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The Problem With Living In The 'Now'

I once had a shop manager who concentrated on the “now.” Every day was a mad dash to complete the jobs at hand. He wanted to know who was working on what, where the parts were and when everything would be done. He was constantly reacting to a customer’s...

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ASE G1: Drive Belt Inspection, Replacement

The ASE G1 Certification test contains 55 scored questions, plus 10 unscored ­research questions, that cover a range of skills and knowledge related to maintenance and light repairs in engine systems, automatic transmission/transaxle, manual drivetrain...

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Amateurs and Hacks Provide Job Security For Automotive Service Professionals

Two cars pull up in front of my shop. The drivers didn’t come in, but I heard the commotion from my office window. The boyfriend opens the hood of his girlfriend’s car. They both stare at the engine; she tells the boyfriend that she was supposed...

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Audi Engine Timing Chain Failure Due to Lack of Maintenance

If you’ve been working on cars as long as me, you’ll remember the first timing belt you did and thought, “what was wrong with timing chains?” It was only a year ago, when I was working on a 2005 Audi A6 Quattro with a 3.2L engine with a broken...

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Acura: Clunk Noise While Turning

Model: Acura RSX 2005-’06 Symptom: The front suspension makes a ­clunking noise while turning. Probable Cause: The front springs are moving on the spring seats. Corrective Action: Replace both front springs and do a four­-wheel alignment. Diagnosis:...

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Inside Import Car Collision Warning, Automatic Braking Systems

Anything that moves under its own power also has to stop, so brakes have been a safety feature on cars since day one. Over the years, technical innovations such as antilock brakes (ABS) have ­improved the ability to stop with minimal skidding on...

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Rotor Failure: Why Rotors Crack and Make Noise

The prices of rotors seem to be dropping the past few years. Call just about any parts supplier and they can quote you a vast range of prices for the same application. And when you compare the rotors side-by-side, they may look the same, but the difference...

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Wheel Bearings: Measurement and Torque

Wheel bearings are either of the ball or tapered roller variety. Front wheel bearing applications are an angular-type ball bearing, which will accept greater thrust loads than a Conrad-type bearing, and will accept a 100 percent load in the radial...

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Why Alignment Angles Change

An alignment angle doesn’t change randomly. There is a cause-and-effect relationship between external and ­internal forces that can alter the geometry of a vehicle’s suspension. Having the alignment reading for only one angle on one corner is just...

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‘Green’ Bullets: Tips for Servicing Hybrid Vehicles

Newsflash: Hybrids are here to stay. The oldest Toyota Prius models are now 14 years old and many other hybrids from other manufacturers are crossing the 100,000-mile mark every day. Here are a few of my Silver Bullets, — or in this case “Green...

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Legendary Spark Plugs: The Six Toughest Vintage Spark Plug Replacements

1. AMC Pacer: The Pacer was supposed to get a GM Wankel rotary engine. If this were the case, the four plugs would have been easy to access. But thanks to emissions problems, the Pacer would get the regular AMC straight six. This forced the engineers...

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Battery Service and Diagnosis

A good battery with an adequate charge is absolutely essential for reliable cold starting. A weak battery, or one that is rundown, may not deliver enough amps to crank the engine when temperatures plunge and the oil thickens. Cold weather can be hard...

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Vehicle service professionals will have the first opportunity to see Rotary Lift’s updated 14,000-lb. capacity four-post general service and alignment lifts at the SEMA...Read More

TOOLS

Makita has released its 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless 1/2" Hammer Driver-Drill, model XPH07M. The new Hammer Driver-Drill a full 1,090 in.-lbs. of torque, and...Read More

EQUIPMENT

Lista, a STANLEY Industrial & Automotive, LLC business, offers its innovative ListaWorks service, which provides the highest-quality, custom-configurable solution that precisely fits automotive customers’...Read More

SUPPLIES

Streamlight Inc. has introduced the Double Clutch USB, a compact, low-profile LED headlamp that is USB rechargeable, with optional battery back-up. The new light...Read More

DST, Inc. has partnered with its sister company Identifix to enhance Identifix’s Direct-Hit by allowing repair technicians to electronically order parts from their chosen...Read More

Lista, a STANLEY Industrial & Automotive, LLC business, offers its innovative ListaWorks service, which provides the highest-quality, custom-configurable solution that precisely fits automotive customers’...Read More

GearWrench recently announced the launch of several new GearWrench Screwdrivers. "The line extension offers a variety of sizes and styles that are regularly requested by...Read More

Makita has released its 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless 1/2" Hammer Driver-Drill, model XPH07M. The new Hammer Driver-Drill a full 1,090 in.-lbs. of torque, and...Read More

Shops looking for an accurate wheel balancer that will increase productivity with the capability to balance original equipment and most custom wheels and tires...Read More

Ken-Tool, a leading provider of automotive and tire service tools, has released its ValveCapper PRO (Part No. 29999). The ValveCapper PRO is four tools...Read More
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FDP Introduces Front Brake Pads For 2015 Ford Expedition, 2015 Lincoln Navigator, 2014 Ford F-150

FDP Friction Science has announced that it now offers front brake pads for the 2015 Ford Expedition, 2015 Lincoln Navigator and 2014 Ford F-150. In addition to brake pads, FDP also has added rear brake...More

US Motor Works Named Water Pump Supplier For The New Elio Ultra High Mileage Vehicle

US Motor Works LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of water pumps, fan clutches, electric fuel pumps and timing kits for the automotive and heavy-duty industries, has been selected as the water pump supplier...More

Audi Engine Timing Chain Failure Due to Lack of Maintenance

If you’ve been working on cars as long as me, you’ll remember the first timing belt you did and thought, “what was wrong with timing chains?” It was only a year ago, when I was working on a 2005...More

Acura: Clunk Noise While Turning

Model: Acura RSX 2005-’06 Symptom: The front suspension makes a ­clunking noise while turning. Probable Cause: The front springs are moving on the spring seats. Corrective Action: Replace both...More

Drift Correction with Cross Camber

One of the common handling-related complaints brought to an alignment shop is ‘drift’ — usually meaning the vehicle fails to continue straight when allowed to choose its own path. Many times, an...More

Independent Rear Suspension Theory

Independent rear suspensions are becoming the norm on cars and SUVs of all sizes. The two main advantages of ­independent rear suspension are ride and handling. When you’re looking up at one of...More

‘Green’ Bullets: Tips for Servicing Hybrid Vehicles

Newsflash: Hybrids are here to stay. The oldest Toyota Prius models are now 14 years old and many other hybrids from other manufacturers are crossing the 100,000-mile mark every day. Here are a few...More

Legendary Spark Plugs: The Six Toughest Vintage Spark Plug Replacements

1. AMC Pacer: The Pacer was supposed to get a GM Wankel rotary engine. If this were the case, the four plugs would have been easy to access. But thanks to emissions problems, the Pacer would get the regular...More