Service Information

  • 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. 
    permatex, permatex training video, PowerBead
  • 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.  
    TIA, Bartec, Bartec TPMS, TPMS
  • 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.
    searchautoparts, dave macholz
  • 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. 
    snap-on diagnostics, vehicle diagnostics, snap-on software
  • 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.
  • If you’re one who feels the need to get your confidence built up a little more on dealing with the GM Duramax, this article will help you do just that.
    dave hobbs
  • Caterpillar’s line of mine haul trucks is a good example of how far the off-road equipment industry has come in recent years.
  • In this particular instance, a tech called to tell me they had a 2012 Mitsubishi that had an Antilock Braking System (ABS) light illuminated on the dash and they couldn’t seem to find the problem. I arrived at the shop thinking that the vehicle in question was a car, but it turned out to be a medium duty truck, 2012 Mitsubishi Fuso FE160!
    searchautoparts
  • Bosch debuted and demonstrated the first service drive inspection system with dealer management system (DMS) integration in North America at this year’s National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) expo.
    Bosch
  • 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.