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ETI Opens Access to ‘I/M Overview’

ETI Opens Access to ‘I/M Overview’ Nash, Tom The Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) is allowing unrestricted access to its annual “Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) Overview” on its website (www.etools.org), making the comprehensive document available for the first time to any interested party free of charge, regardless of ETI membership. “We are significantly expanding this […]

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STS creates OBD II training video

STS creates OBD II training video Nash, Tom A basic training video on OBD II is now being readied by the Service Technicians Society (STS), with sponsorship by the EPA. Several top OBD II trainers and experts in the field were brought together to participate and give presentations on their specialties. Highly respected technician/trainers such […]

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National Grange Supports Right to Repair Act

National Grange Supports Right to Repair Act Nash, Tom The Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE) announced that the National Grange, an organization with more than 2800 local, county and State Grange chapters in 37 states, has joined the coalition of supporters of the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act, HR 2048. David Parde, […]

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Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence Ford Motor Co. and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) are bringing artificial intelligence to trucks and cars. According to Ford, a new neural network computer chip that mimics the human mind promises to reduce vehicle emissions and improve fuel economy by monitoring fuel combustion. The neural network chip, designed by computer scientists at […]

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BECOMING AN AWARD-WINNING REPAIR SHOP

BECOMING AN AWARD-WINNING REPAIR SHOP Bell, Sam Award-winning shops don’t happen by accident. These real-world success stories could help your shop receive the recognition and appreciation it deserves. The winners at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games were awarded laurel wreaths, just like their ancient counterparts. Modern Olympic winners also receive longer-lasting gold, silver or bronze […]

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ASA announces new member e-benefits

ASA announces new member e-benefits Nash, Tom The Automotive Service Association (ASA) now offers two new benefits to its members-a discount on web-based technical training through Melior Institute and discounts on purchases from ToolSource.com. “ASA understands the need for qualified technicians. In the fast-paced world we live in, time often deters training,” said John Scully, […]

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Keeping it cool

Keeping it cool Weissler, Paul Coolant incompatibility and the usual assortment of great service tips highlight the coverage from this year’s NARSA convention. The coolant inside each of the reservoirs-from a Toyota, a ’98 Dodge Intrepid and a VW Passat-looks about the same color. It’s red..well, maybe pink…or is it orange? Yup, must be that […]

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CRACKING THE EUROPEAN DATA SAFE

CRACKING THE EUROPEAN DATA SAFE Seyfert, Karl Some European vehicle service information may seem ‘locked up,’ out of the reach of independent techs. But most of it is accessible, if you’ve got the right combination. Access to service information for European vehicles has never been as easy as it is for domestic or Asian vehicles. […]

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GM ‘hums’ a new tune

GM ‘hums’ a new tune Nash, Tom Please don’t call it the Baby Hummer ’cause there’s nothing cutesy or tiny about it. The latest generation Hummer, dubbed the H2, is an extremely rugged, offroad-capable vehicle that offers more creature comforts and options than its older brother, the Hi-at about half the price. While you can’t […]

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Here come the 2002 domestics

Here come the 2002 domestics Weissler, Paul There’s only one ‘true’ car from this year’s crop of new domestics, but still plenty of technological change to keep you and your techs hopping. What? Only two domestic new cars at fall introduction time, and one is a car-type sport/ute? Yup. There’s the true car-a Ford Thunderbird– […]