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The new Exo Grappler AWT from Nitto is a hybrid between an all-terrain and a mud terrain tire
September 19, 2014

Nitto adds two tires to the Grappler line

The new Terra Grappler G2 and the Exo Grappler AWT bring a tread wear warranty and severe snow service certification to the Grappler line of all-terrain tires from Nitto Tire USA Inc.

Tags: Exo Grappler AWT, Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., Stephen Leu, Terra Grappler G2

September 19, 2014

Enerpulse donation supports Los Angeles youth

Enerpulse Technologies Inc., makers of Pulstar with PlasmaCore spark plugs, has donated nearly $3,000 worth of spark plugs to the Delancey Street Foundation for their fleet of vehicles in Los Angeles.

Tags: Enerpulse Technologies Inc., Pulstar Spark Plugs, Robert Layton

September 19, 2014

Mam software automates tire search and order

Mam Software Inc. has released new versions of Vast Enterprise software for tire dealers. The new versions feature vTire Lookup, which automates the tire searching and ordering process.

Tags: John Fischer, Mam software, Vast Enterprise software

September 18, 2014

Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance holds forum

The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance held its annual Sales & Marketing Forum at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas, recently. Over 70 marketing leaders representing more than 40 Alliance shareholders were on hand for the event.

Tags: Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Sales & Marketing Forum

September 18, 2014

SEMA awarded $300,000 federal grant

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has been awarded part of a $2.2M federal grant which aims to expand exports of automotive aftermarket products into foreign markets including Russia, the United Arab Emirates and China.

Tags: Exports, SEMA, Specialty Equipment Market Association

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Ties that bind
September 18, 2014

Ties that bind  

Bruce Halle, chairman of Discount Tire, is our 2014 Tire Dealer of the Year. That alone makes him special. Only 21 other independent tire dealers can put themselves in his shoes.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bruce Halle, Editorial, MTD Tire Dealer of the Year

Chris Sallie and five assistants came from Michigan to establish Discount Tire’s culture in
September 16, 2014

‘What would Mr. Halle do?’  

"It starts with Mr. Halle,” says Chris Sallie in reference to the man whose influence is felt everywhere at the first Discount Tire store in the northeast Ohio market. “It” is attitude, not car count, bay turns, tire sales, or other measures of a tire shop’s business success. Says Ken Knake, assistant vice president for the region, “Mr. Halle expects everybody to be a Boy Scout and do the right thing every time, especially when nobody’s looking.”

Tags: Bruce Halle, Chris Sallie, Ken Knake, MTD Tire Dealer of the Year

The Halle family in 1944, top row: Betty, parents Mary (Molly) and Fred Sr., Mary Ellen and Bruce;
September 16, 2014

MTD Tire Dealer of the Year profile  

Bruce Halle can pinpoint when he received the best piece of advice in his lifetime. On his way into the Marine Corps in 1950, his older brother, Fred Jr., told him, “Bruce, keep your eyes and ears open and your mouth shut.”

Tags: Bruce Halle, Diane Halle, MTD Tire Dealer of the Year

Bruce Halle, chairman of Discount Tire, is MTD s 22nd Tire Dealer of the Year.
September 16, 2014

All for one and one for all  

The authors of the Bible knew how to lead by example. In the New Testament, a disciple of Matthew wrote, “Whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant.”

Tags: Bruce Halle, Diane Halle, MTD Tire Dealer of the Year

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

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