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Ford: Smoke From Vehicle When Starting

Vehicle: 2005 Ford Taurus SE, 3.0L Complaint: The customer says smoke comes from vehicle when starting. Cause: Confirmed the customer’s complaint and found smoke coming from the vehicle when the engine was started. Inspected the vehicle and found...

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R-1234yf Safety Procedure Checklist

Remember that R-1234yf is only mildly flammable. To become flammable, the mixture of air and refrigerant in a closed area like a vehicle cabin would need to be between 6.5% and 12.3% of the chemical vapor. This mixture must then experience a significant...

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Refrigerant Revolution: What R-1234yf Means for Service, Equipment, Safety

The new R-1234yf refrigerant is more than just a new jumble of numbers and letters on a label. For your shop, R-1234yf means several new procedures, a certification and new equipment in order to properly handle these new systems. Why the difference...

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Weak Air Ride Compressor Diagnostics

Air ride systems always used to have two diagnostic paths: either the vehicle was riding low or the compressor blew a fuse. Today’s modern vehicles have computer-controlled air ride units at all four corners that can pose a unique diagnostic challenge...

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Ford Fusion Alignment Spec (2005-‘13)

Millions of Ford ­Fusions were sold in the U.S. between 2005 and 2013. When it comes to alignments, it is critical to diagnose the customer first, to find out if their Fusion drifts or pulls, and then to check all of the possibilities for the complaint...

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Nissan Titan Brake Job

The Titan is Nissan’s full-size pickup. The Titan has had no major brake problems or recalls, and the brakes are fairly easy to service. Nissan had a few teething problems with brake judder on 2004-‘06 models, but this was corrected with better...

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Engine Coolant Temperature Diagnostics

While old-school cooling system service often ­focused on coolant leaks and overheating engines, let’s begin thinking “new-school” by looking at modern cooling systems through the eyes of the engine coolant temperature (ECT) sensor. Coolant temperature...

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Volkswagen: Parking Indicator Sounds Off with No Obstacle

Customer complains that the parking assistance issues warning sounds for both the front and/or rear of vehicle with no obstacle in range. Water intrusion into sensor holders is causing corroded plug contacts and sensor electrical pins, which results in...

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Volkswagen: Unnecessary Electric Coolant Fan Replacements

Model: 2006 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Customer concerns of “electric coolant fans continue to run after the ignition is switched off” are resulting in unnecessary coolant fan replacements. It is considered normal operation for the electric coolant...

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Know the Specs for Your Social Media Accounts

By now, we should be well past the things I heard as recently as two years ago: “Social media is just a fad,” “No one will follow a (repair) shop on Facebook” and “I don’t care what you had for dinner, and I’m sure you don’t care where...

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MAHLE Service Solutions' New R1234yf Recovery Machine Named 'Best Use Of Technology' At MACS 2015

The ArcticPRO ACX1280 machine from MAHLE Service Solutions received the “Best Use of Technology” new product award at the 2015 Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Trade Show. The award was selected by an impartial panel of automotive...

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Bartec Updates Tool Software

Bartec USA released its next tool software update for its range of TPMS tools. This latest tool software release integrates TIA’s TPMS Relearn Chart into Bartec’s TMPS software. “The TIA Chart is a must-have for any back shop whether general...

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Motorists can save on the replacement of worn shock absorbers and struts during the Monroe “Take Control” promotion beginning March 1 and running through...Read More

Models: 2014 and prior GM passenger cars and trucks Some customers may comment about musty odors emitted from the HVAC system at startup in hot,...Read More

Air ride systems always used to have two diagnostic paths: either the vehicle was riding low or the compressor blew a fuse. Today’s modern...Read More

While old-school cooling system service often ­focused on coolant leaks and overheating engines, let’s begin thinking “new-school” by looking at modern cooling systems through...Read More

Vehicle: 2005 Ford Taurus SE, 3.0L Complaint: The customer says smoke comes from vehicle when starting. Cause: Confirmed the customer’s complaint and found smoke coming from...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. These bolts and...Read More

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This short animated video explains the Map controlled MAHLE Original thermostat and how it differs from a standard thermostat. You’ll see it in operation...Read More

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PaceSetter Performance Products, designers and manufacturers of quality-made, affordably-priced exhaust systems and components, now offers a direct-fit manifold catalytic converters for the 2002-'08 Mini...Read More

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Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and the MOOG Steering and Suspension-equipped No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet dominated the final 125 laps to win...Read More

Federal-Mogul Motorparts' ANCO Wipers brand, the Official Wiper Blade of the NHL, is offering mail-in rebates to consumers who help enhance their driving visibility...Read More

The ArcticPRO ACX1280 machine from MAHLE Service Solutions received the “Best Use of Technology” new product award at the 2015 Mobile Air Conditioning Society...Read More

The Car Care Council is promoting 2015 National Car Care Month community car care events via Facebook, Twitter and their website when businesses and...Read More

Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson earned his first victory of the 2015 Sprint Cup Season at Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip...Read More
Car Care guide 2014 cover

As gas prices continue to drop, ­consumers will have a few more dollars in their pockets to spend on essentials, like vehicle repair and...Read More

Models: 2014 and prior GM passenger cars and trucks Some customers may comment about musty odors emitted from the HVAC system at startup in hot,...Read More

Air ride systems always used to have two diagnostic paths: either the vehicle was riding low or the compressor blew a fuse. Today’s modern...Read More

Newly redesigned, the SOLAR BA327 from Clore Automotive offers a complete testing solution for 6- and 12-volt batteries and 12- and 24-volt charging systems. The...Read More

PaceSetter Performance Products, designers and manufacturers of quality-made, affordably-priced exhaust systems and components, now offers a direct-fit manifold catalytic converters for the 2002-'08 Mini...Read More
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GM: Eliminating Air Conditioning Odor

Models: 2014 and prior GM passenger cars and trucks Some customers may comment about musty odors emitted from the HVAC system at startup in hot, humid conditions. Cause This condition may be caused...More

Ford: Smoke From Vehicle When Starting

Vehicle: 2005 Ford Taurus SE, 3.0L Complaint: The customer says smoke comes from vehicle when starting. Cause: Confirmed the customer’s complaint and found smoke coming from the vehicle when the...More

Weak Air Ride Compressor Diagnostics

Air ride systems always used to have two diagnostic paths: either the vehicle was riding low or the compressor blew a fuse. Today’s modern vehicles have computer-controlled air ride units at all four...More

Diagnostic Strategies For Solving TPMS Errors

The first step in any diagnostic strategy is to figure out whether or not your customer's vehicle actually has a TPMS problem. Any number of things can cause the TPMS warning light to come on or flash....More

Engine Coolant Temperature Diagnostics

While old-school cooling system service often ­focused on coolant leaks and overheating engines, let’s begin thinking “new-school” by looking at modern cooling systems through the eyes of the engine...More

Volkswagen: Parking Indicator Sounds Off with No Obstacle

Customer complains that the parking assistance issues warning sounds for both the front and/or rear of vehicle with no obstacle in range. Water intrusion into sensor holders is causing corroded plug contacts...More

Know the Specs for Your Social Media Accounts

By now, we should be well past the things I heard as recently as two years ago: “Social media is just a fad,” “No one will follow a (repair) shop on Facebook” and “I don’t care what you had...More

MAHLE Service Solutions' New R1234yf Recovery Machine Named 'Best Use Of Technology' At MACS 2015

The ArcticPRO ACX1280 machine from MAHLE Service Solutions received the “Best Use of Technology” new product award at the 2015 Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Trade Show. The award...More