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How Ford's New Grille Shutters Control Airflow

Some new Ford vehicles feature active grille shutters — a new system that optimizes aerodynamics by using vents to control airflow through the grille to the cooling system and engine compartment. If air is required to cool the engine, the vents...

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Saturn: Hesitation Between 35-50 mph

Condition Some customers may comment on a flat spot or hesitation between 35-50 mph (56-80 km/h) speed range. Cause The existing transmission calibration is programmed to maximize fuel economy and requires a greater throttle input than some customers...

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Step-by-Step Lexus Fuel Pump Replacement

We will use a third-generation 2006 Lexus LS430 as our case study for this fuel pump assembly replacement. First, discharge the fuel system pressure, disconnect the negative battery terminal and drain the fuel. Be sure to remove the rear seat cushion...

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Nissan: Squeak From Fuel Pump

Customer may report a squeak noise that is: • Coming from inside the vehicle; • Happens after driving for 30 minutes; • Is coming from under the vehicle or from the left rear area of the vehicle. If you confirm that a “squeak” noise...

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BMW Group to Develop Inductive Charging System For Hybrid Cars

BMW believes systems for the inductive charging of high-voltage batteries are the next step forward for energy supply. The development objective is to put reliable, non-wearing and user-friendly solutions for inductive charging into production that...

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Midtronics Launches Informational Microsite

  Midtronics, Inc. has launched an informational microsite — or mini website — to provide customers with detailed information about the company’s newest diagnostic platform — the DSS-7000 Battery Service Diagnostic System. The microsite...

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German Tool Specialist KC Tool Announces Addition of Gedore Tools

As of August 1 KC Tool became the first certified reseller of Gedore Tools in the United States already adding more than 2,500 Gedore tools to its selection of German made tools. KC Tool plans to add an additional 6,000 Gedore Tools over the next few...

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United Stationers Expands Into Auto Aftermarket

United Stationers announced Sept. 11 that its wholly owned subsidiary, United Stationers Supply Co., signed an agreement to acquire MEDCO, a U.S. wholesaler of automotive aftermarket tools and supplies, and its affiliates including G2S Equipment de Fabrication...

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Home x-old ACPN Tech Tip: Subaru Turbocharger Oil Supply Mesh Screen

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Turbocharged engines require proper maintenance especially when the vehicle is used under severe driving conditions such as moderate-to-hard acceleration and engine braking on a somewhat regular basis.

In any case, it’s recommended that the engine oil and filter be changed every 3,750 miles (6,000 km) or 3-3/4 months.

In addition, the mesh screen which is located inside the banjo bolt that secures the turbocharger oil supply pipe to the back of the right-side cylinder head should be checked to make sure it’s not clogged or restricted, especially if the condition of the oil is questionable or as to when the last oil change was performed. If it’s clogged or restricted, it will reduce or cut off the oil supply to the turbo resulting in failure. The oil supply pipe should also be checked to make sure that there are no obstructions.

Note: The mesh screen is available only with a replacement banjo bolt.

Make sure the mesh screen is installed in the proper direction; incorrect installation will cut off oil supply to the turbo.

Do not confuse the oil supply mesh screen with the Active Valve Control System (AVCS) union screw filter. Refer to Service Bulletin 02-97-05 dated 10/06/05.

When the vehicle is used under severe driving conditions, the engine oil is consumed more quickly than under normal driving conditions due to high intake manifold vacuum during engine braking and higher temperatures; the engine oil level should be checked at every fuel fill up.

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