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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.
    Pete Meier
  • 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.
  •   Now that SCR has been embraced by all sectors of the diesel transportation industry, it is that much more important for automotive service professionals to understand how SCR works.
  • How do you know if reduced engine breathing causes the drivability issue you’re chasing?
  • Nearly every shop I’ve worked in has had a form of some kind that technicians were supposed to complete on every car they worked on. If your motive is more sales, your customers will know it.
    Pete Meier
  • Then there are those jobs we tend to remember, to talk about over a cold beverage at the end of the day. Here are a few of mine I’d like to share
    Pete Meier
  • Wheel bearings have a difficult job to do. The bearings have to allow free rotation of the wheel assembly, and dissipate the friction-related heat generated by that rotating mass and the loads it has to support.
  • The following hybrid maintenance items are easily completed, but you must follow the proper procedures to avoid unhappy customers and vehicle damage.
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  • A customer brings their vehicle into your shop with a vibration complaint; you hesitate to take the job because you know that the success rate of diagnosing and repairing vibration concerns is not very high.
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  • Wheel speed sensors detect the rotation speed of a wheel that's moving. Active wheel speed sensors detect rotation speed all the way down to zero, and the newest sensors can detect the direction of rotation, too. Four different sensor designs are in
  • Is an engine management failure, an electronic transmission control failure or an internal component failure causing the complaint?
    Pete Meier
  • The chassis group at Affinia Global Brake and Chassis – the makers of Raybestos® chassis parts – have one thing to say when it comes to memory steer — forget about it.
  • For more than three decades, I almost always have looked forward to working on problems with new systems on a vehicle. After my first Prius brake-by-wire job, I’m a little more cautious these days!
  • Real-world dynamics of suspension geometry demands that the shaft gets longer and shorter as the axle travels up and down. Read on for information on CV joints.
  • Counterfeiting of R134a refrigerant we use in vehicles has heightened refrigerant purity fears because the primary contaminant is not only flammable but also toxic and explosive.
    Motor Age Magazine
  • Ambitious shop owners are always looking for ways to fill their shop bays and increase revenues. At the same time, they must limit their risk as they are bringing in new work.