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  • Every now and then we run across a vehicle that has a concern we have seen many times before and we almost automatically try to diagnose it by memory; it's almost like a reflex we develop over time. Of course as we all know too well, this can lead you down the wrong path if you stray away from complete testing and verification.
  • Verify What the Scan Tool is Telling You
    Thursday, January 4, 2018 9:31 AM
    Every now and then we run across a vehicle that has a concern we have seen many times before and we almost automatically try to diagnose it by memory; it's almost like a reflex we develop over time. Of course as we all know too well, this can lead you down the wrong path if you stray away from complete testing and verification.
  • Photo Tech - Mindful Tips on Meter Usage
    Thursday, January 4, 2018 9:05 AM
    A person could literally write a book on meter usage. In fact, some of the professional training courses have very large three-ring binders full of technical information and procedures that come with the course. This can be a bit overwhelming at times especially to those who don’t use meters as frequently as meters perhaps should be used.
  • The People Behind the Parts Counter Have Answers - Take advantage of them
    Thursday, January 4, 2018 8:53 AM
    Many shops today rely on some type of online technical resource that provides them with a wide array of technical bulletins, diagnostic procedures and other troubleshooting information. Although this is all well and good, not all information makes its way into these reports...
  • Muffler & Pipe Advice - Mission Impossible: Pancake Problems
    Wednesday, January 3, 2018 3:51 PM
    Some years ago, California had some emissions rules that did not make much sense. I am not talking about emissions systems, such as catalytic converters, but it applies to the catalytic converters and rules that were set up.
  • Collective Action Is the Answer
    Friday, January 5, 2018 10:02 AM
    If you have been around the transportation industry for any length of time, the phrase “technician shortage” has to be a familiar one. Other than a brief respite during the Great Recession from 2008 into 2009, this has been the most talked about issue in the industry, bar none. And “talked about” is a generous term. A more apt description might be “talked to death.”
  • Four Interviewing Tips to Help You Hire Superstar Techs
    Thursday, January 4, 2018 9:48 AM
    We all know it’s getting harder and harder to find the superstar techs, but finding those stars is just the beginning. Once found, you need to interview them like a seasoned pro. Here are some interviewing tips that we share with our Elite Coaching clients:
  • 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.
  • 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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