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Rental Car Revelation

The past few months have been a whirlwind of travel for me. I have seen St. Louis, Los Angeles, Boston, New York and many others destinations in between. On these journeys, I have found myself behind the wheel of many rental cars. In June, I had a...

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Aftermarket TPMS Sensors and Scan Tools

Aftermarket TPMS Solutions Servicing tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) can be a quick money-maker that requires minimal labor. The service is also essential since this maintenance applies to every vehicle made or sold in the U.S. since 2008. Manufacturers...

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Fuel Tank Installation: Avoiding the Second Drop

Nothing is worse than a comeback after a fuel tank has been dropped. Discovering that the fuel tank needs to be dropped again to address a problem can kill shop productivity and profitability. Below are tips that can help you avoid comebacks and dropping...

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Rental Car Revelation

The past few months have been a whirlwind of travel for me. I have seen St. Louis, Los Angeles, Boston, New York and many others destinations in between. On these journeys, I have found myself behind the wheel of many rental cars. In June, I had a...

Read more...

Electric Power Steering Diagnostics

Understanding Electric Power Steering Systems Electric power steering, or EPS, is more energy efficient than hydraulic systems and does not provide assist until it receives driver input. The steering wheel position sensor and applied torque sensor are...

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How to Test Drive a Car to Check for Problems

Test Drive Diagnostics Test drives on the surface can seem like one of the most unprofitable tasks a technician can perform. But, test drives can be one of the most profitable processes a shop can do to help sell more service. You just have to have procedures...

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Toyota HVAC Evaporator Drain Hose Clogged Due to Insect Intrusion

Vehicles in certain geographic areas may exhibit a condition where the HVAC evaporator drain hose has become obstructed with an insect nest. An insect repellent drain hose tip (ARINIX tip) is now available to help minimize future occurrences of this condition....

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Hyundai No-Start, No-Crank Condition Due to Gear Selector Range Switch

Affected Models: Tucson (2010-); Santa Fe (2010-12); Sonata (2011-); Elantra (2013-); Accent (2012-); Azera (2012- ); and Veloster (2013-). Condition: An improperly adjusted or improperly operating inhibitor switch (range switch) may result in...

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Be Wary of the Fall Maintenance Slowdown

If you think you don’t need to do any more marketing this quarter because you’ve been riding the summer vehicle maintenance wave, think again. While your car count is likely high — due to road trip inspections, oil changes, A/C service and unperformed...

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Identifix Celebrates 50,000 Direct-Hit Subscribers with 50K Giveaway Contest

Identifix, Inc. has reached another milestone: its 50,000th subscriber to Direct-Hit, its award-winning online tool. To commemorate the occasion, the company has launched a contest called the 50K Giveaway. Five Direct-Hit users who submit a Hotline...

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Liquid Tools: Choose Your Maintenance Chemicals Based On The Application

The shelves in most parts stores are stocked with an abundance of aerosol maintenance products – everything from cleaners to lubricants. The huge selection of products can be overwhelming, leading to confusion about which product you should purchase...

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Snap-on Franchisee Conference Draws Record Crowd

Snap-on reports that it drew a record-setting crowd for its Snap-on Franchisee Conference (SFC) held in Washington, D.C., this year. The three-day business conference brings together Snap-on Tools franchisees for insight, information and celebration...

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Makita has released the new 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Quick-Shift Mode 3-Speed Impact Driver, model XDT09M. It is Makita’s most powerful and most compact impact...Read More

Off-car wheel balancers do an excellent job of measuring dynamic unbalance - static and couple - and many also measure tire/wheel uniformity, radial runout or calculate radial force variation (RFV) to help eliminate vibration and verify the assembly is balanced and round when rolling. However, two problematic assumptions are made with off-car balancers.Read More

Don't be scared by direct fuel injection diagnostics. In theory, these systems operate on the same principles as port fuel injection, but direct injection can inject more precise amounts of fuel into the combustion chamber so the engine can run leaner and more efficient. The key to direct injection is a high-pressure fuel pump. This pump is precision-machined to generate fuel pressure to the rail up to 2,500 psi. These high-pressure fuel pumps are typically driven by a camshaft and are able to vary their displacement and output to match the needs of the engine.Read More

The perfect internal combustion vehicle would be able to put the exact amount of fuel and air into the combustion chamber. If the perfect combustion event happened, you would get nothing more than water and carbon dioxide. We are not there yet. In the mean time, we have exhaust gas recirculation systems (EGR), secondary air injection and catalytic converters.Read More

The Toyota Avalon is sometimes called the "Japanese Buick" due to its size and plush ride. However, the Avalon's overall suspension design does not vary that much from Toyota's smaller vehicle platforms. The Avalon comes in four trims: a standard XL trim, a sporty Touring trim, an XLS trim and a premium Limited trim. The XL model comes standard with 16" alloy wheels, while other trims come with larger 17" wheels. Performance-oriented tires were fitted to the Touring and Limited trim. The alignment specs are different for some trim levels, so make sure you select the right model.Read More

ASE TEST PREP

What do some ball joints, tie rods and suspension components have in common with engines? The answer is Torque-to-Yield (TTY) fasteners. TTY fasteners are mounting fasteners which are torqued beyond the state of elasticity and therefore undergo plastic transformation, causing them to become permanently elongated.Read More

TECH VIDEOS

In this informative seminar, veteran Delphi instructor Dave Hobbs will bring you up close and personal to the workings of both the low pressure and high pressure sides of GDI systems along with live scan tool and lab scope diagnostic tips. Be sure to check out our whole series of training videos.Read More

Product Showcase

The Self-Adjusting Wire Stripper (68220) from Lisle Corp. automatically adjusts to strip insulation from 10 to 24 gauge wire. This tool crimps insulated and non-insulated...Read More

Headlines

Vehicles in certain geographic areas may exhibit a condition where the HVAC evaporator drain hose has become obstructed with an insect nest. An insect...Read More

ShowMeTheParts has released a new mobile-friendly branded site its manufacturer partners can deploy in HTML5 form and in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. This Spanish-enabled site can be run on Android and Apple smartphones and tablets. Using the flexibility of the Auto Care Association ACES standard, ShowMeTheParts is able to work with its manufacturer partners to deploy custom-branded catalogs for their Latin America markets.Read More

Lincoln Educational Services Corp., a national provider of specialized technical training, has been selected by Audi of America Inc. as a Premium Plus Level partner in the Audi Education Partnership Program. Lincoln Tech will provide manufacturer-specific career training to students at its Mahwah, New Jersey; Nashville, Tennessee; Denver, Colorado; and Columbia, Maryland, campuses, giving students from around the country the opportunity to build enhanced automotive career skills while working closely with the technology and equipment used by one of the world's leading automakers.Read More

OptiCat has announced the availability of "Parts Page Linkage" as part of its online parts research catalog, opticatonline.com, which will assist in driving Web traffic to suppliers' products online.Read More

A panel of experts will discuss the challenges facing OEMs in preventing vehicle hacking while preserving productivity and convenience in auto repair. This topic will be a key focus of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) Fall 2015 General Meeting, taking place from 1-4:30 pm (PT) on Nov. 4, in the Venetian Hotel/Sands Expo during AAPEX in Las Vegas.Read More

DENSO Products and Services Americas has released its 2015 Spark Plug Catalog, which features more than 634 part numbers covering more than 250 million cars and trucks in operation. The catalog includes DENSO's newest product line, the Iridium TT "Twin-Tip" Technology spark plugs, designed to perform for more than 100,000 miles.Read More

Have you experienced an auto parts "fail" that made you late for work or left you stranded on the side of the road? "#PartsMatter," an auto safety campaign for consumers and professional technicians throughout the U.S. and Canada, is offering weekly cash prizes to winners who share photos and/or videos documenting a part failure on any passenger vehicle.Read More

Motivating this latest evolution in Multi Parts' corporate identity was President Brian Cohn's desire to remove any perceived limits placed on the company by the word "supply." "We are not a distributor. To some, that's what the word 'supply' implied," he commented.Read More

Beginning Sept. 1 through Oct. 31, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels is offering consumers a $75 prepaid reward card on the purchase of a new set of four qualifying wheels, as well as a $100 prepaid reward card on the purchase of a new set of four qualifying tires.Read More

Centric Parts has announced a range of OE-sized, two-piece StopTech AeroRotor Replacement Kits (ARK) designed to significantly improve brake system performance utilizing factory brake calipers. These new direct replacement rotors are 100 percent made in the USA, and are available for a number of high-performance vehicle applications.Read More
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Rental Car Revelation

The past few months have been a whirlwind of travel for me. I have seen St. Louis, Los Angeles, Boston, New York and many others destinations in between. On these journeys, I have found myself behind the...More

Aftermarket TPMS Sensors and Scan Tools

Aftermarket TPMS Solutions Servicing tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) can be a quick money-maker that requires minimal labor. The service is also essential since this maintenance applies to every...More

Rental Car Revelation

The past few months have been a whirlwind of travel for me. I have seen St. Louis, Los Angeles, Boston, New York and many others destinations in between. On these journeys, I have found myself behind the...More

Electric Power Steering Diagnostics

Understanding Electric Power Steering Systems Electric power steering, or EPS, is more energy efficient than hydraulic systems and does not provide assist until it receives driver input. The steering...More

Toyota HVAC Evaporator Drain Hose Clogged Due to Insect Intrusion

Vehicles in certain geographic areas may exhibit a condition where the HVAC evaporator drain hose has become obstructed with an insect nest. An insect repellent drain hose tip (ARINIX tip) is now available...More

Hyundai No-Start, No-Crank Condition Due to Gear Selector Range Switch

Affected Models: Tucson (2010-); Santa Fe (2010-12); Sonata (2011-); Elantra (2013-); Accent (2012-); Azera (2012- ); and Veloster (2013-). Condition: An improperly adjusted or improperly operating...More

Launch’s EasyDiag 2.0 Plus Turns Your Smart Device Into A Professional OBD II Diagnostic Tool

The newly released EasyDiag 2.0 Plus professional diagnostic tool turns your Apple or Android smart device into a powerful OBD II diagnostic tool. This is a professional tool offering full system coverage...More

Mac Tools Offers 3 New Cordless Impacts

Mac Tools presents three new and innovative cordless impacts that are available in several variations to meet a technician’s impact tool needs. The new impacts offer reliable power, comfort for more...More