What do Automotive Specialty Technicians do?
Repair only one system or component on a vehicle, such as brakes, suspension, or radiator.
- Examine vehicles, compile estimates of repair costs, and secure customers' approval to perform repairs.
- Repair, overhaul, or adjust automobile brake systems.
- Troubleshoot fuel, ignition, and emissions control systems, using electronic testing equipment.
- Repair or replace defective ball joint suspensions, brake shoes, or wheel bearings.
- Inspect and test new vehicles for damage and record findings so that necessary repairs can be made.
- Test electronic computer components in automobiles to ensure proper operation.
- Tune automobile engines to ensure proper and efficient functioning.
- Install or repair air conditioners and service components, such as compressors, condensers, and controls.
- Repair, replace, or adjust defective fuel injectors, carburetor parts, and gasoline filters.
- Remove and replace defective mufflers and tailpipes.
- Repair or replace automobile leaf springs.
- Rebuild, repair, or test automotive fuel injection units.
- Align wheels, axles, frames, torsion bars, and steering mechanisms of automobiles, using special alignment equipment and wheel-balancing machines.
- Install, adjust, or repair hydraulic or electromagnetic automatic lift mechanisms used to raise and lower automobile windows, seats, and tops.
- Repair or rebuild clutch systems.
- Convert vehicle fuel systems from gasoline to butane gas operations and repair and service operating butane fuel units.
- Change spark plugs, fuel filters, air filters, and batteries in hybrid electric vehicles.
- Conduct visual inspections of compressed natural gas fuel systems to identify cracks, gouges, abrasions, discoloration, broken fibers, loose brackets, damaged gaskets, or other problems.
- Diagnose and repair regenerative braking systems or hydraulic systems in hybrid vehicles.
- Diagnose and replace or repair engine management systems or related sensors for flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) with ignition timing, fuel rate, alcohol concentration, or air-to-fuel ratio malfunctions.
- Inspect propane or natural gas high-pressure tanks, piping, or pressure regulators.
- Replace hydraulically assisted systems with electric-powered systems, such as power steering pumps or air conditioning compressors, to improve fuel economy.
- Retrofit vehicle fuel systems with aftermarket products, such as vapor transfer devices, evaporation control devices, swirlers, lean burn devices, or friction reduction devices, to enhance combustion and fuel efficiency.
- Service biodiesel fuel tanks for algae or sludge accumulation by cleaning, changing filters, or adding algaecides.
- Service internal combustion engine systems for hybrid electric vehicles.
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