Service Information

  • Chipola College Automotive instructor John Gardner has signed on as the host of a new television show, “Tech Garage,” presented by Advance Auto Parts and airing on Discovery’s Velocity Channel beginning in January 2015.
    Chipola College Automotive
  • When MODIS Ultra users purchase the new Snap-on Software Upgrade 14.4, not only will they have the latest and most powerful diagnostic solutions at their fingertips, but they will also gain access to the SureTrack online resource
    snap-on diagnostics, vehicle diagnostics, snap-on software, MODIS Ultra
  • Mitchell 1 has updated its ProDemand repair, diagnostic and maintenance information program with ProView, a new troubleshooting tool to help service professionals relate diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) and symptoms to components.
    Mitchell 1, ProDemand, ProView
  • When it comes to automatic transmission fluids, there is no one-size-fits-all-solution. Ford transmissions are designed for use in many different service environments and operating conditions, and each transmission has its own set of fluid requirements.
    Ford, Motorcraft
  • SHIFTMobility introduces ShopLite, a fully mobile solution geared for independent repair centers. ShopLite is a vertically integrated solution connecting inventory and price lists to repair centers enabling immediate response to car owner’s service needs.
    shiftmobility, shoplite basic
  • Mitchell 1 announces its ProDemand repair, diagnostic and maintenance information program has been optimized specifically for tablet devices to give users greater ability to access repair information right at the vehicle.
    Mitchell 1
  • Toyota’s U660E mounted to a V6 engine and the U760/1E with the L4 is a front wheel drive transmission. It utilizes 7 solenoids to achieve 6 forward gears along with flex lock up control.
  • About four or five years ago, John Parmenter from Centereach Transmission revealed a no Park problem that could occur with a Nissan RE5R05A Transmission. 
  • The CVT VT20/25E transmission (figure 1) was used in two Saturn vehicles; the 2003 to 2005 Ion and the 2003 to 2004 Vue. Overseas it was used in the 2002-2004 Opel Vectra. 
  • The Chevy Volt is an extended range vehicle that is similar to a hybrid vehicle since it also uses an internal combustion engine (ICE). Although the Volt’s ICE is not used in the same way as a conventional hybrid’s ICE, but rather uses the ICE as a generator to charge the HV battery. 
  • A careful look inside the Mazda’s RX8 RC4A-EL transmission and you will notice the basic design of the tension springs embossed into the case above the lug slots, to identify their proper positioning.
  • On Oct. 10, 2014, Tesla CEO Elon Musk pulled back the wraps to unveil the latest Tesla offering, the Tesla S-D. The D stands for “dual motor” and heralds the introduction of All Wheel Drive (AWD) to the Tesla model line. Long been considered by many automotive enthusiasts a weakness to the standard Model S, the AWD version brings the Tesla closer to competing with other top-of-the-line
    Pete Meier
  • Smooth and straightforward repair jobs are the ones most of us like the best. Those are the routine work orders where there are no surprises on either side – simple “Condition, Cause, Correction” flow.
  • First on the list this month is a 2003 Toyota Highlander 3.0L V6 that came in with a few Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs), then comes a Porsche under water. 
  • As hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) and its derivatives continue to populate the market, HV LOI failures have become a common failure mode for technicians to analyze, diagnose, and repair. 
  • Forward Lift introduces several accessories that increase the versatility and ease-of-use of its FCH series of mobile column lifts. 
    forward lift, vehicle lifts
  • 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
  • It’s difficult enough to remember the size of a transmission, but adding transmission manufacturers to the list makes it an even greater task. 
  • The technology that has challenged you…even threatened you…is another OEM-inspired and dealership-induced game called shop management.
    searchautoparts
  • The number of messages in the professional automotive discussion forums of the iATN exceeded 2 million in early December 2014, with the Shop Management and Technical Discussion forums being the most popular among iATN members.
    iatn, technician training