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A History of Luxury Cars for Auto Mechanic School Students

December 12, 2019

Today the standards for what makes a vehicle luxurious seem to be shifting. There are brands like BMW, Mercedes, and Audi that are known as luxury brands, but these companies also sell relatively affordable models. Meanwhile, other brands like Rolls-Royce or Bugatti are undeniably luxurious in every way. The history of luxury cars is as

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In Auto Repair Training? Check Out the 5 Best Engines of 2019

December 5, 2019

The heart of any great car is its engine, and these five are pushing engines forward in unique and exciting ways. Engines can come in various shapes and sizes, not to mention various capacities for torque and power. For any aspiring auto mechanic, it’s important to know which engines out there stand out from the

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In Auto Mechanic Traning? Here are a Few Tips for Choosing Winter Tires

November 28, 2019

With the exception of Quebec and parts of British Columbia, there are no laws about whether or not you must install winter tires in Canada. However, many provinces have guidelines, recommendations, or regulations for certain types of vehicles. Wherever you live, if you drive in the winter, these tires are probably a good idea. In

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A Profile of the Aspark Owl for Students in Automotive Training

November 21, 2019

The Osaka-based Japanese engineering company, Aspark, has recently shown its new hypercar, the Owl, at international car shows. What makes something a hypercar can change as technologies change, but the performance specs of the Aspark Owl definitely bump it up beyond super-status to hyper-status. Aspark announced that they would manufacture only 50 units of the

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[Infographic] A Handy Guide to Modular Vehicle Platforms

November 15, 2019

Manufacturers are producing wider and wider varieties of vehicles, requiring multi-use underbodies that provide the main building block for diverse products. Manufacturers can use a common architecture for the chassis and basic components of multiple designs and models. This lowers costs by condensing production and delaying differentiation until further in the process. Mechanics in training

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What Students in Auto Mechanic Training Should Know About Mid-Engined Design

November 14, 2019

There is some disagreement about what classifies as a mid-engined car. Some say that in order to be considered mid-engine the engine must be between the driver and the rear axle. Others claim that any car with the engine between the front and rear axles (as opposed to over the front axle) is mid-engined. However,

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A Guide to Fixing Vacuum Leaks for Students in Automotive College

November 7, 2019

They’re not always easy to spot, but they need to be fixed regardless! A vacuum leak in a car’s engine can happen when the engine’s air-to-fuel ratio exceeds 14.7:1 (also known as a lean mixture), and excessive, unwanted air in the engine occurs as a result. This leads to a subpar performance from the engine—if

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If You Want to Become a Mechanic, Know These Signs of Transmission Issues

October 31, 2019

There is a high demand for professional mechanics in dealerships, large garages, as well as in small mechanic-owned businesses. People regularly visit mechanics looking for help fixing and maintaining their vehicles. Becoming a mechanic requires all kinds of knowledge about how different kinds of engines and transmissions work, but sometimes it’s even more important to

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In Mechanic School? Your Childhood Dreams Have Come True With the Bugatti Baby II

October 24, 2019

As part of its 110th birthday celebration, Bugatti created a tiny, child-sized car with fancy features and a classic look. While this may be a kiddie car, it’s a far cry from its foot-to-floor powered plastic competitors. This car features a real electric powertrain and multiple driving modes. Another distinguishing feature of this luxury vehicle

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[Infographic] A Day in the Life of a Modern Truck Dispatcher

October 21, 2019

A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to ensure that store shelves are stocked and that businesses receive the materials and goods they need to keep running. All of this is made possible largely by Canada’s trucking industry, which moved an incredible 60.9 million shipments in 2016 alone. Professionals with dispatcher training are

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