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Engineered Accessory Drive Serpentine Belt Replacement

You might not be able to see it, but an accessory drive belt is always both speeding up and slowing down. When a piston accelerates downward after the ignition of the fuel and air, the crankshaft speeds up and then slows down as it reaches the bottom...


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...


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...


VIDEO: Aluminum Suspension Inspection

VIDEO: Andrew Markel answers a reader question about threadlocking compound, what to do with it when you see it during a repair, and how it relates to aluminum suspension components. From 2012 to 2015, aluminum consumption for new vehicles increased...


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...


The Humble Mechanic Answers Your Questions

Charles is taking your automotive questions. If you have a question about a car, car repair, DIYs on your car, Volkswagen, mechanic’s tools, or anything car related, ask it up. If you have a car question for a show like this, email him [email protected]...


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...


Beginning as one of the pioneers in the industry, today the company says it produces one of the most comprehensive offerings of wiper blade solutions across the consumer, trade and OEM channels.Read More
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    Increasing Your Bottom Line

    For generations, many import shops have used the conventional “loss-leader,” 3,000-mile oil/filter change as their sole opportunity to inspect their customers’ vehicles for maintenance needs. But that practice has been rendered obsolete by import manufacturers programming extended oil life monitoring algorithms into their engine control modules (ECMs).

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    Check Out The October Issue Of ImportCar Magazine

    A digital version of the October issue of ImportCar is available on-line. Access the easy-to-view digital version that features articles on The New Oil Change, Volkswagen Pattern Failure Diagnostics, Toyota Tundra Brake Job, The Driverless Future, The Cars Time Forgot, Top Ways To Increase Your Bottom Line, Brake Caliper Diagnostics, Engineered Belt Replacement, Oil & Lube Advocate, Case Study: Audi 2.0L FSI, a host of import tech tips, and more!

  • Test 12- And 24-Volt Relays With Relay Buddy Pro Kit From Electronic Specialties

    Relay Buddy Pro from Electronic Specialties tests both 12- and 24-volt relays. Should the relay fail the test, one of three different trouble codes will indicate the cause of the failure. The 193 Pro Test

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October 24,2016
The Bosch booth No. 5041 will feature interactive presentations and demonstrations, industry experts and product displays.Read More

October 24,2016
DENSO Products and Services Americas Inc., a division of leading global automotive supplier DENSO Corp., captured the National Pronto Association’s 2016 Original Equipment (OE) Supplier of the Year Award at the aftermarket buyer group’s...Read More

October 23,2016
You might not be able to see it, but an accessory drive belt is always both speeding up and slowing down. When a piston accelerates downward after the ignition of the fuel and air, the crankshaft speeds up and then slows down as it reaches the bottom of the stroke. These changes in speed are minimal, but big enough to cause problems.Read More

October 22,2016
Brake calipers are a key component in a disc brake system. The calipers use hydraulic muscle to squeeze the brake pads against the rotors. The clamping force creates friction between the pads and rotor that slows the vehicle and brings it to a halt. If a caliper is leaking or sticking, however, it may not apply the brakes properly.Read More

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October 21,2016
During a surprise ceremony recently for students, faculty and staff, and instructors, WIX Filters, a global manufacturer of filtration products, in...Read More

October 21,2016
The Lang Tools TU-30A Compression Tester Set from A&E Inc. tests compression on most domestic and import cars and light trucks with gasoline engines, including mini engines.Read More

October 21,2016
The OTC Master Brake Flaring Tool Kit works great for covering single, double and bubble types of flares. This complete brake flaring kit covers everything you need for flaring different brake lines. This kit features an...Read More

October 21,2016
Don’t bust your knuckles trying to remove old hardened exhaust hangers. You can avoid that by using the new exhaust hanger pliers (KTI54055) from K Tool International (KTI). This heavy-duty tool is used to remove...Read More

October 21,2016
The FluidPRO BFX-3 Brake Flush System from MAHLE Aftermarket Inc., Service Solutions delivers complete brake fluid exchange in a simple, three-step process, says the company. Compatible with both ABS and non-ABS brake systems, for increased...Read More

October 20,2016
The provided master cylinder bleeder cap fits most European vehicles, including BMW, SAAB, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Fiat, Renault, Volvo, Volkswagen, Peugeot and any other vehicle with a 45mm threaded fluid reservoir cap.Read More

October 20,2016
The Snap-on MIG160i is an innovative welder designed to work with new materials found in today's fuel efficient vehicles, says the company. The MIG160i provides versatility and capability to weld various material types.Read More

October 20,2016
Permatex Silicone Ceramic Extreme Brake Parts Lubricant prevents disc brake squeal and chatter while protecting caliper pins, sleeves, bushings and pistons against seizing and galling, says the company.Read More
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US Motor Works (USMW), a manufacturer of automotive and heavy-duty engine parts, has announced its launch of two updated online training programs to increase industry information and education. As of...More

Trico Products Corp. Kicks Off 100 Year Anniversary Celebration At AAPEX 2016

Trico Products Corp., a global leader in wiper blade technology, will kick off its 100th year anniversary celebration at the upcoming AAPEX event in Las Vegas. Founded in 1917, the company will commemorate...More

VIDEO: Steering Angle Sensors And Jumpstarts

Andrew Markel relates a story from a technician where a jumpstarted car had a miscalibrated steering angle sensor....More

Check Out The October Issue Of Brake & Front End Magazine

The digital version of the October issue of Brake & Front End magazine is available online. CLICK HERE to access the easy-to-view digital version that features articles on Alignment Specs: Scion...More

Seal Cracked Heads and Blocks with Solv-Tec's Head Gasket Repair

K-Seal Ultimate Head Gasket Repair by Solv-Tec’s unique formula was specifically developed for head gasket and block repairs based on market feedback. With 33% more sealing power, K-Seal Ultimate...More

Schumacher Electric Offers SpeedCharge Hybrid Charger

Schumacher Electric Corp. offers its 125/15<>40/A Fully Automatic Battery Charger And Engine Starter. The PSC-12500A charges 6- and 12-volt batteries. It is fully automatic and microprocessor-controlled. It...More