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Interested in Becoming a Mechanic? Here’s What You Should Know About the Classic Volkswagen Microbus

December 13, 2018

The Volkswagen Microbus: it’s the vehicle of Bob Dylan album covers, Woodstock, and California surfers seeking the perfect wave. While it’s certainly not the fastest vehicle ever made, for anybody with a passion for cars, the Microbus remains a beloved icon. So how did the Microbus become such a huge part of our collective culture?

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A Short History of the SUV for Students in Mechanic Programs

December 6, 2018

Canadians love their sport utility vehicles (SUVs). In fact, while passenger car sales have been dropping for years, SUV sales are skyrocketing and now account for 44.3% of all vehicle sales in Canada. We rely on our SUVs for everything from getting the groceries to planning rugged camping adventures. SUVs are so common that it

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A Guide to Understanding Cruise Control for Students in Auto Repair Training

November 29, 2018

Cruise control is a system for automatically maintaining a car’s speed at a set value. For long drives on straight roads, without too many other drivers around, it can be incredibly useful. Instead of continually monitoring and making fine adjustments to their speed, a driver can simply concentrate on steering, and allow cruise control to

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Beginning Your Career in Automotive Detailing? Here’s How to Deal With Gas Stains on Paintwork

April 19, 2018

It’s a common occurrence in gas stations: the pump nozzle is extracted from the vehicle and a few errant drops fall onto the paintwork. It’s easy for a busy driver to ignore this and get on with their day, but the corrosive qualities of gas, especially if left for a prolonged period on the surface

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What Grads of Auto Repair Training Should Know About Manual Chokes on Older Cars

April 12, 2018

Prior to the 1990s, the process of starting a car on a cold morning would have likely involved a manual choke. The choke, a small valve located in the engine’s carburetor, plays a key role in limiting the air intake to the combustion chamber of the engine, allowing the engine to start and run more

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Career Opportunities After Service Advisor Training: What It’s Like Working as a Service Manager

April 5, 2018

Have you ever wondered who holds the responsibility for maintaining customer satisfaction with an automotive shop or the service department of a dealership? That role falls to auto service managers. In addition to keeping clientele happy, this position holds a number of key managerial responsibilities. These include, for example, managing a marketing plan, a budget,

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Springtime Salvage: 3 Tips for Repairing Flood-Damaged Cars During Your Automotive Career

March 29, 2018

Spring time in Canada can often mean floods. Rivers swollen with melt water and strong spring tides can often pose threats to communities. Should a car become immobilized or abandoned in water, an owner must consider their options when they come back into possession of the vehicle. For mechanics, flooding represents a spectrum of different

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Stressing the Importance of Used Car Inspections When You Become a Service Advisor

March 22, 2018

It’s no secret that most cars plummet in value as soon as they start to be driven. For buyers hoping to get the best deals on quality vehicles, then, there’s nothing quite as compelling as a used car that’s in good shape. The problem, though, is that even if a car looks good on the

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How Mechanic Training Can Help You Diagnose and Fix “Engine Knock”

March 1, 2018

As a car mechanic, you will probably experience a fair share of clients coming in worried about a mysterious noise under their hood. Quite often, you will likely be able to diagnose this problem as ‘engine knock’, also known as pinging or detonation. Engine knock signifies that something is off with an engine’s spark ignition

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“Why Is My Check Engine Light On?” 4 Causes Explained for Students in Auto Mechanic College

February 22, 2018

The odds are pretty good that, at some point in your life, you’ve driven in a car that constantly had its check engine light on. It seemed like there was no explanation, that the light being lit was as natural as the wind. Of course, that’s not exactly true. If the check engine light is

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