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  • I am amazed at the new technology and the twists taken on some old ideas you see in Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology, including much lower compression ratios. Looking into how they could do this and make it work was very interesting.
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  • The new Dart has plenty of power and agility, compliments of its Alfa Romeo heritage. The 2013 Dart uses high-tech materials along with state of the art technology to provide first class safety and convenience features. 
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  • Your game plan needs to start with a route on where and how to proceed in diagnosing the problem at hand. We all have different ways to diagnose a problem vehicle, but there may be a better route to follow.
  • From the start, the DUKW has been an amphibious wonder.
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  • In early February, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its plans to issue a proposed rule that would eliminate the use of R134a as a refrigerant in new motor vehicles and as an aerosol in many consumer products. 
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  • The 2014 model year brings with it a new diesel offering, the Chevrolet Cruze. Not to be confused with its Suzuki cousin, the new Cruze started life as a globally developed platform back in 2008. 
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  • Remember when diesel vehicles were smelly, smoky, noisy units that needed minimal service work to run trouble-free? Well, the new diesel vehicles aren’t like that at all.
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  • The hybrid world changed in the last year because of totally new plug-in hybrid powertrain designs from Honda and Ford; other similar ones are being designed by other carmakers.
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  • While this article is going to talk about preparing for the low side of the scale, many of the tips shared apply equally to hot or cold climates.
    Pete Meier
  • Ride quality complaints are much more common now than they were even just a few years ago, which can be tough for drivers to handle. But it’s great news for the technicians who know how to fix these problems.
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  • Not everyone understands EVAP systems especially if they have to diagnose and repair one on a BMW. 
  • I suggest that it is a better idea to tell the customer that you did not check the automatic transmission fluid level because of whatever the reason is for that particular vehicle. 
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  • A friend of mine was driving his high mileage Toyota Camry and experienced normal stops right up to the point where one brake pad finally wore thin enough that it left its perch and shot out.
  • The No. 1 codes in the country are the P0420 and P0430 (Catalyst Efficiency Below Threshhold) diagnostic trouble codes.
  •  It is quite possible that your shop could put a thermal imaging camera to work, potentially lowering your diagnostic times and increasing your technician productivity.
  • One of the focal points of the annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society Worldwide’s (MACS) convention and trade show is the State of the Industry presentation delivered by Ward Atkinson.
    Pete Meier
  • Races can be won or lost in the turns and a car that can brake well may just beat the one with more ponies under the hood.
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  • April marks the beginning of a new A/C season for many. Now is a good time to take a look at how to properly service these systems, as well as other parts of A/C service you might not expect to see.
  • There can be a certain degree of confusion when it comes to knowing the type of transmission used in Dodge vehicles equipped with either a 5.9L or 6.7L Cummins diesel engine.
  • I recently diagnosed the cause to a vehicle’s electrical problem in a relatively short order of time. I am not patting myself on the back as to how quickly I nailed it, but rather how easy it was to diagnose it.