Please read below the actual ATS customer fixes and testimonies after they joined ATS:

2007-2015 Highlight Fixes:

Hi Rich,

Checked with scanner and found no codes. I did go to a different gas station and fuel is not a problem. Fuses checked out good and I also checked the relays and switched it with identical ones next to it as you suggested. It starts after doing this! So I will keep my fingers crossed!

Thanks again,

Dave B. on his 2005 Mini Cooper no start problem. Jan.10.2015

Hi Rich,

The problem with this fuse blowing has to be due the heater blower control or the blower motor itself...this from the local Toyota dealer. Thru your recommendations to keep my repair cheap, I replaced the 15amp fuse with a 20 amp reset breaker and the RAV 4 is maintaining the battery just fine . This breaker is found at Autozone US for $10.99 . The owner of the car had spent 2X as much for mini replacement mini fuses in the past month. I know it does not solve the underlying problem, but the owner is happy. Thank You!

Stephen. P from California USA on his customer's 1999 RAV4 Toyota intermittent stalling problem.

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Hi Rich,

I was so exited about getting my cars fixed I forgot to tell you what the problems were. My 2003 Chevy Malibu had a no start condition and with your help I was able to trace it down to the anti theft system and fixed it by using one of your quick fixes. The other problem was a 2001 Isuzu Trooper had no power windows and the ABS ligth had come on and following the wiring diagrams supplied by ATS I was able to trace it to a blown fuse.

Thanks again HUBERT Z. March 10.2014

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Hi Rich;

I replaced the “check engine” LED (which would only allow electrical current to flow in one direction) with a special LED (which allows current to flow in either direction). This special LED is made to mimic the flow of electricity that would be common with a filament lamp. Took it in to be inspected and it pasted with flying colors, no questions asked.

Thanks again for your help!

G.G.Lindsay on his 2005 Buick Park Avenue from US Texas
Sent: Friday, December 12, 2014 7:08 PM

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Hi Rich,

After failing to get help from my forum, I took your advise to take the computer apart and tried it without the piggy computer, no spark... put it all back together and rechecked the coil voltage only had 0.6v So I checked the fuses under the dash and it only showed 10 amps not 15 amps as per your wiring diagram. I secured the fuse connections and when I backed out to check the voltage again at the coil, BINGO!!!!...I have 12 volts and had my son turn it over and it fired up!!! Just imagine how much time I wasted in this engine problem and I am now more thrilled to have your service!

I hope I won't need to use your services again but I was stuck and needed some help and you were very prompt and helpful. I am relieved that I have you on my side and I don't have to rely on our forum and waiting for a response. I left a link to your website so I am sure you will see more business especially from guys who wanted to modify their engines for performance.

Thanks!

Robb H. from Minnesota USA about his 2002 Civic Si with high performance turbo charged engine. He had it soup up with a piggy back computer but quit 2 weeks after installing it.

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Hello Rich, I replaced the Mass sensor and reset the code as you recommended. She is now running perfectly!!! It is very satisfying to finally have this success. Thank you so much for your help!

Kyle C. dated March 18.08 from Idaho USA about his 2000 Mercedes Benz ML320 which is has an erratic idle and won't run past 35 mph. The dealer wanted $250 just to scan the codes.

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Dear Richard,

I had a friend to "just happened" to be in a junk yard on Sunday I picked up an instrument cluster for a 94 Nissan ( I have a 91). After a careful dissection all the way down to the temperature gauge, I did an R & R with the gauge from the 94, and with baited breath, started it up. IT ALL WORKS!--THE THERMOSTAT OPENS AT AROUND 85C, THE COOLING FAN COMES ON, AND THE TEMPERATURE GAUGE WORKS!!!! I would be in a quandary now otherwise--There were so many puzzling things about the car (wrong wire colors, no electrical continuity where there should be, etc.) So this is a very happy ending to a long journey.

Thanks for all your help!

Bruce R. from California USA dated on his Nissan Sentra with problems of lights flashing and gages not working in the dash panel.

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Hi Richard,

Finally a success!!! A wire was loose at the EEC relay and the relay itself was bad. Your detailed wiring diagram and assistance really works!

Thanks,

Deron F. dated March 03.2008 from New Jersey USA on his Ford Explorer truck that won't start due to no fuel at the injectors after replacing the fuel pump and engine computer.

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Hello Rich,

It is now Dec. 20.07 and I am happy to report that we have solved the problem. Following our last e-mail, I took your advice and drove for a couple days with a fuel pressure gauge in the window of the vehicle. Whenever the problem showed up, it seemed there was a temporary interruption in fuel pressure, and the pressure would drop below 60 p.s.i., to about 56 or 57 p.s.i., and then it would recover. Still believing deep down we were dealing with a fuel problem, we changed the fuel pump, and found a badly clogged intake screen on the old pump. The clog appeared to be sand, dirt, sludge, corruption!. At any rate the truck is running very well now and has been for 200 + kilometres. Success!!

Thank you for your attention and help, and we will talk to you next time.

Darren H. from Grande Prairie, Alberta, CANADA on his 98 GM pick up truck with vortec engine having intermittent hesitation.

RICHARD...

You should have been here to see the smile on the wife's face
when for the first time in months; she could signal when turning! The A/C lower fan speeds are working again! We no longer have to use a
pencil to shift the console transmission lever out of park! The anti-lock brakes
aren't pulsating and as a family we fill like we are no longer living in fear that
the next intersection will reveal a not so understanding police officer!

A thousand Thankyou's Richard for nailing the source of this puzzling problem
down and pointing me in the right direction as to the successful repair!

Bob B. from Texas,USA about his wife's 2000 Buick Regal

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Attention INDEPENDENT garage owners (big or small), car lot owners including companies that handle car and truck (under 1 ton) fleet maintenance good upto 2012 models.

Business Testimonial for ATS:

My name is Chris Banks... we are an Auto Electrical and Mechanical repair workshop from Christchurch, New Zealand and we have been using ATS for hard to obtain and sometimes unavailable wiring and technical information in our area.

However with the prompt e-mail service from ATS we can now obtain fast and reliable repair plans and diagnostic solutions, which in return has saved us both time and costs in repairing many different vehicle types of vehicle.

We are now using ATS as a very valuable and reliable source of automotive repair information and would have no hesitation in recommending them to any garage large or small.

Chris Banks,

Vantage Automotive and Auto Electrical Ltd. Christchurch, New Zealand

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Intermittent problem fixed!

Hello Richard,

I just wanted to thank you for your assistance last time. After searching for the crank shaft sensor I found out that it was its connector had an intermittent disruption. Once I corrected it, the problem was solved.

Thank you for this wonderful service,

Attentively,

Dennis E. dated Aug.5.07 on his 1999 4 cyl. engine Suzuki Baleno (Esteem) that quit in stop lights intermittently.

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I got the fuse wiring diagram!

Thank you Rich for being a man of your word and for
burning the midnight oil for all your customers!

Trusting you have a great 4th with us in the U.S.!!!

Bob B. on his B3000 Mazda truck with head lights problems.

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We fixed it!


Richard, Sorry it's been so long since I've contacted you. We've been dealing with some family problems. My nephew replaced the torque converter clutch selenoid on the truck and that fixed the problem. Thanks for your help and I'm sure I'll be in touch again.

Lamar S. dated Jun.22.07 on his 1998 Chevy truck which bogged down when the gas is stepped on (also has spongy brakes).

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It's a miracle!

Hi Richard,

The replacement power window motor arrived today from the wreckers in Nepean. I installed it in the door and crossed my fingers. The window finally worked.

Thank-you for your help!

Paul S. from Ontario Canada on his 1997 Ford Escort with stuck rear power windows!

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Case closed!

Rich

Last Friday I did take things apart to find the bad wire. It was the computer "grounding wire" (dk blue/violet) that was bad. Just to the side of the radiator and @ the bottom of the radiator the wire harness was heavily taped and protected but what was happening was water and or salt water (winter roads) was getting into the harness and because the harness was taped so well the water would pool up

inside the harness and because my "grounding wire" had some sort of an insulation flaw/nick on it the wire rotted out though the insulation around the wire seemed almost completely intact (this one wasn't from chaffing). Luckily the insulation was discolered in that area (maybe stretched) or I would have never found it.

Replaced wire, all seems OK. No more service engine light.

Thanks for the wiring diagram and your help.

Robert M. from Ma.USA dated May14.07 on his 2001 Chrysler Town& Country with a code 1491 and the dealer wanted $700 just for parts (excluding labor). He did it himself by fixing the wires and saved about $500 in labor cost alone.

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At last...I got it!

Hi Richard

I cannot believe you figured out what was wrong with my 1999 Olds Cutlass! Replacing the PCV and the O-ring did the trick!It is running like a champ!

Joe C. from Florida USA dated Mar.12.07 on his 99 Olds Cutlass with a P0401 code that won't go away after replacing some expensive parts.

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1997 Toyota Avalon is healed at last!

Hi Rich,

Just wanted to thank you for your prompt service in helping me get our car noise problem fixed finally. The new strut supports were definitely the problem as per your instruction. My wife is so happy that the chitty chitty clunk clunk car is no longer, and when mama is happy, everybody
is happy.

Thanks,

Robert E. joined ATS from Illinois, USA regarding his 97 Toyota Avalon that was making front end noise despite replacing the front struts.

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Successful!

RICHARD...you should have been here to see the smile on the wife's face
when for the first time in months; she could signal when turning!

The A/C lower fan speeds are working again! We no longer have to use a
pencil to shift the console transmission lever out of park! The anti-lock brakes
aren't pulsating and as a family we fill like we are no longer living in fear that
the next intersection will reveal a not so understanding police officer!

A thousand Thankyou's Richard for nailing the source of this puzzling problem down and pointing me in the right direction as to the successful repair!

Bob B. dated December 19/06 from Texas,USA about his wife's 2000 Buick Regal with multiple problems and had brought the car to different shops in the last 2 months but could not fix the problem.

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Hi Rich,

It was the cam sensor and the truck not only does not stall anymore but it seems to
shift smoother as well!

You are the man and I will tell my friends about your excellent service!

Paul O. dated December 8/06 from NH USA on his 2001 F250 7.3L diesel engine which was having difficult intermittent stalling and has gone to Ford dealership and has changed 2 relays but the fix only lasted 2 weeks.

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Rich,

Yep , the ignition switch was definitely bad based on the diagram and tips you gave! Thanks for the help on my mom's van...
i'll be sending you questions regarding my wife's 1998 Chevy 1500.

Thanks again.

Newton H. dated Nov.18/06 from Oklahoma USA on his 1998 Dodge Caravan that won't
start and wants to verify if it is the engine computer.

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Hey Rich,

Thanks for the diagram and I can follow that! I was an electronics tech in the Marines. Jets are a lot easier than autos. It was getting bad so that I had to jump the car 90% of the time so I went and bought a battery. My battery checked bad. I have not driven it enough to tell if it made a difference yet.

I really do appreciate your help.

Thanks,

Loyd S. from Arkansas USA about his 2000 Lincoln LS that has a lot of electrical problem and stalling.

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Richard,

Don't know if you received my confirmation of your reply, but if you didn't, I did receive it.

Thank you, have already saved me at least $200.00!

Tom S. dated from Oregon, USA on his 1999 300M Chrysler that has intermittent NO START.

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Rich,

I got all the diagrams. This is exactly what I was looking for. I am going to check the wiring first (thanks for the wiring diagram) before trying to find an ABS/TCS control unit replacement. I will let you know what I find.

What a great service you are providing. I will let others know about your website and business.

Thanks for your help,

Frank Boger dated Nov.8/06 from Florida USA regarding his 2002 Honda Odessey that needed an ABS control unit which he wants to buy outside of Honda (very expensive) but needed a wiring diagram so he can verify it.

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Hello Rich,

Many thanks for the new set of drawings for this truck! I will use them to try to figure out why the ECM will not send data to the connector. The truck appears to run perfectly after tracing the ground wires based on your diagram. The problem must be in the wires leading to the data plug.

Again thanks for your excellent service!

John Doe (name withheld for security) dated Oct.23/06 from US Diplomatic Mission Overseas whose 2002 GM Truck won't start after more than 6 months in storage and could not get, any garage to fix his truck.

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Hi Richard,

I am done with the Monte Carlo. It was the ECM. Your 'tap' test convinced me. I tried a used replacement (they are better than new ones). All is fine. Thought I would pass this along: I was told from another source, that if one has electrical shorting problems with the IAC solenoid (as I did) that the reccomended procedure is to replace the ECM as well.

My hunch all along was that those bare wires I found in the engine harness were going to be part of the problem.

Thanks again,

Ken W. from California USA about his Monte Carlo that won't idle properly and stall all the time.

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Hi Rich,

Just got my computer fixed have been off line for 5 days, I replaced the ignition coil on Tuesday .. Bingo problem solved! I just read your last e mail about your final fix, yes it was right ...I never seen a coil change timing, the giveaway was the engine was breaking up like a bad set of points and popping through the tbi and sometimes out the exhaust.. just started that Monday....coil bench tested OK but I knew better ... back to basics not computers...thanks for all your help and support .

Tony P. dated October 6/06 from New Jersey, USA about his S10 that won't start after replacing a lot of parts.

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Hi Rich,

I got it!

I have 0.08 volt at the ecm (engine computer) and 1.2 volts at the map sensor terminals and obviously the wire has a short! I cheated and replaced the wire and now it works fine with no codes with the same voltage end to end!

I will chase the harness in the next week or so and find the culprit to prevent further damage to others.

Thanks for your help... Your email and wiring diagram really helped!

David W. from Atlanta Georgia USA dated Oct.1 2006 on his 1999 Chevy Astro with fault, codes P0304 (misfirings) and P0107 (map sensor fault).

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Hello Richard,

Thank you very much!

It looks like another successful diagnosis! I have only tried to start the car one morning so far, but it started much better and sounded much better. I'm still not sure why it originally appeared to be flooding - it had severe stumbling and a very strong gas smell - but that is now all gone!

Some of the details - My fuel pressure was in the correct range and I had used throttle body cleaner (not carb cleaner) to clean the throttle body. I also removed the MAP sensor during cleaning so it would get damaged. I had no codes and the TPS seemed to be working OK.

I tried cooling and then heating the IAC valve and mixed results reproducing and correcting the problem. I bought a new IAC valve anyway. I noticed that the distance that the pintle sticks out on the new valve was much less than the valve I took out. The old valve was way over the limit of 1.125 inches. I put the new valve in and it worked much better.

Looking now at the old valve, I see that the pintle is on a threaded shaft that I could have screwed back in.

Thanks again,

Bruce B. from New Jersey USA dated Sept.27,2006 on his 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee with severe hesitation.

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HELLO Richard,

Good news! I took the bottom plate off of the trany and found the location of the solenoids. I removed the module that are mounted on and found the bad one. Actually the solder joint where the wire connected to the solenoid was loose and not making a connection.

I resoldered that connection being careful to avoid getting the solenoid hot. The parts store wanted $283 for a new solenoid that would have to be ordered.

I replaced the transmission fluid filter and gasket on the pan while I was at it. That solved the problem and it runs like a top!

That was a good experience and a real pleasure working with you.

Thanks again!

Robert Ottmann from Colorado, USA.

Sat. Sept 9, 06 on his 93 Mazda MX3 that is in limp mode (won't come out of 2nd gear)

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Hi Rich,

it took a bit to get the truck running the problem was I goofed on one of the plug wires. I thought I checked them and rechecked them but I guess I didn't and just over tried.

Your diagrams really helped and saved me a lot of money on this problem.

Thanks!

Darren S. from Ontario Canada dated August 29 2006 on his 1994 Grand Cherokee that would not start

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Good Morning Rich,

I removed and cleaned the ground wire as you requested. Then I went through all the fuses to replace any that were blown. I replaced the 40 amp in the fuse block

under the hood. It didn't blow, so I put the air cleaner back on. I then went to try the headlight switch and it worked, for a moment. I started to see some smoke coming from under the dash by the fuseblock. I pulled off the drivers side kick panel and floor mat.

The main wiring harness that goes to the fuse block was melting and sparking against the body. All told, 10 wires were melted and broken. This must have been going on for a long time. I can't remember the last time the emergency flashers worked. Well, I repaired the wires, tied up the harness and everything works! Thank you for your help.

Over the last 3 months I've talked to three different mechanics. Not one of them wanted to try to find and fix this problem. Needless to say, this was looking a little hopeless and probably very expensive.

Thank you for responding so quickly to my emails. Your answers to my questions were clear and easy to follow.

Your obvious knowledge and experience, gave me all the encourgement and confidence I needed to run this problem down.

Thanks again!

Kevin A. dated June 30 2006 from USA on his 2002 Chevy Express Van

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Hi Rich,

Just want to let you know I checked the voltage on the cam sensor as per your instructions
and I had low readings of about 3-4 volts. I ended up changing it and the car works great!
When I took the car for a long test drive, the "check engine light" for the sensor didn't
show up. Thanks for your help because I would have not known to look for the rear crank sensor
and you saved me lots of coin on just this first repair!

Thank you muchly,

Darren S. from Ontario, Canada dated June 2nd 06 on his 1996 Dodge Intrepid with intermittent no starts.

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Hi Richard,

Checked power to the distributor wires and it had voltage. I replaced the distributor as
per your suggestion and the problem is fixed I just saved tons of money and time by not
taking it to a garage and I want to thank you for all your help.

Marcus S. dated April 12/06 from Oklahoma, USA on his 1996 F150 which was quitting intermittently with codes P0320 and P1409 despite changing some parts before joining ATS.

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Rich,

Don't know for sure but I think we may have it! I found the power & ground source for the, right side OS heater and then connected the other leads. At first I got a #172 code but I disconnected the battery and reconnected then went for a drive.

The check engine light didn't come on . When I returned home I ran another code test and everything came up 111 (normal). I never thought I could fixed these problems but I am really grateful for your help!

Thanks,

Jerry G. dated April 11/06 from Colorado, USA on his 1994 Ford Ranger that he bought dirt cheap from the car dealership but has lots of trouble like codes P0172 and P0176.

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Hi Richard,

Bought a new Cooling Fan Relay for the primary fan - problem solved!

Thanks for all your help!

Cheers,

Rene S. dated April 8/06 from Calgary, Alberta Canada on his 1996 Caprice car that won't start when cold and has codes P0140 and P0160

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Thanks for your reply Rich,

Culprit found. I was able to raise the dash up so I could see what's going on with the wiring. Your diagram is fairly accurate, except for the high speed relay used in this case and the fact that for some reason the power is switched through the resistor and the relay with a constant, heavy wire (#10) ground on the motor in all conditions.

Turns out the fan motor
is bad which is odd with only 24,000 miles but there is no continuity between power and ground terminals so will fix same when I can move enough stuff to get it out of the housing.

Great fun.

Glad to have found your service in any case will recommend you to other shade tree mechanics.

Jerry N. dated April 7 2006 from Oregon, USA on his 1997 Ford engine used for motorhome that has intermittent heater motor problem.

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Rich,

I cleaned it and took it for a road test. The car runs great! The code is gone! I must say that I am impressed with this service. I was ready to go and get a new part but I never thought to clean it as you suggested. (I just saved money for not buying the sensor).

You are the man!!!Thanks again,

Ben L. dated March 18/2005 from Nevada, USA on his Buick Park Avenue that was hesitating.

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Hi Rich,

My problem on my Ford Mustang ended up being electrical and I am thankful for all your wiring diagrams you supplied which were legible and colour coded making my trouble shooting that much easier.

I was able to fix my car quickly. I have also fixed for a number of other issues the problems on 1996 Dodge Ram, all with great success!

Peter Torok from Musselmans Lake, ON Canada dated March 10/2006 giving testimony on his fuel problem on the 86 Mustang and abs problem on his 96 Dodge Ram.

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Hi Rich,

It turned out to be 8 bad coils! The Ford dealer mechanic confirmed to me that only the Lincoln and Jaguar have this problem. I took the broken car and ordered the parts from AutoZone.

Now it runs grrrrrrreaaaatt!!!

Your advise really helped me.

John Roller dated Feb.24/06 from Florida USA on his 2000 Lincoln LS V8 that had a severe hesitation when warmed up together with a code P0300 (random misfire).

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Hey Richard,

How are you?

The night I took my car back from Firestone; the engine was still trembling heavily. The next day, I cleaned the mass sensor as you had advised. For three days now the car hasn't had a problem!!!

I appreciate your help very much!

Feel free to post this reply on your website if you like.

Many thanks,

Michael Belu dated Feb.23.2006 from Australia on his 1997 Mercedes Benz C230 which was losing power and hesitating intermittently. With this problem solved, he can now drive this car without fear (he was forced to park it because of this problem).

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Rich:

I checked the fuel pressure and found that it was max 28 psi. I replaced the fuel pump and it started right up. When I originally tested the fuel pressure by guessing I knew I had plenty of pressure but I did not realize that it needed to be over 60 psi.

Anyway thanks for your assistance, you really helped me out.

Thanks!

Kevin G. dated Feb.21/06 from CA, USA on his 1997 Chevy Tahoe that has these
symptoms: no start and no codes.

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Excellent advice!!!

>Yes it is working........I have to put some more work into it, and I will leave the advice giving to you......I'm going to make a list of thing that needs to be checked on that car, and consult with you about them...well until then knowledgeable friend....thanks again!

David P. dated Feb.22,2006 from North Carolina, USA on his Infinity Q45 with 4.5L V8
engine that has hesitation and long cranks.

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This is David's email on Feb.4/2006: H

ey Rich,

I'm just writing to say thank you in advance. I will let you know the results we get from your advice..regardless of the out come ( which i'm confident in what you say )...

you have given me more info on my car than anyone by far.....the last 3 months have been hell trying to find that part, by the way, the dealership knows exactly the part I need now, but they dont sell it by itself. I wiil have to buy the distributor, because thats where the part is located...

anyway thanks for the very detailed info...And i will be recommending your site to others with car trouble......

It has been well worth it for me already!!!!!!!!!!


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Success!

Richard: After many hours of frustration thinking that my engine is a junk, the Suzuki is alive again! I am not exactly certain of the problem but I did correct a marginal ground to battery connection and the Crankshaft position sensor gave a different resistance reading than the new unit.

Most likely the computer was receiving a poor or distorted signal. The engine now runs smooth, quiet and strong. No coolant in the oil. With the Amsoil, it should run another 100K. I also checked out your articles which were very helpful and informative. Thanks very much for your suggestions and help.

This is a great service!

Worth every penny!


Jim K. dated Jan.29/06 from Nevada, USA on his 2001 Suzuki Swift that won't start after
he replaced it with a new rebuilt engine.

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Rich,

I got it fixed!

Ignition coil had low resistance on high voltage winding. Replaced coil only from the
distributor (it's great I don't have to buy the whole distributor).

Thanks for your assistance!

Al M. dated January 27/06 on his 1993 Toyota Camry that won't start and according
to him: it has no codes and he has no service manual and wants to fix it without spending tons on parts.

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Hi Rich,

There was a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) on the fuel regulator. I got one and installed it my self, and I cleaned the IAC valve. The car now runs great and no more stalls!

Thanks for all your help.

Marshall M. dated Jan.25/06 on his 1999 Buick LeSabre that stalls on stops but no engine fault CODES.

Hello Richard,

I replaced the ignition switch harness assembly as you instructed and that did it! You are the man! Thank you for your expertise. Tomorrow morning will tell me if everything is good to go. I will let you know.

Thanks again for your service,

Gerald P. dated Jan.23/06 on his 1998 GM Sonoma truck which does not start as soon as
temperature goes below 60 degrees F.

His email message next day:

It worked like a charm!

Thank You,

Gerald P. dated Jan.24/06

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Rich,

Great job. We fixed it!

There was a crack hose on the test port tee. For now I just cut the dry rotted piece off and reconnected the hose. Erased the code. I have put about 50 miles on the truck and the light is still off. My second car is a 94 Z24 cavalier with 132000 plus on it so I have a feeling you we be hearing from me again.. But for now thanks for the help, this service is worth every dollar paid.

James M. dated Jan.14/06 on his 2001 Dodge Ram Truck with engine fault codes PO442 and PO455.

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Hi Rich!

It turned out to be the ICM like you suggested. Thanks for the help!

Tom D. dated Jan.14/06 on his Ford Ranger Truck with engine fault codes 224 and 998

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Evening Rich,

Solved the Problem. Sunday night. Replace ECM 300+ mile, Runs good again, Thanks for your help!

Phillip R. dated Jan.12/06 on his GM PickUp Truck that runs erratically after 10 minutes after replacing 3 fuel pumps and lots of sensors.

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Thanks Richard...Welcome back!

I have found the proper relay and as I removed it from under the seat, the corroded yellow wire fell out, "BINGO!!!!!!!" I have jumped the connection and all is good. The tank is back in with the old pump, I changed the fuel filter and went for a spin no problems. I guess testing the correct relay makes a difference!!!!

Thanks for your help it was a good learning experience in electrical trouble shooting.

Peter T. dated Dec.2,2005 on his Ford Mustang that won't start after being parked a long time in his garage.

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The remote 'trick' worked!

Thanks, and have a great vacation!

George J. dated November 14,2005 on his Jeep Cherokee that won't start and needs programming on his keyless entry remote.

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Hi Rich,

Got your messages. Found 1 bad glowplug with resistance test.

Thanks,

Andy.S dated Nov.11,2005 on his Ford 7.3L diesel truck that is in and out of a garage for a lot of times and still having problems.

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Hi Richard,

You can ignore the earlier request for help.

Got down under the dash and found that someone had rigged an ignition ground wire and it was hanging by one strand of copper to the hood-latch release cable. Stripped back the insulation and mounted it under a screw and now the ignition cranks instantly, just like it's supposed to. So I'm not worried about missing my plane when I take this car down to the airport today.

Enjoy your holidays in the Philippines!

Best,

Ken C. dated Nov.8 2005 on his 1995 Mazda Protege that keeps stalling and has lots of trouble codes.

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Hello Richard,

Thanks for your help! The problem was the main relay. The car runs perfect again! I had three mechanics look at it, and they all said it was the coil, distributor, or the igniter. I even told them about the check engine light and they ignored me.

So, if the check engine light won't go off and you are not getting spark, check the main relay. I really appreciate your help!

Anthony C. dated Oct.17/2005 on his Honda Prelude that won't start after replacing a lot of parts.

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Many thanks!

I am almost sure we will get her back to her young self again! What I really appreciate is learning from you are the diagnostic methods that have put me back in control of my own car.

Kind regards,

Reef S. dated Oct2/2005 from Switzerland on his 1994 Jaguar XJ40 with a V12 engine that was misfiring.

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Dear Richard,

Thanks for the Hyundai diagram. That sorted it! No power to the crank sensor from the ecu -hot wired it and all is well. Your diagram, although not of the exact model, allowed us to find the correct ecu pin.

Peter M. dated Sept.28/2005 from Down Under regarding his Hyundai Lantra with no start.

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Hi Rich,

I just wanted to let you know how the car thing turned out--it was the MLP thingee, plus there were 3 wires shorted out going to the speed sensor on the transmission. I love my old Taurus and I didnt want to have to junk it over a broken wire.

The last shop I took it to was a transmission shop--but when I started talking to the guy, he knew what I was talking about, and he went right to the things you suggested. Thank you so much for your help--now I am back in my dependable car again!

Sincerely,

Laura K. dated Sept.20/05 on her 1996 Ford Taurus with bad trany shifting and erratic dash panel lights problem.

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Rich,

>It was the vacuum cut bypass valve. It had ruptured and since it sits on a bracket and not visible from underneath the vehicle I over looked it the first time I checked. Replacing it took care of both the codes P0455 and P1448 and all seems well. Thanks. It's great having you to point me in the right direction.

Chuck U. dated Sept.14/2005 on his 2001 Nissan PathFinder with an engine fault codes P0455 and P1448.

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Hi Rich,

Thought I would drop you a line to say that the wiring diagrams ultimately were the key to getting my car running. Feel free to put this story on your site, or let me know how to do it.

THANK YOU! (please read a portion of his story below)


At least three electrical connectors on the engine harness are identical on this '98 Eclipse. The Cam sensor, Vehicle speed sensor, and Ignition coil. The Cam Sensor connector cannot reach the wrong component. The coil and..."

Paul C. dated Sept.12/05 on his 1998 Eclipse 2.0L engine that won't start.

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Hello Rich,

Just wanted to thank you for the help!

I finally had the opportunity to work on the mustang , I swapped out the mass airflow sensor as you suggested and now it will smoke the tires again.

Kathy C.dated Sept.6/05 on her 95 Mustang that goes flat when stepping on the gas. According to her, she already paid a Ford dealer $200 for initial repairs and still the problem persists.

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Hello Rich,

Just a quick update. Realizing the largeness of the situation from your emails, I contacted a qualified transmission company and told them what was happening. He knew about the Buick shudder problem and suggested I bring it in as soon as possible, reason being was that in due time the trany would tear apart.

He later showed me the drum that he had to replace and the same drum from another Buick that went too long. The whole thing was in shreds where mine was already on its way but still together. Got it just in time! Expensive but not as much as a new trany.

Thanks for the help,

Doug...dated Aug.25/05 on his 1996 Buick LeSabre that has a shudder while cruising.

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Hello Richard,

I thought the cleaning of the throttle house solved the problem of my car. After dealer doing the clean up job, it can be easily started. Thank you!

Jian L. dated Aug.18/05 on his 99 Volkswagen Passat engine after dealer recommended a $2000 turbo-charger replacement which ATS recommended was not necessary.

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Hey Richard!

I wanted to thank you for your help but my 96 Honda accord's electrical problem was over my head. I took the time to have my uncle from NY look at it and the problem was the replacement door had a different wires to the harness so that one wire from the radio was passing through the lighting system. Crazy!! Now swapped everything works perfectly:)

Your door wiring diagram really helps!

Shawn P. dated August 5/06 on his 1996 Honda Accord with lights staying on after removing the ignition key that drains the battery overnight.

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Hello Rich,

Thanks for the info. It was a trany pressure problem but it was due to the mech cutting one of the o-rings they replaced. Thanks again for your info.

James B. dated July 26,2005 on his 1994 Mercedes Benz E420 for not shifting after being worked on by a garage.

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Hi Mr Trent,

Sorry it took a while for me to get back. The information that you provide is valuable, timely, and very clear to understand. The sensor code P0135 with my 2000 Chevy Tracker has been cleared, and the overheating problem with my wife's 1999 Ford Explorer was solved with a flush and thermostat replacement.

It appears the thermostat was stuck closed and had not functioned properly for a long time.

Thanks for your timely and insightful assistance.

Andy Stankiewicz dated July 25,2005

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Hi Mr. Trent,

Thanks for all your quick responses and with the helpful information. I received the transmission on a Friday and had it in Saturday with everything else put back together by Monday afternoon. I followed your advise and got a 90 day warrantee, I also put in new seals on the used transmission.

I did not have the special seal protectors for installing the drive shafts, but I was very careful in inserting the shafts and that is all that counted because the shafts do not leak a drop of oil. Once again thank you!

Virgil A. dated July 21,2005 on his 1996 Nissan 200SX

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Hello Rich,

I got my truck running! It was the distributor cap and/or rotor. I had replaced those parts about 18 months ago but I did not buy AC Delco at the time. I am not going to skimp on after-market parts again!

Thanks for your help.

Tom Collier dated July 18 2005 on his 1997 Chevy Pick up with no start when raining or cold weather.

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Hi Rich,

The problem was just the intake air hose. The first one I ordered was wrong. So in the meantime I replaced the EGR boost sensor and a vacuum sensor next to it and the vacuum box in front of it that I broke a vacuum hose nipple off of while pulling a hose. About $200 in junkyard parts.

But none had any effect. Then finally the replacement air-intake hose came in. Couldn't find one in a junkyard. Once I had it, took about 30 minutes to change it. Car runs perfectly.

Ken W. dated July 4, 2005 on his 1995 Mazda Protege that has service light coming on and stalling.

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Hello Richard,

Ok, heater core is out!!!! Thanks again!

John L. dated July 2, 2005 on his 1967 Corvette with a defective and leaky heater core. All he did was sent me the picture of the heater set up and I was able to give him the proper info to remove it.

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Hi Rich,

It looks like the problem is fixed on the truck. No more light and no more chugging. Truck is running strong again like it used to, even while running the A/C system. Thanks again for your help.

Gabe G. dated June 25 2005 on his 1999 Toyota Tacoma with an engine code P0171 problem.

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Hello Rich,

I purchased a code reader and found out that it was the O2 sensors and I replaced them and everything is good!

Jeff Y. dated June 11, 2005 on his 1998 Lincoln Town Car that was losing power.

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OK Rich,

AS OF LAST NIGHT THE SHIFTING PROBLEM CAME FROM A LOOSE WIRE AT THE COMPUTER HARNESS. NOW THE VEHICLE RUNS PEREFECT EXCEPT THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT I CANT GET TO GO OUT.

Steve K. dated June 9, 2005 on his 1996 Caprice (OBD2) with 4.3L engine that he replaced with 1995 Impala SS 5.7L (OBD1)

Note: The light will not go out since the diagnostic connector and wiring harness are different for 1996 and 1995 models.

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Hi Mr. Trent,

I wanted to tell you how much i really do appreciate the help you gave me. the diagrams were dead on and really made things much easier for me to finish the work on my car. So like i said earlier thank you and i will be sure to keep you in mind not only for myself but for others that may run into troubles in the future.

Thanks again

Tim L.

From US Armed Forces dated May 27/05 on his 1998 Saturn SC1

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Hi Rich,

FYI...my truck is running perfectly! My best guess is that attaching the hose to the canister and "resetting" the ECM did the trick. I spent 50 bucks on your web site, 20 bucks on a Haynes manual and 3 bucks on brake cleaner for the mass air sensor.

My point being, I spent $73 on fixing my problems. I wonder what my Ford dealer would have charged me to diagnose, go through 11 codes and then fix the real problem of the disconnected hose on the canister that happens to be 15 feet from the engine, where I'm sure they would have replaced every sensor, valve and filter on their way towards the back of the truck!

$73 well spent! and I plan on beating down your email and website for a while. Thanks for your help.

Danny K. dated May 25/05 on his 2000 Ford F150

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Hello Richard,

The Lexus is good to go now after I found a loose wire on the speedometer inside the dash panel. Thanks.

Sean M. dated May 22/05 on his 2000 Lexus

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Richard,

Just wanted to let you know that the problem has been fixed. It was the green wire going to the dimmer switch. There was no power going to it at all. Once the wire problem was fixed power returned to the headlights, stop lights and horn.

Thank you for your help as all efforts were made by the instructions that you gave. The headlight diagram with the color codes was a great help.

Thank you again for all of your help.

Kerri G. dated May 16/05 on her 1992 Plymouth Voyager

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Rich,

Wow, that was fast!! This is exactly what I needed. The info you sent will save many hours of hacking the dash apart. Joining has already been well worh the money. Have a great week-end and thank you very much !!

Stan H. dated May 14/05 on his 2002 Chevy Impala

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Hi Rich,

I just wanted to let you know that I followed the diagram you sent me concerning the use of a manual toggle switch to work my backup lights & backup alarm & it works like a charm! Easy as could be!

Andy D. dated May 12/05 on his 2004 GM Express Van

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Hello Rich,

Well, we have heat! The door for the heat/air is not moving on command.it stays closed over the heater core. I manually opened the door & allowed heating to the duct. its' late so tomorrow will finish diagnosing.

Thanks for your help. Was lost without you. This vehicle belongs to a neighbor that recently went through bankruptcy. I used to work on cars but have been a forklift mechanic for the last 15 yrs. Will only charge for my expenses so they have time to save money to take it to get fixed right. Thanks again.

Frank P. dated April 14/05 working on the heater for 1998 Ford Windstar

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Hi Rich,

I have replaced the thermostat and that fixed the problem. Thanks again.

Henry T. dated April 10/05 on his 1999 BMW 323i with over heating problem

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Hi Rich,

I'm happy to report its all fixed. However, when we removed one of the sensors (the output I think) we found some silver material on the end that was liquid but that also had some very small metal shavings in it.

My suspicion is that the magnet in the sensor attracted enough material that eventually disrupted the information it gathered and that the sensor isn't actually "bad" at all. The question is what caused the deposits and is it likely to be terminal enough to the transaxle?

Regardless of which, thanks for your help!

Mark C. dated April 3/05 on his 2000 Voyager with erratic dash lights and trany won't come out of 2nd gear.

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Hi Richard,

Problem with Mystique is solved. FYI the diode that was in parallel with the ac clutch solenoid was a dead short. The diagram was a big help<

Scott P dated April 2/05 on his 1995 Mercury Mystique with blowing AC fuse.

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Hi Rich,

Thanks for the diagrams on the jag xk8, lighting fault found and repaired on the switch to earth wire from the switch to the body control module.

Regards Rog

Paignton, England dated March 25/05 on his 1997 Jaguar XK8 with lights wiring problem.

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Thank you very much Richard!

You are right, it, was the ECM beside the battery. I removed the big electrical lead from it, and of the pins came out with it, it was burned of. I went to the wrecking yard and got one, cost 75 bucks, put it in, car started. It ran rough for a while, then while the computer reset every thing... It ran smooth! Thanks again very much.

It always helps to have another brain to reflect on.

Eugene J. dated Feb.9/05 on his 1990 Plymouth Voyager that won't start

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Hi Rich,

I am happy to say the light is out, I just pulled the engine light bulb out. Now I dont have to look at it any longer. I am kidding. I replaced the sensor, and it fixed the problem. Yes the magnet is replaceable, it can be done without removing the cover. It can be done through the sensor hole. Thanks for the help.

Steve D. dated Jan.20/05 on his 1992 Olds Delta 88 with code 41 3800 engine

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HI Richard,

You're very patient....I managed to replug, and replug connectors, relays anything that I could find in the engine compartment...no dice..but...........I pulled the passenger side Halogen bulb out from the housing, and bingo it lit up....when the passenger side light lit up so did the driver side....

looks like the passenger side took down both lights via poor connection at the base of the light and connector to bulb... persistent paid off....I purchased 4 lighted sw. in case....I am grateful that you have been so nice and responsive it gave me time to reflect and not give up... Please feel free to use my solution in your archive...

Larry S. dated Feb.21/05 on his 2003 F250 4X4 lighting problem

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RICH,

REPLACED THE EGR VALVE AND LITE HAS STAYED OUT SO FAR, ALSO FOUND OUT THE POSITION SENSOR IS PART OF EGR VALVE. THANKS!

BOBBY P. dated Feb.22/05 on his 1996 Cadillac DeVille with a code P1406

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Hi Richard,

It was the EGR valve that was completely blocked with carbon build-up. I cleaned it and I have no more codes yet.

Thanks,

Ghiz F. dated Nov.11/04 on 1998 Mazda Protege 1.9L with "service" light on.

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Hi Rich,

I had adjusted my valves using the Haynes Auto Book, did not work, which was completely different... night and day from what you have instucted to do.

Thanks again for your help!!

Richard A. dated October 30/04 on his 1997 GM pickup truck

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Rich,

Thanks for taking the time and getting me squared away. Sorry that I got the wrong date. I felt really great about purchasing ATS back then and now I know that I did the right thing.

Mahalo,

Jason A. (how's this for service?) dated Oct.26/04

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Rich...

Was thinking about you yesterday. Our '93 Hyundai transmission was acting up and we were told by a transmission shop that it needed $1800 worth of work. It's a year later and with your advice we did not do the work ... It's still running fine. thanks

Dave F. dated October 16/04 1993 Hyundai

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Rich,

The Lincoln LS is now running fine. Two error codes for two diff misfires (1&6) . I had to disconnect the battery for 15min to reset chk engine light. Running AOK now.

Thanks for your help.

Jer G. dated October 13/04 on 2000 Lincoln LS with "service" light on.

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Thank you Richard,

I finally got rid of the 401 error code. It was the pipe going from the EGR valve to the Intake Manifold that was very clogged. To clean it I used the carb cleaner and a steel cable similar to the one used in bicycles brakes, it is excellent because is flexible, but at the same time it is strong.

Thank you for your advice.

Jorge T. dated August 15/04 on his 1995 Toyota Tercel

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Hello Rich,

Just to let you know, cleaning the mass flow sensor did the trick. It was filthy. Thanks,

Steve A. dated July 21/04 on his 1996 TBird with 6 multiple power train codes.

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Rich,

Thanks for all your help. I would have never figured out what was wrong with my car if it wasn't for your website!

Thanks again,

Kelly B. on her 1994 Corsica with not passing emission problems July 01/04

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Hello Rich,

Did what you said - replaced all those parts. The result: Hasn't run this well in a long time. Thanks!

Peter B. dated June 27, 2004 on his 1995 Ford Taurus

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Hi Richard,

Thanks for the help it was the mass air flow sensor. replaced it and it runs great!

Daryl A. on his 1999 Silverado 4X4 dated June 26, 2004

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Dear Richard,

Thank You. Your suggestion of procedure worked out perfectly! It was the ignition coil for 1&6.

Robert C. on his 1995 Mercedes Benz S329 dated June 25, 2004

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Hello Rich,

Your price is fair and you offer a lot of good sense troubleshooting technique and technical back up.I have read some of your lessons.

You already saved me some money so I will try your offer for 90 days on the two cars.I will probably stay just to warn you we keep our vechiles until the steering wheel falls off.

Thanks for responding especially on a Sunday.

MIKE K. dated March 31/04 after ATS helped
him on his 2000 Dodge Ram Van 5.9L

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Rich:

We finally got to the EGR in the Ford van 302 and found it NOT to be the cause of idle surging. Checked out the mass
airflow sensor too...that was ok. Then we found the culprit, a burnt vaccumn tube under the EGR. This one wins the coveted Henry Ford award, as the EGR has a heat shield around it, but not under it, where the tube was burnt.

Boy, there are a lot of vacumn tubes to check over, even in my 1988 RV; dread to think if more modern Ford V8's has more or less vacumn tubes to go wrong. I think our 2002 Buick Rendevous has a vacumn problem with cabin hot air, but maybe its the leak/hole on the condensor pipe. If someone could invent a automotive crystal ball to replace engine codes, we'd all have more hair!

Neil P. dated March 20/04 on his Ford Van 302

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Hi Rich,

Thanks for the info! You are right! The fuel sending unit was bad. Replaced the fuel tank module at a cost of $446.00. And that solved the problem. Thanks again for your assistance.

Larry M. dated March 05/04 on his 1999 S15 Jimmy

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HI RICHARD,

THANKS!!! HEATER LINES HAD AIR IN THEM DID WHAT YOU SAID. AND I'M GETTING SOME HEAT. SHOULD I KEEP TRYING OR JUST BE HAPPY WITH WHAT I GOT? THANKS AGAIN.

JEANETTE W. dated March 03/04 on her BMW

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Hi Rich,

Just wanted to tell you that I did get it fixed and it was the fuel pump.

Thnx alot,

Rick O. dated March 02/04 on his Plymouth Voyager

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"Richard:

Your fix worked like magic! "You're the man" , your service has saved me a ton of money! Thanks, very much. This was regarding MAF sensor 1989 Olds, 3.8 6cyl. engine (service engine soon).

Robert W. dated Feb.18/2004 on his 88 Olds "service light coming
on/intermittent stalls.

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"Hello Richard,

I installed a new MAF sensor for my cadillac. It fixed the problem. I want to thank you for your help".

Martin P......dated January 29, 2004 on his 1999 Cadillac Catera

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"Hi Richard,

It was a defective TPS. I installed new part and and retrieved the code. The veh. engine runs and sounds better than it did before I had the problem. I have not driven it. However I'm sure it's find.

Thanks you very much for your assistance and advice".

Fred B......dated Feb 1,2004 on his 1992 Isuzu Rodeo 4X4

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Hello Richard,

"This baby sings like only an inline six can:

no more low rpm boog!
upshifts mean more instant speed!
14 mpg instead of 8mpg!

I'am a happy camper. you sent me down a different path that caused different thinking. and I thank you .

Sometimes you just get too focused, and you need to step back and take a different approach. thanks again.

ALLAN I..... February 2, 2004 on his 1994 Jeep Wrangler

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"Hello Rich,

Just wanted to let you know that we ( you and I) got my Ford Ranger running. It would have been a more difficult task had I not had your help in solving the problems.

The one on one interaction is absolutely superb. You provided clear understandable sketches and explanations that just about anyone could follow and understand. You followed through on all my questions with knowledgeable answers and procedures to follow.

The membership fee paid for it self in this, our first session. I saved on an estimated cost of repair any where from $450.00 to $500.00 I have recommended your Automotive Trouble Shooting web site to my friends and I'm sure they too, would be satisfied.

Thank Again Rich for a job well done."

Luis F. Electrical Designer..... dated Jan.3,2004 on his 1997 Ford Ranger no start problem.

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Hello Richard,

My Jag is running just fine, the rad was repaired for $125.00 plus a few other little expenses I saved $1000.00 off the original quote".

Jacqui J....October 30 2003 on her 1997 Jaguar Van Dem Plas, 6 cylinder 4 litre.


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