National Mechanical

Costa Mesa, Calif.—New-vehicle quality in 2019 stays flat compared with 2018, marking the first year without improvement since 2014, according to the recently released J.D. Power 2019 Initial Quality Study (IQS). More brands worsened than improved over the past 12 months.“Automakers continue to...
For the first time, the analysis included a review of various regions around the country. The oldest light vehicles are found in the West at 12.4 years while the youngest are found in the Northeast at 10.9 years. In addition, the light vehicle fleet is not aging at the same rate across regions. In the West, light vehicles increased 1.5 percent from 2018-2019 while in the Midwest they aged by just 0.4 percent. The state of Montana has the oldest average age with light vehicles averaging 16.6 years.
Southfield, Mich.—The average age of light vehicles in operation (VIO) in the U.S. has risen again this year to 11.8 years, according to new research from business information provider IHS Markit.This acceleration of average age can easily be seen when looking across the last 17 years. From 2002-...
Seven member companies from AASA and MERA – The Association for Sustainable Manufacturing are in Washington, D.C., this week as part of an organized effort to inform members of Congress on issues related to data access and consumers’ right to choose who repairs their vehicles. The companies are...
July 2019 – The introduction of new company software in January has turned LIQUI MOLY into a permanent building site. The system that was supposed to simplify processes and reduce costs for the oil and additive specialist, has had precisely the opposite effect and negatively affected the half-year...
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (July 16, 2019) – DENSO, the world’s second largest mobility supplier, today celebrated the grand opening of its Seattle Innovation Lab, which will strengthen the company’s development of connected technologies and advance its Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) platform. The lab...
DEARBORN, Mich. – It’s go-time for Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper’s Technician of the Year finalists. The technicians flew into Detroit July 15 for a four-day trip, during which they’ll sit through a 90-minute custom ASE test, have some fun, and hope to be crowned winner at the celebratory closing...
San Jose, CA - May 29, 2019: Kukui Corporation, the maker of the All-in-One Success Platform®, has recognized NAPA AutoCare as an organization that goes above and beyond to support the automotive aftermarket industry by elevating the standards to which shops are held, by enabling shop owners to...
The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) is sharing the attached court bulletin from the Ontario Ministry of Labour announcing a ruling this week against a car dealership due to the failure of an automotive lift (AKA hoist). Two workers were critically injured when the lift they were using failed, and...
Removing the valve cover before and after the service shows dramatic cleaning results for the camshafts and other components.
Fenton, Mo.—In any vehicle, a sludgy engine oiling system can cause a shortened lifespan and excessive oil consumption. But in late-model gasoline-powered cars and light trucks, it can also cause driveability problems.      BG Products’ Dynamic Engine Restoration Service safely removes the sludge...
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – June 27, 2019 – AAPEX 2019 has lined up specialists from the exhibition industry to tour the show floor and select Best Booth Award winners using design, staffing and exhibition best practices as the criteria. AAPEX represents the more than $1 trillion global automotive...

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