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    On the Cover - Target Rich Environment - On-Site Solutions for Modern Vehicle Service

    When your shop needs help completing a repair, “The Best Little Diagnostic Shop in Texas” delivers its expert service to your doorstep. 

     By Joe Henmueller, Editor

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  • It is obvious what face-to-face training is, but let’s take a moment to define online training. Online training is any type of training, information-obtaining or other means that is done by going on a computer. This means that a DVD or CD could actually fall into this category as well, but more than likely you’re going to come across two major areas of training.

  • SEMA Expands Youth Outreach with NHRA
    Saturday, June 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is expanding its youth outreach efforts by partnering with the NHRA’s Youth & Education Services (YES) Program. This initiative enables SEMA to reach and introduce students to the excitement and opportunities in motorsports, whether as a spectator, career or an overall lifestyle.
  • The DANGER in Charging Forward - Changing Battery Types in Today’s Vehicles
    Saturday, June 1, 2019 12:00 AM

    It wasn’t long ago that we raised the hood on a vehicle and there was only a standard “wet” sealed lead acid battery. Today, many batteries are located in the trunk or under the seats to save space in the engine compartment. Additionally, a more reliable battery was necessary to handle the increased duty-cycle of the vehicle’s electrical system, due to integration of more and more accessories into vehicles. Now, there are more than 2,200 makes and models that come standard with a newer, different battery type.

  • Photo Tech - Determining the Method of Alignments – Part 2
    Saturday, June 1, 2019 12:00 AM

    The family of vehicles that includes the Dodge Charger, the Dodge Challenger and the Chrysler 300 for the model years 2011 to 2017 requires some alignment procedures that are a little outside the norm of the commonplace work of a regular alignment.

  • R & R Tech: Spiking Speedometer
    Saturday, June 1, 2019 12:00 AM

    A customer showed up at our shop with a 2008 Chevrolet Impala SS that was equipped with the 5.3 LS engine and a 4T65E transmission. The customer had a complaint of an erratic speedometer while driving. I began by collecting all the vehicle information for a check out sheet, such as VIN, mileage, engine and transmission type. After filling out the vehicle information section I set about to begin my diagnosis.

  • Face-to-Face Training Versus Online Training
    Saturday, June 1, 2019 12:00 AM

    It is obvious what face-to-face training is, but let’s take a moment to define online training. Online training is any type of training, information-obtaining or other means that is done by going on a computer. This means that a DVD or CD could actually fall into this category as well, but more than likely you’re going to come across two major areas of training.

  • DRIVE YOUR SHOP TO SUCCESS - The Key to Performance Indicators
    Saturday, June 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    It’s a beautiful sunny Florida morning and I am on my way to Tampa on a training mission. Everything is going perfectly. I know it is because the onboard navigation system shows me southbound on I-75 at 73mph with 320 miles to go.

    The engine temperature and oil pressure look perfect. The charging system is humming along. There are no warnings and no check–engine lights. I can relax because I know everything is going according to plan. Sounds great, right?

  • The Great Training Gulf is Costing You $$$$$
    Saturday, June 1, 2019 12:00 AM

    A lot of articles about training tend to be fairly dry recitals about developing plans and issues with employees. When I was handed this assignment, I was determined to break the mold. So, in this article, although we will look at the employees, we’ll also be looking at your role in all of this. Please read on while I explain.

  • Are You A Shop Owner Suffering From Burnout?
    Saturday, June 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    Over the years I have met hundreds, if not thousands, of shop owners who are suffering from burnout. They either tell me they have it, or it clearly shows in their behavior. Ironically, dealing with burnout is no different than fixing cars, in that in order to accurately solve the problem, we have to first identify the cause.
  • You Can’t Take Percentages to the Bank
    Wednesday, May 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    Far too many shop owners are so determined to make a certain percentage of gross profit on each job, that they lose sight of profitability, as well as customer service. I’m talking about the people who judge their success by percentages rather than dollars. These are the shop owners that are so busy trying to squeeze every last penny out of every job that they forget about the dollars being lost at the same time. Sure, your technicians can take that transmission apart and rebuild it, but with rare exception, most shop owners will install a replacement, right?
  • Saturday, June 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    Plenty of shop owners complain about the incredibly fast pace of new automotive technologies. Those shops are often uncertain as to where to focus their efforts, training and investments. We’ve all heard it said before, “It’s too hard to hit a moving target.”

    Kirk Holland offers a solution; he brings the target(s) right to your shop’s doorstep.

  • CuS.T.E.M. -izing our Industry’s Future
    Wednesday, May 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    What do you get when you mix a dozen automotive aftermarket professionals with 300 twelve-year-olds and hundreds of priceless custom cars? We’ll all know the answer in ten years or so, when those same students start making post-graduate school and career choices.
  • So, Who Puts Brakes on the Batmobile?
    Wednesday, May 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    Some car repairs require a little extra attention to detail. Especially when the car belongs to someone famous or infamous. Or, maybe the car is unique, highly desirable or even rare. We found a shop that works at a Fast and Furious pace to keep up with maintaining an ever changing collection of cool cars.
  • Smith’s Service Center - Family Tradition Continues
    Monday, April 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    Smith’s Service Center has been a family-owned business since 1969 when Al Smith opened a Mobil service station after working for a local Madison, Wis., Ford dealership for more than 25 years.

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