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Making lemonade

It’s hardly a secret that today’s vehicles feature much more complex systems as compared to the pre-electronic control era. While some curse the increasingly sophisticated management systems that we must deal with, the fact that the use of ever-advancing electronic monitoring and management is here to stay, and it’s only going to increase and expand.


Tool review: Beta driver tools -- a sampling of the Italian brand

OK, so what’s so neat about yet another set of hand drivers and a ratchet? That’s what I wondered when I started to examine a small selection of hand tools from Beta Tools. I was pleasantly surprised.


It may not be the pump: Problems can be caused by a variety of fuel system issues

Unless you are into racing or collectable cars, you have probably not seen a mechanical fuel pump in many years. The same could be said for most external electric fuel pumps. With the death of the carburetor and the advent of fuel injection, electric, in-tank fuel pumps have become the norm.


Accessory drive belts: Belt noise means more than just worn-out parts

Summertime. Even after a short drive, it can get hot enough under the hood to bake biscuits. That heat soaks into everything, and it can be particularly hard on belts and hoses. Of course you already know that, but have you thought about how a worn or damaged belt can affect other things under the hood, even driveability?


J-2534: 2015 update

Reflashing is no longer something new and neither is getting the job done with a J-2534-2 tool. By now many shops have decided that they are in it to win it or they simply sublet the work


TPMS tips:Identifying types, applications, functions and service

 Every vehicle from 2008 model year to the present is equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). If you service tires, you’ll be forced to deal with TPMS. That means that you must invest in a TPMS tool (preferably a combination tool that allows scanning/diagnostics, activating, programming if needed and relearning).


Automaker commercials drive me crazy

Like most of you, I love all things automotive. But the way in which some automakers go about hawking their wares on TV these days is making my face twitch.


Tool review: Mighty quiet -- King Tony America's NC-4232Q wrench

Obviously, ½-inch-drive air wrenches are plentiful in today’s market, so what makes this one worthy of consideration? King Tony America’s new NC-4232Q is touted as a “quiet” wrench, hence the “Q” suffix in the part number in the firm’s “Mighty 7” series.


NAPA Expo held in Las Vegas

NAPA's first Expo in ten years was held in Las Vegas May 5-8. The parent company's president thanked the 18,000 in attendance for making the event the largest single company aftermarket event in the world.


Tool review: Snap-on CT8810A cordless impact wrench

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 increase in cordless tool offerings, so when something new pops up, we want to make our readers aware.

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