Technical Stories

  • Regarding operation and diagnostics, today, if you press a button to pop a SUV’s hatch, your switch is likely sending a LIN bus message to the BCM to broadcast another message on CAN to a lift gate module so it can activate an output driver circuit that provides the voltage to the hatch release solenoid.
    dave hobbs
  • This article will discuss the refinements that BMW has engineered to the intake system of the gasoline internal combustion engine, or ICE for short.
    Scot Manna
  • When it comes to finding electrical problems, the first piece of information you need is a wiring diagram.
  • With the advancements in construction methods and materials, it is more important today than ever to determine what the vehicle and its parts are made of while creating the repair plan.
  • Both BMW and General Motors (GM) have mixed-material vehicles that provide some insight into what we might expect to see more of in the future. This article will take a closer look at those vehicles and the repair strategies used by each vehicle makers.
    Jake Dembroski
  • Successfully verifying that all these systems are back to working condition following a repair should be the goal for every shop. Use the following five steps and guidelines to better prepare your shop to handle these chores.
  • Especially with aluminum vehicles, it is important to know the specific grade of aluminum used in a hood, panel or component.
    Douglas Craig
  • Knowing how different faults effect fuel trim numbers under different conditions becomes the key to an efficient diagnostic process.
  • With over 350 factory-trained professionals on staff, Hofmann stands alone when it comes to industry-leading training and sales support for its customers.
  • For the past number of years, a number of studies and reports have shown a growing shortage of skilled collision and mechanical technicians within the automotive industry.
  • The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) announces session details outlining the content of the upcoming OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit (Summit) at the 2017 SEMA Show (Show.)
    Society of Collision Repair Specialists
  • Little dents on your car can end up costing big bucks to repair, but with Bondo Brand Products by 3M, you can repair small dents yourself and save you hundreds of dollars, even if you have a body shop do the painting.
  • Today’s MIG brazing is not the same type of brazing many of us may have done with an oxyacetylene torch.
  • Subaru of America's latest position statement recommends that pre-repair scanning be performed on all Subaru vehicles from model year 2004 and forward involved in a collision.
  • Now that we have a general understanding of electron current through a vehicle ground circuit, we continue begin measuring electron current and understand what each reading is telling us about vehicle electrical circuits during Key ON (KON) and engine run (RUN).
    ground circuits
  • The timing for some maintenance and repair items might be able to be stretched, but the replacement of a timing belt is not one of them.
    Kia Quality Connection
  • Becoming efficient, at least in my mind, is more about taking knowledge and applying it to a given situation. This may be system-specific, or it may be one of technique, or a combination of both.
    Pete Meier
  • As an automotive technician servicing Kia vehicles, you may encounter a 2011/2012 Sorento vehicle in which the heater/blower motor is not functioning when the remote start is used.
    Kia Quality Connection
  • In this article we are going to investigate some of the history of these systems as well as the operation and diagnosing of them when a problem occurs. Moreover, we will investigate some of the radical changes in how we obtain security information and what we will be required to do moving forward.
    Eric Zeigler
  • The Nissan Titan XD is the only Asian diesel vehicle currently in production and just one more, the Mazda CX-5, on the way. We’ll spend some time taking a closer look at them both, as we’ll discuss some of the reasons that the expected diesel flood has instead been a slow trickle.
    searchautoparts, dave macholz