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Air Filter Show & Tell: Seeing Is Believing

Air filters are normal wear items that ­require regular checks and ­replacement. Their role is to trap dirt particles that can cause damage to engine cylinders, walls, pistons and piston rings. In fuel-injected vehicles, the air filter also plays...

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Searching for 'Black Holes': Job Totals Reveal Missed Selling Opportunities

The concept for Maintenance Chronicle is simple: We ask one shop to record their maintenance sales for a two-week period, and then we see what we learn from the results. This edition of Maintenance Chronicle also proved to be valuable for the shop we...

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Selling Batteries With a State of Health Strategy

Batteries can be an easy sell in some ways ­because all customers ­understand the basic importance of the battery. Good battery = car starts; bad battery = car doesn’t start. Unfortunately, many customers aren’t in the market for that new battery...

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Saab: Fuel Sending Unit Replacement

The 2006 Saab 9-3 Sport sedan came in on the hook and the tow truck driver said, “I think it needs a fuel pump.” The gas gauge was reading less than a quarter of a tank and the low fuel warning light wasn’t on, so a quick fuel pressure check was...

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KIA: Brake Light On, Tachometer And Speedometer Inoperative

Applicable Models: 2001 Kia Optima LX, 2.4L Complaint The customer states the red brake light is illuminated on the instrument cluster. The ­customer also states the tachometer and speedometer intermittently stop working. Cause Confirmed the customer’s...

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Mazda: Fuel System Servicing Precaution

Applicable Models: 2004-’07 Mazda3 2005-’07 Mazda6 2006-’07 MX-5 vehicles During service/removal of fuel system parts on the above vehicles, the memory of the malfunctions and the long-term fuel trim need to be cleared by either removing the...

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Ford: ABS Light On With DTCs C1175, C1236, P0500 or P0503

Model: 2005-’07 Super Duty Some 2005-‘07 Ford Super Duty vehicles may exhibit an ABS light on and possible diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) C1175, C1236, P0500 and/or P0503. This condition may be due to faulty vehicle wiring, a failed wheel speed...

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Composite Rotors Are Back

Veteran technicians will remember the problems with composite rotors in the late 1990s. These rotors had hats of stamped steel cast into the iron rotor. They saved weight, but they were prone to runout and installation errors. These types of rotors...

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Power Steering Dynamics and Diagnostics

Twenty-five years ago, when the power steering failed, diagnosing the system was easy. The most difficult problem to diagnose was the “morning sickness” that plagued some ­vehicles when they were cold. Today, the introduction of speed sensitive steering,...

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Pulling Codes: Multiple Misfire Personalities

A Story of Codes P0302, 04, 06, 08 & 03   This month’s diagnostic journey begins with a 2008 Land Rover Discovery that is taken in to a local testing facility for an emission test and fails due to a series of misfire codes. Misfire...

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Using Volumetric Efficiency to Determine the Health of an Engine

Measuring voumetric efficiency can diagnose problems like blocked catalytic converters, bad MAF sensors or vacuum leaks. Glen Beanard show you how to do it with a scan tool. For the complete article, click here.  ...

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Phoenix Systems Sends Facebook Giveaway Winner to Meet Larry McReynolds for All-Star Race

Phoenix Systems, maker BrakeShot, BrakeStrip and Reverse Brake & Clutch Bleeders, announced the winner of its 2015 Win Race Tickets Facebook Giveaway. Suzanne Cleary Drews from Edgewater, FL, is this year's grand-prize winner. Phoenix Systems will...

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While the Chrysler Slant Six did not have the raw power of the Hemi, it was just a sophisticated. The Slant Six went into...Read More

 

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ederal-Mogul Motorparts’ “Garage Gurus” will award $30,000 in scholarships to qualified full-time and part-time students who are studying to become...Read More

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The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance has launched the Canadian Castaway Sweepstakes. During the event, the Alliance is giving away two $25,000 NITRO Bass...Read More

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On average, Americans drive 29.2 miles per day, making two trips with an average total duration of 46 minutes. This is according to a...Read More

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Through April 30, qualifying orders of ACDelco wiper products (product sub-lines A08 , B08 and C08 [washer...Read More

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Toyota has announced a multi-year plan to realign its manufacturing operations in North America in support of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA),...Read More

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Keeping a technician’s diagnostic tool up-to-date is the only way a shop can ensure that they have the latest codes, tests, tips and data...Read More

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MAHLE Aftermarket Inc. recently announced the release of its first comprehensive filter catalog for vehicle applications in the United States, Mexico and...Read More

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Vehicle repair professionals from across the Chicago area enjoyed the “black carpet” treatment and a chance to swap stories with reality TV star Danny...Read More
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Graywerks By ATP Automotive Exhaust Manifolds Include Hardware For Easy Installation

With vast coverage for both domestic and import applications and hardware included to make installation fast and easy, exhaust manifolds from Graywerks by ATP Automotive are the preferred choice of professional...More

WORLDPAC Opens Regional DC In Santa Cruz, California

WORLDPAC has announced the opening of a new regional distribution center in Santa Cruz, California. The facility offers expanded delivery and service options to local independent automotive repair professionals in...More

Saab: Fuel Sending Unit Replacement

The 2006 Saab 9-3 Sport sedan came in on the hook and the tow truck driver said, “I think it needs a fuel pump.” The gas gauge was reading less than a quarter of a tank and the low fuel warning light...More

Lithium: An Element That Is Charging Ahead

What is an EMV? As you read the hybrid and plug-in articles that my company, ACDC, is writing this year, we have coined a new term: EMV (electric motor vehicle). Rather than use hybrid, plug-in hybrid,...More

PHOTO TECH: How a Brake Pad is Made

Even with zero moving parts, the common replacement brake pad is one of the most difficult to engineer and manufacture components on a vehicle. From the initial design to the final packaging, we...More

BRAKE JOB: 2003-2011 Honda Element

It may look like a car that was never removed from the box it came in, but Honda Element isn’t boxy when it comes to the brakes. The Element is based on the CR-V platform. There is nothing tricky, but...More

Pulling Codes: Multiple Misfire Personalities

A Story of Codes P0302, 04, 06, 08 & 03   This month’s diagnostic journey begins with a 2008 Land Rover Discovery that is taken in to a local testing facility for an emission test and...More

Snap-on Introduces New Software Upgrade 15.2

Keeping a technician’s diagnostic tool up-to-date is the only way a shop can ensure that they have the latest codes, tests, tips and data out of the box and miles down the road. With the new Snap-on...More