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Tenneco Adds Rancho Jeep Wrangler Performance Suspension Kit

<p><img class="wrapImageCMS imageID_10382" src=" border="0" alt="&lt;p&gt;The new Rancho system includes progressive rate front and rear coil springs to provide enhanced on- and off-road ride characteristics; and adjustable track bars that allow for precise centering of the front axle,&lt;/p&gt;" /></p><p class="gmail-msobodytext" style="margin-right: .5in;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial', 'sans-serif';">Tenneco Inc.</span> <span style="font-family: 'Arial', 'sans-serif';">reports the Rancho brand&rsquo;s offering of performance suspension systems for the Jeep Wrangler JK now includes a 3- to 3.5-inch progressive sport kit for right-hand-drive 2017-07 models. </span></span></p><p class="gmail-msobodytext" style="margin-right: .5in;"><span style="font-size: 14px; font-family: 'Arial', 'sans-serif';">The new Rancho system includes progressive rate front and rear coil spri Read More

Worktech Headlight Restoration Kit Restores Clarity

<p><img class="wrapImageCMS imageID_10380" src="" border="0" alt="&lt;p&gt;Worktech's headlight restoration kit easily cleans away yellowing and stains.&lt;/p&gt;" /></p><p>Worktech&rsquo;s Professional Headlight Restoration Kit (#WT300) is designed to quickly and safely restore, maintain and protect all types of smooth, shiny plastic and acrylic headlights to crystal clarity.</p><p>It easily cleans away yellowing and stains, and even buffs out unsightly hairline scratches, smudges and flaws in a single step.</p><p>It polishes to restore crystal clarity, leaving a tough protective, oxidation-inhibiting polymer layer to guard against future degradation from the elements, says the company.</p><p>For more information, see <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p Read More

New Motorcraft Hubs are Competitively Priced

<p><img class="wrapImageCMS imageID_10379" src="" border="0" alt="&lt;p&gt;Motorcraft's newly released hubs target high mileage older model cars, crossovers, SUVs and trucks.&lt;/p&gt;" /></p><p>Ford Motor Co. reports Motorcraft is broadening its newest line of hub and bearing assemblies with price-competitive applications for more than 41 additional late-life-cycle vehicles. Newly released hubs target high mileage older model cars, crossovers, SUVs and trucks.</p><p>&ldquo;Our focus on Motorcraft offering additional late-life-cycle parts at a more competitive price has brought us to this point,&rdquo; says Drew Laird, manager, Ford North America Brake Products. &ldquo;We have more than doubled the offering for this line of hubs &ndash; bringing coverage for more late-model vehicles.&rdquo;</p><p>Hubs in this new line feature an N-prefix (NHUB) to ease identification. The second wave of hubs is available now, following an initial offering that launch Read More

Lisle Offers 12-Piece Oil Funnel Set

<p><img class="wrapImageCMS imageID_72902" src="" border="0" alt="&lt;p&gt;The funnel adapter holders keep the adapters organized in a toolbox or on a pegboard.&lt;/p&gt;" /></p><p>Lisle Corp. has released a 12-piece, multi-application oil funnel set that includes five new adapters and an adapter holder for storage.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The set (#19612) helps eliminate oil spills when refilling crankcases, especially those with baffle valve covers. The 1.6 quart translucent funnel comes with 12 different color-coded adapters and a 45 degree elbow to work on many applications and save valuable storage space.</p><p>The adapter holders keep the adapters organized in a toolbox or on a pegboard. Service technicians can use the spout only as a standard funnel.</p><p>The adapters fit crankcases securely and the tethered lid Read More

Cardone Industries to Build Distribution Center in Texas

<p>Cardone Industries Inc. reports it plans to build a state-of-the-art distribution center in Harlingen, Texas, near the company&rsquo;s current core processing facilities. Construction of the new facility is expected to begin in January 2018&nbsp;and be finished by December 2018.</p><p>The new distribution center is intended to support growing production at&nbsp;Cardone&rsquo;s manufacturing facilities, and the building will be constructed with the capacity for future expansion, as needed.</p><p>&ldquo;As&nbsp;Cardone&nbsp;continues to grow, we need to augment our distribution and logistics capabilities, in order to handle our increasing volume and the growing number of product lines,&rdquo; says CEO Stan Gowisnock. &ldquo;Also, having this new distribution center in close proximity to our South manufacturing facilities will help us get those products in our customers&rsquo; hands quicker than ever before.&rdquo;</p><p>Along with its facilities in Philadelphia, Texas, Los Angeles, Canada&nbsp;and Mexico,&nbsp;Cardone&nbsp;added operations in Vancouver, Phoenix, Seattle, Toronto, S Read More

UK car sales fall for 8th month running; anger over rail fares rise – as it happened

Rotary Video Covers Eight Steps for Daily Lift Inspections

<p><img class="wrapImageCMS imageID_10376" src=" border="0" alt="&lt;p&gt;Rotary Lift highlights a recommended eight-step daily four-post lift inspection process in a new &amp;ldquo;90 Second Know How&amp;rdquo; video.&lt;/p&gt;" /></p><p>Rotary Lift, a Vehicle Service Group (VSG) brand, has released its newest 90 Second Know How instructional video, &ldquo;Daily 4-Post Inspection.&rdquo; It details a checklist of eight steps technicians should take at the beginning of every shift to ensure their four-post lifts are operating properly before they start using them.</p><p>Watch it here: <a href=" - video-13. </a></p><p>&ldquo;Our goal with this 90 Second Know How video is to Read More

CRP Automotive Presents Ken Edwards with Rep Agent of the Year Award

<p><img class="wrapImageCMS imageID_10372" src=" border="0" alt="&lt;p&gt;(Left) Daniel Schildge, CRP Industries CEO, and (right) Mike Palm, CRP Automotive vice president of sales and marketing, present Ken Edwards, president of Kanmar Inc., with CRP Automotive's 2017 Rep Agent of the Year Award.&lt;/p&gt;" /></p><p>CRP Automotive has named Ken Edwards of Kanmar Inc. as its 2017 Rep Agent of the Year. Edwards is the president of Kanmar Inc., a Canadian sales agency representing OE and aftermarket manufacturers in the automotive and heavy-duty industries.</p><p>Edwards received the 2017 Rep Agent of the Year Award from CRP Automotive for helping the company grow its business in the Canadian market. Edwards, a former CRP Automotive employee, has represented CRP Automotive as an agent since 2008.</p><p>Mike Palm, CRP Automotive vice president of sales and marketing, presented the award to Edwards and noted, &ldquo;Ken has been a lon Read More

Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Meeting Kicks Off in Miami

<p><img class="wrapImageCMS imageID_10371" src="" border="0" alt="&lt;p&gt;The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance has kicked off its winter shareholder meeting in Miami.&lt;/p&gt;" /></p><p>Over 50 Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper warehouse distributor shareholders of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Inc. are taking part in the Alliance's annual winter meeting at the National Doral in Miami, Fla.</p><p>The Alliance kicked off the meeting Dec. 3 with closed door meetings for the sales and marketing, information technologies, national accounts and product committees. The Alliance board of directors also met to discuss the group&rsquo;s direction for the coming year. With nearly 500 in attendance, shareholders from across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Latin America join more than 200 channel partners in collaborative joint sessions, receptions and a golf outing. The meeting will conclude Wednesday.&nbsp;</p><p>"During our meetings we discuss strategic pl Read More

Icahn Acquires New York City Parts Supplier

<p>Icahn Automotive Group LLC has purchased B.S.&amp; F. Auto Parts Inc. in New York City from Joe Ferrer.</p><p>Ferrer has been named regional vice president of commercial for Icahn Automotive Group in the New York City metropolitan area. He stepped into his new role on Nov. 29, 2017.</p><p>Ferrer&rsquo;s father, Nick, founded B.S.&amp; F. Auto Parts in 1980. Ferrer began working for his father&rsquo;s business at age 11.</p><p>Located in the Bronx, B.S.&amp; F. Auto Parts has a 10,000-square-foot warehouse.</p><p>In a statement, Icahn Automotive Group said:</p><p>&ldquo;With Joe Ferrer&rsquo;s drive and passion for being unsurpassed in customer service and parts availability, Pep Boys, Auto Plus, and BS&amp;F have an excellent opportunity to drive commercial growth in the region.&rdquo;</p><p>Icahn Automotive Group consists of Pep Boys, an automotive aftermarket retail and service chain, and Auto Plus, an automotive aftermarket parts distributor.&nbsp;</p><h3>Keywords</h3><a href=" Read More

Checking Crank Pulley Runout

<p><img class="wrapImageCMS imageID_10370" src="" border="0" alt="" /></p><p>Owners of 2012 Chevy Caprice vehicles (civilian or police) may complain about a belt squeal noise and/or a perceived crankshaft balancer wobble. In most cases, the wobble is an optical illusion because the design of the balancer gives the appearance that it is moving laterally more than it is.</p><p>If the concern is experienced, follow theses steps:</p><p>1. Push the crankshaft all the way to the rear of the engine.</p><p>2. Using a dial indicator with a magnetic base, attach the indicator so that the indicator plunger contacts the rear of the drive belt groove. Note that an inaccurate reading may be obtained if measuring the face of the balancer instead of the rear of the drive belt groove.</p><p>3. Rotate the crankshaft manually 360 degrees and note the total amount of balancer runout. If the balancer runout is 0.0157 inch or less, do not replace the balancer. If runout is greater than Read More

E-Series Oil Consumption

<p><img class="wrapImageCMS imageID_10369" src="" border="0" alt="" /></p><p>Some 2011-2013 Ford E-Series vehicles equipped with a 5.4L 2V or 6.8L 2V engine and built on or before 11-12-2012 may exhibit excessive engine oil consumption.</p><p>The issue may be worn or improperly fitted valve stem oil seals. If this is the case, remove the engine and replace all valve seals.</p><p><strong>P/N&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; PART</strong></p><p>DC2Z-6571-A&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;Valve stem seal</p><p>AC2Z-9439-B&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;Intake gasket left hand 5.4L</p><p>AC2Z9439-A&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;.Intake g Read More

Leaky Lincoln

<p><img class="wrapImageCMS imageID_10368" src="" border="0" alt="" /></p><p>Some 2008-2011 Lincoln Town Car (as well as Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis) vehicles may exhibit a transmission cooler leak at the top left side of the transmission cooler tube area.</p><p>According to the manufacturer, correction involves replacement of the cooler/condenser core assembly with a new updated part, P/N BW7Z-19712-A.</p><p>Refer to workshop manual section 412-01.</p><h3>Keywords</h3><a href="">Condenser core</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="">Cooler core</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href=" Read More

Beetle Timing

<p>This bulletin applies to 2008-2013 Volkswagen Beetle vehicles equipped with a 2.0L engine, where engine rattling noises are apparent after engine starting, or if the engine will not start. This may be due to a slipped timing chain.</p><p>DTC 00022 P0016 (crankshaft position vs. camshaft position correlation) and/or 00808 P0328 (knock sensor 1 circuit high input) may be stored in the ECM. Timing chain tension may be incorrect due to the tensioner, which can result in timing chain skip and contact between pistons and valves.</p><p>Complete the DTC entries according to guided fault finding (GFF).</p><p>Remove the lower timing chain cover.</p><p>Check the timing chain tensioner as follows:</p><ul><li>Compress the tensioning rail of the timing chain by hand against the timing chain tensioner.</li><li>If the piston of the timing chain tensioner cannot be compressed by hand after several attempts, further engine diagnosis is required.</li><li>If the piston of the tensioner can be compressed by hand, the timing chain tensioner has failed and further engine diagnosis may be required.</li Read More

Common Sense with Wheel Nuts

<p>Many vehicles are equipped with wheel nuts that feature a stainless steel cap/cladding, such as those used on 2012 and prior GM vehicles. When removing or installing wheel nuts with stainless steel caps, using a shallow socket may crack the cap causing corrosion underneath the cap and nut.</p><p>Use a socket with a depth that covers the entire surface area of the hex. Never use an impact gun when servicing these wheel nuts.</p><p><img class="wrapImageCMS imageID_10363" src="" border="0" alt="&lt;p&gt;Using a too-shallow socket can easily crack the stainless steel cap on wheel nuts. Always use a socket deep enough to capture the entire surface area of the hex.&lt;/p&gt;" /></p><h3>Keywords</h3><a href="">Buick</a>&nbsp;... href=" Read More

Gas Prices Fall below $2.50 for First Time in a Month

At $2.48, the national gas price average is at the cheapest price since early November. More so, pump prices nationally have been steadily dropping during the last two weeks. Today’s gas price is three cents less than a week ago, four cents cheaper than one month ago and 30 cents more than a year ago.

“Cheaper winter gas prices are being seen for the bulk of the country as gasoline demand hits the lowest mark since February,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “On the week, 90 percent of states saw their gas price average drop – some even by double digits.”

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Monroe Holiday Promotion Is Making the Season Bright for Consumers

<p><img class="wrapImageCMS imageID_10361" src=" border="0" alt="&lt;p&gt;The Monroe Holiday Consumer promotion offers up to an $80 Visa Prepaid card for qualifying purchases.&lt;/p&gt;" /></p><p>Tenneco Inc. is getting into the spirit of the holiday season and giving consumers a chance to save on its ride control components with its new Monroe Holiday Consumer promotion, available Dec. 1 through Jan. 31, 2018. During the promotional period, consumers who purchase a set of two or four qualifying Monroe or Rancho ride control products can earn up to an $80 Visa Prepaid card.</p><p>&ldquo;Through the new Monroe Holiday Consumer promotion, we&rsquo;re getting into the spirit of giving while continuing to educate consumers about the critical role that shocks and struts play when it comes to vehicle stability, handling and control,&rdquo; says Andrew DeSmidt, promotions manager, Tenneco. &ldquo;As we enter the winter season, i Read More

Standard Motor Products Forms Joint Venture with Chinese A/C Company

<p>Standard Motor Products Inc. (SMP) reports it has formed a joint venture with Foshan Guangdong Automotive Air Conditioning Co. Ltd. (FGD), a China-based manufacturer of air conditioning compressors for the automotive aftermarket and the Chinese original equipment market. SMP will invest approximately $12.5 million in the 50/50 joint venture. The new company is named Foshan FGD SMP Automotive Compressor Co. LTD.</p><p>Eric Sills, SMP&rsquo;s chief executive officer and president, says, &ldquo;We are very pleased to announce the formation of the FGD joint venture. FGD has been an excellent supplier to us of air conditioning compressors for several years. Additionally, they have begun making inroads with Chinese vehicle manufacturers.</p><p>&ldquo;We believe that this transaction will enhance our position as a basic low-cost manufacturer and a leading supplier of temperature control parts to the aftermarket, as well as provide SMP with growth opportunities in the rapidly expanding China market. We welcome FGD into the Standard family,&rdquo; says Sills.</p><p>&ldquo;We believe the transaction will be accretive to earn Read More

Crescent Introduces New Brand Identity

<p>&nbsp;<img class="wrapImageCMS imageID_10360" src="" border="0" alt="&lt;p&gt;The Crescent brand product lineup will include tape measures, bolt cutters, scissors, files, and many other tools from the five brands that have become part of the expanded Crescent tools offering.&lt;/p&gt;" /></p><p>Apex Tool Group LLC has debuted an expanded product offering that brings products from five respected hand tool brands together under the Crescent name.</p><p>Also unveiled was a new brand identity program that underscores the expansion and encompasses every aspect of the Crescent brand, including its logo, color palette, typography and product design. The new identity program also introduces a new tagline, &ldquo;Trusted by the Trades,&rdquo; that accurately describes how the brand is viewed by trade professionals around the world, the company says.</p><p>&ldquo;The Crescent brand has been trusted by professional tradespeople for well over 100 years,&rdq Read More

Standard Motor Products’ Ken Wendling Recognized by Northwood University

<p><img class="wrapImageCMS imageID_10358" src=" border="0" alt="&lt;p&gt;Ken Wendling, SMP vice president, warehouse distribution sales, has been recognized with Northwood University&amp;rsquo;s Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award.&lt;/p&gt;" /></p><p>Standard Motor Products Inc. (SMP) reports Ken Wendling, vice president, warehouse distribution sales, has been recognized with Northwood University&rsquo;s Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award (AAMEA).</p><p>Presented at the 2017 AAMEA luncheon during this year&rsquo;s Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) show, the award is reserved for industry leaders throughout the country who have made noteworthy contributions while demonstrating a substantial commitment to education within and outside the industry. Wendling was one of eight industry leaders to receive the award.</p><p>Keith Pretty, Northwood University president and CEO, said,& Read More

Lisle Offers New Carbide Scraper Set

<p><img class="wrapImageCMS imageID_10357" src="" border="0" alt="&lt;p&gt;Two blade widths, 1-1/4-inch and 5/8-inch, work on many applications, reports Lisle.&lt;/p&gt;" /></p><p>Lisle Corp. is now offering a carbide scraper set designed to remove gasket residue, carbon build-up and rust from steel and aluminum heads and manifolds.</p><p>They also can be used to clean disc brake caliper slides. Their tungsten carbide tips are brazed to the steel blades that are molded into the comfortable 6-inch long handle.</p><p>The two blade widths are 1-1/4-inch and 5/8-inch to work on many applications. Their tips remain very sharp and are precision ground. The blades also are available individually.</p><p>For more information, see <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.< Read More

IPA’s Alpha MUTT Trailer Tester Speeds Inspections

<p><img class="wrapImageCMS imageID_10356" src=" border="0" alt="&lt;p&gt;The Alpha MUTT is built on a rugged, large, yet portable platform that features expandable capabilities including ABS testing, air pressure sensors, cloud uploading and more. &lt;/p&gt;" /></p><p>Innovative Products of America Inc. (IPA) is now offering the #5700 Alpha MUTT, an advanced trailer tester system that empowers any level technician to get more inspections done in less time.</p><p>Removing the burden of paperwork and data entry, the Alpha MUTT (Mobile Universal Trailer Tester) provides automatic and guided inspections with detailed reports. The state-of-the-art, turnkey design includes the option to instantly link all trailer inspections fleet wide for inspection-failure-cause analytics.</p><p>"Our customers want powerful, yet simple-to-use, equipment that saves time and money for their operations,&rdquo; says Ian Vinci, vice president of IPA. &ldquo;The new Read More

90 Percent of Senior Drivers Don’t Make Vehicle Adjustments That Can Improve Safety

Most senior drivers surveyed by the AAA Foundation are not taking advantage of simple, inexpensive features that can improve safety and extend their time behind the wheel

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 29, 2017) – Nearly 90 percent of older drivers do not make inexpensive adaptations to their vehicles that can improve safety and extend their time behind the wheel, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Common vehicle adaptations like pedal extensions, seat cushions and steering wheel covers can help to improve safety by reducing a senior driver’s crash risk. Seniors aged 65 and over a Read More

Heading into December, Gas Prices Decline Across the Country

The national gas price average has been trending cheaper for 10 days. At $2.51, today’s price is three cents less than last Monday. On the week, 49 states are paying less at the pump for a gallon of regular gasoline. The District of Columbia and Hawaii saw their gas price increase by one cent. Prices have dropped between one and 15 cents elsewhere across the country.

“AAA expects to see gas prices trend cheaper through the year-end, decreasing as much as 20 cents for some motorists before year-end,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.

Today, motorists can find gas for $2.50 or less at 63 percent of gas stations nationwide.

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Year-End Pump Prices to be Most Expensive Since 2014

AAA unveils new tools and enhancements to in time for holiday road trips

WASHINGTON (November 27, 2017) – This December motorists will not find significant holiday savings at the gas pump. Today’s national gas price average is $2.51, which is 38 cents more than this time last year. While AAA does expect gas prices to decline between now and the end of the year, motorists will still pay the highest November and December gas prices since 2014.

“Despite a forecasted 5 to 20 cents decrease in coming weeks, motorists will see higher than ex Read More

AAA Urges Drivers to Safely Secure Christmas Trees

Millions of drivers facing expensive damage and fines from improperly secured trees

ORLANDO, Fla. (November 24, 2017) – According to a new AAA survey, an estimated 20 million Americans who purchased a real Christmas tree in the last three years did not properly secure it to their vehicle, risking serious vehicle damage and dangerous road debris. Vehicle damage that results from an improperly secured Christmas tree, such as scratched paint, torn door seals and distorted window frames, could cost up to $1,500 to repair. In addition to vehicle damage, Christmas trees that are not properly secured are a safety hazard for other dri Read More

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