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Fuel Trims And AFR Sensors

Fuel trims are a difficult topic to cover in a matter of a few pages. But this summer, an old friend and former teaching partner arrived at our local car show with the check engine light illuminated on his 2004 Holden Monaro, which was imported from...

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Preventive Maintenance Profits: Preferred Automotive, Jenkintown, PA

With the summer months heating up and cross-country road trips beginning, many people want to make sure their vehicles are prepped for the long haul. For the first-ever July edition of Maintenance Chronicles, we will focus on Preferred Automotive Specialists,...

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Toyota Charging System Diagnostics

According to my experience, I estimate that replacing the alternator solves 95% of all charging system failures. If that’s true, what happens in the remaining 5% of charging system failures that results in customer comebacks? To explore charging system...

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Making Sense Of Steering Angle Sensor Input And Data

Measuring the­ ­position angle, rate of turn and force of the steering wheel is critical for Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems. Scan tools call these Steering Angle Sensors (SAS) and typically display the information in degrees. The SAS...

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Rotor Failure: Why Rotors Crack And Make Noise

The prices of rotors seem to be dropping the past few years. Call just about any parts supplier and they can quote you a vast range of prices for the same application. And when you compare the rotors side-by-side, they may look the same, but the difference...

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Tire Tread Wear: Causes And Symptoms

Understanding Tire Tread Wear Tire tread wear can tell you a lot about a suspension. Most specifically, it can tell you if the angles, inflation and components are within specification. Here are the most common tread wear patterns and what causes them. Over-inflated...

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The Ins And Outs Of Sanders

Sanders are required tools in today’s collision repair shop. Body techs and painters rely upon them every day to achieve that perfect finish on your customers’ vehicles. Whether you’re prepping a panel for paint or removing imperfections before...

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Are You Regularly Maintaining Your Equipment?

Technicians who are idling because the welder won’t feed wire, the hydraulic ram won’t pull chains, the booth heater won’t heat or the air compressor won’t compress enough air is a costly mistake, as labor time is the most expensive thing in any...

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Celebrate 'Back To The Future' Day By Watching The Time Machine Get A 2015 Detail

    For many today is just another Wednesday, but for a lot of people it is more than just your average Wednesday, it is "Back to the Future" Day. It is a day that everyone who watched the cult classic trilogy Back to the Future recognizes...

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A buildup of carbon deposits inside the combustion chamber increases the risk of hot spots forming that may cause engine-damaging preignition. The hot spot ignites the fuel before the spark plug fires, causing a sharp rise in combustion pressure. Under extreme conditions (high rpm and load), preignition can burn a hole right through the top of a piston!Read More

 

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Shop owners and managers attending the two-day training sessions will receive credit from the Automotive Management Institute toward earning their Automotive Accredited Manager designation.Read More

Fourteen students, selected by Multi Parts for their demonstrated interest in pursuing careers in the core business areas of the automotive aftermarket, will shadow Guiding Lights throughout their time at SPARK2016 and within the AAPEX show.Read More

Kukui Corp. has launched the newest version of its marketing software platform, Kukui 4.0. Developed with input from automotive industry coaches and shop owners,...Read More

Bar's Leaks and Rislone also will reveal their 2017 sweepstakes promotion at the event.Read More

The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance says it is proud to be “customer-centric” – driving business around the needs and expectations of its service center...Read More

Carquest Fuel Pumps are performance-tested premium fuel pumps that ensure long life through quiet and precise operation. Read More
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Power windows are great as long as they roll up and down when commanded to do so. But sometimes a window may quit working for one reason or another.Read More

Long before people started using cotton gauze air filters soaked in oil, the oil bath air filter was the dominant filter on the market. The filter removes debris in the air by running it over oil and a mesh element. These filters worked great when most roads were dirt, but they could be messy to clean.Read More

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OTC has announced upgrades to its Encore diagnostics software, featuring enhanced vehicle information and expanded vehicle coverage. An all makes, all...Read More

MAHLE Service Solutions has announced added vehicle coverage for its TechPRO diagnostic scan tool. Continuing the plan for aggressive coverage expansion, TechPRO now covers...Read More
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Subaru: Oil Temperature Lamp Flashing, Multiple DTCs

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Bosch's 'Giving Track' Contributions This Season Reach $20,000

When Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag at the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Sept. 10 in his Bosch-equipped No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota, Bosch crossed the $20,000 mark in charitable contributions through...More

Snow Tires and TPMS

The time to change between summer and winter tires is both a regional and personal decision. Whenever it takes place, a changeover brings with it a need for consumers to make some decisions. The decision...More

ASA To Host Largest Regional Education Program Of 2016 During AAPEX

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