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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  • 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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  • The new Snap-on Diagnostics Software Upgrade 14.4 delivers high performance diagnostics when the job is tough and the clock is ticking.
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  • Premature overdrive clutch failure (figure 1), with 45, 545 and 68 - RFE transmissions is a common complaint.  
  • When visiting WiWi’s Transmissions in Miami on a hot Saturday morning, there was a 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 with a 6.7L diesel and an AS68RC transmission in failsafe along with a serious delayed engagement into reverse. 
  • From experience, most vehicles will at some point develop problems in their systems, and fortunately most steering concerns are straightforward and simple to diagnose and repair. Even though some problems are specific to certain vehicles, the top 10 steering problems and fixes do seem to apply to all vehicles.
    Motor Age Magazine
  • GM’s 6L40/50/80 series rear wheel drive transmissions referred to as GM6 may come in to the shop experiencing a complaint of a delayed reverse accompanied with a slipping reverse as well as a flare or slide 2-3 shift. 
  • Vacuum leaks and fuel delivery problems are common causes for these common codes, and you might be tempted to focus immediately on these. But there are many other causes that can illuminate the MIL for the P0171 and P0174 DTCs that you also need to consider.
  • Electrical power steering (EPS) is a result of eliminating the power steering pump and has drastically changed the way we diagnose and repair steering systems. 
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  • After a good long test drive to relearn the shift adapts, sometimes a shifting or engagement problem remains. Assuming that there is not excessive wear in the valve body and the linear solenoids are good, the clutch control valves on the valve body can be adjusted to correct these problems.
  • As time has progressed, we are seeing more transmissions having solenoids handling both the shift scheduling and shift feel simultaneously. Performance codes for these types of solenoids have a different approach than say, a shift solenoid being used to just control shift scheduling.
  • To properly repair today’s complex vehicles, automotive repair shops require access to accurate repair information, and ALLDATA reports that its new ALLDATA Mobile reinvents the way technicians access repair procedures, diagrams and diagnostic data.
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  • MAHLE Aftermarket, Service Solutions will demonstrate its newest solution to help technicians work smarter, faster and get more done, in less time - TechPRO - at AAPEX 2014.
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  • The new search platform for the International Automotive Technicians Network (iATN) makes it easy for premium members to quickly find real-world knowledge from service industry professionals exchanged on iATN since 1995.
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  • The vehicle arrived at the repair facility with an illuminated MIL for two failed tests (DTCs) and a P1000. The failed tests were: P0171 and a P1100 failed test.   
    David DeCoursey
  • Aside from air ride systems and electronically controlled sway bar equipped vehicles, if we keep our discussion to only electronically controlled shocks and struts, the systems really fall only into three basic categories.
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  • Tenneco has introduced a new, free mobile app – available for iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices – that connects consumers and automotive service providers to the Walker Emissions Control brand and its products.  
  • LIQUI MOLY's free online oil guide now presents an entire series of new features. Its filter function for search results is unique worldwide. 
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  • Whenever I’m pondering the possible cause of something like a hesitation/stumble concern, I find it particularly useful to draw on the experiences I received tackling drivability issues before fuel injection was the order of things.