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Belts and Hose Inspectionscan Lead to Profitable Add-On Sales

Accessory drive belts and coolant hose replacements are perhaps the most popular and lucrative add-on services in the independent import shop. Because belt and hose inspections are included in auto manufacturers’ scheduled maintenance charts, service writers at most well-managed shops recommend a belt and hose inspection along with tuneup, oil change, starting, charging, cooling, air

Transmissions & Clutches

The Ins and Outs of Manual Gear Box Repair

Rev Up Volvo Performance

When any engine swap is done using a larger displacement engine, you have to look at the big picture. Everything around it must be addressed to handle the added horsepower. This includes the braking system, front and rear suspension, and the structure of the frame. When I did my first Volvo V8 engine swap, it

Publisher’s Perspective: How’s Business?

There are some very strong signs that business will be good in 2004. Optimism among repair shop owners is as high as it’s ever been during the three years that we’ve been tracking this data. During the first week of January, we faxed a survey to 3,000 automotive service and repair shop owners across the

Salem on Service: Handling the Damage in the Shop

Mrs. Smith’s car is being backed out of the bay after an oil change and Joe, the driver and tech, hits the wall with the car. The wall is fine, but the same cannot be said for Mrs. Smith’s car. I would never suggest that my way is the only way, but here is how

Understanding Today’s Multi-Coil Ignition Systems

Distributorless Ignition Systems (DIS) have been around for more than two decades, but in recent years the trend has been to multi-coil systems such as Coil On Plug (COP) or Coil Per Cylinder (CPC) ignition systems, and Coil Near Plug (CNP) ignition systems. COP systems have become the hot setup for a number of packaging,

Secondary Ignition System Maintenance

As one might expect, the introduction of low-maintenance ignition systems has changed how we sell and service secondary ignition system parts for import vehicles. Most import nameplates have, for example, replaced conventional distributor ignition systems with distributorless or coil-on-plug (COP) ignitions in order to reduce the number of wearing parts in the secondary or high-voltage

Choosing Brake Friction Materials

The possibilities seem almost endless…

Honda Timing Belt Replacement

Paying Attention to Detail Makes the Job Go Smoother

American Honda Announces Launch of Online Parts Catalog and Ordering System

Torrance, CA – American Honda recently announced a new online parts catalog and ordering system provided as an enhancement to its Service Express website. The Service Express website, available to independent repair facilities on a subscription basis through participating Honda and Acura dealers, provides service and repair information for every OBD II-equipped Honda and Acura

Driveability Series: Ford Water Pumps

An owner of a Ford vehicle is at your shop to have an oil and filter change. During the service, you notice a little coolant is leaking from the vehicle’s water pump. So, do you replace the pump or is a little coolant dripping normal? Well, the answer depends on how much coolant the pump

Flash Reprogramming

Would you believe flash reprogrammable PCMs have been in vehicles for more than a decade? The first such application was the 1990 Geo Storm. Why a humdrum car like the Storm would be the first to receive a flash reprogrammable computer system is unknown. You’d think GM would have chosen a more high profile vehicle