ALLDATA tech tips
Vehicle: 2010 Mini Cooper S Clubman, L4-1.6L Turbo (N14), Automatic Transaxle
Problem: A customer brought his Mini Cooper to the shop because the malfunction indicator light was on. The problem was a bad catalytic converter. After the converter was replaced and the diagnostic trouble code (DTC) cleared, the evaporative (EVAP) emissions monitor would not run to completion.
Vehicle: 2007 BMW 760Li (E66), V12-6.0L (N73TU), Automatic Transmission
Problem: The vehicle owner asked the shop to replace the coolant and thermostat using the aftermarket part he provided. The technician installed the thermostat and replaced the coolant, but after the job was completed, the engine became hard to start and the malfunction indicator light (MIL) came on.
Vehicle: 2005 Pontiac Sunfire, L4-2.2L, VIN F, Automatic Transaxle
Problem: The owner brought his Sunfire to the shop because the exterior lights were dim, and the windshield wipers ran slow, even when the high-speed setting was selected.
Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan, V6-3.3L, VIN R, Automatic Transaxle
Problem: While the owner was driving around town, the engine suddenly died. When she tried to restart it, the starter would not crank the engine over. Additionally, she heard clicking noises from under the hood.
Vehicle: 2015 Nissan-Datsun Versa Sedan, L4-1.6L, CVT Transaxle
Problem: This vehicle was brought to the shop because the malfunction indicator lamp was on. The customer also mentioned that the engine would hesitate when she shifted the transmission into reverse.
Vehicle: 2008 Ford F250, 4WD, Super Duty, V8-6.4L DSL Turbo, Automatic Transmission
Problem: The shop got a Ford F250 in because the radio didn’t work, the PRNDL gear indicator light was out and there was no instrument panel operation unless the engine was revved to about 1500 rpm.
Vehicle: 2017 Honda Civic Sedan, L4-1.5L Turbo (L15B7), Automatic Transaxle
Problem: A 2017 Honda Civic was in a minor collision but sat for months in the Collision shop awaiting authorization for repairs. The vehicle was finally repaired but the battery had gone dead in the interim. After the battery was replaced, the Civic started and ran fine but numerous diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) were discovered in the “post-scan” of the vehicle. The “Pre-scan” had revealed no DTCs. The technician retrieved the following codes:
Vehicle: 2006 Chrysler 300, V6-2.7L, VIN R, Automatic Transmission
Problem: The vehicle owner stated the oil pressure warning lamp lights up while making left or right turns. The malfunction indicator light (MIL) would come on intermittently.
Vehicle: 2007 Ford Expedition, 4WD, V8-5.4L, Automatic Transmission
Problem: The vehicle was brought to the shop because the power windows were inoperative. They were all down about 2” and would not go up or down. The customers stated that they could hear a buzzing from the master switch.
Vehicle: 2012 Nissan Sentra, L4-2.0L (MR20DE), CVT Transmission
Problem: The customer stated that none of the power door locks were functioning. At first it was just one door, then another, then another until none of them were working. It didn’t matter if she used the key fob or the switches in the doors.
Vehicle: 2005 GMC Sierra 2500, 4WD, V8-6.6L DSL, Turbo VIN 2, Automatic Transmission
Problem: The truck was towed to the shop because, while holding the key in the Start position, the starter would begin cranking the engine over, then stop cranking before the engine started.
Vehicle: 2000 Dodge Durango, 4WD, V8-4.7L, VIN N, Automatic Transmission
Problem: The vehicle was brought to the shop because the HVAC would only blow though the floor vents. The problem had started a few days prior, and seemed to start happening overnight.
Vehicle: 2003 Chevorlet K 1500, 4WD, V8-4.8L, VIN V, Automatic Transmission
Problem: The truck came in because the malfunction indicator lamp was (MIL) ON.
Vehicle: 2007 Chevrolet Aveo, L4-1.6L, Automatic Transaxle
Problem: The vehicle was brought to the shop because it was overheating only on short trips around town. It was fine on the freeway. The shop replaced the thermostat, radiator and coolant. The cooling fans were operating correctly. After all the repairs, the engine was still overheating.
Vehicle: 2010 Toyota RAV4, 4WD, L4-2.5L (2AR-FE), Automatic Transaxle
Problem: The customer brought this vehicle in because the A/C was blowing hot air. The tech tested and replaced an A/C amplifier. When that didn’t fix the issue, he called Tech-Assist.
Vehicle: 2006 GMC Savana 2500, V8-6.6L Turbo DSL, VIN 2
Problem: The customer complained of intermittent problems with the head lamps going off and on by themselves and fuel pump staying on, even with the key off. There were other random, intermittent electrical problems too. The malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) was on.
Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe, V6-3.5L, Automatic Transmission
Mileage: 155, 778
Problem: The vehicle came into the shop with the check engine light on. The tech connected a scan tool and pulled the two codes listed below. He also test-drove the vehicle to confirm that the engine had no throttle response. It did not.
- P1118 – ETS Motor Malfunction
- P1178, NO Throttle Response
Vehicle: 2016 Dodge Journey, AWD, V6-3.6L, Automatic Transmission
Problem: The vehicle came in from a body shop. The collision damage had already been repaired. When they body shop performed their “Post-scan”, the found a DTC, P058C - Battery Monitor Module Temperature Monitoring Performance. They had not found any codes in the “Pre-scan”.