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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

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: 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan, V6-3.8L, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 147,556

Problem: The vehicle was brought to the shop because of poor acceleration and a hesitation. The malfunction indicator light (MIL) was on.


Vehicle: 2018 Lexus NX 300, FWD, L4-2.0L Turbo (8AR-FTS), Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 38,889

Problem: This vehicle sustained substantial front and rear collision damage. The bumpers and proximity sensors were replaced during repairs. After the repairs were made, the parking assist system did not work and the warning indicator in the instrument cluster was on. The body shop’s technician pulled a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) then called ALLDATA Tech-Assist for some assistance.


Vehicle: 2012 Buick LaCrosse, FWD, V6-3.6L, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 178,990

Problem: The vehicle owner stated that while driving or while sitting at a stop, the warning lights in the instrument cluster start flashing, the tachometer and speedometer gauges fluctuate erratically, and the engine starts to surge then will eventually stall out.


Vehicle: 2011 Ford Truck F-450, 2WD, Super Duty V8-6.7L DSL Turbo, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 131,190

Problem: The owner had his Ford F-450 towed to the shop because the column shifter was stuck in Park and would not release.


Vehicle: 2008 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan (1K2), L5-2.5L (CBTA), Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 178,433

Problem: The vehicle owner brought the car to the shop because the air conditioner (A/C) was blowing warm air.

Vehicle: 2003 BMW 745Li (E66), V8-4.4L (N62), Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 196,435

Problem: This vehicle arrived at the shop with a dead battery that had been drained while trying to start the engine.

Vehicle:  2008 Ford Crown Victoria, V8-4.6L, Flex Fuel, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 192,446

Problem: The vehicle was towed into the shop because the transmission could not be shifted out of Park.

Vehicle: 2006 Dodge Durango, 2WD, V6-3.7L, VIN K, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 236,009

Problem: This vehicle was towed in because the engine would crank over but not start.

Vehicle: 2007 Ford F-150, 4WD, V8-5.4L, VIN 5, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 242,302

Problem: This F150 was brought in for a rough idle and lack of power concern. The owner also noticed black smoke coming from the exhaust and it smelled like fuel.

Vehicle:  2011 Mazda CX-7, AWD, 2.3Turbo, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 132,446

Problem: The vehicle was dropped off at the shop because the driver’s side window would not operate.

Vehicle: 2016 Acura RDX, AWD, V6-3.5L, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 61,663

Problem: The owner brought his Acura in because when he drives by the local airport, the car radio picks up the communication between the air traffic controller and the pilots. It all started after he had a roof rack installed.


Vehicle: 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan, V6-3.6L, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 113,661

Problem: The vehicle was towed in for a “crank/no start” problem. According to the owner, it started as an intermittent “hard start/extended crank” issue, which eventually turned into the “crank/no start” problem, and at that point, the malfunction indicator light (MIL) came on.

Vehicle: 2013 Kia Optima, L4-2.4L, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 99,231

Problem: This vehicle was brought to the shop because the trunk would intermittently open on its own. There were no warning lights on in the dash. The problem seemed to happen mostly after it rained or the owner took it through the car wash.


Vehicle: 2010 Volkswagen Routan (7B1), V6-4.0L (CGVA), Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 162,232

Problem: Customer stated that the engine would intermittently stall when releasing the accelerator pedal mostly when it was wet or raining. It stalled on dry days too but not as often. The malfunction indicator light (MIL) was not ON.

Vehicle:  2005 Ford F-350, 4WD, Super Duty, V8-6.0L DSL Turbo, VIN P, Automatic Transmission

Mileage: 235,867

Problem: While checking the lights on his trailer before a trip, the owner found that the parking lamps didn’t work. He brought the truck and trailer in to have it checked out.

Vehicle: 2008 Saturn Aura, V6-3.5L, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 148,990

Problem: The owner brought this vehicle to the shop because, if the engine was turned off when it was at full operating temperature, it would not crank over when trying to restart. After cooling down for a while, the engine would crank and start normally.

Vehicle: 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, L4-2.5L, Automatic Transmission

Mileage: 107,854

Problem: This Chevy Malibu was towed to the shop with a "no crank" condition. The vehicle owner had replaced the battery. Immediately afterwards, the engine started up and ran but quickly died and the engine would not crank over.

Vehicle:  2005 Ford Focus, L4-2.0L, VIN N, Automatic Transmission

Mileage: 221,093

Problem: This Ford Focus, equipped with the 4F27E transmission, arrived at a transmission specialty shop with an inoperative third gear.

Vehicle: 2011 Kia Rio, L4-1.6L, Automatic Transmission

Mileage: 145,009

Problem: This vehicle arrived at the shop with valve damage after breaking a timing belt while the engine was running. The vehicle owner didn’t realize that the timing belt had broken and replaced the fuel pump, hoping that would fix the problem. When that didn’t work, he brought the car in to the shop.

Vehicle: 2011 Mini Cooper S (R56), L4-1.6L Turbo (N18), Automatic Transmission/Transaxle

Mileage: 138,437

Problem: The vehicle came in for a crank but no-start condition.

Vehicle: 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 4WD, V8-4.7L, Automatic Transmission

Mileage: 188,602

Problem: The owner was concerned that the transmission had developed a harsh bang when shifting into gear and while shifting between gears on acceleration. In addition to the noise, the malfunction indicator light (MIL) was on.

Vehicle: 2014 Dodge Ram 1500, 4WD, V6-3.0L Turbo DSL, Automatic Transmission

Mileage: 125,996

Problem: The owner brought his truck to the shop because the engine would intermittently stall while driving at any speed. It would also sometimes crank over but not start. The malfunction indicator light was not on.

Vehicle: 2003 BMW Z4 Roadster (E85), L6-3.0L (M54), Automatic Transmission

Mileage: 192,557

Problem: The vehicle was in the shop to fix an inoperative convertible top issue.

Vehicle: 2011 Ford Taurus FWD V6-3.5L

Mileage: 187,990

Problem: The vehicle owner brought the vehicle to the shop because sometimes the water temperature gauge read too high, especially with the A/C on.

Vehicle: 2006 Honda Civic, L4-1.8L

Mileage: 226,509

Problem: After the transmission was replaced, the speedometer read 10 MPH with the engine idling and the transmission in “Park”. Another issue was that the transmission could not be shifted from “Park” to “Reverse”, but it could be shifted from “Drive” to “Reverse”.

Vehicle: 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan, V6-3.6L

Mileage: 15,667

Problem: The vehicle was in a body shop having repairs done to the left front area. After the body repairs were completed, the engine hesitated, bogged on acceleration and the malfunction indicator light (MIL) was On.

Vehicle: 2002 Ford F150, 4WD, V8-5.4L SOHC, VIN L

Mileage: 165,802

Problem: This vehicle was brought to the shop because the A/C would not blow cold. The owner noticed that the A/C compressor would not engage.

Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Sprinter 2500, V6-3.0L DSL Turbo, VIN 45, Automatic Transmission

Mileage: 169,995

Problem: The engine stays running with the key off. The malfunction indicator light is on with 38 DTCs present ...