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What is Engine Displacement? 5 Facts for Students at Automotive Mechanic Schools

October 11, 2018

The word ‘displacement’ usually has a negative meaning, but in the motoring world—the more displacement the better. Engine displacement is a term relating to the combustion process of the vehicle, which generates the power to get the wheels moving. You might not have heard of the phrase before, but you’re likely to know plenty about

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A Guide to On-Board Diagnostics for Students Interested in an Auto Mechanic Career

September 27, 2018

Vehicle malfunctions can occur at any time, and can affect a number of components found within certain systems. However, once drivers notice a problem with their car, it can be difficult for them to diagnose the specific area in need of repairs. As mechanics begin to inspect the vehicle to identify the location of a

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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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How to Deal With Stripped Screws & Nuts in Your Auto Mechanic Career

June 22, 2017

In mechanic work, sometimes little things can be big problems—specifically, little things like screws and nuts. The nice, well-defined edges of these kinds of components can give way over time, eroded by tools and use, until they suddenly don’t fit with screwdrivers or wrenches. When you really need to get a screw or bolt removed

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3 Ways Automotive Schools Help You Advance Your Career

January 26, 2017

For anyone looking to pursue an automotive career, attending automotive school is the first step to take. Not only is a good school program essential to providing you with the right qualifications, but it also comes with a few other added benefits as well. Whether you want to pursue a career as a mechanic, auto

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Students in Car Mechanic Training: Here’s the History of Power Steering

January 19, 2017

Originally, it was up to the driver to provide the force required to turn a car’s wheels. This made older cars more difficult to handle than current models, in particular for people with lower levels of upper body strength. Power steering changed that. It introduced technology that added force when drivers turned the steering wheel,

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4 Pothole-Related Problems You Might See in an Auto Mechanic Career

December 29, 2016

Potholes are the bane of most drivers’ existences. Not only can it be a jolting experience to run through one of them, but potholes can also damage your car. There are few things more frustrating than breaking something because you weren’t paying attention enough to swerve. What specifically goes wrong will depend on the depth

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3 Auto Quality Myths Debunked for Students in Mechanic School

December 8, 2016

Car buyers are notorious for holding unfair preconceptions about specific brands, models, or price ranges. It leads certain vehicles to struggle to make sales, even when inferior models can skate by on the strength of a name that promises quality, but fails to deliver. In your career as a mechanic, you might find it useful

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The 3 Best Cars From The 1970s Students at Auto Training Schools Must See

September 1, 2016

In the 1970s we saw the birth of the VCR, the first-video game, the artificial heart, and the home printer. It was a new age and people were inspired by all the new ways technology was making lives easier, but arguably the best use of technology in the 1970s came in the form of inventive

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3 Useful Alternator Facts for Your Future Auto Mechanic Career

August 18, 2016

An alternator is a crucial component of the car found under the hood. It is tasked with charging the car’s battery by converting the mechanical energy of the engine into the electrical energy that the battery needs. In doing so, the radio, headlights, heated seats, GPS, and every other electrical component of the car comes

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