Monthly Archives: December 2010

MACS is the place for mobile A/C training


Mobile A/C technical training is at the heart of the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide’s mission to the automotive aftermarket industry. The need for training in professional mobile A/C service and repair has grown as more technicians enter mobile A/C and engine cooling system repair and discover its complexities especially as it relates to electrical and electronics.

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Chevy Volt Quad-cooling – Part 1


While this one looks familiar, it still holds a few surprises. In addition to the required Dexcool, you’ll find the circuit using two 12V radiator fans at the engine radiator up front, a flow-bypass valve, and a heater core with a fan to provide cabin heat. Continue reading

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Volt Cooling: Overview


Unless you’ve been under a very large rock for the past four years, you’ve certainly been exposed to the some part of the media blitz accompanying the soon to debut Chevrolet Volt. Continue reading

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Really? No kidding?


Fair to say, we’re still in difficult economic times and every shop has to grab onto every possible opportunity. In spite of the times however, the entrepreneurial spirit still abounds and daily we receive press announcements for new and, umm, “interesting” products.

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A horse for the course


In January, 2010, Toyota debuted a purpose-built entry-level car for the growing new car market in India. On its face, the Etios sedan doesn’t read as anything remarkable: four door sedan, 1.5L gas engine, seats five, compact dimensions, and competitive price. Heard that before?

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Prius service campaign


Chances are good you’ve had a Toyota Prius in your shop by now; they’ve been out for 10 years and remain a popular choice among hybrid buyers.

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Ozone report: Better, still not great


In November, the OzonAction branch of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) held an interesting meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. The agenda reviewed the current status and expected recovery of the “ozone hole” confirmed in the mid-1980s over the south pole.

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Motor Age meets Dwain DeVille


The MACS blog is honored to post a link to a blog post by MACS member and Motor Age member, Peter Meier. Click here to read about Peter’s interview with MACS Keynote Speaker Dwain Deville author of The Biker’s Guide to Business.

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MACS-I-MIZING your opportunities


Part of our strategy for next year is to maximize our ability to get quality parts when we need them, and one of the main reasons we all need to be at the MACS convention and Trade Show in Orlando at the end of January. Continue reading

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High Security


It’s usually more common in dealerships, but it happens in your shop, too—somebody attempts to confirm a suspected problem by substituting what used be called a known-good part, often a switch or a relay. It’s pretty easy to walk over to a similar car, or the parts department, and grab a test part. Continue reading

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