Oil Change Intervals Increasing

There are some vehicle maintenance myths that customers accept as gospel long after they’re still relevant. Atop this list is the 3,000-mile oil change. While some shops haven’t exactly been quick to dispel this largely outdated concept, embracing the extended interval oil change can actually be good for business. The reality is that many of…

Alternator Benchtesting

Like most other systems on late-model vehicles, charging systems have become smarter and more complex. Today’s computer-controlled charging systems tailor the charging rate not only to the electrical demands on the battery and alternator, but also to changing driving conditions. That makes diagnosis much more difficult when something goes wrong. Alternators have one of the…

Software Updates and Reflashing

According to J.D. Power, 189 recalls and more than 800 TSBs have been issued concerning reflashing or reprogramming over the past five years. These numbers do not include the random updates that seem to appear out of thin air on the OE service information websites. Some of us may see this as a problem. But,…

Motor Oil in the Modern Market

In recent years, the variety of different motor oils that are now available to consumers has multiplied exponentially. To keep up with the lubrication requirements of all the different vehicle manufacturers, oil companies have had to expand their product lines to include new ultra-low, multi-viscosity, fuel-saving oils as well as products with special additive packages…

Tie Rods and Toe Angles

Clean Fuel Tanks and Filters Save Pumps

Clean Fuel Tanks and Filters Save Pumps Fuel pump replacement comebacks can be costly and can hurt your reputation. One of the leading causes of failure is the tank. If a vehicle gets 20 miles to the gallon, then more than 5,000 gallons of gas (from many stations) will go through the tank in 100,000…

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