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Explaining Coolant Issues To Customers

Explaining Coolant Issues To Customers In colder weather, it’s fairly common for a consumer to add the wrong kind of coolant to their vehicle. While experienced counter pros and technicians know there are different types of coolant, the average person doesn’t. Explaining Coolant Issues to Customers A customer who has added the wrong coolant [...]

By |2019-03-16T13:22:31-04:00February 9th, 2019|tech tips|Comments Off on Explaining Coolant Issues To Customers


Vehicle Identification Numbers: Cracking ‘The Da-VIN-ci Code’ -Thomas Dayton, Counterman Magazine The modern 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) became mandatory for new vehicles sold in the United States beginning with the 1981 model year. The VIN is broken down into six components, and each part holds a key to decoding the identity of an [...]

By |2018-06-01T20:34:33-04:00June 1st, 2018|tech tips|Comments Off on VIN NUMBERS

Diagnosing Wheel Noise

Diagnosing wheel noise isn't always so straightforward! Mark Philips, Editor, Counterman Magazine Noise coming from the wheels of any vehicle means the bearings are bad, right? Well, diagnosing wheel noise isn’t so straightforward!    The most common symptom of a bad bearing is cyclic chirping, squealing or growling noise that changes in proportion to [...]

By |2018-05-05T05:18:25-04:00May 5th, 2018|tech tips|Comments Off on Diagnosing Wheel Noise

GPD Tech Tips

"Gummy Oil" Have you ever opened a compressor and found that the oil has become "semi solid"..a bit like grease! The compressor probably failed because they require oil to lubricate them!! Gummy oil all is always associated with pollutants of some kind. These may range from over the counter additives to improve and or [...]

By |2018-04-21T06:33:30-04:00April 21st, 2018|tech tips|Comments Off on GPD Tech Tips

MAS Ball Joint Inspection

 How to Inspect Ball Joint Wear Due to Friction One of the main reasons ball joints can fail is from excessive wear from friction. Techs often have a problem locating valid specs for ball joint testing. This allows for consideration of the real-world effects that cumulative bushing and ball joint wear have [...]

By |2017-10-28T08:44:25-04:00October 28th, 2017|tech tips|Comments Off on MAS Ball Joint Inspection

Powerstop Break In Procedure

IMPORTANT: Break In New Brake Pads/Rotors Using The Pad Bedding Procedure As Follows. Proper Pad Bedding Can Prevent Rotor Warping. The break-in procedure is critical to brake performance. The reason for a proper break-in is to establish an even layer of friction material deposited on the rotors from the brake pads. It is very [...]

By |2020-05-02T07:11:38-04:00July 15th, 2017|tech tips|Comments Off on Powerstop Break In Procedure

GPD Tech Tips

In Honda CR-V A/C systems, debris becomes lodged in the A/C system after the original compressor has failed and a replacement compressor has been fitted. This issue occurs because the debris from the original compressor accumulates in the condenser. If left in the system, the debris in the condenser will cause catastrophic failure of [...]

By |2017-06-24T07:39:22-04:00June 24th, 2017|tech tips|Comments Off on GPD Tech Tips
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