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BMW Recognized for Engine-Building Excellence

BMW Group’s engine-building prowess was recognized with four wins at the latest International Engine of the Year Awards. The drive unit in the BMW i8 earned two class wins as well as being declared overall winner, with a further class win being garnered...

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Diagnostic Dilemma: The Case of the Missing Code

When doing mobile diagnostic work, no-code stalling complaints are a major part of your agenda. In most cases, the client shop is simply too busy to duplicate the failure or, in some cases, a long test drive will yield nothing in the way of useful...

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Secondary Ignition: The Art of Spark

What is a coil? From the beginning of the internal combustion engine, several different ignition systems have been used to create a high-energy spark. The most popular system, and the one that’s in use today, is a step-up coil. A coil is nothing...

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Regulators Launch Investigation Into Jeep Grand Cherokee Brake Defect

Federal regulators are investigating whether the automatic braking systems in some 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokees may be defective after receiving a number of complaints from motorists about a potentially dangerous glitch that caused their vehicles to come...

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Electronic Proportioning Valve: Doing More With Less Hardware

Anti-lock brake systems (ABS) and the HCU are replacing proportioning, combination and other valves to change the braking forces in the front and rear. This is called Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and it can dynamically change the proportioning...

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NHTSA’s GM Brake Line Corrosion Investigation: Reading Between the Brake Lines

There will be no recalls on some GM vehicles for brake line corrosion. Instead, we received an advisory from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about brake line inspection and car washes. What was not discussed was the corrosion...

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The Element of Trust And Its Impact on a Repair Scenario

Trust: It’s an important word, and it’s one I hear a lot behind the counter at the shop. “I know you’ll treat me right because I trust what you do,” is the general sentiment. But I’ve always wondered how deep that level of comfort goes...

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Servicing Mercedes-Benz AIRMATIC Suspensions

The Mercedes-Benz AIRMATIC suspension system was introduced in 1999 on the S-Class and has subsequently been used on the E-Class and most of the automaker’s SUVs. The system employs electronically controlled air springs that provide an ideal balance...

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Nissan: Solving Performance & Check Engine Light Issues

We recently had a late-model Sentra towed in with a no-crank complaint. This was the first time we were faced with a smart-key-equipped Nissan that did nothing when the start button was pushed. My first step on any diagnosis is to put the enhanced scanner...

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Ingersoll Rand's 'Real Work Real Play' Sweepstakes With Gas Monkey Garage And NASCAR Rewards A Tool User With The Ultimate Fan Weekend

Ingersoll Rand, the Official Power Tools of NASCAR and a preferred tool provider for Gas Monkey Garage, has announced the “Real Work Real Play” sweepstakes to reward automotive fans who “get it done” with a weekend of fun. Ingersoll Rand is working...

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Bosch Relaunches Boschdiagnostics.com With Mobile-Responsive Design, New Layout For North America

Bosch has announced the re-launch of boschdiagnostics.com in North America, continuing to update all of its sites to a mobile-responsive, intuitive design. The URL contains three separate sites, featuring DIY diagnostic tools (DIY), professional diagnostic...

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New Bartec Tech400Pro TPMS Tool To Be Demonstrated At NACE | CARS

Bartec USA, a North American leader in TPMS Diagnostic tools, will hold live demonstrations of its newly released Tech400Pro TPMS Scan Tool at this year’s NACE | CARS show in Detroit. Michael Rose, Bartec product manager, will conduct these demonstrations...

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Raybestos has joined forces once again with Schwartz Performance to restore an American icon muscle car: a 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback. As part of the Raybestos 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback restoration, Schwartz Performance will install its famous "G-Machine" custom-fabricated chassis as well as an off-the-shelf performance disc brake upgrade package, using Raybestos components and Element3 brake pads with Enhanced Hybrid Technology (EHT).Read More

While servicing a 1998 or later Infiniti ­vehicle with an EVAP service port, if one or more of the DTCs listed in this tech tip related to EVAP system leaks is found stored in Self Diagnosis, use the Repair Flow Chart shown. Use the EVAP system diagram for reference.Read More

Most emission control parts, like the PCV valve, require little if any scheduled maintenance, but replacement may be necessary if the Check Engine light is on, the vehicle has failed an emissions test or is experiencing a driveability problem. Other emission control components include the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve, the evaporative emission control system (EVAP) vapor canister and purge valves, the catalytic converter, oxygen sensors and all of the engine's other engine management sensors.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. There would not be any unburned fuel or oxygen. What would be needed to make this happen? Direct injection into the combustion chamber is a good start. Read More

When your alignment technician inspects a vehicle’s steering linkage, it's very easy to spot a leaking rack and pinion steering gear because the rack boots are filled with leaking oil. Similarly, a conventional recirculating ball steering gear is usually worn out when oil is leaking from its steering shaft or sector shaft seals. An alignment technician might also want to replace either type of steering gear to address steering quality complaints. Read More

ASE TEST PREP

Detecting and measuring wear in a ball joint is critical to ensuring the safety of a vehicle. When a ball joint fails, the driver loses control of the vehicle. This can result in damage not only to the suspension, but also the axle shafts, brakes and even the body.Read More

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In this MotoRad tech tip video, you will learn the purpose and importance of your vehicle’s cooling system. Cooling systems in today’s vehicles are becoming more complex and harder to diagnose. This video will help you recognize common component failure points, and provide some maintenance tips to keep your cooling system running longer.Read More

Product Showcase

The FTL-3-LED-50-HD LED drop light from Larson Electronics is constructed to be completely weather- and impact-resistant. This heavy-duty drop light utilizes an 8-watt, 2' LED bulb that produces 800 lumens of light.Read More

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Snap-on has recently added Quick Tips training videos to its website and YouTube channel to help professional technicians speed up their diagnostic capabilities. The videos, based on real case studies, show how to apply diagnostics to specific vehicles and applications through two-minute demonstrations of diagnostic tools solving common problems. Read More

New part numbers include starters and alternators for late-model vehicles from BMW, Audi, Hyundai, Kia, Infinity, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi, Opel, Mazda, Subaru and Honda. Remy also added to its domestic portfolio this year, with new part numbers and increased coverage for GM, Ford and Chrysler vehicles.Read More

Power Stop LLC has announced a new track-tested platform for track day brakes. The initial Track Day platform-specific brake-kits will be available for the Corvette, Camaro, Challenger and Mustang platforms in September. Additional platforms will include many of the most popular track day vehicles, such as BMW, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Subaru and Toyota.Read More

At the closing NACE | CARS press conference on July 25, Automotive Service Association (ASA) President and Executive Director Dan Risley was frank in saying he was slightly disappointed in the overall numbers, but was encouraged that there was growth over last year: sold square footage was up 20 percent, and there were 6,496 attendees on the show floor versus 6,253 last year.Read More

Nicholas Conti from Falconer, NY, was recently named the 2015 Mitchell 1 Automotive Technology Outstanding Student during the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) conference held in Joliet, IL. Each year, Mitchell 1 recognizes one U.S. or Canadian student for outstanding achievement in automotive technology and auto shop repair scholastics. Conti received a $2,500 scholarship, a check for $500 and roundtrip airfare and accommodations for himself and a guest to attend the NACAT conference.Read More

On Facebook since 2010, Brembo has enjoyed significant growth in the number of followers since its start on social media. Currently, nearly 200,000 people from countries all over the world log on to the company's Facebook page each day. This has been the result of concerted efforts to expand the content and increase the involvement and engagement of those fans. Brembo recently reached 1 million followers on its Facebook page.Read More

The digital version of the July issue of Brake & Front End magazine is available online. Access the easy-to-view digital version that features articles on Brake Rotor Service, Building Off-Road Suspension Systems, Buick Regal Brake Service, VW Passat Alignment Specs, Wheel Bearing Q&A, Tie Rod Inspection, Control Arm Busing Replacement, TPMS Q&A, a host of tech tips, and more! Read More

Trust: It’s an important word, and it’s one I hear a lot behind the counter at the shop. “I know you’ll treat me right because...Read More

The digital version of the July issue of Underhood Service is available on-line. Access the easy-to-view digital version that features articles on Cooling System Technology, Starter And Theft Deterrent System Diagnostics, Zero Weight Oil, Hybrid 12 Volt Battery Systems, Spark Plugs, Cylinder Head Gasket Service Essentials, EPA Converter Rules, a host of Tech Tips, and more!Read More

Paul Wolfe, crew chief for Brad Keselowski and Team Penske's No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion, won his first MOOG Steering and Suspension "Problem Solver of the Race" Award after helping Keselowski finish 10th in Sunday's Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Read More
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Top 10 Fuel Pump Fails

10. Strainer Blocks Fuel-Level Sender A fuel pump inlet strainer may be installed that is interfering with the travel of the fuel-level sensor’s float arm, which causes an optimistic fuel level...More

GMC Yukon No-Cranking Complaint: The 1,300-Mile Test Drive

This month’s Diagnostic Dilemma is about the technical and professional issues involved with attempting to diagnose an extremely random no-cranking complaint on a 2003 GMC Yukon equipped with the 5.3L...More

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...More

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 4x4 ready for some serious off-roading or it feels like it’s got a rock-solid...More

The Element of Trust And Its Impact on a Repair Scenario

Trust: It’s an important word, and it’s one I hear a lot behind the counter at the shop. “I know you’ll treat me right because I trust what you do,” is the general sentiment. But I’ve...More

Servicing Mercedes-Benz AIRMATIC Suspensions

The Mercedes-Benz AIRMATIC suspension system was introduced in 1999 on the S-Class and has subsequently been used on the E-Class and most of the automaker’s SUVs. The system employs electronically controlled...More

Atlas Copco USA Continues Long-Standing Partnership With Stewart-Haas Racing

Atlas Copco USA has announced it will continue its longstanding partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team co-owned by three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart and...More

BendPak-Ranger Introduces 3D Wheel Alignment System

Ranger Products recently introduced its new Target 3DPro 3D Imaging Wheel Alignment System for domestic and import cars and trucks. Lightweight impact-resistant wheel targets and high-resolution tower-mounted...More