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Greg Miller

Greg Miller Aug 23    Article

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Advance Auto Parts Names 2016 Vendor of the Year Award Winners

Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, presented its 2016 Vendor of the Year awards during the company’s annual vendor summit held this week. Advance honored five companies, including GRI Engineering & Development, LLC, which received the prestigious recognition as Advance’s 2016 Vendor of the Year. Additional vendor partner awards included:

  • Commercial Excellence Vendor of the Year – CARDONE Industries
  • DIY Excellence Vendor of the Year – Valvoline
  • Superior Availability Vendor of the Year – Dorman Products, Inc.
  • Supply Chain Reliability Vendor of the Year – TRICO Products

2016 Vendor of the Year GRI Engineering & Development provides Advance with quality parts and solutions for its line of brake pads and brake products, and was also selected for delivering exemplary customer support, and providing industry-leading testing and product management.

GRI has partnered with Advance on brake products for more than a decade. The 2016 Commercial Excellence Vendor of the Year, CARDONE, was recognized for innovative category management, excellent field team support and delivering quality products that commercial customers trust.

For more information about quality parts and services available from Advance, visit AdvanceAutoParts.com.

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Diagnostic Tool Review: Toyota Techstream Lite

I have been frustrated on more than one occasion while attempting to diagnose what I initially believed to be a “simple” vehicle problem. I’m confident you have at least a few “nightmares” that you can share where your sanity was tested!  Sometimes it was because I was using an aftermarket diagnostic tool and it didn’t provide the capability to efficiently and effectively give me the information I needed in order to determine what was at fault. 

 

For instance, I’d follow a diagnostic troubleshooting tree and be instructed to use my scanner to operate a device while monitoring a sensor’s value that should be affected when I did so.  But what if my aftermarket tool doesn’t have that test?  A good technician (as I like to consider myself, thank you) would simply find a way to manually operate that device and call up the PID with the scanner to see if it changed.  Am I right?  Um, what if the strategy in the module is supposed to change when commanding that device? 

 

Since you are now the one operating it (and not the module) and the module’s strategy didn’t change when you operated the device, can YOU trust the result of the test?  Will it lead you to follow the correct path of the rest of the troubleshooting tree?  If not, how much time was wasted?  If so, same question?  The reality is in most cases involving more than just a DTC (Diagnostic ... Read More

Aug 22

Jaime Lazarus

I apologize, I am unable to attach all the pictures where you see [Place holders]. You should be able to see them in the print (and the on-line) versions of this article.
 

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Peter Meier

Peter Meier Aug 22    Article

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The Trainer #57 - Ross-Tech DeMystifies VW/Audi Diagnostics

Measuring blocks? Module addresses? Group numbers? If you're new to VW/Audi diagnostics, you're in for a treat!

No doubt this German manufacturer does things differently. If you decide to take on this make in your shop, you'll need more than a Global OBD II scan tool to service them properly. You'll also need a resource to help you learn the language and be there to help you when you stumble.

To make the learning curve less steep, I asked the folks at Ross-Tech (the folks responsible for the VCDS diagnostic system) to share their expertise in this edition of the Trainer. Jef Damewood shares some tips that will help you get started and demystifies VW/Audi scan tool use.

For more information, visit:

http://wiki.Ross-Tech.com
http://www.Ross-Tech.com

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Share Your Photos, Win Great Prizes

As editors of Motor Age, ABRN and Aftermarket Business World, our Commitment to Training is ramping up. Now is your opportunity to show us your commitment to your profession, your customers and your training for an opportunity at great prizes!

It’s easy to show off how you represent yourself. You could win and earn up to $100 in free Motor Age Training products in our “Represent Yourself” contest.*

To enter, post in the Auto Pro Network a photo, blog or video of you representing yourself as an automotive professional and tag it 'Represent Yourself' in the tag section at the bottom of the posting page. Additionally, you must complete this form to be entered in the contest.  

 

The Automotive Group staff of Motor Age, ABRN and Aftermarket Business World will choose three winners for great prizes. You have from June 1 through Aug. 5 to post your photo, blog or video.* So how can you... Read More

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Karen Cover

Karen Cover Aug 22    Article


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Gas Prices are one area where all Automotive Professionals should take note

Gas prices have been a topic of conversation for years. In the United States, since gas prices have come down from the $4 mark, the conversation has shifted to the boost in other spending as averages have hovered around the $2 mark more recently. But the effects of shifting prices have larger effects globally, going beyond just gas prices to the price of crude oil itself. Read more

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Karen Cover

Karen Cover Aug 22    Article


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Why Shops Should Encourage Recall Repairs

If you think you’ve been hearing more and more about vehicle recalls, you’d be right – recalls were up 45 percent between 2014 and 2015. And the recalls aren’t just for Takata airbags. In the past five years, at least 189 separate software recalls have been issued, impacting more than 13 million vehicles. Read more

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SC MEDIA Aug 19    Article

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SPECTRE™ - FIRST AND ONLY BATTERY OPERATED, BLUETOOTH LINKED WIRELESS LASER SYSTEM!

With hardware smaller than your tablet, Advanced Measurement Systems (AMS) is proud to introduce its patented SPECTRE™– industry’s smallest, most powerful scanner.

SPECTRE™ is the ONLY completely wireless, multi-point laser system that accurately measures a vehicle’s frame using dual-axis level compensation. Damage is instantly visually identified via a 3D model. User-friendly, simple software helps technicians quickly assess damage, verify repairs, and document in real time. System produces electronic reports and certification to share with customers and insurance adjusters.

Stop by SEMA Booth #51103, call 423-781-7163 for more info, or visit ams-laser.com.

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Leadership stories from aftermarket legends.

John Passante, a legacy automotive aftermarket Human Resource leader, has worked for some of the biggest names in our industry including Monroe/Tenneco, Delphi, Moog and Car Quest. Listen to entire episode here.

John wrote a book called The Human Side (High-Touch Leadership in a High-Tech World). Passante shares great leadership stories about Larry McCurdy, Hubert (Hub) Moog, John Collins, John Goerlich and Warren Ellis. John tells stories that many in the aftermarket may have never heard, all in the name of great leadership.

John connects these legacy leaders to points in his book; among them, having great character in a leader, the extreme value of being a great listener, why a positive attitude is important and the strength of mentoring.

There is much to learn about the leadership qualities that these aftermarket professionals brought to our industry. Their legacies live on through their stories as told by John Passante.

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NCCA introduces industry blog Coat Notes

The National Coil Coating Association launched an informative blog — Coat Notes — for the coil coating and prepaint industry.

The mission of the NCCA blog is to:
•    Help NCCA provide information on the changing needs of the coil coating (prepainted metals) industry.

•    Offer educational resources to assist the industry in producing superior products and services for customers.

•    Increase awareness of the coil coating process and benefits.

•    Promote prepainted metals.

The blog features easy-to-follow content on all facets of the industry, including tips, trends and other resources.

“Coat Notes is our way of keeping those in the industry covered,” said David Cocuzzi, technical director of NCCA. “The easy-to-digest information that the blog contains serves as a valuable resource for those involved in coil coating and prepainted metals.”

Topics covered on the new Coat Notes blog will include preventing job site corrosion, benefits of using coil coated metal, securing coils for shipping, how to make the most of an NCCA membership, and many others.

For more information and to join the conversation, visit nccacoatnotes.com.

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Peter Meier

Peter Meier Aug 18    Article

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ASA Illinois C.A.N. Conference - Will We See You There?

2016 Chicago Automotive Networking C.A.N. Conference

 

September 16-18, 2016

Westin Chicago Northwest

www.ASAILCAN.com

 

Join us for one of our industry’s leading Training, Networking and Expo events for automotive service professionals!  Learn from and rub elbows with some of the country’s top automotive instructors, including:

Advanced Technical Training by Scot Manna, Donny Seyfer, Scott Shotton, Eric Ziegler, Matt Shanahan, Jim Moritz, Jerry Chapman and Dr. Mark Quarto

Hands-On Training by John Thornton, Scott Shotton, Eric Ziegler and Matt Shanahan

Management and Service Advisor Training by Maylan Newton, Donny Seyfer, Angi Semler Welch and Catherine Johns

See the Complete Schedule of Training and Events at ASAILCAN.com

 

Your 3-Day Pass includes the 3-day weekend of training, a great vendor Expo, lunch Friday & Saturday, coffee and pastries each morning, and Friday reception. ASA Members get a $50 discount!... Read More

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Karen Cover

Karen Cover Aug 18    Article


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Win a free trip to AAPEX and SEMA

Enter ASE's Video Contest and you could win a FREE trip for 2 to AAPEX and SEMA in Las Vegas, Nevada. Enter here

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How a dedicated and loyal team stepped up to make a difference.

I'm so grateful to Jerry Holcom, owner of S & S Service in Kansas City, MO,  for sharing his life's experiences and challenges. There is a bit of deep emotion here when you hear Jerry talk about his issues and the positive outcomes as a result of a team pulling together to make a difference.  LISTEN HERE.

Jerry talks openly about life’s lessons in this very powerful episode. This English major turned technician and shop owner, shares his most important business experiences, his challenges along the way and how grateful he is to his team. A self-professed micro manager that runs a dog friendly shop used a Tandy computer in the 80’s to track his business; needless to say he was an early adopter! Jerry, an ASE Master Tech, has been recognized for his accomplishes by top industry organizations.; see the show notes page for a summary. Listen.

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