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How do you handle a brake pulsation complaint or comeback? Blame the pads? The driver? Defective rotor? As they say, when you point your...Read More

How can a mysterious case of tire wear occur in a perfectly aligned vehicle? It happens and the ­answers aren’t always simple. To better...Read More
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Some repair operations have finality to them. By that, I am referring to jobs that do not require additional labor after the job is...Read More

Abutment Clips Abutment clips reside on the caliper bracket lands on most vehicles. They create a uniform surface for the pads to make contact with....Read More

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Since 1975 catalytic converters have been the most effective devices for controlling exhaust emissions. Before that, carmakers had done a somewhat effective job of...Read More

For some time now, most of the development in diesel technology has been aimed toward making the engines environmentally friendly. But as diesel ­engines...Read More

Timing belts have been around long enough that most of our customers are well aware that they need to be replaced at a scheduled...Read More

Since I began doing part-time mobile diagnostic work for local shops, I've noticed that most "Diagnostic Dilemmas" I'm called upon to solve aren't really...Read More

A new cabin air filter is something many motorists need but often don’t know it. The cabin air filter (CAF) is not a well-known...Read More

the base oil and additive package of any oil must be compatible with extended service interval requirements.Second, the oil must meet the OEM’s...Read More

To many people, oil filters are a generic product. They look for the cheapest filter that fits their vehicle and make their buying decision...Read More

It is unfortunate that today misfire analysis can be a hit-or-miss concept on many of today’s engine families. If one views several misfire failures,...Read More

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How do you handle a brake pulsation complaint or comeback? Blame the pads? The driver? Defective rotor? As they say, when you point your...Read More

Photo 1 Servicing the increasing number of vehicles equipped with pressed-in wheel bearings requires a little bit more finesse and tools...Read More

Twin tube shocks and struts have been used as OE on most vehicles for many years. In recent years, though, we’ve also seen more...Read More

When a customer comes in complaining that their vehicle's A/C system is working improperly, the problem can stem from a number of things. And...Read More

Catalytic converter efficiency codes can be a long diagnostic road that can either lead to a happy customer or an expensive comeback. Chances are...Read More

Humans and animals have had the ball and socket joints for millennia. This simple design has been used on vehicles since the turn of...Read More

During a service writer's efforts to sell competitive brake services at the service desk, he or she often focuses on selling "good, better or...Read More

In school, I took physics and wondered if I would ever use any of the scientific stuff. All of that stuff is kind of...Read More

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If you’ve been in this business long enough, you’ve heard stories or have seen photos on the Internet of lifts that have given way,...Read More

The latest reset tools and kits for tire pressure monitoring systems are easy to use and offer variety so technicians can troubleshoot sensors as...Read More

1. Cordless Tools Are Not As Powerful As Air ToolsThis is false for the majority of cordless tool categories. Most cordless tools are just...Read More

A scan tool is absolutely essential for diagnostics on today’s vehicles. You need a scan tool not only for diagnosing engine, emissions and transmission...Read More

GM TPMS systems on Buick, Pontiac, Chevrolet, GMC Cadillac and Hummer models are some of the easiest to service if you have the right...Read More

Today, with the newly created specialty tools this same repair can be done on the vehicle for a few hundred dollars and the engine...Read More

ther. “Thrust angle alignments also identify vehicles that would ‘dog track’ going down the road with the rear end offset from the front,” Tire...Read More

As I prepare to write this article, I can’t help but be struck by the irony of it. No doubt, as a professional technician,...Read More

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