• The Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) is approaching its deadline for people to apply for the 2009 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund (SMSF).
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  • Today?s vehicles more than ever require sophisticated diagnostics equipment manned by highly trained technicians to properly pinpoint any needed services or parts. And that technology will continue to evolved, making it more important that independen
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  • Exploring new strategies for business stability and success in the aftermarket is the key focus for the 2009 Globabl Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS). And hopefully attendees will walk away with improved knowledge and ideas for tackling market
  • "Best dressed" isn't a normal accolade for the automotive aftermarket, but Rick's Automotive of Springfield, Mo., recently took home that honor from the Automotive Service Association of Missouri/Kansas.
  • It takes energy to compress an air/fuel charge, spin the individual piston through its four strokes and overcome the friction inherent in all the moving parts. This is negative energy, or the amount of energy it takes to produce the mechanical work n
  • In a showdown of the nation's top high school automotive technology students, the two-person team from Faribault High School in Faribault, Minn., emerged as the "best of the best" at the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills National Finals. The competition g
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  • GearWrench; has a new program that supplies student technicians with GearWrench tool sets as they get started on their careers. The Technical Education Program (TEP) provides students with customized sets equipped with the tools necessary to meet rep
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  • New engines like the Scuderi Split Cycle may look conventional from the outside, but inside is a whole different story.
  • R.L. O'Connor & Associates is packing this spring full of training options for technicians and services advisors. Training classes are online, and focus on increasing profits in today's repair shops. Training is put on through the company's Autom
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  • With more light vehicles running on diesel engines and even more expected to be on the nation?s roads in the near future, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has responded with a new test for technician certification.
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  • When you think of drivability issues, the proper function of the air conditioning and cooling systems is probably the last thing on your mind. In addition, global warming is one of the "hot" issues of our day, and refrigerant emissions — both d
  • If your service writers or office managers aren't smiling when they answer the phone, you're making a big mistake in today's economy, says Mike Sires of Profit Partners, Inc.
  • The DRBIII (Diagnostic Readout Box 3) scan tool uses specific functions to diagnose Chrysler PCI (Programmable Communication Interface) Bus system.
  • It turns out that hybrid electrical vehicles have enough in common with conventional vehicles that you can start doing basic hybrid maintenance with a minimal investment. This cwould be the first step before taking on more specialized hybrid system r
  • Introduced in 2006, the Raider is a Dodge Dakota chassis and drivetrain under a Mitsubishi body. Both the LS and XLS versions are well-equipped, and the XLS DuroCross comes standard with a trailer tow package. Full-time AWD is optional.
  • Make sure you take pictures of the vehicle before tearing it down. Take them from all four corners of the damaged area, and of the dash and gauges with the key on.
  • Water management is a wonderful thing that we take for granted until it doesn't work right. Harness grommets can become unseated and give water a path. A wire harness with a tape breach in the upper side can carry water to a place inside the car wher
  • Steering assist and control is one of the many systems we have sseen continually change and evolve over the years. All fo the OEMs have invested millions of dollars into the advancement of steering controls. Whatever the age of the system or how adva
  • Inspecting shock absorbers correctly is actually very simple. Start by looking for fluid leaks. While some "sweating" on the side the tube doesn't indicate a problem, oil dripping out is a sign of failure. There are other things to look for, as well
  • The use of exhaust gas recirculation to assist in emissions control is common to most manufacturers. These systems all cool combustion chamber temperatures to reduce the emissions of oxides of nitrogen, or NOx. Their function is similar. Burned gasse