Undercar

  • The basics of electrical theory haven’t changed over the years, but that doesn’t mean your electrical diagnostic process shouldn’t be changing. This article will focus on how a thermal imaging camera can be used to supplement your electrical diagnostic process.
    Jeff Minter
  • Inevitably there is a "F.R.E.D." (Frustrating Ridiculous Electronic Device) controlling the overly complex system making everything even more intimidating. With throttle-by-wire being the standard system for several years, we've gotten over the butterflies on that system, but the feeling still exists for many techs when it comes to brake-by-wire systems.
    dave hobbs
  • The Nissan Titan XD is the only Asian diesel vehicle currently in production and just one more, the Mazda CX-5, on the way. We’ll spend some time taking a closer look at them both, as we’ll discuss some of the reasons that the expected diesel flood has instead been a slow trickle.
    searchautoparts, dave macholz
  • Sometimes no matter how experienced you are, programming and reprogramming is not just plug and play. My intention in this article is to make you aware of some of the things that you need to know rather than wasting time
  • The following describes not just the process of doing a complete brake job, but also the rationale for doing so and benefits that can help automotive shops to explain to customers why this complete brake job is so important.
    MAT Holding
  • Assuming that a technician already owns a smartphone, these tools offer an inexpensive, pocket-sized scan tool that can quickly be used to perform basic, and even advanced OBDII diagnostics.
    Tracy Martin
  • We’ve reached another milestone in the mobile A/C refrigerant timeline, and this time it’s a big one: January 1, 2017 was the drop-dead date set by the EU for when vehicle manufacturers can no longer fill any new vehicle’s A/C system with fluorinated refrigerants that have a GWP rating of more than 150.
    Steve Schaeber
  • In this article, I will provide you with real-world shop mistakes that I and others have made. Some are costly in time or parts that both affect the shop’s bottom line; and, in other cases, costly in terms of one’s reputation.
  • I’ll focus on a few main types of systems that may impact how your shop handles even “basic” services such as brakes, tires and alignments.
    Jeff Minter
  • Learn how to navigate the electrical circuit roadmap.
    Tracy Martin
  • Here are a few of my favorite uses for the scope. I hope you find them helpful.
    Pete Meier
  • What do you do when the instrument panel is lit like a Christmas tree?
  • Learn how to properly maintain the growing number of modern diesel engines on the road.
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  • Your customers are blissfully unaware of how hard their stability control systems work – until they stop working!
    searchautoparts
  • While it’s great that safety is no longer an expensive luxury, advanced safety systems can easily be affected or even damaged by well-meaning technicians while performing routine service procedures.
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  • Smart shops are taking advantage of the opportunities reprogramming offers. Isn’t it time you did the same?
    Eric Zeigler
  • In order to find a vehicle problem, a technician must be prepared to interrogate the vehicle owner and address their concerns.
  • With the rapid growth of vehicles using R1234yf and the increasing age of those first introduced, now is the time to prepare for the inevitable — and welcome that change with open arms.
    Pete Meier
  • Once alcohol-blended fuels appeared on the scene, large numbers of cars with fuel leaks started appearing in the automotive repair shops. Lots of cars started leaking raw, unburned fuel.
  • Meeting the latest diesel emission control regulations would not have been possible without a completely new approach in fuel system design. While the earlier hydromechanical systems were certainly reliable, a new level of precision was required that could only be achieved with computer control of individual injectors.