Are Tomorrow's Auto Mechanics Looking at Six-Figure Incomes?

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When combined the labor charges reported for National Automotive Dealers Association, show that customers spent $18.9 billion dollars last year at dealership service departments for mechanical and body repairs. On top of that was nearly $10 billion was spent by the automotive industry on labor charges for warranty work and recall programs. These are significant numbers and account for a large portion of a dealership's profitable cash flow. It also means that today's auto technician have a great opportunity to earn a substantial annual income as a well-paid problem solver. You would think the opportunity to train and advance more quickly through the ranks when compared to many other careers would have young people standing in line for jobs. But, that is simply not the case. In the...

September 28, 2017
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N.T.S.B. Rules on Fatal Crash with Tesla's Autopilot

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In May of 2016, Tesla's Autopilot system came under federal scrutiny after Ohio resident Joshua Brown was killed on a state highway outside Williston FL. The 40-year old driver was operating his 2015 Tesla Model S on Autopilot when the car crashed into a tractor-trailer that crossed the road in front of him. With Brown's car traveling at 74 miles per hour, the autonomous driving system failed to activate the brakes in time to avoid a collision. After more than a year, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the system controlling the car had played a major role in the fatal crash. The N.T.S.B. concluded that Tesla's Autopilot system that is capable of automatically steering and controlling the vehicle had performed as intended but lacked the safeguards to lock-out a...

September 27, 2017
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Updated NHRA Countdown to the Championship Standings

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Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton PA has a history of bringing out the best in the top NHRA teams and drivers and the 2017 Dodge NHRA Nationals were no exception. With the Countdown to the Championship in full swing, drivers looked to improve their position in the point's standings on one of the series most historic high-speed venues. At the end of Sunday's final rounds, Brittany Force, Ron Capps, Bo Butner and Eddie Krawiec had all claimed victories in their respective classes at the second of six playoff events. Krawiec piloted his Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to his fifth victory of the season in Pro Stock Motorcycle. Having switched back to last year's chassis, Krawiec put the team on top of the podium for the third consecutive time taking top honors in both...

September 25, 2017
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Pros and Cons for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

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With concerns over global warming and the high price of petroleum-based products, major auto manufacturer are exploring a broad range of alternative sources of energy to power the vehicles rolling off their assembly lines. Currently, propane is the third most commonly used fuel for transportation behind gasoline and diesel fuels. Unfortunately, propane is produced as a by-product of crude oil refining and natural gas processing. So, it is a fossil fuel but it does burn cleaner than more traditional products. The U.S. Department of Energy and most states provide an array of incentives for applying the technology of alternative fuels. This trend is expected to continue until the best solutions are identified and implemented. A green vehicle, clean vehicle, eco-friendly vehicle or...

September 22, 2017
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It's Time to Talk About Fall Maintenance for Your Vehicle

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With the days getting shorter and kids headed back to school, summer is officially over. So now is a perfect time to invest a little effort into refurbishing the family wagon as well as giving attention to the other vehicles lining your driveway. After all, the added heat and travel associated with summertime fun can take a toll on your car or truck. If you spent more time pulling your boat and trailer to the lake, it may be time to flush the transmission and top off all the fluids. For anyone who took a summer road trip, or two, you should check your tire wear and consider rotating your wheels to increase the life of your tread. It is always prudent to take care of routine maintenance items before the cold weather arrives. Summer months are typically hard on your engine's oil,...

September 18, 2017
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Kalitta, Hight and Gray Post Countdown Wins in NHRA

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It may have taken Top Fuel racer Doug Kalitta all season to hoist a Wally in 2017, but what a way to kick off Round 1 of six for the Countdown to the Championship with a win at the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals. The zMAX Dragway outside Charlotte NC was one of three tracks on the NHRA circuit where Kalitta had failed to win over an illustrious career that now includes 43 victories. Kalitta earned his way to the final tree of the day after qualifying in the top slot for Top Fuel and eliminating Chris Karamensines, Tony Schumacher and Clay Millican. In the day's final round, Kalitta nailed a start in his Mac Tools dragster to out run teammate Richie Crampton with a 3.755-second pass at 318.39 mph. In Funny Car, Robert Hight blasted his way to the third victory of the season with a...

September 18, 2017
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What's Three-Foot Tall and Weighs Sixty Eight Pounds?

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Every NASCAR race fan around the globe should know the answer.. it's the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup trophy. Standing just over a yardstick high and weighing in at 68 pounds, this year's trophy is awaiting the winner of the "Playoffs", NASCAR's thrilling shootout for the final ten rounds of the racing calendar. Sixteen drivers were selected at the end of the 26-event regular Cup season to compete for top honors in the world's most prestigious stock car racing series. Since no other sanctioning body races a 40-car field for up to 600 miles over a five hour stretch, NASCAR instituted a stage-system for this year's championship where drivers compete for playoff points as well as the overall win at each event. Still, nothing beats winning a race outright, as drivers can qualify directly...

September 18, 2017
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E3 Replacement Plugs Provide A Smooth Burn

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Spark Plugs are necessary to produce a smooth burn. Your car or truck has and needs a battery, a distributor and spark plugs. The battery stores the electrical energy needed to start the engine. Stored energy travels from the source to the coil, which amplifies the voltage to produce a spark in the spark plugs. Each spark plug is receiving current from an ignition coil or magneto. As the voltage begins to rise, electrical impulses travel from the coil through ignition wires. An ignition coil produces voltage in excess of 20,000 volts from a lower voltage battery. To create the spark needed for combustion, an electrical spark emits across a small gap. The electrical voltage needed varies with different spark plugs. Each piston has its own cylinder and spark plug. The spark ignites the...

September 17, 2017
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NASCAR: The Monster Energy Cup Playoffs

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Opposite of MLB's World Series or NFL's Super Bowl, the premier event for NASCAR had always been the Daytona 500, which was the opening race of the year. In 2004, NASCAR created a playoff system called the "The Chase for the Nextel Cup". The top 10 drivers (and any additional drivers within 400 points of the leader) by the end of the 26th race would be eligible to compete in a final 10-race chase to determine that season's NASCAR Cup champion. Since then, NASCAR has methodically gone about making adjustments to the Chase concept and this year implemented a new system called the "Playoffs". Although drivers still have a strong incentive to accumulate points that carry forward through the first nine races of the playoffs, regular season race events are now divided into three stages...

September 16, 2017
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NHRA Results from the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Finals

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Indiana fans love Monday races especially when local drivers and Indiana-based teams get to stand atop the podium for one of the NHRA's premier events. It was an extended weekend of high-speed action at the 63rd annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway just outside Indianapolis. In Monday's Top Fuel elimination, Texan Steve Torrence put the finishing touch on his point's lead eliminating Kebin Kinsley with a 3.757-second pass at 322.96 mph. Kinsley had a surprising weekend having defeated Clay Millican, Shawn Langdon and Tony Schumacher on his way to the finals. The CAPCO Contractors' Top Fuel dragster of Torrence eliminated season-long rivals Antron Brown and Leah Pritchett before capturing his seventh victory of the season. Kinsley's dream weekend came to an...

September 5, 2017
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