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‘Green’ Bullets: Tips for Servicing Hybrid Vehicles

Newsflash: Hybrids are here to stay. The oldest Toyota Prius models are now 14 years old and many other hybrids from other manufacturers are crossing the 100,000-mile mark every day. Here are a few of my Silver Bullets, — or in this case “Green...

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Legendary Spark Plugs: The Six Toughest Vintage Spark Plug Replacements

1. AMC Pacer: The Pacer was supposed to get a GM Wankel rotary engine. If this were the case, the four plugs would have been easy to access. But thanks to emissions problems, the Pacer would get the regular AMC straight six. This forced the engineers...

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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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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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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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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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Bendpak Breaks Ground On New Warehouse and Shipping Complex

    BendPak, Inc. announced the recent groundbreaking to celebrate beginning construction of a 67,000 square-foot multipurpose warehouse and shipping center located on 3.7 acres of land in Santa Paula, CA. The new 67,000 square-foot...

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Pulling Codes: 7 Common Causes of Misfire Codes

A flashing check engine light and a P0301 to P0312 diagnostic trouble code (DTC) is a surefire indication that one or more cylinders are misfiring. Occasional misfires may pass unnoticed, but a steady misfire is hard to miss. The engine usually feels...

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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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Audi engine timing chain

If you’ve been working on cars as long as me, you’ll remember the first timing belt you did and thought, “what was wrong with timing chains?” It was only a year ago, when I...Read More
  • Acura: Clunk Noise While Turning

    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

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    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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October 31,2014
Brake Parts Inc was recently honored by Uni-Select Canada, receiving the Innovator of the Year award for its Raybestos brand Element3 brake pads with...Read More

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October 31,2014
WAIglobal has announced the release of 50 new SKUs of 100 percent new wiper motors. These new parts service more than 43 million vehicles in operation...Read More

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October 30,2014
The Timken Company announces the launch of four new training videos and multiple TechTips focusing on light vehicles during Automotive Aftermarket Week....Read More

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October 30,2014
A growing number of automotive service providers that have historically outsourced catalytic converter replacement and other emissions control services...Read More

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October 30,2014
WIX Filters, a global manufacturer of filtration products celebrating its 75th anniversary, has awarded $34,160 to national FFA chapters in the United...Read More

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October 30,2014
Vehicle service professionals will have the first opportunity to see Rotary Lift’s updated 14,000-lb. capacity four-post general service and alignment...Read More

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October 29,2014
Rain-X launches a new, national advertising campaign focusing on Rain-X Wiper Blades and Rain-X Original Treatment products. The new campaign, which launched...Read More

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October 29,2014
For the tenth straight year, Tenneco will invest in additional production capacity and expanded application coverage for its line of premium Monroe Quick-Strut...Read More

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October 29,2014
Dayco Products, LLC, a leading global engine management technologies supplier for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket industries, recently announced...Read More

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October 29,2014
Centric Parts has released the latest addition to its award-winning library of brake component catalogs – the Centric Parts 2015 Brake Systems Catalog...Read More

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October 29,2014
BILSTEIN’s spirit of innovation continues to progress. Spurred on by research gleaned from its motorsports drivers and teams, as well as feedback from...Read More

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October 29,2014
Akebono Brake Corp. has announced that one of its plants, Akebono Brake, Elizabethtown Plant, has won the General Motors 2014 Supplier Quality Excellence...Read More
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‘Green’ Bullets: Tips for Servicing Hybrid Vehicles

Newsflash: Hybrids are here to stay. The oldest Toyota Prius models are now 14 years old and many other hybrids from other manufacturers are crossing the 100,000-mile mark every day. Here are a few...More

Legendary Spark Plugs: The Six Toughest Vintage Spark Plug Replacements

1. AMC Pacer: The Pacer was supposed to get a GM Wankel rotary engine. If this were the case, the four plugs would have been easy to access. But thanks to emissions problems, the Pacer would get the regular...More

Brake Parts Inc Receives Innovator Of The Year Award From Uni-Select Canada

Brake Parts Inc was recently honored by Uni-Select Canada, receiving the Innovator of the Year award for its Raybestos brand Element3 brake pads with Enhanced Hybrid Technology (EHT). The award was...More

WAIglobal Introduces 50 New Wiper Motor SKUs

WAIglobal has announced the release of 50 new SKUs of 100 percent new wiper motors. These new parts service more than 43 million vehicles in operation today and include coverage for a wide range of...More

Drift Correction with Cross Camber

One of the common handling-related complaints brought to an alignment shop is ‘drift’ — usually meaning the vehicle fails to continue straight when allowed to choose its own path. Many times, an...More

Independent Rear Suspension Theory

Independent rear suspensions are becoming the norm on cars and SUVs of all sizes. The two main advantages of ­independent rear suspension are ride and handling. When you’re looking up at one of...More

Rotary Lift To Showcase Updated Four-Post Car Lifts At SEMA Show 2014

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