August 2016 Archives - Tomorrows Technician
Wheel Bearings: Diagnostics, Removal And Installation

The classic symptom of a bad wheel bearing is typically a cyclic chirping, squealing or growling noise that changes in proportion to vehicle speed.


The key idea behind the MINI VISION NEXT 100 is responsible use of resources for personal mobility, says the company. The motto “Every MINI is my MINI” is about innovative car-sharing, with MINI fans of the future able to access and tailor any MINI to their own personal preferences, anywhere and at any time. The

Measuring Color With A Spectrophotometer

Today’s generation of refinish spectrophotometers are super sensitive, laboratory-quality measuring computers and need to be treated with the respect such high-dollar, high-tech devices require.

Wheel Installation Is All In The RIST

To correctly install wheels, follow this easy-to-remember acronym   Adapted from Sean Phillips’ article in Tire Review   A lot of customers think that wheel installation is so easy that a monkey could do it, to which I like to respond by scratching my armpits and jumping up on the counter. Seriously though, wheel installation

Rebuilding Opportunities: Pontiac’s Straight 8s

The Pontiac L-head straight eight was used in production cars for 21 years between 1933 and 1954. This classic engine was advertised as a powerplant that could run 100,000 miles without a major overhaul.

Air Ride Control Logic: Diagnosing Common Air Ride Behaviors

Air ride systems can control vehicle ride height and passenger comfort and improve handling. How they operate and work with the rest of the systems on the vehicle is part of the embedded logic of their control system.

Career Corner: Simplify Your Search For Automotive Careers

Get your resume noticed by the people in your field who matter most. Whether you’re looking for a new job or ready to take the next step in your career, Auto Care Careers will help you find the opportunity that you’ve been looking for. An employer can decide, in a matter of seconds, whether or

Modern Fuel Control Diagnostics: Sorting Through The Data Stream Maze

Adapted from Gary Gom’s article in ImportCar.   When confronted with a fuel control problem on a modern vehicle, I’ll normally use short- and long-term fuel trims to determine if the problem is caused by one of many failures, such as a vacuum leak or a leaking fuel pressure ­regulator. If you’re like me, you’ll

August 2016 Crossword Puzzle

ACROSS 1. Running on with ignition off 6. Engine’s lifeblood 8. API oil classification (pre-’97 engines) (1, 1, 1, 1, 1) 9. Bolt ____, wheel selection criteria 10. Alignment rack measurement (3, 2) 11. Wheels on tech’s creeper 12. Boring hand tools 14. Major truck tire retreader since 1957 18. Radar-gun target 20. Palindromic disc-brake