Installing tires used to be a physical and time-consuming task. But advancements in the service equipment used for this, and related “bread and butter” offerings make the work faster and easier than ever.
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.
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