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  • Jim Wilder
    There’s a new brand on the street, and don’t be surprised if someone knocks on your shop’s door to inform you about it. Ford Customer Service Division recently introduced Omnicraft, what is described as a high-end aftermarket parts line for non-Ford/Lincoln vehicles that is priced competitively and offers advantageous parts and labor warranties.
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  • It appears over the past few years there has been a considerable uptick in quality when it comes to a variety of parts classifications in the aftermarket. It wasn’t long ago that the trend was “the cheaper the better.” In other words, the cheaper the parts were in cost, more were sold to shops.
  • Magic Machines Coming in August
    Thursday, June 8, 2017 2:06 PM
    Just a reminder that August's Undercar Digest will feature "Magic Machines," project vehicles that include classics, hotrods, bikes, 4X4s and dragsters from those involved in the aftermarket. Send your hi-rez photo and a brief description of the vehicle to: editor@undercardigest.com. We'll publish as many of them has we can. Must be received by July 5.
  • It’s a Blast! Getting rid of carbon deposits
    Thursday, June 1, 2017 9:45 AM
    I chuckle when I hear some of the radio commercials for different oils and oil additives that supposedly guarantee the motorist of an engine that will run forever and never have any problems. Specifically, they talk about decarbonizing an engine. While this may be true for the oil that gets into the low-friction piston rings, petroleum deposits building up into the intake plenum area by the cylinder-head valve stems is not directly from the oil getting by the piston rings.
  • Say ‘NO’ to Crack!
    Thursday, June 1, 2017 9:35 AM
    Crystal lite, fine; Diet Coke, that’s OK as well; but crack, absolutely not. How many times have we heard the saying “No to crack.”
    Of course, I am not giving a lecture, but talking about those darn cracks near our catalytic converters and oxygen sensors. Getting those trouble codes directing you to a lean condition, may be a little misleading in some cases.
  • Quality Uptick Continues with Aftermarket Parts
    Wednesday, May 31, 2017 3:44 PM
    It appears over the past few years there has been a considerable uptick in quality when it comes to a variety of parts classifications in the aftermarket. It wasn’t long ago that the trend was “the cheaper the better.” In other words, the cheaper the parts were in cost, more were sold to shops.
  • Sensor Signal? Nearly none, but unit still worked
    Monday, May 1, 2017 1:30 PM
    The customer had multiple concerns: 30-40 mph is the top speed, drive modes won’t switch, neutrals out in reverse, stuck in low gear at times, can’t shift manually, only works in drive Stored DTC 2767, Component Y3/6n3 (speed sensor) is faulty.
  • The Future of Health Insurance Legislation
    Thursday, June 1, 2017 9:25 AM
    Part of this article has been on my computer for the past five months. Every time I sat in front of the computer something happened to derail the latest version of the health and insurance program proposed by President Trump and the House of Representatives. While I am no longer going to stake my future on the exact plan design, there are some basic provisions that seem to show up in every design discussed to date. And though the House bill just passed, its future in the Senate as it exists is likely troubled. The reason is that there are provisions that make some lawmakers nervous. So, that you might have a better idea of what seems to be evolving, we’ll take a few minutes and discuss what’s on the table as of this writing.
  • Lessons from Large Companies
    Monday, May 1, 2017 11:23 AM
    What does General Electric, Ford Motor Co., Westinghouse and Bosch have in common with us in our shops? They have exactly the same challenges and issues we do, only a lot more of them and likely many more years to learn.
  • More Money, More Time, High Productivity!
    Wednesday, April 12, 2017 9:43 AM
    Would you like a shop that makes more money, has more productive techs, with techs who are more committed than ever to the shop and their fellow techs? How about lowering your worker’s comp premium or just simply making your shop a better place to live and you and your employees happier? If any of this appeals to you, please take a few minutes and read on!
  • Marketing to Generations: Part Dieu – Boomers
    Sunday, March 12, 2017 9:59 AM
    Last month we discussed marketing to millennials. As you recall, we found that millennials are a huge population segment that is moving to become our major source of business in short order. And, as you may remember, it was my conclusion that you ignore this group, and their different buying traits, at your own peril.
  • Omnicraft: A New Brand on the Street
    Wednesday, May 31, 2017 2:11 PM
    There’s a new brand on the street, and don’t be surprised if someone knocks on your shop’s door to inform you about it. Ford Customer Service Division recently introduced Omnicraft, what is described as a high-end aftermarket parts line for non-Ford/Lincoln vehicles that is priced competitively and offers advantageous parts and labor warranties.
  • Undercar Digest: Have it Your Way
    Monday, May 1, 2017 9:24 AM

    How do you like to receive your information about the automotive aftermarket? It’s a question that comes up constantly when Undercar Digest team members visit with members of the aftermarket, whether they be presidents and CEOs, parts distributors, shop operators or technicians.

    Throughout its more than 40-year history, it’s always been Undercar Digest’s philosophy to provide our readers with the technical, management and news information they request and to deliver it to them in a method they prefer. To steal the slogan from Burger King, we want you, our readers, to “Have it your way.”

  • Specialty Products: Alignments’ ‘Whole Ball of Wax’
    Friday, March 31, 2017 4:40 PM

    Specialty Products Co. “Pro Alignment Team” members take pride in the fact that they operate a multifaceted company that is designed for purpose of helping alignment technicians with nearly every aspect of their jobs.

    The company is unique, they say, because it designs, develops and tests alignment parts and tools in the USA, and then backs them up with a variety of training and support materials for the technician.
  • Pacesetter - Evolving with the Industry
    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 10:15 AM
    From its founding in Southern California in 1972 under the leadership of Woody Harrah, Pacesetter Exhaust has evolved, always meeting the needs of customers involved in performance exhaust and emission controls.

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