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Is it Just a Game of Monopoly?

Is it Just a Game of Monopoly?

I venture to guess we have all played a version of the popular board game, Monopoly, that was originally developed in 1933. The goal of the game is to acquire all the different properties that are positioned around the outside edge of the game board. Then, when your...

Efficient Engine Mechanical Diagnostics

Efficient Engine Mechanical Diagnostics

Engine mechanical issues are becoming more common in our repair bays today, and they can be difficult to diagnose.  Engines are built with more valves, camshafts and complex variable valve timing systems.  All of these components fail, and there are very easy tests...

Where Did the Bay Go?

Where Did the Bay Go?

I recently received a newsletter that stated that there were 8,000 fewer car and light truck service bays in 2016 than at the same time in 2011. What does that mean for the repair industry, technician, and possible future shop owners? I was also curious how these...

Why Does an Engine Vacuum Leak Affect the Way a Vehicle Runs?

Why Does an Engine Vacuum Leak Affect the Way a Vehicle Runs?

Mechanics often joke that an internal combustion engine is just a gigantic air pump. This is because the pistons move up and down in the cylinders, sucking air in and compressing the air/fuel mixture. Intake vacuum is created as a result of the pistons pumping and the...

Flooded VS Gel Batteries: What Are The Differences?

Flooded VS Gel Batteries: What Are The Differences?

In today’s automotive battery market, there are choices available for every application. Beyond the options of amp hours, cranking amps (CA) and cold cranking amps (CCA), there are differences in battery construction. These choices are among three main styles of...

Flat Rate or Not?

Flat Rate or Not?

So, last month we discussed the lack of new automotive technicians to fill the open positions. This month I want to bring to the forefront a very possible unpopular topic: technician pay. The way technicians are compensated for the task they perform could be a portion...

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NVH – Noise Vibration and Harshness

NVH – Noise Vibration and Harshness

The labscope in combination with experience shortens up the diagnostic time on this vehicle. Great example of using past experience to turn the bay...

Chevrolet C4 Corvette – No Start Diagnosis

Chevrolet C4 Corvette – No Start Diagnosis

If you are new to the repair industry Charles has some good common sense advice. If your that battle hardened bay veteran this information will provide some insight when that new technician shows up for they first...

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Four Quality Tools Applicable to Auto Shops

Four Quality Tools Applicable to Auto Shops

If you’re trying to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your operations, there are quality tools that can help. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to use 5S, failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) diagrams, suppliers, inputs, process, outputs, and...

Common Manufacturing Errors Within Water Pumps

Common Manufacturing Errors Within Water Pumps

Water pumps are one of the most commonly replaced parts on vehicles, especially vehicles that are more than eight years old. However, some water pumps may be damaged during the manufacturing process and fail to function properly. In order to avoid spending lengthy...

Battery Service and Testing

Battery Service and Testing

Today's automobile batteries are the power source that collects and stores the electricity a vehicle needs to operate reliably. Automobile batteries consist of a plastic casing filled with sulfuric acid, electrolyte and lead plates that are capable of lasting many...

Brake Fluid – Should it be Changed?

Brake Fluid – Should it be Changed?

Most brake fluid that is in use today is glycol-based. It naturally absorbs moisture that is present in the air at about 1.5% to 3% each year. In very humid climates, this rate can be much higher. Moisture can accumulate in the brake lines through microscopic pores...

The Power of Octane

The Power of Octane

While octane ratings specifically refer to the quality of gasoline, many consumers do not know what these ratings mean, how they affect their vehicles, or how they are calculated. As an auto tech, you are familiar with octane ratings, but you may be unaware of some of...

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Respect is Learned, In The Pits Winner Announced

Respect is Learned, In The Pits Winner Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Shawn Collins, CEO Technician.Academy 812-760-1811 shawn.collins@technician.academy Respect is Learned, In The Pits Winner Announced EVANSVILLE, IN, JULY 7, 2017 – Technician.Academy is thrilled to announce that the winner of the...

ANNOUNCING IN THE PITS PROMOTION

ANNOUNCING IN THE PITS PROMOTION

Technician Academy, the first personalized online and on-site training for automotive technicians, invites current college students to apply to win a weekend with the Randy Meyer Racing Team at the St. Louis Gateway Motorsports Park drag strip July 22nd – 23rd, 2017!

RESPECT IS LEARNED CAMPAIGN BEGINS

RESPECT IS LEARNED CAMPAIGN BEGINS

TECHNICIAN.ACADEMY UNVEILS NEW “RESPECT IS LEARNED” CAMPAIGN EVANSVILLE, IN – February 7, 2017 - Technician.Academy, the personalized online and on-site training for automotive technicians, unveils its new campaign, Respect is Learned©, to reinforce its message of...

Technician.Academy Announces Enhanced Job Board!

Technician.Academy Announces Enhanced Job Board!

Technician.Academy, the go-to training resource for automotive technicians, is happy to present the latest addition to their award-winning website; an enhanced interactive Job Board. “We are so excited about the enhanced Job Board on Technician.Academy,” states Shawn...

TECHNICIAN.ACADEMY Wins 3 Awards at AAPEX 2016

TECHNICIAN.ACADEMY Wins 3 Awards at AAPEX 2016

Technician.Academy, the go-to training resource for automotive technicians, received three Car Care Council Women’s Board Automotive Communications Awards at this year’s AAPEX (Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo) in Las Vegas, NV.

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