Tire manufacturers are continually refining existing technology and introducing new concepts to the marketplace. Here’s a look at the latest advancements and how you can market and sell them.


The Double Coin RR202 is an ultra-premium highway service tire. It is available in standard and low
November 21, 2014

Double Coin tires earn SmartWay verification

The Double Coin RT600 and RR202 truck tires have met the requirements for the United States Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay Technology Program.

Pete Selleck, left, and Ralph Dimenna hosted the grand opening of the Michelin Tweel plant in
November 20, 2014

Michelin will make Tweel for real in the U.S.

Michelin North America Inc. has opened its $50 million Tweel Airless Radial Tire plant in Greenville, S.C.

Tags: Industrial tires, Pete Selleck, Plants, Ralph Dimenna, Tweel

November 20, 2014

Mitchell 1 creates mobile system for service

Auto repair shops can extend their shop management systems into the driveway and service bays with Mobile ManagerPro, a wireless program that works with any Android tablet and is fully integrated with Mitchell 1's Manager SE.

Tags: Auto service, Mitchell 1, Mitchell 1 Manager SE, Mobile Manager Pro, Wireless technology

November 19, 2014

OTR plant is Bridgestone's big U.S. investment

Mining companies in the Americas will have better access to the tires they need to outfit their heavy haul trucks now that Bridgestone Corp. has expanded the manufacturing of giant radial OTR tires to the United States.

Tags: Aiken County, Bridgestone, Gary Garfield, Kurt Danielson, OTR tires, Tomohiro Fukuda

November 18, 2014

Bridgestone opens OTR tire plant in S.C.

Bridgestone Americas Inc.'s first giant radial OTR tire plant is officially up and running. Based in Aiken County, S.C., the 1.5 million-square-foot manufacturing facility produces various off-road radial tire products used to equip heavy haul trucks in mining and aggregates applications.

Tags: Aiken County, Gary Garfield, Green, Kazuhisa Nishigai, OTR tires, Tire plant

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Figure 1: Removing the tire from the wheel (1 of 2).
November 10, 2014

Honda Fit 2008-2013 TPMS service  

When a tire pressure sensor or control unit is replaced on a 2008-2013 Honda Fit, or a known good wheel is substituted, the ID(s) of all four tires’ sensors must be memorized by the TPMS control unit. After memorizing the sensor ID(s) or doing a tire rotation, the mounting location of sensors 1, 2, 3 and 4 must be determined. See Reset procedures.

Tags: Honda Fit, Tire pressure monitoring systems, TPMS

Dedicated winter wiper blades are a good idea for your customers who live in areas where salt is
November 7, 2014

9 common consumer misperceptions regarding winter car care  

”You don’t know what you don’t know” can certainly apply to how too many consumers approach the winter driving season and car maintenance.

Tags: Batteries, Brakes, Exhaust Systems, Mike Mavrigian, Windshield Wipers, Winter car care

Tire Profiles’ permanent TreadSpec units for measuring tread depth (pictured) are better
November 7, 2014

Laser measurement software helps sell tires and alignments  

Tire Profiles Inc. of Chicago, Ill., has made its TreadSpec technology for measuring tire wear and checking alignments fully portable. The company is introducing its innovation, called the Groove Glove, at the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show.

Tags: Ann Neal, Tire Profiles Inc., TreadSpec

Figure 1: Removing and installing a one-piece sensor.
October 22, 2014

TPMS: 2005-11 Volvo V Series service  

The tire pressure monitor system (TPMS) on the 2005-11 Volvo V Series uses sensors mounted in the tire valves to check inflation pressure levels.

Tags: Mitchell 1, Tire pressure monitoring systems, TPMS

AAPEX and the SEMA Show combined will offer more than 7,300 exhibitors with thousands of new
October 22, 2014

Learn from the experts at Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week  

With more than 2,000 new products on display, more than 2,300 exhibiting companies filling over one million square feet of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is shaping up to be the biggest yet as industry optimism continues to build, according to Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. The show will be held Nov. 4-7.

Tags: AAIW, AAPEX 2014, Las Vegas Convention Center, SEMA Show 2014, Seminars, Trade show

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