Service Information

  • The non-profit Car Care Council has totally redesigned its popular Car Care Guide, adding 20 additional pages of new information to help motorists be car care aware by better understanding the when, why and how of caring for their vehicles.
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  • Standard Motor Products, Inc. (SMP) announces the “Are you TechSmart” automotive scholarship search, running now through Oct. 31, 2014. 
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  • AutoEnginuity, LLC, a global engineering company specializing in vehicle data stream and diagnostic solutions, recently announced the worldwide release of ScanTool 12.3 for the Windows platform. 
  • The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is providing the last chance in this subscription period for ASA members to subscribe to Mopar’s TechAuthority Online at a huge discount. 
  • Midtronics, Inc. recently launched an informational microsite – or mini website – to provide customers with detailed information about the company’s newest diagnostic platform, the DSS-7000 Battery Service Diagnostic System.
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  • Audi or BMW vehicles, equipped with the ZF5HP-19/ FL/FLA may exhibit a condition of a firm engagement in the Drive position accompanied with a harsh coast-downshift. This condition will typically get more pronounced when hot.
  • The Car Care Council has now made it easier for the auto care industry to connect with consumers and get involved in the “Be Car Care Aware” campaign with the launch of its new monthly email newsletter, the Car Care Council e-brief.
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  • The ZF6HP19, ZF6HP26 and ZF6HP32 are considered ZF-6 speed series Generation or version 1 transmissions.  Consequently, ZF6HP21, ZF6HP28 and ZF6HP34 are considered as Generation or version 2 ZF-6 speed transmissions.
  • This transmission is notorious for solenoid malfunction causing a wide variety of shift complaints. One of which can be harsh garage shifts into gear such as from Park to Reverse. 
  • Diagnostic Trouble Codes are no doubt quite helpful when diagnosing a malfunctioning vehicle. Sometimes, when the scan tool reports a never ending list of trouble codes, it might be a bit overwhelming to know where to start.
  • Tenneco has made it even easier to access the Walker catalytic converter product line by introducing a convenient VIN search feature on
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  • Even though the carbon compounds that accumulate in the engine are unwanted, carbon is very much a part of the internal combustion engine. This is because the lubricants and fuels that are used in the engine are carbon based compounds.
  • Whether you have a 2-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive vehicle equipped with a 6R140 (commonly referred to as the Torqshift 6), there is only 1 valve body listed for this transmission. 
  • The good folks at Continental Automatic Transmissions in Bridgeview, Ill., gave me a heads up if a new style 2014 model year 09G transmission now on the road.
  • Snap-on Software Upgrade 14.2 supercharges the Snap-on family of diagnostic tools for stronger starts and faster finishes, allowing technicians to expand their diagnostic capabilities to fuel efficiency and productivity in the bay.
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  • Four wheel drive Jeep vehicles that use the NAG1 transmission may suddenly have a no move condition. The presence of a noise may or may not be heard when the transmission is placed into gear. 
  • The first story shares a lesson on not getting caught with your pants down, the other is a tale of a BMW clutch gone sour, and the third? Well, the third is just for your enjoyment! 
  • And when it comes to performing routine disc brake services, giving your customer their money’s worth (and avoiding unnecessary comebacks) requires attention to detail.  
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  • The U140/240 and 150/250 front wheel drive series transmissions has had and continues to have issues related to the quality of shift transitions. Most times resetting the shift adapts after repairs, rebuild or the replacement of a transmission handles the problem. 
  • You connect a scope the same way you would connect a multimeter to test for voltage. The difference is rather than looking at voltage numbers you are looking at a waveform.