Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Common Fuel System Diagnostic Mistakes

For full article, see Auto Service Professional: http://www.autoserviceprofessional.com/
Article provided by Airtex Products, LP 30 Nov/Dec Issue

1. Replacing without diagnosing
   -Don't treat the car like a previous car who had the same problem.
   -There are 1,000 components in a vehicle, and there could be 1,000 different problems associated with it.

2. Not enough juice
   -Low voltage/poor ground can cause low pressure and flow.
   -Make sure that the battery is fully charged.

3. Jumping to conclusions
   -Make sure you understand fuel system before diagnosis, even if you have treated similar vehicles.
   -Faulty driver module can affect fuel pressure without fuel pump being the cause.

4. Same problem, different day
   -You "fixed" the problem, but the car is still not up to par. You need to start the diagnostic process over,      or the customer will come back.

5. Grounds, grounds, grounds
   -An electrical current must have a signal (power) & a return ground wire to work.
   -Installing a great system where there is poor ground will ultimately have the customer returning, it simply          will not work.

For more tips and tricks of the trade, log onto www.autoserviceprofessional.com! :)

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Hippie Van Is Gratefully Dead

OH NO, Say it ain't so, the Volkswagen Bus is ending production today, after 63 years of adventure. What is called, "the iconic hippy bus" has been kept alive, with over ten million produced since 1950. The Volkswagen Bus is almost identical to the 1967 models, rarely fluctuating in taste, interior, and make.
For awhile, Brazil has been the only company to manufacture these vans. The country's upcoming safety regulation changes are a huge factor with the production of the Kombi-the universal term for the Volkswagen Bus. The Kombis once came customized as campers, passenger bus, sleeping utility vehicles, the ultimate adventure wagon for cross country travelers. Usually, the vans are sold for $22,000, but the final edition will sell for around $36,000.
We will forever treasure this iconic vehicle as a reliable, fun, and wonderful roadie. Many lovers of this vehicle have commented, and here are just a few:
"End of an era, to be sure!"

"If you thought Hippies were sensitive before......wait till you see the down pour of tears at this news! They definitely have their following though, I let a friend store her old one at my place and at least three people a year stop buy begging to purchase it.
  Imagine how many kids with names like Star, Moon and Sunshine were conceived in a cloud of Maui Wowwy in these old tin cans?"

"I hope someone gives one to the Smithsonian In DC. That thing is as much a part of our History as the Model T,, Pontiac, and General Motors"

"I've had a couple of them, One was a 1978 champagne edition..Large sunroof, corduroy seats, and a fuel injected Porche engine, that had plenty of power on hills or anywhere. It was a wonderful vehicle, and though Volkswagen never advertised them as being good off road, they should have.. I redesigned mine for camping and took it anywhere... High clearance and a very low 1st gear, it was the perfect camper. It also had a factory gas heater.. I never should have let it go.."

News provided by MSN Autos see full article here: http://editorial.autos.msn.com/blogs/post--volkswagen-bus-production-makes-final-stop-in-brazil

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

9 Notable Cars in 2013

As the 2013 year closes, General Motors has created a list of the ultimate, the beautiful, and the most futuristic cars on the market. Half of these, sadly, are worth over 1.3 million dollars, so I won't be purchasing any of these on the list. As you will see below, vehicle engineers are now mixing retro with futuristic, bringing back swing up doors, large front grills, and classic Hollywood hoods, but increasing horizontal lines, flat top and backs, and large, sleek wheels. For the complete 26 car list, you can find it here:

1. 2014 Chevrolette Corvette Stingray Convertible (My Favorite-I am a convertible girl, what can I say)

2. McLaren P1-Genvea

3. Porsche 918 Spyder

4. Acura VSX Concept

5. 2014 Chevrolet Camaro

6. Ford Atlas Concept

7. 2014 Jeep Cherokee

8. Giugiaro Parcour

9. Ferrari LaFerrari

Now, for the average joe, thankfully MSN Auto also came out with a 2013 best used car list!
This can be found here:

Happy car hunting to all, and to all a good night! 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Speedboys: A Fantastic Blog, Among Others

Stumbled upon this Italian blog today and cannot stop looking at all of the vintage pictures. THERES SO MANY OF THEM!! Anything from fashion, bikes, trucks, motor bikes, surf, art.... the culture side of the automotive industry at its coolest. Take a look here at:


Other fantastic ones that I found today? I am posting them here and on My Blog List. Please comment if you find better!!!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday Fab Fotos

EEEEyyyy it's 2:30 pm, time to dish out another two point five hours of work before clock out time! I did a little digging, and thanks to www.stanceiseverything.com blogger Dave, I thought I would pull up a few items. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Cleaning Supplies are Back for the Shop Saver Customers!!!!

ShopSaver Express has returned to offering cleaning products for shop owners to easily purchase professional products.
We offer the following:

PRE PREP 7 Surface Prep for Adhesive Wheel Weights

  • Specifically formulated to clean the wheel surface in preparation for applying adhesive wheel weights. It's fast drying and leaves no surface residue.
  • More effective than citrus based cleaners
  • Safer to use than brake cleaners-can be used on all wheel finishes
  • Cleans in seconds
  • Works in both warm and cold conditions
  • Only a few drops are required to clean most wheels

Tire Shine

  • A unique emulsified silicon formula makes this product easy to apply that result in an even, glossy wet finish.
  • Professional grade formula
  • Long lasting and durable, dries crystal clear
  • Can be used on vinyl tops and trim

Wheel & Tire Cleaner

  • This professional grade cleaner contains a special polymer surfactant that breaks the bond of road soil and brake dust residue from all types of wheels.
  • Removes brake dust
  • Compatible with all types of wheels
  • Cleans white letter and white wall tires

Check out www.shopsaverexpress.com for these amazing tried and tested products!!!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Wakin Up in That Ol' Bugatti

Checked our tumblr today for pretty pictures, especially when this Ohio weather ain't so pretty, neither is a Monday after a four day weekend!!!! But look at this beautiful Bugatti circa 1932, posted by @CarsOnTheRoad. This bugatti, also known as the Bugatti Royale and the Coupe Napoleon, compare with the Rolls-Royce Phantom, after Ettore Bugatti received some criticism from an English woman.