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Engine Noises: Tips for the Lube Service Technician

Engine Noises: Tips for the Lube Service Technician

November 13, 2014

The lube service technician often gets blamed for conditions that are beyond his control. While the symptom could involve an installation concern or the quality of the parts installed, it may be a condition inherited in the vehicle since production. When faced with a customer…

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Diesel Exhaust Treatment: Taking the Mystery Out of Diesel Exhaust Regeneration

Diesel Exhaust Treatment: Taking the Mystery Out of Diesel Exhaust Regeneration

November 13, 2014

Cleaning up the exhaust on a diesel application has been a challenge for the vehicle manufacturers. Much progress has been achieved with new fuelinjection technology and the addition of a three stage catalytic converter to control hydrocarbons (HC)…

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Lube Service Tips: Identifying Inherent Problems

Lube Service Tips: Identifying Inherent Problems

November 13, 2014

Identifying problems that are inherent with a vehicle can  save your credibility with the vehicle owner and the shop some unnecessary expense. When servicing a vehicle, many times we get blamed for a condition that may have  been inherent…

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Monitoring Tire Pressures: System Anomalies Can Promote Diagnostic Challenges

Monitoring Tire Pressures: System Anomalies Can Promote Diagnostic Challenges

November 13, 2014

Many vehicle owners are not aware that their vehicle is equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) until the horseshoe-shaped light with an exclamation point in the center is illuminated. At that point they panic and call their repair shop, where they are made aware of the on-board technology… 

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Aerated Power Stroke: Dealing with Air in the Fuel System

Aerated Power Stroke: Dealing with Air in the Fuel System

November 13, 2014

Aerated fuel can create some major performance problems for a diesel application and some difficult challenges for the technician.  While some fuel injector problems may be inherent in the system by design, many of the issues are the result of improper fuel filter installation procedures, or poor lube and filter service intervals… 

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Diesel Applications and Fuel Related Challenges

Diesel Applications and Fuel Related Challenges

November 6, 2014

When a fuel filter becomes restricted on a diesel application, the chances are great the system needs more than just a fuel filter replacement.  Many erratic or poor performance related symptoms are due to fuel quality related conditions. Often these symptoms result from corrosion or deposit formations in the fuel tank… 

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Dealing With Comebacks: The Condition May Be Factory Induced

Dealing With Comebacks: The Condition May Be Factory Induced

November 6, 2014

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

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