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Send Us Your Winter Beater Story. It Could Be In Our Magazine!

A winter beater is not a junker, bomber or jalopy. It is the calling card of a real master technician. A winter beater is as much about frugality as it is a demonstration of your mechanical skills, and starting it on a -10 degree day has the same satisfaction...

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Coolant Transfusion: Proper Selection Prevents System Degradation

Coolant is easily analogized to blood, both being liquids that are essential to the functioning of an entire complex system. The analogy extends even ­further though because, like blood, coolant has different types, and it’s not a stretch these...

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Timing Chain Replacement Diagnosis And Repair

Timing Chain Replacement is More Than Just the Chain Timing chains, with their thinner width, reduce overall engine length and are more durable than timing belts, requiring no scheduled maintenance. Timing chains do make more noise, have higher weight...

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Send Us Your Winter Beater!

A winter beater is not a junker, bomber or jalopy. It is the calling card of a real master technician. A winter beater is as much about frugality as it is a demonstration of your mechanical skills, and starting it on a -10 degree day has the same satisfaction...

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How To Test Drive A Car To Check For Problems

Test Drive Diagnostics Test drives on the surface can seem like one of the most unprofitable tasks a technician can perform. But, test drives can be one of the most profitable processes a shop can do to help sell more service. You just have to have procedures...

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Electronic Proportioning Valve: Doing More With Less Hardware

Anti-lock brake systems (ABS) and the HCU are replacing proportioning, combination and other valves to change the braking forces in the front and rear. This is called Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and it can dynamically change the proportioning...

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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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WIX Filters, a global manufacturer of filtration products, has been named the 2015 Supplier of the Year by O'Reilly Auto Parts during its annual managers' conference. This award recognizes vendors who have offered exceptional business partnership across all operational areas of O'Reilly Auto Parts. Companies who receive this honor are held to the highest standards and have enabled O'Reilly to grow successfully in the product categories they supply. Read More
  • Bosch Continues To Expand Its Product Lines For The Aftermarket

    Robert Bosch LLC has augmented its aftermarket product lineup with 34 new SKUs. Additions were made to braking, wideband air/fuel oxygen sensors, diesel common rail injectors and injection pumps and rotating machines. Bosch QuietCast and

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  • Import Insights Honda Civic featured

    Import Insights: Honda/Acura

    The all-new 2016 Honda Civic has earned the prestigious 2016 North American Car of the Year Award. “The all-new Civic was developed and built in North America, making this North American Car of the Year win even sweeter,” sai

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  • Air ride tech tip Jaguar

    Air Ride Replacement And Calibration

    Air ride replacement is not always plug and play. Most of the time after an air ride component is replaced, a few extra steps might be required before the vehicle is completely repaired. I ran into one of these situations with a 2004 Jag

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From UnderhoodService
February 12,2016
The automotive collision and service repair industry is heading to Anaheim, California, this summer for NACE | CARS 2016, which takes place from Aug. 9-13....Read More

From Brake & Front End
February 11,2016
The hardest working man in racing, Kenny Schrader, will be driving his dirt track car coast-to-coast again this year and Federated Auto Parts will be along...Read More

February 10,2016
Located at MACS booth No. 317, the MAHLE Service Solutions display will highlight many of the company’s equipment offerings, including new and different models with updated features and benefits to users. The ArcticPRO ACX1185...Read More

February 10,2016
If you need validation for the amount of time you spend daily working "on" your business, look no further than the next televised game of your favorite professional basketball team. There, you'll witness how a "high-octane" offense energizes the team, engages the audience and drives excitement levels to new heights, becoming a major contributor to another game in the "win" column.Read More

February 10,2016
The S10 Toolbox from Sonic Tools is a professional-grade toolbox featuring eight drawers (seven shallow, one deep), standing out from the crowd with an ABS workbench top deck, integrated can holders, towel holders and...Read More

February 10,2016
Tenneco has announced it is supplying the emission control system on the all-new 2016 Lexus RX luxury crossover platform, currently in production. The company is supplying both hot- and cold-end components, including the front pipe assembly, Y-pipe, underbody converter, muffler and tailpipe assemblies.Read More

From Brake & Front End
February 9,2016
“Building the Road to Great Technicians” will be the featured topic at the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) Spring 2016 General Meeting....Read More

February 9,2016
Beta Tools of Italy offers its #96BPA Offset Hex Key Wrench, which has an extra-short end that is angled at 110° to provide access where traditional 90° angled wrenches cannot reach. The short end is very shallow to allow it to reach tight spaces.Read More

February 8,2016
Standard Motor Products Inc. (SMP) has announced the addition of 500 new part numbers to its BWD engine management line, covering domestic and import vehicles. The BWD line expansion features more than 160 million additional VIO with new key category coverage through the 2015 model year. Read More

February 8,2016
If you service tires, you should be stocking TPMS service kits as well as sensors. Avoiding the investment in parts and training could leave you with customers who are not satisfied. But, with aftermarket manufacturers of TPMS service items making them more economical for your shop to stock, you shouldn’t give it a second thought.Read More
Kia maintenance hubcap

February 8,2016
Import Specialist Bob Dowie takes a look at the Kia line of vehicles, focusing on common problems and maintenance items that will have them finding their way to your bays. Kia continues to offer a reliable, affordable vehicle lineup that provides import specialist techs with plenty of opportunities for maintenance and repair.Read More

From Brake & Front End
February 8,2016
The Automotive Service Association (ASA) and eMarketing Sherpas have announced that the Demand Engine, Review Engine and Digital Lobby systems are now...Read More
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WIX Filters Named 2015 O'Reilly Auto Parts Supplier Of The Year

WIX Filters, a global manufacturer of filtration products, has been named the 2015 Supplier of the Year by O’Reilly Auto Parts during its annual managers’ conference. “We are incredibly honored...More

Exhibit Space Selling Out For NACE | CARS 2016

The automotive collision and service repair industry is heading to Anaheim, California, this summer for NACE | CARS 2016, which takes place from Aug. 9-13. With many groups holding co-located meetings,...More

Automotive Technology: LiDAR and Car Vision

There are a lot of articles out there about autonomous vehicles and how their technology makes them to cars what the iPhone has been to the telephone. That’s all well and good, but how are these vehicles...More

Exhibit Space Selling Out For NACE | CARS 2016

The automotive collision and service repair industry is heading to Anaheim, California, this summer for NACE | CARS 2016, which takes place from Aug. 9-13. With many groups holding co-located meetings,...More

Sonic Tools Offers Organizational Solutions to Meet Multiple Shop Needs

The S10 Toolbox from Sonic Tools is a professional-grade toolbox featuring eight drawers (seven shallow, one deep), standing out from the crowd with an ABS workbench top deck, integrated can holders,...More

Want to Become a TPMS Expert?

Even if you consider the extra stress TPMS has introduced into our lives, we cannot overlook the benefits. We all know the benefits of proper inflation; we preach them all the time. The consequences of...More