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Clint Bowyer Crew Chief Billy Scott Wins Career-First MOOG 'Problem Solver' Award

Billy Scott, crew chief for Clint Bowyer and the No. 15 Maxwell House Toyota Camry, won his career-first MOOG Steering and Suspension “Problem Solver of the Race” Award after Bowyer made a late charge to finish sixth in Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 NASCAR...

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A New Way To Learn: Bosch Xperience Mobile Tour Comes To Babcox

The Bosch Xperience Mobile Tour made a stop on Aug. 5 at Babcox Media. Editors were invited to experience the simulated virtual workshop, working through a series of real-world vehicle repair problems using Oculus Rift headset technology. Two trucks,...

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Raybestos Partners With Schwartz Performance To Restore Classic '69 Mustang Fastback

Raybestos has joined forces once again with Schwartz Performance to restore an American icon muscle car: a 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback. “Raybestos and Mustang are the perfect match of history, leadership and innovation. Working with the first-class...

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Hyundai No-Start, No-Crank Condition Due to Gear Selector Range Switch

Affected Models: Tucson (2010-); Santa Fe (2010-12); Sonata (2011-); Elantra (2013-); Accent (2012-); Azera (2012- ); and Veloster (2013-). Condition: An improperly adjusted or improperly operating inhibitor switch (range switch) may result in...

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Be Wary of the Fall Maintenance Slowdown

If you think you don’t need to do any more marketing this quarter because you’ve been riding the summer vehicle maintenance wave, think again. While your car count is likely high — due to road trip inspections, oil changes, A/C service and unperformed...

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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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Electric Power Steering Diagnostics

Understanding Electric Power Steering Systems Electric power steering, or EPS, is more energy efficient than hydraulic systems and does not provide assist until it receives driver input. The steering wheel position sensor and applied torque sensor are...

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How to Test Drive a Car to Check for Problems

Test Drive Diagnostics Test drives on the surface can seem like one of the most unprofitable tasks a technician can perform. But, test drives can be one of the most profitable processes a shop can do to help sell more service. You just have to have procedures...

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Cheap Brake Pads

The Real Cost of Installing Cheap Brake Pads Ever since the first issue of Brake & Front End came off the presses, the magazine has warned of the costs of using inferior friction materials with brake pads. In the 1930s, the magazine fought the fight...

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Aftermarket TPMS Sensors and Scan Tools

Aftermarket TPMS Solutions Servicing tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) can be a quick money-maker that requires minimal labor. The service is also essential since this maintenance applies to every vehicle made or sold in the U.S. since 2008. Manufacturers...

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Fuel Tank Installation: Avoiding the Second Drop

Nothing is worse than a comeback after a fuel tank has been dropped. Discovering that the fuel tank needs to be dropped again to address a problem can kill shop productivity and profitability. Below are tips that can help you avoid comebacks and dropping...

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Correct Fuel Hose Installation

Understanding the Differences Between Fuel Hoses Fuel hoses are not universal. Outside of the dimensional requirements, fuel hoses have requirements for permeation, pressure and the type of fuel they can carry. This can get even more confusing when...

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New in the PAD II is a Customer Remote Diagnostics capability called GOLO that allows the shop owner and technician to remotely analyze customer vehicle data outside the shop – even thousands of miles away. A built-in customer management system and an online user community link further extend the utility and efficiency of the tool.Read More

TOOLS

This tool crimps insulated and non-insulated terminals from 10 to 22 gauge and 7mm to 8mm ignition terminals with a size key marked on the tool.Read More

EQUIPMENT

This rugged, powerful unit provides 12- and 24-volt jump starting capability, delivering endless jump starts to commercial fleets, intermodal facilities, implement yards, transit depots, agricultural operations and more.Read More

SUPPLIES

These long-lasting products contain no solvents, will not dry out and will penetrate to the base of all metals, providing corrosion protection from both natural and industrial atmospheres. Read More

This tool crimps insulated and non-insulated terminals from 10 to 22 gauge and 7mm to 8mm ignition terminals with a size key marked on the tool.Read More

Catch intermittent failures with the "Glitch Snare" mode, which captures, displays and optionally saves abnormal signal patterns. Secondary ignition functionality displays the waveform with spark voltage, RPM, burn-time and burn voltage.Read More

In addition to waterproofing, Permatex Self-fusing Silicone Tape has a tensile strength of 700 psi for use on pressurized hoses, is heat resistant to 400° F, insulates electric wires up to 400V, and withstands salt, acids and solvents such as gasoline.Read More

The impact wrench is highly durable, with a new twin hammer mechanism providing a working torque of 51-568 ft.-lbs. and a maximum torque of 670 ft.-lbs. (900 Nm). It is robust with a steel motor and aluminum housing to provide excellent performance and withstand the tough workshop environment.Read More

These long-lasting products contain no solvents, will not dry out and will penetrate to the base of all metals, providing corrosion protection from both natural and industrial atmospheres. Read More

The push-button, positive-locking mechanism allows for a wide range of adjustment positions while the gripping jaws remain parallel regardless of handle position. With smooth jaws, the pliers wrench holds the full surface of a nut or bolt and won't slip or round out the fastener. It also won't damage or mar workpieces.Read More
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Hiring The Best Staff To Deliver Quality Service

Shop Profile: Tech One Automotive Danny Wisian has hiring down to a science. Since opening Tech One Automotive in Austin, TX, in October 1999, Danny has focused his hiring efforts on assembling a capable...More

Employee Reviews: A Shop Owner's Guide Of Best Practices

One of the most common questions we hear from shop owners is regarding how often they should perform employee reviews. I would like to use this article to not only answer this question, but to provide...More

Hyundai No-Start, No-Crank Condition Due to Gear Selector Range Switch

Affected Models: Tucson (2010-); Santa Fe (2010-12); Sonata (2011-); Elantra (2013-); Accent (2012-); Azera (2012- ); and Veloster (2013-). Condition: An improperly adjusted or improperly operating...More

How to Test Drive a Car to Check for Problems

Test Drive Diagnostics Test drives on the surface can seem like one of the most unprofitable tasks a technician can perform. But, test drives can be one of the most profitable processes a shop can do...More

Electric Power Steering Diagnostics

Understanding Electric Power Steering Systems Electric power steering, or EPS, is more energy efficient than hydraulic systems and does not provide assist until it receives driver input. The steering...More

How to Test Drive a Car to Check for Problems

Test Drive Diagnostics Test drives on the surface can seem like one of the most unprofitable tasks a technician can perform. But, test drives can be one of the most profitable processes a shop can do...More

Aftermarket TPMS Sensors and Scan Tools

Aftermarket TPMS Solutions Servicing tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) can be a quick money-maker that requires minimal labor. The service is also essential since this maintenance applies to every...More

Fuel Tank Installation: Avoiding the Second Drop

Nothing is worse than a comeback after a fuel tank has been dropped. Discovering that the fuel tank needs to be dropped again to address a problem can kill shop productivity and profitability. Below are...More