High Tech Automotive Training at Vision in Kansas City

In 2012, VISION Hi-Tech Training & Expo celebrates 20 years as one of the automotive service industry’s leading expo and training events! This year’s conference promises to be the best ever; featuring a wide array of management & technical training, a 60,000 sq ft exhibit hall, keynote addresses from industry leaders, the Celebration of Independents Awards Dinner & Comedy Night Party, and numerous networking opportunities.

Automotive Technician Training in Kansas City


The automotive training and expo will be held at the Overland Park Convention Center March 8-11, 2012.

Training schedule PDF


Their Facebook page can be found here.

Hybrid Cars vs Gasoline Cars

We have all heard the advantages and positive environmental impacts that hybrid cars get. The benefits are so copious that even if you were to see schade verleden via Autoverleden.nl, you would find almost nada. Is it all true? This study that was released by Worcester Polytechnic Institute completely goes against most positive reasons to purchase a Hybrid. Some excerpts from the study…

The data suggested that the production of hybrids consumes more energy and releases more emissions than the production of conventional cars. This is mostly because of the advanced materials that are required in hybrids. It was also determined that hybrids are not a great investment for the consumer.  For a hybrid to break even with the higher price a
consumer will have to drive primarily in the city and for more miles than the average person keeps a car for.

With the current gas price hovering around $2.80 per gallon, a consumer would have to drive Fusion Hybrid over 150,000 miles, only in the city, before they started saving gas money. Conversely, if all of their driving was done on the highway, they would have to drive nearly two million miles before saving any money.  If we compromise and split the driving evenly between the highway and the city, the consumer will have to drive over 300,000 miles until the extra investment was worth it.   

Read it yourself and let me know what you think.


So……. You want to drive a Snap-on tool truck.

I got this in my email today.

Why should you own a Snap-on Franchise?

We can give you lots of reasons.

You may know that Snap-on as the #1 professional tool brand in the world. What you may not know is that Snap-on is also a great business opportunity.

A Snap-on franchise is a mobile tool store you own, selling the #1 tool brand in the world directly to professionals on your protected list of calls. It’s a proven business model we’ve honed for more than 90 years and we are always looking for people as good as our tools.

Here are just a few of the benefits of owning a Snap-on Franchise:

More than 4,200 franchises worldwide
Most in-demand product in the category
Financing available through Snap-on Credit
Protected list of calls
No real estate investment
Exceptional training and support
Proven franchise model

If you are interested or curious, check out Snap-on’s franchise website. http://www1.snapon.com/franchise

INDESTRUCTIBLE | Streamlight Stinger LED

Streamlight Stinger LED

After almost two years of service, I lost my Streamlight Stinger LED flashlight one January night. I looked high and low for it but it was gone. Finally our cold and very snowy Winter has given up it’s hold on Wisconsin and has let Spring finally come. This April morning at the edge of a snow pile I found my Stinger flashlight.

Streamlight Stinger LED

It was a little wet and dirty, laying in a small mud puddle. There were a handful of new deep cuts and scratches in it also. Apparently it was caught by the snowplow and dumped into the pile of snow I found it by. I picked it up and pushed the button…. CLICK ….. and it lit up. The rechargeable battery was  still charged after sitting almost all winter in a pile of snow. How amazing is that? I just couldn’t believe it. It has now been cleaned up and put back to work as my daily use flashlight. Nothing I have seen can beat the white, bright light that it produces in such a portable package. The rechargeable battery has a great life between charges as well. You can read more customer reviews here.

Streamlight Stinger LED

Update: This flash light is still going strong. I use this flash light hundreds of times every week.  I went through a lot of different types and sizes of flashlights to find just the right one. This is it. This is the best flashlight out there. Dependable, intensely bright, long lasting rechargeable battery, and not to small and not to big. Great size to be on me at all times when I am at work. You can buy this model Streamlight flashlight here on Amazon for a great price.

Stabilant 22A | Snake Oil

Stabilant 22A
Stabilant 22A

Stabilant 22A

I have been told many times about Stabilant 22A and how good it is. So I bought a bottle and have been using it ever since. The last time I used it I thought to myself, what is this stuff, how does it work, and thought that maybe it was just some expensive snake oil. Well I haven’t done any tests on it myself but I did browse the net a bit. I found out that 22A was a diluted form of straight 22. Here is what I found on the companies 1980’s looking website. I almost think this site was one of the first 100 ever built. If only I knew.

From their site:

    Stabilant 22 is an initially non-conductive block polymer that when used in a thin film within contacts switches to a conductive state under the effect of the electrical field. The field gradient at which this occurs is set such that the material will remain non-conductive between adjacent contacts in a multiple pin connector environment. 

    Thus, when applied to electromechanical contacts, Stabilant 22 provides the connection reliability of a soldered joint without bonding the contacting surfaces together!

    Contacts are generally the weakest link in any piece of electrical-electronic equipment whether it be an electronic ignition module, an automotive computer, power door locks, or even headlights. The use of Stabilant 22 or its isopropanol-diluted form Stabilant 22A, will make contacts from 10 to 100 times more reliable, eliminating costly callbacks and ensuring customer satisfaction.

    more can be read here http://www.stabilant.com/appnt20h.htm


I think GM’s new dielectric grease pn 12377900 has some similiar form of Stabilant 22 in it to help with fuel injector and other terminal fretting issues.

I did actually find some hard test numbers on Stabilant 22 in a Railroad Model Craftsmen magazine which can be read here   http://www.stabilant.com/revrw10.htm

This article did see some great electrical connection improvements with numbers to prove it. I bought my Stabilant 22A at NAPA. Hope this helps someone out. You can purchase and find more customer reviews here.



Google Chrome Blows the Competition Away

I have been using Google Chrome for about a year now with nothing bad to say. I have had 100% error free web browsing since my switch from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. I use to have multiple lock ups and crashes a day. Google Chrome is also noticeable faster with a clean monitor screen. A clean screen means more viewing space for the websites you are on.

You can download it from Google Chrome’s website here

The Power of an Airbag

The automobile airbag is more powerful then you would think. In an accident, the crash detection sensors and airbag module has to determine that there was a crash and how severe of an impact that occurred.

This decision takes between 15 and 30 milliseconds. Then the airbag module has to ignite the airbag  and it has to fully inflate which takes another 20 – 30 milliseconds. The total process from time of impact to the airbag being fully inflated takes about 60 – 80 milliseconds. The average human takes 300 – 400 milliseconds to blink their eye.

In case you are involved on a traffic accident contact Acura certified collision repair company to help you recover your car.

Were the All Steel Cars of the 50’s and 60’s Better?

Were the All Steel Cars of the 50’s and 60’s Better? Well that’s up to your own opinion but we do know that they were not as safe. Here is a video from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety frontal crash test between a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. Pay close attention to the passenger compartment between both vehicles. It is also of interest the size between the two vehicle.

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