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Thorough Brake Inspections Are Comeback Preventers And Profit Builders

How many times have you seen a hand-painted sign in a shop window that advertised a menu-priced brake pad replacement for “$XX.95 per axle.” Of course, a menu-priced brake replacement would be good if a simple brake pad replacement would cure all...

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Automotive Pet Peeves 2: Reader Feedback Is Overwhelming

How many auto repair pet peeves are out there? Well, enough of them that one article wouldn’t hold them all. I’ve received so many emails, texts and phone calls about my article in the February issue that I thought: why not put everyone’s pet peeve...

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Air Filter Show & Tell: Seeing Is Believing

Air filters are normal wear items that ­require regular checks and ­replacement. Their role is to trap dirt particles that can cause damage to engine cylinders, walls, pistons and piston rings. In fuel-injected vehicles, the air filter also plays...

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ZF 8-Speed Transmission Replacement

The ZF 8HP transmission made its debut in 2009, and since its introduction, has been one of the top choices for international car manufacturers. BMW, one of ZF’s largest customers, uses the 8HP across its entire product portfolio. BMWs featuring...

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Shop Folds After Shoddy Brake Work Endangers Woman

A Florida woman was thankful to walk away without injury after her vehicle’s brakes went out for the second time in as many months due to negligence on the part of her local repair shop, ABC Action News reported. Shelly Darling of Zephyr Hills, FL,...

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Air Ride Diagnostics: Reservoirs and Compressors

Just about every Asian and European luxury import nameplate manufacturer has a 7- to 10-year-old vehicle on the road with an air-ride suspension at all four corners. Chances are one of these vehicles will be coming to your shop sooner rather than later. Regardless...

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Regulators Launch Investigation Into Jeep Grand Cherokee Brake Defect

Federal regulators are investigating whether the automatic braking systems in some 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokees may be defective after receiving a number of complaints from motorists about a potentially dangerous glitch that caused their vehicles to come...

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Electronic Proportioning Valve: Doing More With Less Hardware

Anti-lock brake systems (ABS) and the HCU are replacing proportioning, combination and other valves to change the braking forces in the front and rear. This is called Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and it can dynamically change the proportioning...

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NHTSA’s GM Brake Line Corrosion Investigation: Reading Between the Brake Lines

There will be no recalls on some GM vehicles for brake line corrosion. Instead, we received an advisory from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about brake line inspection and car washes. What was not discussed was the corrosion...

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BMW Recognized for Engine-Building Excellence

BMW Group’s engine-building prowess was recognized with four wins at the latest International Engine of the Year Awards. The drive unit in the BMW i8 earned two class wins as well as being declared overall winner, with a further class win being garnered...

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Diagnostic Dilemma: The Case of the Missing Code

When doing mobile diagnostic work, no-code stalling complaints are a major part of your agenda. In most cases, the client shop is simply too busy to duplicate the failure or, in some cases, a long test drive will yield nothing in the way of useful...

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Secondary Ignition: The Art of Spark

What is a coil? From the beginning of the internal combustion engine, several different ignition systems have been used to create a high-energy spark. The most popular system, and the one that’s in use today, is a step-up coil. A coil is nothing...

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Homak has introduced its new 35" seven-drawer Service Cart. It has plenty of storage for all your tools and is offered in three unique, high-gloss...Read More

TOOLS

Use your smartphone or tablet to view measurements wirelessly using the Lang 13810. It offers technicians the flexibility to choose from test lead measurements,...Read More

EQUIPMENT

CTEK’s Battery Analyzer quickly tests the condition of all types of 12V batteries with high accuracy. The easy-to-use, hand-held device needs only to be connected...Read More

SUPPLIES

Streamlight Inc. has introduced the UltraStinger LED, which provides 1,100 lumens of blinding light and 65,000 candela for a far-reaching beam, is the most...Read More

Alert Stamping’s new rechargeable SMD LED Hood Light offers dual brightness levels: 1,200 lumens on high and 700 lumens on low. Its bracket extends up...Read More

The 19mm Harmonic Balancer Socket (P/N 77080) from Lisle Corp. is a heavy-duty impact socket designed with more than three times the standard socket...Read More

Use your smartphone or tablet to view measurements wirelessly using the Lang 13810. It offers technicians the flexibility to choose from test lead measurements,...Read More

Streamlight Inc. has introduced the UltraStinger LED, which provides 1,100 lumens of blinding light and 65,000 candela for a far-reaching beam, is the most...Read More

The Midtronics DSS-7000 Battery Diagnostic Service System offers service for conventional and advanced vehicles, including start-stop and hybrids; database-driven testing, which creates a service...Read More

Gates introduces its new Micro-V Pulley Strap Wrench to easily remove stubborn accessory pulleys. Tested and approved by professional technicians, this patented tool is designed...Read More
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ACDelco Unveils Training Recognition Program For Technicians

ACDelco is rewarding technicians and aftermarket service centers for making the commitment to enhance their skills through ACDelco training. The ACDelco Technician Training Recognition Program awards technicians...More

Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Kicks Off Harley-Davidson Giveaway In Conjunction With Federal-Mogul Motorparts

Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper stores are giving away two brand new Sportster 1200 Custom Harley-Davidson Motorcycles during the months of July and August. The sweepstakes is open to any customers...More

ZF 8-Speed Transmission Replacement

The ZF 8HP transmission made its debut in 2009, and since its introduction, has been one of the top choices for international car manufacturers. BMW, one of ZF’s largest customers, uses the 8HP across...More

Shop Folds After Shoddy Brake Work Endangers Woman

A Florida woman was thankful to walk away without injury after her vehicle’s brakes went out for the second time in as many months due to negligence on the part of her local repair shop, ABC Action News...More

When is Road Force Balance Overkill?

Can road force balancing really make a difference? To answer the question of whether road force balancing is overkill, we should probably start by reviewing some basics. We balance tire/wheel assemblies...More

Telematics & Tires

Just as vehicle telematics are affecting maintenance and repair, tire telematics are becoming reality, as well. Though several tiremakers may be working on “smart” tires or TPMS developments, Continental...More

Chicago Auto Show Display Takes 1.0L EcoBoost Apart

One of many highlights in the Ford booth at the 107th Chicago Auto Show was a large layout of the pieces that make up the first-ever Ford three-cylinder EcoBoost engine. This 1.0 liter turbocharged, direct-injection...More

Performance V6 and Four Bangers

Any engine builder worth his or her torque wrench keeps their eyes open. They’re looking for anything and everything to make work easier, better and, of course, more profitable. And just as important...More