March, 2011 Archives - Tomorrows Technician
Undercover: Linked On — Servicing Steering Linkages

Although most technicians take steering linkages for granted, it pays to review the basics.

Undercover: Diagnosing a Noisy Wheel Bearing

The classic symptom of a bad wheel bearing is typically a cyclic chirping, squealing or growling noise that changes in proportion to vehicle speed

Tech Spec: 100 Years of Changing Internal Combustion Technology

It would be interesting to hear what Nicolaus Otto, credited as the father of the first functional four-stroke IC engine, would say after seeing some of the advanced powerplants dropped into vehicles today.

Finish Line:Training the Technicians of the Future Contests Underway

This nationally recognized competition, which was developed in 1990 by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association,is designed to help curb the shortage of qualified automotive technicians and raise the level of vocational education standards in the public school system.

Performance Primer: Finding the Right App: Picking the Perfect Performance Pistons and Rings

Choosing a set of pistons and rings for a performance engine build is not as simple as it sounds. While the pistons obviously must have the correct diameter to match the cylinder bores in the block, there are numerous other considerations you must make.

Performance Primer: NASCAR To Use Fuel Injection During 2012 Sprint Cup Season

NASCAR and its top series teams will test the technology during the 2011 season with the anticipation of the systems being rolled out for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

Component Connection: Breaking Down Power Steering Pump Diagnostics

Although installing a new or remanufactured replacement pump usually remedies the majority of power assist and noise complaints, a technician may still encounter a few complaints that appear to have no outward cause.

Crossword Puzzle: March 2011

Across 1. Radiator diagnostic procedures (8,5) 8. Exhaust manifold heat ____ valve 9. Item in transmission’s torque converter 10. Two-pronged fastener, ____ pin 11. Burned fuel pointlessly 13. R in window sticker’s MSRP 15. Seat-belt mounting point 18. Body-shop tool, ____ grinder 20. Fastener formation 23. Shaking, shuddering clutch action 24. Zamboni operating area 25.

Report Card: Toyota’s 8-Bit Concept ‘Enters the Game’

The FT-CH is a concept that would address Toyota’s stated strategy to offer a wider variety of conventional hybrid choices to its customers as it begins to introduce plug-in hybrids (PHVs) and battery electrics (BEVs) in model year 2012, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

Instructor Insight: Giving Back by Building a Stronger Foundation

By Jorge Menchu, NACAT Foundation board member