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Cover Story - September 2017 2017

Brothers With a Vision: 2017 Tire Dealer of the Year Award Winners Mark and Scott Rhodes

By: Joy Kopcha

At Plaza Tire Service Inc., there’s only one brand that really matters. “Whatever you do, say Plaza Tire a lot. We may not have this brand or that brand tomorrow, but there will always be Plaza Tire.”

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Pre-employment Drug Testing Helps Prevent Problems, Dealers Say

Each month we ask members of our National Advisory Council (NAC) a question or questions on a current hot topic. Last month we asked, “Is drug testing part of your hiring process? How much of a problem is drugs in your workplace? If you discover one of your employees has a drug problem, what do you do?” Here are some responses.

Figure 1: Locating the TPMS reset switch (2008-13).
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TPMS: Toyota Highlander 2008-2017

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) of the 2008–2017 Toyota Highlander and Highlander HV is designed to provide warning when the tire inflation pressure of one or more road tires is low.

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TIA to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of its Global Tire Expo

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is holding its 20th Global Tire Expo – Powered by TIA this year, again as part of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. It will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center from Tuesday through Friday, Oct. 31 – Nov. 3.

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How to Protect Your Business From Government Fines

It was widely believed that when the Republicans took control of the federal government in November that small businesses could breathe a sigh of relief. The reason is that traditionally, Republicans are “more friendly” toward business.

3D scans of a tire’s tread can be viewed on a tablet, mobile phone or PC through a special TreadReader app.
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A New ‘Groundbreaking’ Development in Tire Tread Measurement

All over the world, making sure that vehicles maintain a legal limit in tire tread continues to be a constant problem, with tire dealers taking valuable time to measure customers’ tires. In Europe there is an ongoing crusade to find a piece of equipment which is light and easy to use that ensures a swift turnaround of tire checks in dealerships and garages.

It’s always a happy day when you take delivery of new shop equipment. Just ask Bill Caroniti of Updated Automotive Repair Inc. in North Royalton, Ohio.
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Upgrading Shop Equipment: When and Why to Consider New Purchases

New equipment acquisition represents both a substantial investment as well as an enjoyable experience. After all, who doesn’t love the look, feel and smell of new equipment? Plus, staying current in terms of features and operating condition makes the shop more efficient and more profitable.

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