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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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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
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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

September 26,2016
CARDONE Industries has announced the release of remanufactured drive axle assemblies. Offered as a complete assembly and priced significantly lower than new, CARDONE drive axle assemblies are the perfect solution for repair shops looking...Read More

From Brake & Front End
September 26,2016
There was more excitement than usual in the Federated 400 hospitality area at Richmond International Raceway this year. Tim Hicks of Don Hicks Auto Service...Read More
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September 26,2016
With more than 4-million hybrid vehicles sold through April 2016, service opportunities exist if you welcome them and are prepared with training, education and resources. The hybrid vehicle owner is a sophisticated customer, and servicing these cars can help bring additional revenue into your service bays — plus you can benefit from repair opportunities afforded by the other cars in your customers’ driveways.Read More

September 26,2016
The OBDII 12V Memory Saver (Model JSOBD) allows you to disconnect a vehicle's battery without losing electronic presets like radio and clock settings, seat positions, alarms, climate control, GPS and keyless entry codes.Read More

September 26,2016
AIRCAT Pneumatic Tools, a division of Florida Pneumatic Manufacturing Corporation, announces the launch of its new composite versions of its Stubby impacts – the 1056-XL and 1076-XL 3/8”. With 550 ft.-lbs. of torque and weighing...Read More

From Brake & Front End
September 26,2016
The Car Care Council’s monthly e-newsletter, “Be Car Care Aware” e-brief, provides an easy way for auto care industry members to receive information...Read More

September 26,2016
From the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 to the 2016 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minnesota, the Monroe Shockmobiles traveled extensively – more than 10,000 miles – through the United States and...Read More

From Brake & Front End
September 26,2016
Vertical Development has announced server upgrades for ShowMeTheParts.com. The upgrades began with a new server infrastructure that is faster, more reliable...Read More
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Carquest Fuel Pumps Available Exclusively From Advance Professional And Carquest

Carquest Fuel Pumps, available exclusively from Advance Professional and Carquest, are performance-tested premium fuel pumps that ensure long life through quiet and precise operation. Designed with upgrades...More

Power Window Regulator And Motor Service

Power windows are great as long as they roll up and down when commanded to do so. But sometimes a window may quit working for one reason or another. Sometimes the fault is electrical, such as a bad power...More

OTC Releases Bravo 2.7 Diagnostic Software Update For Encore

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...More

WD-40 Co. Partners With SEMA Cares To Build 50th Anniversary Camaro

WD-40 Co. has partnered with SEMA Cares to build a custom 1967 Chevrolet Camaro to celebrate both the 50th anniversary of the SEMA Show and the 50th anniversary of the Camaro. The WD-40/SEMA Cares...More

Ernst Offers Optimum Solution for Socket Storage

The Socket Boss from Ernst Manufacturing, Inc. is extremely versatile, handling three drive sizes and having the option of adding socket clips and ratchet and extension holders. Each socket rail has...More

Bartec Announces Increased Placard Coverage for Tech400Pro

Bartec USA announces the addition of 23 vehicles whereby the Tech400Pro and Tech500 can adjust the recommended inflation pressure [RIP or placard]. Seven of these additions are brand new, never offered...More