Drivability

  • Recently, I was invited to visit the Team Kalitta Motorsports facility in Ypsilanti, Mich., to get a look behind the scenes and meet the man responsible for the day-to-day operations, Jim Oberhofer. 
    Gary Nastaste
  • This article’s purpose is to look at the different causes of misfires and how to identify or eliminate the potential causes to come to an accurate diagnosis. I believe a solid plan of action (POA) is required to stay on task and avoid wasting time and money by missing the misfire.
    Eric Zeigler
  • Last April, more than 1,000 college and high school students descended on the Motor City to participate in a very special competition, the Shell Eco-marathon.
    Pete Meier
  • Oil consumption concerns along with extended service intervals present a challenge to independent repair facilities. Where is the oil going? What can be done about it? What service interval should be used?
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  • This month, I dive into a common repair – the inspection, service and replacement of hub bearings. I asked the folks at Federal-Mogul (MOOG®), Timken, SKF and the Schaeffler Group (FAG) to share their expertise with me, so I could share it here with all of you.
    Pete Meier
  • Cylinder pressure testing is becoming one of the most important new diagnostic tools for a shop to use. This technique provides valuable information to the technician that cannot be obtained in any other way.
  • Even though newer vehicles can be complicated to diagnose and repair (and very expensive to misdiagnose) it’s still very possible—and often profitable—to do the work yourself rather than send it along to the dealership to be fixed.
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  • When a Ford diesel pickup with a drivability problem rolls into your shop, do you have reservations about tackling the job?
  • Participants of NGK’s first CASE-certified training showed a 43% increase in knowledge of course objectives.
    NGK Spark Plugs
  • Many of the hybrid vehicles I have worked on do not average anywhere near the suggested EPA ratings. One such example is a 2008 Toyota Prius that only averages 30.5 when it should be averaging about 46 mpg.
  • Do what's right because it's the right thing to do.
    Pete Meier
  • Let’s see what some of the experts in the spark plug segment have to say about the proper service of this common component.
    Pete Meier
  • We will explore catalytic converter issues and testing for a wide range of vehicles. In order to do this, we will break down diagnosis into two parts: pre-OBD II vehicles and OBD II compliant vehicles.
    searchautoparts
  • This month we'll explore a variety of challenges Asian models have brought to our door, including a 2010 Honda Odyssey, a 2003 Toyota Prius, a 2012 Hyundai Elantra, and a 2005 Subaru Forester.
  • If you’ve mastered the latest SFI / MPI low pressure return-less fuel systems but have not yet become comfortable with the latest high pressure GDI systems you are going to definitely want to continue on reading about the revolutionary fuel system that’s here to stay.
    dave hobbs
  • Who would have ever thought that removing the sparkplug from the cylinder and installing a pressure transducer in its place would have such a game changing effect?
  • In this article, we’ll do a quick run down on where to begin and what to look for when a sweaty and uncomfortable driver comes digging for cold.
  • Aftermarket professionals working toward additional certifications through professional organizations can get one step closer to their goals by attending the free one-day Commitment to Training event at Washtenaw Community College in May. 
    Automechanika Chicago, AMC, Commitment to Training, automotive training, trainin
  • The March 2016 edition of The Trainer walks you through an easy way to tell if the engine's ability to "breathe" or an inaccurate MAF sensor is the cause of the drivability complaint you are diagnosing.
    Pete Meier
  • Let's take a look at some of the mechanical characteristics of how the Variable Valve Timing (VVT) engine works, what to inspect and look for and how to make your diagnosis of these engines a little easier.
    VVT