May 2016 Archives - Tomorrows Technician
The Problem With Color: How Did I Choose To Mix This?

Adapted from Carl Wilson’s article in BodyShop Business.   When mixing paint, having a purpose to achieve the results you’re after will lead to better color match. In the April issue, we discussed fundamentals, pre-existing paint problems and painter responsibility. (Click HERE for the article.) Briefly, let’s under-score painter responsibility: • Turn the mixing bank

The Case Of The Missing Starter – A Diagnostic Dilemma

A client who owns a heavy-duty diesel shop called me to help diagnose a no-cranking condition on his father-in-law’s 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe.

Electric Power Steering: Past, Present And Future – From Fieros To The Driverless Car

Electric power steering is fast becoming a standard feature on new vehicles, but it’s not an emerging technology, as it’s been in the field for the better part of two decades.

Harmonic Dampener Diagnostics

Every time a cylinder fires, the crankshaft speeds up a very small amount for a short period of time. It is then slowed down as the next cylinder in the firing order compresses air and fuel for the next combustion event.

9 Reasons Why Harmonic Dampeners Fail

  Heat The elastomeric components of the dampener turn vibrations into heat. If the heat can’t be dissipated, the rubber will fail over time. This is why you will see vents in either the wheel well liner or under tray.   Cracking The outer or inner inertial mass rings can crack and cause the ring

10 Signs The Harmonic Dampener Has Failed Or Is Close To Failing

One sign is incorrect timing marks. If the outer ring has separated from the inner ring, the timing marks will move. This can been seen when comparing the timing marks on the valvetrain.

Rebuilding An American ‘Iron’ Icon: The Ford ‘FE’

Adapted from Robert McDonald’s article in Engine Builder. It seems as though the car restoration market is in full swing. Anybody who has an appreciation for an automobile can tell you that it’s all about American Iron. The phrase American Iron came about because we as Americans loved big automobiles with big engines. There is

TPMS: Decoding The TPMS Wireless Sensor

In order to properly service a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), you must first understand the functionality of the system’s wireless signal. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there about the TPMS wireless signal, which could get in the way of your ­diagnostics and your ability to sell TPMS service. For example, Googling

Catching Clutch Slipping Problems – Four Areas That Could Be The Culprit

Once a clutch starts to slip while engaged, its lifespan will be very short. Slipping­ ­increases wear; slipping also generates heat that increases the wear on the disc and causes the friction material to glaze and crack. It all happens very quickly. The real tragedy is when it happens to a newly installed clutch. Here

May 2016 Crossword Puzzle

ACROSS 1. Helical fastener formations 5. Critical spark plug dimension 8. Pre-EFI manifold heat ____ valve 9. 1/2” ratchet to 3/4” drive socket connector 10. Sound of engine detonation 11. Parts cleaning fluids, frequently 13. Tuning forks emblem motorcycle 15. Washer-equipped wiper type (3, 3) 18. Techs’ pneumatic devices (3, 5) 19. Sparking ignition item

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A Day At The Museum – Speedway Motors Museum Of American Speed

Southwestern Community College visit Museum of American Speed.

Speedway Motors – A Student’s Perspective

All my life I have grown up with a passion for cars. When I would tell people this they would look at me shocked because I am a girl in a male-dominated field.