Tech Tips

Cooling systems: Proper maintenance and pitfalls

By David Bry A previous article discussed the heat transfer in modern vehicles and the importance of choosing the proper coolant. Now here’s what can go wrong with cooling...

Understanding cooling system intricacies

By David Brye There’s a lot to consider when it comes to the automotive cooling systems used to control the heat produced by the internal combustion engine. Three-quarters of...

Quick summaries help with vexing mechanical issues

By ALLDATA Tech-Assist Team Here’s a compilation of some of the “Tech Tips” ALLDATA compiles as its Tech-Assist Team helps technicians tackle vehicle issues. More detail on these tips...

More tips on unlocking the secrets of sensor testing

By David Bry A previous article explained how technicians can look at a vehicle’s wiring diagram, develop an understanding of how the circuit works, and do a few simple...

Unlocking the secrets of sensor testing

By David Bry Technicians in independent shops working on many different brands can save time on diagnostic procedures by looking for common ground in typical systems, and then using...

Traveling in an electric car? Fast charging is for you

By Craig Van Batenburg In a previous column, I discussed the options for charging your electric vehicle at home or work. For those traveling, however, you will want to...

Know your electric vehicle charging infrastructures

By Craig Van Batenburg The electrical grid that powers homes, schools and businesses has been around since Thomas Edison and Nicola Tesla competed in the 1880s. Was it direct...

Understanding the inverters that electrics, hybrids use

By Craig Van Batenburg Toyota first used the word “inverter” in 2000 to describe a silver box located above the Prius transmission. The Honda Insight’s “inverter” was under the...

Performing a ‘safe down’ procedure on electric cars

By Craig Van Batenburg What have the automakers done directly or indirectly to help protect technicians working on hybrid and electric vehicles? Electric and hybrid vehicles have a lot...

How does a late intake valve closing engine work?

By Craig Van Batenburg The reason hybrids cars are here has everything to do with the internal combustion engine (ICE). Well, not the ICE itself, but what we put...