Adam Redling, Author at Import Car
GF-6 Oil Implementation Likely Delayed Again, But What Does That Mean For You?

If you’ve been waiting on the first license for the new GF-6 oils, prepare to keep waiting. This new oil spec that was first slated to be licensed later this year, and later postponed until April 2018, has now been projected to be delayed until 2019.

VIDEO: Avoid Water Pump Damage With The Correct Coolant Mix

Adam Redling explains the importance of properly mixing coolant and water to avoid damage to the water pump. Sponsored by Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper.

VIDEO: Getting The Most Out Of Your Inspections

Adam Redling delivers three tips to get the most out of your vehicles inspections and fill your sales pipeline more efficiently. Sponsored by Manager SE from Mitchell1.

How To Talk To Your Customers About Winter Wiper Use

Technicians working in areas with harsh winter conditions should make it a point to educate their customers and inspect their wipers this time of year.

Cold and Flu: Prepare Your Shop For The Season

It starts innocently enough. You wake up with a barely perceptible scratchy throat and runny nose. The next thing you know, your head hurts, your muscles ache — you simply do not feel well. October is the unofficial start of cold and flu season. While having to deal with the onslaught of symptoms is reason

Selling Batteries In The Summer Heat

Summer temperatures can be a nightmare for car batteries. As a technician, you need to be able to spot the telltale warning signs of weakened batteries and sell your customers on the need for service.

Serpentine Belts: Inspecting And Replacing

The ability to visually inspect parts for wear and tear to know when it’s time for replacement is the calling card of any successful technician. But when it comes to modern serpentine belts, you can’t trust your eyes anymore to tell you when it’s time for a new belt.

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, a six-bay shop located in Jenkintown, PA.

Tom Palermo
Copper-Free Brake Initiative Update

The desire for enhanced vehicle performance is often the driver of evolution in the automotive industry. But when a state-led charge to reduce water pollution caused, in part, by brake pad dust began to gain momentum in the first half of this decade, representatives from the brake manufacturing industry coordinated with representatives from the vehicle industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) to get ahead of the problem.

Vacuum Power Assist Service

Most late-model vehicles use a vacuum booster to help apply the brakes. The booster is usually located behind the master cylinder on the firewall. A leak in the vent valve can cause a reduction in the performance of the booster and increase pedal travel. A manifold vacuum of 20 inHg or greater can be achieved during deceleration. The booster chambers can be evacuated and retained at this pressure by a properly operating check valve.

ZF 8-Speed Transmission Replacement

The ZF 8HP transmission made its debut in 2009, and since its introduction, has been one of the top choices for international car manufacturers. BMW, one of ZF’s largest customers, uses the 8HP across its entire product portfolio. BMWs featuring the 8HP can be found in models starting with the 1 Series through the 7 Series, including the X models. The transmissions can also be found in the BMW-brand Rolls Royce Ghost, Phantom and Wraith models.

Honda Engine Rattles At Start-Up

At cold start-up, the engines of some 2008-’12 Honda Accord L4s and 2007-’12 Honda CRVs rattle loudly for about two seconds. This can be caused by a defective variable valve timing control (VTC) actuator.