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How to Replace a Leaking Rear Axle Seal

SKF teams up with Bogi Lateiner, from Bogi's Garage, to demonstrate how to fix a leaking oil seal. She replaces the rear seal of a 2016 GMC Denali HD 3500 truck with an SKF oil seal and gives bonus tips on how to safely work on a large vehicle. 

 

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Find A Blue Print For Finding Success If You Are Going To Open An Automotive Repair Shop

There is some secret Sause shared here including the most important question you need to answer, setting up your spending plan, how important location is and the need to know the demographics of that local community. Is the income level such that money can be spent on vehicle service and maintenance?  LISTEN HERE.
 
We talk financial, (knowing your numbers) debt, cash flow. All very important parts of a CEO’s responsibility. Many great technicians, who are unemployable, strive to start their own business because they want to do things their way. Most find out that it is not an easy task. There are responsibilities beyond financial and cash flow like, marketing, the tax man, HR laws and that is just the tip of the iceberg.
 
This panel does a great job of explaining the challenges you’ll need to deal with so you can find your successes sooner rather than later. It is a slow process, but success shouldn’t take years to achieve.

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PODCAST: Discussion from Three Aftermarket Technicians and a Tech Who Left the Industry

As usual, these guys brought their opinionated selves to the interview, yet spoke from the heart about topics they are passionate about. Some no holds barred discussion points. There are times where there is no sugar coating and that is good to embrace all sides of an issue. LISTEN HERE.
 
Matt Fanslow, Bob Heipp, Peter Landry and Tom Myers openly discuss some very hot and touchy subjects that affect all aftermarketer’s.
 
Just a few of the topics we discussed, shops charging for diagnostic time, opinions on social media, a discussion on augmented reality. They discuss that techs need to help the business owner make money, and therefore owners should share in the wealth. We talk about shop owners training their top and best-vested technicians and also talk pay and benefits.

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Peter Meier

Peter Meier Jan 10    Article

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December Winner!

Congratulations to Pedro L. Rivera Negron, owner of Check Engine Service in Puerto Rico! He's our December ASE Question of the Month winner!

Pedro's name was drawn at random from the list of everyone who entered our January contest, and he'll be awarded a collectible diecast from our sponsor, Federated Auto Parts.

You could be our next winner. Just take the January test and then click on the link to enter your name for our next drawing. It really is that simple, and who knows - you may learn something in the process!

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Chelsea Frey

Chelsea Frey Jan 02    Article


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Monster announces new 7-drawer assembled shop cart

Monster is constantly expanding the tool cart line, providing several different options for each of your needs. The new 7 drawer, fully assembled cart comes in three different colors (part no. MST3507XG) green with black trim, (part no. MST3507XMB) matte black, (part no. MST3507XTG) textured gray. These professional carts are designed with a large 15.6" tall top storage compartment providing more space, gas struts for stability and a locking mechanism to keep your tools secure. The drawers are latching and have PVC liners to keep tools in place. Each 5" heavy duty caster provides smooth mobility. Designed with bumpers to give extra protection in case of contact with painted surfaces. Contact your local mobile tool distributor.

Feature and Benefits:

  • 500 lbs. capacity
  • Protective bumpers on all corners
  • 4 Large 5” swivel casters
  • 7 drawers and locking 15.6” tall top storage compartment with gas struts

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Chelsea Frey

Chelsea Frey Jan 02    Article


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Original One Parts announces 2018 Lunch & Learn schedule

Original One Parts is opening up its doors to host a series of Lunch + Learn events at its headquarters in St. Louis, MO. Each event includes a tour and free lunch. Original One Parts will have 20-minute intervals of tours between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to give each tour group the opportunity to have questions answered along the way. The tour will give attendees a first-hand look at how Original One Parts harvests a non-certified salvage part and meticulously tests and certifies every aspect of form, fit and function of a like-new OEM part. Before or after the tour free lunch will be available in the lounge. Original One Part's Collision Consultants will be available to field any questions or concerns.

To learn more and sign up for these events, click here.

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Top 5 selling points to spark customer action on plug replacement

As countermen and service technicians, we’ve heard it all. “My car just isn’t running right. I thought it would go away on its own, so I just waited.” “I didn’t think I needed to worry about spark plugs until 100,000 miles!” “I’ve been busy, and I didn’t have time to bring it in for you to look at.” Do any of these statements sound familiar?

Most people don’t pay close attention to their vehicles unless something goes terribly wrong. They may not realize that not all makes & models have 100,000-mile spark plugs or that ignoring the OE spark plug change interval could result in other part failures and a hefty repair bill. That’s why they need you to do it for them.

Fact or fiction: When you take good care of your customers, they come back for all their auto repair and service needs? That’s a fact. So, why aren’t we paying closer attention to spark plugs? Consider these 5 reasons to convince customers to replace their spark plugs on schedule:

1. ‘Show me the money.’
Repair costs only go up if you wait too long to switch out your spark plugs when you consider the other problems that can arise like ignition system failure or catalytic converter meltdown.

2. Be a friend to the environment.
Worn out plugs adversely affect the engine and cause increased exhaust emissions. This also results in poor fuel ec... Read More

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Hiring and Leading Millennials

If we are to seed our industry with youth and grow our own, we must look at the Millennial Generation. We must understand how to integrate them and nurture them into our workforce. LISTEN HERE.
 
Every twenty years or so a new generation of workers arrives. For many of us, we raised today’s Millennials or Generation Y.  They are made up of the 22-40-year-old’s who number 79 million in the workforce; the largest segment of our workforce.
 
Each generation has its quirks. Gen Y is no different. Once you learn what moves and motivates them you’ll find it so much easier to accept and keep millennials motivated in your business culture. The lesson here works for all workers, but you’ll learn what really makes the Millennial tick and why they behave like they do. 
 
A quintessential guide to leading and engaging your millennial team member. Your learning curve never sounded so good.

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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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