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Chasing common electrical problems with the Ford Focus

The Focus connector does not usually cause an alternator failure, but can cause a charging system problem
Categories: Tech Stuff
The dreaded engine surge

In this article, we'll discuss engine idle issues, surging and "hunting" problems. First let's cover the "basics" in terms of the possible causes...
Categories: People, Operations
Managing Big Groups Yourself

As destination management and group travel software speeds ahead, group business becomes more attainable for operators.
Categories: Tech Stuff
Electronic power steering

As gas prices seem to never drop to a comfortable price, it's important for vehicles to be as fuel efficient as possible. That is where an electronic...
Categories: Tech Stuff
Engine oil -- Conventional, synthetic or semi-synthetic blend? What's the correct engine oil for your customers' vehicles?

Pity the poor do-it-yourselfer who decides to purchase engine oil at an auto parts store or big-box retailer. There are products making all kinds of...
Categories: Tech Stuff
Easy air-fuel and oxygen sensor diagnosis

Some technicians who have worked in this business for years often still get confused by how to diagnose an air-fuel sensor or are not sure what to look...
Transit service planning vital to community, ridership growth

SEPTA’s service planners collaborated with developers of a new retail center to ensure that public transportation was incorporated into the site’s plans....
Categories: Tech Stuff
Scoping out ABS wheel speed sensors: What could go wrong?

Anti-lock brake systems. Traction control. Electronic stability control. Great safety enhancements, but none of them could exist without wheel speed...
Categories: Tech Stuff
Fuel trim: How it works and how to make it work for you

When diagnosing a check-engine light or drivability issue, you can learn a lot by looking at fuel trim data on a scan tool. Fuel trim can be affected by...
Categories: TSB's
How to fix a Mazda that stalls at stop

This bulletin applies to 2003-2009 Mazda6, 2004-2009 Mazda3, 2006-2009 Mazda5, 2006-2009 Mazda MX-5 and 2007-2009 Mazda CX-7. The problem involves...
Categories: Tech Stuff
Electric fuel pump diagnosis: Houston, we have a problem

All too often when a no-start condition or hard-start is encountered, some techs may be too quick to automatically blame the electric fuel pump.
Categories: Tech Stuff
Understanding and diagnosing Toyota P0420 DTC

Out of all of the different DTCs I see, P0420 is probably the most common money-making job I get. And, out of all the manufacturers I work on, I see...
Categories: News

Centric Parts reports two of its divisions have recently earned extensions of their ISO/TS certifications. The StopTech high performance and racing brand...
Categories: TSB's
Ticking GM V8 lifters and DTC

Customers may complain about a ticking noise, engine misfire and/or SES light. This may be the result of an AFM (Active Fuel Management for ...
Categories: Tech Stuff
Waveform diagnostics: Ignition diagnostics you will actually use

We are not going to get into the old stuff here that you're already well acquainted with. The basic ignition system principles at work in a distributor...
Categories: Tech Stuff
Ignition coils -- What every tech needs to know

The process of burning fuel and air powers most of the vehicles in the U.S. and around the world. At its most basic level, this combustion is a ...
From tee to green: SEPTA service an ace for U.S. Open spectators

How does a town handle a daily influx of 25,000 spectators all headed to the USGA’s 2013 U.S. Open? With streets surrounding the venue closed to...
Categories: Safety, Management
Strategies for Discipline Problems on the School Bus

Learn to manage discipline problems on the school bus. This comprehensive article covers the issues and offers solutions.
Categories: TSB's
Coolant crossover leak

Engine coolant leaks detected on some GM vehicles may be the result of leaking gaskets between the coolant crossover pipe and the front of the right...

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