2016 Editions Archives - Brake & Front End
Active Ride Control Diagnostics

The key to servicing these systems is proper information and understanding precisely how these systems operate.

Colorado High School Students Get By With a Little Help From Their Friends

Starting with 16 students, Sprague announced to the very first Wheat Ridge STEM Engineering Team that they were going to build a car and compete in the Shell Eco-marathon, which challenges student teams across the globe to design, build, test and drive ultra-energy-efficient vehicles.

Tips For Winter TPMS Service

The installation of snow tires can throw a monkey wrench into your service opportunities this winter if you’re not accustomed to dealing with TPMS.

GM Tech Tip: Grease Or Sealant Visible On Electronic Power Steering Gear Is Not A Leak

On GM vehicles with electric power steering starting in 2009, you may see grease or sealant on certain locations of the steering gear. Vehicles with electric power steering systems do not have fluid inside of them.

Ford Tech Tip: 9.75 Traction-Lok Rear Axle Chatter Or Shudder On Slow Turns When Cold

Some F-150s equipped with a 9.75 Traction-Lok rear axle assembly may exhibit a shudder, chatter and/or vibration during slow, tight turns. This concern may be more noticeable after cold startup and less noticeable once the rear axle fluid warms up.

Sprinter Van Brake Maintenance

The Dodge/Mercedes-Benz/Freightliner Sprinter is not a huge seller when compared to other fleet vehicles. But, it has gained a solid following because of its huge internal cargo capacity and fuel-efficient engines. The brakes are very conventional, but require special attention for the ABS and pad sensors.

BRAKE LIGHTS 1985: Third Brake Light DOT Mandate

The third brake light was mandated for 1986 model year vehicles. Some aftermarket companies sold kits so shops could sell this safety item to owners of older vehicles. It never really caught on.

Is The Aftermarket Or Auto Care Industry The Underdogs Of The American Economy? Or, Are We The Foundation?

The aftermarket is changing and is being forced to keep pace with evolving technology and consumer tastes. It is a fearless industry that is not afraid to service vehicles that are two or 20 years old, and it is one that is not afraid to find new ways to retain old customers and attract new ones. In all, the auto care industry adapts more efficiently and faster than any other.

Variable Assist Power Steering Diagnostics

During the past 20 years, steering feel is one of the most researched and engineered aspects of any vehicle. To get the feel just right, OEMs are using a combination of old and new technologies that can also help to make the engine more efficient.

Scrub Radius And Alignments

Big rims or tires can look good and give a vehicle a unique appearance. But it’s what you can’t see that can become really ugly, especially if the alignment and suspension angles have become altered in the installation process.

DTV Pulsation and BTV Judder Differences

Looking at the big picture of the measurements, vehicle and driver together is the only way to solve a customer complaint when it comes to brakes. Having the knowledge of what is happening between the rotor, pad and caliper is also key.

Booster Failure From Rich-Running Engine

A rich-running engine due to improper fuel management causes excess gas or gasoline fumes to enter the booster, thus destroying the diaphragm.