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Winter Fuel Economy: What You Need to Know if You’re Interested in Becoming a Mechanic

March 7, 2019

Cold weather, snow, and ice can make driving difficult. In addition, you may be surprised to learn that winter weather can even affect how much fuel a car uses. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the mileage of a typical gasoline-powered car may be about 12% lower in cold-weather conditions (below -6°C) than

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7 Resume Writing Mistakes for Mechanics to Avoid

February 19, 2019

When it comes to your resume, you want to get it right. You only have a few quick moments of a recruiter or hiring manager’s attention before they decide whether your resume goes in the no or yes pile. While this may sound intimidating, with a little extra effort and diligence, you can create a

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3 Maintenance Tips for Auto Mechanic School Grads Looking to Get the Most Out of an Engine

February 14, 2019

Today is Valentine’s Day, which if you’re a car enthusiast means it’s time to show your engine some love. There’s no better way to do that than to give your engine some routine maintenance that will help it last longer and drive further. Even the most basic maintenance tips can add years to an engine’s

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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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Here’s What Students in Automotive Mechanic Courses Need to Know About the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

November 22, 2018

It’s been more than 10 long years, but the Chevy Blazer is finally back—sort of. Unveiled this summer in Atlanta, the rebooted 2019 Chevrolet Blazer doesn’t actually look anything like the classic K5 Blazer for which it’s named. While that may disappoint those who were hoping to see a tough off-road vehicle, this crossover still

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Interested in Training for Mechanics? Here’s What You Should Know about the Aquatic Amphicar

October 18, 2018

Although it was in production for only five years from 1960 to 1965, and the innovations it introduced were never taken up by other major car manufacturers, the Amphicar Model 770 is a curiosity worth learning about. The world’s only mass-produced civilian amphibious passenger vehicle, it was capable of running both on land and in

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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 Automotive Mechanics Can Learn from Volvo’s Electric Performance Vehicle Polestar 1

July 5, 2018

When it comes to designing a hybrid vehicle with high electric performance standards, Polestar—an offshoot of Volvo—has taken up the charge. The brand competes with companies like Tesla and Daimler, pushing the limits of current technology. Polestar isn’t necessarily aiming for high speeds and intense acceleration, though. Rather, it’s focussing on things like handling, safety,

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Why the Fuel-Frugal 2019 Volvo XC40 Is Wowing Grads of Auto Mechanic College

April 26, 2018

After travelling through a period of financial uncertainty, Volvo has come through the other side of the tunnel and is now looking to impress the next generation. The Swedish manufacturer still aims to be a benchmark for reliability, but also wants to build fun cars for young couples. The 2019 XC40 is the smallest relative

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Rumours About the New Nissan Leaf: What Can Students in Automotive Repair Training Expect From This EV?

August 10, 2017

The Nissan Leaf is a staple vehicle in the electric vehicle (EV) sector. Since being introduced in the United States at the end of 2010 and in Canada in 2011, Nissan has sold over 250,000 Leafs, making it one of the highest-selling electric cars in history. Despite its popularity, the Nissan Leaf has only received

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