Fresh into the industry many years ago, I picked up a work order for a VW Rabbit Diesel with an intermittent overheating problem. The customer stated that the coolant temperature gauge was reading high, but only on the freeway. I felt like I had a pretty good handle on cooling systems and was more than happy to tackle the job.
The Code Reader
Diagnostic Trouble Code: P0171 System Too Lean Bank 1, P0174 System Too Lean Bank 2 No time to read this article? Listen to it instead! When: DTCs P0171 and/or P0174 are stored when the control unit recognizes that there is too much oxygen in the exhaust based upon readings from the oxygen sensor(s). Why: In
The Humble Mechanic: Do Expensive Tools Make You a Better Mechanic?
Charles provides his thoughts on which tools and equipment are worth spending a little extra on, and which ones you’re better off saving your hard-earned dollars.
Maximizing Tools: Engine Dentistry
Our repair shop mainly sees low-end cars with the most popular brands being Chevrolet, Renault and KIA. Occasionally we may see some Toyotas. Every once in a blue moon we may see a Subaru or Isuzu. So, in a shop like ours, you need to know how to diagnose and repair all of them.
Tooling For Cooling
Successful diagnosis and repair of any vehicle system always requires a combination of experience, knowledge and the proper tools. Vehicle cooling systems are no exception and equipping yourself with the right tools will result in quick and accurate diagnosis, efficient repair and the bottom line — profit.
Programming is a Flash with the Matco Tools MaximusFlash+
See how a local shop makes quick work of reprogramming.