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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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ZF 8-Speed Transmission Replacement

The ZF 8HP transmission made its debut in 2009, and since its introduction, has been one of the top choices for international car manufacturers. BMW, one of ZF’s largest customers, uses the 8HP across its entire product portfolio. BMWs featuring...

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Shop Folds After Shoddy Brake Work Endangers Woman

A Florida woman was thankful to walk away without injury after her vehicle’s brakes went out for the second time in as many months due to negligence on the part of her local repair shop, ABC Action News reported. Shelly Darling of Zephyr Hills, FL,...

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Air Ride Diagnostics: Reservoirs and Compressors

Just about every Asian and European luxury import nameplate manufacturer has a 7- to 10-year-old vehicle on the road with an air-ride suspension at all four corners. Chances are one of these vehicles will be coming to your shop sooner rather than later. Regardless...

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Can Cordless Power Tools Replace Pneumatic Tools?

I recently attended Milwaukee Tool’s annual media tool preview event where they unveiled over 80 new products that will be available later this year and early next year. Milwaukee Tool is known primarily as a leading supplier of professional-grade power...

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OTC's Technician Challenge Tour Will Award Ultimate Diagnostics for Life

The OTC Technician Challenge is going on tour with dates in six states, showcasing the Encore with new Bravo 2.0 software. Technicians nationwide will compete to win one of three Ultimate Diagnostics for Life packages. Ultimate Diagnostics for Life winners...

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New Productivity Features Added To Coverage In Snap-on Software Upgrade 15.2

Snap-on has increased its vehicle coverage in the new Software Upgrade 15.2 for the Auto-ID, One-Touch Full Vehicle Code Scan and the One-Touch Code Clear features to provide effective, accurate and fast diagnostics out of the box and miles down the road. The...

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ACDelco is rewarding technicians and aftermarket service centers for making the commitment to enhance their skills through ACDelco training. The ACDelco Technician Training Recognition...Read More

Before you replace that Chevrolet Avalanche steering rack because of a variety of strange noises — wait. There might be a very simple repair. Owners...Read More

Brakes are undoubtedly the largest volume repair in most independent repair shops today. When performed correctly, they can be a very profitable service. Depending...Read More

At the top of the list for the most difficult water pumps to ­replace is the Nissan VQ-Series V6 engines. The pump is turned...Read More

If a Kia comes in with a grinding problem, the next step is to look for uneven wear. If one...Read More

ASE TEST PREP

Engine Gasket

Passing the ASE A1 can be difficult. Do not go into this test with the notion that this is an exam for engine rebuilders. Many of...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...Read More

Product Showcase

Monster introduces the new 7” Bump-Lite (MST96878), featuring 10 SMD LED bulbs, which are rated up to 500 lumens of output. Constructed of compact anodized...Read More

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Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper stores are giving away two brand new Sportster 1200 Custom Harley-Davidson Motorcycles during the months of July and...Read More

Automakers are always trying to remove items from the accessory drive belt. This improves the efficiency of the engine and can extend the life...Read More

Before you replace that Chevrolet Avalanche steering rack because of a variety of strange noises — wait. There might be a very simple repair. Owners...Read More

The Timken Co. has expanded its product offering to include a full line of commercial vehicle wheel end components. “Taking a system approach to wheel end...Read More

Alert Stamping’s new rechargeable SMD LED Hood Light offers dual brightness levels: 1,200 lumens on high and 700 lumens on low. Its bracket extends up...Read More

The 19mm Harmonic Balancer Socket (P/N 77080) from Lisle Corp. is a heavy-duty impact socket designed with more than three times the standard socket...Read More

A Florida woman was thankful to walk away without injury after her vehicle’s brakes went out for the second time in as many months...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...Read More

Use your smartphone or tablet to view measurements wirelessly using the Lang 13810. It offers technicians the flexibility to choose from test lead measurements,...Read More

Do your uniforms look like every other shop in the area? Does your waiting room look the same? Do your advertisements look exactly like...Read More
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Chicago Auto Show Display Takes 1.0L EcoBoost Apart

One of many highlights in the Ford booth at the 107th Chicago Auto Show was a large layout of the pieces that make up the first-ever Ford three-cylinder EcoBoost engine. This 1.0 liter turbocharged, direct-injection...More

Performance V6 and Four Bangers

Any engine builder worth his or her torque wrench keeps their eyes open. They’re looking for anything and everything to make work easier, better and, of course, more profitable. And just as important...More

When is Road Force Balance Overkill?

Can road force balancing really make a difference? To answer the question of whether road force balancing is overkill, we should probably start by reviewing some basics. We balance tire/wheel assemblies...More

Telematics & Tires

Just as vehicle telematics are affecting maintenance and repair, tire telematics are becoming reality, as well. Though several tiremakers may be working on “smart” tires or TPMS developments, Continental...More

ZF 8-Speed Transmission Replacement

The ZF 8HP transmission made its debut in 2009, and since its introduction, has been one of the top choices for international car manufacturers. BMW, one of ZF’s largest customers, uses the 8HP across...More

Shop Folds After Shoddy Brake Work Endangers Woman

A Florida woman was thankful to walk away without injury after her vehicle’s brakes went out for the second time in as many months due to negligence on the part of her local repair shop, ABC Action News...More

Homak Has Serious Tool Storage Covered

Homak has introduced its new 35" seven-drawer Service Cart. It has plenty of storage for all your tools and is offered in three unique, high-gloss finishes. Featuring full-extension gas struts in...More

Alert Stamping Introduces Versatile Rechargeable Hood Light

Alert Stamping’s new rechargeable SMD LED Hood Light offers dual brightness levels: 1,200 lumens on high and 700 lumens on low. Its bracket extends up to 88" and can stand on flat surfaces. The bottoms...More