Service Information

  • Technicians who take and pass the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) test while attending Automechanika Chicago, April 24-26, 2015, may receive a $25 Snap-on gift certificate to use towards the purchase of tools through a participating Snap-on dealer or online.
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  • Some Toyota 4x4 vehicles like the 2007 to 2013 FJ Cruiser or Tacoma may experience what feels like a harsh downshift into first gear only after sitting still in drive. The bump is so pronounced you are looking in the rear view mirror asking yourself, who hit me? 
  • The March 2015 article called “The Seven Sisters” made reference to this weekly newsletter. Subaru vehicles using the 4EAT Phase 2 Version 2 transmission experience wheel hop during tight corner turning maneuvers due to a failed Transfer Clutch Solenoid.
  • Transfer clutch burn out is not uncommon with Subaru transmissions. Normal wear and tear, sealing ring failure or molded piston failure (especially with glycol intrusion) would be a few items on the list. 
  • With the cold weather hitting many areas of the country nearing an end, spring time fever outweighs a cold headache anytime. Some things are designed to work well in the cold and some are not, especially when they get old.
  • Diagnosing any vehicle’s problems without properly testing and evaluating the system is not a responsible repair technique and pretty much is asking for trouble. But realistically, understanding common problems and the tips and techniques to verify the cause and fix it quickly and correctly really does save time and money for everyone involved. 
    Motor Age Magazine
  • Permatex, an innovator in chemical technology for automotive maintenance and repair, has developed a new instructional video for its innovative “PowerBead” Applicator Nozzle, in order to show customers how to use it properly. 
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  • Bartec USA announces the release of the next tool software update for its range of TPMS tools. Owners of Bartec TPMS tools already know the value of the continuous improvement consistently delivered to their tools, and release 52 is no different.  
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  • Today, Subaru has committed its entire vehicle line to a CVT transmission called the Subaru Lineartronic CVT. 
  • The MACS trade show and training event allows an attendee to see the latest and greatest in A/C and cooling system products and services, as well as sharpen business and technical skills through the training offered and an annual look at the state of the A/C industry.
    Pete Meier
  • This month’s story revolves around a Dodge Dakota that had developed an oil leak between the passenger side cylinder head and the engine block, and the driver of the vehicle picked it up as an oil smell. 
  • Today’s power distribution centers do a whole lot more than provide a fused pathway. They need to provide power to an innumerable amount of onboard electronic devices and at the same time they have to do the job with less weight.
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  • 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
  • One problem that may arise with this transmission both before and after a rebuild is too soft of a shift going into second and a flare or slight engine rev during the transition form third to fourth. The soft shift going into second may be perceived as a flared shift while the shift into fourth may feel too soft.
  • Snap-on recently added Training Solutions videos to its YouTube channel, giving professional service technicians another opportunity to learn how to navigate the features and functionality of their Snap-on diagnostic tools. 
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  • This short newsletter will hone in on a couple of overheat issues related to Ford transmissions.
  • This newsletter addresses a common problem with a 2-3 flare which is also related to the operation of the band. 
  • This problem vehicle was a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria 4.6L V8 with a complaint of sometimes being hard to start. The retired owner of this Ford does not drive it much. In fact, this vehicle only had 25,000 miles on the clock. 
  • There is a lot of ground to cover this month, so let’s jump in right away with a series of bullet points for a variety of transmissions. Chances are good that some issue I address this month will appear in your bays in the coming year, if it hasn’t already.
  • MOTOSHOP Technology Tools announced recently the addition of OE repair and diagnostics information for BMW models 1982-2012 and emissions data for all vehicle makes and models from 1996-2014 to MotoLOGIC Repair & Diagnostics, a Web-based tool for automotive technicians.