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    Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket leverages its vast OE knowledge to produce parts of the same exacting quality in all of its divisions. ASE Master Technician Eddie Todd, Rick’s Automotive, Springfield, Mo., installs a Continental engine cooling fan assembly on a late-model Ram pickup. A variety of Continental replacement parts are shown on the tool cart.

    (Cover photo by Undercar Digest Editor Jim Wilder)

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  • Centric Receives Service's Export Achievement Certificate
    Friday, November 9, 2018 11:32 AM
    Auto Care Association member Centric Parts was presented with the U.S. Commercial Service's Export Achievement Certificate for their accomplishments in the Central and South American markets during AAPEX activities in Las Vegas.
  • R & R Tech: CVTs Are Here; You Can Profit from Them
    Thursday, November 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    As CVT transmissions are appearing in our shops with increasing frequency, there still seems to be a degree of hesitance for some shops to take on these jobs. Even if shops do not want to build these units in-house, there are reliable sources for remanufactured units out there that enable them to capture profit on R&R rather than sending a customer down the road to a competitor.
  • Practical TPMS Service When Changing Tires
    Thursday, November 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    It is common in today’s automotive aftermarket repair business, as well as in many dealerships, to automatically include any TPMS parts that should be replaced during tire-repair service. Some regulatory agencies state that everything must be line-listed and completely transparent to the customer. This is true and I have no problem with this philosophy, but it can become confusing for a customer who says, “I really don’t want that done.”
  • Complete Brake Repair – Get it Right! Don’t cut corners
    Thursday, November 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Complete brake service is something that literally books of 200-300 pages have been written about and is something that you could study and analyze for months on end. This issue of Photo Tech will address some of the more common issues why they are occurring, why the work is sometimes shortcut and what you can do to provide complete brake service of the quality that is necessary out in the field.
  • Deciding to Do Exhaust ‘Tu-be or not Tu-be’ – pun intended
    Thursday, November 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    At the ripe old age of 8, I remember, after my first day on the job at my father’s muffler shop I told him that I had “half a mind” to become a muffler installer like him. In the past it was believed that anyone could do muffler work. “You could train a monkey to do that job!” Those words came from the “elite” mechanics, who had glorious certifications, sewn on their sleeves.
  • Buying Property for a New or Added Shop Without Tears!
    Thursday, November 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    A real life story. In 1997 I considered the purchase of a commercial building to house my businesses. To make it doable, I was looking at a large building in partnership with another business owner who had a towing and RV business. It was a perfect match.
  • Is Flat Rate Flat Wrong? How to pay your technicians
    Thursday, November 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Our shops run like they do for many reasons. The culture we have developed, our policies and procedures, and the way we pay our technicians. Chances are the pay plan you are using was decided long ago. It’s easy to decide on something and then forget about it. It may be time to take another look at how you currently pay your technicians. What factors caused you to choose flat rate or an hourly pay plan?
  • What’s an Ergonomic???
    Monday, October 1, 2018 12:00 AM

    Ergonomics: The study of people’s efficiency in their working environment. Oxford Dictionary

    Modern definition ergonomics: Fitting a job to the employee rather than the employee to the job.


  • Culture of Success
    Monday, October 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    How to achieve ‘GREAT’ culture at your shop!
    It was the winter of 1989. I had just graduated from tire-store manager school. My first assignment was the company’s worst store. This particular store had been bought and sold many times by different outfits over the years. The building was set back between two other businesses, making it almost impossible to see from the street. When I first walked in the door, an air of gloom grabbed my attention. There I was, full of enthusiasm for my first management assignment, drowning in negativity. I did not know anything about culture at the time but my new store had a culture of defeat.

  • Finding the Mother Lode of Vehicles
    Thursday, November 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Chip Broemmer’s career educating the next generation of technicians has been sandwiched between two hitches in automotive repair, a long early span with Toyota and a recent venture, Advanced Car Care Center in Strafford, Mo.
  • Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket
    Thursday, November 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Leaders at Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket consider their company being more than one that just offers replacement parts. In a world where some aftermarket parts producers compete mainly on price, many distributors and shops are turning to Continental because true OE product eliminates warranty issues, costly comebacks and dissatisfied motorists.
  • Kinney’s Muffler Shop, Fort Worth, Texas
    Monday, October 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Kinney’s Muffler Shop, Fort Worth, Texas
    Celebrating 40 Years
    And all the sounds customers want
  • Vehicle Lifts Must Pass Tougher Testing to Earn ALI Gold Label
    Monday, October 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Stronger ANSI/ALI ALCTV Safety Standard Now in Effect
    It’s now a little more challenging for a vehicle lift to earn an Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) gold certification label – and that’s good news for lift operator safety.

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