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Exhaust system inspection

Exhaust system inspection Nash, Tom Before you replace tba bad muffler, give the exhaust system a complete si to detect other problems that might not be readily apparent. A rumbling vehicle pulls up to your shop and the owner says, “I need a muffler. How much is it going to cost me?” You look up […]

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Service slants

Service slants Meir, John A Acura Rear trailing arm noise. The rear trailing arms on some 1990 and newer Integras may squeak when the car is driven over speed bumps or into a driveway. One possible cause could be that the inner and outer portions of the trailing ann bushings are rubbing against each other. […]

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Wisconsin Tech Wins Hog

Wisconsin Tech Wins Hog Nash, Tom Brake Parts Inc., manufacturer of Raybestos brand brakes, announced that Mark Broehm of Accurate Alignment in Appleton, Wisconsin, is the grand prize winner of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the “Raybestos Goes Hog Wild” promotion. When technicians purchased a Raybestos premium brake pad assortment, they received six Mike Ditka’s Signature […]

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Meddle With the Pedal: ELECTRONIC THROTTLE CONTROL

Meddle With the Pedal: ELECTRONIC THROTTLE CONTROL Dale, Mike Doing away with the throttle cable was just the beginning. Electronic throttle control (ETC) has allowed engineers to add many other noteworthy vehicle systems and capabilities, with more to follow. It may well be that software integration of automotive electronic systems will turn out to be […]

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Finding (& fixing) EVAP system leaks

Finding (& fixing) EVAP system leaks Black, Ludlow OBD II systems can flag an EVAP leak that’s smaller than the eye of a needle. Effective diagnostics and the proper tools are required to locate these leaks. I remember when cars came to our shop because they ran poorly. I diagnosed them, replaced or repaired some […]

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Honeywell Ends Talks With Federal-Mogul

Honeywell Ends Talks With Federal-Mogul Nash, Tom Honeywell had hoped to escape $2 billion of asbestos liabilities by selling its Bendix subsidiary to FederalMogul, but those discussions recently ended. In an innovative deal announced last year, Bendix would have been given free of charge to FederalMogul, already in bankruptcy protection due in great part to […]

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Foreign Service

Foreign Service Marinucci, Dan An engine management system’s decisions are only as good as its input sensors. A failing MAF sensor may cause misleading driveability symptoms on many late-model Volkswagens. I’m a product of the East Coast, a kid who loves deli dishes as well as the deli atmosphere. One of my fondest memories of […]

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Trade secrets

Trade secrets Cerullo, Bob An emissions snafu, a fluke clutch comeback and a dyed-in-the-wool intermittent all help raise Bob’s temperature on an already scorching day in July. Thank goodness for customers like “Moe Gullible.” Moe rushed in one July afternoon asking for a New York State inspection on a ’93 Olds he had just bought […]

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Service Slants

Service Slants Rosario, Tom Ford Truck Cabin water leak. Owners of 2005-06 Ford Expeditions or Lincoln Navigators may come into your shop one day complaining that the carpeting at the passenger-side footwell area gets very damp or wet every time the air conditioning system is turned on. One likely reason for the leak, says Ford, […]

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Foreign service

Foreign service Marinucci, Dan Have you had it with trying to remove broken, corroded studs or bolts from cylinder heads and other aluminum components? Boy, has Dan got a tool for you! Thankfully, a stud extractor isn’t something you use every day. But when you need one, you really need one. Let’s face it, an […]