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Tomorrow's Tech and Blaster Corporation are excited to launch the second annual 'B'laster Instructor of the Year' progra...
07/15/2019
B’laster, Tomorrow's Tech Launch Second Annual Nationwide Search For 'B'laster Instructor of the Year' -

Tomorrow's Tech and Blaster Corporation are excited to launch the second annual 'B'laster Instructor of the Year' program! This year, we are not only accepting self-nominations, but also nominations from students and community members!

Help us recognize exceptional automotive technology instructors and nominate an instructor today.

In partnership with Tomorrow’s Technician, the B’laster Corporation – makers of the penetrant, PB B’laster – announced today its second annual search for automotive technology B’laster Instructor of the Year.

Modern engines need to know the position of the crankshaft and camshafts. Why? The timing of the valves, fuel injectors ...
07/15/2019
Understanding Crankshaft Position Sensors -

Modern engines need to know the position of the crankshaft and camshafts. Why? The timing of the valves, fuel injectors and ignition coils are continually optimized for the most efficient combustion event depending on the load and speed of the engine.

Modern engines need to know the position of the crankshaft and camshafts. Why?

07/12/2019

What does it take to be an Instructor of the Year? Meet Joe Mendola – the inaugural B’laster Instructor of the Year: http://ow.ly/uOgT50uZE6g

A vehicle with a stop/start system is coming to your bays. And, it is essential to understand what is different on vehic...
07/11/2019
Top 10 Changes To Stop/Start Vehicles -

A vehicle with a stop/start system is coming to your bays. And, it is essential to understand what is different on vehicles with start/stop systems and how it might change your diagnostic approach.

It is essential to understand what is different on vehicles with start/stop systems and how it might change your diagnostic approach.

07/10/2019

Andrew Markel discusses how to resolve chassis DTC C1130 and how it might not be an issue with the ABS system, but the ECM: http://ow.ly/SdVw50uWvVN

Only a month left to nominate your school for the 2019 School of the Year! Don't miss out on winning $5,000 for your aut...
07/09/2019
Tomorrow's Tech School of the Year

Only a month left to nominate your school for the 2019 School of the Year! Don't miss out on winning $5,000 for your auto program! Nominate your school today! buff.ly/2EGem40

The “School of the Year” competition, sponsored by WIX Filters and O’Reilly Auto Parts, is a national contest to find and name the best technician training school in the country....

SEMA High School Vehicle Build Program sending 5 student-built Jeeps to auction next week.
07/09/2019
SEMA High School Vehicle Build Program Sending 5 Jeeps To Auction -

SEMA High School Vehicle Build Program sending 5 student-built Jeeps to auction next week.

Five unique Jeep Wranglers from the SEMA High School Vehicle Build Program are going to auction on BringaTrailer.com beginning July 15, as part of the “SEMA Week of Customs.”

07/08/2019

How to diagnose key fob issues, from fixing low signal to learning new fobs after they are lost or failed: http://ow.ly/SJiS50uVuWF

Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July! Our newsletter will return on Friday.
07/04/2019

Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July! Our newsletter will return on Friday.

07/03/2019

What can the color of the coolant tell you about the engine and how it's maintained? @andrewmarkel explains in a new Tech Minute: http://ow.ly/4ndC50uRWsn @NissanUSA

Without the spark plug, there would be no internal combustion engine. Here's how spark plugs have evolved over time.
07/02/2019
The Evolution Of Spark Plugs -

Without the spark plug, there would be no internal combustion engine. Here's how spark plugs have evolved over time.

Without the spark plug, there would be no internal combustion engine. The exact date of birth and father of the first real spark plug isn’t known for sure – some credit Edmond Berger with the invention as far back as 1839 but it was unpatented and definitely not designed for a car engine.

07/01/2019

What's it like to be the School of the Year? Here is what our 2018 winner Bullard-Havens Technical High School has to say.

Nominate your school for the 2019 School of the Year: buff.ly/2EGem40

What kills an ignition coil?
07/01/2019
What Kills An Ignition Coil? -

What kills an ignition coil?

All ignition coils transform a low-voltage/high-current power in the primary to high-voltage/low-current energy in the secondary.

No matter the type of movement, the spring is compressed and then releases the energy into the body, dampener or road. H...
06/27/2019
Ride Height And Spring Diagnostics: Why Do Springs Droop? -

No matter the type of movement, the spring is compressed and then releases the energy into the body, dampener or road. Here is why springs droop:

No road is entirely flat. Even a small tar strip or dip causes movement in the suspension.

Instructor Bill Yokley and his heavy-duty students are doing amazing things at GTCC and Noregon is helping them step up ...
06/27/2019

Instructor Bill Yokley and his heavy-duty students are doing amazing things at GTCC and Noregon is helping them step up their game even more! So glad we got to feature the innovative program in our March 2019 issue! Check out the story, here: https://buff.ly/2UyHj6P

We always love getting to visit Bill Yokley and the new Guilford Technical Community College | GTCC CAM building. Today we took a trip over there with Babcox Media rep Scott Schumacker to present Bill a framed copy of the Tomorrow's Technician article that showcased their program’s success!

Tomorrow's Tech sighting at the Blaster Corporation booth! Check out booth S232 at SkillsUSA and make sure to tag us in ...
06/25/2019

Tomorrow's Tech sighting at the Blaster Corporation booth! Check out booth S232 at SkillsUSA and make sure to tag us in any pics of your Tomorrow's Tech sightings! 😎

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Cooling systems and chemistry have changed a great deal, and the need for coolant has also been on the rise in today’s...
06/06/2019
Long-Life Coolants Explained -

Cooling systems and chemistry have changed a great deal, and the need for coolant has also been on the rise in today’s modern engines.

Cooling systems and chemistry have changed a great deal since the mid-19th century, and the need for coolant has also been on the rise in today’s modern engines.

When it comes to improving fuel efficiency, 3% to 5% are huge numbers. Achieving those fuel efficiency numbers while als...
06/05/2019
Variable Displacement Oil Pumps -

When it comes to improving fuel efficiency, 3% to 5% are huge numbers. Achieving those fuel efficiency numbers while also increasing power to the wheels is the holy grail of vehicle engineering. New variable displacement oil pumps are able to deliver this boost in efficiency.

Almost every major OEM has an engine or engine family that uses a variable displacement oil pump controlled by a control spring or ECM to deliver the best possible pressure and efficiency.

Teams from across the U.S. have competed in the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge. See who's made the cut for the...
06/04/2019
Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Championship Playoff Up To 35 Qualifiers -

Teams from across the U.S. have competed in the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge. See who's made the cut for the dual national championship:

Teams from across the U.S. have battled at the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge with 35 teams qualifying so far for the Dual National Championship.

Nominate your school and claim your spot as the best technician training school in the country!
06/03/2019
Tomorrow's Tech School of the Year

Nominate your school and claim your spot as the best technician training school in the country!

The “School of the Year” competition, sponsored by WIX Filters and O’Reilly Auto Parts, is a national contest to find and name the best technician training school in the country....

Over the past dozen years, close to 180 million light trucks and cars have been sold in the U.S. – they’ve all been ...
06/03/2019
TPMS: Reading The Future -

Over the past dozen years, close to 180 million light trucks and cars have been sold in the U.S. – they’ve all been equipped with TPMS. With a sensor inside each wheel, it’s clear that the service opportunities will only continue to expand.

The fact is, even though the technology has been mandatory on all new cars and light trucks manufactured since 2007, a broad cross-section of the motoring public doesn’t understand the functionality of their tire pressure monitoring system.

The BMW 1-Series might be the least expensive BMW, but it shares a lot of the procedures that are common when it comes t...
05/31/2019
Brake Job: BMW 1-Series (2008-2013) -

The BMW 1-Series might be the least expensive BMW, but it shares a lot of the procedures that are common when it comes to servicing brakes on larger BMWs.

The BMW 1-Series might be the least expensive BMW, but it shares a lot of the procedures that are common when it comes to servicing brakes on larger BMWs.

Imagine a car without sway bars. The car would experience body roll around corners, but off road and in a straight line,...
05/31/2019
Active Ride Control: Comfort, Control And Wheel Travel All In One Sway Bar -

Imagine a car without sway bars. The car would experience body roll around corners, but off road and in a straight line, the tires would maintain better contact with rougher roads at lower speed for better traction.

Imagine a car without sway bars. The car would experience body roll around corners, but off road and in a straight line, the tires would maintain better contact with rougher roads at lower speed for better traction.

Give your school the recognition it deserves! Nominate your auto program for the 2019 'School of the Year' competition, ...
05/30/2019
Tomorrow's Tech School of the Year

Give your school the recognition it deserves! Nominate your auto program for the 2019 'School of the Year' competition, sponsored by WIX Filters and O'Reilly Auto Parts!

The “School of the Year” competition, sponsored by WIX Filters and O’Reilly Auto Parts, is a national contest to find and name the best technician training school in the country....

Neither your customer’s engine nor your job profitability will flourish if you don’t properly diagnose PCV leaks.
05/30/2019
PCV Systems: Deep Breathing Exercises -

Neither your customer’s engine nor your job profitability will flourish if you don’t properly diagnose PCV leaks.

The positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve is a little component that can cause big problems if it isn’t working. Neither your customer’s engine nor your job profitability will flourish if you don’t properly diagnose PCV leaks.

Before you throw out the old brake pads or order a new set, take a good look at them. Worn brake pads can tell you a lot...
05/28/2019
Brake Pad Wear Patterns: Reading The Brake Pads For Safety And Profit -

Before you throw out the old brake pads or order a new set, take a good look at them. Worn brake pads can tell you a lot about the entire brake system and prevent the new pads from suffering the same fate.

Before you throw out the old brake pads or order a new set, take a good look at them.

You might have only one chance to sell a customer a new serpentine belt. Here are the steps you should be performing on ...
05/24/2019
Drive Belt Checklist: What Are You Missing?

You might have only one chance to sell a customer a new serpentine belt. Here are the steps you should be performing on every car or truck that enters the shop.

You might have only one chance to sell a customer a new serpentine belt. With belts lasting roughly 90,000 miles, proper inspection at the time of failure is critical not only for selling the belt, but also for ensuring add-on sales and better customer satisfaction.

We're looking for outstanding automotive students to feature in Tomorrow's Tech! Nominate your students for the Continen...
05/24/2019
Nominate A Continental 'Student of the Month' - Tomorrows Technician

We're looking for outstanding automotive students to feature in Tomorrow's Tech!

Nominate your students for the Continental Student of the Month!

Nominate A Continental ‘Student of the Month’ Tomorrow’s Technician and Continental are looking to spotlight the best automotive students with the new Continental “Student of the Month” program. Have a fantastic student pursuing a career in automotive who deserves recognition for his or he...

With cam phasing VVT, duration, valve overlap and timing can be changed on the go to optimize engine performance at diff...
05/23/2019
Import Cam Phasing Systems: Variable Valve Timing -

With cam phasing VVT, duration, valve overlap and timing can be changed on the go to optimize engine performance at different RPMs, loads and operating conditions.

One of the ways automakers squeeze more horsepower and torque from an engine is adding variable valve timing (VVT) to the valvetrain.

Win $5,000 for your auto program! Nominate your school for the 2019 School of the Year!
05/23/2019
Tomorrow's Tech School of the Year

Win $5,000 for your auto program! Nominate your school for the 2019 School of the Year!

The “School of the Year” competition, sponsored by WIX Filters and O’Reilly Auto Parts, is a national contest to find and name the best technician training school in the country....

To understand how any EVAP system in a Honda or other vehicle works, you have to know how the EPA tests for evaporative ...
05/21/2019
Honda EVAP Diagnostics -

To understand how any EVAP system in a Honda or other vehicle works, you have to know how the EPA tests for evaporative emissions.

To understand how any EVAP system in a Honda or other vehicle works, you have to know how the EPA tests for evaporative emissions.

With lean-burn operating strategies being built into many of today’s gasoline direct-injection and gasoline compressio...
05/20/2019
Fuel System Diagnostics Is All In The Fuel Trim Numbers -

With lean-burn operating strategies being built into many of today’s gasoline direct-injection and gasoline compression ignition engines, it’s important to build a foundational knowledge of how fuel trims work in the real world.

With lean-burn operating strategies being built into many of today’s gasoline direct-injection and gasoline compression ignition engines, it’s important to build a foundational knowledge of how fuel trims work in the real world.

“Joe Mendola’s deep passion for his craft and his students showed in the projects they are working on and in his eff...
05/20/2019
Joe Mendola: The 2019 B'laster Instructor of the Year -

“Joe Mendola’s deep passion for his craft and his students showed in the projects they are working on and in his efforts to connect his students to both the industry and the wider community surrounding Gaither High School,” says Randy Pindor, president and COO of B’laster. “This unique level of passion and dedication was what we were looking for in the Instructor of the Year.”

In our May cover story, we share how Florida and a love of racing helps Joe Mendola think "outside of the toolbox" as the 2019 Blaster Corporation Instructor of the Year.

This school year, Tomorrow’s Technician and B’laster partnered to search for automotive technology instructors who think outside of the toolbox with the first-ever “B’laster Instructor of the Year” program. Get to know our inaugural winner: Joe Mendola of Gaither High School.

What to know about diagnosing intelligent cooling systems.
05/17/2019
Diagnosing Intelligent Cooling Systems -

What to know about diagnosing intelligent cooling systems.

You might be seeing a trend on late-model water pumps, such that an undersized mechanical pump being augmented by an electric pump with an electronic thermostat.

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