Five years ago, we asked executives from tire mounting and balancing equipment manufacturers and marketers a forward-looking question: What will the next generation of tire mounting and balancing machines look like?
Don’t assume your technicians know everything they need to about properly mounting and balancing ultra-high performance tires. The UHP tire and wheel package is too expensive to take for granted.
Original equipment makers continue to make it riskier and riskier to change a tire without damaging wheels or tires.
The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has added another city to its 2016 Certified Automotive Tire Service (ATS) Instructor Tour: Baltimore, Md.
There are only so many hours in your shift, so making the most of your time in the bay is critical. Here are some tools and techniques for making mounting and balancing high performance and ultra-high performance tires faster and easier.
Clad wheels require extreme care during mounting and balancing. Without it, a dealer will pay the ultimate price: replacing the wheel. Some dealers are acutely aware of the latest market trend affecting mounting and balancing.
In the September issue of MTD, dealers, business coaches and manufacturers shared suggestions for getting more profits from mounting and balancing services. The following article looks at how equipment maintenance and technician training speed bay turns and lower costs.
Are you tracking tire-related labor separately from mechanical labor? It’s one way to increase the profit potential of mounting and balancing services.
Selling more mounting and balancing services is a proven way to add to a dealership’s bottom line, but it’s not the only one. Strategies for increasing the profit potential of the services at the heart of a tire dealership fall into four areas, according to several dealers, business coaches and manufacturers. Their suggestions range from rethinking the value of free services to offering dealer-specific tire warranties, tracking tire labor and getting more out of balancing and mounting equipment.
Today’s uni-body vehicles are considerably lighter and have much stiffer suspension systems than they did just 10 years ago, says Kevin Keefe, vice president of marketing for Hennessy Industries Inc. “Gone are the generous cushions and dampeners that typified the suspensions of yesteryear. Today’s vehicles are more sensitive to vibration than they used to be."
A tire mounting machine or wheel balancer never dies. It doesn’t fade away, either. It just stays in your shop until, well, you sell the shop.
"The more items you sell, the less need for the customer to go to the mass merchandising operation. This is still a service business and you are in the best position to offer just this."
Yesterday's high performance tires, by comparison, are today's broad-line tires. Today's high and ultra-high performance tires are engineering marvels.