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The dreaded engine surge June 20, 2012

In this article, we'll discuss engine idle issues, surging and "hunting" problems. First let's cover the "basics" in terms of the possible causes of engine...

Diesel exhaust fluid: Fluid-injection for NOx reduction June 25, 2013

If your shop doesn’t routinely service diesel-equipped vehicles, you may not be fully aware of the use of DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid). DEF consists of...

Electric fuel pump diagnosis: Houston, we have a problem April 11, 2013

All too often when a no-start condition or hard-start is encountered, some techs may be too quick to automatically blame the electric fuel pump.

Today’s key fobs/smart keys provide convenience -- and cause problems October 24, 2014

In these days of vehicle owner expectations for their vehicles to perform tasks that would previously require a minor physical or mental effort on their...

Tool Review: Bosch KTS 340 mobile vehicle diagnostic tool August 17, 2011

The Bosch KTS 340 is truly a “multifunctional” diagnostic and technical information system. Actually, it does much more than simply...

Wheel fasteners: Understanding the nuts and bolts of wheel clamping December 26, 2013

The threaded fasteners that secure the wheels to the chassis are perhaps the most critical components on any vehicle, yet they’re often the most...

Tool Review: Compact gun -- A pneumatic air wrench for cramped spaces April 10, 2014

What appealed to me about the M7 (Mighty-Seven) 1/2-inch-drive air wrench from King Tony of America is its ultra-stubby size. It’s the cutest,...

New vehicle review -- 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4X4 April 13, 2011

On occasion, we’ll review a new vehicle in terms of service and accessibility, in order to provide you with a heads-up on a vehicle that you may not...

Tool review: Snap-on CT8810A cordless impact wrench April 7, 2015

Yes, we’re reviewing yet another cordless impact wrench. While I prefer to “mix it up” in terms of tool species, there has been a notable...

Changing a camshaft in the GM LS engine August 6, 2013

Servicing a camshaft in any overhead-valve engine requires a degree of disassembly, but in the case of GM’s LS-series of engines, the task is a bit...

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