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Considering Becoming a Mechanic? Check out These 3 Winter Car Myths

February 7, 2019

The annual arrival of snow, ice, and cold weather means that many drivers have to shift gears and prepare their cars for several seasonal challenges. Whether that includes heating up the car, de-icing windshields, or trying to improve traction on slippery roads, there are many solutions drivers turn to. Some, however, might do more harm

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3 Vehicles That Students in Automotive Training Will Say Farewell to in 2019

January 31, 2019

There are many reasons why a car model is discontinued. Trends can change over time, or an unpopular design can doom a car from the start. Sometimes consumer tastes just shift, turning even once-popular cars into unwanted has-beens. The general consumer outlook for 2019 is that the public preference is shifting from passenger cars like

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What You Need to Know About Serpentine Belts If You Want an Auto Mechanic Career

January 24, 2019

The serpentine belt is a long, winding belt that powers a number of important automotive components like the alternator, power steering pump, air conditioning, and sometimes the water pump. While it used to be that several different belts served these components individually, inconsistent performance issues eventually led to the single-belt solution. The serpentine belt—so called

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Want to Become a Mechanic? Use These 5 Marketing Strategies to Attract Customers

January 17, 2019

Working on cars is a fun and rewarding challenge. You get to fix different problems, learn something new every day, and see the results of all your hard work. To help shops make sure there’s always a steady stream of cars to fix and service, marketing is important. Marketing can help attract new customers, build

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Why Automotive College Students Are Excited About the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

January 10, 2019

The upcoming 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) will begin on January 19th in Detroit, a city which has a long history with the automotive industry. More commonly known as the Detroit Auto Show, this annual event gives auto companies and manufacturers an opportunity to dazzle buyers with their newest and coolest vehicles and

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What Students in Auto Mechanic School Should Know About the Future of the Combustion Engine

January 3, 2019

If you’re a car fanatic, you know that the internal combustion engine (ICE) has revolutionized transportation over the past century, and you may have also heard that its days are numbered. Since consumers can now buy electric vehicles (EV) that emit no greenhouse gases, surely, it’s just a matter of time before EVs outnumber ICE-powered

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4 Exciting Vehicles Coming in 2019 That Students in Automotive Training Should Know About

December 27, 2018

As any auto enthusiast knows, December marks an important tradition: listing all the cool cars and trucks we can look forward to in the year ahead! With 2019, we’re in for a lot of treats, from the first Jeep pickup since 1992 to Porsche’s bold entry into the electric vehicle market. Plus, we may finally

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The Pros and Cons of Stop-Start Technology Explained for Students in Automotive Repair Training

December 20, 2018

Stop-start technology is one of the most hotly debated topics among car owners today. If you’ve never encountered stop-start tech before, here’s how it works: whenever a vehicle with stop-start tech is stationary or idling, such as in stop-and-go traffic or at a red light, the engine automatically shuts off. When the driver releases their

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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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