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Fuel Trims And AFR Sensors

Fuel trims are a difficult topic to cover in a matter of a few pages. But this summer, an old friend and former teaching partner arrived at our local car show with the check engine light illuminated on his 2004 Holden Monaro, which was imported from...

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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 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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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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GM HVAC Door Actuator Motors: Operation And Calibration

GM Electrically Driven Actuator Motors Long gone are the cables and rods jutting out of the firewall to operate the heater control valve or a vacuum unit pulling a blend door open. These days, it’s electrically driven actuator motors (modules) accomplishing...

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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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The time to change to and from summer to winter tires is both a regional and personal decision. Whenever it takes place, a changeover brings with it a need for consumers to make some decisions. The decision to purchase or not purchase a second set of wheels needs to be followed with questions about TPMS sensors.Read More
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September 29,2016
When Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag at the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Sept. 10 in his Bosch-equipped No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota,...Read More

September 29,2016
Kukui 4.0 is designed to solve the problems that automotive service center owners struggle with every day.Read More

September 29,2016
This update, numbered 54.2, is available to current subscribers to tools.bartecusa.com.Read More

September 29,2016
Members of the council act as a representative voice of all Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper customers in business matters related to service centers.Read More

September 28,2016
In most cases, an aluminum component is as strong or stronger than steel or cast iron. But what sets aluminum apart is how it fails. Most aluminum suspension components are extruded or forged, and in some cases, will be heat-treated. If a component has undergone extreme stress, such as a curb strike, the part will most likely crack and break instead of bend. Read More
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September 28,2016
The Dodge Ram might not be the most popular of the full-sized trucks, but it has a loyal following among drivers and fleets. While the basic alignment procedure on this generation of the Ram 1500 is straightforward, the additions of stability control, electric power steering and air ride can make for a complicated alignment.Read More

September 27,2016
Important highlights of the software release include TPMS updates and improvements to tests for diagnosing various issues with Ford, Chrysler and Toyota vehicles.Read More

September 27,2016
WD-40 Co. has partnered with SEMA Cares to build a custom 1967 Chevrolet Camaro to celebrate both the 50th anniversary of the SEMA Show...Read More

September 27,2016
In the 1940s, a technician could work on most vehicles with a set of tools that could fit in a small tool chest. Sockets and ratchets were cutting-edge innovations, and technicians used combination wrenches on most repairs.Read More

September 27,2016
At Automechanika Frankfurt , MEYLE surprised visitors with a revamped brand identity, sending a clear message of being “Driver’s best friend.” “With the brand relaunch,...Read More

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Bosch's 'Giving Track' Contributions This Season Reach $20,000

When Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag at the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Sept. 10 in his Bosch-equipped No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota, Bosch crossed the $20,000 mark in charitable contributions through...More

How To Choose The Right Motor Oil

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Honda Fit: HVAC Blower Motor Works Only On High Speed

MODELS 2009-2011 Fit 2012 Fit (select VINs) SYMPTOM The HVAC blower motor works only on high speed. PROBABLE CAUSE Excessive current draw from the HVAC blower motor causes the blower resistor...More

Ford Focus: Wet Carpet On Passenger Side

Models 2012-2013 Focus ISSUE Some 2012-2013 Focus vehicles built on or before 11/12/2012 may exhibit wet carpet on the passenger-side front foot well. This is likely due to leaking climate control...More