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Gasoline: A Designer Product for the Whole World

Gasoline: A Designer Product for the Whole World

Gasoline, the fuel that provides combustion for the vast majority of road vehicles, is a widely taken for granted. More than simply flammable liquid, the complexities of formulation and the detriment of combustion efficiency as fuel ages are widely ignored by the public. With a better understanding of the fuel source for our internal combustion engines, the technician is better armed when diagnosing hard-start, power loss or detonation issues.

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Servicing 4WD and AWD Systems

Servicing 4WD and AWD Systems

The popularity of four wheel drive (4WD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles continues to increase. Although 4WD has been around for many years it has become quite refined with fully automatic shift on the fly that doesn’t require much more than the flick of a switch to engage and fully automatic locking hubs.

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Wilson’s Garage: Modern Technology with Country Pride

The family business. From left to right: Tim, Jim, Paul and Roberta Lasley.

Wilson’s Garage has been a fixture in Pfafftown, N.C., since 1950. Nestled in the hills that overlook the picturesque Yadkin Valley, about 35 miles south of the Virginia border and northwest of the bustling Winston-Salem area, Pfafftown was founded back in 1786. Since the shop opened its doors, it has earned an extremely loyal customer base that extends well beyond the borders of its classic “small town America” location.

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Tool Review: Steelman RT-4000 Pro -- A Combination Scan and Reset Tool That Does Not Disappoint

The Steelman RT-4000 Pro includes a sturdy carry case, the tool device, DLC cable, USB adapter...

JS Products has recently released its new Steelman RT-4000 Pro “reset” tool. In addition to the capability to serve as a DTC scan and clearing tool (for 1996 and newer vehicles) via OBDII and CAN bus protocols, this nifty hand-held device allows you to easily reset service and maintenance-alert messages for battery, oil and service lights and to properly perform electronic parking brake service.

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Tool Review: OTC's Drain Plug Pro Tool Kit

The flex drive arcs easily, enabling you to keep your hand away from hot oil as it spews out of...

Engine oil changes are a part of any shop’s routine. As we all know, one of the bothersome aspects of draining the sump involves hot, grimy, dirty, slimy oil oozing out all over your hand while removing the pan’s drain plug. Finally, someone took the time to develop a specialty tool that eliminates the mess.

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Multi-Rib V-Belt Systems

Multi-Rib V-Belt Systems

Only bad things happen when a serpentine belt, now known as a multi-rib V-belt system, breaks under the hood of a customer’s car. Paying close attention to the belt and all of the components that it touches will save your customers aggravation and increase your bottom line.

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Safety Dictates Changing Headlamps in Pairs

Safety Dictates Changing Headlamps in Pairs

Just as it makes sense to replace both tires on the same axle or to replace both lower ball joints at the same time instead of simply replacing one worn part, when one headlamp fails, it makes sense to replace both at the same time. This provides optimum driving safety for the customer and improves your shop’s bottom line as well.

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Shop Equipment: Lifts, Tools and Accessories

Shop Equipment: Lifts, Tools and Accessories

Outfitting your shop with all of the tools and equipment necessary to address current and future service requirements is a never-ending task, as vehicle designs change and as you strive to increase your shop’s productivity. Here we provide examples of innovative tools and equipment to consider.

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Emergency Ignored?

To prevent failure, customers need to exercise their A/C compressors!

It should be standard practice to perform an overall inspection of every customer’s vehicle when it enters the shop, regardless of what specific repair prompted the visit. Inspections such as checking fluid levels, tire wear, belt condition, a visual inspection for leaks, loose or badly worn steering and suspension parts, a brake pad and rotor check, etc., should be included, as a pre-emptive strike to alert the customer to any issues that require immediate or not-too-distant attention.

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Chrysler EVAP Performance Codes

This scan tool capture shows OEM data, beginning with a cold-start. The fuel system went into...

Of all the OBD II Diagnostic Trouble Codes, the EVAP codes can cause you the most trouble. A faulty evaporative emission control system almost never affects engine performance or gas mileage, so aside from maybe a whiff of fuel odor, the only symptom is the malfunction indicator light (MIL).

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Super Duty EGRT

Super Duty EGRT

Some 2008-2010 Ford F-Super Duty vehicles equipped with the 6.4L engine and built on or before 11-1-2009 may exhibit a DTC P040D related to the exhaust gas recirculation temperature (EGRT) sensor located in the right-hand turbocharger inlet pipe.

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Servicing Suspension Struts Requires Attention to Detail

A front strut assembly is responsible for supporting vehicle weight, damping suspension travel...

When a customer comes in and says the car is not riding “right” or there’s a clunking sound from underneath, it’s important to do a thorough investigation before jumping to any conclusions. When the vehicle has a strut suspension, you need to understand how all the components work together and which ones are most prone to wear. Here are strut service tips that should be used whenever working on vehicles.