Join me and my entire class at Rosedale Technical College as we take a field trip to Latorre's Auto to troubleshoot some problem cars. This is one of four that we did together. One of them didn't make it on camera (broken timing belt on an Eclipse) and two other ones that did that are available on SD Premium.

This one is a 1994 Dodge Truck that has an intermittent stalling condition that was so severe it could not be driven. Every time the vehicle is moved, it shuts down. However, if you start it and just let it idle, it will run all day with no problems. Drop it into gear and try to move it and it shuts down again.

Engine Performance Diagnostics chapter 9

symptoms 50

  • intermittent stalling
  • no start
  • shuts down when the wheels/drive-shaft turns
  • multiple trouble codes related to vehicle speed sensor and transmission components

fix 50

  • repair short in the 8 volt supply to the vehicle speed sensor (rubbing on the front drive-shaft)

test shown enh 50

  • how a short on one sensor can take down an entire reference circuit
  • how to use customer complaints and symptoms to eliminate possible causes of a stalling condition
  • how to get trouble codes without a scan tool

Tools used

  • information database for wiring diagrams

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(Chapters 9, 10 and 11) The 5v Reference and Signal Circuit Quick Tests

Related videos:

No Start from a shorted MAP sensor (Honda, Acura):


1996 Jeep No Start Case Study Part I:


1996 Jeep No Start Case Study Part II:


How to check the 5v reference circuit for a short to ground (Cadillac):


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For more information on this topic, I have written a “field manual” called Engine Performance Diagnostics which is available as an eBook or paper book.

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