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People Need Preventive Maintenance, Too

People Need Preventive Maintenance, Too

Every vehicle requires periodic maintenance (preventive maintenance) to avoid problems. The same holds true for certain tools and shop equipment. Lifts should be inspected annually, office and shop computers require updates, torque wrenches require periodic calibration, pneumatic tools require in-line lubrication to prevent dry running and lockups. Bay door rollers require cleaning and lube to keep them running smoothly.

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Tools and Equipment to Enhance Shop Efficiency

In addition to working at vehicle lift height, supporting the tool weight at low working height...

There are tools that allow you get the job done, and there are tools that allow you get the job done quicker and/or more efficiently. In this brief article, we cherry-picked a few examples of items that help to make shop life easier, with less effort and that help to maximize labor profit.

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Cooling System Basics: Checking Belts, Pulleys, Tensioners and Pumps

Figure 3: Belt drive system 5.9L Cummins engine. (Courtesy of Southeast Mobile Tech)

When a vehicle rolls into your service bay for an inspection or any other problem, it’s a good idea to make sure that the vehicle gets a good visual check as well. You want to take care of your customers and give them a good sense of peace of mind so they know you are looking out for their best interests.

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Current Brake Technology: A Discussion of Pads, Rotors and Fluids

Current Brake Technology: A Discussion of Pads, Rotors and Fluids

While technological changes and advancements are in the works for future vehicles, such as electronic braking systems, we thought it best to discuss what’s happening at the current time, in terms of brake pad, rotor and fluid technology.  Included in this article are comments from several brake system parts manufacturers.

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Addressing SUV/CUV Steering Issues

Here’s an example of a failed OEM ball joint with plastic liner (this is not a Moog part). Photo...

Today’s SUVs (sport utility vehicles) and CUVs (crossover utility vehicles) face the same steering system issues as other types of vehicles, in terms of steering system component wear, braking system operation and wheel alignment concerns.

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Euro Service: Citing Examples of BMW and Mini Cooper Issues

Figure 1: Euro vehicles can be prone to the same issues as domestics or Asian vehicles. You...

Many automotive shops get intimidated when faced with the task of working on a European vehicle. Some of the reasons for this is they aren’t familiar with the vehicle, they don’t have the correct tools, or they quite possibly think that a European vehicle  is so much out of the norm or completely different from the Asian and domestic vehicles that they are accustomed to.

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Can We Trust Oil Life Monitors?

This Honda Pilot was overdue, but the motorist just kept driving.

If you ask most automotive technicians if they trust an oil life monitor, or OLM, they will typically say “no way” and the reasons for this view will come fast and furiously.

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Push Button Start Technology

Figure 5: Momentarily pressing the ignition mode switch button once will enter the accessory...

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “Don’t get pushy.” Well, in the automotive world this phrase seems to have taken on a new meaning. In the last 10 to 15 years or so the number of buttons on a motor vehicle seems to have grown immensely. I remember back in the early days of my automotive career there were fewer buttons to push on the dash and more levers or sliding cable-operated controls than there are on today’s vehicles.