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Cover Story - October 2016 2016

Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Service

By: Jacques Gordon

This year, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard for passenger cars increased for the first time in decades, from 27.5 mpg to 34.1 mpg. By model year 2025, the CAFE standard will increase again to 54.5 mpg.

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The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) control unit in 2007 to 2013 Honda CR-Vs, like the 2011 above, monitors all four tires and the system itself. If it detects less than 24 psi in a tire, it alerts the driver by turning on the low pressure indicator and setting a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) in the control unit. When the tire pressure is increased to more than 28 psi and the vehicle is driven above 28 mph, the control unit will turn off the indicators and store the DTC(s).

TPMS: Honda CR-V 2007-2013

When a tire pressure sensor or control unit is replaced on a 2007-2013 Honda CR-V, 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.

The 2016 AAPEX show is expected to feature more than 2,200 exhibitors and 45,000 targeted buyers.

AAPEX By the Numbers

The Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) will be held Tuesday, Nov. 1, through Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, with AAPEXedu (educational) sessions starting on Monday, Oct. 31.

The Pantera Touring A/S (left) and Sport A/S (right) private brand tires are available to TAG members in 41 and 29 sizes, respectively.

TAG Celebrates 20-Year Milestone

In 1996, a half dozen large independent tire dealers banded together to form a buying group that would “help them compete against warehouse clubs and the big box stores,” says Mark Rhodes, president of Plaza Tire Service Inc.

The zLine A/S tires come fitted with Nokian’s Driving Safety Indicator on the center rib which shows the percentage of tread depth that remains.

Nokian Extends its All-Season Lineup

Winter tires may have brought Nokian Tyres plc to North America, but they aren’t enough to pave the path to the brand’s growth here. The tire maker knew it needed to invest in all-season products. First came the eNtyre and Rotiiva lines, and up next is an all-season ultra-high performance tire, the zLine.

Putting the right tires on the right vehicle is like dressing up in a tuxedo, says Barbara, left, with his store manager, Denny Reiser. “You can dress up in a tuxedo and wear black tennis shoes and still look OK, but try to go out on the dance floor. You’re not going to be able to do it.”

Follow Your Gut Instinct: Advice From Our Tire Dealer of the Year

When a customer walks in convinced his car doesn’t need synthetic motor oil when you think it does, and argues with you at every suggestion, do you take the time to educate him and explain your recommendation? Do you turn down the job? Or do you take his money, use traditional oil, and hope for the best?

Chris Chase is president of Rice Tire, which services fleets through 10 commercial locations, 63 delivery and emergency road service trucks, and a retreading plant.

Fleets Expect Wheel Refinishing Service

The wheel refinishing business at Donald B. Rice Tire Co. Inc. is up 22% over last year. “Our fleet customers expect us to be able to refurbish their wheels while we have their casings out for retreading,” says Chris Chase, president of the Frederick, Md.-based dealership.

Urban and regional operations take the highest toll on tires. These fleets need high-scrup compounds help resist curb damage.

New vs. Retreaded Trailer Tires: Helping Fleets Make the Right Choice

Do you need to put new tires on a trailer? As it turns out, a lot of fleets do buy new tires for trailers, and for very good reasons. But there are probably an equal number content to cycle their older drive and steer tire casings back to a trailer position to let the trailer finish them off.

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