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The Engine Thermostat: Understanding Electronically Assisted Thermostats

The Engine Thermostat: What to Know About Electronically Assisted Thermostats The engine thermostat has been an important component in automotive internal combustion engines for almost a century. The engine thermostat helps to speed warmup and reduce...

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Honda Civic: Failed PCMs And CAN System Diagnostics

It’s not unusual for me to get help requests through my e-mail. Sometimes it’s from working technicians, other times it’s from vehicle owners who can’t get their problems solved through professional repair shops. In early 2014, I received one...

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Servicing Mercedes-Benz AIRMATIC Suspensions

The Mercedes-Benz AIRMATIC suspension system was introduced in 1999 on the S-Class and has subsequently been used on the E-Class and most of the automaker’s SUVs. The system employs electronically controlled air springs that provide an ideal balance...

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Tire Tread Wear: Causes And Symptoms

Understanding Tire Tread Wear Tire tread wear can tell you a lot about a suspension. Most specifically, it can tell you if the angles, inflation and components are within specification. Here are the most common tread wear patterns and what causes them. Over-inflated...

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GM Power Steering Noise/Leaks

GM: Power Steering Noise/Leaks from Power Steering Pump, Gear or High Pressure Hose During Extreme Low Temperature Conditions MODELS: -2009-2015 Buick LaCrosse (Equipped with Hydraulic Power Steering) -2010-2013 Buick Regal -2012-2015 Buick...

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Ford Edge Brake Replacement

Ford Edge Brake Replacement Basics The Ford Edge is an SUV based on the CD3 platform. The brakes on these vehicles are straightforward and do not break any new ground. There were no major changes to the brake systems from 2007 to the current model. For...

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Solving Carbon Deposits In Direct Fuel Injection Engines

Symptom: 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, poor fuel economy and hard starts. Cause: Carbon deposits on...

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Using Your Oscilloscope: Current Ramp Test Ignition Coils

Regardless of design configuration, the role of the ignition coil is to multiply battery voltage into high voltage. Following Ohm’s law for the conversion of volts to amperes, oil-filled coils generally require 3 to 5 amperes of primary current...

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Serial Data Bus Diagnostics

Understanding The Function of Serial Data Buses If serial data buses did not exist, a wiring harness would have to be five times its normal size and use twice as many sensors to deliver the same level of functionality and safety we see in the modern...

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It enables the user to solve problems, make final adjustments and perform any needed repairs before installation, avoiding the frustration of having to remove, repair and reinstall the engine, possibly multiple times, if problems exist. Read More

TOOLS

Lock Technology

Techs can re-thread brake wheel cylinders, master cylinder fittings, ABS control module fittings and brake line fittings on the vehicle. Read More

EQUIPMENT

Hunter’s heavy-duty PowerSlide turnplates automatically lock and unlock during the alignment process to ease service and increase safety. Read More

SUPPLIES

Monster introduces two new white LED flashlights that are tough, bright and multifunctional. They have three light modes: lo-beam, high-beam and flashing. Read More

Florida Pneumatic introduces the AIRCAT Nibbler, which features a 0.5 hp stall-resistant air motor and a composite molded grip to increase the user's comfort.Read More

Hunter’s heavy-duty PowerSlide turnplates automatically lock and unlock during the alignment process to ease service and increase safety. Read More

Cool Seal can be injected into an A/C system using various delivery methods. The TP-2210CS Cool Seal Syringe Kit includes a prefilled, disposable syringe, hose/coupler with check valve and a purge fitting. Read More
Lock Technology

Techs can re-thread brake wheel cylinders, master cylinder fittings, ABS control module fittings and brake line fittings on the vehicle. Read More

Monster introduces two new white LED flashlights that are tough, bright and multifunctional. They have three light modes: lo-beam, high-beam and flashing. Read More

Gumout Regane Complete Fuel System Cleaner works as a fuel injector cleaner, removing the power-robbing deposits from fuel injectors and functions beyond that to remove deposits from the intake valves and ports.Read More
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SKF Introduces New Hub Bearing Part Numbers For Jaguar, Chevrolet, Ford, Lincoln And Jeep

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Brake Dragging Condition After Master Cylinder Replacement

Certain vehicles will exhibit a brake dragging or locking up condition once warmed up after master cylinder replacement. This is most likely due to the pedal mechanism or booster pushrod keeping the...More

Federated T-Shirt Tuesdays Goes Retro

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K-Seal Launches K-Seal Academy

K-Seal International has announced K-Seal Academy, an online training program on engine cooling and repair. The program is free of charge, and can be completed in under 10 minutes, claims K-Seal. The...More

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