2011 Editions Archives - Tomorrows Technician
Engine Series: Thinking ‘Inside the Box’

Service Notes on Subaru’s Boxer Engine

Report Card: ‘Defender’ of the Land

Land Rover’s DC 100 Sport Concept offers re-interpretation of the classic Defender

Crossword Puzzle: November 2011

Across 1. Crankshaft-runout measuring tool (4,9) 8. One-lane road description, perhaps 9. Nationality of Ferrari cars 10. Auto-lube brand 11. Final Greek letter and ’80s Olds 12. Control-stalks location 14. Traffic ____, urban-intersection feature 17. Roller-bearing components 19. Brand on 200+ mph Veyron supercar 21. Spark-plug electrode deterioration 22. System using plug-in scan tool (1,1,1,1,1)

Service Advisor: Steered by Intelligence — Understanding Steering Sensors

The sensor’s basic function is to monitor the
driver’s steering inputs. This includes the angle of the steering wheel and/or the rate at which the driver is turning the wheel.

Undercover: Managing Emissions — Diagnosing Catalytic Converter Concerns

Before a technician replaces a converter, they need to address the possible reasons for it failing in the first place.

Engine Series: Cooler Heads Prevail

‘Pouring’ Over GM’s LT1 Engine and Reverse Flow Technology

Under the Hood: Counting Carbs

Dissecting Old School Performance Fuel Systems

Report Card: Launching the Ford Evos Concept

Ford’s Evos Concept Heads for the ‘Clouds’

Crossword Puzzle: October 2011

Across 1. Auto-paint layer (4,4) 5. Cylinder-head fastener 9. Well-known Kawasaki motorcycle model 10. Tire’s height-to-width ratio, in a word 11. Big-rig tractor’s built-in bunk 12. Dual- or triple-axle assembly 13. Used-car transaction 15. See 1-Across clue 18. Automatic-transmission car’s motion at idle 20. Rejuvenates a flat battery 23. Porsche model 24. Remove air from

Undercover: Stopping Power — Servicing Ford’s Hybrid Braking System

In traditional vehicles, the energy used to decelerate the car is lost as heat when the driver applies the brakes. Hybrids, on the other hand, can recover a substantial portion of what would otherwise be “lost energy” and store it in the battery for later use. This is known as regenerative braking.