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April 2015

April 2015 Modern Tire DealerTire Magazine

Features

For the dealer, by the dealer


By: Joy Kopcha

When Manny Geno took over the family tire business in 2006, he wanted to transform it from a grease monkey, good ol’ boy shop to a destination for customers who need tire and automotive work in the small town of Booneville, Miss.

FEATURES

Wheel fasteners

Wheel fasteners

Wheel fasteners are arguably the most important components on any vehicle, responsible for securing the wheels to the vehicle, yet are often the least understood and appreciated. This brief article offers a basic overview of the often overlooked threaded wheel fastener — how to identify it and how to handle it.

Balancing performance tires

Balancing performance tires

Saying technology has changed over the last decade might be one of the greatest understatements that I’ve ever made. In 2005, tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) were primarily reserved for high-end luxury and sports cars. Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) were options. And people who thought the Blackberry was a smartphone were surprised when the first video was uploaded to a new video hosting service called YouTube.

Examples of tire and wheel vibrational issues. The illustration at the top depicts an imbalance

NVH issues and answers

In this article, we’ll address a variety of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) issues. We’ll also offer tips on how to avoid and/or cure these ills.

The Ride Guide assists aftermarket providers in setting and realizing customer expectations when

The impact of plus-sizing on vehicle performance dynamics

Is bigger better? Does a wider footprint always translate into better handling?

The new counter works for both the dealership’s employees and their customers. It is now

100 years old and open to change

Since 1911, Daniels Tire Service has been serving the greater Los Angeles and surrounding areas with dependable, quality products and service. Daniels Tire Service is a premier provider of commercial tires and operates a collection of retail tire and automotive repair locations.

The Robinair AC 1234-6 ACS features a large, colorful graphic display screen and an on-board printer

Get ready for R-1234yf

As more automotive manufacturers transition to using R-1234yf refrigerant, the need to update technicians’ training and the equipment in your shop is imminent.

 

Bob Ulrich's Editorial

A special edition Koenigsegg Agera was on display at the 2015 New York International Auto Show.

Hyperactive imagination

You may have noticed the sweet looking, perhaps unfamiliar monster of a vehicle on our front cover. That is a hypercar, specifically a 2015 GTA Spano from Spania GTA Tecnomotive S.L. It features a V10 twin-turbo engine capable of 925 horsepower. And a $650,000 price tag.

How to prevent harassment

How to prevent harassment

At most, political correctness has taken over our lives. At the very least, it has taken over our livelihoods.

Commercial Tire Dealer

Alliance says it developed the Galaxy Giraffe XLW with extremely sturdy sidewalls, special tread

Sales of industrial tires pick up as ports and construction sites get busier

When the mining industry slumped, OTR retreader Noah Hickman of H&H Industries Inc. looked elsewhere for business. “We’ve branched out into markets such as ports, construction, and other areas to combat the slowdown of the coal market,” says Hickman, whose Oak Hill, Ohio-based company holds the No. 25 spot on Modern Tire Dealer’s “2015 Top 100 retreaders” list.

Andrew Stivers applies tread rubber at the Great Lakes Best-One Tire and Service’s Bandag

Plentiful low-cost truck tire imports cloud retreaders’ outlook

Production of retreaded truck tires grew nearly 5% in 2014, according to Modern Tire Dealer market data. Yet David Stevens, managing director of the Tire Retread and Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) says retreaders expect a flat year in 2015. “I don’t think anyone is forecasting much in the way of growth,” he says

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