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Automotive Pet Peeves 2: Reader Feedback Is Overwhelming

How many auto repair pet peeves are out there? Well, enough of them that one article wouldn’t hold them all. I’ve received so many emails, texts and phone calls about my article in the February issue that I thought: why not put everyone’s pet peeve...

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Air Filter Show & Tell: Seeing Is Believing

Air filters are normal wear items that ­require regular checks and ­replacement. Their role is to trap dirt particles that can cause damage to engine cylinders, walls, pistons and piston rings. In fuel-injected vehicles, the air filter also plays...

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Searching For 'Black Holes': Job Totals Reveal Missed Selling Opportunities

The concept for Maintenance Chronicle is simple: We ask one shop to record their maintenance sales for a two-week period, and then we see what we learn from the results. This edition of Maintenance Chronicle also proved to be valuable for the shop we...

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MAZDA: Timing Belt & Chain Replacement

This month, we’re going to be looking at the ­timing components on the Mazda line of vehicles. We’ll be focusing on timing belts since they are considered a service item and will present the greater amount of opportunity for replacement. Then, we’ll...

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Honda Element Brake Job

It may look like a car that was never removed from the box it came in, but the Honda Element isn’t boxy when it comes to the brakes. Based on the CR-V platform, there is also nothing tricky when it comes to service. But, its brake system is hardware...

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The Changing Maintenance Market: New Technologies Mean More Opportunities

Most of us wake up each morning, not ­realizing that our professional world has changed even as we slept. Our first job of the day is to service a ­vehicle equipped with an oil life monitor. Not only do we discover that modern oil life monitors can...

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Electronic Proportioning Valve: Doing More With Less Hardware

Anti-lock brake systems (ABS) and the HCU are replacing proportioning, combination and other valves to change the braking forces in the front and rear. This is called Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and it can dynamically change the proportioning...

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NHTSA’s GM Brake Line Corrosion Investigation: Reading Between the Brake Lines

There will be no recalls on some GM vehicles for brake line corrosion. Instead, we received an advisory from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about brake line inspection and car washes. What was not discussed was the corrosion...

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2007-2011 Ford Expedition and Navigator Air Suspension

The Ford Expedition air suspension does more than just lift and raise the vehicle. The system levels the vehicle under loads and when a trailer is attached. The system uses only two air bags on the rear axle unlike previous models with air bags on all...

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Diagnostic Dilemma: The Case of the Missing Code

When doing mobile diagnostic work, no-code stalling complaints are a major part of your agenda. In most cases, the client shop is simply too busy to duplicate the failure or, in some cases, a long test drive will yield nothing in the way of useful...

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Secondary Ignition: The Art of Spark

What is a coil? From the beginning of the internal combustion engine, several different ignition systems have been used to create a high-energy spark. The most popular system, and the one that’s in use today, is a step-up coil. A coil is nothing...

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Diagnosing Catalytic Converter Failure Symptoms

Although construction can vary according to engine application, the common three-way catalytic converter contains a reduction and oxidation stage. To create maximum surface area, each stage is generally a ­ceramic or stainless steel honeycomb substrate...

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Beta Tools of Italy offers #80 double-end, swivel socket head wrenches, which are made to swivel 180° on a single-plane axis to allow access...Read More

TOOLS

Electronic Specialties introduces a new product, #635 CATIII Automotive Test Lead Set. This kit includes a basic assortment of accessory test leads, which are in...Read More

EQUIPMENT

Hunter Engineering’s popular TC3700 model center-clamp tire changer has been upgraded to handle today’s tires and wheels even better. A new split roller, bottom bead...Read More

SUPPLIES

The Ullman Devices FL-3SMD, flexible magnetic SMD work light is newest tool to be added to its successful work light family. Having three powerful SMD...Read More

Electronic Specialties introduces a new product, #635 CATIII Automotive Test Lead Set. This kit includes a basic assortment of accessory test leads, which are in...Read More

GearWrench offers a new line of Dead Blow Hammers. Available in 18-, 24-, 33-, 49- or 54-ounce versions, the new dead blow hammers are made...Read More

Homak Manufacturing’s Big Dawg series includes its 44" 10-drawer Deluxe Maintenance Carts. Built to handle the demands of professional shops, these carts feature thick-gauge steel...Read More

The company calls it 'The Miracle in the Little Blue Bottle' – K-Seal by Solv-Tec is a one-step permanent coolant leak repair that permanently...Read More

Hunter Engineering’s popular TC3700 model center-clamp tire changer has been upgraded to handle today’s tires and wheels even better. A new split roller, bottom bead...Read More

Advanced Instruments Inc. introduces the all-new Palm N2 Analyzer, designed specifically for measuring the nitrogen concentration in tires. Tires filled with more than 79% nitrogen...Read More
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GearWrench Introduces New Dead Blow Hammers

GearWrench offers a new line of Dead Blow Hammers. Available in 18-, 24-, 33-, 49- or 54-ounce versions, the new dead blow hammers are made from professional-grade polyurethane to resist cuts, splits...More

New HELLA Rallye 4000 X LED Driving Light Delivers Powerful LED Lighting Using Only 40W

HELLA, Inc., the North American aftermarket subsidiary of automotive lighting and electronics supplier HELLA, has just introduced its newest addition to the Rallye 4000 Series – the HELLA Rallye...More

Tips For Spark Plug Removal

Removal or installation of spark plugs on modern vehicles requires extreme precision and care. Before removing a spark plug, check to see if it’s still working properly and whether the engine itself...More

Oil Service for Today’s Vehicles

You have most likely been made aware over the last few years that you need to be diligent in which oil you choose when servicing today’s modern vehicles. Hopefully your team is trained to look up the...More

Electronic Proportioning Valve: Doing More With Less Hardware

Anti-lock brake systems (ABS) and the HCU are replacing proportioning, combination and other valves to change the braking forces in the front and rear. This is called Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)...More

NHTSA’s GM Brake Line Corrosion Investigation: Reading Between the Brake Lines

There will be no recalls on some GM vehicles for brake line corrosion. Instead, we received an advisory from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about brake line inspection and...More

Ultimate Underhood: From Mechanical Fuel Injection to Putters

Mechanical constant stream fuel injection is the pinnacle of pure mechanical engineering. The mechanic setting up the system must optimize the amount of fuel for a given throttle position, rpm and engine...More

Induction Cleaning Service For Direct-Injection Vehicles

You may have seen it before: misfire codes, stumbling and suspicious fuel trim numbers. On a scan tool, the engine may show a loss in volumetric efficiency. The driver may complain about a loss of power,...More