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Battery Service and Diagnosis

A good battery with an adequate charge is absolutely essential for reliable cold starting. A weak battery, or one that is rundown, may not deliver enough amps to crank the engine when temperatures plunge and the oil thickens. Cold weather can be hard...

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Toughest Spark Plug Changes

We have all been there before: scratched arms, busted knuckles and an aching back caused by a difficult spark plug replacement job. If you think they are getting tougher every year, you are right. Every new engine design is putting the plugs deeper...

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Improving the Head Gaskets, Fasteners Relationship

The relationship between head gaskets and head bolts is an intimate one. The clamping load applied by the head bolts is what allows the head gasket to maintain its seal. For this marriage to last, there has to be constant tension – not too much,...

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The Problem With Living In The 'Now'

I once had a shop manager who concentrated on the “now.” Every day was a mad dash to complete the jobs at hand. He wanted to know who was working on what, where the parts were and when everything would be done. He was constantly reacting to a customer’s...

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ASE G1: Drive Belt Inspection, Replacement

The ASE G1 Certification test contains 55 scored questions, plus 10 unscored ­research questions, that cover a range of skills and knowledge related to maintenance and light repairs in engine systems, automatic transmission/transaxle, manual drivetrain...

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Amateurs and Hacks Provide Job Security For Automotive Service Professionals

Two cars pull up in front of my shop. The drivers didn’t come in, but I heard the commotion from my office window. The boyfriend opens the hood of his girlfriend’s car. They both stare at the engine; she tells the boyfriend that she was supposed...

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Wheel Bearings: Measurement and Torque

Wheel bearings are either of the ball or tapered roller variety. Front wheel bearing applications are an angular-type ball bearing, which will accept greater thrust loads than a Conrad-type bearing, and will accept a 100 percent load in the radial...

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Why Alignment Angles Change

An alignment angle doesn’t change randomly. There is a cause-and-effect relationship between external and ­internal forces that can alter the geometry of a vehicle’s suspension. Having the alignment reading for only one angle on one corner is just...

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Using Recalls, TSBs as Brake Job Tools

You are getting ready to perform a brake job on a vehicle. While checking the torque specifications on the vehicle, you decide to hit the tab with TSBs and recalls. All of a sudden you are staring at a screen of brake recall notices and TSBs for that...

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Analyzing the Cylinder Pressure Waveform from a Running Engine, Part 3

By Vasyl Postolovskyi and Olle Gladso Contributing Writers and Instructors at Riverland Technical and Community College in Albert Lea, MN   In Part 1 of this Maximizing Tools series, we discussed an alternative approach to diagnosing an engine...

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Mac Tools Is Wrenching for a Cure

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Mac Tools is featuring a variety of Wrenching For A Cure products available for purchase in the Flyer 11 through Nov. 2. Featured pink products include clothing, accessories, flashlights, pint glasses, and...

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5 Tool Storage Tips

  As a technician, you likely own thousands of dollars worth of tools and equipment, and require tool storage capacity to hold them all, along with carts and accessories to help move those tools around your work area. Here are a few items...

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Model: Acura RSX 2005-’06 Symptom: The front suspension makes a ­clunking noise while turning. Probable Cause: The front springs are moving on the spring seats. Corrective Action: Replace both front springs and do a four­-wheel alignment. Diagnosis: With...Read More
  • Active braking import systems

    Inside Import Car Collision Warning, Automatic Braking Systems

    Anything that moves under its own power also has to stop, so brakes have been a safety feature on cars since day one. Over the years, technical innovations such as antilock brakes (ABS) have ­improved

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    Hyundai: Power Steering Oil Pump Whine

    Before replacing a power steering oil pump for a whine noise condition, check the oil pump reservoir filter screen for contamination. If the filter screen at the bottom of the oil pump reservoir is clogged,

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  • Engine Misfire diagnostics

    Intermittent Engine Misfire Analysis

    Even for an experienced diagnostic technician, ­attempting to diagnose an intermittent misfire ­condition that occurs only under specific driving conditions can be a frustrating exercise. Let’s begin by getting the basics out of the

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October 24,2014
Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corp., announced that its ANCO Wipers brand is returning as the official wiper blade of...Read More

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October 24,2014
On Oct. 20, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued an urgent advisory to the owners of some 7.8 million cars throughout the United States...Read More

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October 23,2014
As of Oct. 11, the number of independent repair garage owners and managers registered for the 2014 Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW) – made...Read More

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October 23,2014
Premium synthetic lubricant and performance chemical manufacturer, Royal Purple, recently announced it has re-launched its corporate homepage, RoyalPurple.com,...Read More

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October 23,2014
From Tire Review
 
 Michelin North America has released a new video by social media site Vine stars Jack and Jack to coincide with National Teen...Read More

From AutoCarePro
October 22,2014
The new Snap-on Heavy Duty Catalog showcases some of the most innovative tools and equipment around, including an assortment of hand tools, power tools,...Read More

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October 22,2014
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Mac Tools is featuring a variety of Wrenching For A Cure products available for purchase in Flyer 11 through...Read More

From AutoCarePro
October 21,2014
Centric Parts has opened a new state-of-the-art friction materials lab at the company’s Compton, Calif., facility. The new lab expands the company’s...Read More

From AutoCarePro
October 21,2014
As the “Chase” heats up, Federated will continue to be in the thick of the action. After sponsoring the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Sept. 6, the last...Read More

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October 21,2014
Chicago Pneumatic is launching innovative new high-power cordless tools that deliver the power and performance of an air tool while providing the mobility...Read More

From AutoCarePro
October 20,2014
A digital version of the October issue of ImportCar is available on-line. CLICK HERE to access the easy-to-view digital version that features articles...Read More

From AutoCarePro
October 20,2014
The Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) has debuted a series of “Ask Joe” videos to help attendees prepare for AAPEX and grow their business...Read More
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Battery Service and Diagnosis

A good battery with an adequate charge is absolutely essential for reliable cold starting. A weak battery, or one that is rundown, may not deliver enough amps to crank the engine when temperatures...More

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Service technicians can now use chemical gaskets where OEs had originally used formed-in-place or pre-cut gaskets during vehicle assembly. In addition to complying with OE specs, chemical gaskets are...More

ANCO Returns As Official Wiper Blade Of The National Hockey League

Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corp., announced that its ANCO Wipers brand is returning as the official wiper blade of the National Hockey League (NHL) for the 2014-'15...More

NHTSA Issues Urgent Warning For Airbag Recalls

On Oct. 20, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued an urgent advisory to the owners of some 7.8 million cars throughout the United States about a massive recall for defective airbags. The...More

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Wheel bearings are either of the ball or tapered roller variety. Front wheel bearing applications are an angular-type ball bearing, which will accept greater thrust loads than a Conrad-type bearing,...More

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