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Michigan school invests in engine dynamometer

As the automotive technician profession becomes more and more complex, schools and training will need to keep up — and a high school in Brighton, MI, is doing just that. According to the Livingston Daily, the Brighton school district invested $51,000...

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Strange Requests At The Service Counter

Sometimes, I have to wonder if certain ­customers’ brains are firing on all cylinders. But as an automotive service professional, I have to maintain a certain level of self-control while answering their questions, even though what they’re...

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Are All Cars ‘Supercars’ Now?

I attended an open house at Smokey’s Dyno in Akron, Ohio, last month. The shop was filled with Lamborghinis, Jaguars and other high-end cars. It was a great chance to look under the hoods of some supercars. The shop even had a rare McLaren P1 sitting...

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Mazda: Performing Regular Undercar Maintenance

This month, we’ll take a look at brake and undercar service on the Mazda vehicle lineup, with the footnote that even though this type of work ­becomes routine when you have a preventive maintenance mindset, good work habits from beginning to end are...

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Import Automatic Transmission Diagnostics

Don’t be alarmed if you pull an automatic transmission trouble code when diagnosing a “check engine” warning light! Since the automatic transmission operation has a major effect on grams-per-mile exhaust emissions, you’re going to see the...

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Honda: Vehicle Won’t Move or Barely Moves

A customer brings in a vehicle that won’t move forward, ­­backward or both. Check first to see if it grinds or clicks. And does the speedometer read a lot higher than you’re actually going? Chances are the driveshaft is disengaged. This can...

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TPMS Service Tip: Ask the Right Questions

If there is one piece of major advice for any tire tech facing a TPMS issue, it would be this: Test before you touch, and document the answers you get. Understanding the potential TPMS land mines can save time and money and eliminate frustrations. Get...

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False ABS Activation After Wheel Bearing Hub Replacement

Vehicles: All ABS-equipped vehicles Condition: Vehicle had wheel bearing hub replaced on one side. Repair Procedure: If you diagnose a bad hub bearing on one side of a vehicle and the ABS wheel speed sensor or tone ring is integral to the bearing,...

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Are you afraid of selling alignments?

I am starting to notice a trend when it comes to alignments. It’s not the vehicles that are changing, but rather the attitudes toward alignment services — and it happens at independent repair shops, franchise shops and even dealers. The alignment...

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Oil-Related Engine Codes for VVT Engines

Variable valve timing is becoming a standard system on most late-model engines because it offers higher performance from a smaller displacement engine at higher rpms. Oil plays a larger role in VVT systems. They need engine oil not only for lubrication,...

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Head Gasket Do’s and Don’ts

DO: Clean the holes. To ensure accurate torque values and to avoid cracking the cylinder block, clean any dust, dirt, oil and fluid from the cylinder block head bolt holes before installing the new head gasket and head bolts. Never lubricate the...

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Harmonic Dampeners: Why They Fail, What to Look For

Every time a cylinder fires, the crankshaft speeds up a very small amount for a short period of time. It is then slowed down as the next cylinder in the firing order compresses air and fuel for the next combustion event. The speeding up and slowing...

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Bartec USA has announced the release of the next tool software update for its range of TPMS tools. This latest release features the ability to...Read More

TOOLS

Use Lisle’s Small Fastener Remover (60530) with a pneumatic impact tool to loosen rusted or seized fasteners. A 3/4" open end wrench can be used...Read More

EQUIPMENT

Minimizer introduced today a nearly indestructible 18” poly toolbox that is significantly lighter than metal and fits into many tighter-fit places on trucks and...Read More

SUPPLIES

CRC Industries has introduced a series of 10 videos to educate its customers about the features and benefits of several of its most popular...Read More

Motor Guard has developed seven new Super-Rigid Big Block models for fast and aggressive blocking on aluminum or steel. Engineered from super-dense yet light-weight materials,...Read More

Forward Lift has redesigned its website with new features that benefit potential vehicle lift buyers and current owners alike. The forwardlift.com updates include modern...Read More

Use Lisle’s Small Fastener Remover (60530) with a pneumatic impact tool to loosen rusted or seized fasteners. A 3/4" open end wrench can be used...Read More

Campbell Hausfeld’s expanded CH Commercial air tools program includes the CL1501 3/8-in. Ratchet. Weighing 2.5 lbs. and ideal for automotive engine work, the CL1501 delivers...Read More

Stainless steel locking ties are commonly used in many different automotive applications. Both lightweight and strong, they can take a lot of abuse but...Read More

  NEXIQ Technologies has introduced the next generation vehicle interface — the USB-Link 2. The new USB-Link 2 is five times faster than its predecessor...Read More
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Michigan school invests in engine dynamometer

As the automotive technician profession becomes more and more complex, schools and training will need to keep up — and a high school in Brighton, MI, is doing just that. According to the Livingston Daily,...More

Forward Lift Redesigns Website To Help Users Find The Right Vehicle Lifts And Lifting Accessories

Forward Lift has redesigned its website with new features that benefit potential vehicle lift buyers and current owners alike. The forwardlift.com updates include modern graphics, new product pages and...More

Mazda: Performing Regular Undercar Maintenance

This month, we’ll take a look at brake and undercar service on the Mazda vehicle lineup, with the footnote that even though this type of work ­becomes routine when you have a preventive maintenance...More

Import Automatic Transmission Diagnostics

Don’t be alarmed if you pull an automatic transmission trouble code when diagnosing a “check engine” warning light! Since the automatic transmission operation has a major effect on grams-per-mile...More

TPMS Updates: From Reflashes to Refills

Tire pressure monitoring system technology isn’t “new” in the sense that some form of TPMS has been around since the mid 2000s, but these systems are still evolving as manufacturers update their...More

TPMS Service Tip: Ask the Right Questions

If there is one piece of major advice for any tire tech facing a TPMS issue, it would be this: Test before you touch, and document the answers you get. Understanding the potential TPMS land mines can...More

Oil-Related Engine Codes for VVT Engines

Variable valve timing is becoming a standard system on most late-model engines because it offers higher performance from a smaller displacement engine at higher rpms. Oil plays a larger role in VVT...More

Head Gasket Do’s and Don’ts

DO: Clean the holes. To ensure accurate torque values and to avoid cracking the cylinder block, clean any dust, dirt, oil and fluid from the cylinder block head bolt holes before installing the...More