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Tech Tip 0159

Dealing With Comebacks: The Condition May Be Factory Induced

Tech Tip #159

Factory-induced problems can drive a technician to assume some bad habits, as he often gets blamed for conditions beyond his control...

Tech Tip 0158

Factory Brake Solutions For Some Loss of Brake Pedal Concerns

Tech Tip #158

Imagine this are driving a one ton truck with a 24-foot trailer attached and a 10,000 pound farm tractor loaded on the trailer...

Tech Tip 0157

Fuel Related Problems: What's in the Gas?

Tech Tip #157

When you encounter multiple fuel pump failures on the same vehicle, there is a good possibility that contaminated fuel may be the reason for the repeated failures...

Tech Tip 0156

Duramax Fuel Filters: Making a Fuel Filter Installation

Tech Tip #156

Unless your shop specializes in diesel repair, chances are your diesel knowledge is limited.  The same applies to any power-train or system that we are unfamiliar with or have limited access to...

Tech Tip 0155

Some Filter Facts: Solving Air Filter Related Problems

Tech Tip #155

Often the assumption is made that any level service technician or helper can make an air filter installation without difficulty or penalty. Maybe they can…

Tech Tip 0154

HID Headlights: They Can Light Up More than the Highway!

Tech Tip #154

Does the subject of headlights sound boring or unrelated to your business interest?  Even if you are not interested in servicing headlamps or other lighting on the vehicle, there are a few facts that you and your technicians should know about the high intensity discharge (HID) lighting...

Tech Tip 0153

Diesel Exhaust Fluid: The Required Fluid for the Selective Catalytic Reduction System

Tech Tip #153

There is much chatter going on in the repair industry concerning diesel powered vehicles and a fluid referred to as Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF)...

Tech Tip 0152

Installing Stretch Belts: The Belts that Tension Themselves

Tech Tip #152

How up-to-date is your belt knowledge?  When the customer makes a belt noise complaint do you troubleshoot the noise condition or do you just throw a new belt at the symptom? Many design changes in the belts have been introduced to reduce belt noise complaints and provide longer life... 

Tech Tip 0151

Chemical Deposits: They Can Create Major Performance Problems

Tech Tip #151

The crusty deposits that form on the intake valves and fuel injector tips can create major engine performance problems...

Tech Tip 0150

Troubleshooting Solutions For Some Elusive Brake and Suspension Symptoms

Tech Tip #150

Troubleshooting driveability symptoms based solely on a description provided by the vehicle owner can be a real challenge for the technician.  A road test with the customer is the preferred method of obtaining the crucial information necessary to make an accurate diagnosis... 

Tech Tip 0149

Normal or Severe Service: Selecting the Proper Lube Service Interval

Tech Tip #149

Are you recommending the proper lubrication service interval to your customers?  Be aware that there is more to making the service recommendation than monitoring the miles driven between lube services...

Tech Tip 0148

Filter Solutions For Some Challenging Conditions

Tech Tip #148

Complaints of leakage following a fuel filter installation are not uncommon with the Duramax applications. The vehicles affected include GM’s Duramax turbocharged diesel applications produced from 2001–2009. Part of the problem is the accessibility of the filter... 

Tech Tip 0147

Establishing Good Connections: Improper Connections Promote Electrical Challenges

Tech Tip #147

Diagnosing electrical problems can be challenging, even for the most experienced technician.  Unfortunately, few electrical problems are hard failures and instead fit the challenging category of intermittent failures. Intermittent problems may be affected by heat, cold, or vibration...

Tech Tip 0146

Simple Solutions For Some Perplexing Brake Problems

Tech Tip #146

While installing a new set of tires on a 2005 Nissan Maxima, a safety inspection was performed as a courtesy to the customer. The technician recommended that the disc pads should be replaced and the calipers were seeping fluid around the piston seals...

Tech Tip 0145

Common Brake Symptoms: Sometimes They Require Unique Solutions

Tech Tip #145

Diagnosing brake related complaints can be a challenge.  A well trained brake technician can follow a methodical diagnostic procedure and still be faced with the same annoying brake complaint...

Tech Tip 0144

Smart Engine Systems: Servicing Vehicles Equipped with Variable Valve Timing

Tech Tip #144

Engines equipped with Variable Valve Timing have special lubrication and maintenance requirements.  Neglecting the vehicle manufacturer's service recommendations can result in major engine performance deficiencies. Imagine changing the oil and filter on a vehicle and having it return with some major driveability symptoms, in addition to an illuminated Check Engine Lamp and multiple codes stored in the PCM memory. Trust me…

Tech Tip 0143

Lube Service Solutions: It May Require a Factory Fix

Tech Tip #143

Imagine changing the oil and filter on a 2006 Nissan Maxima, and a few days later the customer encounters droplets of oil on the carport...

Tech Tip 0142

Eliminating Belt Noise: Check For Factory Solutions!

Tech Tip #142

Nothing can be more frustrating to the customer than a high-pitched belt squeal or an annoying chirping sound coming from the accessory drive belt or pulleys.  The first suspect is almost always the belt, and is often replaced numerous times in a futile effort to eliminate the noise...

Tech Tip 0141

Throttle Body Maintenance: A System Clean-Up May Prevent Costly Repairs

Tech Tip #141

When you perform maintenance or service a customer's vehicle, are you inspecting the trottle body for contamination and recommending a clean-up when needed? If you are like the majority, you are not doing that... 

Tech Tip 0140

Cabin Air Filters: It May Be Time for a Ventilation System Clean-Up

Tech Tip #140

With a customer complaint of reduced air flow from the A/C vents, the technician questioned the customer as to when the cabin air filter was last replaced.  The response from the customer was typical - "What's a cabin air filter?"  Most vehicle owners are not aware that their vehicle is fitted with a cabin air filter...

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