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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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What You’ll Learn About Spark Plug Replacement in Automotive Training

October 17, 2019

If you’re a car enthusiast, you probably already know that the combustion chamber of an engine contains a mixture of air and fuel. Igniting this mixture is what gives the engine its power and it is here where spark plugs come into play. These insulated plugs sit in the cylinder heads of internal combustion engines

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How Crash Testing Works, Explained for Students in Auto Mechanic School

July 11, 2019

You’ve seen it in car ads all the time, but how does it actually work? Crash testing is a standard procedure to ensure safety and minimize the injuries one can sustain in a car accident when various car models are about to be launched. How does the process come together? And why do we still

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If You’re Completing Training for Mechanics, Take a Look at the 2020 Mini John Cooper Works

June 13, 2019

In 2008, MINI premiered the first-ever John Cooper Works MINI to the world at the International Motor Show in Geneva. John Cooper Works is an English company owned by BMW, responsible for the original Mini Cooper. The JCW model was introduced to add a sportier version, indicated by the company’s namesake John Cooper, a race

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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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Does Tesla Have a Reliability Problem? What Students in Automotive Mechanics Training Need to Know

November 15, 2018

Since releasing the record-setting Tesla Roadster in 2008, Tesla has built a worldwide reputation as one of the world’s leading makers of high-performance all-electric cars. The company has enjoyed a tremendous amount of public hype over the years, and it’s built a loyal following of devoted Tesla drivers with its sleek designs, over-the-air updates, and

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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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Introducing the Peterbilt Supertruck

February 26, 2015

Students pursuing dispatching training might one day have the opportunity to drive an innovative semi-trailer truck that’s not only extremely fuel efficient, but is also freight efficient. Any automotive mechanics school graduate knows that most semi-trailer trucks have an average efficiency of about 6 miles per gallon, or 39 litres per 100km—which is actually not

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How Technology is Reducing Semi-truck Accidents

January 15, 2015

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of fatalities in accidents involving semi-trucks has been on the rise since 2012. Increases as large as 18 per cent in some instances have continued to blight the American Trucking Association’s reputation every time the local 5:00 news runs a story about an unfortunate pile

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“Top Fit” Truck Keeping Drivers Alert and Safe

January 8, 2015

For truckers, the workplace is also a bedroom and living room – all contained within a 120-inch sleeper cab. It’s true that today’s sleeper cabs focus much more on comfort than those of the past. Many are equipped with stereo speakers, a mini fridge, a pull out table and even a microwave oven! That being

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