Understanding European cars can be complicated, so technicians need their diagnostic tools to be clear and accurate. The new Snap-on Diagnostic Software Upgrade 14.4 continues to increase the optional European vehicle coverage.
It appears the technicians who own these shops, first and foremost, are pretty decent technicians. He appears to be morally in check in that he really wants to do the job right and try to serve the customer well.
With the introduction of the EcoBoost engine family and its ability to deliver horsepower and torque normally reserved for the largest displacement naturally aspirated engines a V6 F150 with a trailer behind it or a 3 cylinder “hot hatch” now seems perfectly natural.
This story is centered on a PT Cruiser that came to us from a regular customer who has owned several of these curvy little rides. The problems the PT had were not so cut and dried, and the last thing I want to do is dump a bunch of high dollar work into a vehicle before I know for sure what’s needed.
The customer came in with a complaint that his Check Engine light was on. A quick scan easily showed the reason for the complaint. A P0401 (Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Insufficient Flow) code was found when I checked using Global OBDII’s Mode $03.
The 6F50 and 6T70 transaxles were developed as a joint effort between Ford and General Motors. Because this was a joint effort, as you can imagine, many of the internal parts are very similar or almost identical but will not interchange.
Not even a year has gone by since ALLDATA Community, a diagnostic question and answer site designed for technicians, was formally launched. Backed up by the ALLDATA diagnostic team, it has already helped a great many technicians with fast solutions to difficult diagnoses.
AutoMD, Inc., previously a wholly-owned subsidiary of U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc., has announced that Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, Cox Automotive, Inc., and existing U.S. Auto Parts investors have purchased a minority stake in AutoMD.
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