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Enemies of the Road: A Look at the Various Causes of Tire Damage

We recently surveyed our readers to find out what you’ve seen with regard to tire wear and damage. While the leading causes you mentioned came as no surprise, some things will surely raise eyebrows, and provide a chuckle at the same time.

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Understanding Induction Systems on Naturally Aspirated & Turbo-Equipped Engines

You have heard it said before that the internal combustion engine is basically an air pump. The internal combustion engine has never been 100% efficient, but recent technology has improved the engine on a major basis with the addition of intake runner control systems, variable valve timing systems and turbo and turbo-equipped engines.

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How to Help Your Customers Pay for Auto Repairs

Auto repair shops, like all businesses, always need new customers. One way for shops to gain loyal customers is to offer an option to finance auto repairs.

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Global OBD II Diagnostics: Using All 10 Modules of Your Scan Tool

A friend of mine and automotive instructor by the name of John Forro once stated that 80% of the emission codes that light the malfunction indicator light (MIL) can be easily diagnosed from the generic or global side of the scan tool, and I would have to agree with him.

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Can We Trust Oil Life Monitors?

If you ask most automotive technicians if they trust an oil life monitor, or OLM, they will typically say “no way” and the reasons for this view will come fast and furiously.

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The Importance of Mechanical Retention for Brake Pads

Brake pads without a mechanical retention system have a significantly increased risk of the friction material separating from the backing plate -- which can lead to brake failure.

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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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