Thursday, March 12, 2020

Digital inspection… ? Medical procedure or something to do with getting your vehicle maintained? Both?

I am just returning from VisionKC (High Tech Training and Exhibition). The KC stands for Kansas City. Exciting for auto maintenance and repair junkies like me. Not so...

Thursday, February 13, 2020

When you bring your vehicle to your mechanic with a problem they will likely be empathetic to your situation; not sympathetic. 

Empathy; the dictionary says is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Sympathy on the other hand is feelings of pity and...

Thursday, January 30, 2020

When working as an auto mechanic there are many instances where, when repairing and or replacing components, the part you need to remove does not respond to so called normal replacement procedures. In layman's terms it is “Stuck!” 

Faced with this situation the expletiv...

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Technology creeps up on us. As much as we pooh pooh some of the excess complications and learning challenges there are certain technologies that we quickly adapt to. How did we even live without that? I suppose those are the ones we never knew we needed until we got a...

Thursday, December 19, 2019

 In British Columbia ten percent of new vehicles purchased are now electric vehicles. A milestone reached earlier than expected. This includes BEVs (battery-electric vehicles) and plug-in hybrid vehicles. A BEV has only an electric motor or motors  to propel it. A plug...

Thursday, December 5, 2019

AI or Artificial Intelligence is a buzzword of our times. Your current automotive technician will be very involved in the development of AI for your vehicle’s diagnostics. All the vehicle manufacturers have some level of AI built into their diagnostic processes. Your t...

Thursday, November 21, 2019

The demands on engine oil in modern automobiles are a moving target. Most manufacturers are now selling vehicles with smaller turbocharged engines and direct fuel injection. A 2.0 litre turbocharged direct injection 4 cylinder engine will now give the performance of a...

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Thankfully election season has come and gone. At least the Canadian version is short and to the point. Not looking forward to the United States election taking over our news for what seems like two years.

What does politics have to do with mechanics? Not sure exactly bu...

Thursday, October 10, 2019

I last wrote about TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems) in December 2012. At the time more and more vehicles were showing up with these systems. These systems became mandatory in the U.S. in 2008. To this date they are not mandatory in Canada but still may be standa...

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Yes, we all would like to know when our vehicle rolls or is pushed into the shop what the final tally will be. Admittedly when we know exactly what is wrong the answer to that question can be quite definite. But ….. when the problem is unknown…. it depends.

That is the...

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