January 2018 Archives - Import Car
Turning The Page… What We Know Isn’t What We Need To Know

Looking into 2018, it doesn’t take any leap of logic to see that the average import vehicle is becoming more reliable. The net effect is that the average import shop probably won’t see as many electronics-related pattern failures during the vehicle’s first 100,000 miles as it did a decade ago.

Where’s That Machine? That Thing That Tells You What’s Wrong With The Vehicle

Scan tools and meters are machines that provide information, so they can do only so much in the way of formulating a diagnosis. They provide strategic direction for the repair, allowing a trained mechanic to know which path to take. These folks are the “real” machines who have the skills to pinpoint what is wrong with a car. But, most of the public likes to believe that a “magical mystery machine” does all the work.

Honda Brake Job Tips To Ease Your Repair Procedures

All Honda brake systems may look the same after awhile, but it is what’s unseen that can hurt you in the form of a comeback. It might be as simple as a torque specification for a caliper bracket, or as complex as a parking brake adjustment.

Catalyst Efficiency Monitors: What Are The O2 Sensors Telling The PCM?

The catalyst efficiency monitor verifies that the catalytic converter is operating at a high enough efficiency rating to keep exhaust emissions within the predetermined values. The PCM compares the signals from the upstream and downstream oxygen sensors to determine the state of the converter. These “tests” are called readiness monitors.

Mercedes-Benz AIRMATIC Suspension: Diagnostic Tips for Repairs

The Mercedes-Benz AIRMATIC suspension system was introduced in 1999 on the S-Class and has subsequently been used on the E-Class and most of the automaker’s SUVs. Keep reading for some key tips for common ailments to help you effectively get the system on these popular models in top-running condition.

New Year: Optimism Abounds If You Know Where To Look

It’s out with the old, and in with the new, as we welcomed 2018 earlier this month. And, while we each have goals and strategies to suit our unique businesses and situations, there are barometers working behind the scenes that provide positive implications for us this year, says Mary DellaValle, editor of ImportCar magazine.

Oil Level Sensors – More Than A Warning Light

Oil level sensors have been used on import and domestic cars for more than a decade. Some of the first applications only monitored if the oil level was low using a switch attached to a float. The sensor would just trigger a message or light in the instrument cluster and only measured oil levels when the engine was not running.