Tech Tips: Servicing Coolant Systems
The use of liquid cooling is at an all-time high for powersports engines. All modern liquid cooling systems use a pump to circulate the coolant through the system.
Tech Tips: Coolant Replacement & Bleeding
The fresher the coolant, the less corrosion will build up in the system, and the more efficiently the cooling system will function.
Tech Tips: Drum Brakes
With the addition of systems such as fuel injection, ABS, fancy diagnostics and so on, there are still some things that have not changed, like drum brakes.
Tech Tips: Shock Absorbers
Most motorcycle technicians are far more familiar with servicing forks than shock absorbers. Shock absorbers are a bit mysterious with their pressurized nitrogen gas, and often minimum maintenance requirements.
Tech Tips: Clutches
Many new or nontechnical riders end up riding around with clutches far out of adjustment. Not only can this make for a poor performing clutch, but it can accelerate the wear of the clutch components.
Diagnostic Procedures for Harley-Davidson Brake Systems
The use of a diagnostic tool is fundamental for the correct bleeding of Harley-Davidson brake systems with an integrated ABS pump to ensure all air is out of the system.
Storage Tech Tips to Save Time, Trouble and Money
Given the economic reality we are facing, vehicles may sit on the showroom floor a bit longer than in the past. Here are some tech tips to keep your showroom inventory in working order for the foreseeable future.
Tech Tips: Diagnostic Tools
With the widespread use of computer-controlled ignition systems, ABS and fuel injection, the modern powersport technician needs to be comfortable using diagnostic tools.
Tech Tips: Starter System Troubleshooting
Electric starting systems are now found on almost all powersports vehicles. All electric starting systems have two separate circuits: one for low current, and one for high current. Both circuits are connected to the battery.
Tech Tips: Transmission Shafts
Transmission shafts might not be something your shop sees every day but at some point, a vehicle will show up with problems related to the transmission. With a few basic principles and organization, they can be straightforward to service.
Tech Tips: Start With The Basics
Don’t just jump in and replace a cylinder head or ECU. Getting fixated on a singular solution and throwing parts at a machine is wasteful and amateur. Be a professional and understand the cause of a problem before a blind repair attempt. Start with the vitals.
Tech Tips: Muffler Packing
A four-stroke muffler will not get saturated with unburned oil as with a two-stoke, but the muffler material needs to be refreshed every so often all the same.