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Automotive Pet Peeves 2: Reader Feedback Is Overwhelming

How many auto repair pet peeves are out there? Well, enough of them that one article wouldn’t hold them all. I’ve received so many emails, texts and phone calls about my article in the February issue that I thought: why not put everyone’s pet peeve...

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Air Filter Show & Tell: Seeing Is Believing

Air filters are normal wear items that ­require regular checks and ­replacement. Their role is to trap dirt particles that can cause damage to engine cylinders, walls, pistons and piston rings. In fuel-injected vehicles, the air filter also plays...

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Searching For 'Black Holes': Job Totals Reveal Missed Selling Opportunities

The concept for Maintenance Chronicle is simple: We ask one shop to record their maintenance sales for a two-week period, and then we see what we learn from the results. This edition of Maintenance Chronicle also proved to be valuable for the shop we...

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Saab: Fuel Sending Unit Replacement

The 2006 Saab 9-3 Sport sedan came in on the hook and the tow truck driver said, “I think it needs a fuel pump.” The gas gauge was reading less than a quarter of a tank and the low fuel warning light wasn’t on, so a quick fuel pressure check was...

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KIA: Brake Light On, Tachometer And Speedometer Inoperative

Applicable Models: 2001 Kia Optima LX, 2.4L Complaint The customer states the red brake light is illuminated on the instrument cluster. The ­customer also states the tachometer and speedometer intermittently stop working. Cause Confirmed the customer’s...

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Mazda: Fuel System Servicing Precaution

Applicable Models: 2004-’07 Mazda3 2005-’07 Mazda6 2006-’07 MX-5 vehicles During service/removal of fuel system parts on the above vehicles, the memory of the malfunctions and the long-term fuel trim need to be cleared by either removing the...

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Notice: Annual Lift Inspection Labels Stolen

The Automotive Lift Institute, Inc. (ALI), an ANSI accredited product certification body, has announced that 200 of its Annual Inspection labels were stolen when the vehicle of an ALI Certified Lift Inspector was broken into and vandalized near Buffalo,...

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Mac Tools Donates to Breast Cancer Research Fund through Sales of ‘Wrenching for a Cure’ Products

Mac Tools has made donations of more than $30,000 to The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research and over $4,000 to The Breast Cancer Society of Canada. Mac Tools would like to thank their franchisees and customers for their purchases...

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What R-1234yf Means for Service, Equipment, Safety

For shops, R-1234yf means several new procedures, a certification and new equipment in order to properly handle these new systems. Why the difference in handling and servicing R-1234yf systems versus R-134a? Flammability. Don’t be alarmed, because...

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Diagnostic Dilemma: The Case of the Missing Code

When doing mobile diagnostic work, no-code stalling complaints are a major part of your agenda. In most cases, the client shop is simply too busy to duplicate the failure or, in some cases, a long test drive will yield nothing in the way of useful...

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Secondary Ignition: The Art of Spark

What is a coil? From the beginning of the internal combustion engine, several different ignition systems have been used to create a high-energy spark. The most popular system, and the one that’s in use today, is a step-up coil. A coil is nothing...

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Diagnosing Catalytic Converter Failure Symptoms

Although construction can vary according to engine application, the common three-way catalytic converter contains a reduction and oxidation stage. To create maximum surface area, each stage is generally a ­ceramic or stainless steel honeycomb substrate...

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Nivomat shocks can be found on a variety of vehicles. They are self-leveling shocks that use an internal pump on the piston to control...Read More

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Just ahead of the “100 Deadliest Days” – the busy summer driving season between Memorial Day and Labor Day – Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone)...Read More

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MOOG hub assemblies from Federal-Mogul Motorparts are now available with several new application-specific enhancements designed to provide superior durability...Read More

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Win Earns Hendrick Marrow Program Third Bosch Aftermarket NA Donation

Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove his Bosch-equipped No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS to victory lane during Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series event at Talladega Superspeedway. In recognition of Earnhardt’s victory,...More

NPD Group: Consumers Driving More, But Spending $39B Less At The Pump

By David Portalatin, Executive Director, Automotive Aftermarket Industry Analyst, NPD Group. An interesting phenomenon is happening on the roads today. At the same time that consumers are driving more,...More

Saab: Fuel Sending Unit Replacement

The 2006 Saab 9-3 Sport sedan came in on the hook and the tow truck driver said, “I think it needs a fuel pump.” The gas gauge was reading less than a quarter of a tank and the low fuel warning light...More

Lithium: An Element That Is Charging Ahead

What is an EMV? As you read the hybrid and plug-in articles that my company, ACDC, is writing this year, we have coined a new term: EMV (electric motor vehicle). Rather than use hybrid, plug-in hybrid,...More

Hunter Offers New Generation Advanced Tabletop Tire Changers

New generation TCX57 tabletop tire changers from Hunter Engineering include several enhanced features for tremendous power and control, according to the company. Building on the TCX575 family, the TCX57...More

Notice: Annual Lift Inspection Labels Stolen

The Automotive Lift Institute, Inc. (ALI), an ANSI accredited product certification body, has announced that 200 of its Annual Inspection labels were stolen when the vehicle of an ALI Certified Lift...More

Ultimate Underhood: Chrysler Slant Six

While the Chrysler Slant Six did not have the raw power of the Hemi, it was just a sophisticated. The Slant Six went into production in 1960 and lasted until 1983. The 30º tilt was borrowed from Mercedes-Benz...More

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