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SERVICING DIESELS: Identifying Normal Characteristics

SERVICING DIESELS: Identifying Normal Characteristics

September 20, 2022

A major part of the diagnostic process is identifying an issue from a normal characteristic. Following are some examples of customer complaints that could be mistaken as a problem when they may be a normal occurrence for the application. DIESEL ENGINES AND NOISE-RELATED SYMPTOMS Customer complaints of ticking, clicking, or cycling noises on 2017–2022 GM […]

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ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS OR LOW VOLTAGE: Both Can Create Intermittent Electrical Challenges

ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS OR LOW VOLTAGE: Both Can Create Intermittent Electrical Challenges

June 27, 2022

Low voltage conditions or the integrity of an electrical connection can pose some challenging events for the technician attempting to make an accurate diagnosis. In the world of automotive diagnostics, electrical problems have proven to be the most challenging, especially intermittent problems. Intermittent performance problems can be affected by connection-relate conditions and the presence of […]

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ELECTRICAL INTERFERENCE: Diagnosing Radio Frequency Interference Symptoms

ELECTRICAL INTERFERENCE: Diagnosing Radio Frequency Interference Symptoms

March 30, 2022

Vehicles today incorporate a complex radio frequency system that controls many features such as Keyless Entry, Keyless Start/Stop, Remote Start and other electrical accessory components. Vehicle owners cherish these creature comforts as they eliminate the frustration of dealing with keys to control the same functions as the frequency-controlled devices. Often, they have a change of […]

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SERVICE SOLUTIONS: Challenges for the Lube Service Technician

SERVICE SOLUTIONS: Challenges for the Lube Service Technician

March 3, 2022

DODGE AND JEEP OIL FILTER IDENTIFICATION Precaution must be taken when selecting the correct oil filter for the 3.0L Turbo Diesel engines used in the following applications to prevent engine damage. The vehicle manufacturer cautions about the design differences in the GEN-2 and GEN-3 oil filter cartridges used in 3.0L diesel engines and the importance […]

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Preparing for the Rise of EVs

Preparing for the Rise of EVs

January 26, 2022

Currently, a great debate is ensuing about when electric vehicles (EVs) will impact the industry on a large scale – and with this debate comes an onslaught of questions. What role will governments and manufacturers play in encouraging the sale and purchase of EVs? What will be the adoption rate by consumers? When will infrastructure, […]

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Low Oil Pressure Symptoms: New Technology Creates Diagnostic Challenges

Low Oil Pressure Symptoms: New Technology Creates Diagnostic Challenges

August 26, 2021

Customer complaints of low oil pressure symptoms can be a challenging event for the technician, especially when the symptoms are intermittent. When the customer encounters a low oil pressure gauge reading or illuminated low oil pressure lamp, it results in a panic situation. Naturally, they assume major engine repairs or an engine replacement. It should […]

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Filter Maintenance: It Can Prevent Some Expensive Repairs

May 18, 2021

Complaints of damaged air boxes, hold-down clamps and difficulty making an air filter installation have been reported on 2017–2019 Ford trucks equipped with the 6.7L Turbo-Diesel engine.

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Diesel Service Tips: Rain and Snow Can Trash a Turbocharged Diesel Engine

Diesel Service Tips: Rain and Snow Can Trash a Turbocharged Diesel Engine

April 13, 2021

Air filters are designed to protect the engine from contaminants such as bugs, dust, dirt and other debris. Engines do not perform well when the filters are subjected to water and snow, as these conditions promote a hydro-lock of the filter media. When the hydro-lock condition occurs, the filter can be pulled from the air […]

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Maintenance and Service Intervals: The Key to Extending Engine Life

Maintenance and Service Intervals: The Key to Extending Engine Life

December 14, 2020

With proper maintenance and timely service intervals, the life of the engine and related components can be extended. Neglecting these service intervals can result in poor engine performance and internal engine damage due to the formation of sludge deposits. These deposits can restrict the flow of lubricant, promoting accelerated wear.

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ENGINE NOISES: Normal Characteristic or a Catastrophic Event

ENGINE NOISES: Normal Characteristic or a Catastrophic Event

October 26, 2020

Identifying noises that should be considered a normal characteristic or a mechanical defect can be a challenge, even for the most experienced technician. Some engines, systems and components come with their own noise characteristics that we would once consider a defect, but now are considered a normal characteristic. Some mechanical failures may not receive immediate […]

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Tire Rotation: A Neglected Necessity

Tire Rotation: A Neglected Necessity

October 19, 2020

Every automotive professional recommends you periodically rotate your tires so they wear evenly and last longer, but is it necessary? It seems as if some motorists do not think so. Tire rotation is one of the more neglected routine maintenance items. Rotating your tires as part of your regularly scheduled vehicle maintenance has many benefits. […]

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BRAKES, TIRES AND WHEELS: Factory Solutions for Some Challenging Symptoms

BRAKES, TIRES AND WHEELS: Factory Solutions for Some Challenging Symptoms

July 29, 2020

Nothing can be more frustrating than spending countless hours trying to diagnose and resolve a customer’s complaint only to determine late in the diagnosis there was a factory bulletin available that would have quickly resolved the problem. In many cases, the material contained in the TSB, campaign or recall is the only solution, as the […]

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Diagnosing Engine Misfires: Would you have Considered Engine Coolant or Oil Leaks?

Diagnosing Engine Misfires: Would you have Considered Engine Coolant or Oil Leaks?

June 9, 2020

When diagnosing a misfire condition most automatically assume an ignition or fuel related condition as the culprit. This would involve a defective spark plug, ignition wire, ignition coil, fuel injector, etc. While these components are the most likely candidates that would result in a misfire, some other conditions must also be considered with today’s engines […]

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Making An Accurate Diagnosis: Always Start with the Basic Checks First

Making An Accurate Diagnosis: Always Start with the Basic Checks First

April 30, 2020

New technology poses new challenges. Many of these challenges require more than the information provided in repair manuals or diagnostic code charts. Much is learned once the vehicle is put into service and into real world vehicle operating conditions. Following are some conditions that can promote difficult to diagnose symptoms.

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Fuel Facts: Troubleshooting Rough Idle, Surging, Stalling, Hard Starts and Noises

Fuel Facts: Troubleshooting Rough Idle, Surging, Stalling, Hard Starts and Noises

April 30, 2020

Determining if the performance symptom is due to the vapor pressure of the fuel, carbon buildup, or sticking valves due to gum and varnish can be a challenge.

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Extended Oil Change Intervals: What You Could Be Missing

Extended Oil Change Intervals: What You Could Be Missing

October 8, 2019

Does your manufacturer recommend that your vehicle goes 5- 7,000 miles or more between oil changes? In our last post, we discussed the importance of using the correct oil and filter. In this post we address this reality: Longer oil change mileage intervals mean fewer visits to the shop and fewer opportunities to have your […]

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Transmission Service: What You Need to Know

Transmission Service: What You Need to Know

August 19, 2019

Life gets hectic, and it’s hard to slow down to perform mundane tasks that take them away from other obligations. However, postponing certain tasks comes with a heavy price tag. A perfect example is servicing and maintaining a car. Owning a vehicle has responsibilities and neglecting them means more hassles, and lost time and money […]

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Brake Solutions: Service Tips for the Brake Technician

Brake Solutions: Service Tips for the Brake Technician

August 15, 2019

The owner of the 2013 Ford F150 encountered a brake performance issue, which involved a pulling condition during brake application. The vehicle was a recent purchase with little maintenance history from the previous owner, other than an invoice in the glove compartment that reflected a recent disc pad replacement…

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How to Save Money and the Planet, One Mile at a Time

How to Save Money and the Planet, One Mile at a Time

June 27, 2019

Most everyone who is looking to buy a new car or maintaining a used one is concerned with fuel economy. Fuel economy, when measured in gallons, is a function of how far one gallon of fuel will get you down the road. Typically stated in terms of city miles, highway miles, and combined miles, the […]

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Vehicle Modifications: They Can Create Diagnostic Challenges

Vehicle Modifications: They Can Create Diagnostic Challenges

May 23, 2019

Vehicle modifications can create some interesting challenges for a technician. The first step in the diagnostic process is a discussion with the vehicle owner, and if possible, have them accompany you on a road test. Always perform the basic diagnostic steps first. Determine if any modifications have been made to the vehicle. With today’s technology […]

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GM’S Active Fuel Management: Camshaft and Valve Lifter Failures

GM’S Active Fuel Management: Camshaft and Valve Lifter Failures

April 23, 2019

GM’s Active Fuel Management (AFM) system allows a V8 engine to turn off half of its cylinders for fuel economy purposes. In doing so the V8 engines RPO: L76, L77, L83, L86, L94, L99, LC9, LFA, LH6, LMG, LS4, LT1, LT4, LY5 and LV3 are developing a history of camshafts and valve lifters being turned […]

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Your Vehicle Needs A Physical!

Your Vehicle Needs A Physical!

February 6, 2019

The importance of vehicle inspection cannot be overstated. The common idea has always been to have your oil changed every 3,000 miles.  Lately, different services have begun to recommended oil change intervals at increasing rates beyond 3,000 miles all the way up to 5,000 miles. So what does this mean? It means fewer service visits […]

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Cool Car Gadgets: Holiday Gift Giving Ideas

Cool Car Gadgets: Holiday Gift Giving Ideas

December 3, 2018

These items could be ideal gifts for the automotive enthusiast—or family chauffeur—in your life. (You could also give yourself a present.) Your car isn’t just a set of wheels. It’s a way to show off your personality. If you’re looking to jazz it up with options to help you drive more safely or make your […]

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Changes in Engine Lubrication: Prompts Changes in Filtration Technology

Changes in Engine Lubrication: Prompts Changes in Filtration Technology

November 30, 2018

Today’s automotive engines have different filtration and lubrication requirements compared to engines produced in the past. Bearing clearances and the composition of the metal used in the bearings, plus changes in engine technology require different lubrication and filtration characteristics. Some assume that any viscosity oil will do and filtration efficiency s determined by the physical characteristics/dimensions of […]

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Electrical Challenges: A Battery of Facts Must Be Considered

Electrical Challenges: A Battery of Facts Must Be Considered

November 30, 2018

Most vehicle owners think of the battery as a component that starts the engine and serves no other purpose. And most never think about the battery or consider having it tested until the engine fails to start. With today’s vehicles, the battery may start the engine perfectly right up until it fails to start without […]

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What Noise is My Car Making and What Does it Mean?

What Noise is My Car Making and What Does it Mean?

November 5, 2018

Today’s modern vehicle is known for its ability to hum quietly along, so when a new noise starts, you’ll probably notice this right away. However, you may not know what it means. Discover what these seven distinct noises could mean to your vehicle’s health. Download full PDF info graphic here.

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Changing Seasons Signal Time to Check the Health of Your Vehicle’s Headlights

Changing Seasons Signal Time to Check the Health of Your Vehicle’s Headlights

October 22, 2018

With the inevitable shorter days coming with the changing seasons, you’ll be depending more on your headlights. That means they need to be working properly; so it’s time to focus on headlight maintenance. You may find you need to clean or replace your headlights if they aren’t working optimally to ensure you can see the […]

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Preventive Maintenance Tips for Fall Car Care Month

Preventive Maintenance Tips for Fall Car Care Month

October 8, 2018

As the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign, the Car Care Council is dedicated to promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, upkeep, and repair to vehicle owners. And with October—the official Fall Car Care Month—already in full swing, a proactive approach to preventive maintenance while temperatures are still […]

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Mighty Auto Parts’ Tips for Fall Car Care Month

Mighty Auto Parts’ Tips for Fall Car Care Month

October 1, 2018

It’s all in the name, and with the fall season now in full swing, changes are a-coming—falling leaves, falling rain, falling temperatures, and eventually, falling snow. Officially designated as Fall Car Care Month, “October is the ideal time to give your car some extra attention before harsh winter weather arrives. Taking a little time for […]

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Top 5 Reasons that Squealing Noise is Coming from Your Car

Top 5 Reasons that Squealing Noise is Coming from Your Car

September 24, 2018

Have you ever turned the key, revved up the engine, and backed out of the driveway, excited to hit the town for fun or even just to get some of those errands run, only to hear that dreaded and embarrassing squeal come from under the hood? You know the one that makes your neighbors turn […]

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Where to Show Your Love for Cars 

Where to Show Your Love for Cars 

September 10, 2018

If you’re a car enthusiast, you know that a car isn’t meant solely to drive from point A to point B. You don’t see your car as just a vehicle. Instead, you know it can transport you. “They know the car has more value than just being a car,” Vu Nguyen, executive director of Porsche […]

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How the Aging Car Trend Impacts Driver Commitment

How the Aging Car Trend Impacts Driver Commitment

September 5, 2018

Drivers today are holding onto their cars much longer than in years past. In fact, according to a 2016 IHS Automotive Study, the average age of cars on the road in the US is 11.6 years, and likely to reach 11.7 years in 2019. While there are plenty of positive reasons for this trend, this […]

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Top 8 Auto Maintenance Tips for New Drivers

Top 8 Auto Maintenance Tips for New Drivers

August 27, 2018

Obtaining a driver’s license is a rite of passage in our culture, and it marks an exciting transition to independence and opens up a world of choices. Like most milestones in life, this one comes with new responsibilities, including driving safely, understanding the rules of the road, and a solid car maintenance plan. Here are […]

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7 Ways To Get Your Car Ready for Back-to-School

7 Ways To Get Your Car Ready for Back-to-School

August 20, 2018

With the school year beginning again, you may be getting ready to wave goodbye as your college student drives away. Alternatively, perhaps you are arranging your calendar for elementary school drop-off. No matter what your back-to-school experience may be, it’s wise to prepare your vehicle. Without taking the time to prepare for the tasks ahead, […]

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3 Things to know about Brake Maintenance

3 Things to know about Brake Maintenance

August 13, 2018

August is Brake Safety Awareness Month, and we wanted to provide car owners with some basic information about brake maintenance.  Properly maintained brakes are critical to car safety.  Brake functionality can be affected by driving conditions, driver habits, quality of brake system materials, and type of vehicle.  Driving conditions are unpredictable in many cases, and […]

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The Important Differences Between a Normal and Severe Lubricant Service Schedule

The Important Differences Between a Normal and Severe Lubricant Service Schedule

June 27, 2018

Should you be following the normal or the severe service schedule for your vehicle’s maintenance? The answer may surprise you. A poll by AAA found that only 6% of motorists thought they did most of their driving under severe service conditions, but further study showed it actually applied to 62% of drivers. So how can […]

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Basic Car Care: The Serpentine Belt

Basic Car Care: The Serpentine Belt

May 30, 2018

Remember how your parents told you that driving a car is a huge responsibility? They weren’t just trying to scare you—it’s true. An important aspect of car ownership is a commitment to proper maintenance. One area that is easy to keep an eye on for yourself is belt maintenance. Belt degradation can lead to overheating, […]

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Memorial Day Travel Checklist for Your Vehicle

Memorial Day Travel Checklist for Your Vehicle

May 25, 2018

If you’re like us at Mighty Auto, you’re preparing for the official weekend kick-off to summer! Dreams of warm weather and sunshine, your bathing suits packed and ready to go, and an endless supply of sunblock are waiting to be used. Maybe the cooler is stocked with summer goodies to take to your neighbor’s barbecue. […]

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May is Clean Air Month, and We’re Ready to Take Part

May is Clean Air Month, and We’re Ready to Take Part

May 8, 2018

May is the celebration of many things: Memorial Day, flowers in bloom, our mothers, and most surprisingly, Clean Air! Supported by the American Lung Association, the month of May is Clean Air Month, a month dedicated to educating the public about why clean air is vital to not just the health of our planet, but […]

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Gasoline Direct Injection and New Service Opportunities

Gasoline Direct Injection and New Service Opportunities

May 1, 2018

For over 100 years, Gasoline Direct Injection has offered high performance sports vehicles a high-powered option. Times have changed. According EPA reports, the use of GDI has exploded from a mere 2.3% to nearly half of all models produced annually, and all in less than a decade. GDI offers numerous advantages over conventional systems. But […]

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How to Jump Start a Dead Battery

How to Jump Start a Dead Battery

April 25, 2018

One of the most important skill you can learn as a driver is how to jump start a dead vehicle battery. You may need to do this to get your own car moving one day, or you may need to help out a stranded motorist. It’s a good idea to own jumper cables and keep […]

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Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon: The Challenge of an Oil Filter Replacement

Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon: The Challenge of an Oil Filter Replacement

April 25, 2018

Changing the oil filter on a 2017-2018 Chevrolet Colorado or GMC Canyon with a 3.6L engine can be a challenging event, often leading to engine failure. These are not applications to hurriedly perform a lube service on. If extreme caution is not taken the customer may be without transportation for a few days until a […]

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A Diagnostic Challenge: The Symptoms May Be a Normal Characteristic

A Diagnostic Challenge: The Symptoms May Be a Normal Characteristic

April 25, 2018

Often we are faced with customer complaints that are seemingly impossible to resolve. We methodically make our best diagnostic efforts and implement the necessary repairs to alleviate the customer’s complaint. Sometimes, our best efforts fail to provide a solution and when this happens, it looks bad on the technician and the parts supplier.

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Mighty Auto Parts Answers Your Most Pressing Maintenance Questions

Mighty Auto Parts Answers Your Most Pressing Maintenance Questions

April 11, 2018

Car maintenance is an important and critical step to prolonging the life of your car long past your final car payment. Sometimes, car owners might not know what and how to ask about basic maintenance, and there are plenty of mechanics that often give conflicting answers to those questions. At Mighty Auto Parts, we took […]

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Stay Green for St. Patrick’s Day with Your Vehicle Maintenance

Stay Green for St. Patrick’s Day with Your Vehicle Maintenance

March 14, 2018

In the United States, St. Patrick’s Day is a time to celebrate Irish roots with food, drinks, and good friends, all while wearing green. In Chicago, they dye the entire river with “Leprechaun Dust,” which has been a tradition in the city for over 50 years. Cities around the country host heritage parades, and kitchens […]

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Headlight Maintenance Can Improve Nighttime Safety

Headlight Maintenance Can Improve Nighttime Safety

March 5, 2018

In a recent study produced by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, about 2,500 pedestrians are killed at night every year crossing the road. Why?  Poor lighting from a vehicle’s headlights. Bulb dimness and hazy headlight covers can be the difference between seeing properly and having to avoid an accident because visibility is low. […]

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Your Vehicle Warning Lights & What They're Telling You

Your Vehicle Warning Lights & What They're Telling You

February 27, 2018

Each vehicle has its own set of warning lights that are shown on the dashboard. When a new light is displayed, its indicating that an issue has occurred and that the vehicle is experiencing a problem. Many of us are unsure what each light means, we are here to save the day by providing clarity […]

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Having Enough Tread on Your Tires is a Safety Non-Negotiable

Having Enough Tread on Your Tires is a Safety Non-Negotiable

February 19, 2018

When you were first getting your driver’s license, perhaps someone showed you the penny trick to check the tread on your tires. Though you may have only been half-paying attention, the lesson was a valuable one because tread matters. Particularly in climates where snow and rain are common, having enough tread on your tires is […]

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Don’t Leave Your Tires Out In The Cold- Check the Pressure!

Don’t Leave Your Tires Out In The Cold- Check the Pressure!

February 5, 2018

If the temperature dipped below freezing last night and you started your car this morning to find your tire pressure light was on, you’re not alone. In the winter time, cold weather can “shrink” the air in your tires, leaving them a little less inflated than they were the day before. Though warming temperatures might […]

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Resolutions You Can Keep For Your Vehicle in 2018

Resolutions You Can Keep For Your Vehicle in 2018

January 25, 2018

If you made a New Year’s Resolution when the clock struck midnight on January 1st, you’re not alone. After all, it’s a long standing tradition. We make resolutions for a variety of reasons, from personal growth and change to spending more time with family and friends, or whatever else needs more attention in the year […]

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5 Tips for Saving Money at the Pump

5 Tips for Saving Money at the Pump

January 22, 2018

When it comes to owning a car, saving money can be a challenge. Rising gas prices contribute to the struggle of staying within a budget, and a car that needs repairs can be an out of pocket nightmare. Luckily, there are techniques that drivers can do that will save money on fuel costs without trading […]

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5 Ways to Get Customers to Stay On Schedule with Their Maintenance

5 Ways to Get Customers to Stay On Schedule with Their Maintenance

January 16, 2018

“What do you mean, ‘scheduled maintenance’? My car’s running just fine.” If you’ve ever felt the urge to tear your hair out when a customer says something like that, you’re not alone. People spend big bucks to buy sporty new cars or road-dominating pickups. Yet when it comes to servicing that vehicle, many balk because […]

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Is It Just a Defective Hub Bearing or Wheel Speed Sensor? 

Is It Just a Defective Hub Bearing or Wheel Speed Sensor? 

January 8, 2018

Noise coming from the wheels, an illuminated malfunction indicator lamp, antilock brake-related symptoms, traction control issues, or transmission-related symptoms are all indicators of potential vehicle problems. But did you know, each of these vehicle warnings could occur with hub bearing or wheel speed sensor failure?  It is always important when having your vehicle inspected for […]

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Your Alternator is Dying, Do You Know the Symptoms?

Your Alternator is Dying, Do You Know the Symptoms?

December 8, 2017

For car owners, a dead battery or a faulty alternator is a rite of passage. It might happen at the most inconvenient of times, but it’s a minor problem that we all encounter at least once or twice. If it’s been more than a few years since you’ve had the battery replaced, it’s a good […]

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Carbon and Gum Deposits: Their Effect on Engine Performance

Carbon and Gum Deposits: Their Effect on Engine Performance

November 28, 2017

On one vehicle the customer complaint started with a misfire condition which progressed to an extended crank time to start and eventually a no-start symptom. Performing the basic checks revealed…

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Top 5 Most Common Vehicle Problems During Winter

Top 5 Most Common Vehicle Problems During Winter

November 20, 2017

The first snowfall of the year is a cause of celebration for many folks. There’s just something special about seeing those pretty flakes flying for the first time in November or December. But, the onset of winter also means it’s a good time to ensure your vehicles maintenance is up-to-date. Freezing temperatures can lead to […]

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Why Do Customers Delay Essential Routine Maintenance?

Why Do Customers Delay Essential Routine Maintenance?

November 17, 2017

According to a study by IMR Inc., one in ten vehicle owners delay routine maintenance for one reason or another. Most people deal with procrastination in their daily lives, but delaying routine maintenance can mean losing tens of thousands of miles from your car’s lifetime and be a severe safety risk. Mighty Auto Parts sees […]

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Top 3 Ways to Celebrate National Car Care Month

Top 3 Ways to Celebrate National Car Care Month

October 25, 2017

With the amount of spring cleaning that needs to be done, car care can easily fall to the wayside. After a long winter, however, it’s more important than ever to make sure your vehicle is in the best shape possible. What better time to do so than National Car Month? There’s been a lot to […]

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Sealed Hub Bearing Assemblies Make Bearing Inspections Complicated

Sealed Hub Bearing Assemblies Make Bearing Inspections Complicated

September 28, 2017

Cleaning, inspecting and packing wheel bearings were once a common practice when performing brake service. These types of bearings, commonly known as tapered bearings, were exposed when disassembled for easy inspection and service. Today’s technology uses wheel bearing hub assemblies that are sealed, making inspection more difficult. These assemblies not only include the wheel bearing, […]

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Creating the Perfect Tailgate

Creating the Perfect Tailgate

September 22, 2017

There is no better way to spend a weekend than tailgating on a perfect fall day. You’re dressed in your team’s jersey with a cold drink in one hand and a smorgasbord of food on a plate in the other hand. You’re winning at cornhole. The music is blasting. And, the sun is shining. What […]

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Beyond the Oil Change: Never Neglect These Services

Beyond the Oil Change: Never Neglect These Services

September 21, 2017

Servicing your car is important for maintaining the quality of your vehicle and your safety. While most people remember to have their oil changed and their brakes periodically inspected, we often forget to have other vital components checked, like the brake fluid or the fuel injectors. When servicing the brake system, most auto technicians will […]

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The True Cause of an Over-Pressurization Condition in Your Vehicle

The True Cause of an Over-Pressurization Condition in Your Vehicle

September 14, 2017

A blown gasket or a deformed filter canister in your vehicle are symptoms of over-pressurization. The oil filter is often blamed for this condition, but it’s not the true culprit. Filter manufacturers and suppliers are often handed costly engine claims for conditions and damage their filters didn’t cause. The actual root of this problem with […]

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Scheduled Maintenance: Can Prevent Costly Engine Repairs

Scheduled Maintenance: Can Prevent Costly Engine Repairs

September 13, 2017

Timely vehicle maintenance makes good business sense, especially when compared to costly engine repairs or an engine replacement. The extended service intervals have created a major concern for the old school generation, and especially technicians that have serviced vehicles for thirty-plus years. Our early driving and maintenance experience encompassed less fuel…

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Oil Blockage Issues Lead to Vehicle Recalls

Oil Blockage Issues Lead to Vehicle Recalls

September 6, 2017

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 1.5 million vehicles are being recalled due to potential engine failures. Here is a quick summary of the current recalls:According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 1.5 million vehicles are being recalled due to potential engine failures. Here is a quick summary […]

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Low Oil Pressure! Perhaps It’s Only a Filter Screen

Low Oil Pressure! Perhaps It’s Only a Filter Screen

August 31, 2017

Your stomach drops when you see one of your dashboard lights come up—especially if it’s a warning you’ve never seen before. If it’s the Low Oil Pressure Message/Light, you might even panic. After all, the first assumption should be that you have no oil pressure, which will cause major engine damage. It’s always better to […]

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When’s the Best Time of the Year  to Buy a Car?

When’s the Best Time of the Year to Buy a Car?

August 30, 2017

When is the best time to buy a car? When you’re tired of the vehicle sitting in front of the house? Perhaps December, when dealers are trying to get rid of taxable stock? Or April, when the sales hit? Did you know that’s when you’re more likely to pay the most? So, when is the […]

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Protect Yourself and Your Reputation with Quality

Protect Yourself and Your Reputation with Quality

August 10, 2017

Mighty’s New System XL® and TecSelect® Brake Pads Brake system services are vital to the safe operation of vehicles on the road. Whether you are a shop performing brakes services or having brake service performed on your car, make certain you protect your reputation for quality work and safety by using only top quality parts. The last […]

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Controlling Oil Pressure: It’s a Matter of Regulation

Controlling Oil Pressure: It’s a Matter of Regulation

June 1, 2017

When examining oil filters that are deformed from excessive pressure, filter gaskets blown or canister lock-seams unrolled, there is a reason for these conditions. While the oil filter is usually blamed for these conditions, the actual cause is over-pressurization due to a malfunction within the oil pump. Read on for pressurization issues involving GM, Kia […]

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5 of the Best Car Models for Recent College Grads

5 of the Best Car Models for Recent College Grads

May 31, 2017

Recent college graduates need reliable transportation to commute, get to job interviews, or even just go out with friends. Since they’re on a budget, they’re looking for fuel efficiency and low maintenance. Limited paychecks and school loans mean they don’t have a lot of money to spend. Here are 5 of our favorite budget-friendly vehicles […]

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Safe and Happy Travels with Your Pet

Safe and Happy Travels with Your Pet

May 3, 2017

With the weather warming up, it’s time to plan family vacations. One family member who needs special travel accommodations is your pet. You might wonder how to best transport your animal while making sure she and others in the vehicle are safe and comfortable. In addition to considerations of comfort, it’s important to note that […]

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Vehicle Maintenance Today and Down the Road

Vehicle Maintenance Today and Down the Road

April 25, 2017

It’s important to perform regular safety checks on your vehicle’s systems to ensure reliable performance. However, not every driver knows what to check, and neglecting these checks can lead to serious problems and expensive future repairs. Mighty Auto Parts sources the highest quality auto parts from the world’s largest manufacturers and provides them to auto […]

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7 Things Every Car Owner Should Know About Wheel Alignment

7 Things Every Car Owner Should Know About Wheel Alignment

April 14, 2017

For some, wheel alignment can be as mysterious as going to the doctor. Your auto technician explains your vehicle is out of balance, your caster is positive, your camber is way off, and your toe needs adjustment. Then the technician, armed with rubber mallets and strange-looking tools, starts operating on the underside of your vehicle. […]

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Low Oil Pressure Message: Locating the Mystery Filter

Low Oil Pressure Message: Locating the Mystery Filter

April 7, 2017

A low oil pressure message/light is becoming a common complaint on 2007-2016 GM vehicles equipped with a V8 engine and active fuel management (AFM), which is sometimes referred to as displacement on demand (DOD). These symptoms often occur with no indication of a low oil pressure condition such as engine related noises…

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Mighty Announces Spring Vehicle Maintenance Rebates

Mighty Announces Spring Vehicle Maintenance Rebates

April 6, 2017

This Spring, Mighty Auto Parts franchise partners across the industry will be able to offer their customers combined rebates of up to $110! From April 1 through May 31, anyone who brings their vehicle in to be serviced at a shop that partners with Mighty and uses their parts and chemicals will be eligible for […]

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The Squeal of the Serpentine Belt

The Squeal of the Serpentine Belt

February 17, 2017

Nothing fills car drivers with dread more than turning the ignition, stepping on the accelerator, and hearing an unexpected noise emanate from somewhere within their vehicle. Sometimes it’s a bang, clang, rattle, rumble, or screech. But in the event it’s ever a squeal, there’s a strong chance it’s time to have your vehicle’s serpentine belt […]

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A Mighty Case Study: Boyd's Tire & Service Centers

A Mighty Case Study: Boyd's Tire & Service Centers

February 16, 2017

In today’s world, we are often separated by oceans and languages from our so-called customer service teams.  At Mighty Auto Parts, we pride ourselves on getting to know our partners face-to-face and working with them on a personal level.  That’s how we tailor our business solutions and deliver results. Local. Personal. Partners. To read about […]

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How Can You Determine Your Mechanic's Skill Level? ASE Certification

How Can You Determine Your Mechanic's Skill Level? ASE Certification

January 23, 2017

This month we welcome guest blogger, Amy Mattinat, owner and President of Auto Craftsmen Ltd ASE Blue Seal Shop & AAA Approved Auto Repair Center.  Before her current position she was previously President of Women in Auto Care [formerly known as: Car Care Council Women’s Board] and was awarded the 2015 U.S. Small Business Administration’s […]

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Neglected Services: The Results Can Be Costly

Neglected Services: The Results Can Be Costly

January 11, 2017

The primary objective of thorough inspections and system maintenance is to prevent some unnecessary and costly repair expense for the customer. System neglect can result in hundreds of dollars in repair cost that may have been circumvented by performing some basic maintenance…

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Top Tips for Safe Holiday Travel

Top Tips for Safe Holiday Travel

December 19, 2016

When it comes time to visit family in another state, or good friends halfway across the country for the holidays, 91 percent of travelers will take to the highway in their vehicle to drive an average distance of 275 miles; they are not flying. That distance is further than the average drive at Thanksgiving, and […]

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Battery Management: The Challenges of a Smart System

Battery Management: The Challenges of a Smart System

December 17, 2016

Do you know all there is to know concerning a battery replacement? Most assume they do, but later they may realize they should have done some research. Technology changes the way we must perform some services and troubleshoot some systems. Based on the application, battery replacement is becoming a technical procedure that may require a […]

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Video: Mighty Auto Parts Service

Video: Mighty Auto Parts Service

December 12, 2016

We know that our customers can buy auto parts and lubricants from dozens of competitors. But you choose us. Mighty Auto Parts wants to be a true partner to our customers. We want to be much more than a parts provider, we want to provide personal relationships and help with your business. Mighty reps stay […]

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Mighty Auto Parts Hands On Training

Mighty Auto Parts Hands On Training

November 1, 2016

What makes Mighty Auto Parts unique with our customers is that we genuinely care about their success. But what sets us apart from the competition, is our training. We study each customer, what are they using, how they are using it, and then put together a plan. Nothing can replace physical training and having technicians […]

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Mighty Auto Parts Product Training

Mighty Auto Parts Product Training

October 31, 2016

Mighty Auto Parts believes training, so your customers’ truly understand their vehicle maintenance needs, is essential for success. From hands-on training for products & sales, vehicle inspection training, to explaining the “why” behind a service, we know that asking the correct questions to diagnose a problem is the way to find a solution for success.

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Mighty Auto Parts Inventory Control

Mighty Auto Parts Inventory Control

October 27, 2016

There are a few things that really set Mighty Auto Parts apart from our competition. One is our inventory control methods and another is our programs designed to help our customers grow and succeed in business. We strive to keep your inventory simple: Whatever you need will be there, when you need it. Our local […]

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7 Tips for Buying a Used Car

7 Tips for Buying a Used Car

October 17, 2016

Buying a used car can be a very nerve-wracking experience.. Nobody wants to drive a lemon off the lot. But there are steps you can take to turn the used-car buying experience into a glass of sweet lemonade. The key is to equip yourself with some knowledge about your rights as a consumer, and about […]

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Brake and Suspension Solutions: For Some Difficult to Diagnose Symptoms

Brake and Suspension Solutions: For Some Difficult to Diagnose Symptoms

July 28, 2016

GM has identified a defect in certain 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon vehicles whereby the front brake calipers on these vehicles can leak brake fluid. The condition is caused by tiny air pockets in the caliper castings that occurred during the casting process. If the casting contains a continuous string of air pockets that penetrate […]

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Oil Filter By-Pass Valves: Some Are Hidden in Plain Sight

Oil Filter By-Pass Valves: Some Are Hidden in Plain Sight

April 14, 2016

It is imperative that the lube tech fully understands the importance and function of the oil filter bypass valve. The by-pass valve provides protection for the engine by ensuring adequate lubrication in the event of a filter restriction or during periods of high oil pressure or pressure surges, such as that encountered during cold weather […]

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Chrysler’s 3.6L Pentastar Engine with Oil Filter Housing Leakage

Chrysler’s 3.6L Pentastar Engine with Oil Filter Housing Leakage

February 8, 2016

Imagine changing the oil and filter on a customer’s vehicle and a few days later they return with a repair bill totaling several hundred dollars for a new oil filter housing to correct an oil leakage problem…

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Troubleshooting Noise and Vibration: Pinpointing the Source Can Be Elusive

Troubleshooting Noise and Vibration: Pinpointing the Source Can Be Elusive

December 9, 2015

Troubleshooting noises and vibrations can be a challenge, even for the most experienced technician. Our training has taught us to take some basic steps or procedures to identify and resolve these issues, but when these techniques fail, how do you handle the customer’s complaint? Repeating the same diagnostics or repairs…

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Hub Bearings And Sensors: When They Fail the Symptoms Can Be Elusive

Hub Bearings And Sensors: When They Fail the Symptoms Can Be Elusive

September 10, 2015

When a hub bearing or wheel speed sensor failure occurs, the symptoms may involve a noise related complaint, illuminated malfunction indicator lamps, antilock brake related symptoms, traction control issues, or even transmission related symptoms. Following a transmission  replacement…

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Passenger Compartment Ventilation: Eliminating Musty Odors

Passenger Compartment Ventilation: Eliminating Musty Odors

July 30, 2015

Eliminating the musty odors or that refrigerator smell can be a challenge. The first ourse of action should involve a complete inspection to determine the source of the foul odors. Deodorizers are usually just a short term solution that results in a recurring condition. Some… 

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Air Filters and Housings: The System Must Be Properly Sealed

Air Filters and Housings: The System Must Be Properly Sealed

June 25, 2015

Performing an air filter inspection is a key part of the vehicle inspection process. A contaminated or improperly sealed air filter can have a major impact on the performance of the engine, its longevity, or damage to costly electronic sensors. In addition to inspecting the air filter for…

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Excessive Oil Consumption: The Condition Could Be Factory Induced

Excessive Oil Consumption: The Condition Could Be Factory Induced

March 12, 2015

Dealing with a customer who has been told that the excessive oil consumption with his vehicle is due to the oil filter and the lubricant that you installed can be a challenge. Most customers would not lend credibility to the claim, but the customer is in a difficult position…

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Air Filter Restrictions Due to Snow and Water Related Conditions

Air Filter Restrictions Due to Snow and Water Related Conditions

February 4, 2015

In previous articles we have cautioned on the importance of air filter maintenance on diesel applications to prevent catastrophic engine and turbocharger failures. This information is included in Tech Tips #110 Ford’s Power Stroke, #124 Servicing Dodge’s Turbo Diesel, and #139 Filtering GM’s Duramax Diesel. Those articles…

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Engine Noises: Tips for the Lube Service Technician

Engine Noises: Tips for the Lube Service Technician

November 13, 2014

The lube service technician often gets blamed for conditions that are beyond his control. While the symptom could involve an installation concern or the quality of the parts installed, it may be a condition inherited in the vehicle since production. When faced with a customer…

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Diesel Exhaust Treatment: Taking the Mystery Out of Diesel Exhaust Regeneration

Diesel Exhaust Treatment: Taking the Mystery Out of Diesel Exhaust Regeneration

November 13, 2014

Cleaning up the exhaust on a diesel application has been a challenge for the vehicle manufacturers. Much progress has been achieved with new fuelinjection technology and the addition of a three stage catalytic converter to control hydrocarbons (HC)…

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Lube Service Tips: Identifying Inherent Problems

Lube Service Tips: Identifying Inherent Problems

November 13, 2014

Identifying problems that are inherent with a vehicle can  save your credibility with the vehicle owner and the shop some unnecessary expense. When servicing a vehicle, many times we get blamed for a condition that may have  been inherent…

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Monitoring Tire Pressures: System Anomalies Can Promote Diagnostic Challenges

Monitoring Tire Pressures: System Anomalies Can Promote Diagnostic Challenges

November 13, 2014

Many vehicle owners are not aware that their vehicle is equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) until the horseshoe-shaped light with an exclamation point in the center is illuminated. At that point they panic and call their repair shop, where they are made aware of the on-board technology… 

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Aerated Power Stroke: Dealing with Air in the Fuel System

Aerated Power Stroke: Dealing with Air in the Fuel System

November 13, 2014

Aerated fuel can create some major performance problems for a diesel application and some difficult challenges for the technician.  While some fuel injector problems may be inherent in the system by design, many of the issues are the result of improper fuel filter installation procedures, or poor lube and filter service intervals… 

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