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Considering Car Mechanic Training? Here’s What to Look For in Diagnostic Tools

September 19, 2019

There was a point in time when mechanics would open up the hood of a car and rely entirely on their own know-how to pinpoint issues. Luckily, with technology this task is a little bit easier nowadays. In addition to visual inspections and on-road tests, mechanics can use diagnostic tools to assess vehicles and diagnose

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A History of Sports Cars for Automotive College Students

August 29, 2019

Sports cars: they’ve come a long way at a blistering pace—literally and figuratively. Although there’s been some debate over what actually counts as the first sports car, what is certain is that they’ve changed in many different ways over the years. From the early 1900s through to the present day, the sports car has had

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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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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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How the Thing Baffled Pros with Car Mechanic Training: A Guide to the Volkswagen 181

October 4, 2018

There are many, and few, ways to describe the Volkswagen Thing. Emerging onto the automotive scene in the 1970’s, this multi-purpose car quickly became an exotic oddity in North America. Although the Thing cruised through Europe, it had a relatively brief sales run in the US. Referred to as the bucket wagon, its strange minimalistic

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A Look at the 2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition for Students Completing Car Mechanic Training

August 16, 2018

When it comes to relatively affordable cars that are pure fun to drive, the Toyota 86 has carved out a pretty substantial reputation for itself. Among more than a few motorheads, this fun little car is a beloved treasure. That’s not to say that the Toyota 86 leaves no room for improvement. In fact, many

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What Grads of Auto Mechanic College Can Learn From China’s Thriving EV Market

May 31, 2018

If you’re interested in the growing popularity of electric vehicles (EVs), there’s a lot of pretty interesting news to get excited about. In fact, while the likes of Tesla are grabbing many of the headlines, there are many other developments taking place that could have a profound impact on the cars of tomorrow. As of

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How Grads of Auto Mechanic Programs Can Tackle a Defective Tachometer

March 15, 2018

Usually situated on a car’s dashboard next to the speedometer, tachometers are useful little devices that measure the revolutions per minute (RPM) of an engine’s crankshaft. Why is knowing the RPM of an engine important? If a car’s engine runs at high RPM for too long, then it may overheat, experience insufficient lubrication, or excessive

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Clutch Replacement Time: Making the Call by Relying on Your Automotive Training

February 1, 2018

Regardless of where you stand in the manual versus automatic transmission divide, if you work in the automotive industry, you need to know how to care for a three-pedaled car. The extra pedal in a vehicle with a stick shift serves a very important purpose, and that is to operate the clutch. Being a serviceable

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A Game Changer for Auto Safety: A Look at Anti-lock Braking Systems for Students in Car Mechanic Training

September 14, 2017

Vehicles on the road today are safer than ever. They are loaded with tons of safety features like complex air bag configurations, backup cameras, blind spot detection, and, of course, anti-lock braking (ABS) systems. ABS systems have been a critical factor in improving vehicle safety, helping to prevent skidding on icy and slippery surfaces, which

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