AB automotive

Science Of Automotive Diagnostics

About Me

I have a good deal of free time between working shifts in a dealership so I can do some extra work. I prefer doing it in legitimate way so I have registered AB Automotive business name and got business license from city of Grande Prairie. I have a Red Seal Automotive Service Technician certificate, also have Master Technician certifications from few different car manufacturers and a whole bunch of specialty certifications (in particular, I have got all Ford technical service specialties). I work in the industry as a technician since 1993. My experience includes working on different makes and models built in the last 50 years, mostly european and asian makes (as I am originally from Europe) although at this time I am mostly working on domestics. I don’t have particular preferences in this regard, some details might be different from one make to another but technology is the same everywhere. Continue reading “About Me”

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What I Can Do For You

  • I am particularly interested in doing work related to engine and driveability diagnostics (gas or diesel) and electrical and electronic systems diagnostics and repairs. So whenever you have a problem with your car or truck electrics or electronics, have check engine light on, running, driving or starting issues, have other warning lights on, radio or heater not working or any electrical gremlins infestation issues in general – this is what I like doing most, this is my forte.
  • If you have any other repair or maintenance work that you would like to get done on your vehicle – feel free to ask. I don’t mind doing and capable of performing any work. As long as I don’t have limitations in terms of specific equipment or shop space required to get the job done properly I would be happy to do it for you.

Continue reading “What I Can Do For You”

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How Much Is It?

I have much lower overheads then bigger shops and I used to work hard to develop my business and build customer base. I’ll do my best to provide customers with the lowest price combined with the highest job quality as this is the way to get repeated business and genuine trust from people. My principle is to provide honest and professional advice on repair or maintenance needs rather then pushing on sales.

In all cases I provide customer with quote or at least some approximate estimate on cost of the job to ensure that final bill won’t come as a surprise. I believe this is the only right way to treat customer as price of any product is one of the most important factors for someone who needs to make a choice. My policy on diagnostic charges ensures that customer won’t be charged for inconclusive diagnostics or irrelevant checks that would not have any value.

Feel free to contact me with your inquiries. Please be advised that I would need your vehicle details in order to provide price estimates.

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About This Website

Right now I don’t have skills (or time to develop those skills) required to build a proper website for my business. It is also not economical to hire anyone to do it for me at the current scale of my business. So at this stage I have my website in a blog format on WordPress platform, this is not free, but pretty close to it. Don’t be too hard on this website, my skills in webdesign are very limited yet, my writing skills also have room for improvement. Feel free to leave your comments or contact me directly, any feedback is very welcome here.

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While It Is New

My best part got a new car for herself recently. Obviously it is me who is bound to work on it as long as the car is going stay with us so I’ve done a bit of preparation to make my life easier in future. Continue reading “While It Is New”

Saving Money With Regular Service

I am sure you’ve heard million times that regular service of your vehicle saves your money in a long run. This is true, but not in a way many shops like to tell you. Its not number of flushes, replaced filters and completed brake jobs that saves your money. If you do two transmission flushes in 60 000 km instead of one or replacing spark plugs or brake pads twice more often – you won’t save any money, never. You won’t make your engine or a whole car last longer either. All you going to end up with is spending more money.

What does save money for you its a professional attention and honest advise. Continue reading “Saving Money With Regular Service”

Difficult One, Code P1000

What problem is the most difficult to diagnose? The one that does not exist when you are looking for it. I think I am particularly unlucky with those because I possess some sort of magic touch. I’ve seen a whole lot of cars that were doing all kinds of troubles for their owners but once they get to me – they are working perfectly fine. I think I should charge at least some small fee for doing that 🙂

2012 Ford Escape 3.0 V6 got brought to the shop on a tow truck and left on a parking lot.

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Mechanic’s Car Never Breaks Down

This is what some people believe in. Actually my wife does not believe that cars do break down – she never had any of her cars ever broken down (two blown tires doesn’t count).

I never had any of my cars letting me down except of only one. Continue reading “Mechanic’s Car Never Breaks Down”

Misfire Under Load

Here is a spark plug with clearly visible whitish tracks showing where high voltage was draining to the ground instead of jumping across air gap producing a spark. Cylinder where this spark plug was installed had misfire under load (on acceleration) at the mileage of just a bit over 60 000 km on Ford F-150 3.5 EcoBoost. It is rather unusual to see spark plugs condition like this at that mileage, probably poor fuel quality was the case of it. Continue reading “Misfire Under Load”

Rough Idle And Hard To Start

This job turned out to be interesting as it the concern in the vehicle was caused by not one but three different problems. Discovering them one after another was pretty, should I say, educative and took a lot of time and effort.

The concern was described by customer as “Engine is difficult to start, requires long crank to start and has a rough idle when running”. Customer tried to fix this himself by replacing spark plugs and “cleaning throttle body”. Vehicle in question was 2011 Ford F-450 Super Duty service truck with 6.8 V10 gas engine. Continue reading “Rough Idle And Hard To Start”

Most Important Resource

Do you want to see the future? Read this Wikipedia article about knowledge society.

It is coming, I can see signs of that everywhere. This is what we need to survive and to prosper. Our knowledge is still extremely limited. We know very little about the world on subatomic level, about internal mechanics of living cells, we know almost nothing about our brain operation – how do we think? what is consciousness? We don’t know why gravity exists, we are not even sure if we can travel in time or not. We unable to create life from dead matter, we unable to travel and live in space. Continue reading “Most Important Resource”

All Season Tires

What all-season tires are good for? My answer is: they are not good for anything.

In the summer all-season tires are nothing more than just “it’ll do”. They will do as long as you are not fancy hard cornering, precision feel of the road, high speed driving in the rain and extreme traction. But most of the drivers wouldn’t feel the difference between all-season and high performance summer tires. By the way, high performance summer tires wear rather quickly, for the best traction you have to use softer rubber mixture, softer rubber means accelerated wear.

In the winter things are drastically different. Continue reading “All Season Tires”

Little Nice Touches

It is so nice not to work under pressure having time to pay attention to every little detail of the job. Take this job for example – replacing two leaking axle shaft seals on some Toyota. Continue reading “Little Nice Touches”

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