March 2016 Archives - Import Car
Vehicles and Cyber-Security: The Secret Handshake

There are a few folks who are making the future instead of trying to predict it. I had an opportunity to talk with one of them. I hope his insights help us understand the complexity of rethinking an industry from the inside out.

Auto Show Excitement Is In The Air

Auto show excitement typically spurs thoughts of new vehicle purchases, helping increase overall U.S. light vehicle sales and contributing to total vehicles in operation (VIO). This vehicle pipeline translates into more vehicles on the road, and more vehicles for you to service.

Fuel Pump Pressure: What Can Affect Fuel Flow

All too often, technicians assume fuel pressure is “good” without actually measuring it with a gauge. If the engine runs, they assume the injectors are getting adequate fuel pressure. If the engine cranks but won’t start, and they depress the service valve on the fuel rail and some fuel squirts out, they assume the injectors have pressure. They do, but the question remains: how much pressure?

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2000 Toyota Land Cruiser Brake Assist: Diagnosing Low And Hard Brake Pedals

Brake pedal assist complaints are often subjective in nature and, for that reason, can be difficult to solve. I was recently involved in a mobile diagnostic case involving a 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser that, unlike most vehicle applications, uses its anti-lock braking pump and accumulator to provide brake pedal assist for normal braking. The Land Cruiser’s brake assist (BA) system can also interface with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), vehicle stability control (VSC) and traction control (TRAC) system, if so equipped.

Import Insights: Lexus (March 2016)

2016 Lexus GS F Performance Sedan Offers a Dynamic Ride, Luxurious Comfort for Five The new GS F performance sedan —based on the popular GS — is armed with a potent 467 horsepower, 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 and excellent handling developed on the most demanding race circuits, including the legendary Nürburgring. Its elegant-yet-aggressive styling effectively

Mercedes-Benz Hydraulic Suspension: Dos, Don’ts And Did-You-Knows

It doesn’t seem that long ago when the closest we came to any kind of active suspension on a Mercedes-Benz was the self-leveling rear suspension systems on the station wagons and 560 models (SEL sedan and the SEC coupe). Of course, there were some exceptions – European models and the 450SEL 6.9 starting in the late ’70s were available with hydraulic suspension at all four corners.

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