Technicians

Technicians can win OTC specialty tools this summer by sharing their work with OTC. During OTC’s Summer Sweepstakes, which is now live, technicians are encouraged to share photos or video of the vehicles they’re fixing with OTC on Facebook for the opportunity...
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The new Road Force® Elite from Hunter is the fastest diagnostic wheel balancer on the market and performs both a traditional balance and Road Force Measurement® in less time than it takes to complete a conventional balance. Hunter’s patented vision system...
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A car of average age today needs more metal protection for its engine than it can get from standard motor oil. That’s because the average age of U.S. vehicles is currently 11.5 years old, according to research firm IHS Automotive, and all vehicles of that age and...
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To be successful repairing the multitude of vehicle systems today's professional technician faces, you need information - and more than just technical specs, fluid capacities and torque valves. You need to be able to quickly identify the systems and components involved...
Drag racing – that one motorsport in reach of nearly anyone who wants to compete. Just visit your local track — whether it’s a quarter mile or only a short eighth mile run — and you’ll see everything from rail cars to family sedans making their...
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Shortly after the birth of the Internet, a few enterprising technicians saw an opportunity to network and learn from one another, going beyond the limitations of their geographical locations. Today, there are numerous forums where techs can share their knowledge and grow...
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Oct. 10, 2002, Ford and GM announced that they would join together to develop a new six-speed front wheel drive automatic transmission. Working on this project together would not only offer a cost-saving factor in its development, they could bring a new transmission to...
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Consider the harsh environment spark plugs have to live in. High temperature, high pressure environments requiring high voltage potential to overcome and allow that much needed ignition spark to travel across the gap between electrodes. With all the challenges the spark...
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Experts in every field have something in common: They possess the ability to perform at a high level repeatedly. In our field, diagnostic technicians like John Thornton, Scott Manna and Bernie Thompson come to mind as top performers. While automotive is their craft, they...
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The last few editions of “The Trainer” have focused on the voltage drop electrical troubleshooting technique. In the February 2016 edition we’re going to look at the most common faults you’ll encounter when isolating the cause of an electrical...
The time of year has officially begun. NAPA HQ is crowded with binders from America’s finest technicians and everyone is chatting about who the new winner will be. Unfamiliar with this process? Let's get you filled in. Each year, all of the Distribution Centers...
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Launch Tech has released the Launch TSAP-1, a universal TPMS activation and sensor programming tool. It reads and activates all OE TPMS sensors, as well as programs leading universal aftermarket sensors. The TSAP-1 checks tire pressures in seconds and displays all...
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The basics of electrical theory haven’t changed over the years, but that doesn’t mean your electrical diagnostic process shouldn’t be changing. This article won’t talk about oscilloscopes or other more traditional tools discussed when looking beyond...
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It’s easy to feel intimidated when you are tasked with solving an electrical problem on a late-model vehicle. Modern automotive electrical systems are complex and only getting more so with each new model year. To make matters worse, lots of technicians struggle with...
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Sometimes vehicle owners don’t understand the importance of engine oil and only look at price when they need their oil changed. I am sure we have all come across a customer who has purchased or worse yet leased a vehicle that they really can’t afford. This...