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If you want to build a more profitable, successful auto repair business, you’ll need to make sure that every single employee has a clearly defined, written job description. If you’re a shop owner who has a manager in place, then here’s a list of things you will need to include in their job...
Conway, Ariz.—Portable, wireless and battery-powered, the new John Bean Opti-Tread is a diagnostic tool to evaluate and reveal problems using tire tread depth and tire pressure measurements for vehicles with up to six wheels. Fast and easy to use, it performs all inspections and provides a detailed...
Hoffman Estates, Ill.—I-CAR has announced that its third quarter product launch includes important course updates on aluminum welding, Toyota vehicle repair and custom painting techniques. As part of the I-CAR Professional Development Program (PDP), the updated training courses are designed to keep...
Chicago Pneumatic has launched a new line of workshop equipment for the professional automotive and heavy fleet maintenance industries. The new line of workshop equipment includes jack stands, bottle and floor jacks, air-hydraulic jacks and presses, torque wrenches and other accessories. All...
Ontario, Calif.— Scan tool manufacturer Launch Tech has released its new CRP 229 diagnostic scan tool, said Harlan Siegel, the company’s vice president, and, he added, it comes in at a price and value point that is unequalled. “We harnessed the power of our pro line product and put it into a small...
Chevrolet has announced that it will re-enter the medium-duty market with a low cab-forward truck in 2016 to meet growing demands of fleet and commercial customers. The six new models that will be available are the Chevrolet 3500, 3500HD, 4500, 4500HD, 5500, and 5500HD. They are based on the Isuzu...
Mountain View, Calif.—The automotive industry has long been introducing new and innovative features to cars on the basis of consumer trends, preferences, safety bulletins and market positioning. The industry is now on the verge of integrating health, wellness and well-being (HWW) technologies into...
Glen Mills, Pa.—Axalta Coating Systems has introduced a new urethane primer and polyurethane clearcoat to expand its Rival economy paint brand family that offers a mix of value and performance for shops in the commercial vehicle industry. Rival RV400 Urethane Primer is designed to be fast-drying...
Irvine, Calif.—Unique to the automotive aftermarket, the new Innova Fleet Services Management System gives auto parts stores a sales advantage by alerting both the fleet customer and the parts store of required vehicle maintenance through telematics. “The new Innova Fleet Management System was...
Farmington Hill, Mich.—MAHLE has developed a diagnostic tool to make the job of servicing today’s computer-controlled engines easier and more efficient. MAHLE’s TechPRO, designed by the company’s Services Solutions division, is a Cloud-, PC-, or tablet-enabled device that will help service...

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