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Ford: Smoke From Vehicle When Starting

Vehicle: 2005 Ford Taurus SE, 3.0L Complaint: The customer says smoke comes from vehicle when starting. Cause: Confirmed the customer’s complaint and found smoke coming from the vehicle when the engine was started. Inspected the vehicle and found...

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R-1234yf Safety Procedure Checklist

Remember that R-1234yf is only mildly flammable. To become flammable, the mixture of air and refrigerant in a closed area like a vehicle cabin would need to be between 6.5% and 12.3% of the chemical vapor. This mixture must then experience a significant...

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Refrigerant Revolution: What R-1234yf Means for Service, Equipment, Safety

The new R-1234yf refrigerant is more than just a new jumble of numbers and letters on a label. For your shop, R-1234yf means several new procedures, a certification and new equipment in order to properly handle these new systems. Why the difference...

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Do Training, Technology And Parts Sourcing Issues Keep You Up At Night?

We often hear that the things that keep shop owners awake at night pertain to profitability, productivity, training, keeping up with technology, shop operations/expenses and parts quality/availability. This month, we hear directly from one of your...

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Top 10 Automotive Repair Shop Pet Peeves

No two days are the same for the owner of a repair shop. Every day brings its unique set of challenges to overcome, but, for the most part, the day progresses along and one day passes to the next. But, there are those occasions when certain daily activities...

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Keeping Counterfeit Parts Off The Road

One constant refrain in the technical features on AutoCarePro and all of our sister sites, is the need to use quality parts — and trust where that part is coming from. Failing to do so puts your customer and your shop’s reputation at risk. But...

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Ford Fusion Alignment Spec (2005-‘13)

Millions of Ford ­Fusions were sold in the U.S. between 2005 and 2013. When it comes to alignments, it is critical to diagnose the customer first, to find out if their Fusion drifts or pulls, and then to check all of the possibilities for the complaint...

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Nissan Titan Brake Job

The Titan is Nissan’s full-size pickup. The Titan has had no major brake problems or recalls, and the brakes are fairly easy to service. Nissan had a few teething problems with brake judder on 2004-‘06 models, but this was corrected with better...

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The Case for On-Car Wheel Balancing and Wheel-to-Hub Indexing

Off-car wheel balancers do an excellent job of measuring dynamic unbalance — static and couple — and many also measure tire/wheel uniformity, radial runout or calculate radial force variation (RFV) to help eliminate vibration and verify the assembly...

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Educating Drivers, Technicians and Service Advisers with Dill’s New TPMS Videos

Dill Air Controls has launched its new TPMS training and educational videos, supporting three audiences — consumers, technicians and service advisers. The consumer videos are available in shortened versions, and are positioned for the customer waiting...

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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...

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Mitchell 1 Enhances Quick Links and Printing Functions in Latest Release of ProDemand

Mitchell 1 announces it has made several important enhancements in the latest release of its ProDemand repair, diagnostic and maintenance information program as a direct response to customer feedback. The implemented changes include an expanded Quick...

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Engine coolant temperature systems

While old-school cooling system service often ­focused on coolant leaks and overheating engines, let’s begin thinking “new-school” by looking at modern cooling systems through the eyes of the engine coolant temperature (ECT) sensor. Coolant...Read More

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February 26,2015
Vehicle owners can save up to $30 on brake jobs this spring by choosing Wagner ThermoQuiet premium brake pads. Now through May 31, 2015, the Wagner “Install...Read More

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February 26,2015
CARDONE has announced availability of several new products including new accelerator pedal sensors and air suspension products. Details of the new part...Read More

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February 26,2015
BorgWarner has built its 5 millionth turbocharger at its manufacturing facility in Ningbo, China. Since 2005, the plant has produced a variety of turbochargers...Read More

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February 26,2015
The Automotive Communication Council (ACC) has announced the agenda for its 2015 annual conference. This year’s event will be held April 14-16 in downtown...Read More

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February 26,2015
The Auto Care Association, in partnership with its Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) segment, has launched a new Auto Care Internship...Read More

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February 26,2015
FRAM has announced the rollout of the FRAM Pro Series product line, a set of oil, air and cabin air filters designed specifically for use by professional...Read More

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February 26,2015
Delphi Product & Service Solutions has announced the launch of its all makes Common Rail injector test solution, the YDT-35, specifically developed...Read More

From AutoCarePro
February 26,2015
Bosch Automotive Aftermarket North America has announced it will donate $1,000 to charity each time one of its sponsored teams scores a NASCAR Sprint Cup...Read More

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February 26,2015
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC will construct a new headquarters in Northeast Ohio, expected to be within a 20-mile radius of its current Elyria...Read More

From AutoCarePro
February 24,2015
Rotary Lift introduces a lightweight, easy-to-use jack stand designed to stabilize vehicles loaded on two-post surface and inground lifts. The new...Read More

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February 24,2015
PlastiKote Hi-Temp Paint is the professionals’ choice when painting areas on vehicles that are subject to extreme heat conditions. “PlastiKote Hi-Temp...Read More

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February 24,2015
The Mitchell 1 “Shift Into High Gear” sweepstakes, running now through March 17, 2015 will award one winner an all-expense paid trip to attend this...Read More
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Ford: Smoke From Vehicle When Starting

Vehicle: 2005 Ford Taurus SE, 3.0L Complaint: The customer says smoke comes from vehicle when starting. Cause: Confirmed the customer’s complaint and found smoke coming from the vehicle when the...More

R-1234yf Safety Procedure Checklist

Remember that R-1234yf is only mildly flammable. To become flammable, the mixture of air and refrigerant in a closed area like a vehicle cabin would need to be between 6.5% and 12.3% of the chemical vapor....More

Streamlight Launches Compact ProTac 1AAA Light


Streamlight Inc. has introduced the ultra-lightweight ProTac 1AAA, the latest addition to the ProTac series of tactical handheld lights. The new light uses one easily sourced AAA alkaline battery, and...More

Ingersoll Rand Adds Small Rotary Compressors to R-Series Line

Ingersoll Rand extends its R-Series line of compressed air solutions to include small rotary compressors with V-Shield technology to reduce leaks and improve reliability. Built on a common platform,...More

Diagnostic Strategies For Solving TPMS Errors

The first step in any diagnostic strategy is to figure out whether or not your customer's vehicle actually has a TPMS problem. Any number of things can cause the TPMS warning light to come on or flash....More

Ford Fusion Alignment Spec (2005-‘13)

Millions of Ford ­Fusions were sold in the U.S. between 2005 and 2013. When it comes to alignments, it is critical to diagnose the customer first, to find out if their Fusion drifts or pulls, and...More

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Millermatic 190 and 141 MIG Welders Offer Improved Ease-of-Use and Arc Performance

The new MIG and Flux-Cored-capable Millermatic 190 and Millermatic 141 MIG welders (replacing the Millermatic 180 Auto-Set and Millermatic 140 Auto-Set MIG welder models) offer users improved portability,...More