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Harmonic Dampeners: Why They Fail, What to Look For

Every time a cylinder fires, the crankshaft speeds up a very small amount for a short period of time. It is then slowed down as the next cylinder in the firing order compresses air and fuel for the next combustion event. The speeding up and slowing...

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Be Careful When Replacing That Diesel Air Filter

Modern passenger and light-duty diesels with ECMs have mass airflow sensors and precisely control fuel ­delivery. Key to the efficiency and lifespan of the diesel engine is the diesel air filter. A restricted air filter will not affect fuel economy but...

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Replacing a Faulty Ignition Coil

After a faulty ignition coil is diagnosed and replacement is determined, best practices are essential. Here is a list of tech tips when performing ignition coil replacements. • Coils shouldn’t have any visible damage and the boot should be...

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TPMS Service Tip: Ask the Right Questions

If there is one piece of major advice for any tire tech facing a TPMS issue, it would be this: Test before you touch, and document the answers you get. Understanding the potential TPMS land mines can save time and money and eliminate frustrations. Get...

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False ABS Activation After Wheel Bearing Hub Replacement

Vehicles: All ABS-equipped vehicles Condition: Vehicle had wheel bearing hub replaced on one side. Repair Procedure: If you diagnose a bad hub bearing on one side of a vehicle and the ABS wheel speed sensor or tone ring is integral to the bearing,...

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Are you afraid of selling alignments?

I am starting to notice a trend when it comes to alignments. It’s not the vehicles that are changing, but rather the attitudes toward alignment services — and it happens at independent repair shops, franchise shops and even dealers. The alignment...

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Mazda: Performing Regular Undercar Maintenance

This month, we’ll take a look at brake and undercar service on the Mazda vehicle lineup, with the footnote that even though this type of work ­becomes routine when you have a preventive maintenance mindset, good work habits from beginning to end are...

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Import Automatic Transmission Diagnostics

Don’t be alarmed if you pull an automatic transmission trouble code when diagnosing a “check engine” warning light! Since the automatic transmission operation has a major effect on grams-per-mile exhaust emissions, you’re going to see the...

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Honda: Vehicle Won’t Move or Barely Moves

A customer brings in a vehicle that won’t move forward, ­­backward or both. Check first to see if it grinds or clicks. And does the speedometer read a lot higher than you’re actually going? Chances are the driveshaft is disengaged. This can...

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iATN Exceeds 2 Million Forum Messages

The number of messages in the professional automotive discussion forums of the International Automotive Technicians Network (iATN) exceeded 2 million in early December 2014, with the Shop Management and Technical Discussion forums being the most popular...

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Diagnosing Starter Misses

Contributing writer Gary Goms was called to a friend’s shop to help with a no-cranking condition on a 2006 Chevy Tahoe. After diagnosing a faulty PCM ground, locating the missing ground proved to be problematic. Find out how Gary solves The Case...

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Snap-on Adds Diagnostic Calculator To Website

Snap-on announces a new diagnostic calculator feature has been added to its website at http://diagnostics.snapon.com to help automotive repair technicians and shop owners determine how much profit they could be making by using a Snap-on diagnostic platform,...

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This month, we’ll take a look at brake and undercar service on the Mazda vehicle lineup, with the footnote that even though this type...Read More

If there is one piece of major advice for any tire tech facing a TPMS issue, it would be this: Test before you touch,...Read More
supercar feature

Sure, a modern supercar has more cylinders, titanium exhaust manifolds and even trash-can-lid-sized brakes, but at the heart of it...Read More

Every time a cylinder fires, the crankshaft speeds up a very small amount for a short period of time. It is then slowed down...Read More

In many cases, replacing one hub bearing will cause the driver to feel ABS false activation when coming to a...Read More

ASE TEST PREP

battery RC CCA test

The ASE G1 test contains 55 scored, job-related questions, 15% of which will concern electrical maintenance and repairs. From the ASE G1 study guide,...Read More

VIDEO TRAINING

This Tech Tip is taken directly from an AVI Live Stream presented on August 6, 2014 with Master Technician and shop owner Bill Fulton....Read More

Product Showcase

Featuring 300 cranking amps with 400 peak amps of power, the Matco Tools Versapower (MINIJUMP) can be used to jumpstart most domestic and import...Read More

Headlines

Brake Parts Inc (BPI) raised more than $150,000 for the United Way of Greater McHenry County during its annual campaign drive that ran from...Read More

If there is one piece of major advice for any tire tech facing a TPMS issue, it would be this: Test before you touch,...Read More

The number of messages in the professional automotive discussion forums of the International Automotive Technicians Network (iATN) exceeded 2 million in early December 2014,...Read More

Federated Auto Parts is now accepting nominations for Federated Shop of the Year. The annual Federated Shop of the Year program recognizes a top...Read More

Buyer attendance at the 2014 Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW) in Las Vegas increased in key target buyer categories identified by the Automotive Aftermarket...Read More

The Car Care Council Women's Board will be holding its third annual silent auction during the 2015 Winter Leadership Conference, Feb. 4-5 at the...Read More

Valvoline, a brand of Ashland Inc., has announced the launch of TeamValvoline.com, a new online resource that provides a one-stop destination for racers, engineers...Read More

SKF has made the first deliveries of its low-friction hub bearing units to Mazda Motor Corp. The bearing units will equip the recently launched,...Read More

CRC Industries has introduced a series of 10 videos to educate its customers about the features and benefits of several of its most popular...Read More

Akebono Brake Corp. congratulates General Motors on receiving the Motor Trend North American Truck of the Year award for the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. The...Read More
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Harmonic Dampeners: Why They Fail, What to Look For

Every time a cylinder fires, the crankshaft speeds up a very small amount for a short period of time. It is then slowed down as the next cylinder in the firing order compresses air and fuel for the next...More

Be Careful When Replacing That Diesel Air Filter

Modern passenger and light-duty diesels with ECMs have mass airflow sensors and precisely control fuel ­delivery. Key to the efficiency and lifespan of the diesel engine is the diesel air filter. A restricted...More

TPMS Service Tip: Ask the Right Questions

If there is one piece of major advice for any tire tech facing a TPMS issue, it would be this: Test before you touch, and document the answers you get. Understanding the potential TPMS land mines can...More

False ABS Activation After Wheel Bearing Hub Replacement

Vehicles: All ABS-equipped vehicles Condition: Vehicle had wheel bearing hub replaced on one side. Repair Procedure: If you diagnose a bad hub bearing on one side of a vehicle and the ABS wheel speed...More

Mazda: Performing Regular Undercar Maintenance

This month, we’ll take a look at brake and undercar service on the Mazda vehicle lineup, with the footnote that even though this type of work ­becomes routine when you have a preventive maintenance...More

Import Automatic Transmission Diagnostics

Don’t be alarmed if you pull an automatic transmission trouble code when diagnosing a “check engine” warning light! Since the automatic transmission operation has a major effect on grams-per-mile...More

iATN Exceeds 2 Million Forum Messages

The number of messages in the professional automotive discussion forums of the International Automotive Technicians Network (iATN) exceeded 2 million in early December 2014, with the Shop Management and...More

Loosen Seized Fasteners with Lisle’s Small Fastener Remover

Use Lisle’s Small Fastener Remover (60530) with a pneumatic impact tool to loosen rusted or seized fasteners. A 3/4" open end wrench can be used to turn the socket while impacting the fastener. A...More