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Honda Civic: Failed PCMs And CAN System Diagnostics

It’s not unusual for me to get help requests through my e-mail. Sometimes it’s from working technicians, other times it’s from vehicle owners who can’t get their problems solved through professional repair shops. In early 2014, I received one...

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Servicing Mercedes-Benz AIRMATIC Suspensions

The Mercedes-Benz AIRMATIC suspension system was introduced in 1999 on the S-Class and has subsequently been used on the E-Class and most of the automaker’s SUVs. The system employs electronically controlled air springs that provide an ideal balance...

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Mazda: Performing Regular Undercar Maintenance

In this article, we’ll take a look at brake and undercar service on the Mazda vehicle lineup, with the footnote that even though this type of work ­becomes routine when you have a preventive maintenance mindset, good work habits from beginning to end...

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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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Solving Carbon Deposits In Direct Fuel Injection Engines

Symptom: Misfire codes, stumbling and suspicious fuel trim numbers. On a scan tool, the engine may show a loss in volumetric efficiency. The driver may complain about a loss of power, poor fuel economy and hard starts. Cause: Carbon deposits on...

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Using Your Oscilloscope: Current Ramp Test Ignition Coils

Regardless of design configuration, the role of the ignition coil is to multiply battery voltage into high voltage. Following Ohm’s law for the conversion of volts to amperes, oil-filled coils generally require 3 to 5 amperes of primary current...

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Serial Data Bus Diagnostics

Understanding The Function of Serial Data Buses If serial data buses did not exist, a wiring harness would have to be five times its normal size and use twice as many sensors to deliver the same level of functionality and safety we see in the modern...

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hydroboost featured

Hydro-boost brake boosters can be mysterious to the untrained technician because part-swapping will not solve some brake issues. These systems use the pressure of the power steering pump to power the brake booster. The booster is essentially a power steering unit that supplements the driver’s input.Read More
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brake math featured

May 26,2016
On a mechanical level, it is easy to understand how brakes work. We all understand that brake fluid transfers force from one hydraulic component to another. But, how does this apply to how a brake pedal feels? This is where math is required.Read More
bedding brake pads featured

May 26,2016
There are many opinions on bedding. Some manufacturers say it is not needed while others say it is an absolute necessity. Bedding is a process by which a thin layer of friction material from a set of new brake pads gets transferred to the rotor surface. This practice that many professionals let slip by can help improve the performance and quality of any brake job.Read More

May 25,2016
The majority of survey participants are opting for a pre-owned vehicle, with three-quarters saying that their purchase decision would be influenced by the cost of replacement parts.Read More
brake pull 1

May 25,2016
Sticking caliper pistons, rusty brackets and bad brake hoses can all cause brake pulls, but don't assume they are the only things that can. If the problem is constant pull, it is typically easier to diagnose. Don't forget to inspect suspension parts, such as bushings, that allow wheel movement under braking.Read More
ase-a5-brake-featured

May 25,2016
Although it is impossible to determine what repairs might be needed until the brake assemblies are inspected, a preliminary road test can help pinpoint problems. During the road test, listen for noises and note any pedal pulsation or vehicle pulling when applying the brakes.Read More

May 25,2016
The digital version of the May issue of Brake & Front End magazine is available online. Click to access the easy-to-view digital version that features articles on brake pad wear, hydro-boost, Chevy Cobalt alignment, ride control, BMW air ride, ASE A5 exam, TPMS, bearings, a host of tech tips, and more!Read More

May 25,2016
BCA captured a 2015-'16 President's Award in the Mobile Catalog category. Recognition for the mobile catalog application was achieved, in part, by the user-friendly design and functionality, along with its ability to put the BCA brand, its products, automotive technician training and additional valued content in front of the customer 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year.Read More

May 25,2016
Chuck Franklin of Chuck & Meredy's Auto Service in Big Rapids, Michigan, won the toss for $50,000. With the money, he successfully bid for a limited edition 2011 Camero SS.Read More
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May 25,2016
On most German imports, there are brake pad wear sensors. These are more than just wires that break when the last 3 mm to 5 mm of pad material make contact with the rotor. These sensors can warn the driver and technician of the state of the brake pads long before it becomes a safety problem.Read More

From UnderhoodService
May 25,2016
As the days get longer and hotter, Snap-on has tools that will equip techs to help their customers beat the heat. The National Weather...Read More

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GM TPMS Tips

Shops should use a TPMS tool that can reset the sensor positions after rotation. There is a method in the owner’s manual to “match” the sensors that involves deflating a tire for eight seconds. On...More