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Do Training, Technology And Parts Sourcing Issues Keep You Up At Night?

We often hear that the things that keep shop owners awake at night pertain to profitability, productivity, training, keeping up with technology, shop operations/expenses and parts quality/availability. This month, we hear directly from one of your...

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Top 10 Automotive Repair Shop Pet Peeves

No two days are the same for the owner of a repair shop. Every day brings its unique set of challenges to overcome, but, for the most part, the day progresses along and one day passes to the next. But, there are those occasions when certain daily activities...

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Keeping Counterfeit Parts Off The Road

One constant refrain in the technical features on AutoCarePro and all of our sister sites, is the need to use quality parts — and trust where that part is coming from. Failing to do so puts your customer and your shop’s reputation at risk. But...

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Engine Coolant Temperature Diagnostics

While old-school cooling system service often ­focused on coolant leaks and overheating engines, let’s begin thinking “new-school” by looking at modern cooling systems through the eyes of the engine coolant temperature (ECT) sensor. Coolant temperature...

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Volkswagen: Parking Indicator Sounds Off with No Obstacle

Customer complains that the parking assistance issues warning sounds for both the front and/or rear of vehicle with no obstacle in range. Water intrusion into sensor holders is causing corroded plug contacts and sensor electrical pins, which results in...

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Volkswagen: Unnecessary Electric Coolant Fan Replacements

Model: 2006 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Customer concerns of “electric coolant fans continue to run after the ignition is switched off” are resulting in unnecessary coolant fan replacements. It is considered normal operation for the electric coolant...

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Ford Fusion Alignment Spec (2005-‘13)

Millions of Ford ­Fusions were sold in the U.S. between 2005 and 2013. When it comes to alignments, it is critical to diagnose the customer first, to find out if their Fusion drifts or pulls, and then to check all of the possibilities for the complaint...

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Nissan Titan Brake Job

The Titan is Nissan’s full-size pickup. The Titan has had no major brake problems or recalls, and the brakes are fairly easy to service. Nissan had a few teething problems with brake judder on 2004-‘06 models, but this was corrected with better...

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The Case for On-Car Wheel Balancing and Wheel-to-Hub Indexing

Off-car wheel balancers do an excellent job of measuring dynamic unbalance — static and couple — and many also measure tire/wheel uniformity, radial runout or calculate radial force variation (RFV) to help eliminate vibration and verify the assembly...

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Ford: Smoke From Vehicle When Starting

Vehicle: 2005 Ford Taurus SE, 3.0L Complaint: The customer says smoke comes from vehicle when starting. Cause: Confirmed the customer’s complaint and found smoke coming from the vehicle when the engine was started. Inspected the vehicle and found...

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R-1234yf Safety Procedure Checklist

Remember that R-1234yf is only mildly flammable. To become flammable, the mixture of air and refrigerant in a closed area like a vehicle cabin would need to be between 6.5% and 12.3% of the chemical vapor. This mixture must then experience a significant...

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Refrigerant Revolution: What R-1234yf Means for Service, Equipment, Safety

The new R-1234yf refrigerant is more than just a new jumble of numbers and letters on a label. For your shop, R-1234yf means several new procedures, a certification and new equipment in order to properly handle these new systems. Why the difference...

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The new PalmScope (DCS950) from General Tools & Instruments is a full-featured pocket-sized video inspection system that’s also built to survive the harsh environments...Read More

TOOLS

The Launch Videoscope/Borescope is the perfect tool for viewing and capturing video and still images of hard-to-reach areas. With its fluid-resistant 7mm head, LED illumination...Read More

EQUIPMENT

The new RS4 supplementary tripod jack stand from Rotary Lift enables technicians to stabilize vehicles raised on lifts while removing...Read More

SUPPLIES

Think green! Convert an incandescent trouble light into a LED light. Why? LEDs use at least 75% less energy and last 25 times longer...Read More

The Matco Tools MTJS12PRO 12V-22AH Jump Starter Pro is a heavy-duty professional jump starter with a fully automatic 4 Ah charger for a fast...Read More

The Launch Videoscope/Borescope is the perfect tool for viewing and capturing video and still images of hard-to-reach areas. With its fluid-resistant 7mm head, LED illumination...Read More

Sir Tools offers the 3-Jaw Press Master (#ST 9060). This is a universal and fully adjustable bearing, race and seal driver all in one....Read More

The new RS4 supplementary tripod jack stand from Rotary Lift enables technicians to stabilize vehicles raised on lifts while removing...Read More

The new Hofmann geoliner 790 Imaging Wheel Alignment System is a precision measurement system that improves shop efficiency and productivity. The wireless communication of the...Read More

The PicoScope NVH Diagnostics Kit provides a breakthrough in accurate analysis of vehicle noise, vibration and harshness problems. Using the large display of your...Read More
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Consumer Savings Available On Award-Winning Wagner Brake Pads

Vehicle owners can save up to $30 on brake jobs this spring by choosing Wagner ThermoQuiet premium brake pads. Now through May 31, 2015, the Wagner “Install the Best!” promotion will offer mail-in...More

Royal Purple Named The Official Racing Oil/Lubricant Of SVRA For 2015

Vintage racing fans and participants will see purple at Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) events in 2015 thanks to the presence of Royal Purple, the Official Racing Oil/Lubricant of SVRA. Royal...More

Engine Coolant Temperature Diagnostics

While old-school cooling system service often ­focused on coolant leaks and overheating engines, let’s begin thinking “new-school” by looking at modern cooling systems through the eyes of the engine...More

Volkswagen: Parking Indicator Sounds Off with No Obstacle

Customer complains that the parking assistance issues warning sounds for both the front and/or rear of vehicle with no obstacle in range. Water intrusion into sensor holders is causing corroded plug contacts...More

Diagnostic Strategies For Solving TPMS Errors

The first step in any diagnostic strategy is to figure out whether or not your customer's vehicle actually has a TPMS problem. Any number of things can cause the TPMS warning light to come on or flash....More

Ford Fusion Alignment Spec (2005-‘13)

Millions of Ford ­Fusions were sold in the U.S. between 2005 and 2013. When it comes to alignments, it is critical to diagnose the customer first, to find out if their Fusion drifts or pulls, and...More

Ford: Smoke From Vehicle When Starting

Vehicle: 2005 Ford Taurus SE, 3.0L Complaint: The customer says smoke comes from vehicle when starting. Cause: Confirmed the customer’s complaint and found smoke coming from the vehicle when the...More

R-1234yf Safety Procedure Checklist

Remember that R-1234yf is only mildly flammable. To become flammable, the mixture of air and refrigerant in a closed area like a vehicle cabin would need to be between 6.5% and 12.3% of the chemical vapor....More