Tool Talk: Diagnosing ABS and Vehicle Stability Control Issues
The key to accurate diagnosis is having an enhanced scanner that will allow you to get into the system to retrieve fault codes and the appropriate data.
The Best of The Best: Tales From the 2014 Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo
I try to attend the Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo every year, take some classes, browse the Expo, and meet up with some old friends. Classes range from hybrid service, scope and scanner reading, diesel and gas engine driveability, to shop management. Some of the top instructors gather at this convention and put together some of the best classes I’ve ever attended.
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.
Dan Freeman, Industry Veteran of 50 Years, Takes a Look Back & A Look Ahead
A Cleveland, OH, native, Dan’s career began in 1964 working with his father who was in the wholesale/retail tire business, leasing space in a large discount store and selling passenger and truck tires. Fast-forward 50 years, and Dan, who’s been at the helm of Automotive Parts Associates (APA) for 25 years, looks back on his storied and successful career, and looks forward to giving back to the industry in his well-deserved retirement that begins later this month.
Engagement, Ownership Boost Employee Pride And Performance
The degree to which your employees can impact your bottom line hinges on their level of engagement and sense of ownership in the shop’s success. When engagement is high, performance follows, as does key business-building factors like service excellence and outstanding customer service.
Digital Edition Of March ImportCar Magazine Is Now Available
A digital version of the March issue of ImportCar is now available on-line. Access the easy-to-view digital version that features articles on PCM Diagnostics, BMW Fuel System Repairs, Stopping Pulsation Comebacks, Air Ride System Replacement Options, a host of tech tips on import nameplates, and more!
Pinning Down Intermittent Malfunctions On OBD II Vehicles
Although post-1996 OBD II powertrain control modules (PCMs) are generally very reliable, we’re beginning to see more failures because the average age of our national vehicle fleet has now increased to about 11.5 years. Technically speaking, the PCM should store a DTC indicating some type of internal malfunction. But, in the real world, if your scan tool indicates “no communication” and asks if the ignition switch has been turned on, you obviously have a communications problem.
BMW Fuel System Repair Essentials
The BMW N54 fuel pump recall a few years ago brought to light the importance of the integrity of the fuel system and how it can contribute to the overall reliability of a vehicle. These fuel quality issues apply to all BMW vehicles with either port or direct injection. The underlying message here is that if the cleanliness and overall integrity of the fuel tank is ignored, it will damage any fuel pump. This is why addressing the fuel tank is essential during any pump replacement to prevent costly comebacks that can also hurt your reputation.
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).
Brutal Winter Can Mean Profitable Spring During National Car Care Month
I’m tired of hearing about winter, talking about winter and experiencing winter, and I bet you are, too. However, what has been the worst winter in a generation may in fact be a blessing in disguise for independent repair shops across the country. The harsh elements will leave many vehicles in need of service and National Car Care Month in April is the ideal time to capture your share of these service and repair opportunities. It is also a chance to improve relationships with customers and attract new ones, leading to more long-term business.
Toyota Tech Tip: Rough Idle, Surging Between 500 To 800 RPM
The owner of 2005 Toyota Avalon complains check engine light is on, rough idle and engine idle surging between 500 and 800 rpm. The technician retrieved Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) P0171 and P0174 (System too lean banks 1 and 2). The technician replaced the air fuel sensors on both banks and cleared DTCs. After driving vehicle for approximately one mile, all symptoms returned.