February, 2011 Archives - Tomorrows Technician
Undercover: Strut Your Stuff — Inspecting a Front Suspension System

Before we get into servicing MacPherson struts, let’s take a look at the design and function of most modern front suspension struts.

Engine Series: A Decade of the Duratec — Servicing Ford’s 3.0L Engine

The 3.0L Duratec V6 was introduced in 1996 to replace the aging 3.8L V6 in the Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable. Unlike its conventional pushrod predecessor, the 3.0L V6 has dual overhead cams, four valves per cylinder and an aluminum block with cast-iron cylinder liners.

Tire Talk: ‘Dusting’ for Clues

Understanding the Science Behind Solving Customer Brake Dust Complaints

Report Card: Sonic Youth

Chevy’s Sonic Z-Spec Concept Kicks off 100 Years for GM

Component Connection: The Science Behind Catalytic Converter Diagnostics

Although modern OBD II technology has simplified catalytic converter diagnostics, it’s still important to understand the basics of catalytic converter operation when dealing with a P0420 or P0430 diagnostic trouble code (DTC).

Under the Hood: Current Events — The Stresses of Working ‘Under a Load’

If the charging system fails for any reason or does not produce enough power to meet all of the vehicle’s electrical demands, the battery quickly runs down. And once battery voltage drops below a certain threshold, the onboard electronics, ignition and fuel systems may stop working normally or cause the engine to stall.

Finish Line: Wildcard Team Produces Wild Finish at Engine Building Event

Each month, Tomorrow’s Technician takes a look at some of the automotive-related student competitions taking place in this country, as well as the world.

Crossword Puzzle: February 2011

Across 1. Drum-brake system footwear 3. Battery hydrometer info, ____ gravity 9. Bearing components, perhaps 10. Japanese warrior’s Kawasaki motorcycle 11. OBD scan-tool data 12. With 8-Down, exhaust-manifold item 14. NY tags motto, The ____ State 16. Alternator’s stationary windings 19. Nickname for Chevrolet emblem (3,3) 21. Dwell ____, ignition-timing spec 24. Serpentine-belt pulley type