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Nothing replaces seeing an automotive system in action. But the opportunity to get this kind of close-up look at new products doesn’t happen as often these days. Enter Joe’s Garage! This real-world shop setup with eight service bays, provides a platform for exhibiting brands to demo their equipment. Beyond just talking ...
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Motor Repair Data On MAXISYS Tablets

Autel has partnered with MOTOR repair data services to enable technicians to access MOTOR’s extensive vehicle systems and repair information directly within Autel’s tablet diagnostic interface. With the MOTOR subscription, the MaxiSYS user can access the MOTOR information directly after the system scan. All vehicle and code-related information can be ...
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It Never Snows in Miami

There’s an awe that tends to follow truly great salespeople. “They could sell sawdust to a lumber-mill,” we say, with reverence. “He could sell a ketchup popsicle to a woman in white gloves!” But not even the best salesman could sell snow tires in Miami. No matter how incredible their ...
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3 Easy Steps to Grow Your Auto Service Business

Looking for ways to grow your auto repair business? One of the biggest industry challenges is that most people don’t think about auto repair until they need it. To help keep your business top of mind and relevant for customers, we’ve listed three ways to increase sales. 1. Understand Customer ...
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Should Online Marketplaces Ban The Sale Of Used Catalytic Converters?

Marketplace platforms are designed to allow anyone to buy and sell items through online listings. The user experience is generally simple and the process of creating a listing is quick. That is great if you want to get rid of an item you own and is legally in your possession, ...
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Helpful Features of Today’s Scan Tools

There is a new sound coming from the engine. The noise is disturbing but initially unknown. You hook up the diagnostic tool, but a code doesn’t pop up. With technology rapidly changing, it’s important to have an up-to-date onboard diagnostic scanner to maximize technician intelligence and accelerate an overall repair ...
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The NEW John Bean® Tru-Point™ Augmented Reality (AR) Experience App

Conway, AR – June 9, 2021 – The new John Bean® Tru-Point™ Augmented Reality (AR) Experience app lets shop owners and service technicians explore the new Tru-Point advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) calibration tool in a whole new way. “The Tru-Point AR app gives users a complete view of the ...
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Is Your Shop on the Top 10 List?

The Coordinating Committee For Automotive Repair (CCAR) is 100% committed to shop safety; are you? Each year, thousands of Americans are subject to unsafe working conditions resulting in minor to severe injuries. Unfortunately, not all workplace safety accidents allow the worker to come home; far too many unnecessary fatalities occur. ...
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Tech Tips: Full Throttle

It Works Just Like a Carburetor. Here’s How You Fix It. There was a time not long ago when fuel was delivered to the engine through a carburetor. This device had a throttle plate, connected to the accelerator pedal via a cable, that would allow an increasing amount of air/fuel ...
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A Dedicated Battery Tool — It’s Time Your Shop Owned One

The health of a vehicle’s battery has always, of course, been essential to a vehicle’s operation. The chemical reaction within produces electrical energy that excites the starter, and the starter turns the engine. But throughout the years as comfort, safety, and performance features (think Start/Stop systems) have been added, the ...
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Stolen Catalytic Converter Buyers

Road buyers drive the market for stolen catalytic converters, enticing criminals to steal catalytic converters from your vehicles. This blog will explain who these road buyers are and who enables this criminal activity. These roaming road buyers play a large role in contributing to the theft of catalytic converters. These ...
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Handling Diesel Exhaust Fluid

Engine manufacturers are meeting standards calling for reductions in particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) to near zero levels in a variety of ways. One of the most common is the use of selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology that utilizes diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). DEF is mixed with the ...
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What Has Changed With PCMO and Why Should You Be Aware?

PCMO (Passenger Car Motor Oil) has been through a series of ongoing changes to address challenges with newer engine technologies, driven by regulations to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have been tasked with implementing hardware changes to meet these requirements. A few of these newer ...
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How Will Electrification Affect the Automotive Industry?

As demands for improved fuel economy and the desire to become less dependent on foreign oil, the mandate for the auto manufactures is to produce more electrified vehicles. Electrified vehicles include the obvious battery powered electric vehicles but it also includes plug in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles. Tesla is ...
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Tech Tips: An Open Door Policy

Repairing the Sliding Door Electric Wiring These wires must be able to move from the closed position of the door to the open position. And, these wires must be protected to prevent tangling and damage. A flexible, plastic sheath that looks something like a link chain (see Figure 1) keeps all of ...
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Waste Oil Heating is Saving Auto Repair Shops in the US Millions of Dollars

If the mid-December 2020 nor’easter is anything to go by, the US is headed for a harsh winter. For automotive repair shops around the country, that likely means increased heating bills. With many businesses already reeling from a pandemic sales slump, soaring energy prices become another stress. However, there is ...
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Tech Tips: On the Hot Seat

Heated seats are made for driver comfort. Here’s how to keep them working right. If you live in a cold weather climate, heated seats are one of those comfort options everyone loves. In fact, a cold leather seat is just as uncomfortable in the winter as a hot leather seat ...
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Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) Battery: Best Safety Practices

Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries have been installed in vehicles since the 1990s and are being used in approximately 40 million vehicles in North America, growing at a rate of around 8 million batteries per year. They are found in some application of virtually all original equipment manufacturer (OEM) fleets ...
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An Overview of Scan Tools for Shop Technicians

It would be hard-pressed for a modern auto repair shop to consider turning their open sign on without having a scan tool. Most shops have several scan tools at their disposal and often keep investing in more every couple of years. While the do-it-yourself market can usually get by with ...
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Tech Tips: Generators

The generator is a key component in the electrical system of any vehicle. Its basic purpose is to provide current for the electrical accessories on the vehicle and to charge the battery. Without a generator, the vehicle could be started and run, but it would stop as soon as the ...
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Press Release

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., Aug. 19, 2020 — The new Snap-on® Pass Thru Assistant (PTA) expands automotive repair and collision technicians’ J2534 programming capabilities, making it easier than ever for them to keep vehicles in the shop, finish the job correctly, and increase profits and customer satisfaction. While J2534 programming can be ...
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OSHA & CCAR Establish Ambassador Relationships

Since entering into an Alliance in 2004, with subsequent renewals in 2006, 2008, and 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) have worked together to improve workplace health and safety by sharing information, guidance, and access to ...
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What is an ADAS?

What is an ADA System? Want to play a game? Between a Boeing 777, Mercedes S-Class, or a B-2 bomber. Which one has the least lines of code? The answer, the Mercedes S-Class has 100,000,000 lines of code while the Boeing 777 uses over four million lines of code. Meanwhile, ...
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Moving Beyond TEXT2PAY

Most of us have heard of, or even used, Text2Pay; the practice of having your customers pay for a repair on their smart phones after getting a text message from your shop. Sounds and is great! BUT THERE’S MORE… Why not utilize text messaging to save time in the shop ...
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PRESS RELEASE FROM SNAP-ON

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., June 23, 2020 — The perfect companion to any scan tool, the VANTAGE Legend™ from Snap-on® has an updated user interface and an all-new “fireworks” bezel design to ignite the technician’s productivity. With a high-speed two-channel lab scope, digital graphing meter and exclusive expert information, VANTAGE Legend makes ...
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Vehicle Network Securities

Vehicle technology continues to emerge which brings a tremendous amount of convenience features, safety products and efficient engines for the consumers, but it does come at a cost and that cost is usually at the technician’s expense. As if, diagnosing problems within those systems isn’t difficult enough, we now have ...
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Hofmann Wheel Aligners: New Look, Enhanced Features

Conway, AR – April 28, 2020 — Offering a sleek and sturdy new design, the Hofmann® Line of geoliner® Wheel Alignment Systems may have a new look, but these versatile aligners continue to provide shops with the same high level of innovative performance and productivity-enhancing features that they have come ...
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Has COVID-19 Changed the way Customers Want Their Vehicles Serviced?

There is no denying the COVID-19 era has changed how consumers behave. Now there can be lots of debate on how long the change will stay in effect, but for now and for the short term, I think we can agree these are different times. I think the question we ...
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Tools of the Trade: Autel’s Complete TPMS Servicing Strategy

TPMS service is one of the industry’s most straight forward tasks. Understanding tire service and sensor replacement includes basic TPM system knowledge, universal programmable sensors and a TPMS tool able to support that understanding. Adding TPMS service to your shop’s menu requires your team to perform diagnostics, sensor programming and ...
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ASE Certification

Professional Credentials for Every Step of Your Career Today’s automotive technology would make past generations marvel. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) which include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection and more are available here and now. Tomorrow’s technology promises even more with augmented reality dashboards, energy-storing body ...
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ASE Education Foundation to Hold Seventh Annual Training Conference for Automotive Instructors

Leesburg, Virginia – March 9, 2020 – The ASE Education Foundation will hold its seventh annual Instructor Training Conference on July 14-17, 2020, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, in Frisco, Texas. The conference will offer more than 60 technical sessions with over 100 hours of training to choose from over ...
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Building Trust & Transparency Through Standards

Finding a shop you trust can be difficult, this article can help motorists understand what a trustworthy shop can do for their customers. With the increasing complexity of vehicle systems and components, it is important for motorists to have a service provider they trust to do the repair and maintenance ...
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Tips for Paying Off Credit Cards

80% of American adults are in debt and half of them own a credit card. The average credit card debt for a household that has a credit card is $8,284.00. For many people, a credit card is the greatest obstacle to obtaining a sound financial future, and it can keep ...
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Rising Young Technicians

For these top guns the future is looking bright! South Florida’s Jakob J. Turano and Chris Miller are the new face of today’s crop of up-and-coming young automotive technicians:  technically savvy, computer literate, and job-ready…thanks to pro-active instructors, forward-thinking automotive programs, and industry/education programs that emphasize mentoring and hands-on apprenticeships. ...
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Linking the Gap Between Print and Digital Direct Marketing

AutoLink is a brand new print and digital publication that is sent directly to over 40,000 business owners in the automotive repair industry across the Midwest. Our goal is to be the go-to platform that connects businesses that rely on this industry, to the consumers that rely on their products ...
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