March 2018 Archives - Import Car
Nissan Brake Job: 2003-2015 Titan Applications

The front brakes on the Titan use dual-piston floating calipers. Most noise and wear issues can be attributed to the guide pins not being serviced during a previous brake job. The abutment clips and slides can also cause noise and should be replaced during every brake job.

Educating Consumers On Tire Pressure And TPMS

Just as you service your customers’ TPMS sensors at the start of winter, you should also be inspecting them and talking to your customers about their sensors come springtime. Make sure you explain not only the benefits of TPMS sensors, but also the importance of the sensors and regularly checking their tire pressure.

VANOS BMW: Variable Valve Timing Diagnostics

Diagnosing a VANOS system does not require that you speak German. What it does demand, however, is knowledge of how the actuator adjusts the camshaft, how the solenoid controls the actuator and when the engine control module changes camshaft timing. As for tools, you will need the appropriate tool set to lock the crank and camshaft. You will also need a scan tool and a scope to observe the crankshaft and camshaft signals to accomplish more advanced diagnostics.

Poor Engine Performance Linked To Converter Failure

Today’s modern vehicles are equipped with a sophisticated emissions control device. These fail when the engine is not tuned up, as this leads to overworking the converter, overheating and possible clogging.

Asian Vehicle Oil Update: GF-6 Oils

September 1, 2018 marks the debut of the first new licenses for the new GF-6 oils issued by the API Auto-Oil Advisory Panel (AOAP). This release comes after a long delay that initially projected the oils would be available in early 2017. The cause of the delay for GF-6 is that engine technology has been moving so quickly. Since the inception of GF-6, it has been difficult to estimate where the technology will be in the next five years.

When Customers Are Car Care Aware Everyone Wins!

Neglected auto care almost always means much higher costs down the road in the form of more extensive repairs or lost vehicle resale value. You know that all too well, but your customers don’t necessarily buy into that concept, says Mary DellaValle, editor of ImportCar magazine.

The Ins And Outs Of Oil Testing: Standards Change As Engine Technology Evolves

Oil specifications are not so much about the ingredients in the oil, but more so about how the oil reacts to standardized conditions. Oil specifications are set by industry groups or the vehicle manufacturer. Testing procedures are not “trade secrets,” as they are shared with the companies making engine oils. These document the specific tests, equipment requirements and limits needed to pass the standards.

The Diagnostic Shell Game: Why The ECM Can’t See A No-Code Stalling Complaint

Remember the old carnival game where a dealer hides a pea under one of a half-dozen walnut shells? After the dealer artfully shuffles the six shells, you’re supposed to pick the shell with the pea hidden under it. Good luck with that. As veteran diagnostic technicians know, diagnosing a no-code intermittent stalling complaint can be like playing the old carnival shell game. We know it’s one of maybe six sensors, but why can’t we find the diagnostic trouble code (DTC) that tells us where to find the pea?

Nissan And Infiniti ABS Service: Good Working Order Of The Basic Brake System Eases Diagnostics

On early models, wheel speed sensors send an AC voltage signal to the ABS control module. On later models, active wheel speed sensors change the voltage signal produced by the ABS control module. Active wheel speed sensors are more accurate and work at lower speeds. This is why they are found on most Nissan/Infiniti models after 2012.