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Verified for the Dodge Ram Van B250

The door glass may separate from the glass lift channel. Our technicians tell us a front door glass channel kit is available to repair the door glass. The repair involves removing the door glass from the vehicle.

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Reported by nelsonlwn for the Chevrolet Suburban 1500

Whining noise 40 mph - 60 mph - louder under load - quiet when coasting. Ring and Pinion going bad

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Verified for the Dodge Caliber
A squeak sound may be heard when applying and releasing the clutch pedal. Lubricating the clutch return spring and the clutch master cylinder pushrod ball socket is recommend to correct this issue.
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Verified for the Mercedes-Benz 600SEC

A refrigerant leak may develop from one or more of the following AC components: AC compressor, hose manifold for the compressor, or the evaporator core. The loss of refrigerant can cause poor AC performance. Our technicians tell us that proper leak diagnoses should be performed in order to determine the cause of any refrigerant loss.

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Verified for the Mercedes-Benz 600SEC

A rough running motor or lack of power can be caused by the distributor cap and rotor.

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Verified for the Buick Century

Illumination of the Check Engine Light may be the result of a loose or worn gas cap.

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Verified for the Dodge Ram Wagon B350

The door glass may separate from the glass lift channel. Our technicians tell us a front door glass channel kit is available to repair the door glass. The repair involves removing the door glass from the vehicle.

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Reported by supercool for the Nissan 240SX

Air bag light is flashing on and off constantly.

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Verified for the Mercedes-Benz 600SL

The brakes may begin to squeak at about the 50 percent wear point. This is due to the size and material used for the brake pads and rotors.  The brake rotor surfaces become uneven, causing a lip to form at the outer edge. This will generally require replacement of the rotors when the pads are worn (pad life varies depending on driving style and terrain).

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Verified for the Dodge Ram Van 1500

On the 3.9L V6 and 5.2L V8 it is often misdiagnosed as a leaking oil filter gasket, the oil filter adapter can seep from between the adapter and engine block.

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Verified for the Chevrolet Impala SS

A Loose or worn gas cap may cause Check Engine Light to illuminate.

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Verified for the Dodge Ram Wagon B350

A squeaking/clicking noise from the rear of the vehicle may be coming from the rear springs. Our technicians tell us that a kit is available including spring tip liners and clinch clips.

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Reported by Consejero for the BMW 540i

Bought car and drive train seemed to vibrate excessively when switching to fifth gear (automatic). Changed guibo and carrier bearing and during process (which were fine) and noticed that transmission mounts were sheared off where mount bolt passed through transmission. Replaced mounts and problem was eliminated.

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Verified for the Volvo V70 XC

The MAF Sensor is prone to failure.

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Verified for the Dodge Caliber
The ESP lamp may illuminate while driving due to a steering angle sensor fault. Our technicians tell us a software update is available to correct this issue.
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Verified for the Dodge Ram Van 2500

On the 3.9L V6 and 5.2L V8 it is often misdiagnosed as a leaking oil filter gasket, the oil filter adapter can seep from between the adapter and engine block.

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Verified for the Volvo V70 XC

The anti-lock brake system (ABS) Control Unit has a high failure rate. When this fault occurs, the ABS light will illuminate and codes may be stored indicating a problem with the ABS Pump Motor, or Wheel Speed Sensors, but the problem is the ABS Control Module.

Other symptoms may include an illuminated Check Engine and transmission shift light. and the speedometer may stop working as well.

Note: The brake system will operate normally however during a panic stop the Anti Lock Brakes will not work and the wheels may lock-up, causing a lack of vehicle control under these situations.

 

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Verified for the Chrysler LHS

On vehicles equipped with side airbags, placing articles under the seat can damage wiring. Loose, damaged, or dirty connectors under the seat are frequent causes for intermittent airbag lamp illumination.

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Reported by bmdouble for the Ford Explorer

resistance in connectors under driver and passenger seat (yellow) will trip codes for pretensioner circuit high. make sure pins are clean and tight and reconnect,clear code,retest.

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Verified for the Mercedes-Benz E300

The sunroof may not work correctly due to failed components as a result of age and wear. Repairing a sunroof can be labor intensive and very costly.

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Verified for the Cadillac Escalade

The engine may develop a misfire due to worn valve seats. This fault will cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate. Our technicians tell us the misfire may or may not be felt while driving. They further recommend that both cylinder heads be removed and thoroughly inspected and repaired as necessary.

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Verified for the Volvo V70 XC

When braking at highway speeds or when descending hills, a rumbling or vibration felt throughout the vehicle can be from the rear brake rotors. Replacement of the rear pads and rotors is the fix, and make sure that the shop installs the special cut-out shims available from Volvo to help prevent this in the future.

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Verified for the Dodge Nitro R/T

The radio sound may mute intermittently and/or the temperature display may display a metric (Celsius) reading when the display indicates English (Fahrenheit). Both of these conditions can be corrected by updating the radio software.

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Verified for the GMC S15

The distributor may develop internal faults. This can cause a rough running engine or stalling condition, the Check Engine Light may or may not illuminate. Our technicians tell us that the distributor should be overhauled or replaced to correct this concern.

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Verified for the Mercedes-Benz 400SE

The bushings for the shifter lever wear out to the point where they break and fall out. This causes excessive movement (loose feel) in the shifter lever and a clanging-type noise when changing gears.

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Verified for the Chrysler Voyager

Timing cover oil and coolant leaks are common, this can cause an oil and coolant intermix which can damage the engine. Our technicians recommend to replace the timing chain and cam sprocket if the timing cover is removed to reseal - or for any other reason.

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Verified for the Dodge Nitro

A weak or dead battery may be caused by the radio not powering down correctly. If the backlight is flickering every 20 seconds that would confirm the fault and the radio would need to be replaced.

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Reported by bmdouble for the Ford Mustang

idle will race intermittently. in spec failure of the throttle position sensor,will not trip a code but sensor will be biased on the higher side and the pcm take the idle up. replace tp sensor.

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Verified for the Chevrolet S10

4.3L V6 multi-port FI only
The exhaust gas recirculation valve (EGR) may stick open causing a rough idle and the Check Engine Light to illuminate. Our technicians tell us that a piece of carbon may become stuck in the valve causing this problem. Cleaning the valve will usually correct this condition, in some rare cases the valve will need to be replaced.

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Verified for the Dodge Caliber
Debris may enter the HVAC blower motor causing an abnormal blower motor noise. Our technicians tell us that installing a screen over the recirculation door will stop a reoccurrence of this issue.
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