2017 Editions Archives - Page 2 of 12 - Brake & Front End
Brake Job: 2002-2010 Ford Explorer

The second-generation Ford Explorer is one of the most common vehicles on the road. The brake system is a product of what Ford learned in the late 1990s about what brakes mean to customer satisfaction. It is a relatively robust and trouble-free system. But, things can still go wrong.

Wheel Speed Sensor: Understanding ABS Brake Passive Sensors

The passive wheel speed sensor has been around a long time. It works quite differently than the active speed sensors that are found on most cars today. The passive speed sensor creates its own AC signal that changes frequency with wheel speed. This signal is only present while the wheel is turning at a rate fast enough to create the AC signal.

Honda Brake Tips

Brake lubricants are critical in returning a Honda’s brake system to an optimal operating condition.

VW Touareg 2003-2010 Air Ride Diagnostics And Replacement

The Volkswagen Touareg was the first VW SUV and the first to get an air ride suspension system. The luxury SUV shares the same platform as the Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne. This is a full-feature air ride system designed to improve comfort, stability and off-road capabilities. Some vehicles with the 4XMotion option will also have a sway bar that can be decoupled to increase wheel travel. 

Electronic Brake Pad Wear Sensor Diagnostics

Electronic brake pad wear sensors can be found on a variety of vehicles, including domestics like Cadillac and Chevy. Also, brake pad wear sensors can be found on BMW, Mercedes Benz and Audi vehicles.

Forget Rolling Back Prices — Focus on Taking Care of the Customer

The answer is simple: People frequent businesses where they feel employees come to work with a genuine desire to serve their best interests.

10 Years Of TPMS

September 2017 marked the 10-year anniversary of mandatory tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). During these past 10 years, more than 147-million vehicles were sold with TPMS. If you multiply the number by four, it means that there are more than 590-million tire pressure sensors that will need replacement in the future.

TPMS tools
The Dynamic Alignment Perspective

One of the most difficult concepts for any technician to grasp is how alignment angles change when a vehicle is accelerating, braking and cornering. The view seen when the sensors and targets are on the vehicle in the alignment bay is just a small snapshot into the suspension’s geometry.

Getting Better At Eliminating Brake Noise

If you are trying to eliminate a noise, you could try to stop it from moving the air around it. This is not possible with brakes because they do not operate in a vacuum and they cannot be separated from the vehicle.

Tech Tip: Land Rover Squeal From High-Performance Brake System

On 2014-’17 Range Rover models equipped with the High-Performance Brake Package with 380 mm front brake rotors, the customer may complain of squeal noises when the brakes are applied under light stops.

Toe And Tie Rods

Toe is the most critical alignment angle. It is also an angle that can change as the weight of the vehicle is transferred to the front or rear wheels. Engineers can tune the suspension geometry and toe to make the vehicle more stable under braking or initial turn in.

Piecing Together The Air Ride Diagnostic Puzzle

Air ride diagnostics can be just as complex as any ABS or fuel injection problem. The diagnostic process should start with questions about the system rather than the parts.