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Using Your Oscilloscope: Current Ramp Test Ignition Coils

Regardless of design configuration, the role of the ignition coil is to multiply battery voltage into high voltage. Following Ohm’s law for the conversion of volts to amperes, oil-filled coils generally require 3 to 5 amperes of primary current...

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Serial Data Bus Diagnostics

Understanding The Function of Serial Data Buses If serial data buses did not exist, a wiring harness would have to be five times its normal size and use twice as many sensors to deliver the same level of functionality and safety we see in the modern...

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Throttle-By-Wire Codes: P1512 On 2002 GMC Envoy

The PCM continuously monitors the commanded and actual throttle positions. The commanded throttle position is compared to the actual throttle position based on ­accelerator pedal position and possibly other limiting factors, and both values should...

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Ford Edge Brake Replacement

Ford Edge Brake Replacement Basics The Ford Edge is an SUV based on the CD3 platform. The brakes on these vehicles are straightforward and do not break any new ground. There were no major changes to the brake systems from 2007 to the current model. For...

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Live-Axle Wheel Bearing Replacement

Replacing wheel bearings on a vehicle with a live rear axle may not be one of the most frequent jobs, but it can be one of the most profitable. While the basics have not changed in more than 60 years, new seal materials and differential designs have...

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Honda Civic Alignment Spec: 2006-'11

Built on a high-rigidity unit-body platform, the 2006-2011 Civic has a MacPherson strut front ­suspension and a multi-link rear suspension. The eighth generation switched from a high mounted to a low mounted steering rack and significantly increased...

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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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April 27,2016
Consumers can earn a Visa Prepaid Card* of up to $30 when they replace their worn brake pads with Monroe Brakes products this spring. Available April 1 through May 31, 2016, the Monroe Brakes...Read More
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April 27,2016
The most recent statistics show that 18 U.S. vehicles and 47 production lines are factory-equipped with R-1234yf, the new worldwide refrigerant that has entered the U.S. market. The statistics also show that in Europe, 83 production lines and 33 vehicles are already equipped with the new refrigerant. There are currently no Asian vehicles with R-1234yf, but Toyota has the equipment, so it will be coming soon.Read More
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April 26,2016
When I talk to technicians and shop owners about “remote diagnostics,” I find that there are many different levels of understanding as to what that term means. It’s clear that for many, the perception is that remote diagnostics means the ability to read codes. Well, if that is all we are talking about, it is true that a number of cars can generate a health report that includes things like DTCs, mileage and oil life.Read More

April 26,2016
Purchasing shop equipment is no small decision. After all, new equipment carries a hefty price tag and no guarantee of a return on your investment. In the best-case scenario, the new equipment pays for itself, increases trust and loyalty with your customers, improves efficiency, and leaves you with no regret. But, the opposite is always a possibility.Read More

From UnderhoodService
April 26,2016
Elgin Industries, a manufacturer of engine and chassis components for the global OE and replacement markets, has been selected for the 15th consecutive...Read More

April 26,2016
The SMP team is presented the Outstanding Vendor of the Year Award by Bo Fisher, chairman of Federated Auto Parts and Rusty Bishop, CEO of Federated Auto Parts. (L to...Read More

April 25,2016
MAT Holdings Inc. has announced the relaunch of the Bendix Brakes brand Fleet MetLok product line, a line of automotive disc brake pads and rotors designed specifically for use in severe-duty applications, as well...Read More

From Brake & Front End
April 25,2016
If there is one thing most shop owners have in common, it’s that they have big hearts. They typically start their careers as technicians, and, as soon...Read More

April 25,2016
SP Air Tools is announcing a new Flex Head Cut-Off Tool that is light weight and features a three-position flexible head for greater access to tight work places. The SP-7231 features an ergonomic design with...Read More

April 25,2016
The MAHLE TechPRO Diagnostic Scan Tool helps technicians work smarter, not harder. The tool was created through years of R&D and providing advanced diagnostic scan tool software to OE manufacturers.Read More

April 25,2016
The OEMTOOLS Smoke Diagnostic Machine, #24534, allows the technician to pinpoint the exact area of various leaks including intake, cooling, evaporation, fuel, exhaust and vacuum systems. This product is fast and easy to use while...Read More

April 25,2016
Every technician has replaced a turbo or other costly components only to find that it wasn't the problem. When it comes to turbo, diesel or any type of boosted engine, until now it's been impossible to replicate the full boost load of a running engine to find those leaks with the engine safely off.Read More

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Monroe Brakes 'Safety & Savings' Promotion Offers Consumer Rebates Of Up To $30

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Snap-on 18V Lithium Cordless Angle Grinder Features Safety Switch

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Cut Jeep Exhaust Manifold Repairs Times with ProMAXX MYRA

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