December, 2015 Archives - Import Car
Euro Electronic Parking Brake Diagnostics

If you are doing a job on a vehicle with an electronic parking brake, you will need a scan tool to perform diagnostics.

Acura Tech Tip: Battery Cable Reset For Electrical Problems

Many automotive systems today rely on software. Should that software develop errors, which can happen from something like a low battery or when a learn procedure is interrupted, it can cause all sorts of odd electrical problems that can be difficult to troubleshoot. If you’ve got such a problem, try doing a battery cable reset; it just might do the trick.

Mercedes-Benz: Axle Hub Vibration And Judder From Corrosion

It is imperative that when installing brake discs (front or rear) that any excessive corrosion/scaling which may have developed on the axle hub be removed. Failure to remove the corrosion/scaling may cause an excessive buildup, which can create adverse forces that may result in brake vibrations or judder.

Mercedes Benz axle hub
Mercedes-Benz Ignition Coil Boot: Avoid Damage With Grease

To reduce the force required to plug or unplug the spark plug connector, apply grease before installing the spark plug connector. Otherwise, the spark plug connector may be damaged when it is removed at another time.

Hyundai: An Intermittent Problem That Stumped A Body Shop

We’re going to be looking at an intermittent poor-run, hard-start complaint on a 2012 Hyundai Sonata. This car came to us by way of a body shop with which we work closely. We received a call from the body shop that this car had been delivered back to the client a couple of weeks before. All was going well for a couple of days, when they received a call that the car was hard starting and running poorly. With it back in their shop, as you would expect, it ran and started well with the only sign of a problem being a check engine light with a P0087 code indicating the Fuel Rail/System Pressure was low.

Hyundai Sonata
Kia Tech Tip: TPMS Sensors And Electrical Interference

Some non-OEM electrical products including, but not limited to, some aftermarket in-dash navigation systems originally intended for non-U.S. markets, may emit electrical noise in the 315MHz frequency band and may cause the TPMS low pressure/malfunction indicator light to illuminate.

KIA TPMS light interference electrical
Repair One Automotive: ‘WIX Driving Performance Award’ 2015 Winner

The WIX Driving Performance Award, entering its second year, recognizes game-changers in automotive service. This year’s winning shop, Repair One Automotive, The Woodlands, TX, is recognized for truly revolutionizing the customers’ vehicle repair experience — from start to finish. Owners Brent and Brenda O’Neal received an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas to attend the AAPEX

Repair One Automotive Brent and Brenda O'Neal
Import Insights: Mercedes-Benz (December 2015)

The New Mercedes-Benz GLS Class Like the GL before it, the new GLS is setting standards in the world of the SUV as it confirms its position as the “S-Class among SUVs.” The powerful GLS550 4MATIC with V8 biturbo engine featuring direct injection now generates 449 hp at a maximum torque of 516 lb.-ft. The 3.0L V6 biturbo engine,

Mercedes-Benz GLS Class
Diagnosing Electric Power Steering Issues

If you’re an import specialist, it’s important to know that, although electric power steering (EPS) has been introduced on many 2004-and-later domestic applications, EPS recently began appearing on popular import nameplates like the much-anticipated 2015 Honda S2000 and 2014 and 2015 models of Toyota RAV4, Camry and Highlander.

Gonzo’s Toolbox: Abbreviations Or A Foreign Language?

One of the techs came into my office some time ago to explain some crazy readings he was getting after hooking up to the DLC with the NGS. As he was explaining the problem, a very inquisitive customer was sitting at the counter waiting for an LOF. The tech and I discussed the test results and worked out a way to narrow down the problem even further. The whole time, the customer was intently listening to every word of the conversation about abbreviations like MAFs, TPSs, MAPs, ACTs, PCMs and CTSs. Nothing out of the ordinary for two CMTs to discuss, but it did get a bit on the “techie” side.

Texting abbreviations