Archives : 2012 : October

Scan Tools Have Come A Long Way Over The Years

October 27th, 2012

The year was 1980. GM came out with  the Assembly Line Diagnostic Link otherwise known as the ALDL. It was used as a tool for diagnosing on-board computer functions prior to the vehicle being rolled off the assembly line. Shortly afterward, the entire industry jumped on board, using this connection as an access point to the brains of the vehicle for servicing it. This was the beginnings of the scan tool.

Modern scan tools are much more advanced than these early, rudimentary devices. They can diagnose a wide variety of troubles that would otherwise take a great deal of time to resolve. When using a modern scan tool, the first order of business is to inspect various vehicle components to rule out any mechanical problems that might trigger a false trouble code. The technician should check wiring, hoses, cables and more.

Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC’s)  would be the most frequent reason for use. These codes are not necesarily a diagnosis of the specific problem, but the are an indicator of a problem within a specific system or area of the car. These codes provide a starting point, but they do not typically point to the specific problem.  Chasing codes has been further expanded in more recent years as many states adapot OBD II checks instead of the more traditional testing through the tailpipe of the automobile.

When purchasing a scan tool, you’ll want to choose one that meets a wide range of uses. Make sure you can see what kinds of codes will be displayed. Some scanners only list generic OBDII codes, not providing the most precise detail that you need.

Some problems within certain vehicle systems cannot show up in the trouble codes. In these circumstances, it is up to the experienced technician to decipher the serial data, or Parameter Identification Date (PID). If a sytem falls outside of it’s normal specified values, you need to investiugate further.

Just as with any thing, a scan tool is a tool to assist you, but it is not a cure-all.

 

Customer XPR10A Two Post Lift Testimonial and Pictures

October 21st, 2012

 Here we go again. We constantly receive new pictures from customers each week showing us their new lifts that they have purchased from us. And we love getting them. It gives them a sense of pride in showing off their new lift as well as their sweet ride, or rides. And it gives us the opportunity to get feedback from them. We want to hear all feedback – positive or negative. We need to hear from you. It just simply helps us to serve you better.

This post features a picture and testimonial from a customer from West Hampton, MA. He purchased a BendPak XPR-10A two post lift.This is an asymmetric lift that also has the capability to position the vehicle symmetrically as well if needed. This feature comes in handy when you have a rear heavy vehicle, like a car with the engine in the rear, or a service van with lots of equipment in the back, as well as extra long trucks, like a crew cab dually.

Here’s what he wrote –

Hey Guys, My car is in the air! Great lift. No issues with install. Please feel free to use any or all pictures of my XPR-10A 10,000 lb. lift.  Thanks again.
                                                           
   Don Kelley
                                                              West Hampton, MA

BendPak Two Post Lift - Don Kelly

 

Electric Cars Not Living Up to Hype

October 13th, 2012
Much has been made about electric cars over the past year. You’ve heard the President promote all kinds of “green” businesses, and he has helped encourage them by offering all kinds of incentives like tax breaks for purchasing these products. Obama even bragged that America could have 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.
Despite all of these large efforts, the campaign has done little to boost sales of this technology. Optimism was huge three to four years ago when the first mass produced electric cars came onto the market.
Stocks of companies that manufactured the components shot up in anticipation that this was the next wave of popular technology that was going to expand. Electric cars included the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf and many others.
When we look at the numbers, we see that reality does not meet the hype. Here are some numbers from 2011 – 
 
 
 
Dec 2010
Jan 2011
Feb 2011
Mar 2011
Total
Volt
326
321
281
608
1,536
Leaf
19
87
67
298
471
 
As illustrated in the chart above, there is no way that auto makers are going to meet the projected figures, especially since all of the problems that have recently been brought to light about the Chevy Volt. These problems, combined with high costs, and the stable gasoline prices have dampened demand for these cars.
 
Given the high price of nearly $50,000 for the Volt, even after the tax incentives, most consumers just find it too expensive to give up their traditional gas automobiles, especially since these cars don’t perform nearly as well, and they don’t have as much room. 
 
When you factor in the recent national average electricity rate of 11 cents per kilowatt hour, Consumer Reports calculated that the Volt costs about 5.7 cents per mile to drive in electric-only mode. That really is not enough savings to chase the perceived benefits. For the time being, hybris, such as the Toyota Prius might be the best alternative.
Furthermore, with new oilfields being exploited in the USA, and oil production expected to actually increase, the hopes for these manufacturers may end up being much further off into the future than anticipated.
 

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Diesel System Cleaner By ASEDeals.com

October 6th, 2012

Diesel engines have changed over the years. Performance has improved, and manufacturers have decreased emissions dramatically. However these improvements have not eliminated the need for service.

Sulphur content and contaminants have been decreased and performance has been enhanced by improvements to the fuel as well as the engineering of the latest electronically controlled engines. When diesel as well as other carbon based fuels are burned, a by product that is produced is Carbon (long with other contaminants).

Carbon deposits cause all kinds of problems and lead to inefficient fuel combustion because they do not atomize as well. When you shut down a diesel engine, the fuels in the motor is extremely hot, and the fuel separates as the heavier components settle to the bottom. This is the leading cause of the fuel system problems.

Given these common problems, it stands to reason that it’s a good idea to prevent these problems before they occur, so that you dont need to replace more expensive engine components, like fuel injectors and pumps.

This is where our Motorvac Diesel Tune IDT 4000 comes in. After you connect it to the vehicle’s system, the detergent is circulated through the fuel system and cleans deposits off the injectors, valves, rings, fuel pump, and other surfaces. The contaminants are removed by a 5 micron filter to leave the system clean and fresh.

Motorvac Diesel System Cleaner