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Turbocharger Service Tips

Turbochargers are essentially compressors that direct more air into the engine’s cylinders in order to produce additional power. A turbo derives its energy source from both temp and pressure of exhaust gas. Intake air enters through the air cleaner into the turbo compressor inlet. The air is compressed which raises air density and volume.

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Tracking Electrical System Failures

The need to track down electrical system failures in today’s vehicles are more prevalent now than they were many years ago. With the addition of system add-ons such as increased safety items, more entertainment and creature comfort options and overall improved vehicle operating capabilities, the technician is faced with the added complexity of performing proper diagnostics.

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SRS Diagnostics and Repairs: Service Can Be Intimidating, But it Doesn’t Need to Be

The Supplemental Restraint System (SRS); or in GM jargon SIR (supplemental inflatable restraint system) uses more components than just airbags: modules, crash sensors, seat weight and position sensors, seat belt switches, warning lights and pre-tensioning devices are all used to protect and enhance the safety of the driver and passengers.

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Chasing Chassis Complaints: Tips and Diagnostics From the Experts

Diagnosing chassis issues, including noise, vibration and drivability concerns ranges from the simple to the difficult-to-pinpoint. In this article we’ll discuss a variety of tips, both vehicle-specific and generic. As part of the article, we’ve included insightful comments from Federal-Mogul Motorparts and Arnott.

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Scan Tool Wiper Diagnostics: Service in Today’s Networked Module-Based Wiper Era

Windshield wipers are an integral component on almost anything that moves, including planes, boats, trains, cars and trucks. And if you think they really haven’t changed much since Mary Anderson invented them in 1903, you are mistaken.

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Charging and Starting: Diagnostics Evolve with System Complexity

When you talk about diagnostics in the automotive industry, the first thing that usually comes to mind is a computer problem like an engine system, anti-lock brake system or maybe even a body control issue.

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Challenges You Face with Difficult Customers

This happens frequently, with many shops experiencing a frustrating issue with what we tend to identify as “difficult” customers. A passenger car enters the shop for a reported “brake noise.” Your inspection reveals badly scored front rotors, a badly rusted right rear rotor, stuck calipers, badly worn front pads and flexible brake hoses that have seen better days. 

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OEM Battery Trends

While the latest high-tech amenities are adding numerous safety, comfort and convenience benefits to a vehicle, they also are creating more battery-related issues for vehicle owners.

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Avoiding Brake Service Comebacks

A number of potential problems can easily result in operational issues and/or customer complaints following brake system service. Here we’ll discuss a few points that will help to avoid these concerns and help give your customers a “sweet” ride.

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Best Practices for Air Conditioning Service

Automotive A/C systems, once a stand-alone and relatively simple design, have evolved and continue to evolve, offering greater efficiency and reduction of atmospheric pollutants.

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