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A Look Back on Useful Tech Tips

This article is to help you help your customers better identify vehicles that have water damage. Many years ago, I wrote two articles “Water Damage” (originally published in July 1997) and “Used Car Inspection” (originally published in October 2002). I was talking to Steve Swedberg about his article in Lubes & Greases on what water can do to the mechanical parts of a vehicle — motor oil, brake fluids, power steering fluids, transmission fluids, differential fluids and fuel. All these fluids can be replaced. Where the problems lay is in the gaskets, pads and filters — plus all the
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Technical Tips: Bag in a Box (BIB)

Life is always changing in the fast lube market. The fastest change is in the space we need for new products. We started out years ago with bulk oil and plastic quart bottles. We then added 55-gallon drums. Our storage space is almost down to nothing. But new oils, transmission fluids and coolants are needed to meet the new OEM requirements. Luckily, there’s a new product on the market to help meet these needs — the Bag in a Box concept. What is a Bag in a Box (BIB) concept? It is a cardboard box containing a six-gallon copolymer
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TechTips: World of Wheels

I want to thank Joanna Johnson for sending me the book, “Michigan: A History of the Great Lakes State” by Bruce Rubenstein and Lawrence Ziewacz. It’s the history of the state from the Indians to present. I was born and raised on a farm in Michigan. Here’s what I learned from that book: The first internal combustion motorcars “road wagons” were developed in Belgium and Germany in the early 1860s. The first American automobile company was started by the Duryea brothers in 1893. In 1886, Ransom E. Olds developed a steam-powered automobile. By 1896, he had produced his first
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Tech Tips

Batteries BabyI have been writing articles for several years now and the ones I’ve written on batteries are endless.Most batteries last two to four years in hot climates and four to six years in cold climates. Tests have shown that under the hood heat and high outside temperatures accelerate battery failure.Batteries are seldom thought of until they don’t work. Watch out for these signs:1.     Battery warning light on the instrument panel is on2.     Engine cranks slowly3.     Headlights dim as vehicle idlesBefore selling a battery do a full charging system inspection by checking the alternator, starter, motor and for corroded
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