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Why Cooling-System Problems Show Up in Cold Weather

Did you know that cooling-system problems are more noticeable in cold weather? Here are some of the cooling-system issues that are easy to detect when it’s cold outside

Help Your Customer Make the Case for Keeping Their Older Car

Upgrading to a newer model might be tempting, but there are some pretty good arguments to be made for keeping the car you have. As a shop owner, manager or employee, there are some simple things you can do to help consumers understand the benefits of driving an older car:

Automotive Belts, While Lasting Longer Than Ever, Still Wear Out Over Time

Belts continue to be one of the most replaced wear items on vehicles today. Serpentine belts last a lot longer than older V-belts ever did, but they still wear out over time. The typical replacement interval for serpentine belts and flat belts today is around 90,000 miles – which for many vehicles means only once every seven to nine years!

Promote Winterization Specials this Season

Getting a car ready for winter is something every car owner in a cold climate needs to do before the snow flies. Often, customers don’t realize how important it is to winterize their cars. This guide will help you educate your customers about winterizing their cars. The more they know about this topic, the more likely they will let you help them get their cars ready for winter.

Explaining Water Pump Noises To Your Customers

An average water pump moves 7 gallons of coolant per mile driven. If a water pump lasts for 100,000 miles, it has moved 700,000 gallons of coolant. That’s enough to fill 78 semi-truck tanker trailers. It shouldn’t be a surprise that water pumps wear out, but most customers won’t realize just how much work they do.

Sealing Modern Water Pumps

Over the past 20 years, we have seen water pumps and cooling systems evolve to improve start-up emissions. We have also seen a revolution in the material used for engine blocks, cylinder heads and cooling system components. Today, coolant may flow through an iron block, aluminum cylinder head and plastic thermostat housing.

Precision Wheel Hub Assemblies Deliver Quality and Value

Replacing wheel hub assemblies can be a bit of a balancing act for service technicians. Wheel hub units are safety-critical components, so quality and design integrity are essential characteristics. At the same time, technicians want to perform proper repairs in the most economical fashion for their customers.

How to Explain Cooling System Issues to Your Customers

As a service advisor, you know the cooling system pretty well. It’s easy to forget that the customers you work with every day may not understand the cooling system very well. So some of your explanations about cooling system issues may go over their heads.

Contaminated Fuel – What to Know

Fuel contamination is more common than you think. Most of the gasoline available today in the United States is clean and free of contaminants. But, there is still contaminated gasoline being sold around the country, from Decatur to Florida to New Jersey.

Spot Counterfeit Parts Like A Pro: Five Tell-Tale Signs to Look For

If you are selling auto parts online, you should be aware of a scam that’s going on. A “customer” purchases a legitimate part from your shop and returns a counterfeit part in its place. They get a refund, and then they sell the legitimate part to someone else.

How Off-Road Tires Impact Wheel Bearings, Hubs And Universal Joints

Summer is right around the corner, and a bunch of off-road vehicles will be coming into your customers’ shops, most of which will have oversized tires. It’s important to be aware of how oversized tires place increased stress on wheel bearings, hubs and U-joints.

Toyota’s Electrification Plans Still Call For Fuel Pumps

When major automakers like Toyota announce plans to electrify their entire vehicle line-up, the auto industry takes note. Electrification raises the issue of phasing out gas-powered vehicles, as well as the parts that are specific to gas-powered vehicles.