2015 Editions Archives - Page 4 of 6 - Brake & Front End
Toyota RAV4 Alignment

If you get a Toyota RAV4 in your shop, it is what you do after you adjust the angles that can make or break the alignment. Keep reading for details.

EPB Diagnostics

A growing number of vehicles are equipped with EPB (electronic parking brakes). This article discusses diagnostic approaches for servicing these systems.

2010-2013 Kia Soul Brake Repair

The 2010-2013 KIA Soul has one of the most trouble-free brake systems on the market. But, when some Kia Souls begin to push 50,000-70,000 miles, they can suffer more from cheap brake pad slaps and a lack of service to the calipers, ABS system and brake hardware.

Rental Car Revelation

Andrew Markel, editor of Brake & Front End and Underhood Service, discusses life on the road behind the wheel of today’s rental cars.

Cheap Brake Pads

Selling cheap brake pads can help automotive technicians market their services, but what is the real cost of installing inferior quality brake pads?

2000-2010 Ford Focus Alignment Specs

The 2000-2010 Ford Focus is one of the most common cars on the road. Proper alignment of this vehicle takes knowledge of common problems with the platform to avoid premature tire wear.

Chrysler Tech Tip: Stability Control System Engages Prematurely

Problem:  ESP system may prematurely activate momentarily when negotiating a curve or MIL illumination due to diagnostic trouble code P0340, P0344 or P0116. Overview: This bulletin involves selectively erasing and reprogramming the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) with new software. Models: 2004-2007 Durango 2007 Aspen 2007 Ram Truck 2005-2007 Grand Cherokee 2006-2007 Commander 2004-2006 Liberty Note:

Honda Tech Tip: Dampers Lock Up After Lowering Vehicle on a Rack

You’ve got your service customer’s vehicle up on a rack to do some work. You lower it back down, but now it looks like a 4×4 ready for some serious off-roading or it feels like it’s got a rock-solid suspension. If you’re wondering what’s going on, the dampers locked up. Damper lock-up is a wear-and-tear

Tech Tips: Avoid Repeat Bearing Failures on Subaru Legacy and Impreza 1992-2003 Models

To help avoid repeat bearing failures on 1992-2003 Subaru Legacy and Impreza models, the bearings experts at SKF have outlined some commonly overlooked problems, as well as the steps to fix them. First and foremost, always follow manufacturer guidelines during removal and installation. Before removing the old bearing, it’s important to check runout and endplay


Q: When should tire pressure be checked? A: Most TPMSs are calibrated to a vehicle’s cold tire pressure, but check the owner’s manual for the correct procedure. Volvo, for instance, recommends a vehicle be parked for at least three hours before filling the tires with air to the cold tire pressure specs in the owner’s

Alignment Specs: 2006-10 Volkswagen Passat

The VW Passat for 2006 was completely new. The four-link front suspension with four ball joints was replaced with a cast-iron lower control arm and a McPherson strut. In the rear, the Passat received an independent suspension with a trailing link design. Also, the design of the AWD model was much more simplified. But, when

Bulletproof: What 20 Years Can Do To Your Health

I once worked at a repair shop next to a small body shop, and I would occasionally see the two guys who worked there on my smoke breaks. Talking to these guys you could tell that something was not right. It seemed the busier they got, the more drunk they got. But, I never saw