Service Information

  • Safebraking.com has initiated a Brake Pad Review section on it’s website. A YouTube type video with a technician reviewing brake pads will appear on the site and new brake pad reviews will appear every two weeks.  
    safebraking, safebraking.com
  • Snap-on announces it has added free VANTAGE Ultra Training Solutions modules to its website at http://diagnostics.snapon.com/trainingsolutions. 
    snap-on diagnostics, vehicle diagnostics, snap-on software
  • The technical services team at Wells Vehicle Electronics has released two in-depth video case studies covering mass air flow (MAF) and variable valve timing (VVT) diagnostics.
    wells vehicle electronics
  • East Penn Manufacturing announces the launch of a new mobile version of its online application guide at dekacatalog.com. This new mobile site will place the same high quality information from the desktop at the user’s fingertips, freshly formatted to fit a mobile device. 
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  • Airtex Fuel Delivery Systems, a manufacturer of fuel pumps, has just launched the Spanish version of it’s award winning FuelPumpU.com technical training website.
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  • Dayco Products, LLC recently announced the latest feature to its award-winning website, DaycoProducts.com. Users of the website and its online catalog can now view Dayco automatic belt tensioner images in a high resolution, 360 degree format.  
    dayco, dayco products
  • ATSG has had many years dealing with great techs in shops around the world. In diagnosing problems with them, they often times share with us other problems they have struggled with and resolved.
  • Mitchell 1 has enhanced its ProDemand repair, diagnostic and maintenance software with an infusion of new expert-based information and expanded features to help auto service professionals diagnose and repair vehicles faster and with more accuracy.
    mitchell 1, suretrack, prodemand
  • European vehicles with drivability problems can and do get turned away from the service bays by many of the best technicians around because they’re just not comfortable working on them. But it doesn’t need to be that way.
    Motor Age Magazine
  • Changing the sensor and cleaning the connector will fix the problem but if the hose leak isn’t addressed, it will only be a matter of time before this problem repeats itself.
  • The National Green Garage Challenge program is pleased to announce that Lauren Bailey, Manager of Regulatory Initiatives for National Auto Dealers Association (NADA), will be the guest speaker for an educational webinar entitled, “How EPA Educates Green Dealerships”. 
    Green Garage Challenge, NADA
  • Participating MAP member service facilities are hosting free brake safety inspections during Brake Safety Awareness Month across the country to help teach local drivers about proper brake system safety and maintenance. 
    MAP, Motorist Assurance Program
  • New DTCs appearing after a repair is more common than you might think. The reasons why are several, but the most common are a failure to make sure all the OBDII test monitors are Ready, failure to address pending Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs), and not investigating the cause of Mode $06 failed test results.
  • How do you begin to diagnose any problem today’s complex transmissions could throw at you? It might not be as hard as you think. 
  • Our performance inspection is a basic vehicle inspection form that has helped to transform my business and keep the bays full. 
    steve heggie
  • 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. 
  • I don’t know how many times I’ve been driving down the road and a Honda Odyssey van or an Acura MDX will pass by and it sounds like it has a supercharger in it. It’s the transmission, ready for a rebuild at the local transmission shop.
  • I am amazed at the new technology and the twists taken on some old ideas you see in Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology, including much lower compression ratios. Looking into how they could do this and make it work was very interesting.
    Motor Age Magazine
  • For me, anyways, the hardest diagnostics are for the ones that another person created when fixing an original concern. 
  • There are times in the diagnostic process when it comes down to deciding whether the malfunction is caused by the computer or not.  It’s not so bad to take a chance with the computer if it costs $150 or less dollars. But it’s a big decision when you are looking at $1,200!