Service Information

  • Mitchell 1 announces the release of its 2015 Emission Control Application Guide (ECAT15) for domestic and import cars, light trucks, vans (diesel engines) and Class ‘A’ motor homes with gasoline engines, model years 1966 - 2015. 
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  • ASE is looking for help in a survey that takes about 10 to 12 minutes, even if you don't participate in ASE. The survey covers the industry and ASE's certification testing.
  • 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.
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  • When it comes to automotive repair, and in particular automatic transmission repair, being on the diagnosing and repairing end of this increased technology is an incredible challenge. 
  • Toyota Tundra, 4Runner, Tacoma, Sequoia and FJ Cruiser equipped with the A750 transmission may exhibit a complaint of multiple transmission solenoid electrical circuit faults set. 
  • Standard Motor Products, Inc. announces the launch of an annual subscription package to the popular Standard PTS On-Demand Training Program.
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  • 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. 
  • 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. 
    Bob Greenwood
  • A 2006 LR3 equipped with a ZF6HP26 transmission may come into the shop with the customer complaining that the gear selector lever has become hard to move. 
  • Mercedes 722.9 transmission is a two part case (Figure 1). The converter housing is made of die-cast aluminum. The main transmission case or housing is made of die-cast magnesium.
  • 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.
  • How often does a car come to your bay with an automatic transmission shifting complaint that is not a transmission problem at all? 
  • Absorbed glass mat (AGM) batteries are nearly identical in appearance and chemistry to flooded lead acid batteries. 
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  • 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.
  • Since the introduction of fuel injection on the internal combustion engine (ICE) more than 100 years ago, there have been many changes to this system.
  • Snap-on has added free VERUS PRO Training Solutions videos to its website.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • Hankook Tire’s Fall Gauge Index revealed that 57 percent of Americans leave regular car care  obligations such as registration and safety inspections until the last minute or past the recommended timeframe.
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