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GM Timing Belt & Chain Service

Some overhead cam engines in General Motors vehicles use timing belts to drive the cam (the 2.0L for example), some use chains (2.3L Quad Four, Cadillac’s Northstar dual overhead cam 4.6L V8, the Aurora Northstar 4.0L V8 and Chevy’s Vortec 4200 inline six), and some use a combination of both (Chevrolet’s 3.4L V6). The rest

Team ASE – in the Air, Over Land and in the Water

What Would You Do?- Readers Respond

Diagnostic Dilemmas: Playing the Diagnostic Shell Game

More often than not, deciphering diagnostic trouble codes is like playing a high-tech version of the old circus sideshow “shell” game. In the trouble code shell game, we are led to believe that the pea (diagnostic solution) is hidden under one of the shells (DTCs) stored in the diagnostic memory. Unfortunately for the diagnostic technician,

CO2 Systems Will Breathe New Life Into A/C Designs

SAE to work with the industry and the EPA to create efficient, environmentally sound automotive refrigerant systems, but how will it affect technicians and repair shop profits? The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recently announced a cooperative research program that will work with the industry and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop and

Editor’s Notebook: Wanted! All Skilled, Expert Technicians

Newly released numbers from the National Car Care Month inspection campaign paint a vivid image of the maintenance landscape of this nation’s vehicle fleet. And, it’s not a pretty picture. Inspection lanes conducted throughout the country this past April revealed an 87% failure rate among vehicles that were inspected. Concurrently, the number of miles driven

The Fuel Injector Market and System Configurations

Looking back into automotive history, it’s hard to believe that carburetors were still being installed on import vehicles as late as 1989! But carburetors require all sorts of external vacuum and electronic gimmickry to control the cold-starting, fast idle, hot idle and low-speed cruise functions. Electronic fuel injection has since replaced carburetors in all import

Keeping Hondas Original is Jason’s Automotive’s Specialty

When it comes to advertising, Jason Abbott does it all: TV commercials, mailers, phonebook listings, newspaper and local school event sponsorships. And for this independent repair facility in Tujunga, CA, it works. “I’m the busiest shop around here,” says Abbott, who co-owns Jason’s Automotive Specialty Shop with his wife, Roxanne. “Even when times are real

BMW Performance Upgrades

When you talk about performance cars, a list of several manufacturers comes to mind. Before the explosion of Asian-made mini rockets, you needed to go European, and specifically German, to get the latest in performance machines. BMW has been the performance marque of choice for several decades. While BMW makes it difficult to improve on

Smooth Sailing: Steering, Suspension & Ride Control Repair Opportunities

Original equipment chassis parts on late-model cars and trucks are supposedly engineered to go 150,000 miles or more. But is that 150,000 miles of highway driving on nice smooth roads or 150,000 miles of bumps, potholes and rough roads? The OEMs say it’s some of both. Nobody can predict exactly how long a chassis part

Underhood Service: Directions, August 2004

Congressman Gary Ackerman (D-NY) is on the right road. Ackerman, alarmed at the concept that as many as an estimated 10,000 animals die annually after ingesting automobile antifreeze containing ethylene glycol, last fall introduced H.R. 1563, legislation to “require engine coolant and antifreeze to contain a bittering agent so as to render it unpalatable.” As

Underhood Service: Troubleshooting Troublesome Injectors

Clean fuel injectors are a must for peak engine performance, fuel economy and emissions. If the injectors are dirty and can’t deliver their normal dose of fuel, then performance, fuel economy and emissions are all going to suffer. Dirty injectors can’t flow as much fuel as clean ones, nor can they deliver the correct spray

Underhood Service: News

New Brochure Is A Perfect Teaching Tool The service advisor must educate customers about preventive maintenance and repair, and these professionals need tools to familiarize motorists with what’s under the hood and around the car. To make the service advisor’s job easier, the Car Care Council has developed a new brochure. Simply titled, Be Car