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  • Ron Henningsen
    Sometimes diagnosing a problem on a vehicle is a simple matter of visual inspection, such as when a vehicle comes in on a hook with a wheel hanging because a ball joint has popped apart. In other cases, it’s much more complicated and in the case of some electrical-wiring issues on some vehicles, the problem can never be found. There is, however, some middle ground that will be shown in this issue of Photo Tech.
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  • The subject vehicle that was fitted with one of our remanufactured transmissions six months prior showed up at one of our repair locations recently, with the customer concern of an intermittent bumpy 1-2 shift, and a low-power lugging sensation along with a CEL on.
  • Bosch Giving Track Donates to Foundations
    Friday, December 1, 2017 12:01 AM
    Bosch Giving Track contributed $3,000 to charities specified by its sponsored teams, Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske, in the month of October. Through Giving Track, Bosch contributes $1,000 to a team-specified charity each time a driver from one of its sponsored teams secures a 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ victory. Bosch Giving Track has contributed a total of $19,000 in donations this season following wins by drivers of sponsored teams.
  • Analysis, Diagnosis & Confirmation of Repair Needed
    Friday, December 1, 2017 12:01 AM
    Sometimes diagnosing a problem on a vehicle is a simple matter of visual inspection, such as when a vehicle comes in on a hook with a wheel hanging because a ball joint has popped apart. In other cases, it’s much more complicated and in the case of some electrical-wiring issues on some vehicles, the problem can never be found. There is, however, some middle ground that will be shown in this issue of Photo Tech.
  • Blame it on Missing Harness Retaining Clips
    Friday, December 1, 2017 12:01 AM
    The subject vehicle that was fitted with one of our remanufactured transmissions six months prior showed up at one of our repair locations recently, with the customer concern of an intermittent bumpy 1-2 shift, and a low-power lugging sensation along with a CEL on.
  • Wheel Alignment after Vehicle Service – Not Far-Fetched at All
    Friday, December 1, 2017 12:01 AM
    In the “old days,” the “old days” being as little as five years ago, it would not be common to always suggest a wheel alignment after a wide variety of chassis or vehicle service. Things are different today.
  • Where is the Passion?
    Friday, December 1, 2017 12:01 AM
    Just recently, I received an email from one of my old friends and co-workers, now living in New Mexico. Stu Ehrich and I go a long ways back to when I first got out of the service and planted myself in San Diego. I have lots of respect for this man and he brought to my attention that there seems to be a loss of passion in our industry! I thought long and hard as to why and came up with several reasons.
  • To Tow or Not to Tow, That is the Question!
    Friday, December 1, 2017 12:01 AM
  • Thinking Retirement: Management Matters
    Wednesday, November 1, 2017 12:01 AM
    Business Editor Tom Langer looks at retirement planning that you may not be familiar with.
  • 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.
  • 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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