Andrew Markel, Author at Counterman Magazine
Can You Jumpstart an EV?

How can an EV battery go dead? It’s likely the 12V battery powering everything else that’s the culprit.

Who Would Want To Work on 40 year Old Car?

Cars of the past may have been easier to repair in some ways but they were a lot harder to diagnose.

Why Does Engine Coolant Need Replacement?

Two specifications can be used to justify replacement — the condition of the additive package & the freezing point.

Why Do Spark Plugs Get Dirty?

Being able to answer this question can help prevent them from failing prematurely.

Spark Plugs
When Springs Break

Unfortunately, the kind of spring break that leaves ‘road earrings’ isn’t a desirable getaway.

Broken Springs
Litens Pulleys: You’ll Be Surprised at What’s in the Box

The pulley kit saves time for your customers and takes up less space on the shelf.

Litens tensioners pulleys
Serpentine Belts Have a Strong Supporting Cast

Tensioners, balancers and pulleys are working behind the scenes to maintain harmony under the hood.

Tensioners and Pulleys
ADAS, Autonomous Vehicles and the Future of the Aftermarket

Looking forward to the next 22 years, it’s clear that the pace of change is only going to accelerate.

Ford EV Opportunities

Like Ford’s ICE vehicles, the maintenance schedule is built around six- and 12-month inspections of components and fluids.

VW Automatic Temperature Control

ATC systems require a complex array of sensors that look at the temperature, humidity and air quality inside the vehicle.

The Changing Vehicle-Ownership Cycle

Repairs that once would send people running to the dealership are now acceptable investments for vehicle owners.

Don’t Back Down When Recommending Ride Control

A former ­service advisor shares his experience with a customer who wanted to cut corners on replacement struts.

Ride Control