2011 Editions Archives - Page 2 of 5 - Tomorrows Technician
Instructor Insight: Checking Out The Causes of Check Engine Lights

Replacing O2 sensors when replacing spark plugs is a good habit

Under the Hood: Hybrid Engine Technology Interchange

Toyota’s Synergy Drive System Under a Nissan Hood

On the Cover: Cadillac Ciel Concept Celebrates the Journey

The spacious and elegant concept car Ciel is powered by a twin-turbocharged version of the 3.6-liter Direct Injection V-6 engine, paired with a hybrid system using lithium-ion battery technology.

The Real World: ‘Bay Watch’ — Staying Safe When Servicing Hybrids

An increasing number of hybrid vehicles entering the bays of automotive and collision repair facilities means that you need the proper training to ensure accurate repairs and keep yourself safe.

Crossword Puzzle: September 2011

Across 1. Engine fastener with torque specification (4,4) 5. Polish the paint 9. Enlarged a cylinder’s diameter 10. Auto-body appendages 11. Item in back-up-vision system 12. Brake-drum resurfacing machine 14. Car-lease signatory 16. Cam-timing tool, ____ wheel 19. Beach Boys’ "Fun, Fun, Fun" car (1,4) 21. Franchised dealer’s offering (3,3) 24. Home of "Heart of

Book Report: Performance Automotive Engine Math

Author Baechtel’s experience and writing capabilities shine in Performance Automotive Engine Math, and this book will surely be a strong addition to any high-performance library.

Service Advisor: Reducing Problem Gases: Examining Ford’s EGR System

Typically, the Ford EGR system doesn’t require regular maintenance, but a valve that is clogged or sticks could result in the check engine light turning on, a decrease in gas mileage, a vehicle that idles roughly or fails the next emissions test. Then what?

Undercover: Lost Air Time — Servicing Air Springs and ERC Systems

Understanding the operating logic of an air ride suspension system is important when trying to make a diagnosis because all of these systems are different. If you don’t understand the logic, you can’t always tell if the system is functioning correctly or not.

Under the Hood: Ford Engines — Big Things Come from Small Packages

Exploring Ford’s EcoBoost direct injection gasoline engine technology

Report Card: BMW’s i8 Concept — An Icon of Progress

The i8 has its roots in a previous concept car called BMW Vision EfficientDynamics.

Finish Line: Oregon Students Win 62nd Annual Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition

Team Earns Thousands in Scholarships and Title of ‘Nation’s Best Student Auto Technicians’