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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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Diagnosing Catalytic Converter Failure Symptoms

Although construction can vary according to engine application, the common three-way catalytic converter contains a reduction and oxidation stage. To create maximum surface area, each stage is generally a ­ceramic or stainless steel honeycomb substrate...

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Ford: ABS Light On With DTCs C1175, C1236, P0500 or P0503

Model: 2005-’07 Super Duty Some 2005-‘07 Ford Super Duty vehicles may exhibit an ABS light on and possible diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) C1175, C1236, P0500 and/or P0503. This condition may be due to faulty vehicle wiring, a failed wheel speed...

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Composite Rotors Are Back

Veteran technicians will remember the problems with composite rotors in the late 1990s. These rotors had hats of stamped steel cast into the iron rotor. They saved weight, but they were prone to runout and installation errors. These types of rotors...

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Power Steering Dynamics and Diagnostics

Twenty-five years ago, when the power steering failed, diagnosing the system was easy. The most difficult problem to diagnose was the “morning sickness” that plagued some ­vehicles when they were cold. Today, the introduction of speed sensitive steering,...

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Saab: Fuel Sending Unit Replacement

The 2006 Saab 9-3 Sport sedan came in on the hook and the tow truck driver said, “I think it needs a fuel pump.” The gas gauge was reading less than a quarter of a tank and the low fuel warning light wasn’t on, so a quick fuel pressure check was...

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KIA: Brake Light On, Tachometer And Speedometer Inoperative

Applicable Models: 2001 Kia Optima LX, 2.4L Complaint The customer states the red brake light is illuminated on the instrument cluster. The ­customer also states the tachometer and speedometer intermittently stop working. Cause Confirmed the customer’s...

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Mazda: Fuel System Servicing Precaution

Applicable Models: 2004-’07 Mazda3 2005-’07 Mazda6 2006-’07 MX-5 vehicles During service/removal of fuel system parts on the above vehicles, the memory of the malfunctions and the long-term fuel trim need to be cleared by either removing the...

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Top 5 Tools: Daniel Sjobeck, Roseville Auto Repair

Daniel Sjobeck, tech Roseville Auto Repair Roseville, MN A good toolbox. You can have the best of everything, but it’s no use if you cannot find it. Power Probe – One of the greatest ­inventions EVER. Snap-on Digital Torque Wrenches Snap-on...

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Mitchell 1 ProDemand Consolidates Vintage Repair and Estimating Information

Mitchell 1 has updated its ProDemand repair, diagnostic and maintenance software by consolidating vintage repair and estimating information into the application to deliver full year, make and model coverage from 1974 to the present year. This latest enhancement...

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Pulling Codes: Multiple Misfire Personalities

A Story of Codes P0302, 04, 06, 08 & 03   This month’s diagnostic journey begins with a 2008 Land Rover Discovery that is taken in to a local testing facility for an emission test and fails due to a series of misfire codes. Misfire...

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Home x-old ACPN FordParts.com Launches Right Right Right Sweepstakes

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Beginning March 3, FordParts.com users have a great excuse to make frequent visits to the website. Not only should they visit the site for their technical needs and to purchase Motorcraft and Genuine Ford parts, but to fulfill a dream of a lifetime, the company says.

Based on the premise of finding the right tool to get you the right part at the right time, the "Right Right Right Sweepstakes" is designed to show installers and fleet administrators just how easy it is to do business on FordParts.com, and to reward their commitment with an experience they will never forget. The sweepstakes is not open to the general public, but rather for independent installers and fleet administrators.

To enter the eight-week promotion, installers and fleet administrators must register or confirm their registration on FordParts.com. The grand prize winner will win the Ford experience of their choice, done the right way: backstage, from the front row, VIP or behind the wheel. Prizes include a two-day driving school behind the wheel of a Ford Racing Mustang, a NASCAR "experience of a lifetime," tickets and backstage passes for a Toby Keith concert and the opportunity to sit in the “toughest seats on earth” for a Professional Bull Riders of America event.

Entrants can gain additional entries and be entered into the weekly prize drawing by answering a daily trivia question about the benefits of using FordParts.com. Just for answering the question, they’ll earn one entry per day – good for the weekly drawing for an iPad Mini and the final grand prize drawing: one of 10 unbelievable Ford experiences of their choice. If they answer correctly, they’ll earn an additional entry per day – good for the final grand prize drawing.

The sweepstakes is being launched in an effort to help installers and fleet administrators gain awareness of the features on FordParts.com. Beginning on March 3, all registered users of FordParts.com for eight weeks will increase their chances of being the lucky winner simply by doing business on FordParts.com. As registered users, participants also will be able to save billing and delivery information, opt into FordParts.com emails, select their preferred shopping dealer, save and upload multiple VINs for easier searching, save a shopping cart, view and re-order past orders and view the status of pending orders, and ask a dealer a question through the site.

Users can enter the sweepstakes at FordParts.com /rrrsweeps. The sweepstakes will end on April 27.

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