Technicians

Until Nov. 2, 2019, automotive industry professionals are being called to show their pride in the parts they choose to purchase and use, by submitting pictures with the hashtag 'ItsAboutThePart'.

Qualifying pictures are entered in a weekly and monthly...
From battery testers to diagnostic tools, there are a number of new options technicians can choose from at TOPDON USA.  And for a short time, the BT Master Battery Tester could be yours for free.  TOPDON is encouraging technicians to like the TOPDON USA Facebook...
The new Ingersoll Rand® W5133 IQV20 Series 3/8" Compact Impact Wrench is the next generation 3/8” impact that vehicle service technicians need to complete work quickly and without switching tools. The impact wrench is more durable with stronger internal parts...
In addition to the company’s renowned motor and gear oils, Red Line Synthetic Oil, a leading manufacturer of performance lubricants, has a number of fluids and additives to keep brake, cooling and fuel systems performing at their best. These products include the...
TBC Brands, one of the largest distributors of private brand tires in North America, introduces the successor to the HTR Z3, the Sumitomo HTR Z5, which outperforms its predecessor with major improvements in wet braking, wet handling, dry braking and ride comfort.
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My friend, who happens to be a fellow amateur radio operator, sends me a text message with a picture of a scan that has been performed on his 2012 Ford Fusion and asked, "Do you have a few minutes to help me find out the problem with my car?" He goes on to say,...
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The Toyota Techstream scan tool offers technicians the ability to access an amazing wealth of information from vehicle electronic control units. On newer model Toyota and Lexus vehicles, the ability to access Toyota Vehicle Control History VCH) information is a valuable...
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Most of us as technicians know that fuel trims are part of the ECM (Engine Control Module) data stream that we can access with our scan tools. However, a lot of techs either struggle with or fall short of using fuel trims to their full diagnostic value. This article will...
For over 20 years, ZF has attended the Automotive Aftermarket Product Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas, NV. AAPEX is an exciting and important event each year, but this year, ZF Aftermarket wants you to be there with them! ZF Aftermarket will be featuring a mosaic photo wall...
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If you know anything about me, you know that I am big on turning techs on to the power of voltage drop testing. I won't repeat the whole story here but let's just say that a simple diag kicked my butt because I didn't know what I didn't know. And judging by...
TBC Brands, one of the largest distributors of private brand tires in North America, is pleased to announce the launch of a new brand, National Tire.
 
The current lineup is available in three fitments of over 110 sizes; 40 sizes designed for sedans, SUVs...
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In a previous article, I discussed the idea that our industry is not attractive to the talent pool we so desperately need. This idea is tough for our industry. I don’t want this discussion to be comfortable, however, because comfort is what has brought us to this...
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As I write this, I'm in the process of producing our 20th "Mighty Minute" — a video tech series sponsored by our good friends at Mighty Auto Parts. Each video is limited to four minutes in length and those of you who know me, know that it has been a...
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ADAS, or advanced driver-assistance systems, is front-and-center in today’s automotive technology and is the precursor to fully autonomous driving vehicles. Featured in futuristic automotive advertising, ADAS is touted as cutting-edge technology. However, the concept...
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Are you “radar ready?” Don’t want to mess with the new complicated radars and smart cameras on today’s cars and trucks? If you answered “no” to either question, are you planning on doing any 4-wheel alignments on newer vehicles? How about...

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