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A Look at the Surprisingly Long History of the Electric Car for Students in Mechanic Training

May 9, 2019

To many, electric cars seem like a relatively recent concept. While it’s true that demand and public interest in electric vehicles (EVs) has risen in the last few decades, the history of the electric car is actually far older than you may think. The dedication of innovators and inventers helped take the idea of an

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Fixing Squeaky Brakes When You Become a Mechanic

April 11, 2019

Few sounds are as annoying as squeaky brakes. When you become a mechanic, brake noise will likely be one of the top complaints you’ll hear from customers. In some cases, squeaky brakes are completely normal, but in others they could indicate a very serious problem, such as the brake pads needing to be replaced. In

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How to Use Your Mechanic Training to Tell What the Colour of Exhaust Smoke Means

February 21, 2019

The smoke that’s coming out of an exhaust pipe can tell you a lot about the health of a vehicle. If the exhaust has changed colour, then it usually means that the engine is burning something that it shouldn’t be, like coolant or oil. If you’re thinking about a career as an auto mechanic, being

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Hit The Brakes! An Overview of Brake Pad Materials for Students in Mechanic Training

June 14, 2018

The science behind stopping a car revolves around friction. Many substances are effective in slowing down a vehicle when they are put into contact with the brake rotor, but there are many other characteristics which must be considered. Does the substance wear quickly? Is it well suited to performance or heavy load vehicles? Is it

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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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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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How Mechanic Training Can Help You Diagnose and Fix “Engine Knock”

March 1, 2018

As a car mechanic, you will probably experience a fair share of clients coming in worried about a mysterious noise under their hood. Quite often, you will likely be able to diagnose this problem as ‘engine knock’, also known as pinging or detonation. Engine knock signifies that something is off with an engine’s spark ignition

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Why Pros With Mechanic Training Are Impressed by the Economical New Ford Transit

February 15, 2018

In recent years, the Canadian minivan market has been pressured by competition from SUVs and crossovers of all shapes and sizes. Ford is understandably looking to rekindle sales of vans, which have been a big seller for the company in the past. The 2019 Ford Transit Connect van is part of that effort, which is

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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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How to Manage Bad Online Reviews Once You Become a Mechanic

January 5, 2017

Around the world, businesses have grown frustrated with how easily customers can leave them negative reviews. Sites like Yelp, Google, Twitter, and more all offer platforms on which it is easy to share experiences at a business. What’s more, consumers increasingly use these online reviews to decide where they will spend their money. In other

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