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Springtime brings with it the vacation season when many families will hitch a boat or camping trailer to their fully loaded family car, SUV...Read More

More and more vehicles are being equipped with cartridge-style wheel bearings — a style that requires a lot more labor to replace when compared...Read More

Although the mechanics of modern master cylinders seem deceptively simple, today’s dual-piston or tandem master cylinders still require the utmost in care and attention...Read More

The new R-1234yf refrigerant is more than just a new jumble of numbers and letters on a label. For your shop, R-1234yf means several...Read More

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Nothing is more frustrating than “fixing” a customer’s vehicle and then have it come back a few days or weeks later with the check...Read More

Does the phrase ­“hybrid fluid maintenance” scare you? It shouldn’t. With more than 3 million hybrids on the road, and many of your customers...Read More

Back in the days when most ­engines had cast iron blocks, heads and manifolds, the intake manifold could be easily sealed with simple and...Read More

When your professional alignment technician inspects a vehicle’s steering linkage, it’s very easy to spot a leaking rack and pinion steering gear because the...Read More

1. Where is the wear? Like a tire, the friction between the belt and pulleys wears away at the belt, usually on the tops and...Read More

The transmission game has changed. Solenoids, sensors and computers have replaced vacuum lines, governors and kickdown cables on modern ­automatic transmissions. The tools have...Read More

The ASE G1 Certification test contains 55 scored questions, plus 10 unscored ­research questions, that cover a range of skills and knowledge related to...Read More

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

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More and more vehicles are being equipped with cartridge-style wheel bearings — a style that requires a lot more labor to replace when compared...Read More

A few years ago, I was sent a link to a TV commercial on YouTube for a mobile brake business. The commercial featured a...Read More

There is one simple piece of advice I try to live by: “Know what you know, and know what you don’t know.” This simple...Read More

A tire can tell you a lot about a suspension. Most specifically, it can tell you if the angles, inflation and components are within...Read More

There is a logic to air ride systems. Air ride systems can control vehicle ride height, passenger comfort and improve handling. How they operate...Read More

What does your shop Do when a brake noise complaint enters the service bays? Does it end up hurting productivity for the rest of...Read More

Wheel bearings are either of the ball or tapered roller variety. Front-wheel bearing applications are an angular-type ball bearing, which will accept greater thrust...Read More

Any good alignment technician knows that steering linkage is the most critical part of the steering system because worn linkage can not only cause...Read More

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Winter has finally ended for most of the country, but the arctic temperatures and massive snowfall brought an influx of illuminated TPMS lights and...Read More

For better illustration, I’m using an early-model alternator in which spring-loaded carbon brushes create a rotating magnetic field by conducting...Read More

The ASE A5 Test has a large section (about 43%) dedicated to hydraulic, power assist and parking brake system diagnosis and repair. As it...Read More

Selling, mounting and balancing custom wheels can be a profitable business, but what about tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) sensors? According to the National...Read More

As TPMS is becoming more common on vehicles, more misinformation is starting to develop as consumers and shops try to understand the systems. One...Read More

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

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