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Preventive Maintenance Profits: Preferred Automotive, Jenkintown, PA

With the summer months heating up and cross-country road trips beginning, many people want to make sure their vehicles are prepped for the long haul. For the first-ever July edition of Maintenance Chronicles, we will focus on Preferred Automotive Specialists,...

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Toyota Charging System Diagnostics

According to my experience, I estimate that replacing the alternator solves 95% of all charging system failures. If that’s true, what happens in the remaining 5% of charging system failures that results in customer comebacks? To explore charging system...

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The Engine Thermostat: Understanding Electronically Assisted Thermostats

The Engine Thermostat: What to Know About Electronically Assisted Thermostats The engine thermostat has been an important component in automotive internal combustion engines for almost a century. The engine thermostat helps to speed warmup and reduce...

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Making Sense Of Steering Angle Sensor Input And Data

Measuring the­ ­position angle, rate of turn and force of the steering wheel is critical for Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems. Scan tools call these Steering Angle Sensors (SAS) and typically display the information in degrees. The SAS...

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Rotor Failure: Why Rotors Crack And Make Noise

The prices of rotors seem to be dropping the past few years. Call just about any parts supplier and they can quote you a vast range of prices for the same application. And when you compare the rotors side-by-side, they may look the same, but the difference...

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Tire Tread Wear: Causes And Symptoms

Understanding Tire Tread Wear Tire tread wear can tell you a lot about a suspension. Most specifically, it can tell you if the angles, inflation and components are within specification. Here are the most common tread wear patterns and what causes them. Over-inflated...

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The Ins And Outs Of Sanders

Sanders are required tools in today’s collision repair shop. Body techs and painters rely upon them every day to achieve that perfect finish on your customers’ vehicles. Whether you’re prepping a panel for paint or removing imperfections before...

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Are You Regularly Maintaining Your Equipment?

Technicians who are idling because the welder won’t feed wire, the hydraulic ram won’t pull chains, the booth heater won’t heat or the air compressor won’t compress enough air is a costly mistake, as labor time is the most expensive thing in any...

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Celebrate 'Back To The Future' Day By Watching The Time Machine Get A 2015 Detail

    For many today is just another Wednesday, but for a lot of people it is more than just your average Wednesday, it is "Back to the Future" Day. It is a day that everyone who watched the cult classic trilogy Back to the Future recognizes...

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Mitchell 1 has announced its “Fabulous Las Vegas Sweepstakes,” which will award an all-expenses-paid trip for two to attend this year’s Automotive Aftermarket Industry...Read More

 

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Baum Tools offers it BMW 6 Cylinder Single & Double VANOS Camshaft Timing Kit (B113240VK). This kit is used to set camshaft and Single/Double VANOS...Read More

UTI graduates were among many industry award winners and finalists this year, including Nathan Reed, Navistar Top Service Technician Award for Truck, and Matt Johnson, Penske Elite Technician of the Year.Read More

Though new to the U.S., Auteria is an established fuel system replacement brand in Mexico. Auteria offers roughly 200 different part numbers for fitments popular in North America.Read More

Gates Corp. has announced the release of 228 new part numbers to its OE-quality automotive aftermarket products across several categories. According to Gates, highlights of...Read More

This year’s AAPEXedu Service Professionals Program is designed to help automotive repair shops connect with today’s tech-savvy customers and stay ahead of the curve...Read More

The hottest trends in virtual reality (VR) video and augmented reality (AR) video will take center stage at the 2016 SEMA Show, where showgoers...Read More

The ASE Industry Education Alliance held its third annual instructor conference last month in Concord, North Carolina. With more than 300 automotive instructors, industry...Read More

Standard Motor Products Inc. (SMP) has announced the addition of 155 new part numbers to its Intermotor import line. The release spans 34 product...Read More

As part of the company’s continuing product line expansion, MAHLE Aftermarket Inc. introduced 162 new part numbers, including 74 new MAHLE Original gasket part...Read More

Valeo Service USA and Canada has announced the release of its parking sensors to the aftermarket. This release features 11 OE sensors offering coverage for...Read More
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MAHLE Original Flange Gasket Engineered To Match Nissan OE Form, Fit And Function

The MAHLE Original exhaust flange gasket from MAHLE Aftermarket is engineered to match the OE Nissan part exactly for OE form, fit and function. Designed to fit 1996-2010 Nissan 1.6L through 3.5L engines,...More

Shop Owner Or Bartender?

It’s early in the morning, the shop is still full from the previous day and I’m just getting around to my first cup of coffee when the phone rings. An anxious, exasperated lady was on the phone. “Oh,...More

Mitchell 1 Announces Facebook Sweepstakes To Win A Trip To Las Vegas For AAPEX/SEMA

Mitchell 1 has announced its “Fabulous Las Vegas Sweepstakes,” which will award an all-expenses-paid trip for two to attend this year’s Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW) events, including...More

New Shop Owner LinkedIn Group Offers Best Practices For Running A Successful Repair Shop

Running a successful repair shop isn’t just about knowing how to fix cars, it’s about being able to effectively implement tried-and-true business strategies. That’s why Shop Owner Magazine has launched...More

Snap-on’s MODIS Edge Combines Full-Function Scan Tool and Graphing Meter

MODIS Edge from Snap-on is a combination full-function scan tool and scope/graphing meter that delivers new features, plus the powerhouse speed and performance that professional technicians expect...More

New Campbell Hausfeld Quiet Compressors Reduce Sound Output by Up to 50%

Delivering the power needed to complete common air compressor applications while providing the quiet operation to work virtually anywhere, the new Quiet Compressors released by Campbell Hausfeld offer...More