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Vehicle: 2006 Chrysler 300, V8-5.7L, VIN H, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 86,708

Problem: The A/C system will not blow cold air. The customer mentioned that he had noticed the compressor was not engaging.

Vehicle: 2007 Toyota Highlander, 2WD, V6-3.3L (3MZ-FE), Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 162,558

Problem: This Highlander was originally brought into the shop for unrelated maintenance work. After the work was done and with the engine running, the steering assist became inoperative, the power steering pump was noisy, and power steering fluid was blowing out of the reservoir.

Vehicle: 2004 Chevy Silverado 1500, 4WD, V6-4.3L, VIN X, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 192,664

Problem: This vehicle was towed in as a no-crank, no-start condition.

Vehicle: 2008 Ford F-150, 2WD, V8-5.4L, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 172,556

Problem: This F-150 was originally brought to the shop because the engine was producing excessive vibration and internal noises. The shop installed a remanufactured engine. Soon after starting the replacement engine, it began making a screeching noise from the bell housing/torque converter area. After running for 10-15 minutes the noise stopped. Upon restarting, the noise returned and lasted for about 10-15 minutes, then stopped. It didn’t matter if the engine was hot or cold.

The technician was just about to remove the transmission to diagnose the noise but decided to call ALLDATA Tech-Assist first for some advice.

Vehicle: 2010 Nissan Armada, 4WD, V8-5.6L (VK56DE), Flex Fuel, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 168,934

Problem: The customer stated that the dash goes dead, and the throttle response is poor shortly after the vehicle has been driven awhile and the engine is up to operating temperature. The malfunction indicator light (MIL) was not on.

Vehicle: 2009 Mercedes Benz C 230 4MATIC (204.085), V6-2.5L (272.911)

Mileage: 122,368

Problem: This Mercedes came to the shop with the ABS lamp on, and at low speeds, it felt like the ABS was activating.

Vehicle: 2018 BMW 330i xDrive Sedan, AWD (F30), L4-2.0L Turbo (B46O)

Mileage: 46,778

Problem: The customer brought their Beemer in because the A/C was not working. Another shop had already replaced the expansion valve and recharged the system but that did not fix the problem.

Vehicle: 2001 Dodge RAM 3500, 4WD, L6-5.9L DSL Turbo, VIN 7, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 172,556

Problem: The owner of this Dodge Ram brought the truck in because the engine would start and run for about a minute, then stall.

Vehicle: 2018 Volkswagen Passat Sedan (A33), V6-3.6L (CDVB), Automatically Shifted Manual Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 162,556

Problem: This Passat, with an 02E Automatically Shifted Manual Transmission was in the shop for a routine transmission fluid drain and fill. After the fluid change, however, the transmission would not shift on its own in “Auto” mode, and the malfunction indicator light (MIL) was illuminated in the instrument cluster.

Vehicle: 2012 Lexus IS 250, RWD, V6-2.5L (4GR-FSE), Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 139,007

Problem: This vehicle was running well, but the malfunction Indicator Light (MIL) would occasionally come on. If the diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) were cleared, after a few days, the MIL would come back on. The problem started happening more often, so the owner brought it to the shop.

Vehicle: 2016 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan (163), L4-1.4L Turbo (CZTA), Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 122,368

Problem: The customer brought his Jetta into the shop because the malfunction indicator light (MIL) was on. There were no obvious drivability issues.

Vehicle(s): 2006-08 Civic, 2006-08 Civic GX, and 2006-2011 Civic Hybrid

Details: If a Honda Civic, included within the year and model range listed above, comes in with diagnostic trouble code (DTC) P0606, Honda advises to first verify that the factory recommended spark plugs are installed. Aftermarket spark plugs may have built-in capacitors that can cause electrical interference, which will set a DTC P0606. Also, the same DTC could set if the spark plugs are badly worn with a gap of 0.080” or more.

Vehicle: 2005 Chevy Silverado 2500, 4WD, V8-6.6L DSL Turbo, VIN 2

Mileage: 175,776

Problem: This Silverado arrived in the shop with the supplemental restraints system (SRS) warning light illuminated.

Vehicle: 2011 Ford Taurus, FWD, V6-3.5L, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 162,556

Problem: This Taurus with the 6F50 automatic transaxle arrived with a complaint of "transmission slipping" in certain gears.

Vehicle(s): 2014 – 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2012 – 2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300

Many of you are probably aware of the 2014 – 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2012 – 2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 safety recall # S27. Lengthy reprograming of four modules and other procedures are necessary to fix a dangerous roll away condition, which happens when the engine is running, the parking brake is not engaged, and the transmission is not in the “PARK” position before the driver exits the vehicle. You can find all the details on this, and other Dodge/Chrysler electronic shifter recalls, in ALLDATA Repair of ALLDATA Collision.

Vehicle: 2015 Ford Fusion, FWD, L4-2.5L, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 128,674

Problem: The owner brought her vehicle to the shop because the malfunction indicator light (MIL) was on, and the engine would occasionally stall when coming to a stop.

Vehicle: 2012 Kia Sorento, 2WD, L4-2.4L, VIN 6, (GDI), Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 97,886

Problem: After a Kia dealer replaced the long block under the SC147 Theta II Engine Safety Recall campaign, the Sorento was barely able to start and idle. The MIL was on. The Kia dealer recommended replacing the catalytic converters, but since the MIL was not on before the long block was replaced, the owner decided to have the vehicle towed to an independent shop for a second opinion.

Vehicle:  2011 BMW 335i Coupe, L6-3.0L Turbo, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 111,686

Problem: The owner brought her BMW in because the malfunction indicator light (MIL) was on. The engine seemed to run fine.

Vehicle: 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser, L4-2.4L, VIN B, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 146,785

Problem: This vehicle was parked for several months and only moved about 50 feet once a week. The owner towed it to the shop because, the last time he tried to move it, the engine would crank but not start.

Vehicle:  2007 Honda Pilot, 4WD, V6-3.5L, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 189,522

Problem: The Honda Pilot was towed to the shop after the intake manifold exploded. The owner said he went to the gas station and filled his fuel tank. As soon as he restarted the car, he heard a loud noise and then saw smoke coming out from under the hood. He quickly opened the hood to find the intake manifold was on fire. He smothered the flames with his coat. Prior to this, the engine had been running fine.

Vehicle: 2008 Cadillac CTS, RWD, V6-3.6L, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 168,265

Problem: The owner of this CTS said that the brakes locked up and wouldn't release. The problem occurred after he topped up the brake fluid.

Vehicle: 2010 Mercedes Benz G 550 (463.236), V8-5.5L (273.963)

Mileage: 62,764

Problem: The owner of this Mercedes G 550 was going on a long road trip and wanted his seat’s lumbar function to operate correctly.

Vehicle: 2012 Kia Rio, L4-1.6L, Manual Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 165.998

Problem: The owner noticed the car normally drove until the clutch pedal was pressed. The engine would then race up to 2500 RPM.

Vehicle: 2018 Dodge ProMaster 2500, V6-3.6L, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 64,572

Problem: The owner brought his Dodge ProMaster to the shop because he was hearing a clunking noise from the left front suspension area while driving. Another shop already replaced the left front strut, sway-bar links and front brakes, but the problem persisted.

Vehicle: 2010 Ford F-150, 4WD, V8-5.4L, Flex Fuel, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 136,009

Problem: The vehicle was towed in because, although the engine would crank, it would not start. After sitting for a few minutes, the engine would start and run fine for a while then shut off and would not restart.

Vehicle: 2011 Chevrolet Camaro, V8-6.2L, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 142,002

Problem: The vehicle owner says that the engine started and ran fine but, when she tried to shut the engine off, the key was stuck in the ignition switch and could not be removed.

Vehicle: 2011 GMC Acadia, FWD, V6-3.6L, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 132,995

Problem: The Acadia was originally brought in for an engine run-on concern. The engine would not shut off, even with the key removed from the ignition. No diagnostic trouble codes.

Vehicle: 2019 Dodge Ram 1500, 4WD, V8-5.7L, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 82,663

Problem: The owner had his truck towed to the shop because the engine would not crank despite having a fully charged battery.

Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Echo, L4-1.5L (1NZ-FE), Manual Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 132,448

Problem: This vehicle was towed to the shop for a no crank, no start condition.

Vehicle: 2006 Dodge RAM 2500, 2WD, L6-5.9L DSL Turbo, VIN C, Automatic Transmission

Mileage: 168,009

Problem: The truck was brought to the shop because the A/C was blowing warm air. The customer said it was working fine the day before.

Vehicle: 2013 Chevy Traverse, AWD, V6-3.6L, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 123,764

Problem: The vehicle owner said that the hill start assist system would not release the brakes after stopping on a hill and trying to accelerate. Editor’s note: The hill start assist system is designed to temporarily hold the brakes on while stopped on a hill until the driver can release the brake pedal and push on the accelerator pedal.

Vehicle: 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser, L4-2.4L, VIN B, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 82,003

Problem: After a routine timing belt replacement, the technician noticed that the camshaft timing marks were off one tooth when tension was put on the belt.

Vehicle: 2008 Volkswagen R32 4Motion (1K1), V6-3.2L (CBRA), Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 135,750

Problem: The owner of this R32 complained that the A/C was "not blowing cold air." It was an automatic HVAC system. The compressor appeared to be engaged.

Vehicle: 2014 Ford F-450 Super Duty, 2WD, V8-6.7L DSL Turbo, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 152,236

Problem: The owner brought his F-450 to the shop because it had a slow coolant leak and the transmission kept overheating. He could not see a leak anywhere on or under the engine but had to occasionally add coolant.

Vehicle: 2016 Audi A3 Quattro Sedan (8VS), L4-2.0L Turbo (CNTC), Automatically Shifted Manual Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 122,366

Problem: The Audi’s owner dropped it off at the shop because the malfunction indicator light (MIL) was on, and the engine was running extremely hot according to the coolant temperature gauge.

Vehicle: 2010 Dodge Caliber, L4-2.0L, Continuously Variable Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 115,668

Problem: This Dodge Caliber was brought to the shop because the front turn signals did not operate when the headlamps were on.

Vehicle: 2014 Ford Fusion, FWD, L4-2.0L Turbo, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 103,478

Problem: The Fusion was involved in a front-end collision. After the body repairs, which included replacing the Steering Gear/Power Steering Control Module (PSCM), the power steering system was inoperative. The message center displayed a new warning message: "STEERING LOSS STOP SAFELY".

Vehicle: 2013 F-150, 4WD, V6-3.5L Turbo, Automatic Transmission

Mileage: 148,090

Problem: The A/C stopped working on this Ford F-150 so the customer brought it to the shop.
NOTE: The vehicle was equipped with an electronic automatic temperature control (EATC) system.

Vehicle: 2016 Chevy Silverado 3500, 2WD, V8-6.6L DSL Turbo, Automatic Transmission

Mileage: 72,054

Problem: The owner of this Silverado was concerned about the brakes on his truck. Intermittently while braking, the truck’s front end will shake violently.

Vehicle: 2012 Nissan Sentra, L4-2.0L (MR20DE), CVT Transmission

Mileage: 122,062

Problem: This vehicle arrived at the shop with inoperative power windows when using any window switch in the car.