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Written by Richard Diegle, Senior Automotive Editor
Without a doubt, the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic will be the defining event of 2020. Along with memories of mass closures, social distancing and financial volatility, we will also remember how communities and nations across the globe were bound together in solidarity to overcome a common threat.
Summer is right around the corner and temps are already in the mid-80°F/30°C range in some parts of North America. What better time for a collection of air conditioning diagnostic tips? Some of these tips will require test equipment, others will require your basic senses and experience. A word to the wise: air conditioning systems operate under high pressures and extremes of temperatures,
Aaron Stokes is a well-known figure in the automotive coaching industry. He started from a repair shop in a garage and over the course of 20+ years fought his way to his current status: the owner of five repair shops and founder of Shop Fix Academy. Recently, ALLDATA has worked with Aaron Stokes and Shop Fix Academy
Autobody News used its 19,000 shop email subscribers and social media channels to conduct a survey of collision shops across the country April 17-19, to see how they were coping with the COVID 19 pandemic.
Vehicle: 2007 BMW 760Li
(E66), V12-6.0L (N73TU), Automatic Transmission
Problem: The vehicle owner asked the shop
to replace the coolant and thermostat using the aftermarket part
he provided. The technician installed the thermostat and replaced
the coolant, but after the job was completed, the engine became
hard to start and the malfunction indicator light (MIL) came on.
Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Grand
Caravan, V6-3.3L, VIN R, Automatic Transaxle
Problem: While the owner was driving around
town, the engine suddenly died. When she tried to restart it, the
starter would not crank the engine over. Additionally, she heard
clicking noises from under the hood.