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Head Gasket Do’s and Don’ts

DO: Clean the holes. To ensure accurate torque values and to avoid cracking the cylinder block, clean any dust, dirt, oil and fluid from the cylinder block head bolt holes before installing the new head gasket and head bolts. Never lubricate the...

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Harmonic Dampeners: Why They Fail, What to Look For

Every time a cylinder fires, the crankshaft speeds up a very small amount for a short period of time. It is then slowed down as the next cylinder in the firing order compresses air and fuel for the next combustion event. The speeding up and slowing...

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Be Careful When Replacing That Diesel Air Filter

Modern passenger and light-duty diesels with ECMs have mass airflow sensors and precisely control fuel ­delivery. Key to the efficiency and lifespan of the diesel engine is the diesel air filter. A restricted air filter will not affect fuel economy but...

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Strange Requests At The Service Counter

Sometimes, I have to wonder if certain ­customers’ brains are firing on all cylinders. But as an automotive service professional, I have to maintain a certain level of self-control while answering their questions, even though what they’re...

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Are All Cars ‘Supercars’ Now?

I attended an open house at Smokey’s Dyno in Akron, Ohio, last month. The shop was filled with Lamborghinis, Jaguars and other high-end cars. It was a great chance to look under the hoods of some supercars. The shop even had a rare McLaren P1 sitting...

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Documenting Inspections: Are You Leaving Maintenance Dollars on the Table?

How do you translate scribbles on a ­repair order into sales? There is no magic trick involved — the key is to document the vehicle ­inspection process. The more you know about your customers’ vehicles, and the more you are able to document...

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TPMS Service Tip: Ask the Right Questions

If there is one piece of major advice for any tire tech facing a TPMS issue, it would be this: Test before you touch, and document the answers you get. Understanding the potential TPMS land mines can save time and money and eliminate frustrations. Get...

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False ABS Activation After Wheel Bearing Hub Replacement

Vehicles: All ABS-equipped vehicles Condition: Vehicle had wheel bearing hub replaced on one side. Repair Procedure: If you diagnose a bad hub bearing on one side of a vehicle and the ABS wheel speed sensor or tone ring is integral to the bearing,...

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Are you afraid of selling alignments?

I am starting to notice a trend when it comes to alignments. It’s not the vehicles that are changing, but rather the attitudes toward alignment services — and it happens at independent repair shops, franchise shops and even dealers. The alignment...

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iATN Exceeds 2 Million Forum Messages

The number of messages in the professional automotive discussion forums of the International Automotive Technicians Network (iATN) exceeded 2 million in early December 2014, with the Shop Management and Technical Discussion forums being the most popular...

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Diagnosing Starter Misses

Contributing writer Gary Goms was called to a friend’s shop to help with a no-cranking condition on a 2006 Chevy Tahoe. After diagnosing a faulty PCM ground, locating the missing ground proved to be problematic. Find out how Gary solves The Case...

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Snap-on Adds Diagnostic Calculator To Website

Snap-on announces a new diagnostic calculator feature has been added to its website at http://diagnostics.snapon.com to help automotive repair technicians and shop owners determine how much profit they could be making by using a Snap-on diagnostic platform,...

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New strut damaged rotor

This month, we’ll take a look at brake and undercar service on the Mazda vehicle lineup, with the footnote that even though this type of work ­becomes routine when you have a preventive maintenance...Read More
  • Automatic trans diagnosis

    Import Automatic Transmission Diagnostics

    Don’t be alarmed if you pull an automatic transmission trouble code when diagnosing a “check engine” warning light! Since the automatic transmission operation has a major effect on grams-per-mile exhaust emissions, you’re going t

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  • Infiniti exhaust sensor

    Infiniti: Removal of a Seized Exhaust Sensor

    If an exhaust sensor is seized in the exhaust manifold/catalyst/front tube, perform the service procedure to remove the sensor and prevent unnecessary replacement of the exhaust manifold/catalyst/front tube. In most cases, this ­procedu

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  • 2015 Honda Fit

    Honda: Vehicle Won’t Move or Barely Moves

    A customer brings in a vehicle that won’t move forward, ­­backward or both. Check first to see if it grinds or clicks. And does the speedometer read a lot higher than you’re actually going? Chances

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From AutoCarePro
December 19,2014
Sometimes, I have to wonder if certain ­customers’ brains are firing on all cylinders. But as an automotive service professional, I have to maintain...Read More

From AutoCarePro
December 15,2014
Snap-on announces a new diagnostic calculator feature has been added to its website at http://diagnostics.snapon.com to help automotive repair technicians...Read More

From AutoCarePro
December 15,2014
Dorman Products Inc. has announced the December winners in its monthly New Product Idea contest. Dorman congratulates the following winners: •...Read More

From AutoCarePro
December 15,2014
Robert Bosch LLC has announced 20 new part number releases for December 2014. The new part numbers include brake pads and rotors, wiper blade sets, new...Read More

From AutoCarePro
December 15,2014
Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC (BSFB) has unveiled a multiyear, $8.7 million expansion and improvement project at its Bowling Green, Ky., manufacturing...Read More

From AutoCarePro
December 15,2014
The new website for Allpart Supply, a North American supplier of automotive lift parts based in Arlington, Texas, is now live. According to the company,...Read More

From AutoCarePro
December 15,2014
K-Tool International (KTI) has announced that its new KTI Catalog is available. The company says this full-color, 210-page catalog boasts an improved design...Read More

From AutoCarePro
December 15,2014
Parts Plus has reached an agreement with McLeansboro, Ill.-based Stringer Performance to return as the primary sponsor of Top Fuel driver Clay Millican...Read More

From AutoCarePro
December 15,2014
I know that there are many things on your mind this time of the year. With the winter here and the holidays upon us, there’s a lot going on these days....Read More

From AutoCarePro
December 12,2014
How do you translate scribbles on a ­repair order into sales? There is no magic trick involved — the key is to document the vehicle ­inspection...Read More

From AutoCarePro
December 11,2014
The Automotive Training Managers Council (ATMC) has announced its officers and directors for 2015. Holly Gerke, manager of technical training for Penske...Read More

From AutoCarePro
December 11,2014
National Pronto Association and Federated Auto Parts recently announced they are merging their efforts and resources in a number of key areas with a focus...Read More
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Head Gasket Do’s and Don’ts

DO: Clean the holes. To ensure accurate torque values and to avoid cracking the cylinder block, clean any dust, dirt, oil and fluid from the cylinder block head bolt holes before installing the...More

Harmonic Dampeners: Why They Fail, What to Look For

Every time a cylinder fires, the crankshaft speeds up a very small amount for a short period of time. It is then slowed down as the next cylinder in the firing order compresses air and fuel for the next...More

Head Gasket Do’s and Don’ts

DO: Clean the holes. To ensure accurate torque values and to avoid cracking the cylinder block, clean any dust, dirt, oil and fluid from the cylinder block head bolt holes before installing the...More

CARDONE Innovation Team Announces New Products

CARDONE Industries has introduced several new products to its portfolio of automotive replacement parts. Electronic braking units have been added to the company’s remanufactured brakes offering. According...More

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If there is one piece of major advice for any tire tech facing a TPMS issue, it would be this: Test before you touch, and document the answers you get. Understanding the potential TPMS land mines can...More

False ABS Activation After Wheel Bearing Hub Replacement

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Loosen Seized Fasteners with Lisle’s Small Fastener Remover

Use Lisle’s Small Fastener Remover (60530) with a pneumatic impact tool to loosen rusted or seized fasteners. A 3/4" open end wrench can be used to turn the socket while impacting the fastener. A...More