December 2019 Archives - Import Car
Check Out The December Issue Of ImportCar Magazine

Access the interactive and easy-to-view digital edition of the December issue featuring articles on Volkswagen TPMS, Subaru Stretch Belts, BMW Brake Job, Nivomat Shocks, Nissan Frontier Faults and a host of import tech tips.

Building Imports Domestically

Honda began construction of its motorcycle plant in Marysville, Ohio, in 1978 and announced plans to build a $250-million auto plant next door in 1980. On Nov. 1, 1982, the first Accord rolled off the assembly line in Marysville.

Tech Tip: Brake Pad Efficiency with Burnishing

Old rotors should be replaced or resurfaced, and the hub-mounting surface should be cleaned thoroughly.

ZF Tech Tip: Recognizing Chassis, Steering Systems Damage Patterns

Technicians should particularly check whether the rubber bellows on the joints are worn, damaged or leaking. Because any splash water that gets in washes out the special grease, this then allows dirt particles to enter the joint.

BCA Bearings Tech Tip: How Does Lubrication Impact Bearing Functionality?

The primary role of lubrication is to reduce friction between bearing components and adjacent components such as the spindle or axle.

BMW Brake Job

BMW’s first attempt at a crossover SUV is what they call a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV).

TPMS Curve Balls

Just when you thought sensors didn’t receive signals, you find a system with transmitters in the wheel wells.

Installing Subaru Stretch Belts

The stretch belt can help to simplify the serpentine belt system on the Boxer engine.

Volkswagen TPMS Tips

VW tire pressure monitoring system relearns can be the most time-consuming repair if you don’t follow exact procedures.

Nivomat Shocks: Mechanical Load Leveling

Since Nivomat is mechanical, the vehicle needs to be moving before the pump starts to work.

Nissan Frontier: Finding Failures, Faults

Nissan uses two accelerator pedal position (APP) sensors to transmit a throttle position command.

Why Reading The Manual Is Essential

Are you “service-ready?” Our friends at Toyota define exactly what that means.