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A/C Oil Service: Avoid Compressor Failure With Proper Maintenance

HVAC systems often fail because the air conditioning compressor fails. Not following the proper service procedures or compressor oil recommendations could be factors that contribute to premature compressor failure. Refrigerant Since the mid-‘90s,...

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How Ford's New Grille Shutters Control Airflow

Some new Ford vehicles feature active grille shutters — a new system that optimizes aerodynamics by using vents to control airflow through the grille to the cooling system and engine compartment. If air is required to cool the engine, the vents...

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How Engine Coolant Temperature Sensors Influence The Modern Powertrain

  Considering that roughly 1,500 or more ­different vehicle models are introduced into our domestic market each year, it’s becoming more difficult to predict how a powertrain control module (PCM) will utilize data from a particular sensor or...

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Automechanika Frankfurt 2014 Wrap Up: Photo Gallery

Aftermarket News Managing Editor Mark Phillips represented the Babcox Media team at Automechanika Frankfurt 2014. You can catch up on a lot of last week's news from the show at Aftermarket News or the Counterman Twitter account or just take a look...

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Auto Care Marketing: Price Sensitive vs. Fear Sensitive

For 2014, I changed my health care insurance from a traditional plan to a health savings account (HSA). Basically, the first $2,500 (pre-tax) of medical expenses are on me. I was confused at first, but soon found that it did have some entertainment...

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Work Smarter With Procedures, Measurement And Accountability

You’re working harder and faster today to stay ahead of the competition and boost profitability in a challenging business environment. You’re providing the highest quality repairs and top-notch customer service so that your shop’s car count...

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Nissan Maxima Brake Job Tips

Called the four-door sports car by Nissan, the 2004-2008 Maxima brake system is easy to service with very few complaints of brake noise or pulsation. The system used the same brake pads, rotors and calipers on all models. There were some changes in...

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Get Inside the Mind of a Modern Transmission

The transmission game has changed. Solenoids, sensors and computers have replaced vacuum lines, governors and kick down cables on modern automatic transmissions. The tools have also changed: Scan tools, scopes and meters have replaced pressure and...

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Saturn: Hesitation Between 35-50 mph

Condition Some customers may comment on a flat spot or hesitation between 35-50 mph (56-80 km/h) speed range. Cause The existing transmission calibration is programmed to maximize fuel economy and requires a greater throttle input than some customers...

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Midtronics Launches Informational Microsite

  Midtronics, Inc. has launched an informational microsite — or mini website — to provide customers with detailed information about the company’s newest diagnostic platform — the DSS-7000 Battery Service Diagnostic System. The microsite...

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German Tool Specialist KC Tool Announces Addition of Gedore Tools

As of August 1 KC Tool became the first certified reseller of Gedore Tools in the United States already adding more than 2,500 Gedore tools to its selection of German made tools. KC Tool plans to add an additional 6,000 Gedore Tools over the next few...

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United Stationers Expands Into Auto Aftermarket

United Stationers announced Sept. 11 that its wholly owned subsidiary, United Stationers Supply Co., signed an agreement to acquire MEDCO, a U.S. wholesaler of automotive aftermarket tools and supplies, and its affiliates including G2S Equipment de Fabrication...

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Audi market share numbers

The Volkswagen Group saw another jump in deliveries in August – 2.7 percent increase year over year – with sales topping 740,500. From the start of the year through January, deliveries are up 5.6...Read More
  • Audi Quattro vibrates at idle

    Audi: Vibrates at Idle

    Complaint The customer says that the check engine light is on and that the vehicle vibrates at idle. Cause The customer’s complaint is confirmed, with the vehicle vibrating at idle, but the vibration was not

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  • Lexus Fuel Pump Replacement Feature

    Step-by-Step Lexus Fuel Pump Replacement

    We will use a third-generation 2006 Lexus LS430 as our case study for this fuel pump assembly replacement. First, discharge the fuel system pressure, disconnect the negative battery terminal and drain the fuel. Be sure

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    Nissan: Squeak From Fuel Pump

    Customer may report a squeak noise that is: • Coming from inside the vehicle; • Happens after driving for 30 minutes; • Is coming from under the vehicle or from the left rear area of

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From AutoCarePro
September 19,2014
Aftermarket News Managing Editor Mark Phillips represented the Babcox Media team at Automechanika Frankfurt 2014. You can catch up on a lot of last...Read More

From AutoCarePro
September 19,2014
Factory Motor Parts introduces its new line of FVP Platinum batteries developed to provide maximum cranking power. With 22% higher cold cranking amp and...Read More

From AutoCarePro
September 19,2014
The Automotive Communication Council (ACC) will host a panel discussion titled, "Pushing Your Message All the Way Up" as part of the AAPEXedu education...Read More

From AutoCarePro
September 19,2014
Professional technicians will have an advantage in the repair shop and be ready for anything that comes their way with the latest diagnostic tool from...Read More

From AutoCarePro
September 18,2014
Buyers planning to attend the upcoming Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo should register now at aapexshow.com/register to save $50 off the cost of onsite...Read More

From AutoCarePro
September 18,2014
Brembo this week is again exhibiting at Automechanika Frankfurt in Hall 3 Booth No. 21. The world’s largest trade show for the automotive aftermarket...Read More

From AutoCarePro
September 18,2014
Day three of Automechanika was filled with more opportunities to network and learn about cutting-edge technologies, as well as view the latest parts for...Read More

From AutoCarePro
September 18,2014
At Elite we know that once someone comes into your shop, you’ll do everything you can to generate a happy customer, and make a fair profit. Unfortunately,...Read More

From AutoCarePro
September 18,2014
Some repair operations have finality to them. By that, I am referring to jobs that do not require additional labor after the job is complete. For example;...Read More

From AutoCarePro
September 18,2014
Far too many shop owners will set an annual sales goal, and then simply divide that number by 12 to set their monthly goals. However, since this approach...Read More

From AutoCarePro
September 18,2014
Part of your advertising and marketing program needs to incorporate community involvement, whether it’s with local business groups, church functions,...Read More

From AutoCarePro
September 18,2014
From Oct. 1 to Nov. 30, the Mighty Auto Parts will offer a consumer rebate promotion that features the following services and rebates, which can total...Read More
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Called the four-door sports car by Nissan, the 2004-2008 Maxima brake system is easy to service with very few complaints of brake noise or pulsation. The system used the same brake pads, rotors and...More

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