At MACS 2018 we learned a lot about what’s going on in the industry, some changes that are taking place, and even about where the industry might be headed in the near future. Here’s a recap of just a few topics we discussed at the event.
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.
I was called to a shop early in the summer for a complaint of no air conditioning operation on a 2010 Nissan Sentra with a 2.0 Liter engine. There were no blown fuses in the vehicle that would prohibit the operation of the compressor clutch coil and everything electrically visible seemed okay including the wiring at the A/C compressor.
If you have discovered smaller and hotter brake systems on today’s vehicles, you aren’t alone. In fact, it might be more of a trend than many technicians realize, according to insight Tony McKey recently shared with Motor Age readers.
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.
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.
Sometimes no matter how experienced you are, programming and reprogramming is not just plug and play. My intention in this article is to make you aware of some of the things that you need to know rather than wasting time
The following describes not just the process of doing a complete brake job, but also the rationale for doing so and benefits that can help automotive shops to explain to customers why this complete brake job is so important.
We’ve reached another milestone in the mobile A/C refrigerant timeline, and this time it’s a big one: January 1, 2017 was the drop-dead date set by the EU for when vehicle manufacturers can no longer fill any new vehicle’s A/C system with fluorinated refrigerants that have a GWP rating of more than 150.
In this article, I will provide you with real-world shop mistakes that I and others have made. Some are costly in time or parts that both affect the shop’s bottom line; and, in other cases, costly in terms of one’s reputation.
Certified Technician is the newsletter for automotive repair professionals. Get the latest news, tech tips and diagnostic techniques delivered straight to your in box. Sign up today! Published every Monday and Thursday.