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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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The Engine Thermostat: Understanding Electronically Assisted Thermostats

The Engine Thermostat: What to Know About Electronically Assisted Thermostats The engine thermostat has been an important component in automotive internal combustion engines for almost a century. The engine thermostat helps to speed warmup and reduce...

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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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Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engines are prone to early carbon buildup. Vehicle owners will notice a drop in power and performance, sometimes before the first oil change. BG introduces the new BG GDI Fuel/Air Induction Service, which...Read More

The FCA US LLC Qualitas Supplier Awards recognize both production and non-production suppliers that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to innovation, quality and continuous improvement, as well as operational excellence and strong corporate values.Read More

The digital version of the August issue of Underhood Service is available on-line. Access the easy-to-view digital version that features articles on Throttle By Wire, A/C Diagnostics, Fuel Injectors, Removing Bad A/C Smells, Rubicon Diagnostic Dilemma, Top Turbo Service Tips, Belt Inspection Checklist, Oxygen Sensor Replacement, a host of Tech Tips, and more! Read More

"The operative suggestion is to not replace one single component, but replace them all to ensure continuous and optimum engine operation," said Tom Lee, Continental's marketing manager for North American automotive aftermarket products.Read More

Makita U.S.A., Inc. has expanded its 18V lithium-ion cordless tool platform with the 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 6.0Ah battery (model BL1860B), which is compatible with over 150 Makita 18V cordless solutions.Read More

Finding refrigerant leaks saves time, money and most importantly, the environment from harmful emissions. The revisions in SAE J2791 and SAE J2913 establish new certification procedures and new leak detection requirements for certification of electronic probe-type leak...Read More

The forum consisted of several segmented discussions focusing on topics such as cybersecurity, consumer privacy and government oversight. Attendees heard from experts representing entities from across the automotive industry and the federal government.Read More

The partnership between Atlas Copco is timed perfectly, the company says, as DSR has completed a 25,000-square-foot expansion to provide inside areas for two professional teams, each of which will house four Freightliner semi tractors and 53-foot technology trailers along with rigs for others departments including mobile hospitality units and a showcar program.Read More

Continental has introduced 51 new part numbers to the North American automotive aftermarket during the second quarter of 2016. Included in the new offering of part numbers are molded hose, poly-v belts and timing belt kits. With the...Read More

The Network's 2018 gathering will be held March 15-18, 2018, at the Swan and Dolphin Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.Read More
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Problem Employees: How To Maintain Your Shop's Image And Deal With Bad Apples

Running a successful shop is a team effort. That’s why it’s important to place a high value on your techs’ contributions to the success of your business. With competition at every turn, every interaction...More

Diagnosing Flood-Damaged Vehicles

When I encounter a flood-damaged vehicle, I’m reminded of the margarine commercial from the 1970s in which Mother Nature is fooled into thinking that the advertised margarine is real butter. This commercial...More

Low Sinking or Spongy Brake Pedal

Condition Master cylinder may be leaking fluid past the piston seals internally (by passing), not building up pressure. Repair Procedure When diagnosing a master cylinder, keep in mind the type...More

Volkswagen: Twin-Bearing Assemblies

The two transmission shaft bearings shown in the figure are known as “eyeglass bearings,” due to their side-by-side arrangement together in a single mounting plate. A defective twin-bearing mounting...More

Thexton Introduces Brake Spring Release Tool

Thexton Manufacturing Co. has introduced its THX832 GM “W” Rear Brake Spring Release Tool. The THX832 is ergonomically engineered for mechanical advantage. It works with large and small “W”...More

TPMS Tool Demonstrations to be Held at ATEQ AAPEX and SEMA Exhibits

  ATEQ has exhibited at both SEMA and AAPEX since 2005 and expects this year to be the best year yet. Twenty ATEQ TPMS experts from around the world will be in attendance, speaking 11 languages...More