Technicians

MOTOSHOP Technology ToolsSM, a product portfolio from Advance Auto Parts, Inc. launched a contest for commercial garages and repair shops that will award one grand prize winner up to $10,000 in new technology equipment and services to provide a shop technology makeover....
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TORRANCE, CALIF — Knowing new automotive technology is out in the market, and actually getting a chance to see, touch and learn about something new are entirely different things. Just ask Paul Barnhart of Connie & Dick’s Service Center in Claremont, Calif....
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A 2006 Nissan XTERRA with and RE5R05A transmission was rebuilt a couple of years back when it returned to the shop with a sudden “no move” condition. The transmission was removed and disassembled for inspection. Nothing was visibly wrong. In fact the words used...
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A 2002 Tacoma come into the shop with an intermittent no reverse, second gear starts and no shift to fourth gear.  May or may not store code P0755. In this case the truck was scanned and a DTC P0755 for S2 solenoid performance was stored in memory. The code was...
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The light truck sector is one of the most competitive sales segments in the U.S. auto industry.  Sporting lofty price tags and higher profit margins, pickup trucks are the bread and butter for many manufacturers and their dealers. It’s easy to make money selling...
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Auto designers would love nothing more than to remove every accessory drive you see on the front of the engine. Each one pulls power away from the rear wheels and reduces fuel economy to some extent. But until they do, it is important that we, as professional technicians,...
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When it comes to any modern automotive system, you can accurately say some things never change. You can also say with equal accuracy some things are not only always changing – they are changing faster than most of us are able to keep up with! If you’ve found...
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A 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x2 with a 5.7L engine and a 545RFE transmission comes into the shop in failsafe. Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 Codes P1794 for a Speed Sensor Ground...
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The TST/ATTS training center is also a full-time shop located north of New York City. Even though my days are long and my free time short, keeping my hands dirty keeps me current on the problems my students (and my faithful readers) are facing. Here’s a few we had...
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The acronym for “continuously variable transmission” is CVT. Amusingly enough; there are many other titles that use the CVT acronym. For those who have not had a good experience trying to repair a CVT might relate to “Center for Victims of Torture.”...
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The July 2015 issue of Motor Age has an article in the Powertrain Pro section called Tackling CVTs. The article promised to provide a few Honda Start Clutch relearn procedures. Here it is: 1996 CIVIC MODEL ONLY: 1. Apply the parking brake. 2. Locate the Service Check...
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None of us is a prophet or the son of a prophet, but just about every one of us as a professional mechanic has warned customers of impending vehicular disasters, just to be ignored for one reason or another, only to be vindicated later.  For example, there was a pretty...
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From time to time a vehicle will come to our bays with drivability concerns, and there is no check engine light and no diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) stored in memory. An even worse situation is when the vehicle has no check engine light and the complaint is something that...
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Radio entertainment was, at one time, available only from large, stationary units that occupied a great deal of space in one’s living room. That luxury was enjoyed sparingly at first, and usually by the whole family at the same time. I imagine the same arguments about...
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The Automotive Service Association (ASA) Is collaborating with the automotive service industry on measuring the usage of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) service information websites used by independent automotive service shops.  To help us compile our data, we...