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Karen Cover

Karen Cover Dec 15    Article


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Best ALLDATA News of 2017

From always-popular Tech Tips to Wrenching in Red Heels, ALLDATA News had something for everyone in 2017. To wrap-up the year, ALLDATA has bundled the most-clicked articles, so read on to see what you might have missed.

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Chelsea Frey

Chelsea Frey Dec 14    Article


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Power through a day in the shop with PowerDrawer-equipped Snap-on Roll Cab

A Snap-on® Masters Series Roll Cab becomes a powerful workhorse with the addition of an integrated PowerDrawer for rechargeable tools and devices. For the first time, Masters Series Roll Cabs will offer a five-outlet, two-USB port power strip in a dedicated PowerDrawer for charging power tool batteries, cell phones, tablets and more.

“Shops and techs need power sources now more than ever to keep tools and devices running throughout the day. Snap-on listened to its customers and is now including a charging option in our Masters Series Roll Cabs, and a host of other products," says Scott Amundson, a Snap-on Tools product manager. "As nearby and handy as a drawer in your tool storage box, the PowerDrawer makes it easy and convenient to power through the day without losing work time searching for additional wall outlets."

The KMP1163 Masters Series Roll Cabs are the latest addition to Snap-on storage options to offer charging capabilities, and come in a variety of configurations and colors.

Find out more about the KMP1163 Series Masters Roll Cab with PowerDrawer by contacting your participating Snap-on franchisee or other representative, visiting www.snapon.com or calling toll-free 877-SNAPON-4 (877-762-7664).

 

About Snap-on Tools

Snap-on Tools is a subsidiary of Snap-on Incorporated, a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks. Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and

other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as well as for customers in industries, including aviation and aerospace, agriculture, construction, government and military, mining, natural resources, power generation and technical education. Snap-on Tools is one of the largest non-food franchise companies in the world, selling its products and services through franchisee, company-direct, distributor and internet channels.  Snap-on Incorporated, which was founded in 1920, is a $3.4 billion, S&P 500 company located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, with operations throughout the world. For additional information, visit www.snapon.com.  

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Chelsea Frey

Chelsea Frey Dec 12    Article


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3M Automotive Aftermarket Division hosts painters from around the globe at 2017 SEMA Show

What happens when you get 10 painters from around the world together in Las Vegas? Check out the 3M PPS 2.0 World Cup reunion at the 2017 SEMA Show!  These talented painters showed off their skills and custom hoods painted with the new 3M PPS Series 2.0 Spray Cup System, introduced during the SEMA show.

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Chelsea Frey

Chelsea Frey Dec 07    Article


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CARDONE extends installation video competition deadline

 In the spirit of holiday giving, CARDONE Industries is extending the deadline to enter its tech video competition from December 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018. Car enthusiasts now have an extra two months to share an original video featuring the installation or service of an under-the-hood or under-the-car automotive part to be entered for a chance to win $5,000.

To enter the contest, videos must be submitted through videocontest.cardone.com. The contest runs until January 31, 2018. There is no limit to the number of valid videos entrants can submit to the contest. Viewers and entrants are encouraged to vote, share, like, comment and tweet about their favorite videos to earn more points for that video and increase their chances of winning. The person who submits the entry with the most points at the end of the contest wins the $5,000 cash prize. Visit videocontest.cardone.com/terms-and-conditions for a complete list of rules and entry requirements.

CARDONE will announce the winner on or about February 7, 2018 through the contest website and on cardone.com. The winner and other top-rated contestant videos will also be featured on CARDONE’s YouTube channel.

All entrants who submit a valid video entry as part of the contest will also be eligible to receive one entry in CARDONE’s Eco-friendly Hot Rod Giveaway.

 

About CARDONE Industries

We are an automotive industry leader in aftermarket innovations and engineering. Three generations and four decades strong, we build new and remanufactured vehicle parts that meet or exceed O.E. designs, at a fraction of the cost. Our global team supports a full spectrum of products and services, including a catalog of 46,000 sustainably-built parts. We build it better. Learn more at CARDONE.com.

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Technician Shortage Solution: Grow Your Own. A Real Life Story.

Eric Svedberg from Automotive Specialists in Virginia Beach, VA and millennial technician Rex Cate talk about the growth of Rex in the business over the last four years. LISTEN HERE.
 
The conversation gets deep into the recruitment of Rex (he worked at Panara), his training program, his annual review, and how Eric is integrating Rex into his business.
 
Now four years into the training program there are no regrets on either side. Rex says that there are many millennials like him out there looking for a chance. 

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Peter Meier

Peter Meier Dec 07    Article

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Congrats To Our November Winner!

Congratulations to Victor Batchelor of Pittsburgh, Kansas! He's been selected as our November "ASE Question of the Month" winner!

Sponsored by Federated Auto Parts, Victor's name was drawn at random and will recieve a collectible diecast he can display at work or at home.

Will we be naming you as our December winner? Only one way to find out - take this month's test and enter!

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Peter Meier Nov 30    Article

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The Trainer #72 - Mastering Your Digital Multimeter (DMM or DVOM)

What were the first tools you ever purchased? Of course, there was the selection of the basic hand tools and power tools, right? A basic tool box to keep it all in was also part of that initial investment, I’ll bet. But what about diagnostic equipment? Was a high end scan tool on your list? What about a scope? Odds are, neither were during the early part of your career.

 I am willing to bet, though, that a Digital Multimeter was. It’s a tool that is as vital to a technician as a hammer is to a carpenter. We use it to measure the resistance of electrical components, voltage potential in a battery, and some of us even use it to measure current flow in a working circuit. Good uses, all, but there is so much more that the DMM can perform and so many ways it can be used to solve a variety of diagnostic dilemmas.

 In this edition of The Trainer, we’ll take a look at the features included with most DMMs you may or may not be familiar with, how to perform some of the more standard tests with the meter, and then share some testing techniques you may never have considered using your meter for.

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Success begins with your team

It’s all about the team. A business is only as successful as the people who make it great. Each member of your staff needs to be able to lean on one another to push the business forward to reach its collective goals. Motor Age contributor Bob Greenwood walks us through why success begins with your team. Watch Now!

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Trends, Current Issues and Outlooks on the Future of the Service Sector

Shop owner Ryan Clo, Trainer Dave Hobbs and Diagnostician Matt Fanslow share their perspectives on the opportunities and challenges that make up the dynamic and changing aftermarket. LISTEN HERE.

Don’t miss the discussion on training, business models, technician pay, business culture, specialization, and the changing role of the shop owner.

Recorded live at AAPEX 2017. From the Service EDU program.  Listen on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/pyQHUFAwRfA

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Chelsea Frey

Chelsea Frey Nov 21    Article


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Matco Bamboo Socks

The Matco Tools 6 pack Black Bamboo Socks, No. CABAMBL, is a partnership between Matco Tools and Redback Boots. Featuring Matco branding on each sock and unique Matco packaging, these socks are one-size-fits most. The bamboo fibers offer three times more moisture wicking capabilities than cotton and prevents friction to minimize blisters. Additionally, the socks are super soft with a smooth feel and are odor resistant.
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