Motor Mount Technology and Failures
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by Andrew Markel
1d ago
Engines have noticeably changed in the past decade. Fewer cylinders, more power at lower RPM and more detectable vibration at idle are just a few of the differences in today’s engines. With these changes, it should be no surprise that engine and transmission mounts have taken on new importance. New technologies are being used that access information from the engine to anticipate vibration before it reaches the driver. HYDROMOUNTS A little more than 30 years ago, automakers came up with a solution for reducing NVH — the glycol-filled “hydromount.” Replacing solid rubber motor mounts with ones ..read more
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MPA Releases ‘Part Smart’ Training Videos
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by Mary DellaValle
3d ago
MPA has released two new Part Smart training videos recognizing the importance of educating both installers and everyday drivers about vehicle repair. “While installers often have a deep understanding of starting and charging systems, it’s equally important to equip drivers with the knowledge to make informed decisions about maintaining and repairing their vehicles. By emphasizing both common and vehicle-specific repairs, MPA’s Part Smart videos aim to broaden automotive knowledge for everyone,” according to a company spokesperson. Diagnosing and Fixing Slow Cranking & P0339 Erro ..read more
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PRT Launches 94 New Strut Assemblies
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by ImportCar Staff Writers
4d ago
PRT announced the addition of 94 new strut assemblies to cover more than 15 million light vehicles, SUVs and pickups. The launch includes application coverage for many models, including the Mazda CX-5, Toyota Prius and BMW X-1, in addition to brand-new applications, such as the Honda Pilot 2022, the Ram ProMaster 1500 2023, and the Chevrolet Silverado 2023 among others, according to PRT. “PRT is certified and globally recognized for its innovative and high-performance products. We consistently introduce these solutions to our North American clients, launching aftermarket products with the ..read more
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Empowering the Automotive Aftermarket Through Collaboration
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by ImportCar Staff Writers
4d ago
The importance of collaboration in the automotive aftermarket can’t be overstated. Distributors, manufacturers, training institutions, associations and service providers all help automotive professionals stay ahead in a market that is constantly evolving with new technologies, trends, and customer demands. There’s no better place that fosters vital industry connections than AAPEX, held annually in Las Vegas. AAPEX serves as a nexus where industry professionals come together to forge new relationships, strengthen existing ones, and stay abreast of the latest industry developments. Training is a ..read more
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Tips for lifting HEVs and BEVs
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by ImportCar Staff Writers
5d ago
Most HEV and EV vehicle repairs are not those done to battery packs or electric motors. Instead, the most significant repair opportunities are tires, brakes, and suspension. And if you can’t lift a vehicle without damage, you will not be able to unlock this service opportunity in this growing segment. The stakes are higher for EVs and hybrids because if a lift arm or adapter is not correctly placed, it could damage an expensive battery pack mounted under the vehicle. Some of these battery packs can cost five figures to replace. Also, there is a fire hazard. If a battery pack is impacted or pun ..read more
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Understanding LSPI & Engine Oil
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by ImportCar Staff Writers
5d ago
Ever wonder why modern #motoroil is getting thinner? In this episode of Inside the Brands, we dive into the world of motor oil #technology. We explore the rise of turbocharged engines and the challenge of Low Speed Pre-Ignition (#LSPI). Learn about the rise of thinner oils for improved fuel efficiency and how they address the challenges of LSPI caused by higher operating temperatures. Discover the importance of using the correct oil specification for your vehicle, whether it’s the latest ILSAC GF-5, GF-6, or GM DEXOS1 Gen3, to ensure optimal engine protection. Remember, the “old school” approa ..read more
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Mini Alignment Tips
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by Andrew Markel
6d ago
When BMW bought the assets of Rover in 1994, the sale included the iconic MINI brand, as well. In 2001, BMW introduced the first completely new MINI in more than 40 years. The modern MINI was more of a tribute to the previous MINI, rather than a continuation of the British icon. Is it a BMW? Yes, and no. The platform for the MINI is not shared with any other BMW. But, a lot of the diagnostic tools, software and service information have all the trademarks of a BMW. The same is true with the alignment procedures.  Ordering Parts When looking over the service information or ordering parts fo ..read more
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Gravity Releases Universal EV Charging ‘Trees’
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by ImportCar Staff Writers
6d ago
Gravity has released a new universal on-street mounting and cable system, dubbed “DEAP Trees,” for its 200kW and 500kW Distributed Energy Access Points (DEAPs). Gravity said it is striving to develop a network of on-street DEAP charging more expansive than Tesla’s current Supercharger network. Gravity’s engineers, in collaboration with design firm Rangr Studio, took on the challenge of solving frictions in curbside charging today. Each Gravity universal DEAP Tree has a hinged swing arm holding a cable that pivots down when charging begins, allowing it to reach the port of every make ..read more
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Randy Breaux, Group President, GPC North America, Talks to AMN Drivetime
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by ImportCar Staff Writers
1w ago
Growing up in South Louisiana, Randy Breaux started working young, inspired by his machinist father and grandfather. His formal career began after college, spending 26 years in manufacturing, with 21 of those at Baldor Electric Company. Following its acquisition by a European firm in 2011, he transitioned to the distribution side, joining Motion, a division of Genuine Parts Company. At Motion, Breaux held various roles, eventually becoming President in 2018. In March 2023, he was appointed Group President for GPC North America, overseeing both the industrial and automotive sectors, which inclu ..read more
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Understanding Customer Clunking And Clicking Complaints
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by ImportCar Staff Writers
1w ago
In this episode of Shop Owner Solutions, Doug Kaufman, editor of Shop Owner Magazine, interviews Miguel Cornejo, product manager for TrakMotive. They discuss the common causes of axle failure, such as road conditions, vehicle modifications, and improper installation. They also emphasize the importance of regular maintenance and inspection to prevent axle failure. Cornejo explains TrakMotive’s comprehensive range of product lines to cater to different vehicle applications. The XTT line is designed for lifted vehicles and offers increased articulation and durability. The HDX line provides an up ..read more
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