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Preventive Maintenance Profits: Preferred Automotive, Jenkintown, PA

With the summer months heating up and cross-country road trips beginning, many people want to make sure their vehicles are prepped for the long haul. For the first-ever July edition of Maintenance Chronicles, we will focus on Preferred Automotive Specialists,...

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Toyota Charging System Diagnostics

According to my experience, I estimate that replacing the alternator solves 95% of all charging system failures. If that’s true, what happens in the remaining 5% of charging system failures that results in customer comebacks? To explore charging system...

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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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Making Sense Of Steering Angle Sensor Input And Data

Measuring the­ ­position angle, rate of turn and force of the steering wheel is critical for Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems. Scan tools call these Steering Angle Sensors (SAS) and typically display the information in degrees. The SAS...

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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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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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Preventive Maintenance Profits: Preferred Automotive, Jenkintown, PA

With the summer months heating up and cross-country road trips beginning, many people want to make sure their vehicles are prepped for the long haul. For the first-ever July edition of Maintenance Chronicles, we will focus on Preferred Automotive Specialists,...

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GM HVAC Door Actuator Motors: Operation And Calibration

GM Electrically Driven Actuator Motors Long gone are the cables and rods jutting out of the firewall to operate the heater control valve or a vacuum unit pulling a blend door open. These days, it’s electrically driven actuator motors (modules) accomplishing...

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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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Guess the Tool

Answer: Air Ratchet Winner: Josh Gaylord, technician at Randy's Import Service in Waukesha, WI. Read More
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Avoid GDI Performance Loss With New BG GDI Fuel/Air Induction Service

Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engines are prone to early carbon buildup. Vehicle owners will notice a drop in power and performance, sometimes before the first oil change. BG introduces the new BG GDI...More

ASA Prepares For 3rd Annual Safety Inspection Forum

On Oct. 19, the Automotive Service Association (ASA), and ASA-Texas, will host the third annual safety inspection forum in Houston. The forum’s mission is to raise awareness about the importance of periodic...More

ASA Prepares For 3rd Annual Safety Inspection Forum

On Oct. 19, the Automotive Service Association (ASA), and ASA-Texas, will host the third annual safety inspection forum in Houston. The forum’s mission is to raise awareness about the importance of periodic...More

Trico Recognized As MOPAR Quality Supplier Of The Year By Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Trico Products Corp. was recently named the MOPAR Quality Supplier of the Year by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA US LLC) at the sixth annual Qualitas Supplier Awards ceremony. The FCA US LLC Qualitas...More

Avoid GDI Performance Loss With New BG GDI Fuel/Air Induction Service

Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engines are prone to early carbon buildup. Vehicle owners will notice a drop in power and performance, sometimes before the first oil change. BG introduces the new BG GDI...More

Trico Recognized As MOPAR Quality Supplier Of The Year By Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Trico Products Corp. was recently named the MOPAR Quality Supplier of the Year by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA US LLC) at the sixth annual Qualitas Supplier Awards ceremony. The FCA US LLC Qualitas...More