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Ask the Expert and Tech Tips

Tech Tip: XC60 HVAC blower always on

May 14, 2024
Volvo owner came into a shop complaining that their HVAC blower ran constantly.
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Battery and electrical service 101

May 14, 2024
When it comes to battery and electrical service, your diagnosis should be made using both your equipment and your experience as a technician.
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Tool Reviews

Tool Review: Electronic Specialties Relay Fuse Buddy

May 13, 2024
Reviewed by Matt Fanslow, diagnostic tech/shop manager at Riverside Automotive in Red Wing, Minnesota.
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Tool Reviews

Tool Review: Gray Tools 16-pc Insulated Hex Bit Socket Set, No. 25061-I

May 10, 2024
Reviewed by Phil Fournier, owner of Phil's Auto Clinic in Hemet, California.
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The balancing act

May 9, 2024
Finding a happy medium between your work life and your personal life isn’t easy, but there are some strategies you can follow to get started.
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Tool Reviews

Tool Review: Milton Industries Water & Air Industrial POWER WAND

May 9, 2024
Reviewed by Brian Culotta, shop foreman and master technician at Dave's Auto Care in Willoughby, Ohio.
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Tool Reviews

Tool Review: Sorbothane Soft-Blow Mallet

May 8, 2024
Reviewed by Brian Culotta, master technician and shop foreman at Dave's Auto Care in WIlloughby, Ohio.
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Tool Reviews

Tool Review: Lokithor Car Battery Jumper Charger, No. J402

May 6, 2024
Reviewed by John Baumgardt, owner, operator, and technician at Baumgardt's Auto Repair in Fillmore, Indiana.
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Up Close: Streamlight Wedge XT

April 25, 2024
The light's handy tail switch and ergonomic design allow technicians to operate it with just one hand.
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Up Close: Mayhew Tools 6-pc Slotted and Phillips Hi-Vis Handled Screwdriver Sets

April 23, 2024
The fluorescent handles provide easy visibility of the tools while helping to keep them from being misplaced.
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Up Close: Electronic Specialties Fuse Buddy Mini Kit, No. 309A

April 19, 2024
The kit reads circuit amperage draws by plugging directly into the fuse receptacle at the fuse box.
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Up Close: Oasis Scientific Vividia CX-6010i Borescope

April 18, 2024
The CX-6010i allows technicians to take well-lit pictures and videos of hard-to-reach places.
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Let’s talk numbers

April 9, 2024
The Aftermarket Profile is back with all the information you need to know about what your fellow shop owners and technicians are purchasing for tools and equipment.
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Tool Reviews

Tool Review: ARES Tool Locking Impact Socket Extension Set

April 8, 2024
Reviewed by Brin Kline, owner and technician at Assured Auto Works in Melbourne, Florida.