Month

April 2015

GAC PLANS ASSEMBLY PLANT IN NIGERIA

Guangzhou Automobile Company, GAC, is at the verge of opening an assembly plant on Victoria Island, Lagos. According to a statement made available to the press, a preliminary inspection was carried out on March 19, at the proposed assembly plant. Leading a high level team from the Nat
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TRACKING DOWN THE CAUSES OF ENGINE FAILURE

An engine failure is always bad news. Besides taking away your wheels, it forces you to make a painful financial decision. If the cost to repair, overhaul or replace the engine is more than the resale value of your car or truck, the investment may not be worth it. But if your vehicle
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WHAT DOES THE SMOKE FROM MY EXHAUST MEAN?

If you see different colored exhaust fumes it’s time to pay attention to your car. Even if your vehicle isn’t flashing any warning lights, the smoke coming from your exhaust is a signal that something might not be working properly. What does BLUE smoke from my exhaust mean? If your ca
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How To Diagnose an a/c Compressor Failure and Prevent It From Happening Again

The compressor is the heart of the refrigeration circuit. It pumps and pressurizes the refrigerant to move it through the A/C system. Compressors work hard and run hot, up to several hundred degrees and several hundred pounds per square inch of internal pressure. They rely on only a f
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CAR WON’T START (POSSIBLE CAUSES & QUICK CHECKS)

YOU TRY TO START YOUR CAR BUT IT WON’T START What should you do when your car won’t start? Diagnosing a no-start condition requires a logical approach to figuring out what might be preventing your car from starting. Below is a list of possible causes that can prevent your
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HOW TO DIAGNOSE INTERMITTENT ENGINE PROBLEMS

An intermittent engine problem can be a nightmare to diagnose. Problems that come and go or only occur under certain driving or operating conditions can be very difficult to troubleshoot, unless you have a diagnostic strategy to outwit these kinds of problems. One thing all intermitte
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HOW TO DIAGNOSE IGNITION SWITCH PROBLEMS

The ignition switch is the master switch that provides power for the vehicle’s electrical accessories, computer, fuel and ignition systems. It also routes current from the battery to the starter to crank the engine. An ignition switch has four positions: OFF – Or LOCK posi
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TRACTION CONTROL PROBLEMS AND DIAGNOSIS

Traction Control (TCS) is an option that is often found on vehicles equipped with antilock brake systems (ABS). Traction control is essentially an “add-on” feature to ABS that improves traction when the vehicle is accelerating on a wet or slick surface, or is accelerating
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HOW COMPUTER CONTROL YOUR ENGINE cont…

OTHER PCM FUNCTIONS On many vehicles the PCM also controls the transmission. But on some vehicles, a separate transmission control module (TCM) is used to oversee gear changes and the torque converter. But even if there’s a separate module for the transmission, the PCM and TCM t
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TIPS TO AVOID DISTRACTION WHILE DRIVING

10. Fully focus on driving. Do not let anything divert your attention, actively scan the road, use your mirrors and watch out for pedestrians and cyclists. 9. Store loose gear, possessions and other distractions that could roll around in the car, so you do not feel tempted to reach fo
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