October 2016 Archives - Import Car
Audi TFSI/FSI: Oil Consumption And Carbon Buildup

Carbon and fuel problems with the 2.0L FSI engine have multiple causes, symptoms and solutions.

Mazda Tech Tip: P1443, Engine Idles Rough, Replaced Idle Air Control Valve

The car might be more than 20 years old, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want it to run smoothly. In this case, the component related to the code was not the culprit. Follow along with this Real Fix to learn about the cause.

2016 Mazda CX-5
Cold and Flu: Prepare Your Shop For The Season

It starts innocently enough. You wake up with a barely perceptible scratchy throat and runny nose. The next thing you know, your head hurts, your muscles ache — you simply do not feel well. October is the unofficial start of cold and flu season. While having to deal with the onslaught of symptoms is reason

Hyundai Tech Tip: Timing Belt Tensioner Installation And Setup

This tensioner is a spring-type automatic tensioner with eccentric adjustment for setting the initial tension. Tension in the drive is increased by rotating the eccentric counterclockwise as indicated by the arrow stamped on the tensioner.

Tech Tip: Honda Electronic Throttle Body Service

As mileage accumulates on a vehicle, so does carbon in the throttle body. This can cause idle fluctuation, hesitation and poor idle quality. Servicing the throttle body can solve these complaints.

Increasing Your Bottom Line

For generations, many import shops have used the conventional “loss-leader,” 3,000-mile oil/filter change as their sole opportunity to inspect their customers’ vehicles for maintenance needs. But that practice has been rendered obsolete by import manufacturers programming extended oil life monitoring algorithms into their engine control modules (ECMs).

Engineered Accessory Drive Serpentine Belt Replacement

You might not be able to see it, but an accessory drive belt is always both speeding up and slowing down. When a piston accelerates downward after the ignition of the fuel and air, the crankshaft speeds up and then slows down as it reaches the bottom of the stroke. These changes in speed are minimal, but big enough to cause problems.

Tech Tip: Acura Front Stabilizer Bar Replacement

Follow the service procedure covered in this Tech Tip when replacing the front stabilizer bar on an Acura MDX.

Toyota Tundra Brake Job

For 2007, the Toyota Tundra was redesigned. The body changed, and the foundation brake system was also updated with larger front brake calipers and rear disc brakes. The control system and hydraulics changed with a new vehicle stability system that included yaw, steering angle and brake pedal load sensors.

Import Insights: Kia

Kia places third in the J.D. Power APEAL study, and they introduce the 2017 Kia Cadenza.

Future Technology On The Way To Your Shop

The importance of trade shows like AAPEX has risen exponentially in recent years as the oftentimes perplexing, emerging technology that is being integrated into today’s vehicles becomes ingrained in every facet of our industry.

How Education And Equipment Can Help Manage Your Car Quota

Help me out here. There’s something I just don’t get. How do some people leave their pride and joy — the family truckster, the old jalopy, or whatever they want to call it — at a repair shop for an extended amount of time? Every day while driving to work, I’ll pass numerous shops that