About Your Vehicles Tires

MDH Motors Does Not Sell Tires – We Help You To Maintain Vehicle Safety by Education and Vehicle Maintenance This grading system, known as the Uniform Tire Quality Grading System (UTQGS), allows consumers to compare tire tread wear, traction performance, and temperature resistance. The federal government requires tire manufacturers to grade their tires in these three areas and place the… Read More

Basic Automotive Cooling System Operation

A tremendous amount of heat is generated in engines used in todays vehicles. A gasoline engine’s combustion chamber can reach temperatures above 2500°F. Approximately a third of the combustion heat is actually used to power the vehicle; another third passes through the exhaust; and the last third is the responsibility of the cooling system. The heat has to be reduced… Read More

Toyota Prius Smart Key System

Gen 2 Smart Key System Doors Won’t Unlock This example is from a 2004 Toyota Prius that has about a 140k on it. The complaint is that the customer could not open the door. The tow truck driver pulled vehicle up onto a flat bed skidding the front tires and dropped car the same way. The Vehicle is equipped with… Read More

Hybrid HV & Auxillary Battery Types

Toyota Prius Gen 1 and Gen 2 Auxiliary Battery The Gen 1 is easier, on the left side of the trunk. On the Gen 2, the hatch area floor cover and plastic insert must be removed to access the battery on the right side. Note that disconnecting the AGM auxiliary has been known to cause a no-start after it has… Read More

How to Check Your Vehicles Battery

Basic Automotive Battery Terminology An automotive battery is a rechargeable SLI or starting, lighting, and ignition battery. It is a 12 volt battery made of 6 cells connected in series. Each of the 6 cells produces 2.1 volts and wiring these cells in series produces the 12.6 volts required by the automotive electrical system. The batteries current capacity ratings are… Read More

Hybrid Models & Manufacturers

The Honda Insight The Honda Insight was the first domestically available Hybrid vehicle. It was a technological wonder in many ways, with aluminum body, three cylinder 1.0 liter engine plus IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) Honda’s name until present for their parallel Hybrid system), and an air cooled battery pack behind the two available seats. In the end, it was a… Read More

Automotive Marketing Skills | Branding

Not long ago, it took tens of thousands of dollars and the expertise of an advertising firm to help you develop a brand image and to build a recognizable brand. The Internet, Social Media and other tools have leveled the playing field and now small business has the opportunity to build a powerful brand. Branding is much more than a… Read More

Subaru AC Compressor Clutch

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Automotive Internet Marketing | How It Works

97% of consumers search for local businesses online A search engine is the link between you and your potential customers. Understanding how to work with, keep up with, and benefit from search engines is a full time profession. There are several search engines, but none harness the power of search like Google. In the chart below, you can see that… Read More

Electrical System Testing | The Power Probe

The Power Probe There have been multiple versions of the Power Probe. The original version has a LED that glows red to indicate power or green to indicate ground. It has a switch that allows the user to supply power or ground to the circuit. The Power Probe II has the same features with the addition of an audible high… Read More