April, 2014 Archives - Tomorrows Technician
WIX Filters Supports 2014 Programs Highlighting Automotive Excellence

WIX Filters is partnering with Babcox Media to sponsor three automotive excellence awards in 2014, including a new Driving Performance Award that recognizes game changers in automotive service. “Our national award programs are designed to support excellence at every level of the automotive aftermarket industry,” said Mike Harvey, brand manager for WIX Filters. “This year’s

Tips on Choosing the Best Ride Control for Customers

Shocking Evidence During the fall of 1989, when I was working as a mechanic for an off-road desert racing team, we raced the famous Mint 400 held in Las Vegas. At that time, the 400-mile road course consisted of bumps, jumps and basketball-sized rocks just waiting to break a suspension system. About 50% of all

The Boxed-Shape Racer is Back In

Judging by one of Nissan’s latest concepts, the box-shaped racers look of years past is back “in” again.  Nissan Releases Retro Racing Concept with its IDx NISMO Some have even described the IDx NISMO — an ultra-sporty model of the future — as one that looks as if the vehicle leapt directly from a driving

Restoring Engine-Computer Communications

For this month’s Real World case, we will attempt to provide a plan of attack for communication issues on General Motors products with the Class 2 Protocol. Our diagnostic journey begins with a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. This vehicle was tested at the EPA test facility in our area and it was determined that there is

WIN’s Winners Announced

The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) has announced this year’s winners of the WIN Scholarship Program. Winners of the 2014 College Scholarships are: • Stephanie Baker, who will be attending WyoTech in Blairsville, PA, and • Suzanna Hernandez, who will be attending Southeast Community College in Lincoln, NE. These young women will also have the opportunity to be

Super Late Model Driver Jordan Ives Wins ‘Search For A Champion’ Sponsorship

The third-generation driver won his first race at age four, and dreams of a NASCAR career. Jordan Ives won his first race at age four. Twelve years later, the Gladstone, MI, high school student has landed what might be the biggest victory of his career: the $50,000 grand-prize sponsorship in the “Search for a Champion”

Crossword Puzzle: April 2014

Across 1. Camshaft protrusions 4. Recall reasons 8. Radiator liquid 9. Uneven carburetion term 10. Acorn or castellated fasteners 11. Ignition irregularities 13. Car-wax label creature 15. Uplifting service-bay sights 18. Bendix-drive components 19. Shop’s claim on repaired car 22. US crash-test agency, briefly (1,1,1,1,1) 23. Motorcycle stunt 24. Often-upgraded dash items 25. Items with

Staying ‘Current’ on Ignition Coil Changes

During the past century, ignition coil configurations have evolved from oil-filled canister to epoxy-filled to e-core to waste spark and to the most modern coil-on-plug or “pencil” coils. Whatever the configuration, an ignition coil creates a spark by transforming amperage into volts. To illustrate, an oil-filled ignition coil might require about 4 amperes of current

Venturing Into Duramax Territory

Back in the 1990s, GM wasn’t making too many waves in the diesel truck market. The 6.2L and 6.5L engines had been around for sometime, but they were no match for the release of the Cummins 6BT in the Dodge truck in 1989 and the Ford Powerstroke in 1994. GM never really had a strong

Internships Can be a Great Stepping Stone

Even though you are still in school, now is the time to start thinking about your career path. And one of the best ways to get on-the-job training while you continue your education is through an internship or apprenticeship. Though internships sometimes come with a bad reputation that entail running errands and getting coffee, they