Articles

Over the last 20 years Tracy Martin has written hundreds of articles for numerous magazines in power sports, automotive and aircraft genres. The slide show below highlights some of the magazines that he has contributed to. Tracy currently writes feature articles for Motor Age, Aviation Aftermarket Defense, Contact! and Turbo Diesel Register magazines.

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Motor Age Magazine

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

There are many reasons to install an electric vehicle (EV) charging station at your shop, even if you don't currently perform a lot of work on EVs.

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All-Electric Pickups Go Mainstream

In September of 2021 the Rivian R1T beat out Ford’s F-150 Lighting as the first all-electric truck for sale in the U.S. The Lighting will be available in Spring of 2022 and other brands of electric pickups will follow.

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Turbocharger Maintenance and Diagnosis

Current and next-generation gasoline and diesel engines utilize turbo technology to: 1) meet global emission requirements, 2) reduce powertrain weight, and 3) provide power equal to, or better than larger engines.

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Servicing TPMS Can Add to a Shop's Bottomline

TPMS sensors are constantly draining their batteries, becoming damaged during tire repairs, replacements, rotations and from corrosion. This represents a huge opportunity for income to flow into a repair shop—don’t send your customers to the dealership for TPMS service..  Read more>>>

The  Future of Commercial Transportation

While we are a few years away from large fleets of full-sized, driverless electric buses operating in and around major U.S. cities, there are many examples of these fleets operating on a smaller scale..  Read more>>>

Aviation Aftermarket

Defense and Contact! Magazines

F-15EX New/Old Fighter

It has been U.S. Air Force policy since 2004 not to purchase "new-old" fighters. Despite this, the Air Force has requested eight new F-15 Eagle fighters now designated the F-15EX. Read more>>>

Predictive Aircraft Maintenance

Predictive maintenance has significant value, particularly when discussing military aircraft that must be kept mission-ready. Read more>>>

Canada and Its Air Force

The first use of air power in Japan was during the Russo-Japanese War of 1905, when the Imperial Japanese Army used hydrogen balloons for observation. In 1910. Read more>>>

Virtual Reality, the Future of Military Training

Acquiring advanced technology and hardware is key to modern-day missions, and training service personal is front-and-center in military budgets. 

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Japan and its Air Force

JAPAN’S AIR FORCE BEFORE WWII The first use of air power in Japan was during the Russo-Japanese War of 1905, when the Imperial Japanese Army used hydrogen balloons for observation..  Read more>>>

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Turbo Diesel Register

Lighting Technology - Installing Aftermarket Lights

It’s disappointing for the owner of  a new truck to go for their first drive at night only to find that the factory halogen headlights barely light up the road. From simple reflector lights to computer-controlled "smart" headlights this article discusses the latest lighting technology and installation of aftermarket lights. Read more>>>

Dodge RAM E-Torque, a "Mild" Hybrid

Reading a wiring diagram is similar to reading a road map that illustrates how to get from point "A" to point "B." However, instead of connecting Interstates, highways and roads, a wiring diagram shows major electrical systems, sub-systems and individual circuits all interconnected. Read more>>>

How to Read Wiring Diagrams

Reading a wiring diagram is similar to reading a road map that illustrates how to get from point “A” to point “B.” However, instead of connecting Interstates, highways and roads, a wiring diagram shows major electrical systems, sub-systems and individual circuits all inter-connected. Read more>>>

Diesel SCR Service

Operating principals of a diesel engine make the removal of NOx a challenge. Selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology helps to remove NOx and has been used for decades in stationary diesel generator sets and marine vessels. Learn how SCR technology is applied to diesel-powered light trucks. Read more>>>