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December 5, 2017

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Automotive Service

Tenneco to expand dealer support with videos, resources and expanded SKUs

MONROE, Mich. — Tenneco Inc. is planning to launch a series of installation videos, instruction sheets and other resources designed to help aftermarket distributors and service providers grow their businesses with Monroe suspension conversion kits.

The importance of proper tire inflation

How do you get your customers to understand the importance of maintaining proper tire inflation? Our industry experts share some valuable tips.

Auto Industry

CarMax partnering with RepairPal to enhance services

RICHMOND, Va. — CarMax Inc., the nation's largest retailer of used cars, has taken a minority ownership stake in RepairPal Inc. as part of an expanded commercial relationship with the auto service certification business.

Automotive Service

Former AAIA executive Al Gaspar dies

CAVE CREEK, Ariz. — Al Gaspar, former president and CEO of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, died Nov. 25.

Automotive Service

ASE, sponsors honor 47 top auto service techs

SAN DIEGO — The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence recently recognized 47 automotive techs — including 11 from the tire and/or independent automotive service trades — as the best in their profession.

Auto Industry

Icahn adds Bronx site to NYC auto parts businesses

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Icahn Automotive Group has acquired BS&F Auto Parts, an auto parts supplier in the New York metropolitan area, and named the business' owner Joe Ferrer regional vice president of commercial for Icahn in the region.

Auto Industry

USTMA sees slight dip in 2017 tire shipments

WASHINGTON — U.S. tire shipments are projected to fall about 0.5 percent shy of the 2016 total to 316.8 million units, according to the USTMA, as a measurable drop in OE passenger tire shipments will outweigh slight gains in replacement shipments.


Carlstar to increase wheel prices 8% globally

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Carlstar Group L.L.C. will increase prices globally on its styled wheel products by up to 8 percent, effective on or before Feb. 1, 2018.

Factory Fixes

Wheel sensor could cause power issue in Maxima models

Owners of 2007-12 Nissan Maxima models may come in with a low power complaint.

Dan Marinucci

Motorists bear responsibility for own decisions

The consequences of a motorist's decisions always rest on that person and no one else. Service personnel should watch out for people who try to foist responsibility across the service desk onto them.

New Products

Permatex soap-infused sponge absorbs oil, repels water

CareMetix air filters tackle harmful allergens, odors

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