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January 22, 2019

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Automotive Service

Curb appeal, cleanliness, collectibles: Pennsylvania service station offers more than gas, auto repair

MATAMORAS, Pa. — "Our business starts all the way out by the curb." That's one of the lessons Les Strickler passed down to his son Jeff, who now owns Tri State Shell, a the full-service gas station, towing service and tire shop.

Auto Industry

THE YEAR AHEAD: Repair shops to see more imports, CUVs in bays

LAS VEGAS —Independent vehicle repair shops will be seeing growing numbers of older vehicles, import brands and light trucks and CUV/SUVs pulling into their service bays in the coming years, according to market analysts.

Automotive Service

Virginia Tire's 15th store is its 1st in Richmond area

FAIRFAX, Va. — Virginia Tire & Auto has opened its 15th store in Virginia, its first location in the Richmond area.

Automotive Service

Love's eyes 40 new stores in 2019, 30-plus with Tire Care or Speedco on site

OKLAHOMA CITY — Love's Travel Stops is planning to open 40 Travel Stops this year — including more than 30 that will have a Love's Truck Tire Care or Speedco unit on site — expanding the truck stop operator's network to 500-plus locations.

Auto Industry

THE YEAR AHEAD: Tire officials expect 'more turmoil' in D.C.

WASHINGTON — Top officials of the major U.S. tire, auto aftermarket and auto service trade associations are anticipating more turmoil in politics this year, following the Democrats' regaining control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the November midterm elections.

Automotive Service

Automotive Service Association schedules annual meeting, conference

HURST, Texas — The Automotive Service Association has scheduled its 2019 Annual Business Meeting & Conference for April 30-May 2.

Automotive Service

Bill to repeal vehicle safety inspection program is reintroduced in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.—The Automotive Service Association is urging its Missouri members to protest the reintroduction of a bill that would repeal the state's periodic vehicle safety inspection program.

Factory Fixes

Jeep's high temp gauge readings may be fixed with updated software

Owners of 2005 Jeep Liberty and Cherokee models with 2.8L diesel engines may come into your store concerned by higher-than-normal temperature gauge readings.

Dan Marinucci

Induction heating loosens frozen fasteners

The induction-heating technique saves technicians time and money during the crucial-but-challenging task of loosening frozen fasteners. Here's how it works.

New Products

Hunter upgrades drive-over tire tread-depth measuring tool

Bolt On Technology upgrades management system software

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