August, 2011 Archives - Tomorrows Technician
Undercover: Lost Air Time — Servicing Air Springs and ERC Systems

Understanding the operating logic of an air ride suspension system is important when trying to make a diagnosis because all of these systems are different. If you don’t understand the logic, you can’t always tell if the system is functioning correctly or not.

Service Advisor: Reducing Problem Gases: Examining Ford’s EGR System

Typically, the Ford EGR system doesn’t require regular maintenance, but a valve that is clogged or sticks could result in the check engine light turning on, a decrease in gas mileage, a vehicle that idles roughly or fails the next emissions test. Then what?

Book Report: Performance Automotive Engine Math

Author Baechtel’s experience and writing capabilities shine in Performance Automotive Engine Math, and this book will surely be a strong addition to any high-performance library.

Finish Line: Oregon Students Win 62nd Annual Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition

Team Earns Thousands in Scholarships and Title of ‘Nation’s Best Student Auto Technicians’

Report Card: BMW’s i8 Concept — An Icon of Progress

The i8 has its roots in a previous concept car called BMW Vision EfficientDynamics.

Under the Hood: Ford Engines — Big Things Come from Small Packages

Exploring Ford’s EcoBoost direct injection gasoline engine technology

Crossword Puzzle: August 2011

Across 1. Synonym for valve lifters 5. ’70s Plymouth for a rascal 8. Piston-related specification (4,3) 9. Adjusted the headlights 10. Wheel-nut description, perhaps 11. Engine-incontinence inhibitor (3,4) 12. Wheel-bearing lube 14. Auto-battery components 17. Front-passenger position, slangily 19. US crash-test agency, briefly (1,1,1,1,1) 22. Uplifting service-bay sight 23. Antifreeze and water mixture 24. Piston