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Preventive Maintenance Profits: Preferred Automotive, Jenkintown, PA

With the summer months heating up and cross-country road trips beginning, many people want to make sure their vehicles are prepped for the long haul. For the first-ever July edition of Maintenance Chronicles, we will focus on Preferred Automotive Specialists,...

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GM HVAC Door Actuator Motors: Operation And Calibration

GM Electrically Driven Actuator Motors Long gone are the cables and rods jutting out of the firewall to operate the heater control valve or a vacuum unit pulling a blend door open. These days, it’s electrically driven actuator motors (modules) accomplishing...

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Solving Carbon Deposits In Direct Fuel Injection Engines

Symptom: Misfire codes, stumbling and suspicious fuel trim numbers. On a scan tool, the engine may show a loss in volumetric efficiency. The driver may complain about a loss of power, poor fuel economy and hard starts. Cause: Carbon deposits on...

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Making Sense Of Steering Angle Sensor Input And Data

Measuring the­ ­position angle, rate of turn and force of the steering wheel is critical for Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems. Scan tools call these Steering Angle Sensors (SAS) and typically display the information in degrees. The SAS...

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Rotor Failure: Why Rotors Crack And Make Noise

The prices of rotors seem to be dropping the past few years. Call just about any parts supplier and they can quote you a vast range of prices for the same application. And when you compare the rotors side-by-side, they may look the same, but the difference...

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Tire Tread Wear: Causes And Symptoms

Understanding Tire Tread Wear Tire tread wear can tell you a lot about a suspension. Most specifically, it can tell you if the angles, inflation and components are within specification. Here are the most common tread wear patterns and what causes them. Over-inflated...

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The Ins And Outs Of Sanders

Sanders are required tools in today’s collision repair shop. Body techs and painters rely upon them every day to achieve that perfect finish on your customers’ vehicles. Whether you’re prepping a panel for paint or removing imperfections before...

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Are You Regularly Maintaining Your Equipment?

Technicians who are idling because the welder won’t feed wire, the hydraulic ram won’t pull chains, the booth heater won’t heat or the air compressor won’t compress enough air is a costly mistake, as labor time is the most expensive thing in any...

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Celebrate 'Back To The Future' Day By Watching The Time Machine Get A 2015 Detail

    For many today is just another Wednesday, but for a lot of people it is more than just your average Wednesday, it is "Back to the Future" Day. It is a day that everyone who watched the cult classic trilogy Back to the Future recognizes...

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When Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag at the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Sept. 10 in his Bosch-equipped No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota, Bosch crossed the $20,000 mark in charitable contributions through its...Read More
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    How To Choose The Right Motor Oil

    Common sense tells us that, for each individual engine model, the best performing oil would be the one that has been specifically optimized and tested for that particular engine. This would drive product segregation with numerous — often self-conflicting ­— OEM requirements.

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    Centric Announces New StopTech Brake Components For 1989-2016 Mazda Miatas

    The program covers all model year Miata/MX-5 variations and supplements Centric’s comprehensive range of OE replacement parts, including rear components to pair with the front StopTech Big Brake Kits.

  • Bartec Announces Increased Placard Coverage For Tech400Pro

    Bartec USA, a North American provider of TPMS diagnostic tools and solutions, has announced the addition of 23 vehicles whereby the Tech400Pro and Tech500 can adjust the recommended inflation pressure (RIP or placard). Seven of

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September 29,2016
The Automotive Service Association (ASA) announced a strategic partnership with the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX), which is co-owned by...Read More

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September 29,2016
Multi Parts has announced the SPARK2016 Guiding Lights. The group of 23 aftermarket professionals is partnering with Multi Parts as part of this year’s...Read More

From Brake & Front End
September 29,2016
Kukui Corp. has launched the newest version of its marketing software platform, Kukui 4.0. Developed with input from automotive industry coaches and shop...Read More

From Brake & Front End
September 29,2016
The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance says it is proud to be “customer-centric” – driving business around the needs and expectations of its service...Read More

September 28,2016
Vehicle: 1999, Mercedes-Benz CLK320, 3.2L Cause: Found the convertible top hydraulic pump motor was running but the top did not move. Connected a scan tool to check for codes and found no codes were displayed. Attempted to...Read More

September 27,2016
OTC has announced upgrades to its Encore diagnostics software, featuring enhanced vehicle information and expanded vehicle coverage. An all makes, all models diagnostic tool, Encore’s Bravo 2.7 release improves capabilities for technicians, adding more...Read More

September 27,2016
TechPRO now covers most Ford vehicles back to model years 2005-'06, as well as a significant number of Lexus and Toyota vehicles back to 2007.Read More

September 27,2016
This Alfa Romeo exclusive engine debuts in the new Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan and also will be available for the brand's upcoming SUV.Read More

September 27,2016
The two companies have signed a global, multiyear contract to work on next-generation connected car technologies and driving experiences.Read More

September 27,2016
DENSO extended the call center hours to improve telephone support for customers on the East Coast, as well as those nationwide.Read More

September 27,2016
"With the brand relaunch, we are sharpening our brand image," said André Sobottka, board member in charge of sales, marketing and communications. "MEYLE products are designed to quickly become a driver's best friend: Each MEYLE part allowing a professional mechanic to perform the required repair swiftly and remedy the problem reliably is a testimony to our expertise."Read More

September 27,2016
With these most recent additions, ShowMeTheParts.com now includes more than 300 brands covering more than 4,000 part types and millions of applications.Read More
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ASA To Host Largest Regional Education Program Of 2016 During AAPEX

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