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August 15, 2017

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Automotive Service

Mitchell 1 enhances ProDemand

POWAY, Calif. —Mitchell 1 has enhanced the user experience of its ProDemand auto repair information software to assist technicians in diagnosing multiple trouble codes.

Automotive Service

NASTF meeting to spotlight OEM service information

LAS VEGAS — The National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) will emphasize the value of OEM technical information websites for independent auto service technicians during its fall 2017 general meeting at AAPEX, Nov. 1, in Las Vegas.

Automotive Service

Aftermarket auto service landscape evolving

AKRON — The auto service landscape in North America, as seen through the lens of franchise and cooperative programs, is evolving on several fronts.

Automotive Service

MicroLab offers oil analyzer for auto repair shops

CHELMSFORD, Mass. — Spectro Scientific is offering its MicroLab oil analyzer for auto repair shops, quick oil change shops and fleet repair shops to provide a comprehensive diagnosis of the condition of the oil, the engine and the transmission of a vehicle in less than 15 minutes.

Automotive Service

Nitrogen equipment, service can benefit consumers, dealers

AKRON — Few would deny the benefits of using nitrogen to inflate tires. However the product is still not a common offering in tire service shops — which could provide a competitive advantage.

Automotive Service

Akebono hires director of aftermarket unit

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — Akebono Brake Corp. has hired Russ Stebbins to the newly created position of director, aftermarket business unit, for the brake friction materials manufacturer.

Automotive Service

Women in Auto Care to meet in Scottsdale

BETHESDA, Md. — Women in Auto Care has scheduled its 2018 Winter Leadership Conference for Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Automotive Service

ASE computer test format revised

LEESBURG, Va. — The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence has revised the format for the computer ASE certification test to help comprehension and speed up the process.

Automotive Service

Jiffy Lube revives 'Muscle Up' MDA fundraiser

CHICAGO — Jiffy Lube International Inc. is teaming up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association for their "Muscle Up!" fundraising campaign, which has raised more than $5 million over the past five years.

Automotive Service

Coker president starts term as SEMA chair

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Wade Kawasaki, president and chief operating officer of Coker Group, has started his two-year term as chairman of the Specialty Equipment Market Association board.

Factory Fixes

Slipping drive belt causing Dodge trucks' chirping

Some 2003-06 Dodge Ram trucks with diesel engines may produce a chirping noise from the accessory drive belt just as the engine is shut down.

Dan Marinucci

LED bulb may be upgrade for common shop light

An LED-style light bulb may be a practical upgrade for common work lights in your service department.

New Products

GearWrench offers two mechanics tool sets

ESCO debuts Pro Series trolley jacks