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September 12, 2017

Top Stories

Auto Industry

RepairPal offers advice for flooded vehicles

SAN FRANCISCO — With the recent flooding in Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, RepairPal Inc., an auto repair website, has warned consumers to be aware of the damage water can cause on their vehicles.

Automotive Service

Small businesses may be eligible for loan deferments

WASHINGTON — Certain businesses in the Houston area affected by Hurricane Harvey could be eligible for deferments of principal and interest payments on SBA loans for up to 12 months, the agency said.

Automotive Service

Gabriel expands online training resources

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — Ride Control L.L.C.'s Gabriel brand has introduced a series of informational training materials on its website.

Commercial Tire Industry

Triangle recalling 288 trailer tires for air loss

WASHINGTON — Triangle Tire USA is voluntarily recalling 288 Triangle TR643 specialty trailer tires, size ST225/75R15, for possible air loss.

Icahn/Pep Boys buying Advanced Auto of Phoenix

PHOENIX — Icahn Automotive Group L.L.C. is buying Advanced Auto Service & Tire Centers of Phoenix, adding 15 retail stores in the Phoenix metro area that it plans to convert to its Pep Boys Service & Tire Centers brand.

Automotive Service

Tenneco begins 'Shocktober 2' promotion

MONROE, Mich. — Consumers can receive a prepaid Visa card worth up to $80 for qualifying purchases of Monroe or Rancho ride control products during Tenneco Inc.'s "Shocktober 2" promotion.

Automotive Service

AAPA launches 'Vette sweepstakes for auto techs

SAN ANTONIO — Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Inc. has launched a sweepstakes that will give 25 auto technicians a chance to win a custom Corvette and $25,000 in cash.

Auto Industry

ACA, auto parts group urging donations to AACF

AKRON — The Automotive Parts Services Group and Auto Care Association have made donations totaling $30,000 to the Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation to help auto care industry members impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Automotive Service

Ga. real estate agent opens Meineke franchise

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Dimple Mahajan, a Duluth, Ga.-based real estate agent/consultant, has opened a Meineke Car Care Centers franchise in Alpharetta, becoming the first female sole proprietor of a Meineke franchise.

Automotive Service

New reality show focuses on struggling auto shops

LOS ANGELES — Discovery Communications L.L.C. has developed a reality show, Garage Rehab, that will attempt to help struggling independent garage owners across America.

Factory Fixes

Ice crystals may prevent air switching valve from closing

Some 2012 Toyota Sequoia and Tundra trucks with 3UR-FE and 3UR-FBE engines may turn on the MIL and log trouble code P2440 and/or P2442 (air injection switching valve stuck open, Bank 1 or 2) in computer memory.

Dan Marinucci

Tough but necessary: Screening difficult prospects

Successful tire dealers and service shop operators know when to steer problematic people to the nearest exit. A boss who fails to deal with these motorists risks losing the staff's respect.

New Products

Martins Industries debuts handheld tire inflator

BWD expands engine line with 332 new parts