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.
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.
Technology is advancing rapidly, with automakers jumping through hoops to offer the “latest and greatest,” both to meet ever-more-stringent federal mandates and to make their vehicles more appealing to the buying public.
This article offers an explanation of light truck tire sizes and construction, along with tips on plus-sizing, tire applications for both on and off-road, as well as lift kits and braking system upgrade tips to maximize vehicle performance.
OK, so let's say a customer rolls in with a large SUV that's OE-equipped with 19-inch wheels. Since he or she feels the need to be a sheep and blindly follow the "bling" crowd, the customer informs you that he or she wants to max out the wheel/tire package simply for the sake of appearance. The new target: 26-inch chromed alloys mated to massive section-width performance rubber.
Selecting a replacement tire for a light truck or SUV application sometimes places the customer between a rock and a hard place. It’s up to you to match the tire’s performance requirements with appearance.