May, 2012 Archives - Tomorrows Technician
Under the Hood: ‘Perfect Timing’ — Timing Belt Service for Toyota’s VVT-1 Engine

The focus of this article will be the timing belt replacement on a 2001 GS 300 with the in-line six-cylinder 2JZ-GE engine with VVT-i (Toyota’s variable valve timing).

Undercover: It All Adds Up: The Math Behind Brake Replacement Service

We need to occasionally analyze and re-evaluate how we package and price brake friction replacements. In this exercise, we’ll use product pricing and labor time numbers.

Report Card: Making Tracks — Kia’s Track’ster Concept

A 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine pumps 250 horsepower to the pavement, a 66% increase over that of the production Kia Soul. Power is routed to all four wheels via an electronically controlled four-wheel-drive system.

Crossword Puzzle: May 2012

Across 1. Auto seats, sometimes 5. Grip-enhancing tire-tread slits 8. Circular-rubber sealing device (1,4) 9. Caliper component, ____ valve 10. Component incorporating bendix drive 11. Conical traffic diverter 12. Perfect condition, slangily 14. Groovy tire surfaces 17. Topless-touring Mazda 19. Recycled tire 22. Valve-seat deterioration 23. Crankshaft bearing type 24. Adjusts the engine 25. Automotive