April 2017 Archives - Import Car
Floating Composite Brake Rotors

When you hear the words “floating rotor,” you might think of a racecar brake rotor with Allen head bolts holding the hat to the outer ring. But, more economical and robust “semi-floating” rotors have made it onto Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz daily drivers. A semi-floating, dual-cast or composite rotor has two advantages over a fully

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Effectively Restoring Original Ride Feel

When the time comes to replace worn struts on your customers’ vehicle, there are many options on the market. Most professionals opt for complete strut assemblies. These assemblies are made from 100% new components, and the strut, strut mount, coil spring, boot, bump stop and mounting hardware are all included.

Mercedes-Benz Oil Leaks

A leak at the automatic transmission/transfer case flange can be remedied by using a black sealant to seal the entire seam area.

MINI Power Loss, Multiple Diagnostic Trouble Codes

The customer says the MINI Cooper loses power between 30 and 40 mph for a couple of seconds, with other components also powering down. The A/C blower will drop, and after the engine picks back up, the MIL illuminates.

Subaru Active Valve Lift System

If you are aware of Honda’s VTEC, you will already be steps ahead in understanding Subaru’s Active Valve Lift System (AVLS). The active part of the system occurs between the low-lift and high-lift rockers.

Toyota TPMS Diagnostics

Toyota TPMS might seem like the easiest system to service because most models have a reset button under the dash, but trusting in this button to cure all of your TPMS issues might get you in trouble.

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BMW Steering Column Noises

A scraping noise may occur when the steering wheel is turned from left to right. One cause can be contact between the pinion shaft dust cover and the steering gear. It can best be located by by using a stethoscope or other listening device.

P0341 Code: Honda Accord Timing Chain

This month, we’ll be taking a look at a 2003 four-cylinder Accord that came in with a check engine light complaint, but no reports of driveability issues. It was due for a New York state inspection, so it had to be repaired. The code was persistent, setting itself consistently on the second startup.

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The Value Of Quality Repairs

Knowledge is power and can pack a powerful punch in squelching misconceptions that threaten our industry’s image, value and significance.

Being A True Professional

I try to approach each and every job as a professional. This includes detailing my ­repair work and striving to make each repair as neat and orderly as possible. It doesn’t matter whether the job is for a customer off the street or for another repair shop, it’s important that you do the most professional job possible to establish your reputation.

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Misfire Monitoring In Combustion Engines

Any time you’re dealing with a combustion engine, there’s a chance it will develop a misfire. A better understanding of how computer systems analyze a misfire can make your job that much easier as the technician who’s diagnosing the problem.

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