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Cardone has released parts for four of its product lines.
December 22, 2014

Cardone expands portfolio

Cardone Industries Inc. has released new products for its remanufactured brakes, fuel/air systems, electronics and steering product lines.

Tags: Brakes, Cardone Industries Inc., Fuel systems

The newly redesigned www.forwardlift.com features modern visuals and easier navigation to help users
December 22, 2014

Forward Lift redesigns, reorganizes website

Forward Lift, a brand of lifts from Vehicle Service Group LLC, has redesigned its website with new features that benefit potential vehicle lift buyers and current owners alike. The www.forwardlift.com updates include modern graphics, new product pages and additional information.

Tags: David Fischmer, Forward Lift, Vehicle Lifts

Bosch has introduced premium aftermarket fuel pumps for late-model vehicles and many earlier
December 22, 2014

Bosch adds aftermarket turbine fuel pumps

Robert Bosch LLC has added original equipment platforms for its premium aftermarket turbine fuel pump modules. The Bosch Original Equipment (BOE) fuel pumps cover select passenger car (BOE-C) and truck (BOE-T) applications.

Tags: fuel pumps, Robert Bosch LLC

December 22, 2014

TIA tour: First five ATS training dates set

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has set dates for five of its 2015 Automotive Tire Service (ATS) training tour locations.

Tags: 2015 Automotive Tire Service training, TIA, TIA ATS Training

Hankook says the Ventus Prime2 provides high wet grip properties, low rolling resistance and low
December 22, 2014

Hankook will supply Mercedes-Benz V-Class

The Ventus Prime2 and Vantra LT manufactured by Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. have been selected as the original fitment for the Mercedes-Benz V-Class minivan.

Tags: Hankook Tire Co. Ltd., Hankook Ventus Prime2, OE fitments, Vantra LT

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Figure 1: Registering the tire pressure sensor.
December 16, 2014

Optimal service for Kia Optima TPMS  

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) on a 2011 to 2013 Kia Optima monitors the air pressure in the four road tires with wheel-mounted tire pressure sensors. To do this, the system uses a TPMS receiver, four radio frequency (RF) tire pressure sensors, two warning indicators on the instrument cluster, and a data circuit to perform system functions

Tags: Kia Optima, Mitchell 1, Tire pressure monitoring systems, TPMS

A hard look at procrastination
December 16, 2014

A hard look at procrastination  

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is always the first week in November, and it’s a reminder to me that the end of the year is near.

Tags: Counter intelligence, Procrastination, Sales training, Wayne Williams

Brityrex addresses ‘part-worn’ tires and tire labeling
December 16, 2014

Brityrex addresses ‘part-worn’ tires and tire labeling  

I recently attended the three-day Brityrex Show in the UK, and this biannual event featured for the very first time a special seminar entitled TyreTalk that incorporated a series of speakers from various aspects of the tire industry.

Tags: Brityrex show, European Notebook, European tire labeling, John Stone, Part-worn tires

Hyun Bum Cho, Hankook’s president, chief marketing officer and chief corporate management
December 16, 2014

Hankook introduces an entry-level global tire brand  

Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. launched a global brand with lines for the passenger, UHP, on- and off-road SUV/LT and winter markets in Las Vegas during the 2014 Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week. Laufenn brand tires will be available in the U.S. in March 2015 in sizes covering up to 75% of the U.S. market.

Tags: Hankook Tire America Corp., Laufenn, LT tires, SUV tires, UHP tires

CEO Jean-Dominique Senard delivered an impassioned speech regarding Groupe Michelin’s
December 16, 2014

Michelin Challenge Bibendum  

Groupe Michelin held its 12th annual Michelin Challenge Bibendum (MCB) in Chengdu, China, in November. The event brought together members of both the private and public sectors to examine sustainable mobility; this year’s conference focused on innovation in mobility, and how it can drive growth and urban well-being.

Tags: Groupe Michelin, Michelin Challenge Bibendum, Michelin North America Inc.

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