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Selling the Complete Belt Job

Selling a belt at 90,000 miles is easy. ­But, making that new belt go 90,000 miles might be impossible without selling the complete belt job. With zero miles on an odometer, the belt is operating in the best possible ­environment. The tensioner is...

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APA Is ‘Shifting Into High Gear’ With 2015 Conference

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Kia Driveability Diagnostics: Chasing Intermittent Gremlins

This month, we find ourselves looking at a 2004 Kia ­Sorrento that the owner says is losing power and stalling with no established pattern. It will run well for days or even weeks at a time without a problem, only to then act up without warning,...

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Inside Replacement Sensors: Direct, Programmable and Universal

To understand any replacement sensor, you have to understand this: Sensors only transmit, they do not receive when they are on a vehicle. No vehicle asks a sensor, “How’s it going.” The sensor just transmits. The vehicle is looking for a...

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Live-Axle Wheel Bearing Replacement

Replacing wheel bearings on a vehicle with a live rear axle may not be one of the most frequent jobs, but it can be one of the most profitable. While the basics have not changed in more than 60 years, new seal materials and differential designs have...

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Ford: Low-Speed Strut Noise

MODELS: • 2006-2009 Fusion • 2007 Zephyr • 2007-2009 MKZ • 2006-2009 Milan Some vehicles built before 8/5/2008 may exhibit a popping, rubbing, grunting, squeaking, crunching or creaking type noise from the front strut mount when going over...

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Educating Drivers, Technicians and Service Advisors with Dill’s New TPMS Videos

Dill Air Controls continues to bring new awareness to the automotive industry and today’s drivers with the latest launch of their TPMS training and educational videos. “The importance of having the proper air pressure in tires and regularly servicing...

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5 Mistakes Newbie Tire Techs Make

Ah, brand-new tire techs. I think of them somewhat as similar to puppies: cute, eager to please and clumsy as all get-out. Feed them regularly, play fetch the new tire with them, and make sure they get paper-trained (with training). Nothing can...

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Equipment and Tool Institute Launches an Important Market Research Study on New Car Buying Preferences of Consumers

In an effort to assist its members in having the latest market information and bringing new and improved equipment and tools to the marketplace, The Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) has launched a series of Market Research Projects. The current...

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Home Electrical Battery Tech Tip: Honda Engine Won’t Start? Check for Loose Alternator Bolts

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Applies to: 2001-’04 Honda Civic

Got a 2001-’04 Civic in your shop with any or all of these symptoms?

• The engine cranks but it won’t start.

• The MIL comes on.

• The immobilizer indicator blinks while the ­engine cranks.

• The HDS can’t communicate with the ECM/PCM.

Check for loose alternator bolts. If these bolts are loose for any reason such as the alternator was R&R’ed, or an accessory A/C was installed on a DX model at the dealership, the alternator can overcharge and fry the ECM/PCM.

If the alternator bolts are loose, tighten them and try restarting the engine. If the engine still won’t start, then check the ECM/PCM connector for battery voltage and ground. If you’re reading battery voltage and ground at the connector, then replace the ECM/PCM. Keep in mind, though, any ECM/PCM damage that’s caused by loose alternator bolts from A/C installation or body repair isn’t covered under warranty.

Courtesy of Honda Service News via ALLDATA.

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