Service Information

  • 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, where they need it most. 
    mitchell 1, suretrack, prodemand
  • 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
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Identifix, an industry leader in vehicle diagnostics and repair for more than 25 years, has achieved another milestone: 1,000 dealerships throughout North America now subscribe to Direct-Hit.
  • Snap-on announces a new diagnostic calculator feature has been added to its website to help automotive repair technicians and shop owners determine how much profit they could be making by using a Snap-on diagnostic platform.
    snap-on diagnostics, vehicle diagnostics, snap-on software
  • With the Snap-on Diagnostic Software Subscription program, technicians get the best value on automatic software upgrades so they never worry about missing out on critical tests, relearns and tips, the company reports.
    Snap-on, Snapon, Snap-on Diagnostics
  • Well, from time to time our technical helpline receives calls with shops fighting a whale of a problem. That is, a transmission blowing fluid out of the vent or worse yet, out of the fill tube if so equipped. 
  • In a previous newsletter called “TCM Relocation”, it spoke about how Ford took a TCM inside the transmission and relocated it externally with some models. 
  • With several possibilities being the cause to transmission fluid overheating, the subject was reserved for a newsletter all its own.
  • The Aisin AW Co., LTD has consistently been the first to market with several different types of automatic transmissions. The longitudinally mounted 8 speed automatic transmission called the TL-80SN is one of these transmissions.
  • MAT Holdings Inc., announces its Bendix disc pad brake program has been extended to include 70 new part numbers for 2015 that will provide coverage for an additional 393 late-model applications including 2015 vehicles.