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Counter Professional: Recognition That Goes Beyond The Counter, Courtesy Of WIX Filters
Counter Professional: Recognition That Goes Beyond The Counter, Courtesy Of WIX Filters
As in year's past, we treat the award recipient to an all-expenses-paid trip for two — including flight, hotel and food — to Las Vegas during AAPEX.
Flash: We're Delivering Auto Parts Faster Than Pizza
Mandy Aguilar remembers the days of zero deliveries to customers. The "you want it, come and get it before I close the door" business mindset was the norm back then; but, it was doomed to cease, he writes.
Your Patience Is Your Own To Control
"Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." - Aristotle
We Must Stay Nimble In The Automotive Aftermarket
E-tailing has long been considered one segment of the market. This year, a new segment of the market is emerging, being called the "marketplace." eBay and Amazon are the prime examples of this segment.
A New Name, A New Era For One Of The Industry’s Top Association
AAIA is officially now the Auto Care Association.
Best To Sell Clutches In Kits
Best To Sell Clutches In Kits
The clutch is a system so it should be replaced as a set: a new clutch disc, a new pressure plate and a new release bearing.
Filters Keep Contaminants Out
Filters Keep Contaminants Out
Fuel-injected engines require very high efficiency filters that can trap debris as small as 10 to 25 microns in size. On diesel engines, injector tolerances are even tighter so diesel fuel filters trap particles that even smaller.
Wheel Bearings Exist In A Tough Environment
Wheel Bearings Exist In A Tough Environment
Wheel bearings live in a very tough operating environment because they must support the vehicle weight, endure millions of wheel rotations and survive in extreme heat and moisture without failing.
Fuel Pump 'Failure' May Be A Misdiagnosis
Fuel Pump 'Failure' May Be A Misdiagnosis
Fuel pump failures can be caused by electrical faults, old age (wear) or fuel contaminants (dirt, moisture or bad gas). Fuel pump failures often occur without warning.
New Gaskets Required For Many Repairs
New Gaskets Required For Many Repairs
Gaskets are commonly replaced to repair oil leaks, coolant leaks, exhaust leaks and vacuum leaks. New gaskets are also required when removing pan covers, valve covers, timing covers, intake manifolds, exhaust manifolds, thermostat housings, throttle ...
As Vehicles Age, Lamps Of All Types Need To Be Replaced
The average age of today’s vehicles is close to 11 years, so it’s not surprising that many vehicles may need replacement headlamps, taillamps, stop lamps, turn signals or other bulbs to restore or upgrade lighting performance.
Motor Oils And Additives Work In Concert
Motor Oils And Additives Work In Concert
Most late-model engines are factory filled with 5W-20 or 5W-30 motor oil, but some require 5W-40, 0W-20, 0W-30 or 0W-40.
Oxygen Sensors Keep Fuel Mixture In Check
Most late-model O2 sensors and A/F sensors should last upward of 100,000 miles, but some don't make it that far.
Air Suspensions Have Advantages
Air suspensions are typically found in luxury nameplates such as Audi, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Hummer, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, and also Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Saab and Volkswagen.
Turbochargers Increase Engine Power Output
Turbochargers Increase Engine Power Output
Hanging a turbo on a small engine allows a little engine to breathe big. With only 6 to 8 pounds of boost pressure, a turbo can increase power output 15 to 25 percent or more over a naturally aspirated engine.
Replace Both Wiper Blades At Same Time
The wipers on many vehicles are asymmetric, with the driver side blade being longer than the passenger side blade. This is done to give the drive a wider field of view and to offset the streak line where the wipers overlap toward the passenger side.
Long-Life Spark Plugs Can Last 100,000 Miles Or Longer
When a spark plug has been in the cylinder head for that many miles, carbon and corrosion can make it difficult to remove.














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