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  • Stay in the Aftermarket – You Don’t Have to Turn a Wrench
    Being involved in the automotive aftermarket doesn’t necessarily point to a technician in the service bays. That’s only one part of the picture and in fact, not even in some cases, the dominant part.
  • Excessive Chassis Movement
    Vehicle owners today have become very accustomed to not repairing their cars until they get what is commonly referred to as catastrophic failure. Catastrophic failure may be defined as a disabled vehicle with its wheels or some other component not looking like it should parked on the side of the road. You may find suspension components that have popped apart, struts that have broken or body components that have literally rusted away and no longer support the parts they are attached to.
  • Muffler & Pipe Advice - Mission Impossible: Pancake Problems
    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.
  • Muffler & Pipe Advice - Just a ‘Muffler Guy’
    So, I am sitting in a management program with Bob Spitz as our instructor. My wife Marilyn and I are the only automotive exhaust shop owners who have attended his training class, so Bob, with his sense of humor, referred to me as the “muffler guy.”
  • Muffler & Pipe Advice: Building a quarter-wave tuner
    First off: What is a quarter-wave tuner?  All of us in the exhaust industry have either experienced that harmful drone in the cabin of our vehicle, or the cabin of our customer’s vehicle, especially if the vehicle has an aftermarket exhaust system. A quarter-wave tuner, or as some call it a quarter-wave resonator, is a device that helps eliminate that nasty interior sound that we call a drone.
  • Drivers, Start your Engines!
    Many of us are waiting for next month’s Undercar Digest to see all the hard toil that techs have put into their project vehicles for the “Magic Machines” section. Most of these vehicles are in pristine shape and only venture outside the garage on warm, sunny days.
  • Say ‘NO’ to Crack!
    Crystal lite, fine; Diet Coke, that’s OK as well; but crack, absolutely not. How many times have we heard the saying “No to crack.”
    Of course, I am not giving a lecture, but talking about those darn cracks near our catalytic converters and oxygen sensors. Getting those trouble codes directing you to a lean condition, may be a little misleading in some cases.
  • Exhaust & Emission Controls Source

    Receive the leatest information on automotive exhaust-system & catalytic-converter technology from industry experts. Click here: The Exhaust & Emission Controls Source.

    Also, don't forget: Alignment/Chassis Source and Brake Source.

    See the Latest State-by-State Listing of Warehouse Distributors & The Products They Supply!

  • Management Matters: Already Feeling the Winter Doldrums?
    Here in the great state of Wisconsin, we already have snow and we’re changing oil in our snow blowers, checking the shovel inventory and buying the bags of salt. And, the winter race is on!
  • Management Matters: Too Small To Worry? Hardly!
    The attorney across the desk said we had three options when my grandfather died:
    1. Figure out how much money we owed for the shops, auto inventory and the rest in estate taxes and write a check. It wasn’t happening, there was not enough money.
  • Management Matters: Making Money On Performance

    This month we learn how to make money with high-performance services. After all, high-performance work is enjoyable as a rule, and we sure all like the vehicles. However, we can’t operate as charities for very long and keep our businesses afloat.

Undercar Digest serves automotive-repair facilities involved in undercar services that include brake, exhaust and chassis diagnostics and repairs. It also covers a variety of other repairs including drivability. In addition to shops, our readers include manufacturers, warehouse distributors and parts stores that serve them.

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