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  • Jim Wilder

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    Jones Exhaust recently celebrated its 40th anniversary and continues to expand its operation of manufacturing and supplying exhaust-system and related components to warehouse distributor.

    (Cover photo by Undercar Digest Editor Jim Wilder)

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  • Road testing is a skill, or at least it should be. As with almost any other task in the automotive aftermarket, some people are better at road testing than others. Many perceive road testing to be an overall simple no-brainer type of operation, so it’s something that is often skipped. You should really give it its due.
  • Steve Handschuh to Retire from MEMA
    Wednesday, September 19, 2018 12:37 PM
    With decidedly mixed emotions, the Board of Directors of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) today announced that it has accepted Steve Handschuh’s decision to retire as the association’s president and chief executive officer, effective on December 31, 2018. Steve’s decision was prompted by recent concerns with his health, combined with his love for the industry and desire to make sure that MEMA is effectively managed as it moves into the future.
  • Road Testing – Make it Happen
    Friday, August 31, 2018 12:00 AM
    Road testing is a skill, or at least it should be. As with almost any other task in the automotive aftermarket, some people are better at road testing than others. Many perceive road testing to be an overall simple no-brainer type of operation, so it’s something that is often skipped. You should really give it its due.
  • Photo Tech: Diagnostic Tools that Make Life Easier for Techs
    Friday, August 31, 2018 12:00 AM
    Some if not many shops do not put the diagnostic tool groups of scan tools, five-gas analyzers and scopes into the same thought process as far as tools to help techs diagnose and solve problems.
  • Debris, Melted Insulation Cause Two Codes to Set
    Friday, August 31, 2018 12:00 AM
    About two months ago a customer brought in his 2006 Ford E350 Econoline van equipped with a 5.4L engine and a 4R75E transmission for an evaluation. His concern was that the check-engine light was on and the transmission seemed to shift hard at times.
  • Technically Speaking: Washing Rotors
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Occasionally opportunities present themselves unexpectedly. As I was preparing to start this month’s Technically Speaking article, I received a phone call asking if I would be interested in some input or assistance from a acknowledge industry expert in the brake field. I’m never one to turn down an opportunity to listen to another’s point of view, especially when it’s an experienced professional opinion. So, I put these questions to Bob Peters, chief engineer, friction material engineering of Akebono Brake Corporation.
  • Lose 200 Pounds Painlessly Without Dieting (said no one ever)
    Friday, August 31, 2018 12:00 AM
    This month was supposed to be a completely different subject in this column. But, as I often do, I looked through the questions coming my way, comments by shops, the most immediate need for all of the readers and more. So, I bailed on the original and am going to tackle a very tricky, often unpleasant and personal issue. Weight and exercise are on the docket this month.
  • Your Management Consultant: TUNE-UP Your Team!
    Friday, August 31, 2018 12:00 AM
    There is a classic business cliché that has been around for a while. “What if we train them and they leave?” This is countered with, “What happens if we don’t and they stay?”
  • Who, Me? High Performance & Collector Vehicles?
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Should you be working on collector and high-performance vehicles? Well, the answer is a qualified yes! Here’s why...
  • Are You Asking the Right Questions to Prevent Comebacks?
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Great communication is what can set your shop above the rest. We have seen the customer that shows up at a repair shop and asks for a transmission service or an alignment. After the customer picks up the car, they quickly return to report that the car still has a delayed first-to-second gear shift or the vibration at 55 mph is a bad as it was! Some service writers just take orders from customers. Effective service advisers fully evaluate the customer’s needs and give them the best possible advice based on all the information available. The difference between the two can be the difference between success and failure for your repair shop.
  • Jones Exhaust: 50 Years & Going Strong
    Friday, August 31, 2018 12:00 AM
    With 50 years under its belt as a manufacturer and supplier of automotive exhaust components and accessories, Jones Exhaust Systems has made its mark in this competitive industry by meeting the needs of the distributors and shops they serve.
  • B&B Auto, McHenry, Ill. - Old School, But High-Tech
    Friday, August 31, 2018 12:00 AM
    As I entered B&B Auto at about 9 a.m. I knew my interview would be delayed. Receptionists Heleena Barnet and Danielle Ryczek greeted me as soon as I walked in but the waiting room was packed with customers. Owner Phil Baggio, was questioning a customer about his vehicle concerns while others waited patiently for their turn.
  • Magic Machines 2018
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 3:04 PM
    Every year in the August issue Undercar Digest presents “Magic Machines,” a collection of project vehicles owned, and often-customized, by members of the automotive industry.
  • Raybestos Brakes: Fundamentals and Fun
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    A pledge to build brake products that meet OE fit, form and function has become the foundation of Brake Parts Inc (BPI) and its iconic century-old brand – Raybestos Brakes. However, there is nothing that says the company can’t have a little fun along the way with a vehicle-build giveaway while still working diligently on product engineering, research and development.

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