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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.


The General Tire brand is giving four off-the-road adventures to the winners of its sweepstakes
May 27, 2015

General brand hosts centennial sweepstakes

In celebration of the General tire brand's 100 years in business, Continental Tire the Americas LLC is giving out gifts, including a four-day grand prize off-road driving experience.

Tags: 100 year anniversary, General Tire, Sweepstakes

May 26, 2015

2015 Autopromotec: 20% buy tires online!

As part of its traditional look at innovation at Autopromotec, the International Automotive Aftermarket Meeting (IAAM) Congress addressed “Connected vehicle -- connected business: opportunities and challenges for the aftermarket" at the 2015 edition of the trade fair in Bologna, Italy.

Tags: 2015 Autopromotec, European Association of Automotive Suppliers, International Automotive Aftermarket Meeting Congr, International Car Distribution Programme, Josef Frank, Luca Montagner

2015 Autopromotec: car talk in Europe
May 26, 2015

2015 Autopromotec: car talk in Europe

Autopromotec, the most specialized international exhibition for the car equipment and aftermarket sector, chose “The economy is picking up. Cars can restart” theme for its 2015 congress, held in Bologna, Italy, as part of its trade fair.

Tags: 2015 Autopromotec, Dino Maggioni, Eugenio Razelli, Giuseppe Barile, Renzo Servadei

May 26, 2015

NHTSA to host a #TireWise Twitter chat

During National Tire Safety Week the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to beef up consumers' tire knowledge. On Thursday, May 28, 2015 NHTSA will host a Twitter chat to discuss safety tips and facts with tire safety experts.

Tags: National Tire Safety Week, NHTSA, Twitter chat

May 26, 2015

Experts discuss industry issues at Autopromotec

One of the highlights of the 2015 Autopromotec in Bologna, Italy, was an assembly of industry groups to discuss “The near future of the independent after-sales and technological advancements: the protagonists compared.”

Tags: 2015 Autopromotec, Frédéric Servajean, Manuele Cavalli, Paolo Vasone, Simone Guidi

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Wheel fasteners
May 5, 2015

Wheel fasteners  

Wheel fasteners are arguably the most important components on any vehicle, responsible for securing the wheels to the vehicle, yet are often the least understood and appreciated. This brief article offers a basic overview of the often overlooked threaded wheel fastener — how to identify it and how to handle it.

Tags: 2015 Performance Handbook, Mike Mavrigian, Wheel fasteners

Balancing performance tires
May 5, 2015

Balancing performance tires  

Saying technology has changed over the last decade might be one of the greatest understatements that I’ve ever made. In 2005, tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) were primarily reserved for high-end luxury and sports cars. Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) were options. And people who thought the Blackberry was a smartphone were surprised when the first video was uploaded to a new video hosting service called YouTube.

Tags: 2015 Performance Handbook, Balancing, High Performance Tires, Kevin Rohlwing, Performance Handbook, Ultra-high performance tires

Examples of tire and wheel vibrational issues. The illustration at the top depicts an imbalance
May 5, 2015

NVH issues and answers  

In this article, we’ll address a variety of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) issues. We’ll also offer tips on how to avoid and/or cure these ills.

Tags: 2015 Performance Handbook, Harshness, Noise, NVH, Performance Handbook, Vibration

Figure 1: Identifying the driver information center (DIC) buttons. Art courtesy of General Motors
April 15, 2015

2010-2013 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain  

The tire pressure monitor system (TPMS) of the 2010 – 2013 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain uses the instrument panel cluster (IPC), body control module (BCM), four radio frequency transmitting pressure sensors, and the serial data circuit to perform the TPMS relearn mode functions.

Tags: Chevrolet Equinox, Chevy, GMC Terrain, Mitchell 1, Tire pressure monitoring systems, TPMS

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