Monthly Archives: June 2011

DOE: Money for Level 2 charging


Will electric and rechargeable hybrids gain wide consumer acceptance before recharging them is made easier and more convenient? It’s an industry chicken-or-egg problem that has a wide reaching effect. Continue reading

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In any shop or in your shop?


The details concern an aircraft but the lessons stand for any shop. A recent incident investigation report, released by the UK’s Aviation Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) details a chain of human-error events that almost resulted in disaster. Continue reading

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Life over there


Since you haven’t been under a rock for the last five years, you’re certainly aware of the explosive double-digit growth seen in China’s economy. A fair portion of that growth comes from the transport sector, and it’s beginning to have undesirable effects within the country. Continue reading

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Who Are We?


By Andy Fiffick, MACS Chairman and Owner Rad-Air, Cleveland, OH For some time now I have been struggling with the term “technician.” It appears that some of us in the industry refer to ourselves as technicians and some simply use … Continue reading

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Get the concept?


More names for concept cars from the recent Seoul, Shanghai, New York and a few other auto shows. This time there are a few designations in the names which may prove helpful. (For example, if you know who makes M-cars you’re a step ahead.) Continue reading

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Coming and going


By Jim Taylor, Editor MACS ACtion Magazine The chances are good that you know one of these guys, or somebody like them. Both are reliable workers, excellent diagnosticians, quick with the tools and careful in their work. They know the … Continue reading

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Germany: H2 you!


By Jim Taylor, Editor MACS ACtion Magazine Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche recently told a German auto publication that his company will begin production of hydrogen fuel cell cars in 2014. The company will partner with Linde, a supplier of industrial … Continue reading

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Paulisms-part two


Yesterday, my column contained a list of sayings I’ve come up with over the years that I call Paulisms. I use Paulisms as a truncated method of describing concepts, making points or observations, or even to just get a conversation started. Here are a few more. Continue reading

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PAULisms-part one


By Paul DeGuiseppi, MACS manager of service training Whether we can claim authorship, or have to give the credit to someone else, most of us have terms or sayings that we often use to illustrate concepts, drive home points, make … Continue reading

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Soap bubbles and leak detection


There’s nothing cheaper or more benign than soap bubbles for finding a leak. As a technician with a 1999 Pontiac Bonneville complained, he tried trace dye and two different electronic leak detectors with no luck, despite the fact that the system was gushing between a half-pound and a pound overnight. But when he swabbed the compressor nose with soap solution, presto, it bubbled. His conclusion: back to basics does it. Continue reading

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