February 2016 Archives - Tomorrows Technician
Understanding Collision Warning & Automatic Braking Systems

Anything that moves under its own power also has to stop, so brakes have been a safety feature on cars since day one. Over the years, technical innovations such as anti-lock braking systems (ABS) have improved the ability to stop with minimal skidding on wet or slick surfaces. The addition of stability control allowed each

Do’s And Don’ts Of Head Gaskets

Do: Clean the Holes To ensure accurate torque values and to avoid cracking the cylinder block, clean any dust, dirt, oil and fluid from the cylinder block head bolt holes before installing the new head gasket and head bolts. Never lubricate the head bolts with a friction-modified oil. Unless otherwise specified, lightly lubricate the bolt

Component Connection: Gasket Q & A

Question: When replacing gaskets on an engine, do I just scrape or peel off the old gaskets, or do I have to do something else? Answer: Removing gaskets used to be a fairly simple procedure. Most engines used to have cast iron blocks and heads, with iron manifolds and stamped steel covers. Iron castings could

Next Generation Start/Stop Systems

Although stop/start idle ­systems have been used on ­hybrid vehicles for many years, a growing number of non-­hybrid late-model import models are also being equipped with this fuel-saving technology.

Aluminum In The Paint Shop – What You Need To Know

There has been a lot of buzz since the 2015 Ford F-150 – largely comprised of aluminum – was released. And rightly so!

Getting Grounded: Positive And Negative Energy Sources

When it comes to electricity, there are two potential energy sources you have to keep in mind. One, being the positive side, and the other, the negative side.

Pushing The Boundaries, Mazda Reveals Mazda RX-VISION Concept

Powered by next-generation rotary engine SKYACTIV-R, RX-VISION Concept represents Mazda’s vision of the future.

TPMS Service: Taking Temperature Into Account

Winter is almost here, which means shops in cold weather cities might see an influx of illuminated TPMS lights. However, many of those lights might be false alarms. The reason? Look no further than the thermometer.

Servicing Timing Chain-Driven Water Pumps

Automakers are always trying to remove items from the accessory drive belt. This improves the efficiency of the engine and can extend the life of the belt. But where do you put the water pump? Some manufacturers like Ford and Mazda have driven the pumps with a pulley on the exhaust camshaft. Other manufacturers have