November, 2008 Archives - Tomorrows Technician
TT November 08 Pop Quiz: Electrical Sensors

Choose the answers that BEST fit the following questions or statements.
Note: Scroll down for the answers to the Pop Quiz questions.

Report Card: Special Announcements for 2008

Special End of the Year Announcements from Editor Ed Sunkin

The Real World: Coordinating a Collection of Memories

Tabetha Salsbury, 20, from Pueblo, CO, is a senior at McPherson College where she is majoring in automotive restoration and communications. She recently completed an eight-week internship with The Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles—a concours d’elegance car show in Canton, OH. Read how Tabetha’s experiences became more than just an internship — but rather eight weeks of life-long memories.

Reader’s Rides: High Marks for a High School Grad Project

Brad Miller, who attends automotive technology and business management programs at Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA, sent us these photos and a restoration diary recap

Under the Hood: Short on Time – Compact Engine Timing Belt Service

As a rule, General Motors uses timing chains rather than timing belts on most of its engines. Timing chains are long-lived and reliable, and do not have a recommended replacement interval. But, not so with timing belts. One GM engine that does use a rubber timing belt is the 1.6L E-TECH II engine in the 2004 and up Chevrolet Aveo. We take a look at timing belt procedures for this and similar compact engines.

Undercover: Check It Out – Making Drum Brake System Inspections

Though it isn’t required, many brake experts recommend replacing the drum hardware when the brakes are relined to restore the brakes to like-new condition. But often the hardware isn’t replaced because it doesn’t seem necessary.

Undercover: Getting Adjusted — Servicing Brake Self-Adjuster Systems on Classic Vehicles

While the combination of using front disc brakes with rear drum brakes on vehicles had its origins beginning in the 1970s, there are still quite a few of these old braking systems on the road that you might service, especially if you have customers who are classic car buffs. In this article, we’ll take a look at why this brake design was developed, and what to look for when servicing vehicle models from the 20th century.

Crossword Puzzle: November 2008

Across 1. Engine-block material, often (4,4) 5. Decorative interior and exterior bits 9. Auto-body section 10. Steering-system components (3,4) 11. A personal-watercraft brand (3,3) 12. Shafts on which wheels revolve 14. Flip-down sun shields 16. "American Chopper" family name 19. Tireless assembly-line worker 21. Term for dual-power vehicle 24. Trade term for windshield post (1,6)