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Auto Service

The competition for automotive service is fierce, from car dealers, large chain store retailers, and mass merchandisers to small repair shops. We’ll keep you current on the latest news and trends in automotive service to grow this important aspect of your business.

LATEST NEWS

Chicago Pneumatic expands impact wrench line
August 27, 2014

Chicago Pneumatic expands impact wrench line

Chicago Pneumatic Tool Co. has announced a new addition to its 1-inch impact wrench lineup for truck and heavy duty vehicle maintenance, the CP7776 1” High Torque Pistol Impact Wrench.

Tags: Chicago Pneumatic, CP7776, High Torque Pistol Impact Wrench, Impact Wrenches

Chuck Hamad was owner and president of the family-run Hamad Tire Inc.
August 26, 2014

Chuck Hamad, owner of Hamad Tire, dies

Charles Hamad, owner/president of Hamad Tire Inc., died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. He was 65.

Tags: Chuck Hamad, Obituary

August 26, 2014

Expert-based content added to ProDemand

Mitchell 1 announced it has enhanced its ProDemand repair, diagnostic and maintenance software with an infusion of new expert-based information and expanded features to help auto service professionals diagnose and repair vehicles faster and with more accuracy.

Tags: Diagnostic Software, Gary Hixson, Mitchell 1, ProDemand, Repair Software, SureTrack

August 26, 2014

Epicor Parts Network B2B eStore adds quoting

Epicor Software Corp., a global provider of business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, announced that it has added several new features, including an enhanced repair shop customer quoting capability, to the Epicor Parts Network B2B eStore.

Tags: Epicor Parts Network B2B eStore, Epicor Software Corp., Online Quotes, Scott Thompson

Sullivan Tire takes the Ice Bucket Challenge
August 26, 2014

Sullivan Tire takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

Sullivan Tire Co. Inc. announced that on Aug. 18, 2014, the Bridgewater, Mass. Sullivan Tire location welcomed employees from Signature Healthcare Medical Group in and the Bridgewater Fire Department to take the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise funding and awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Tags: Ice Bucket Challenge, MTD 100, Sullivan Tire Co. Inc. ALS

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USEFUL ARTICLES

Figure 1: Identifying wheel, transmitter, screw and valve.
August 21, 2014

When rotating Subaru Forester tires, TPMS still functions, tire positions will not be displayed correctly  

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) on the 2008-13 Subaru Forester checks the tire pressures of all four road wheels when the vehicle is driven at speeds above 25 mph and warns in the event of a loss of pressure by means of a low tire pressure warning light. A sensor installed in each wheel will indicate when tire pressure is severely low. The TPMS will activate only when the vehicle is driven.

Tags: Mitchell 1, Subaru Forester, TPMS

Quoting prices is a delicate balancing act
August 21, 2014

Quoting prices is a delicate balancing act  

The primary reason I’m writing these articles is to give sales staff more confidence at the sales counter. This month, I’ll continue my series on pricing.

Tags: Counter intelligence, Pricing, Tire prices, Wayne Williams

Ziegler Tire & Service in Akron, Ohio, promotes the use of run-flat tires at the sales counter.
August 19, 2014

Five must-follow technological trends  Cover Story

When Henry Ford decided to produce his famous V8 motor, he chose to build an engine with all eight cylinders cast in one block, and instructed his engineers to produce a design for the engine. The design was placed on paper, but the engineers agreed, to a man, that it was simply impossible to cast an eight-cylinder engine block in one piece. Ford replied, “Produce it anyway.”

Tags: Carbon Revolution, Infotainment, Kevin Rohlwing, Spare tires, Technology, Tread compounds

Consumers are spending money on deferred tire and service purchases
August 19, 2014

Consumers are spending money on deferred tire and service purchases  

According to the results of our survey, demand for replacement tires remained healthy in June. From a volume standpoint the dealers reported that they sold 0.7% more tires last month on a year-over-year basis, following a 1.3% increase in May and a 1.3% increase in April.

Tags: Nick Mitchell, Your Marketplace

Figure 1: Identifying the tire pressure sensor components (1 of 2 illustrations. See also Figure 2
July 31, 2014

TPMS setups on Dodge Chargers  

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) on the 2009-13 Dodge Charger monitors air pressure in the four road tires; pressure in the spare tire is not monitored. There are two tire pressure monitoring systems available, a base system and a premium system. The base system does not specify how many tires are low or where they are located. The premium system does so.

Tags: Dodge Charger, Mitchell 1, Tire pressure monitoring systems, TPMS

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