ALLDATA tech tips
Vehicle: 2007 Toyota Highlander, 2WD, V6-3.3L (3MZ-FE), Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
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
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
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: 2006 Chrysler 300, V8-5.7L, VIN H, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
Problem: The A/C system will not blow cold air. The customer mentioned that he had noticed the compressor was not engaging.
Vehicle: 2010 Nissan Armada, 4WD, V8-5.6L (VK56DE), Flex Fuel, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
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: 2018 BMW 330i xDrive Sedan, AWD (F30), L4-2.0L Turbo (B46O)
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
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
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
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
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(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
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: 2011 BMW 335i Coupe, L6-3.0L Turbo, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
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
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: 2012 Kia Sorento, 2WD, L4-2.4L, VIN 6, (GDI), Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
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: 2007 Honda Pilot, 4WD, V6-3.5L, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
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: 2018 Dodge ProMaster 2500, V6-3.6L, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
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
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 GMC Acadia, FWD, V6-3.6L, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
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: 2011 Chevrolet Camaro, V8-6.2L, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
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: 2013 Chevy Traverse, AWD, V6-3.6L, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
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: 2014 Ford F-450 Super Duty, 2WD, V8-6.7L DSL Turbo, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
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
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: 2016 Audi A3 Quattro Sedan (8VS), L4-2.0L Turbo (CNTC), Automatically Shifted Manual Transmission/Transaxle
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
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
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
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.