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The New Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Did Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mullaly do anything to improve the serviceability of his products? This month we will examine the Lincoln MKZ. Two years after I closed my shop to pursue my career full time in hybrid technical training, Alan Mullaly was named CEO of Ford. That was 2006. Under Mullaly’s leadership, Ford […]

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Oh, the Joy of Being a Technician!

It brings adventures, like solving this Explorer’s problem. One of the great joys of being an automotive technician is the thrill each day brings. I know: That may be a much too cheerful interpretation of what adventure awaits us with each new repair order, but I try to maintain a positive outlook on life! One […]

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Craigslist ‘Deal’

With no vehicle history whatsoever, a clunker gets revived I recently had a customer begin our conversation with seven terrifying words: “I got this great deal on Craigslist!” I cringed a bit. How do you react to this situation? So many scenarios ran through my mind that it was hard to decide which nightmare I […]

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Fast Fix on Chevy Snow Plow

Troubleshooting transmission on ’96 Chevy truck gets complicated with circuits. Winter in the Midwest brings in some real humdinger problems for us here at CRT Electronics. The one I’m currently working on is, of course, a rush job because the forecast is for up to 10 inches of snow and freezing rain, and this is […]

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No-Start After Fender Bender

Circuit relay causes a mystery on ’96 Lexus. When the ’96 Lexus was dropped at our door, it came with a simple concern: “Vehicle stopped running following accident. Airbags have deployed.” A trip to the ES300 confirmed that both airbags had indeed “popped” (see Figure 1). With just over 100K on its odometer, and needing […]

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Gen 1 Prius Keeps Going, Going

Digging a little deeper into the classic Prius It’s no secret that the Genera­tion 1 Prius is my pick for favorite commuter vehicle. When these cars are properly serviced and running like they should, you just can’t beat them for transportation. They were designed to be the best hybrid vehicle on the market, and there […]

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