We begin the saga at Assured Autoworks in Melbourne, Fla. This reputable shop is owned and run by my good buddy, Brin Kline. Like many times before, he acquired the subject of this month's article as a “tow-in” from another local shop.
New EPA regulations will require new vehicles offered for sale starting in the 2021 MY to use a refrigerant other than R134a. OEMs have also been incentivized to use these alternatives before the phase-out deadline as they can earn emissions credits by making the change early.
The future shop, with an efficiently implemented linear remanufacturing model, will achieve touch time approaching 100 percent, as someone is always on a vehicle, as opposed to one technician having to dance around several cars at a time.
AHSS is the fastest growing material in automotive applications according to a 2015 report by Ducker Worldwide. Over the past five years, the amount of AHSS used each year in automotive applications has been 10 percent higher than forecasted.
Trainer and consultant Mike Anderson of Collision Advice continues his series of FREE monthly webinars, entitled “Learn to Research, Research to Learn,” with a session conducted Monday, April 23, focused on Nissan’s “TechInfo” website.
I started out my diagnosis on a 2003 Ford Escape with an automatic 3.0 VIN 1 24 Valve V-6 with the customer interview to gather the information and the complaint — with just shy of 200K on the odometer, the MIL light is on. Then I gather some codes and data, come up with a plan, repair and verify. Little did I know my plans were about to be derailed!
Before starting a new collision repair job, it’s critical for technicians to understand where to obtain proper repair information and product instructions and how the use – or misuse – of these products can affect the repair’s final outcome and integrity of the vehicle.
Today in the shop is a 2005 F-550, with 77,000 miles on the odometer. The truck has a six-speed manual transmission with a four-wheel drive powertrain. The complaint on this vehicle is a no start. The owner states it started running rough and lost power.
Performing a VE calculation on a boosted engine is not much different that doing so on other engines. A known good 2012 Mini Cooper S with a 1.6 liter turbocharged engine will be used to illustrate the technique.
What happened with the technology that proved its worth in other industries and once seemed destined to quickly move into the automotive world? Pull up a chair and pour yourself a cup of coffee. The answer to that question is long and involved.
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