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ABS Repair: Breaking Down Anti-Lock Braking Systems

In today’s world of automotive repair we’re faced with dealing with a broad range of different types of systems in modern day vehicles that reach our service bays.

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Push Button Start Technology

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.

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8th Annual ‘Tips From Techs’: Service Technicians Share Tricks of the Trade

It’s all about information. The more we know, the better job we can do. No one is an expert on everything. That’s where information sharing becomes so critical. Every tech has faced a problem wherein the remedy isn’t easily found in a repair manual. When a specific problem is faced and a technician discovers a fix, sharing that information with others helps those who may be faced with the same challenge. We’re in this together, so let’s help each other out.

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The Cordless Age

Like most shops, mine has become increasingly populated with cordless power equipment, ranging from impact wrenches, drills, saws, grinders, vacuums, a wide array of flashlights, tablets, cell phones, cordless desk phones and on and on. 

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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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