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  • Ron Henningsen
    There are a few basic maintenance functions that should be done weekly or at least monthly on bench brake lathes, but in some shops this chore is neglected completely because the shop would rather replace than machine, even when the rotor is within specs...
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  • AAPEXedu 2017 to Address Impact of New Technologies
    Friday, October 20, 2017 11:27 AM
    The AAPEXedu 2017 Technology track will focus on the many new and emerging technologies in vehicles and how they will impact businesses in the automotive aftermarket industry. AAPEX represents the $740 billion global automotive aftermarket industry and will be held Tuesday, Oct. 31 through Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.
  • Brake Lathe Maintenance a Must
    Sunday, October 1, 2017 12:01 AM
    There are a few basic maintenance functions that should be done weekly or at least monthly on bench brake lathes, but in some shops this chore is neglected completely because the shop would rather replace than machine, even when the rotor is within specs...
  • Aluminum Chassis Parts & Blown Tires
    Sunday, October 1, 2017 12:01 AM
    Technical Editor Ron Henningsen explains the importance of checking aluminum chassis parts after a tire blow.
  • Expand Your Knowledge Base
    Sunday, October 1, 2017 12:00 AM
    I’ve always loved cars and knew from an early age that I wanted to be a mechanic when I grew up. Well, I haven’t grown up, and I’m not a mechanic; I’m a Professional Automotive Technician. I’ve been fortunate to have been able to see the advancement of automotive technology over many years. The evolution and integration of computer-controlled components and the speed and accuracy that comes with it has and will continue to change the challenges of diagnosing these systems.
  • Locating Lazy Diesel Cylinder Causes
    Sunday, October 1, 2017 12:00 AM
    Sniffing out those hard-to-find lazy cylinders with quick and simple methods make life easier than replacing injectors only to find the miss is still there.
  • Save Money & Understand Your GK and Liability Policies
    Sunday, October 1, 2017 12:01 AM
    Business Editor Tom Langer explains why shops should review their garage-keepers and liability insurance.
  • Management Matters - Mentoring for Profits
    Friday, September 1, 2017 3:00 AM
    Unless you have an unending number of amazing technicians wandering in your shop looking for work, and who want to work for you, this article is very important to your future and that of our industry! It’s all about how you can improve your current talent pool while providing specific career paths, recruiting and growth opportunities for the techs in your shop. And, it is that group who will in great part determine your profitability, customer satisfaction, value of your shop some day when you want out and, simply, your stress and enjoyment levels.
  • A Peak into the Future of Auto Repair
    Thursday, July 27, 2017 3:03 PM
    To this day I remember the headlines and photos in Mechanics Illustrated showing cars that rocketed throughout space from one space port to the next. Then there were the cars that would turn magically into airplanes or boats. Thanks to the Amphicar, at least one came to be!
    Go forward in time. I am in a high school class of an English teacher who was a science fiction fanatic. At the same time, I think he had a bit of concern that the world would one day be at the hands of tyrant leaders. We read books like 1984 by George Orwell, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and others. As one looks around today, seems too much of all this has come true!
  • How About Some Money for Your Business?
    Thursday, June 29, 2017 2:42 PM
    Borrowing money is as American as apple pie, it seems. Nowhere is this truer than for our business needs. Today, we’ll take a look at some of the key terms, loan designs, borrowing options and more.
  • Hunter Engineering: Seamless Integration
    Thursday, June 29, 2017 10:44 AM
    Hunter Engineering’s Alignment Quick Check® and Quick Tread® are used on all vehicles being serviced at new Plaza Tire locations in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Arkansas. Technician Russell Soto performs the checks on a 2012 Ford Fusion at the company’s new shop in Springfield, Mo.
  • 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.


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