Mike Mavrigian

Mike Mavrigian

Mike received a BA degree from Youngstown State University in English Literature with a minor in Journalism in 1975.

ARTICLES

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An Overview of Continental Autodiagnos Pro

Here we’ll take a cursory peek at Continental’s Autodiagnos Pro diagnostic scan tool. The tool is designed to provide fast diagnostics, real-time data updates, fault codes and code descriptions, PIDs with the ability to graph data and functions in multiple ways to support diagnosis, and live streaming data, with the ability to play back data at any time during diagnosis.


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Brake Caliper Service

Proper Inspection, Repair, Replacement & Hardware

Check the bleeder valve. If you suspect a bad caliper, it may be an issue with sticky/seized piston(s), but don’t jump to that conclusion right off the bat.


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Understanding Common TPMS Problems

Proper Identification, Inspection & Service Are Required

Tire pressure monitoring system (generally referred to as TPMS or TPM) is relatively basic in terms of the number of involved components. But there can be hiccups. We walk through the steps, and also gather service tips from TPMS manufacturers.


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Servicing Euro Luxury Vehicles

Perhaps It’s Time to Step Up and Consider This Market Niche
We decided to reach out to two firms that specialize in Euro cars (both in terms of entry-level OE-level service, high performance and ultra-performance models). ECS Tuning, based in Wadsworth, Ohio, sells both direct replacement and performance upgrade parts as well as specialty tools and equipment targeted at Euro cars, and the renowned Euro car technician and Porsche specialist Dave Warner, owner of Exotic Motorwerks.
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Pistons Rings

Understanding the Role of These Critical Components
Even if your shop does not rebuild engines on a routine basis, it’s beneficial to gain an understanding of the role that various engine components serve.
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The Complete Brake Job

Success Lies in the Details

Brake system service is perhaps the most crucial aspect of vehicle service. If the engine won’t start, the customer is stranded. If the engine or transmission causes a surge or poor acceleration, the customer is annoyed. But if the vehicle won’t stop, that’s a big problem.


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Shock & Strut Service Tips

Paying Attention to the Basics Pays Off

Shock absorber and strut service is certainly nothing new to your shop. However, for newly-hired technicians who may still be learning the ropes, this article is intended to help provide basic service tips regarding these essential elements of vehicle ride control.

 


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Achieving Critical Fastener Torque

Applying Torque to a Threaded Fastener is Merely the Act That Fulfills the Goal of Achieving Proper Clamping Force

Threaded fasteners require the proper amount of tightening in order to achieve the desired clamping force to secure components. This may involve either reaching a specified torque value or a combination of torque plus additional angle tightening. Either way, the goal is to obtain proper clamping load. With few exceptions, tightening by “feel” is simply inadequate. Under or over tightening can cause fastener failure, components cracking, allowing leaks of combustion pressure, vacuum or fluid leaks, warped components or any combination of faults. Adhering to published torque (or torque-plus-angle) specifications is important for all installation or assembly tasks, but is especially critical for engine, transmission, steering, suspension and brake system applications.


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Ride Control Complaints

We Examine 5 Common Customer Issues 
Ride control complaints are one of the most common types of concerns expressed by customers. Quite often, the customer’s description is vague or misleading.  Attempt to gather as much information from them as possible prior to performing an inspection. For example,  do you only hear a “funny” noise when driving n bumpy roads or on smooth roads as well?  If you suspect that the vehicle is heavily loaded with cargo at times, ask if the “wandering” they experience only occurs when heavily loaded, etc. The customer’s descriptions of an  issue should be considered merely as a starting point. It’s up to you to inspect and road test to determine the actual cause of the complaint. 
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Noise Takes a Toll

How many times has someone told you to take care of your hearing?  Anyone who works in a busy shop is subjected to a range of noises every day....pneumatic wrenches and impact guns, drills, air compressors turning on, vehicle horns, vehicle alarm system screeches, hammers striking metal, etc. Some of these noises, especially repeated exposure to certain noises, can damage your hearing. We all know how important it is to wear eye protection to save your eyeballs from fluids or metal chips, and to wear reinforced work shoes to save our toes from being mashed by heavy objects and gloves to protect our skin from certain chemicals or from handling hot and/or sharp objects,  but many of us tend to ignore ear protection, often assuming that “the noise only lasts for a few seconds, so it won’t matter.”


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