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Catalytic Warranty
Catalytic Warranty

Customers who need replacement catalytic converters often prefer the lower cost and greater availability of the aftermarket part rather than the recommended OE option. Unfortunately, these aftermarket catalytic converters often have bad reputations of quickly failing, and many assume it’s because they are not made with the same quality standards as their OE counterparts.

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ALLDATA Repair Planner
ALLDATA Repair Planner

ALLDATA Repair Planner is a new add-on product for ALLDATA Collision®. Part of ALLDATA’s integrated repair platform, it automates the collision repair planning process with OEM accuracy to help shops save time, limit liability, and boost profits. 

No parts changing - 2010 BMW X5 not charging


Mario Rojas (aka Super Mario Diagnostics) has been repairing cars since 2013 and sharing his repairs on YouTube for the last five years. Fitting to his username, he primarily focuses on diagnostics and troubleshooting – and he’s garnered quite a following doing so. He currently has over 49 thousand subscribers on YouTube and over five million total video views.

Porsche Cayman
Porsche Cayman
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Porsche Caymans between 2010-21 with specific equipment combinations and the Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (PVTS) deactivated have the potential to suddenly prevent ignition.

 

Automates repair planning for collision shops with OEM accuracy

ELK GROVE, Calif. April 30, 2024 – ALLDATA has announced the launch of Repair Planner, which is the newest addition to the company’s integrated collision repair platform.

Super Mario Diagnostics
Super Mario Diagnostics

2015 BMW 228i No Comms - Rear Electronics Module Reprogramming


Mario Rojas (aka Super Mario Diagnostics) has been repairing cars since 2013 and sharing his repairs on YouTube for the last five years. Fitting to his username, he primarily focuses on diagnostics and troubleshooting – and he’s garnered quite a following doing so. He currently has over 49 thousand subscribers on YouTube and over five million total video views.

Oil Pressure
Oil Pressure

The proper match of oil filter to engine application is more important than it has ever been. Today's engines are designed with very tight tolerances: two-stage oil pumps and high flow lubrication systems. The oil pressure was increased to accommodate these tighter tolerances.

2020 Challenger
2020 Challenger
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Dodge Challenger owners who were using the steering shifter paddles to manually upshift were more than surprised when their car downshifted instead.

 

2022 Camero
2022 Camero
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2016-19 Camaro owners have noticed while driving that the tachometer occasionally fluctuates between idle and 7000 RPM. The actual engine performance is unaffected. The problem doesn’t seem to be related to engine speed, vehicle speed, and current gear selection. This occurs more frequently with Camaro’s equipped with LT1 engines.

 

April Fools 24
April Fools 24

In the spirit of April Fools’ Day, three of our Tech Tips are true … and two are pranks. But which two? Find out by clicking each one to unlock the true Tech Tips, or the pranks. Ultimately, we know there’s no foolin’ around when it comes to OEM-direct, tech-verified automotive mechanical repairs.

Car Care
Car Care

The Car Care Council encourages the automotive repair industry to support National Car Care Month this April. Here’s how to get involved.

Lidar
Lidar

Stellantis Ventures, the automaker’s corporate venture fund, has invested in SteerLight — the developer of a new generation lidar sensing technology. Employing silicon photonics technology, which combines a universal semiconductor material with the speed of photos, SteerLight’s lidar senses the surrounding environment in 3D with higher resolution and precision, and at a lower volume production cost, than other lidar systems, according to a news release from the companies.

Tech-Assist
Tech-Assist

Have you heard of ALLDATA Tech Assist®? It’s our diagnostic hotline staffed by our team of Master Techs, who can help with anything from advanced diagnostic troubleshooting to step-by-step repair assistance. Plus, we offer live video-streaming so they can show you the solution while you talk to them.

Catalytic Converter
Catalytic Converter

Three new laws went into effect Jan. 1 to address the theft of catalytic converters in California. One makes it illegal to remove a VIN from a catalytic converter, among other provisions. Another requires dealerships to have the catalytic converter engraved with the VIN before a new or used vehicle is sold. The third redefines what constitutes an automobile dismantler and creates criminal penalties for anyone acting illegally as an automobile dismantler.

AAA Study
AAA Study

New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found drivers who use advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) grow more comfortable with the technology over time---sometimes too comfortable. After weeks of using ADAS, attention to driving tended to drop. However, these drivers also used ADAS more when highway demands were lower.

Parasitic Draw
Parasitic Draw

2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 with a parasitic draw


Mario Rojas, ( aka Super Mario Diagnostics) has been repairing cars since 2013, and, for the last five years, has been sharing his repairs on YouTube. Fitting to his username, he primarily focuses on diagnostics and troubleshooting – and he’s garnered quite a following doing so. He currently has over 47 thousand subscribers on YouTube and over five million total video views.

22 VW Golf
22 VW Golf
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Some VW Golf owners have brought their vehicle complaining about false warnings while using the Park Assist feature. Volkswagen has issued a bulletin to address the possible reasons for the false warnings.

 

Rescue Lens
Rescue Lens

Staffed by a team of ASE-Certified Master Technicians, ALLDATA Tech-Assist is a diagnostic hotline that saves shops time by providing advanced diagnostic troubleshooting and step-by-step repair assistance.

Brakes
Brakes

If there is one thing that freaks out drivers, it’s when one or more of their brakes seize up or fail. Understandably, they get really upset when the car won’t stop, swerves abruptly, or stops unexpectedly. 

F150 Raptor
F150 Raptor
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Some 2011-14 Ford F-150 owners have noticed that the windshield wipers will not shut off once activated. After turning the control to the ‘Off’ position, the wipers appear to stay in a low intermittent mode.

 

Independent contractors, marijuana users, and those with criminal records are a few of the human resource issues collision repair shops need to pay attention to in 2024, according to Cory King, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete partner.

King spoke during a meeting of the Collision Industry Conference in Palm Springs, California on Wednesday.

tax to repair
tax to repair

How many of your customers declined service on their brakes, tires, fluid exchange, or other recommended repairs/maintenance in the past couple of months? And how many said, “I can’t afford that right now, I will save and come back.”?

USATNC - Winners
USATNC - Winners

The U.S. Auto Tech National Championship shines the spotlight on the best of the country’s automotive repair professionals. ALLDATA and AutoZone are proud sponsors of this event. Congratulations to First Place winners David Borer (professional) and Yanick Tanguay (student).

2023 Volvo C40
2023 Volvo C40
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Some 2022-23 Volvo C40 drivers can’t unlock their doors using the factory remote. The same problem may affect the remote starting function as well.

 

Las Vegas Eye
Las Vegas Eye

Get your Best Deal of the Year on ALLDATA Repair® or ALLDATA Collision®


The SEMA Show, taking place October 31 through November 3 in Las Vegas, is one of the automotive industry’s most anticipated events of the year.

ALLDATA returns with a more impactful booth presence, an emphasis on “connecting your workflow” to boost shop productivity, plus our Best Deal of the Year.

Auto Beauty Center
Auto Beauty Center

Auto Beauty Center in Independence, MO, started out offering quick services like alloy wheel restorations and paintless dent repair. It later bought a mobile business offering detailing and minor collision repair, and brought those services into its retail location, along with mechanical repair.

Oscilloscope
Oscilloscope

So you’ve taken the plunge and decided to buy a Digital Storage Oscilloscope (DSO). Congratulations! This is a great diagnostics asset to have in your belt. But now you may be wondering what exactly you can do with your new tool. Here are five tips so you can take full advantage of your DSO.

Variable Valve Timing
Variable Valve Timing

Have an engine misfire or lack of power? Confused by Variable Valve Timing (VVT) codes? The car may also have cam sensor, crank/cam correlation codes and fuel trim problems.

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F150 Race
F150 Race

Using Freeze Frame data as a diagnostic tool - Diagnostic Digest Volume 5


In the west Texas town of Midland, football is the town’s number one activity. Ranking a close second is oil exploration. The refineries turn the crude into cheap gasoline and Diesel fuel that moves the Midland population. This is not Austin: a Google Maps view of the Tesla Supercharger on Antelope Trail shows one lone Model Y taking on electrons next door to the Love’s Travel Stop.

Search 101
Search 101

Every manufacturer has a different way of categorizing and displaying their repair information, and ALLDATA standardizes this information without altering the sources. Using powerful indexing and search algorithms, ALLDATA translates the manufacturers’ glossaries into a format that is familiar to most technicians. Here are some tips on how to find the repair information you are looking for – even if it isn’t where you think it should be.

2018 Tesla Model S
2018 Tesla Model S
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Some Model S drivers or passengers have complained about damp or wet front footwells. Water ingress issues can cause intermittent or permanent loss of door functions, such as window and lock control. Tesla released a Service Bulletin (SB-22-10-003) which details materials and repair procedures.  

 

2018 Equinox
2018 Equinox
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Some 2018 Equinox owners have reported that their steering columns and seats are moving on their own. Fears of hackers taking over are premature, the actual cause are faulty or missing water plugs in the A-frame, causing corrosion in the affected modules. 

 

Painter-600

TechForce Foundation’s new technical education campaign, “Grab the Wheel,” launches this Labor Day to usher 1 million new entry-level automotive, collision, and diesel repair technicians into the industries over the next five years to meet the looming workforce demand.

2016 Tacoma
2016 Tacoma
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Some Tacoma owners have heard a random 1-3 second whistle coming from their air conditioner vents. The siffleur surprise may occur as the compressor cycles on and off and is more prevalent with increased engine RPM during hot days.

 

Mechanic Training
Mechanic Training

Diagnostic Digest Volume 4


As the lead instructor of a community college automotive technology program, Ben Breedlove often found himself with the unenviable task of fixing students’ mistakes. Ten years ago, he was the shop foreman of a Toyota dealership service department. At least once a week, he had to rescue a dealership technician from the aftereffects of a misdiagnosis or a botched repair procedure.

Tech Championship
Tech Championship

ALLDATA has joined forces with parent company AutoZone, national account partner Monro, and other industry leaders to sponsor the U.S. Auto Tech National Championship.

See Electricity
See Electricity

How many parts get replaced that didn’t fix the customer’s complaint because a technician made guesses instead of an accurate diagnosis? Often those inaccurate diagnoses are a result of not being able to see a complete picture of the reason for the problem.

2023 Nissan
2023 Nissan

A recent New York Times article focused on the ever-increasing costs of vehicle collision repair has caught the attention of the industry.

Shared several times by our readers, the article reported by The Times says that the average cost of repairs has soared 36% since 2018 and could top $5,000 by the end of this year, according to Mitchell International. And increased repair costs mean increased insurance premiums too, which according to the article, increased 17% between May 2022 and May 2023.

Internet Access -600
Internet Access - 335

Slow connection to the internet, weak Wi-Fi signal, and dead spots in Wi-Fi coverage are all common problems in many shops. With sources of electromagnetic interference and lots of metal surfaces, a shop can be a Wi-Fi nightmare. Since so much of what we do in automotive repair requires reliable internet access, here are some ways to improve existing Wi-Fi coverage or add new service.

2022 Chrysler 300
2022 Chrysler 300
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Rear seated passengers of the 2021-23 soft-topped Ford Bronco have complained of a detaching headliner. This hair style-altering stalactite may be due to a faulty factory installation process which over time has caused the headliner to droop down in the rear of the vehicle, over the rear passenger seats and cargo area.

 

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