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Ride Control Complaints

We Examine 5 Common Customer Issues 
Ride control complaints are one of the most common types of concerns expressed by customers. Quite often, the customer’s description is vague or misleading.  Attempt to gather as much information from them as possible prior to performing an inspection. For example,  do you only hear a “funny” noise when driving n bumpy roads or on smooth roads as well?  If you suspect that the vehicle is heavily loaded with cargo at times, ask if the “wandering” they experience only occurs when heavily loaded, etc. The customer’s descriptions of an  issue should be considered merely as a starting point. It’s up to you to inspect and road test to determine the actual cause of the complaint. 
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Examining Coil On Plug

The Most Reliable and Durable Ignition System to Date

Today’s modern ignition system normally will use a single ignition coil per cylinder, mounted directly or very close to the spark plug: the Coil On Plug (COP) design. Some systems use an individual coil and a small ignition wire in a Coil Near Plug (CNP) setup because the location of the spark plug in the cylinder head won’t allow enough room to directly mount a coil on the spark plug, I consider this a version of COP.


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Electrical System Faults

Various DTCs and Component Faults can be Traced to Wiring Issues

With the ever increasing technology on today’s vehicles comes with ever increasing electrical demands.  You would think that electrical failures would be more prevalent than ever on today’s vehicles.  


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Cylinder Head Gasket Service In Modern Era Engines

A Failed Head Gasket Is Only a Symptom, Not the Root Cause

“My engine blew a head gasket and now it overheats.” That’s a fairly commonly heard knee-jerk diagnosis. However, it’s wrong. When an engine overheats or if the gasket allows coolant or combustion gasses to escape, do not automatically blame the gasket. Cylinder head gaskets can be viewed similar to a fuse. If the gasket “fails,” this is a symptom that something other than the gasket itself caused the failure. 


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Mevotech Offers New Control Arms for Ram 1500

Mevotech has released new front upper control arms engineered for the 2019 and later Ram 1500 (5th gen) platform. The control arms CMS251267 and CMS251268 feature a completely solid and fully forged one-piece control arm body. By replacing the original equipment hollow stamped steel and plastic composite design, Mevotech’s control arm assembly has increased rigidity and strength, the company notes.


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Bosch Introduces EVO Spark Plug

To meet the needs of modern turbocharged gasoline direct-injection engines placing high demands on spark plugs, Robert Bosch LLC has introduced the new EVO spark plug. It is engineered to ensure reliable ignition throughout its long service life – even under extreme conditions in modern engines. 


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‘Be a Federated Fan’ Contest Winners Announced

Federated Auto Parts reports Carney Cataldo of Cataldo’s Collision in Dubois, Pa., and Brian Bennington of Bennington’s Auto Service in Canton, Ohio, are the grand prize winners of its “Be a Federated Fan” contest. Both will have the chance to watch the NASCAR Federated Auto Parts 400 from a luxury suite at Richmond Raceway.


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Diagnosing a MOST Bus Code

When We Have a Failure to Communicate

Diagnostics can seem tricky and daunting at times. Just the sight of a “U” based code can be intimidating to even the best diagnostic technicians, but if a U0028:00 MOST bus code is set and you are dealing with the complaint of no center stack or no radio operation on a GM car or truck, where do you even start and what the heck is the MOST bus?


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Cardone

Cardone Adds 1,000+ New Parts

Cardone Industries Inc. reports it added more than 1,000 new parts to its extensive catalog during the fourth quarter of 2020. The new offering includes expanded vehicle coverage to the company’s existing product lines, such as electronic power steering, brake calipers and boosters, CV axles, prop shafts, electronic throttle bodies and ECMs. 


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Dana Offers Victor Reinz Wave-Stopper Gaskets

Dana Inc. has added Victor Reinz Wave-Stopper multi-layer steel (MLS) gaskets to its aftermarket portfolio, featuring Dana-patented technology designed to address the increased sealing requirements of head gaskets in today’s light and commercial diesel engines and forced-induction vehicles.


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