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July 5, 2017

Top Stories

Automotive Service

Snap-on offers compact Hofmann wheel aligner

CONWAY, Ark. — Snap-on Inc. has introduced the Hofmann geoliner 320 Portable Imaging Wheel Aligner for small shops.

Auto Industry

AAPEX's new Mobility Park to spotlight technology

LAS VEGAS — AAPEX 2017 will host a Mobility Park to spotlight new automotive technology with live demonstrations.

Automotive Service

Rotary adds wheel balancers to line up

MADISON, Ind. — Vehicle Service Group has added a range of wheel balancers to its still burgeoning portfolio of Rotary-brand wheel service equipment.

Automotive Service

Women in Auto Care names committee members

BETHESDA, Md. — Women in Auto Care (formerly the Car Care Council Women's Board) has named new members of the education, marketing, member development and newly-formed membership committees.

Auto Industry

ACA, Texas A&M to promote auto care industry

BETHESDA, Md. — The Auto Care Association is partnering with Texas A&M University's Professional Association for Industrial Development to attract college-age students to the auto care industry.

Automotive Service

AME unveils torque accessory

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — AME International has added the Torque Fin, a torque wrench-stabilizing accessory for commercial fleet tire service, to its range of tire servicing tools.

Automotive Service

AWDA to strengthen relationship with ACA

BETHESDA, Md. — The Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) intends to become more integrated into the Auto Care Association (ACA) under a new strategic plan for the future of the organization.

Auto Industry

Court rules in favor of tire distributor, auto exporter

NEW YORK — A jury in a federal district court has ruled in favor of tire importer Unicorn Tire Corp. and an affiliated company, saying the federal government must reimburse property and funds seized during a fraud investigation.

Automotive Service

ASA-Colorado names executive director

DENVER — Julie Massaro has joined the Automotive Service Association as executive director of ASA-Colorado.

Commercial Tire Industry

Accuride buying Germany's Mefro Wheels

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Accuride Corp. is buying Mefro Wheels G.m.b.H., a privately owned supplier of steel wheels to the European and Asian passenger car, light vehicle and commercial vehicle industries.

Burke Automotive, Wiygul Automotive merging

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Burke Centre Automotive in Burke, Va., is merging with Wiygul Automotive Clinic's chain of seven retail tire and automotive service stores in Virginia and Maryland.

Factory Fixes

New lower control arm bushings may cure Honda's clanking

Some 2003-08 Element models can produce a clank or knocking noise from the front suspension when going over bumps or rough road surfaces.

Dan Marinucci

It pays for shop owners to enforce rules of respect

Effective bosses recognize that competent workers may try to skirt company rules whenever they think no one is watching them. Owners and managers can address this potential issue by inspecting employees' work as often as practically possible and monitoring customer feedback.

New Products

Bosch unveils HDS 200 heavy duty scan tool

JohnDow introduces TPMS storage cart