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April 2, 2019

Top Stories

Trends in electric vehicles and how tire dealers should prepare to service these vehicles

Dave Crawford, president and CEO of The Hybrid Shop, shares his thoughts on the burgeoning hybrid vehicle market and opportunities for independent repair shops, including tire dealers, in servicing these vehicles.

Auto Industry

Videos, photos texted to service customers boost repair approvals

A picture is proving to be worth much more than a thousand words to growing numbers of dealership service departments that are using videos and photos to show, not tell, customers what ails their cars and trucks.

Auto Industry

Tool debt overwhelms some techs, saps service department morale

Despite working what he calls "crazy hours" and paying back as much as he could, Kevin Inkell amassed tens of thousands of dollars in tool-related debt and interest charges he couldn't repay. His story isn't rare.

New look debuts for Tire Business print edition, website changes on the horizon

Yes. You are right. There is something different about the latest print issue of Tire Business. And before long, you'll see changes to our website as well.

Automotive Service

Pilot Flying J adding 'virtual maintenance' system to Truck Care platform

ATLANTA — Pilot Travel Centers L.L.C. has launched a virtual maintenance system through its Pilot Flying J travel centers for truck owners and fleets as part of its "Truck Care" service platform.

Automotive Service

Monro to expand into California with Certified Tire acquisition

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Monro Inc. is acquiring Certified Tire & Service Centers Inc., the nation's 27th largest independent tire dealership with 40 stores in California and $45 million in annual sales.

Automotive Service

Icahn's automotive business reports $230 million fiscal net loss

NEW YORK — Icahn Enterprises L.P.'s automotive segment reported a net loss of $230 million and fell into the red on an operating basis for fiscal 2018 on 4.7-percent higher sales of $2.86 billion.

Commercial Tire Industry

Military veteran Paul Mathias receives Goodyear Highway Hero Award

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — U.S. military veteran Paul Mathias was selected as this year's recipient of the Goodyear Highway Hero Award, which honors truck drivers who risk injury to help others.

Factory Fixes

Loss in fuel pressure may be reason Toyota pickup trucks hesitate to start

Some 2004 Toyota Tacoma and Tundra pickup trucks may take an overly long time to restart after the engine has been shut down for several minutes. One possible cause of the trouble, Toyota said, is a loss in residual fuel pressure.

Dan Marinucci

No standard procedure for cleaning electrical terminals

Technicians should tailor electrical terminal cleaning methods to the specific condition and application at hand. Experience has shown, after all, that there's no single, standard method suitable to every condition and application.

New Products

Epicor streamlines vehicle repair workflow with new software

Chicago Pneumatic Tool introduces new cordless impact wrench

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