• 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.
    Steve Schaeber
  • Oil consumption complaints? Odds are your customers don’t even know they have one. You may not either unless you know the invisible signs!
  • 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 find myself daily with a laptop in one hand and scan tool interface in the other. So I ask you, “Do you have a computer, laptop or tablet that you plug into a vehicle to aid in its diagnosis?”
    Eric Zeigler
  • A technical look at what’s new and what’s not so new in the latest hybrid transaxles from Chrysler, Toyota, and Ford.
  • 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.
    John Anello
  • Brake repair is changing, but customers’ needs remain similar to what they have been requesting for a long time: stop in a safe and appropriate time.
    Tschanen Brandyberry
  • 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.
  • Garage Gurus will hold its fourth Facebook Live event on Wednesday, April 4, covering steering and suspension problems and solutions.
    Garage Gurus
  • Even though TPMS systems have improved and become easier to service it still takes practical experience and knowledge to keep work problem-free and profitable.
    Nace Automechanika Atlanta Logo
  • Proper servicing of Diesel Particulate Filters will prolong service life and help your customers avoid problems
    Tracy Martin
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
    MAT Holding
  • Assuming that a technician already owns a smartphone, these tools offer an inexpensive, pocket-sized scan tool that can quickly be used to perform basic, and even advanced OBDII diagnostics.
    Tracy Martin
  • 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.
    Steve Schaeber
  • 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.
  • I’ll focus on a few main types of systems that may impact how your shop handles even “basic” services such as brakes, tires and alignments.
    Jeff Minter
  • Learn how to navigate the electrical circuit roadmap.
    Tracy Martin