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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...

http://www.autoserviceprofessional.com/article/102480/can-we-trust-oil-life-monitors
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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,...

http://www.autoserviceprofessional.com/article/101872/srs-diagnostics-and-repairs-service-can-be-intimidating-but-it-doesnt-need-to-be
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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...

http://www.autoserviceprofessional.com/article/101870/scan-tool-wiper-diagnostics-service-in-todays-networked-module-based-wiper-era
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There’s No Stopping the Electric Parking Brake

The advent of electronic parking brake (EPB) systems offers advanced technology but can pose challenges for the service technician. This article explains...

http://www.autoserviceprofessional.com/article/100593/theres-no-stopping-the-electric-parking-brake
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Fuel Trim: Finding a Vacuum Leak and Performance Issues Using Fuel Trim Data

A customer doesn’t generally care about whether their vehicle is in fuel control, but they certainly care if it’s not running correctly or...

http://www.autoserviceprofessional.com/article/100588/fuel-trim-finding-a-vacuum-leak-and-performance-issues-using-fuel-trim-data
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Understanding Vehicle Stability Control

Just what is stability control? And why do we have it? My GMC pickup caught me totally off guard when I was going up a familiar hill on a damp morning...

http://www.autoserviceprofessional.com/article/100319/understanding-vehicle-stability-control
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Avoiding Brake Job Comebacks

There is no worse feeling for a tech than to have performed a straightforward, uncomplicated brake job and see the vehicle return with a concern or a...

http://www.autoserviceprofessional.com/article/100122/avoiding-brake-job-comebacks
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Wheel Bearing Tech From TRB to Gen I, Gen 2 and Gen 3

Today’s wheel bearings, like many other components, have become so dependable that we don’t pay much attention to them until there is a...

http://www.autoserviceprofessional.com/article/97994/wheel-bearing-tech-from-trb-to-gen-i-gen-2-and-gen-3
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GM EcoTec3 Truck Engine GDI Concerns: New Technology Affects Service Practices

General Motors’ EcoTec3 family of engines is a familiar sight under the hoods of many GMC and Chevrolet pickup trucks and SUVs. It is available in...

http://www.autoserviceprofessional.com/article/97840/gm-ecotec3-truck-engine-gdi-concerns-new-technology-affects-service-practices
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Should OBD-II be Your First Step in Diagnosing an Engine Management Issue? Yes, and Here’s Why...

We can’t possibly have all the tools that we need to repair every vehicle that comes into our shop, even if we concentrate on only a couple of...

http://www.autoserviceprofessional.com/article/97711/should-obd-ii-be-your-first-step-in-diagnosing-an-engine-management-issue-yes-and-heres-why-
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Servicing 4WD and AWD Systems

The popularity of four wheel drive (4WD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles continues to increase. Although 4WD has been around for many years it has...

http://www.autoserviceprofessional.com/article/97574/servicing-4wd-and-awd-systems
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Multi-Rib V-Belt Systems

Only bad things happen when a serpentine belt, now known as a multi-rib V-belt system, breaks under the hood of a customer’s car. Paying close...

http://www.autoserviceprofessional.com/article/97447/multi-rib-v-belt-systems
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Leak Detection: Smoke, Dye and Electronic Methods

The average age of cars and light trucks on the road is now 11 ½ years, according to research from the latest Auto Care Association Factbook....

http://www.autoserviceprofessional.com/article/97284/leak-detection-smoke-dye-and-electronic-methods
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Brake System NVH Woes: Addressing and Avoiding Noise, Vibration and Harshness Issues

The usual complaint after performing a brake service is typically going to involve noises — squeaks, squeals, squawks or vibrations. You name it,...

http://www.autoserviceprofessional.com/article/97135/brake-system-nvh-woes-addressing-and-avoiding-noise-vibration-and-harshness-issues
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HFO 1234yf Refrigerant and Coolant Mapping

When I look at the new vehicles that are rolling into the showrooms and being advertised on TV, the focus seems to be on customer comfort, convenience...

http://www.autoserviceprofessional.com/article/95976/hfo-1234yf-refrigerant-and-coolant-mapping
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Some Diagnostics Hurt Your Brain... Fixing Difficult and Perplexing Problems

I enjoy working through diagnostics, with my favorite being driveability concerns. The most common diagnostics that I perform relate to check engine...

http://www.autoserviceprofessional.com/article/95840/some-diagnostics-hurt-your-brain-fixing-difficult-and-perplexing-problems
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Mazda Skyactiv Technology -- What it is, and What it Has Meant to Engine Packages

I am sure that by now almost all of us have seen or heard the advertising of Mazda’s Skyactiv technology, but how many of us actually understand...

http://www.autoserviceprofessional.com/article/95724/mazda-skyactiv-technology-what-it-is-and-what-it-has-meant-to-engine-packages
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Emissions Gas Analysis: Five-gas Analysis and the Importance of Lambda

The actual combustion process that takes place in the modern vehicle with a gasoline engine hasn’t changed much since the four stroke engine was...

http://www.autoserviceprofessional.com/article/95607/emissions-gas-analysis-five-gas-analysis-and-the-importance-of-lambda


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