November 2014

What Would You Do?

Every shop owner runs into ‘situations.’ How they handle them is important … do you agree with these fellow ASA members? Dilemma: A customer’s 1999 Honda Accord, which had 184,000 miles on it, burnt a valve. We had serviced this car over the last 100,000 miles, and it was now burning three to four quarts […]

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Taking a Short Trip Back to the 1970s

It’s fun to revisit old friends. In a service and repair world filled with CAN/BUS systems, scan tool diagnoses, and iATN archives, I found a recent repair interesting due to its lack of these technical needs. My customer arrived with a 1971 Chevy C10 long bed pickup truck, accompanied by a concern that his dash […]

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ASA, AASA to Host Vehicle Safety Inspection Forum

Forum to Highlight State Inspection Programs On Friday, Nov. 14, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), will host the Vehicle Safety Inspection and Maintenance Forum in East Norriton, Pa. The purpose of the forum is to […]

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OSHA On-Site Consultation Program Option for Shops

Small Businesses Look to Program for Regulatory Compliance The U.S Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers small businesses on-site consultations to improve their businesses’ measures to prevent illnesses and injuries. In Fiscal Year 2013, OSHA visited more than 30,000 businesses covering 1.5 million workers. These consultation services are free and are […]

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Connected Cars, Consumer Trust

Advances in technology that have led to new safety, infotainment and communications features in automobiles are drawing interest nationwide. From trade shows to showrooms, functions that could save lives and improve the driving experience are beginning to reach the market. The defining characteristic of many of these connected car technologies is that they are dependent […]

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ASA Members Eligible for Several Discounts from New Associate Member

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) announces several member discounts from a new associate member: MOTOSHOP℠Technology Tools. MOTOSHOP’s products include MotoLOGIC® Repair & Diagnostics; MotoREV™ Shop Marketing and Professional Website; and MotoSKILL™ Shop Tech Training. Current offers include savings off the everyday pricing per month for select products. “We’re excited to be able to share our […]

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Great New Offers from ASA!

New Keystone Insurers Group Agreement Brings Dental, Vision Insurance Options to ASA Members Through an agreement with Keystone Insurers Group, the Automotive Service Association is excited to offer two new member benefits that will provide ASA member-shops with access to group dental and vision insurance at competitive rates. Shop owners and their employees can immediately […]

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Ford Hybrid A/C

Face it. Working on hybrid vehicles can make some technicians nervous. Even though the systems on a hybrid may be used somewhat differently, they are not new and most technicians will have no problem working on them. Recently I got a call on a 2008 Escape Hybrid with an A/C issue. So what is different […]

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24th Annual Software Guide, Part II

AutoInc.’s 24th Annual Shop Management Software Guide gives an overview of the shop management software systems on the market today and which features they offer. This year, 21 mechanical software companies and five collision companies participated in the survey. The survey was distributed by email to various shop management software companies in the automotive service […]

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Put the ASA Marketplace to Work for You!

Save on Products, Services You’re Already Using Learn How to Better Manage Your Business Discover what more than 1,400 industry professionals have realized: the benefits of being an Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM). The Automotive Management Institute (AMI) is a great resource for automotive service professionals who want to be better managers and leaders. You can […]

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Thermonuclear Influence

Humility is the key for turning up the pace. It’s easy to get carried away with ourselves in our heady Jobs at the Top. We’re all susceptible to hubris, to some degree. But your degree of susceptibility depends upon your level of comfort with yourself. Getting carried away with ourselves is a greater risk if […]

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Scan Tool Review: Euro Wrap-Up

European scan tools Shops that sell themselves as all-makes shops will most likely work on the makes listed below on occasion. Knowing the correct tool may be invaluable to getting yourself out of a jamb! In alphabetical order, here is a list of scan tools for most of the Euro vehicles imported in the United […]

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