October 2017 Archives - Tomorrows Technician
Powersports Tech Tips: CVT Tuning Part 1

Manufacturers like CVT transmissions for ATVs and UTVs because they are cheap and simple automatic transmissions. The CVT often gets a bad rap from users because the transmission doesn’t deliver the power how the user wants. Like stock suspension settings, the manufacturer is shooting for a middle-of-the-road approach that will function fairly well under a

Drifting: An Education

It’s a special moment seeing your project car come to life on the track, but it’s not every day you get to see your auto instructor crash it. For a dozen Rolling Meadows High School auto technology students, their drift car project is continuously a work in progress; getting better and better after each race.

AGM Batteries And Testing

Two of the greatest changes in starting/charging systems during the past few model years have been the expanded use of the Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) battery as standard equipment and the accelerating pricing structures of both AGM and conventional flooded-cell batteries. In the past, I knew many shop managers who simply replaced any battery that

Step By Step: Carbon Fiber Structural Repair

Is carbon fiber structural repair really black magic? The answer, of course, is no. It’s true that carbon fiber structural components such as “tubs” are a relatively new technology for high-volume production street cars, but structures like tubs have been used in Formula 1 racing since the early 1990s and in heavily loaded aircraft structures

The Turbo Comeback: The Small Engine, Big Performance Trend

Turbochargers are great for adding power to any gas or diesel-powered engine, but especially for small displacement engines. They were all the rage back in the 1980s when BMW, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Volkswagen all offered turbo options on a variety of engines. Over the years, turbos have come and gone, but recently, they are making

Friction And Formulations

Friction is the force resisting the relative motion of elements sliding against each other. In the case of cars and trucks, it is the brake pads pushing against a rotor that changes kinetic energy into heat.

From Land Cruisers To Leadership

Colin Northup’s passion for repair has propelled him through many projects and training opportunities. As an aspiring performance shop owner, Northup has been busy preparing himself for a future in automotive repair, while still having fun along the way.

Career Corner: Build Employer Trust By Being Timely

Putting yourself together in the morning and driving to work is something that everyone does. Your boss does it, your neighbor does, your co-worker does it. Why then can some people arrive on time every day while others are repeatedly late?

Women In Auto Care Scholarship Applications Open

The scholarships are open to young women in high school and post-secondary schools who are focused on technical, as well as business/engineering degrees. This year Women in Auto Care awarded $65,000 in scholarships to 22 female students.