Topics Service & Repair

Will ‘Freedom of choice’ offer opportunity for independent aftermarket?

Late last week, the Association of Global Automakers and Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers released a document titled “Consumer Privacy Protection Principles.” In it, the two groups outlined a series of customer privacy options they hope to see manufacturer’s implement and offer to purchasing customers. The groups say these options ...

Selling your shop’s analysis services

The two highest variable costs in commercial trucking are fuel and maintenance. While the former grabs its fair share of ...

NGVi early bird savings end this week

The Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi) announces early bird registration rates will expire Wednesday for its NGV Technician and Fleet ...

New Forward Lift accessories on the market

Forward Lift introduces several accessories that increase the versatility and ease-of-use of its FCH series of mobile column lifts. The fork reducer sleeves, riser kits, jack stands and LED lights allow shops to service a wider variety of vehicles and complete jobs more efficiently. “FCH series mobile column lifts come ...

TMC announces 2015 theme

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2015 annual meeting and technology exhibition will be themed ‘Fueling the Future.’ Scheduled for Feb. 16-19, 2015 at the Music City Center in Nashville, the event will be highlighted by important discussions about fuel economy standards, alternate fuels, asset utilization and tire ...

Mitchell 1 adds web-based programs

Mitchell 1 has completed updates to its suite of web-based software programs for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, providing repair information, trouble code procedures and labor time estimating for model year 2014 vehicles. Mitchell 1 keeps its software current throughout the year with running changes and adds data for the ...

MERA adds a pair

The Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA) welcomes the Center for Thermal Spray Research and Hansford Parts and Products as our newest member companies. MERA’s mission “is to advance the remanufacturing industry and the business interests of our members,” the group says. “Our network of remanufacturers, suppliers and professional services firms — operating ...

Shell sees possible fuel economy benefits with new oil category

At some point in 2016 or 2017, diesel engine oil proposed category 11 (PC-11) will debut in North America. While an introductory date is still up in the air, the makeup of the PC-11 category is beginning to come into focus, says Dan Arcy, OEM technology manager at Shell. Arcy ...

Dorman holding ‘tech of the month’ contest

Dorman Products is currently holding a Service technician and Counterperson of the Month contest on its website. The contest comes just days after Dorman’s announcement that it is holding a technician video training contest where technicians can send the company helpful service videos for prizes and the opportunity to ...

Qwik Tech Tips on wiring

In this month’s issue of Phillips Industries’ Qwik Tech Tips, the company writes, “Did you know that the original electrical cables were 4-way conductors, giving way in the late 1950’s to 6-way conductors, and then in the late 1960’s the 7-way conductors were finally introduced? “The internal wiring of ...