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August 29, 2017

Top Stories

Auto Industry

Lug nuts focus of class action suit against Ford

DETROIT — A class-action litigation firm has filed suit against Ford Motor Co. for alleged defects in lug nuts on several Ford models.

Automotive Service

IMR: Tool costs, technology top threats for repair shops

WESTMONT, Ill. — The costs of tools and equipment, along with the advanced technology found in new vehicles, are considered the greatest threats to general repair shops, according to an IMR Inc. survey of auto service businesses.

Automotive Service

RepairPal launches Shop Dashboard

SAN FRANCISCO — RepairPal Inc., an automotive repair web resource, has unveiled the Shop Dashboard for its 2,000-plus certified shops to manage customer work orders.

Automotive Service

Federal-Mogul expands Abex brake product range

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Federal-Mogul L.L.C. has expanded its Abex series of air disc brake products for popular commercial vehicle braking applications.

Auto Industry

HDDA to develop aftermarket heavy-duty data standards

BETHESDA, Md. — The Heavy Duty Distribution Association has begun creating product data standards for the heavy-duty aftermarket.

Automotive Service

ACA forms Emerging Technologies Committee

BETHESDA, Md. — The Auto Care Association formed a new standing committee that will spearhead research and development for vehicle network interfaces, vehicle connectivity and connected aftermarket devices.

Auto Industry

ASA joins Coalition for Future Mobility

WASHINGTON — The Automotive Service Association is the latest organization to join the Coalition for Future Mobility, a stakeholder group calling for greater road safety and cleaner air.

Automotive Service

ACA mining talent for jobs in auto service

BETHESDA, Md. — This fall, Auto Care Careers, a program of the Auto Care Association (ACA), will be visiting six college career fairs to educate students and faculty about the wide array of job opportunities in the automotive aftermarket.

Automotive Service

VIPAR to host business conference in Oct.

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — VIPAR Heavy Duty, a network of independent aftermarket truck parts distributors, will host the 2017 VIPAR Heavy Duty Annual Business Conference, Oct. 15-20, at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, Fla.

Automotive Service

Advance Auto Parts recognizes five vendors

RALEIGH, N.C. — Advance Auto Parts Inc. honored ExxonMobil Co. and Motor Parts of America Inc. recently as its 2017 Vendors of the Year.

Factory Fixes

Mitsubishi SUVs, sedans plagued by no-start conditions

Some 2007-08 Outlander SUVs built before Nov. 20, 2011 and 2008 Lancer sedans built prior to Nov. 13, 2007 may suffer from an intermittent no-start condition.

Dan Marinucci

Leadership often means unpopular decisions

Tire dealers and service shop operators must recognize that leadership is not a popularity contest. Instead, effective leadership requires a boss to make tough, decidedly unpopular decisions.

New Products

OTC introduces lightweight aluminum jacks, stands

Hunter offers videos on safety system maintenance