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  • How did this wheel get this way?

    By Craig Truglia - Thursday April 4, 2013
    How did this wheel get this way? Yes, a saw was involved, but we didn't cut this rim into pieces for the heck of it. The real cause is that someone did not torque the lug nuts on this wheel that was on a Mercedes E320. Two of the nuts broke in the...
  • Light duty "bead to bead" retread tires offer fleets an alternative

    By Craig Truglia - Monday April 1, 2013
    My experience with retread tires is fairly extensive, as I used to put them on post office trucks. To be honest, those vehicles never had a single issue on the road. Retread tires "will perform as well as the best major brand new tires, with an...
  • Torque wrench shootout: Digitool Solutions vs. the premium brand

    By Craig Truglia - Friday March 15, 2013
    If you watch this video , you get to watch my alter ego "Wrenchin' Roger" put the DTS Electronic Torque and Angle wrench from Digitool Solutions to the test against the gold standard of torque wrenches. I was very happy for two reasons. First, my...
  • Daylight saving time equals fewer car accidents

    By Craig Truglia - Monday March 11, 2013
    When I woke up this morning and it was pitch black, I was getting really mad at daylight saving time. I mean, it's great when we gain an hour, but losing one? It feels horrible. Being that we are not an agricultural economy anymore, sometimes I really...
  • Why are U.S. roads more dangerous than Canada's but safer than Russia's?

    By Craig Truglia - Wednesday March 6, 2013
    Have you ever watched one of the videos online that show crazy driving in Russia?  If not, take a quick look. The roads in Russia are extremely unsafe for all the stereotypical reasons you might expect: snowy weather, long rural and suburban...
  • Mandatory technician licensing: it's a matter of public safety

    By Craig Truglia - Monday February 11, 2013
    Yes, again we're going to argue about automotive repair licensing, but for the sake of full disclosure I will reveal the following: I not only support licensing, because it would make the roads safer, but also because it will help increase the...
  • DIYers are causing increased highway fatalities

    By Craig Truglia - Monday February 4, 2013
    I was reading an article in another magazine that noted that in spite of cars being built safer than ever, fatal accidents have increased. Some have theorized the increase in fatalities is caused by customers putting off repairs. Others have asserted that...
  • Shops are fixing cat converters wrong!

    By Craig Truglia - Tuesday January 29, 2013
    My father, G "Jerry" Truglia, taught me about P0420s before I started full time in the automotive business.  His advice? Test the oxygen sensors, try a burn off procedure and if the catalytic converter needs to be replaced get one from the dealer...
  • The end of brake jobs as we know it?

    By Craig Truglia - Thursday January 10, 2013
    "The good times will never end!" Then computerized diagnostics came along and half the repair shopsfolded up. Reading through some magazines I see huge new repair facilities with lobbies like hotels and garage floors you can eat off of. They think the...
  • DIY diesel lubricity additive study sounds fishy

    By Craig Truglia - Wednesday January 9, 2013
    Making the rounds on the Internet, I came across a DIYer online forum discussion of diesel fuel additives. The posters said that "common knowledge" dictates that ULSD fuel, with only 15 PPM of sulfur, lacks the sulfur necessary to properly lubricate a...