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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,...


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...


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...


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...


GM Power Steering Noise/Leaks

GM: Power Steering Noise/Leaks from Power Steering Pump, Gear or High Pressure Hose During Extreme Low Temperature Conditions MODELS: -2009-2015 Buick LaCrosse (Equipped with Hydraulic Power Steering) -2010-2013 Buick Regal -2012-2015 Buick...


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...


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...


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...


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...


With the latest products to help make your Hofmann monty tire changers more productive, the new Hofmann monty Tire Changer Accessory Catalog is a must-read for shops that want to find products to improve...Read More
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    Rein Automotive Expands Lineup Of Genuine Anti-Vibration Parts

    The new part numbers are available for a wide variety of popular applications on leading European makes and models from 1985 through to today.

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    Keys: What Are They Good For?

    I’m all for technology, especially any technology that makes life easier — like keyless entry and push button starting systems, to name a few. As time marches on, certain things of a mechanical nature will

  • Import Insights: Hyundai (July 2016)

    The 2016 Hyundai Azera earned a top spot in the large car category in AutoPacific’s 20th annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSAs). The Hyundai Tucson SUV is the only vehicle in the small SUV category to receive good ratings for both driver and passenger in the latest Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small-overlap crash test ratings.

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From Brake & Front End
July 25,2016
PartsTech, makers of a new generation of auto parts search engine and ordering technology for the modern garage, has made significant changes to its software,...Read More

From Brake & Front End
July 25,2016
BOLT ON TECHNOLOGY has announced a live webinar on its e-book, “The Auto Repair Shop’s Guide to Attracting Millennials.” The session will be hosted...Read More

From Brake & Front End
July 25,2016
The Car Care Council Women’s Board (WB) is now accepting nominees for the Women of the Year Awards, which include Auto Care Woman of the Year, Female...Read More

July 20,2016
Arnott's aftermarket rear air strut assembly is designed and assembled in the U.S. and features a new custom-valved shock absorber with a durable new Continental ContiTech rubber air spring bladder. The strut is partially protected by an aluminum can and dust baffle, designed to keep out debris. AS-2884 also includes heavy-duty crimping rings, new seals, new O-rings and a new bumpstop.Read More

July 20,2016
Although it is impossible to determine what repairs might be needed until the brake assemblies are inspected, a preliminary road test can help pinpoint problems. During the road test, listen for noises and note any pedal pulsation or vehicle pulling when applying the brakes.Read More

July 20,2016
A digital version of the July issue of ImportCar is available on-line. Access the easy-to-view digital version that features articles on Pulse-Width Modulated Fuel Pumps, Variable Valve Timing, ASE A5 Disc Brake Service, Wheel Bearings, Air Ride, TPMS, a host of import tech tips, and more! Read More

July 20,2016
As with its predecessor, the Mini-Ductor II, Venom generates invisible heat to release ferrous and some non-ferrous metals from corrosion and thread lock compounds without the dangers of open flame and up to 90 percent faster - 3/4" nuts are turned red hot in less than 15 seconds.Read More

July 20,2016
The Smoke Pro Master Tech Pack is a comprehensive diagnostic leak solution for your shop. This pack includes Redline Detection’s best-selling Smoke Pro Total-Tech along with all of the accessories and adaptors to meet every testing need.Read More

July 20,2016
Beta Tools of Italy offers its #720LPL Non-Marring Impact Socket, a long-series impact socket designed for extra reach and is 6" in length. The outside polymer sleeve is replaceable and designed to avoid marring of alloy rims when removing/installing lug nuts.Read More

July 19,2016
Engines with the automatic start-stop feature have become a de facto standard in passenger cars and light-duty vehicles. One unfortunate consequence of frequent start-stops is that the tribological stress upon some critical engine components, such as bearings, increases significantly.Read More

July 19,2016
The unique through-bolt design can be tightened independent of the valve body, allowing for a simple installation that easily avoids obstructions.Read More

July 19,2016
Gabriel (Ride Control LLC), a provider of automotive ride control technology, has announced the addition of its Guardian line of struts and ReadyMounts to the existing Guardian shock family, which the company says delivers...Read More
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ALI To Host Free Fall Cruise-In And VIP Cookout With Petty's Garage Car Show

The annual Petty’s Garage Car Show presented by the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) will be a free cruise-in event this year. The cruise-in will take place on the historic Petty compound in Level Cross,...More

Communicating With Customers About Brake Pads

The following are the top 10 consumer questions concerning brake pads and the answers that can help you to upsell. These answers can save you from getting into hot water and are written in language the...More

New Hofmann monty Tire Changer Accessory Catalog Loaded With Performance Enhancing Products

With the latest products to help make your Hofmann monty tire changers more productive, the new Hofmann monty Tire Changer Accessory Catalog is a must-read for shops that want to find products to improve...More

Ernst Screwdriver Storage Keeps Techs Organized

The V-Slot 8 Tool Screwdriver Holder from Ernst Manufacturing with help you organize your garage or workspace. Designed for use on all common pegboard sizes, the patent-pending V-Slot securely holds...More

Loosen Rusted or Seized Fasteners with Lisle's Specialty Tools

Lisle Corp. introduces its Seized Fastener Remover Kit (62140) for use with a pneumatic impact tool to loosen rusted or seized fasteners. This specially designed driver works with the included sockets...More