September/October 2015

Stricter Standards For Ozone Levels?

Congress continues examining impact of proposed new EPA regulations. The U.S. Congress continues its oversight responsibility of the Obama Administration’s proposed update of air quality standards for ground-level ozone. The Clean Air Act requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) every five years. The House Energy […]

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Generationally Speaking – September/October 2015

See what makes us different … and the same! In this issue, we feature Mike Bennett, owner, and Joe Arnold, technician, of Mike’s KARS in Gettysburg, Pa. Michael BennettBaby Boomer What is one piece of advice your parents gave you that still sticks with you today? Work hard, and if it seems too good to […]

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Out With the Old

Make time in your work life to contemplate what you could be. We’ve all heard about continuous turnarounds. These are the businesses everybody talks about, the ones constantly leaving everyone gasping in their tailwinds. Just about the time we figure out what they’ve done to set themselves so far ahead – they do it again! […]

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How to Save Money and Increase Profits

(Hint: It starts with the ASA Marketplace.) ASA.bizunite.com Why Use the Marketplace? The ASA Marketplace provides convenient, one-stop shopping for ASA’s entire member benefits portfolio. Along with some of ASA’s most popular savings through AutoZone, VANTIV, Meadowbrook Insurance and other merchants, through our partnership with BizUnite we are able to expand our offerings to include even […]

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Blunder: Ford Ranger

How not to waste two hours on a simple problem: Develop a sound diagnostic plan for your shop and, oh yeah, follow it. My team takes great pride in getting the right diagnosis every time. Anyone who spends time listening will hear me say that when cars don’t get fixed correctly the first time, one […]

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What Would You Do?

When repair specialists miss the obvious and the customer asks for a testing fee refund, the shop makes the customer happy, but… … What would you do? A customer calls about a 2005 Toyota Prius. The check engine light was on, and the car wouldn’t accelerate well. The shop told the customer to have the […]

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House Committee Resolution Addresses Cost Saving Measures

Before the traditional congressional August break, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform reported a bill for consideration to the House and Senate as a whole that addressed a cost-saving measure for vehicles in the civilian federal fleet. Titled the Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act of 2015 (H.R. 1613), the bill would […]

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Ahead: A Second Century For This Massachusetts Shop

How generations of a family grew their business from buggies to a brand. In 1914: • World War I began and the first traffic light was installed, in Cleveland. • Ford Motor Co. offered workers an eight-hour day and a daily wage of $5 (they had been working a nine-hour day for $2.50). • Henry […]

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That Thing Got a Hemi?

Yeah, but it’s losing top-end power. Here’s how to diagnose and fix it. Owners of 2009 Dodge Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 or Cab & Chassis 4500 vehicles equipped with the 5.7 liter Hemi engine may experience a loss of top-end power accompanied by a Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL). The following diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) will […]

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Serviceability Report: Toyota Prius Gas/Electric Hybrid

How easy, or hard, is it to service the Gen III vehicle? For more than 15 years, Prius has been known as the quintessential hybrid. Sales have been so strong that at one time there was a waiting list, and almost 50 percent of hybrids on the road were Prii (plural for Prius). Comedians have […]

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Choose the Correct OE-level Tools for Your Business

The most common question we get at CARQUEST is, “Which scan tool should I buy?” In this edition of Ready, Set, Service!, we’re going to use this question as the basis for recommendations on original equipment-level tools you should have in your shop so that you are ready to service your customers’ vehicles. In simple […]

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Tune Ups September/October 2015

Hear ASA VP at MACS 2016 There are plenty of reasons for you to attend the Mobile Air Conditioning Society’s (MACS) 2016 Training Event and Trade Show. It’ll be in February at The Caribe Royale All Suite Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. One of the best reasons is that you’ll have an opportunity […]

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