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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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I sipped down the rest of my coffee and finished up the morning paperwork, then it occurred to me that the whole time I was on the phone, I wasn’t just a mechanic answering a customer’s concerns; I had taken on the role of the corner tavern bartender.Read More
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    Campbell Hausfeld Introduces New Quiet Compressors

    Delivering the power needed to complete common air compressor applications while providing the quiet operation to work virtually anywhere, the new Quiet Compressors released by Campbell Hausfeld offer sound output that is up to 50% less than conventional designs, the company says.

  • Baum Tools offers it BMW 6 Cylinder Single & Double VANOS Camshaft Timing Kit (B113240VK).

    Service BMW Engines With Baum Tools Camshaft Timing Kit

    This kit is used to set camshaft and Single/Double VANOS timing on BMW M42, M44, M50, M52/TU, M54, M56, S50US and S52US Inline 6 engines during timing chain removal and installation.

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    Gates Corp. Announces Release Of 228 New Automotive Aftermarket Parts

    Gates Corp. has announced the release of 228 new part numbers to its OE-quality automotive aftermarket products across several categories. Included are new Timing Belt Component Kits with Water Pump for 1997-2003 Mitsubishi Montero Sport, 2002-’05 Kia Sedona and the 2003-’06 Kia Sorento.

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August 29,2016
This year’s AAPEXedu Service Professionals Program is designed to help automotive repair shops connect with today’s tech-savvy customers and stay ahead...Read More

August 29,2016
One of the highlights of the SEMA Virtual Reality Experience is a 360-degree video presentation of SEMA Garage, including a tour of the installation center, emissions lab, photo studio, 3-D scanner and 3-D printer.Read More

From Brake & Front End
August 29,2016
The ASE Industry Education Alliance held its third annual instructor conference last month in Concord, North Carolina. With more than 300 automotive instructors,...Read More

August 29,2016
The release spans 34 product categories and expands coverage through the 2016 model year with more than 70 million additional VIO.Read More

August 29,2016
The new offerings are for a variety of gaskets, pistons and piston rings, filters, thermostats and engine bearings, now available for both light vehicle and heavy-duty applications.Read More

From Brake & Front End
August 29,2016
Valeo Service USA and Canada has announced the release of its parking sensors to the aftermarket. This release features 11 OE sensors offering coverage...Read More
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August 28,2016
Running a successful shop is a team effort. That's why it's important to place a high value on your techs' contributions to the success of your business. With competition at every turn, every interaction with a customer is critical in projecting the proper image of your business.Read More
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August 25,2016
Although minor flooding at intersections often doesn't cause many problems other than rusted brakes, major flooding can damage most of the mechanical and electrical components found in the engine and passenger compartments.Read More

August 24,2016
Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engines are prone to early carbon buildup. Vehicle owners will notice a drop in power and performance, sometimes before the first oil change. BG introduces the new BG GDI Fuel/Air Induction Service, which will remove carbon from the entire GDI fuel system in under an hour, says the company.Read More

August 24,2016
The forum's mission is to raise awareness about the importance of periodic vehicle inspection programs to motorist's safety and develop strategies to protect these programs nationwide.Read More

August 24,2016
On different Mercedes-Benz models, you will see two types of TPMS systems. Low-line systems do not display individual tire pressures. These systems just monitor inflation and alert the driver if there is an underinflation or overinflation problem with one antenna. Mid-line systems display the individual pressures, and some systems have four antennas mounted near the wheel wells.Read More

August 23,2016
Openbay has announced that its android application now accepts Android Pay, and has added multi-media messaging functionality. Now, when consumers need auto repair and maintenance service, they can compare, book and pay for local automotive...Read More
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Service BMW Engines With Baum Tools Camshaft Timing Kit

Baum Tools offers it BMW 6 Cylinder Single & Double VANOS Camshaft Timing Kit (B113240VK). This kit is used to set camshaft and Single/Double VANOS timing on BMW M42, M44, M50, M52/TU, M54,...More

Universal Technical Institute Graduates Take Top Honors In Industry Competitions

Universal Technical Institute (UTI) has reported that its graduates are among top winners in multiple national and international industry skills competitions this year, including the Penske Elite Technician,...More

Universal Technical Institute Graduates Take Top Honors In Industry Competitions

Universal Technical Institute (UTI) has reported that its graduates are among top winners in multiple national and international industry skills competitions this year, including the Penske Elite Technician,...More

AAPEXedu Announces 2016 Service Professionals Program

This year’s AAPEXedu Service Professionals Program is designed to help automotive repair shops connect with today’s tech-savvy customers and stay ahead of the curve on key issues affecting their businesses....More

Snap-on’s MODIS Edge Combines Full-Function Scan Tool and Graphing Meter

MODIS Edge from Snap-on is a combination full-function scan tool and scope/graphing meter that delivers new features, plus the powerhouse speed and performance that professional technicians expect...More

New Campbell Hausfeld Quiet Compressors Reduce Sound Output by Up to 50%

Delivering the power needed to complete common air compressor applications while providing the quiet operation to work virtually anywhere, the new Quiet Compressors released by Campbell Hausfeld offer...More