Undercar

  • Shops generally get involved in three types of vehicle inspections: emissions (I/M) inspections, state-mandated safety inspections and customer requested inspections. All three types of inspections share some common elements, and all three should ben
  • Economic uncertainty has forced some enthusiasts to become more frugal when it comes time to modify their suspension. Today, people want a cost-effective way to enhance performance, aesthetics and fuel efficiency; therefore, huge radical lifts are st
  • What sets modern antilock braking systems (ABS) apart from conventional, hydraulic brakes is their electronic controls. Often, barely-measurable amounts of current can make the difference between full antilock brake systems (ABS) functionality and a
  • The road to learning has some pretty sharp curves.
  • When there's a failure in a vehicle's antilock braking system (ABS), the ABS computer is programmed to illuminate the amber "antilock" warning light and allow conventional braking. But how do failures in the foundation braking system affect operation
  • The automotive industry began phasing out lead wheel balance weights in 2003. Progress toward eliminating them completely has been uneven, but there is progress, and you should be seeing changes in your shop already.
  • Removing a transmission on a late-model vehicle can often involve removing an entire subframe and steering rack, and using an array of special holding and lifting tools. It's a huge endeavor, so checking carefully to see if there are other possible c
  • Antilock braking may seem relatively new, but it first was used in aircraft, because the kind of pedal-pumping action once commonly practiced by expert automobile drivers is difficult or impossible in an airplane. The first systems, say some sources,
  • A large number of vehicles on the road today still use some form of the first power steering systems. While a gear reduction or other design of simpple gear box was used early to aid in steering assist, the first real power steering systems used some
  • Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) have been around for more than 20 years, and Uncle Sam says that by 2012 all new cars and trucks will have mandated stability control. Scanners, oscilloscopes and digital volt-ohmmeters are now everyday diagnostic tool
  • A vehicle's clutch is a component that doesn't get a whole lot of attention until it isn't working properly. In that respect, clutch maintenance often is forgotten about just like any other vehicle maintenance. However, when a clutch malfunctions, it