Training

  • NACAT Education Foundation today announces the official launch of an Hour of Automotive Technology, a program devoted to helping K-12 students become exposed to career and technical education subject matter related to automotive technology.
    NACAT Education Foundation, NACAT
  • The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide and MACS member RANSHU have joined forces to host a top shelf, high-value, diagnostics-centered training event for the heavy duty and off-road vehicle A/C technician.
    MACS, Mobile Air Conditioning Society
  • Caterpillar’s line of mine haul trucks is a good example of how far the off-road equipment industry has come in recent years.
  • There is a growing shortage of younger technicians who want to get into automotive repair as a career. According to the Manpower Group, “Hardest to Fill Survey for 2013,” automotive mechanics (technicians) are among the hardest positions to fill in the U.S. 
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  • In this particular instance, a tech called to tell me they had a 2012 Mitsubishi that had an Antilock Braking System (ABS) light illuminated on the dash and they couldn’t seem to find the problem. I arrived at the shop thinking that the vehicle in question was a car, but it turned out to be a medium duty truck, 2012 Mitsubishi Fuso FE160!
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  • Ford also had a similar procedure sheet for these engines when they had performance concerns, and the technicians had to fill them in for warranty as well. These sheets worked well to find concerns in a timely manner.
  • The fact is most people find it very difficult to embrace an entire message, as they don’t feel comfortable with the change they will have to go through to see the message to fruition.  This is the real reason why it didn’t work for them. 
    Bob Greenwood
  • Scholarships to attend the 3-day training program at Automechanika Chicago, April 24-26, 2015, are running out!
    Automechanika Chicago
  • Dave Striegel, owner of Elizabeth Auto Care and The Shop Doctor Community, walks you through ways to successfully utilize video in your repair shop's marketing plan. 
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  • Toyota’s U660E mounted to a V6 engine and the U760/1E with the L4 is a front wheel drive transmission. It utilizes 7 solenoids to achieve 6 forward gears along with flex lock up control.
  • About four or five years ago, John Parmenter from Centereach Transmission revealed a no Park problem that could occur with a Nissan RE5R05A Transmission. 
  • The CVT VT20/25E transmission (figure 1) was used in two Saturn vehicles; the 2003 to 2005 Ion and the 2003 to 2004 Vue. Overseas it was used in the 2002-2004 Opel Vectra. 
  • The Chevy Volt is an extended range vehicle that is similar to a hybrid vehicle since it also uses an internal combustion engine (ICE). Although the Volt’s ICE is not used in the same way as a conventional hybrid’s ICE, but rather uses the ICE as a generator to charge the HV battery. 
  • A careful look inside the Mazda’s RX8 RC4A-EL transmission and you will notice the basic design of the tension springs embossed into the case above the lug slots, to identify their proper positioning.
  • On Oct. 10, 2014, Tesla CEO Elon Musk pulled back the wraps to unveil the latest Tesla offering, the Tesla S-D. The D stands for “dual motor” and heralds the introduction of All Wheel Drive (AWD) to the Tesla model line. Long been considered by many automotive enthusiasts a weakness to the standard Model S, the AWD version brings the Tesla closer to competing with other top-of-the-line
    Pete Meier
  • The January 2015 edition of The Trainer discusses taking a more professional approach to the routine oil change.
    Pete Meier
  • Smooth and straightforward repair jobs are the ones most of us like the best. Those are the routine work orders where there are no surprises on either side – simple “Condition, Cause, Correction” flow.
  • First on the list this month is a 2003 Toyota Highlander 3.0L V6 that came in with a few Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs), then comes a Porsche under water. 
  • Toyota is convinced that hydrogen fuel cell technology is the future of transportation.  Could this really be a sustainable model for the future? 
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  • It’s difficult enough to remember the size of a transmission, but adding transmission manufacturers to the list makes it an even greater task.