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Top 5 Tools: Daniel Sjobeck, Roseville Auto Repair

Daniel Sjobeck, tech Roseville Auto Repair Roseville, MN A good toolbox. You can have the best of everything, but it’s no use if you cannot find it. Power Probe – One of the greatest ­inventions EVER. Snap-on Digital Torque Wrenches Snap-on VERUS – Fully loaded with ­European, ­import and domestic ­applications. Access to good ­information.

Pulling Codes: Multiple Misfire Personalities

A vehicle fails an emission test due to a series of codes, with misfire activity found on cylinders 2, 4, 6, 8 and 3 – and a strange metallic sound can be heard when the rpms are raised. See how Carlton Banks solves this latest Pulling Codes case.

Using Volumetric Efficiency to Determine the Health of an Engine

Using an OBD II scan tool/dynamometer simulation/calculation program that can graph volumetric efficiency (VE) over rpms, contributor Glen Beanard devised a test sequence using real-world vehicles. This article takes you step by step through his diagnostic process.

Intermittent Engine Misfire Analysis

Even for an experienced diagnostic technician, attempting to diagnose an intermittent misfire condition that occurs only under specific driving conditions can be a frustrating exercise. Contributor Gary Goms breaks it down, and includes tips for using a scan tool and a lab scope.

5 Mistakes Newbie Tire Techs Make

Nothing can turn a new tech into a veteran but time and experience, and often that experience is going to come from making mistakes – sometimes real bad ones – and learning from them (you hope). By addressing these most common mistakes right away with new tire techs, the worst of them can be avoided.

Rivet Bonding Comes Full Blast

Now that rivet bonding is in the mainstream with the Ford F-150, it’s time for shops to look into training and equipment for this repair process.

‘Test Before Touch’ – It’s No Waste of Time

To help reduce the headaches involved in servicing TPMS, it’s important to use the “Test Before Touch” procedures in your shop. Used properly, TBT can form a strong foundation for everything else you do regarding TPMS, reduce complexity and help you educate and keep your customers.

The Right Diagnostic Tools Save You From Extensive Disassembly Time

It can sometimes be difficult to make the correct diagnosis for a hard-to-start complaint. And diagnostic time may be extensive — and expensive. This article shows how certain tools have the ability to automatically analyze waveforms for you.

Know the Specs for Your Social Media Accounts

If you’re doing social media, are you doing it effectively? Are your accounts set up correctly? Are you posting often enough? Mark Claypool answers some questions.

Top 5 Tools: Kenny Younkins, Ken’s Auto Service Center

Kenny Younkins, owner Ken’s Auto Service Center Akron, OH While Ken first said his favorite tool is his fishing rod, he said in the shop he prefers these five:   Snap-on 3/8” Drive Impact Wrench Mastercool Brake Flaring Kit Mitchell 1 OnDemand 5 (now ProDemand) Automotive Test Solutions Labscope ­Pressure Transducers Power Probe  

Kaeser Presents 7 Deadly Sins of Compressed Air

When putting together a compressed air system, temptation is all around you. You want the best system, but having the best doesn’t mean grabbing whatever looks good. Build a system that meets your needs not your wants. Focusing on your system’s needs and avoiding these seven deadly sins will keep you from needing to confess when your utility bill arrives.

Domestic Vehicle TPMS Guide

This handy guide provides you with TPMS relearn procedures, sensor matching and troubleshooting for Chrysler, GM and Ford vehicles.