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Head Gasket Do’s and Don’ts

DO: Clean the holes. To ensure accurate torque values and to avoid cracking the cylinder block, clean any dust, dirt, oil and fluid from the cylinder block head bolt holes before installing the new head gasket and head bolts. Never lubricate the...

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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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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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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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Head Gasket Do’s and Don’ts

DO: Clean the holes. To ensure accurate torque values and to avoid cracking the cylinder block, clean any dust, dirt, oil and fluid from the cylinder block head bolt holes before installing the...More

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