 
Confirmed Fix:
Replaced Transmission Internal Harness
 
Problem Description:
This vehicle came to the shop with multiple transmission failure codes. Inspected the transmission wiring and connectors and the connector at the transmission had Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) inside of it. Necessary to replace the transmissions internal wiring harness. The problem has been repaired and there are no more trouble codes in the system.
 
Vehicle Description:
2008 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6L Vin A
 
Category:
Transmission (Automatic) 
   Other Transmission (Automatic) Problems
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GM FIX
Posted By: Jack's Radiator Service, John Rauch
Problem Description:
The vehicle came in as a no start, no crank condition. The starter clicks but it will not turn the engine over. Tested the...
Posted Date:
11/20/2013
 
Confirmed Fix:
Repaired Starter Connector
 
Problem Description:
The vehicle came in as a no start, no crank condition. The starter clicks but it will not turn the engine over.
Tested the battery and it is fine. Tested for a voltage drop when the key was turned to the start position. Inspected the starter connections and also for any melted wiring.
Found that the “L” bracket at the starter main feed had a dirty connection between the bracket and the positive battery cable. This can be cleaned without removing the starter. Remove the front lower plastic panel under the radiator support and one can reach the starter connection. Removed the nuts from both the cable and starter and cleaned all contact surfaces properly. Reassembled all and now the engine starts normally.
 
Vehicle Description:
2008 Pontiac Montana SV6 3.9L Vin 1
 
Category:
Starting and Charging 
   Cranking
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CHRYSLER FIX
Posted By: Premier Automotive, Ricki Icenhower
Problem Description:
Trouble codes P0106 and P0107 are present. Scan data for the Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) Sensor was at a fixed value when...
Posted Date:
12/04/2013
 
Confirmed Fix:
Replaced MAP Sensor Wiring
 
Problem Description:
Trouble codes P0106 and P0107 are present. Scan data for the Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) Sensor was at a fixed value when cycling the key; shorted to power and ground and no change until the key was cycled.
Found the wiring harness located under the exhaust crossover pipe had melted together. Separated and repaired the wires and added insulation and protection to the harness. Rerouted the harness OVER the exhaust pipe for more clearance. All problems have been repaired.
 
Vehicle Description:
2001 Dodge Caravan SE 3.3L Vin G
 
Category:
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FORD FIX
Posted By: Perkins Street Garage, Elias Minasidis
Problem Description:
Trouble codes P0108, P0451, P061b and P0642 are present. Using a voltmeter, we checked the circuit going to the Manifold...
Posted Date:
11/22/2013
 
Confirmed Fix:
Replaced Fuel Tank Pressure (FTP) Sensor
 
Problem Description:
Trouble codes P0108, P0451, P061b and P0642 are present. Using a voltmeter, we checked the circuit going to the Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor. The throttle body and Fuel Tank Pressure (FTP) sensor were low. Found a shorted FTP sensor. Replaced the FTP sensor and checked again for reference voltage of 5v and it was good. Cleared codes and retested system. All problems have been repaired.
 
Vehicle Description:
2006 Mercury Milan Premier 3.0L Vin 1
 
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