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?
    searchautoparts, dave macholz
  • 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.
  • This article contains a mixed bag of some common Asian diagnostic tips and techniques on a variety of vehicles. As you read through the different vehicle problems, you will learn what diagnostic route I rode to diagnosis and fix the concerns.
  • 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 stores in memory. But just because the problem didn’t store a code doesn’t mean the problem can’t be found.
  • Ford’s IDS scan tool may be one of the most powerful tools for working on Ford vehicles that you can own. Here is a guide to its features and what they offer your shop.
  • In order to master a scan tool, you need to understand that there is much more to it than reading codes — it’s the ability of interpreting the Parameter Identifier (PID) data displayed on the screen.
  • The fuel trim Parameter Identifiers (PIDs), both short term fuel trim (STFT) and long term fuel trim (LTFT), on your scan tool can provide much needed information when it comes to analyzing drivability problems quickly and efficiently. 
  • To help you have a better idea of what is going on today with A/C technology (and problems) let's quickly review the past, focus on the present and peak at the future regarding how vehicles are supposed to save fuel and still keep us cool.
    dave hobbs
  • 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.
  • Toyota is convinced that hydrogen fuel cell technology is the future of transportation.  Could this really be a sustainable model for the future? 
    searchautoparts, dave macholz
  • 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
  • Ford issued two safety recalls, one for approximately 423,000 vehicles in the 2011-2013 model years for a potential issue with electric power steering.