The Humble Mechanic: Replace a Leaking Valve Cover Gasket
Charles shows our technician readers how to replace a valve cover gasket to fix an oil leak.
New BG Rev-It tool revs the engine automatically
Revving is a valuable step in fuel system service and the BG Rev-it does it automatically.
Lucas Oil Announces Complete Engine Treatment for Gas and Diesel Engines
Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment provides a comprehensive, high-quality solution to clean, lubricate and improve the overall health and performance of nearly any engine – gas or diesel, 4-stroke or 2-stroke.
MicroLab Oil Analyzers Enable Auto Repair Shops to Determine Condition of Oil, Engines and Transmissions in Minutes
The fast and simple oil analysis provided provides auto repair and quick oil change shops with a new source of revenue while increasing shop repair business by giving customers the confidence to continue investing in aging vehicles.
Timing Belt Replacement On 2.2- And 2.3-Liter Honda Accord Engines
These tips outline the belt replacement for the popular 2.2- and 2.3-liter Accord engines. The other Honda engines are similar, but don’t require the balance belt. They shouldn’t present any challenge to the experienced tech, but there are some things to keep in mind as you tackle these jobs.
Audi: Rattle Noise From Engine Area
Customers complain of a rattle noise from the air conditioning compressor. The noise is particularly audible in ECON operation. When the compressor operates under load, the noise is hardly audible. This condition is exhibited only in vehicles equipped with a DENSO air conditioning compressor with a plastic pulley.
Ford Focus: Engine Vibration at Idle
Some Ford Focus vehicles may exhibit an excessive engine vibration when idle. The vibration is most noticeable when the transmission is engaged in reverse. This condition may be caused by small stones, road debris, ice or snow packed/lodged in the rear engine roll restrictor. Models: 2000-’11 Focus
Jeep: Tapping Sound After Engine Warm Up
Some customers may experience a tapping sound from the engine compartment after engine warm up. This bulletin involves the installation of a serpentine drive belt and a new design idler pulley using a revised belt routing. MODELS: 2007–’08 (KA) Nitro
Magnum Gaskets’ Coverage Tops 100,000 Applications
Modern Silicone Technologies (MSI) announced that its Magnum Gaskets product line has reached a new milestone. With the continuous addition of new product designs and growing late-model coverage, Magnum now lists more than 100,000 make/year/engine applications in its electronic catalog for foreign and domestic passenger cars and light-duty trucks.
Capturing Unperformed Service Work
We’ve all had those preventive maintenance conversations with customers, but has a customer ever asked you to replace something that didn’t test bad? I had a customer tell me to replace a battery that was barely four years old and it was a 75-month battery. I told him that the battery tested fine and the charging system was working well. That’s when he said something that I now say to my customers almost every day. “You don’t wait until you run out of gas before you put gas in, right? Why would you wait until your battery died to put a new one in?”
Thumping Noise At Cold Start On Honda Accord
Honda Accord owners may report a thump as the ignition switch is released from the start position or as the engine starts. This noise sounds similar to a rubber mallet striking the frame and occurs only on a cold start (the vehicle has been sitting for some time, usually overnight).